Bene and Mal’s Demanding Dilemmas – free audio resource

This series of short audio features explores ethical dilemmas around topical issues in science and health. The series is aimed broadly at 6-12 year-olds but may also be suitable for younger or older children.

In each episode, Bene and Mal look at an everyday example of a dilemma, before discussing the ethics of a specific health or science issue in more detail.

A cartoon of the Bene and Mal characters


Click on the links below to listen to or download individual features:

Series 2: Bene and Mal’s Body teasers

Episode 1: Replacing our limbs

Episode 2: Who wants to live forever?

Episode 3: Changing how we look

Episode 4: Donating our organs to others

Episode 5: Using animal organs in our bodies

Episode 6: Bionic implants in our brains

Episode 7: Collecting data about our bodies

Episode 8: Knowing more about our DNA

Series 1: Bene and Mal’s Demanding Dilemmas

Episode 1: Biofuels – part 1  (4 minutes 23 seconds)

Episode 2: Biofuels – part 2 (4 minutes 28 seconds)

Episode 3: The GM food debate – part 1 (4 minutes 20 seconds)

Episode 4: The GM food debate – part 2 (3 minutes 58 seconds)

Episode 5: Healthy eating (4 minutes 20 seconds)

Episode 6: Infectious diseases (4 minutes 40 seconds)

Episode 7: Clinical trials (3 minutes 36 seconds)

Episode 8: Fluoride in the water (3 minutes 40 seconds)

Episode 9: Forensic DNA (3 minutes 57 seconds)

Episode 10: Human enhancements (4 minutes 17 seconds)

Bene and Mal’s Body Teasers and Bene and Mal’s Demanding Dilemmas was produced by Fun Kids with support from the Council.

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