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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.

Everything Under The Sun Molly Oldfield

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6, 155 Ratings

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.

    How are Dictionaries Made? How are Blue Plaques decided? How is Earwax made?

    How are Dictionaries Made? How are Blue Plaques decided? How is Earwax made?

    This week we answer three questions, how are dictionaries made? How are Blue Plaques decided and how is earwax made?


    Our guest expert is Catherine Sangster from the Oxford English Dictionary!


    Find out who the first blue plaque ever was for and how they are made in Cornwall.


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    How do Buds & Leaves appear on trees? W National Trust. Seeds with Alys Fowler and Why are blueberries blue?

    How do Buds & Leaves appear on trees? W National Trust. Seeds with Alys Fowler and Why are blueberries blue?

    Today we answer four spring like questions, they are from Seraphina, Alex, Elizabeth and Anurada they are:


    how do buds appear on trees? 
    how do trees make their leaves? 
    what the husks of seeds are made out of?
    Why are blueberries skin blue? 
     
    A big thank you to Seraphina, Elizabeth, Anurada and Alex for this week’s questions and to Jess Evans at the National Trust and Alys Fowler for this week’s excellent answers about buds, leaves and the husks of seeds! 


    Remember to send everyone who doesn’t know about it and might like it the link to the podcast and ask them to subscribe to the show. If you get time you can leave a review and send me a question! To send a question just ask an adult to borrow their smartphone, record yourself saying your name and your age and a bit about yourself and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk


    Thanks everyone! Sending lots of love for a good week ahead, thank you and GOODBYE!
     
     
     
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    Why do We Dream? Why are Sloths so Sleepy? Why are Camels grumpy?

    Why do We Dream? Why are Sloths so Sleepy? Why are Camels grumpy?

    Hello and welcome to episode 58 of Everything Under The Sun – I hope everyone is doing okay at home!


    This week we're talking about sleepy sloths, dreams and camels.


    Our first question is about a sleepy animal, called a sloth and it comes from Alice, 5, she would like to know why do sloths sleep so much? 


    We also discuss Catrin's question, which is why do we dream? 


    I have David Eagleman who is a neuroscientist - that’s someone who studies the brain - and a best selling author. He has written books all about the brain and is interested in dreams, he has an answer for you, over to David!  


    Our third question is about something grumpy which you might feel if you don't get enough sleep, or you have a bad dream it is from Christopher. He would like to know why are camels grumpy? 


    A big thank you to Christopher, Catrin and Alice for this week’s questions and to David Eagleman for talking to us about why we dream! 


    I hope you all have a lovely week, coming up with fun things to do while you’re all at home and wishing you all sweet dreams.


    Do send everyone who doesn’t know about it and might like it the link to the podcast and ask them to subscribe to the show. If you get time you can leave a review and send me a question! To send a question just ask an adult to borrow their smartphone, record yourself saying your name and your age and a bit about yourself and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk


    If your parents are on instagram tell them to follow @mollyoldfieldwrites so we can all stay in touch! 


    Thanks everyone! Sending lots of love for a good week ahead, thank you and GOODBYE!


    David Eagleman - https://www.eagleman.com


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    How Many Countries are there in the World? Why is the Red Sea so named? Why does Poland have a desert?

    How Many Countries are there in the World? Why is the Red Sea so named? Why does Poland have a desert?

    Hello and welcome to episode 57 of Everything Under The Sun – a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth!


    Even though we can’t visit any at the moment there are still lots of countries out there filled with children doing the same thing as you – staying at home! I thought we’d have an episode with questions about different things in other countries this week so we can imagine places we might go in the world in the future.


    Our first question is a BIG one and it comes from Annabel.


    How many countries are there in the world and how were they made?


    Alastair Pinkerton, who is Geography professor at Royal Holloway University has the answer!


    We also find out why the Red Sea is called the Red Sea and why Poland has a desert thanks to questions from Iris and Jagoda.


    Remember to subscribe to Everything Under The Sun on apple podcasts, ACast or wherever you listen to podcasts so you don't miss an episode!


    To send a question just ask an adult to borrow their smartphone, record yourself saying your name and your age and a bit about yourself and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk




    Thanks everyone! Sending lots of love for a good week ahead, thank you and GOODBYE!


    For a link to Natural Wonders of the world go here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-Wonders-World-Discover-marvels/dp/1526360667
     
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    Who was the First Comedian? With Dan Schreiber from NSTAAF Why do Ducklings Learn How to Swim So Fast? Plus we uncover a mystery object spotted by two listeners on their run.

    Who was the First Comedian? With Dan Schreiber from NSTAAF Why do Ducklings Learn How to Swim So Fast? Plus we uncover a mystery object spotted by two listeners on their run.

    Hello and welcome to episode 56 of Everything Under The Sun – a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth! 


    My name is Molly and today I have three questions for you:


    The first is who was the first comedian? We find out all about the history of comedy and funny people of the past from Dan Schreiber from No Such Thing as A Fish and QI.


    The second question is from Martha and Heidi who sent me a photo of something they saw out on a run and wanted to know what it was.


    Also we find out why ducklings learn how to swim so fast.


    If you get time you can leave a review and send me a question! To send a question just ask an adult to borrow their smartphone, record yourself saying your name and your age and a bit about yourself and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk


    Thanks everyone! Sending lots of love for a good week ahead, thank you and GOODBYE!


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    Why do Koalas Climb? How do Frogs Jump? With Paolo curator of zoology at the National Museum of Ireland. Why don't Water Boatmen Sink?

    Why do Koalas Climb? How do Frogs Jump? With Paolo curator of zoology at the National Museum of Ireland. Why don't Water Boatmen Sink?

    Hello and welcome to episode 55 of Everything Under The Sun!


    I know a lot of you children listening might be at home at the moment, hopefully with lots of people around you having fun but still you might be missing your friends a bit as lots of schools have closed for a while - if so this is for you! 


    I hope you enjoy the show and remember, do send in a question and I can answer it for you! 


    To help all the other children around the world who are home from school please do send the link to the podcast to all of your friends, ask your Mummy or Daddy to do it and just tell everyone about it as I think that there will be lots of children who would like to hear each others voices and learn new stuff about our world right now. 


    Now for our first question, which is about koalas comes from Frances, she would like to know...


    Why do koalas climb?


    Find out why koalas climb, how much time they spend in trees a day and why they HUG trees!


    We also chat about water boatmen with Ingrid's question, how do water boatmen not sink? 


    We find out how they have interesting legs that store air to help them skate over the water and how they manage to be the loudest singers of any creatures on earth compared to their size.


    Our third question is about frogs, it comes from Eliza, who asks how do frogs jump?


    Paolo Viscardi, who is a curator of zoology at the National Museum of Ireland and knows about all kinds of creatures, including frogs has the answer.


    If you get time you can leave a review and send me a question! To send a question just ask an adult to borrow their smartphone, record yourself saying your name and your age and a bit about yourself and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk


    Thanks everyone! Sending lots of love for a good week ahead, thank you and GOODBYE!


    Podcast website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk
    Twitter: @mollyoldfield
    Insta: @mollyoldfieldwrites


    Paolo!
    Twitter: PaoloViscardi
     
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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

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Amazing!🙂

Hello Everything Under The Sun, I only started listening to your podcast recently but it is very very good. Thank you for creating this podcast 😊. You really help answer some very complicated questions! I have a question: Who invented the bike?

Thank you Molly
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