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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 four books as she answers questions - with the help of experts from Neil Gaiman, Heston Blumenthal, Grayson Perry, Lauren Child, Richard Branson and Sophie Dahl to the fish curators at the Natural History Museum - sent into the show by children around the world. If you're a kid - big or small - with questions you want answered or if you want to learn interesting facts about life on earth, this is the award winning podcast for you. Do check out Everything Under The Sun - a curious question for every day of the year, published by Ladybird books now!
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Everything Under The Sun Molly Oldfield

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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 four books as she answers questions - with the help of experts from Neil Gaiman, Heston Blumenthal, Grayson Perry, Lauren Child, Richard Branson and Sophie Dahl to the fish curators at the Natural History Museum - sent into the show by children around the world. If you're a kid - big or small - with questions you want answered or if you want to learn interesting facts about life on earth, this is the award winning podcast for you. Do check out Everything Under The Sun - a curious question for every day of the year, published by Ladybird books now!
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    S3 E3. How do Electric Cars Drive? Featuring The Royal Institution, How long does it take to build a motorway? Why do we get carsick?

    S3 E3. How do Electric Cars Drive? Featuring The Royal Institution, How long does it take to build a motorway? Why do we get carsick?

    In this week's show we answer three questions from Ryan, Willa and Orla with help from special guest expert Rachel Dorris at the Royal Institution in London.
    We find out all about electric cars, how many are made each day, why they could be great and how we need to thank Michael Faraday who invented the electric motor at the Royal Institution for their existence!
    Hear how you can win family tickets to a show at The Royal Institution in London!
    Next we discuss how long it takes to build motorways and the kinds of things that go into building one. Plus, which county in the UK has no motorways?
    Do you ever get carsick? Find out why and what you can do to feel less sick!
    Social media:
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod and @mollyoldfieldwrites
    Twitter: @mollyoldfield
    Facebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfield
    Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk
    Find out how to submit an answer on our website.
    For more about the RI look here - https://www.rigb.org
    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. 
    Her fourth book Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions is filled with 366 questions sent into Everything Under The Sun, it has been beautifully illustrated by 12 artists and is published by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. 



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    • 15 min
    S3 E2. How do people become refugees? With Clarissa Ward, CNN.

    S3 E2. How do people become refugees? With Clarissa Ward, CNN.

    In this week's show we answer three questions from Matilda, Ben and Octavia with help from special guest expert Clarissa Ward.
    Clarissa is an award winning journalist who reports from conflict zones including recently in Afghanistan during the Taliban's takeover of Kabul - she was on the ground covering events for CNN.
    So she is perfect person to answer this excellent question about how people become refugees, from Matilda who has recently been donating clothes to refugees from Afghanistan.
    We talk about the invention of clothes, when it happened, how we know from studying lice, what early clothes might have looked like!
    Lastly a fun question about Daddy Long Legs which are remarkably interesting creatures! Perhaps we ought to also call the lady ones Mummy Long Legs to be fair?
     
    Social media:
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod and @mollyoldfieldwrites
    Twitter: @mollyoldfield
    Facebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfield
    Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk and www.mollyoldfield.com
    Find out how to submit an answer on our website.
    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written four books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home.
    AND Everything Under the Sun – A Curious question for every day of the year out now published by Ladybird at Penguin Random House.
    EUTS BOOK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everything-Under-Sun-curious-question/dp/0241433460
    Follow Clarissa on instagram: @clarissawardcnn and twitter @clarissaward
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    • 22 min
    S3. E1. Apollo Under The Sun! With Stephen Fry.

    S3. E1. Apollo Under The Sun! With Stephen Fry.

    Welcome back!
    Today we have questions from Jack, Penelope and Charlotte with help from our wonderful guest expert Stephen Fry.
     
    Stephen Fry is the voice of Harry Potter and Paddington and is a renowned brain box and brilliant actor, creator and genius!
     
    Stephen takes on a question about Apollo and why the Greeks and Romans had different names for all the gods, except Apollo! He kindly reminds listeners that even grown ups don't know EVERYTHING!
     
    Next up Penelope would love to know where the first library in the world was? We discuss the ancient library made of clay tablets in Ninevah, in the part of the world we now called Iraq. We found out how it is now at the British Museum and how it gave us the idea of libraries.
     
    Apollo was also the god of the sun, so we have a lovely question from Charlotte about why the sun bleaches our hair a lighter colour!
    PLUS you can win a copy of Everything Under The Sun - a year of curious questions! Out now!
    Social media:
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod + @mollyoldfieldwrites
    Twitter: @mollyoldfield
    Facebook: Molly Oldfield writer
    Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk and www.mollyoldfield.com
    Find out how to submit an answer on our website.
     
    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written four books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home.
    Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions published by Ladybird at Penguin Random House is out NOW!
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everything-Under-Sun-curious-question/dp/0241433460
     
    With thanks to Stephen Fry, Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner, Billy Colours.
     
     

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    • 18 min
    S2.Ep20. Do unicorns exist? Why do rhinos have horns? How do narwhals use their horns? With special guest Ofra Magidor, professor of philosophy at Oxford University

    S2.Ep20. Do unicorns exist? Why do rhinos have horns? How do narwhals use their horns? With special guest Ofra Magidor, professor of philosophy at Oxford University

    In this week's show we answer questions from Maggie, Charlotte, Bertie and Quinn with help from special guest expert Ofra Magidor who is a professor of philosophy at Oxford University
    Ofra Magidor is a philosophy expert and teaches at Oxford, he has all sorts of interesting questions and thoughts about unicorns and whether they're real.
    Next up we find out which species of rhino have two horns and which have only one, what they use them for and why their horns have got them into such trouble.
    Thirdly we discuss the unicorns of the sea, narwhals and the different ideas that exist about the reasons why they have horns and how the horns are actually a really long tooth!
    Check out Mel Kids here and try a subscription using the code SUN: https://melscience.com/GB-en/kids/sets/
    If you're wondering 'Why a Subscription?', well guess what - we asked an expert and this is what they said:
    'Subscriptions encourage spaced repetition which is critical for learning. A 1-time science box if fun, but it won't change a child's mindset or behaviour. For that we need to develop a habit of doing science on a regular basis. This is the real benefit of a MEL Science subscription, a regular hands-on kit, well explained, with interesting extra investigations and visualisations around it to develop scientific thinking. Over 9-12 months, kid's brains develop the confidence to inspect their world scientifically. How to think like a scientist and apply the scientific method is the core skill we are trying to develop.'
    Social media:
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod
    Twitter: @everythinguts
    Facebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfield
    Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk
    Find out how to submit an answer on our website.
    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. 
    This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. 
    Check out the book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everything-Under-Sun-curious-question/dp/0241433460
    Ofra Magidor: http://www.magidor.com
    With thanks to Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner, The National Trust. 

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    • 19 min
    S2 E19. Why does wind blow? Why do the clocks go forwards and backwards? Why do bees make honey? Ft special guest expert Kate Martin from The National Trust.

    S2 E19. Why does wind blow? Why do the clocks go forwards and backwards? Why do bees make honey? Ft special guest expert Kate Martin from The National Trust.

    In this week's show we answer questions from Arlo, Grace, Georgie, Scarlett, Grace and Poppy with help from special guest expert Kate Martin who looks after beautiful places for The National Trust. 
    Kate looks after National Trust land and nature in Formby in Liverpool including red squirrels, natterjack toads and miles of sandy beaches and sand dunes. It gets pretty windy where she works so she knows the answer to your questions about wind!
    She tells us all about why and how wind blows and how it works a bit like when you sit on a lilo and the air under your bottom moves to another part of the lilo.
    Next up we find out why the clocks in England go forwards in Spring and back in Winter, we discover who came up with the idea and how it was introduced into England. 
    Thirdly we discuss bees and why they make honey to feed themselves in the winter as well as how they make this incredible stuff! 
    Check out Mel Kids here and try a subscription using the code SUN: https://melscience.com/GB-en/kids/sets/
    If you're wondering 'Why a Subscription?', well guess what - we asked an expert and this is what they said:
    'Subscriptions encourage spaced repetition which is critical for learning. A 1-time science box if fun, but it won't change a child's mindset or behaviour. For that we need to develop a habit of doing science on a regular basis. This is the real benefit of a MEL Science subscription, a regular hands-on kit, well explained, with interesting extra investigations and visualisations around it to develop scientific thinking. Over 9-12 months, kid's brains develop the confidence to inspect their world scientifically. How to think like a scientist and apply the scientific method is the core skill we are trying to develop.'
    Social media:
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod
    Twitter: @everythinguts
    Facebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfield
    Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk
    Find out how to submit an answer on our website.
    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. 
    This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. 
    Kate Martin on twitter: @NTFormby
    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk
    With thanks to Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner, The National Trust. 

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    • 23 min
    S2 E18. Why do bunnies hop? How do hens make eggs? How is a chick born? Why are some eggs speckled? With guest expert Peter Gallivan from the Royal Institution.

    S2 E18. Why do bunnies hop? How do hens make eggs? How is a chick born? Why are some eggs speckled? With guest expert Peter Gallivan from the Royal Institution.

    In this week's show we answer four questions from Gus, Coco, Heidi and Darcy. 
    Peter Gallivan is in charge of things for families and children at the Royal Institution in London and writes a monthly feature for The Week, Junior Science & Nature magazine. 
    Join us to find out how bunnies hop, all about how the different parts of an egg are made, how a chick hatches with a special tooth and how calcium affects the speckles on an egg. 
    Check out Mel Kids here and try a subscription using the code SUN: https://melscience.com/GB-en/kids/sets/
    If you're wondering 'Why a Subscription?', well guess what - we asked an expert and this is what they said:
    'Subscriptions encourage spaced repetition which is critical for learning. A 1-time science box if fun, but it won't change a child's mindset or behaviour. For that we need to develop a habit of doing science on a regular basis. This is the real benefit of a MEL Science subscription, a regular hands-on kit, well explained, with interesting extra investigations and visualisations around it to develop scientific thinking. Over 9-12 months, kid's brains develop the confidence to inspect their world scientifically. How to think like a scientist and apply the scientific method is the core skill we are trying to develop.'
    Social media:
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod
    Twitter: @everythinguts
    Facebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfield
    Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk
    Find out how to submit an answer on our website.
    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. 
    This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House.
    https://www.amazo
    n.co.uk/Everything-Under-Sun-curious-question/dp/0241433460
    @petergallivan
    With thanks to Tyler Simmons Dale, Audio Networks and Ash Gardner. 

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    • 20 min

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