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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
    • 4.9 • 16 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.

    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
    S2 E17. Why do nightingales sing the most beautiful song? Ft special guest expert Sam Lee. Why are peacocks so loud? How do tadpoles swim and what is the biggest tadpole in the world?

    S2 E17. Why do nightingales sing the most beautiful song? Ft special guest expert Sam Lee. Why are peacocks so loud? How do tadpoles swim and what is the biggest tadpole in the world?

    In this week's show we answer three questions from Bee, Rose and Alex with help from special guest expert Sam Lee.


    Sam is a folk singer and writer – author of the book The Nightingale, Notes on a Songbird – who leads adventures into the woods to play music with nightingales as they sing. 


    Sam tells us about how nightingales sing at night, unlike most other birds and tells us about their beautiful song. 


    Then we have a competition for you to win a copy of Sam's book for a grown up in your life!


    We find out why peacocks make such loud calls, because of where they come from scrubby woodland in India. 


    We also chat about frogs, tadpoles, how they swim and the biggest ones in the world! 


    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. 


    Find out more about Sam Lee here - www.samleesong.co.uk
     
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    • 20 min
    S2 E16. Why do we wear red noses on Red Nose Day? With guest experts Emma Freud & Richard Curtis. Why is your elbow called a funny bone when it’s not funny? Why does bogie come out of your nose when you cry?

    S2 E16. Why do we wear red noses on Red Nose Day? With guest experts Emma Freud & Richard Curtis. Why is your elbow called a funny bone when it’s not funny? Why does bogie come out of your nose when you cry?

     In this week's show we answer three questions from Laurie, Joud and Sonny with help from special guest experts Emma Freud and Richard Curtis. 


    Emma Freud and Richard Curtis founded Red Nose Day and Comic Relief 35 years ago with comedian Lenny Henry. They tell us why we wear red noses and what Red Nose Day is all about. 


    Our second question is about funny bones, we find out that it’s actually a nerve and there’s a great reason why it’s called a funny bone when it isn’t a bone and isn’t very funny!


    Thirdly we discover why snot comes out when you cry, how many sinuses you and why snot is a very useful thing for your body. 


    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.waterstones.com/book/everything-under-the-sun/molly-oldfield/9780241433461


    Red Nose Day - https://www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday/


    With thanks to Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner, Audio Networks. 
     
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    • 12 min
    S2 E15. How did the Egyptians make pyramids & why did they wrap Mummies in bandages? Ft special guests Justin Pollard & Adam Rutherford. Who was the first Mummy in my family? Why can’t babies sweat?

    S2 E15. How did the Egyptians make pyramids & why did they wrap Mummies in bandages? Ft special guests Justin Pollard & Adam Rutherford. Who was the first Mummy in my family? Why can’t babies sweat?

    In this week's show we answer four questions from Arthur, Scarlet, Coco and Beth with help from special guest expert Justin Pollard. 


    Justin is a historian and writer. He writes questions for the TV show QI and is a historical consultant on TV shows such as Vikings and on films. He knows all about the Egyptians so he’s the perfect person to answer our first question about pyramids and mummies. 


    Justin tells us about how the Egyptians thought your spirit would need your body in the afterlife and so carefully protected it with bandages, so that the owner spirit could bring it back to life in the next world and tells us all about pyramids and how they were really made. 


    Adam Rutherford - who is an evolutionary biologist and a writer - has the answer to Beth’s question about who the first Mummy was in her family, he delves right back into the past to the beginning of humans and even further back than that to the beginning of life on earth! 


    Molly answers the third question about why babies don’t sweat, we find out all about the two different types of sweat glands humans have and how we have to protect babies from getting too hot because they can’t sweat to cool themselves down. 


    Finally we hear ALL your favourite ice cream flavours and announce a winner of Space Detectives! 


    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. 


    Justin Pollard – https://www.unitedagents.co.uk/justin-pollard-0
    Adam Rutherford – https://www.adamrutherford.com


    With thanks to Ash Gardner, Audio Networks, Tyler Simmons Dale. 
     
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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Artemis16 ,

Love this podcast!

I’m so glad that I stumbled upon this gem! My daughter and I love to listen to an episode each night before she goes to bed. We also have a mini dance party to the intro music 😀

AndyA_80 ,

Love it!

Everything Under the Sun is fun and informative for listeners of all ages. Highly entertaining and highly re-listenable (an important quality for something your kids will enjoy).

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