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Children are full of curiosity and questions about the world. Each Friday, join Molly Oldfield, the very first question writer (or QI Elf) on the BBC TV show QI and author of three books as she answers questions - often with the help of experts - sent into the show by children around the world. If you're a kid with questions you want answered or if you want to learn interesting facts about life on earth, this is the podcast for you.

Children are full of curiosity and questions about the world. Each Friday, join Molly Oldfield, the very first question writer (or QI Elf) on the BBC TV show QI and author of three books as she answers questions - often with the help of experts - sent into the show by children around the world. If you're a kid with questions you want answered or if you want to learn interesting facts about life on earth, this is the podcast for you.
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Children are full of curiosity and questions about the world. Each Friday, join Molly Oldfield, the very first question writer (or QI Elf) on the BBC TV show QI and author of three books as she answers questions - often with the help of experts - sent into the show by children around the world. If you're a kid with questions you want answered or if you want to learn interesting facts about life on earth, this is the podcast for you.

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English


Episodes

Daddys Under The Sun! Which Animal makes the Best Daddy? Why do Chief Gorillas have Silver Hairs on their Back? Why do Men Have Nipples?

6/14/2019
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This Sunday is Father’s Day in the UK, so this week is a celebration of Daddy’s and male things! Our first question is from Tasso who would like to know which animal makes the best Daddy? Find out about a tiny monkey called a Pygmy marmoset – the smallest monkey in the world - arctic wolves, emperor penguins and perhaps the best Dads of all – seahorses! To tell us about seahorses we have marine biologist Helen Scales who has written a book about them, called Poseidon's Steed. Next up is...

Duration:00:10:44

Oceans Under The Sun! With Philip Hoare and the Natural History Museum. Why is the sea salty? Why does an octopus have three hearts? Why are orca whales black and white?

6/7/2019
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Today I have three questions about the OCEAN and creatures in it! Because June 8th is World Oceans Day, a global celebration with hundreds of events around the world celebrating the ocean, including Everything Under The Sun with this show! Our first question comes from Emmeline and Elkie, they would like to know why the sea is salty? Our answer comes from Philip Hoare, a writer who loves the ocean and has written books about whales and the sea. He swims in the ocean every day, no matter the...

Duration:00:10:55

Highlights Under The Sun!

5/31/2019
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Everything Under The Sun is on holiday this week (researching next week’s episode about the oceans by swimming in it!) but we recently won a bronze at the British Podcast Awards for Best Family Podcast so we thought it would be fun to share the entry we made for that awards, which has highlights from the first few months of the show! A celebration for regular listeners and a taster of all the things you can listen to from the first few months if you’re a new listener. Enjoy! I'll be back...

Duration:00:16:22

Why do Some People not have Houses and live on the street? With George the Poet. Why do Dogs Wag their Tails when they’re Happy? What Noise do Giraffes make?

5/24/2019
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Hello, Hello, Hello! We have news! Everything Under The Sun won a bronze award at the British Podcast Awards, we were so pleased to win an award after only twenty three episodes, so thank to all of you for listening, telling your friends, sending in questions and generally being amazing! You're all wonderful, thank you. I’m also writing a book full of your Everything Under The Sun questions so do send in your questions to the podcast to be on the show and in the book! The first 5 children...

Duration:00:12:58

Butterflies Under The Sun! Why do Caterpillars turn into Butterflies? What Happens inside Cocoons? Do Butterflies have Bones?

5/17/2019
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Butterflies! We all love seeing them flying around in spring and summer, so to celebrate their arrival this year this week's episode is all about them. We answer three questions, from Martha & Heidi, Natty and Fynn! They would like to know: Why do caterpillars turn into butterflies? What happens inside cocoons? and do butterflies have bones? Find out on this week's show! To help answer the first question or expert this week is Dr. Nick Crumpton, a zoologist who knows lots about all sorts...

Duration:00:10:00

How Many Men Were in a Roman Army? with Dan Snow, Why do Cats Purr? Why do Stars Shine in the Sky? With the Science Museum.

5/10/2019
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We have our first history question this week! Answered by top historian, Dan Snow. It comes from Ethan who would like to know how many men were in a Roman army? Dan Snow tells us the answer, which is more complicated than you’d think! Dan tells us about some different battles and how many men took part. Discover how local men were recruited and how many more men there were than in the Roman army today. Our next question is about cats! And it comes from Alice, she would like to know why...

Duration:00:13:35

Do Aliens exist? How and Why Does Skin Tan? Why do Zebras have Stripes?

5/3/2019
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Frida asks our first question which is, do aliens exist? Find out what Doug from the Science Museum thinks, where scientists think alien life might live, such as on exoplanets – planets outside of our solar system! Plus a reminder of how lucky we are to be here on a planet that gives us all we need, fresh air, water and oxygen to breathe! So let’s enjoy it and look after it. It’s bluebell season so why not find an ancient bluebell wood near you to drag your parents to! Eleanor is up next...

Duration:00:13:22

How Much Water is in All the Oceans? How violently did Titanic shake when it hit the Iceberg? What is the Deadliest Shark and why?

4/26/2019
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Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to the 23rd episode of Everything Under The Sun, which this week is about OCEANS! We have three questions from Molly, Cooper and Lara, which are: How Much Water is in All the Oceans? How violently did Titanic shake when it hit the Iceberg? And What is the Deadliest Shark and why? Find out how much of the Earth’s water is in the oceans and why we ought to really rename our planet, Ocean! Then hear Phil Cauley, a crew member from Titanic Belfast talk about what...

Duration:00:13:47

Dinosaurs Under The Sun! With the Natural History Museum. Plus Why does Easter move around when Christmas is always the same day each year?

4/19/2019
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ROOOOOAAAAAARR! It’s a dinosaur special this week, with help from dinosaur experts at the Natural History Museum in London and Tring. This week we answer questions from Darcy, Jake and Marcus who would like to know about dinosaurs. Then we have a special EASTER question from Aoife, because it’s now Easter weekend! First up Darcy’s question is “what was the first dinosaur and were there any in England?” Find out all about the first known dinosaurs that lived on Earth 243 MILLION years ago!...

Duration:00:15:25

Birds Under The Sun! How do Birds Lay eggs? How do penguins find their way home? Why do birds run away from humans?

4/12/2019
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Birds! Birds! Birds! Welcome to episode twenty one of Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth. This week the show is all about birds, nests and eggs! Before we start there is EXCITING NEWS! Everything Under The Sun is nominated for Best Family Podcast in the British Podcast Awards! I’m going to the awards ceremony in a few weeks time and it would be so great to win, although it's really lovely...

Duration:00:11:26

Why Do We Only See One Side of The Moon? Why do Planets Have Cores? Why do Parrotfish sleep in Bubbles made of Snot?

4/5/2019
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Spheres! Round things! The Moon! Bubbles! Planets! This week’s perfectly circular, spherical, round show is all about things of similar shapes. As usual we’re answering brilliant questions from children. This week we have Dotty, Ahmed and Evelyn, they would like to know: Why do we only see one side of the moon? Why do planets have cores? Why do parrotfish sleep in bubbles made of snot? To find about the moon I turned to Doug at the Science Museum in London. Find out why we only see one...

Duration:00:12:48

Which animals are the best Mummys? What is paint made of? Why are tortoises green and brown?

3/29/2019
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Animal mums! Paints! Colourful creatures! This colourful episode of Everything Under The Sun has three lovely questions! Since it’s almost Mother’s Day our first question is about Mums, it comes from Lara who wants to “Which animals make the best Mummy?” Well there are LOTS of great Mummy’s in the animal kingdom. Find out about orang-utan Mums, gorillas, polar bears, koalas and all the other great animal mums! Next up, in case you’re busy drawing cards and pictures for someone special on...

Duration:00:14:08

How do Dolphins Squeak? How does a Football Referee’s Whistle Work? And Why do Giraffes have Such Long Necks?

3/22/2019
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Squeak, squeak, whistle, whistle! Welcome to a noisy 18th episode of Everything Under the Sun. This week we answer three questions from Alyssa, Walter and Matilda. They are: How do Dolphins Squeak? How does a Football Referee’s Whistle Work? And Why do Giraffes have Such Long Necks? Find out all about how dolphins use their foreheads to squeak with Travis, who studies dolphins at the Natural History Museum, in London and so knows all about dolphins! Discover how dolphins can do...

Duration:00:11:30

Why on Some Days do we Remember Dreams but Not on Other Days? Where do Gorillas Sleep At Night? How do we Sleep Walk?

3/15/2019
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Hello and welcome to the 17th episode of Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth. Today we have three questions about sleeping and dreaming! Our first question is from Millen - he wants to know about dreams! His question is “Why on some days do we remember dreams but not on other days?” To answer the question I asked the help of Philippa Perry, she’s a psychotherapist who spends lots of...

Duration:00:10:37

Where Do Ideas Come From? A World Book Day special with writer Abi Elphinstone & writer and illustrator Rob Biddulph.

3/7/2019
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It’s World Book Day! To celebrate, this week we've got three answers to a great question, from Bonnie, which is... ‘Where do Ideas Come From?’ Our first answer is from children’s book writer Abi Elphinstone. Abi is a 2019 World Book Day author and you can get her new book, Everdark on World Book Day with your WBD tokens! She talks about how adventures, daydreaming and looking at the sky out of her writing shed inspired her big ideas and tells us about how she came up with the stories and...

Duration:00:15:26

What is the Biggest Tree in the World? How Much Water is in an Apple? How many Bunnies are there in the World? Featuring Roberto, from the Natural History Museum

3/1/2019
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This week we have three questions from Rob, Alex and Violet. They would like to know: what the biggest tree in the world? How much water is in an apple? How many bunnies are there in the world? Find out about the biggest tree in the world, called General Sherman, which I wrote about in my book, Natural Wonders of the World. I read an extract from the book about the ancient, giant trees in this week’s show. The trees grew on earth at the same time as dinosaurs roamed the earth. Find out...

Duration:00:12:23

Why are Some Animals Cold-Blooded and Some Animals Warm-Blooded? Why is There A Queen Bee? Is the Queen Bee bigger Than the Other Bees? Why Do Elephants Stomp their Feet and Stomp and Walk?

2/22/2019
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Welcome to this week’s episode of Everything Under The Sun! This week we have four questions, the first is from Evey who lives in Australia, she would like to know why some animals are warm-blooded and some are cold-blooded? To answer her we have Katie Thomas, a biologist from The Natural History Museum in London! She is studying how frogs see the word, so tells us all about frogs and other cold-blooded animals that get warmer when the sun is out, or cooler when it’s not sunny and sea...

Duration:00:12:24

Who Invented Writing and What Did They Write about? With British Museum curator, Irving Finkel. Why Do we Talk in Different Languages? How do Cheetahs Run so Fast?

2/15/2019
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Talking and writing! We all do it every day, and its one of the most important things we do! Today on Everything Under The Sun we explore who came up with the idea of writing with a brilliant guest from the British Museum, Irving Finkel who looks after the oldest writing in the world – so old it is written on clay! Plus why we talk different languages. Our first question, from Benjamin is “Why do people speak different languages?” We explore why we speak different languages as well as how...

Duration:00:18:40

A Pirate's Life for Me, with The Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood

2/8/2019
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Ahoy Me Hearties! Shiver Me Timbers! Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum! This week's Pirates episode comes from The Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood and Globe Primary School in London. The V & A Museum of Childhood have a free show on at the moment called A Pirates Life For Me! So I've made a special show with them all about pirates, with questions from the local school children who helped create the show and answers from Will Newton who is a curator at the museum and made the pirates...

Duration:00:15:06

Why Do We Taste Differently When We Have a Cold? With Heston Blumenthal. Why Do We Get Garlic Breath? And How Do Falcons Catch their Prey?

2/1/2019
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Yum, yum, yum! This tasty episode of Everything Under The Sun has three delicious questions. Why do we taste differently when we have a cold? This is our first question, from Sanem, and it is brilliantly answered by top chef Heston Blumenthal who knows everything there is to know about how our sense of smell affects our sense of taste. He tells us about an experiment to do with a piece of apple to find out how having a cold affects the way we taste our food. Secondly Charlie would like to...

Duration:00:14:14