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Children are full of curiosity and questions about the world. Each Friday, join Molly Oldfield, write of the weekly kids quiz in the Guardian each Saturday, the original QI elf and author and host of Everything Under The Sun (both the book and podcast) as she answers questions sent in by children around the world with the help of experts including Neil Gaiman, Heston Blumenthal, Grayson Perry, Lauren Child, Richard Branson and Sophie Dahl to the fish curators at the Natural History Museum. 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

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

Children are full of curiosity and questions about the world. Each Friday, join Molly Oldfield, write of the weekly kids quiz in the Guardian each Saturday, the original QI elf and author and host of Everything Under The Sun (both the book and podcast) as she answers questions sent in by children around the world with the help of experts including Neil Gaiman, Heston Blumenthal, Grayson Perry, Lauren Child, Richard Branson and Sophie Dahl to the fish curators at the Natural History Museum. 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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    Soneva Jani, How many universes did the Big Bang create? Why do spinner dolphins spin? How do fish breathe underwater? Why do turtles hide in their shells?

    Soneva Jani, How many universes did the Big Bang create? Why do spinner dolphins spin? How do fish breathe underwater? Why do turtles hide in their shells?

    On this award winning show we answer questions live with children in the Den (kids club) at Soneva Jani, a beautiful resort in the Maldives.
    Our questions are:
    How many universes did the big bang create?
    Why do spinner dolphins spin?
    Why do turtles hide in their shells?
    How do fish breathe underwater?
    All great questions from kids on a tropical island under bright nighttime stars!
    They're answered with help from Tess, Dee and Rosie the Soneva experts! Tess is a marine biologist on the island, Dee shows people the stars each night with a huge telescope and Rosie is the turtle expert and when I was there she was helping baby turtles who were hatching out of eggs on the beach.
    Soneva Jani and Soneva Fushi are magical places and I was so honoured and delighted to be asked to visit as a writer and podcaster in residence, it was the dream job and I had the most wonderful, happy time I will treasure forever. Thank you Malsa at the Barefoot Bookshop for inviting me!
    Happy listening...and I hope you love the episode!
    Love Molly x
    If you'd like to send me a questions for the podcast or the new book I am writing do check out www.mollyoldfield.com and see the new book link, you just do a recording of you saying you name, age, country and then your question and get a grown up to email it to me at molly@everythingunderthesun.c.uk
    Check out socials:
    Insta: @mollyoldfieldwrites and @everythingunderthesunpod
    Twitter: @mollyoldfield
    TikTok: @mollyunderthesun
    I hope you have a lovey week and enjoy the episode!


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    • 17 min
    Soneva Fushi, The Maldives Under The Sun! With astrophysicist Sarafina Nance & Soneva marine life & Coral experts Rio and Morgane

    Soneva Fushi, The Maldives Under The Sun! With astrophysicist Sarafina Nance & Soneva marine life & Coral experts Rio and Morgane

    This week the award winning show hosted by Molly Oldfield, author of four books including Everything Under The Sun - a curious question for every day of the year is at Soneva Fushi in The Maldives! It's a live recording filled with all the children on the island as well as resident experts!
    Hi I'm Molly! Thanks for listening to the podcast! I had so much fun recording it with the children and experts on Soneva Fushi in the Maldives! Thank you to Malsa and Shizna the barefoot booksellers on the island for inviting me, to Ultimate Library and to everyone at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani for inviting me and looking after me and my family so well! I've loved being a writer and podcaster in residence! Please can I come back every year... : )
    Our experts this week are visiting astrophysicist and analogue astronaut Sarafina Nance who has been in a Mars simulator and knows all about life on Mars! We also have Rio and Morgane who look after the marine life and coral at Soneva Fushi. They're all here to answer children's questions!
    The questions we tackle include:
    Why do fish have gills? Asks Charlotte, 7, Australia – answered by Rio, marine biologist Soneva Fushi
    Why do some people want to live on Mars? Arlo, 5, England answered by Sarafina Nance astrophysicist and analogue astronaut who has lived in a Mars simulator
    How many stars are in this galaxy? Asks Zoya, 7, India answered by Sarafina Nance
    How did the Maldives form? Asks Lidewij, 7 from the Netherlands answered by Morgane the marine biologist at Soneva Fushi
    How big is a Megaladon? Asks Audrey, 3, Australia answered by Molly
    Why is Venus hot? Asks Jahan, 4, India answered by Sarafina
    What is the biggest planet in space? Charlotte, 7, Australia answered by Sarafina
    How did the storm on Jupiter form the big red dot? Asks Arlo, 5 from England
    What is the biggest coral in the world? Charlotte, 7, Australia answered by Morgane, Soneva Fushi's marine biologist
    I hope you love the show! It was so much fun to make it live in Soneva Fushi!
    Sending sunshine,
    Love Molly x

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    • 26 min
    Why do fungi grow? With Merlin Sheldrake. How do bicycles move? Why do kangaroos have pouches?

    Why do fungi grow? With Merlin Sheldrake. How do bicycles move? Why do kangaroos have pouches?

    This week Molly Oldfield is joined by Merlin Sheldrake author of Entangled Life to find out about fungi, why they grow, how many blue whales worth of spores they create and where you'll find the biggest organism on earth, which is a fungi.
    Plus how tiny kangaroos are the size of a baked bean and need to live in their mothers pouches for months after they're born.
    Plus a lovely piece of writing by Maria Popova of The Marginalian answering a question about bicycles.
    For more info about the podcast, and the Everything Under The Sun book go to:
    www.mollyoldfield.com
    Do check out Entangled Life by Merlin it is a wonderful read about a hidden realm!
    Instagram: @mollyoldfieldwrites and @everythingunderthesunpod
    Twitter: @mollyoldfield
    Do send in a question by recording it using a phone saying your name, age, country you live in and ask the question and send it to molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk
    It may end up on the podcast or in a book! : )

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    • 12 min
    Who gave numbers their names, and how did they choose them? With Marcus du Sautoy. Do all of our fingers have the same fingerprints? Why do airplane flaps go up when landing, but not when taking off?

    Who gave numbers their names, and how did they choose them? With Marcus du Sautoy. Do all of our fingers have the same fingerprints? Why do airplane flaps go up when landing, but not when taking off?

    Welcome back to another episode Everything Under The Sun!
     
    This week we have the fantastic mathematician and author Marcus du Sautoy, answering the question ‘Who came up with the names of numbers, and how did they choose them?’
     
    We also work out the answer to Sam's question 'Why do plane's flaps go up when landing, but not when taking off?' as well as Delilah's question 'Do all of our fingers have the same fingerprints?'
     
    Lots of fun questions to delve into this week and we look forward to exploring them with you.
     
    Have a lovely weekend!
     
    Do check out the BOOK www.mollyoldfield.com/everything-under-the-sun
    Check out Marcus' book, 'Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut https://www.simonyi.ox.ac.uk/books/thinking-better-the-art-of-the-shortcut/
    Instagram: @mollyoldfieldwrites and @everythingunderthesunpod
    Twitter: @mollyoldfield
     
    THANK YOU! Do send me a question for the new EUTS book and share with your friends!
    Molly x

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    • 12 min
    Who was the first monarch? With Dominic Sandbrook. How are books made? What are the smallest and biggest islands in the world?

    Who was the first monarch? With Dominic Sandbrook. How are books made? What are the smallest and biggest islands in the world?

    Welcome back to another episode Everything Under The Sun!
     
    This week we have the brilliant historian and author Dominic Sandbrook, answering Penny’s question ‘Who was the first monarch of England?’
     
    We also work out the answer to River's question how are books made? And discuss a pressing question from Jemima which is what are the world's smallest and biggest islands?
     
    Lots of fun questions to delve into this week and we look forward to exploring them with you.
     
    Have a lovely weekend!
     
    Do check out the BOOK www.mollyoldfield.com/everything-under-the-sun
    Do check out Dominic Sandbrook’s books, including his ‘Adventures in Time’ series, which we think you’ll love! https://dominicsandbrook.com/books
    Instagram: @mollyoldfieldwrites and @everythingunderthesunpod
    Twitter: @mollyoldfield
     
    THANK YOU! Do send me a question for the new EUTS book and share with your friends!
    Molly x

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    • 13 min
    Does the Queen Carry Money? With Dame Joanna Lumley. Why do we have bank holidays? What is the hottest country in the world?

    Does the Queen Carry Money? With Dame Joanna Lumley. Why do we have bank holidays? What is the hottest country in the world?

    Its the 100th episode of Everything Under The Sun!
    Which means we've answered over 300 children's questions on the show!
    This week Dame Joanna Lumley is our guest answering a question about The Queen for the Jubilee!
    Plus we discuss a question about bank holidays, did you know the man who invented them liked to study ants and taught his pet poodle to read?
    We also find out about the hottest country in the world!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Do check out the BOOK www.mollyoldfield.com/everything-under-the-sun
    Dame Joanna Lumley's book A Queen for All Seasons
    Instagram: @mollyoldfieldwrites and @everythingunderthesunpod
    Twitter: @mollyoldfield
    THANK YOU! Do share with your friends! Molly x

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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 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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