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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 - with the help of experts from Neil Gaiman to the fish curators at the Natural History Museum - 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 award winning ...
 
Welcome to the Pindrop podcast, the place to discover original stories. Spend time with master storytellers including Stephen Fry, William Boyd, Lionel Shriver, Gwendoline Christie, Will Self, Russell Tovey and many more. Discover new stories alongside interviews with Pin Drop founders Simon Oldfield and Elizabeth Day. /// “A dazzling anthology. I really believe in Pin Drop.” – Stephen Fry /// “Pin Drop is a wonderful and rare conception. The perfect antidote to the sound-bite culture.” – Wi ...
 
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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 dun…
 
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…
 
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 mos…
 
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 …
 
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 o…
 
In this week's show we answer three questions from Ted, Polly and Tara with help from special guest expert Mark Powers. Mark is the author of Space Detectives a story about two boys who go to space to run an ice cream shop and solve mysteries along the way. We also have a competition to win a copy of the book! We find out which was the first planet…
 
In this week's show we answer three questions from Matilda & Tabitha, Cleo and Magnus with help from special guest expert the picture book writer and illustrator Kim Hillyard. Kim has written two picture books, one about a brave and strong fly called Mabel who decides to climb a mountain and the other about a hamster called Ned, which is a story ab…
 
In this week's show we answer three questions from Goldie, Meg and Isla and Valentin with help from special guest expert Lizzie King of Lizzie Loves Healthy. Lizzie is a family nutritionist and cook book writer who has a range of natural remedies to help children, one helps with Sleep! It’s called Be Sleepy. Lizzie talks to us about how light affec…
 
In this week's show we answer three questions from Faye and Maya, Ethan and Alex with help from special guest expert Willow Crossley. Willow Crossley is a florist and a writer who lives in Oxfordshire with her three boys, writing books and designing beautiful things with flowers. She tells us all about why flowers are prickly plus we find out why b…
 
In this week's show we answer three questions from Arlo, Beatrice and Henry and Isabelle with help from special guest experts Jon Ablett from the Natural History Museum in London. Jon Ablett is a world expert on molluscs and looks after a huge collection of them at the Natural History Museum in London. He gives us the low down on snails and why the…
 
In this week's show we answer three questions from Bea, Beatrice and Wilf with help from special guest expert Lauren Child. Lauren Child is a much loved children’s author and illustrator who has written classic series such as Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redford. She has won many awards, her books are bestselling and she was Children’s L…
 
In this week's show we answer three questions from Leo, Dragon and Cecily with help from special guest experts Professor Schmitt and Doug Millard from the Science Museum in London. Professor Schmitt is a world expert on skateboards and has been making them for decades - he gives us the low down on how they were invented. Doug Millard looks after th…
 
This week we answer three questions from Orla, Reuben and Gil with the help of expert Charlie Luxton. Charlie is an architect who specialises in environmentally friendly homes. We find out how spiders manage to trap flies in their webs but don't get stuck in them themselves. To give you a clue it is thanks to the way they use their legs, keep clean…
 
In this week's show we answer three questions from Tasso, Lily and Mia with help from special guest expert Dan Stevens. Dan Stevens is an English actor who now lives in America, he shot to fame in Downton Abbey and has since been in The Man Who Invented Christmas, Night at the Museum and Eurovision. Dan tells us all about why actors love a stage to…
 
In this week's show we answer three questions from Goldie, Tasso and Sophia with help from special guest expert Zephyr Wildman. Zephyr is a wonderful yoga teacher who teaches in London as well as on retreats around the world and knows all about yoga. We find out how yoga helps us with focus, memory and resilience and how practicing can help us feel…
 
In this week's show we answer lots of questions from Tabitha, Jensen, Eleanor, Alice, Ollie, Jack, Chessie and Eleanor with help from the wonderful writer Neil Gaiman. Neil is the author of lots of books for children and adults including Coraline, Stardust, Fortunately The Milk, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, picture books about a sneezing panda…
 
In this week's show we answer questions from Orla, Emilia, Zac, Ambrose and Portia with help from special guest expert Lee Davies from Kew Gardens in London. Lee is curator of fungi at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Lee tells us all about mushrooms and toadstools and why they like the dark. Plus we uncover the biggest living thing in the world, which …
 
In this week's show we answer three questions from Evangeline, Roman and Clara with help from special guest expert the artist Grayson Perry. Grayson is a world-renowned artist, writer and TV presenter and works a lot with clay to make incredible pots so he is the perfect person to answer Clara’s question. We discover how to make clay last forever a…
 
Welcome back to the second series of Everything Under The Sun! Thanks for sending in your questions. In this week's show we answer three questions from Ithaca, Benji and Elijah with help from special guest expert Sir Richard Branson. Richard Branson founded Virgin Records, Virgin airways and now Virgin Galactic which is working hard to make it easi…
 
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. Do subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen to it and tell all your fri…
 
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 N…
 
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 w…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 …
 
Hello and welcome to 54th episode 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! They’re about armadillos, music and mermaids! Our first question comes from Wolf, who lives in Paraguay! He sent me a photo o…
 
Bumblebees! Baboons! Saguaros! This episode is for all the children who are going to be at home for a while, this is so you can all hear each other's voices and learn new things! Please do send your favourite episode of Everything Under The Sun to your friends so they can listen and learn new things! Remember if you'd like to send in a question you…
 
Hello and Welcome to a very special episode of Everything Under The Sun. Today is the 52nd episode of the podcast, which means this beloved podcast has taken a full trip around the sun! It has been such a lovely year of making Everything Under The Sun, because I’ve had such fun creating it. I love waking up to find your questions waiting for me eac…
 
Today’s questions are about DEW, BUBBLES and HICCUPS. First up is Maggie who would like to know - what is dew? Find out how water can be three things, and how it turns into dew. Our next question is why do bubbles pop? To answer it I have writer, physicist, oceanographer Helen Czerski, who knows all about bubbles! She’s written a book called Bubble…
 
Today we’re answering three questions about LONG things! One’s about long hair, the next about long necks and the last about long breaths! Our first question comes from Sophie, she would like to know: how long would it take for my hair to be like Rapunzel? Hear from top hairdresser Lino Carbosiero MBE about how long it would take as well as some ti…
 
This week on the podcast we find out about horses and their shoes, zebras and their noises and sneezing animals! Our first question is from Isabel, she would like to know, what noise does a zebra make? Have a listen to zebras bark, bray, nicker and snort, all the sounds they make depending on what they're up to. Next we hear from Ted who would like…
 
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Today is a day people send cards, roses and chocolate to the ones they love. So our first two questions are about those two lovely things! Find out why roses have thorns to protect themselves, as well as what primrose means and what flowers to look out for right now in Europe - if that’s where you live - as signs of …
 
Merry Christmas Everyone! This week we tackle four questions. They are: Mrs Christmas help Father Christmas to see who is naughty and who is nice? Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, Stardust, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the picture books about a sneezing panda called Chu and wonderful books is here to answer that one for us with a tale of Mrs C…
 
Hello and welcome to 47th episode of Everything Under the Sun. This week’s show is made with support from the Natural History Museum in London. They have a magazine called Wild World for children who are members of the museum. In this magazine they recently ran a competition for two readers to win the chance to have their question answered on Every…
 
This week’s questions are about politics, plastic and how climate change affects polar bears. Poet Benjamin Zephaniah talks us through what it might be like to have no Prime Minister, and we find out about the plastic problem in our oceans as well as all about the perils facing polar bears. Subscribe to the show to never miss an episode and do send…
 
Everything Under the Sun is back! This week we're answering questions about autumn leaves, birds nests and football! To answer the question about leaves we have Karen from The Woodland Trust in England. Join us to discover how trees hibernate a bit like hedgehogs and why they make beautiful coloured leaves that fall in Autumn. Find out all about bi…
 
Today is the 44th episode of Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth. Our first question comes from Violet and Tabitha who are twins! They would like to know where identical twins come from? To answer their question we have Dr. Chris van Tulleken who is …
 
Art Under The Sun! This week our first question is why do people make art? To answer it we have Oliver Jeffers who is a brilliant artist who paints, illustrates, makes sculptures and creates books including The Heart and the Bottle, Here We Are, The Day the Crayons Quit, Stuck, Lost and Found and his new book The Fate of Fausto. So he’s the perfect…
 
How does Yoga help you Relax?How do Springs on a Trampoline help you Bounce so High? Why do Roller Coasters make your Tummy Tickle? Hello and welcome to 42nd 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 our first question comes from Sophia, …
 
Today we’re talking about FRUIT! Our first fruity question comes from Tessa, she would like to know, where do fruits come from? To answer Tessa’s fab question we have Sir Tim Smit who built the amazing Eden Project and restored an incredible, wild, botanical garden called The Lost Gardens of Heligan. They are both in Cornwall and incredible places …
 
Today we’re talking TREES and the Amazon Rainforest. Our first question comes from Jude, he would like to know how many trees there in the world, find out how many trillion trees grow on earth and how they were counted. Next up is Luca, who asks why are trees important? To answer him we have Bella Lack who is only 16 but has been campaigning for th…
 
Hello! It’s episode 39 of Everything Under the Sun and were talking about FIRSTS! The First Artists, the First Sports and the First musical instruments! The first question is from Emily, who lives in South Africa, she would like to know who was the first artist? To answer Emily’s question I have a one of my favourite artists, the whimsical wonderfu…
 
This week’s questions are all about our bodies! Find out why we have an appendix with Dr. Chiara Hunt, she is a doctor and runs The Bump Class for Mums and Dads who are about to have a baby. She also co-hosts a podcast for parents called The Parent Hood with her sister Marina Fogle, which I went on earlier this year to talk about children and curio…
 
Hello and welcome to episode 37 of Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth. Today our questions are all about animals and eating! Our question comes Cormac who wants to know about snakes and eating! He’d like to know how many monkey a python can eat in o…
 
Hello! This week because the Ashes cricket match between England and Australia has just begun our first question is about cricket. It is from Matilda who would like to know why cricket is called cricket and what are the ashes? To answer it I have cricket legend, Mikey Holding, one of the fastest bowlers ever and a top cricket commentator who knows …
 
Hello! This week we’re chatting about the sky! The sky itself and why it is blue, clouds that float through it and birds that fly through it. Our first question comes from Sophia she would like to know why the sky is blue? We find out all about how sunlight is filled with all the colours of the rainbow and how it moves in waves, some short and some…
 
Everything Around The MOON! July the 20th will mark the 50th anniversary of when humans first landed on the moon! Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins made it to the moon. Mike Collins stayed in the command module and Buzz and Neil walked on the moon. Neil Armstrong strode out first and said: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap…
 
Hello and welcome to episode 32 of Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth. Our first question comes from a whole class full of children, from Year three at Bolton Primary School, they would like to know: Why did Tut become King at age 9 and how did he d…
 
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