Thursday, November 16, 2023

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An imminent Icelandic eruption; Bayern-Munich signs Aussie teen; Swift scammers are at it again; and it’s a Bluey Fest!


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Things are hotting up over in Iceland. Not above the surface, but way down deep under the Earth. For a few weeks now, Reykjavik, which is Iceland’s capital, and surrounding regions, have been experiencing an increase in earthquake activity. Icelanders are no strangers to earthquakes, living above the meeting of two major tectonic plates, but things underground seem to be ramping up. 


It turns out that a 15-kilometer-long river of fiery magma, which is liquid rock that can get up to temperatures of 1,300 degrees Celsius, is flowing beneath the surface. It runs right under the town of Grindavik which has been evacuated due to the risk of fire fountains and toxic gasses. The magma is currently just one kilometre beneath the Earth’s surface, but if it breaks through, it could be an almighty eruption. 


If you’d like to learn more about Earthquakes and Volcanoes, I’ve stuck a link in the episode notes to a Shortcut we created on those very things.



From air pollution to plastic pollution. Nations, big companies and environmental advocates are coming together in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, this week to develop a legally binding, international treaty to reduce plastic pollution on land and at sea. Kenya has one of the world’s strictest bans on single-use plastics so let’s hope some companies and countries can look to their example. 



Each day, we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops, and today, we’ve landed in Germany, the place that 17-year-old Aussie, Nestory Irankunda,will soon be calling home. If you’re a fan of A-League soccer, you will no doubt be aware of Nestory. The Tanzanian-born teen who started life in a refugee camp, has just been sold by his team, Adelaide United, for a record-breaking 5.5 million dollars, to Bayern Munich, who are currently dominating in the UEFA Champions League in Europe.

Nestory has scored nine goals in just thirty-eight games for Adelaide United, which is a record for a player under 20 years of age. He’ll finish off this season in Australia, but he says that his transfer to the world’s best team is a dream come true. Squiz Kids salutes you Nestory Irank unda!



Hands up if you love Bluey!! I can’t actually see you, but I’m betting there are a whole lot of hands in the air. And they don’t just belong to the kids.Am I right?  Bluey has come to be a true blue family favourite in Australian lounge rooms and across the globe. That’s why we’re so excited that this weekend, the ABC, home to Bluey, are hosting Bluey Fest! From 6am AEDT you can settle in for a countdown of the 100 top episodes of everyone’s favourite Heeler family….for real life! 

And if you make it all the way through to 7.20pm you can find out which Bluey episode is Australia’s favourite.

And that’s not all; tomorrow, the first-ever Bluey video game is being launched. So if you love a magical xylophone or a good ‘ol game of keepy uppy you can get online and check it out. There are links galore to all things Bluey in your episode notes. “Nice work Rita” “Thanks Janet”



Every Thursday, Squiz-E the Newshound sticks his snout into Squiz Kids HQ and reports back on fishy things he’s sniffed out on the internet – and today his snout is all twitchy because he’s discovered some Fake News that relates to Squiz-E’s favourite singer, Taylor Swift. That’s right, Squiz-E’s a Swifty. But let’s not get him started [Howl]

You’d have to have been living under a rock not to know that TayTay has been seen out and about with American football star Travis Kelce. Well, one YouTube celebrity gossip channel has posted a video claiming to show Swift’s former boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, reacting furiously to TayTay’s new romance. 

The video, or posts shared about it, have been viewed more than 900,000 times.

And it’ll come as no surprise to you qualified Newshounds that when you start digging, as Squiz-E did, there’s no evidence of any truth to the video.

It’s all been made up .. By splicing together lots of different videos to make it seem Tay Tat’s ex is upset – when there’s no evidence at all that he is. 

It’s another reason to always do as SquizE says – and that’s to STOP, THINK and CHECK before believing everything we see, read or hear on the internet. 

Teachers, if you haven’t yet signed up to Newshounds, get onboard. There are some great end-of-year activities you can take your class through to help them to Stop, Think and Check too. You can find it all at

Thanks Squiz-E, you’ve done it again! [Howl]


Announcing the creation of ‘Throw Us A Like Thursdays’ … 

Because Shout Outs are hotly contested on Squiz Kids – we’re creating a special Shout Out segment every Thursday for listeners who give us a bit of love in return …

All you have to do to jump the Shout Out queue is give us some stars and tell everyone how much you love us on the Apple or Spotify podcasting apps, mention that you’d like a shoutout, and we’ll oblige at the end of Thursday’s podcast … because we like to give!

Oh and just a quick heads up that you can now find the podcast at YouTube. Our Channel is simply Squiz Kids. See you there!


This is the part of the podcast where you get to test how well you’ve been listening …

  1. How long is the fiery river of magma that is flowing under Iceland?
  2. Which German team has Aussie teen Nestory Irankunda been transferred to?
  3. How many episodes of Bluey can you watch on the ABC this Saturday, if your parents let you that is?




It’s November 16 … Guinness World Records Day, a day to celebrate all the wild, weird and wonderful people who set world records or maybe try one for yourself. What record would you like to set?


It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today…  Kobi from Ashmont, Kira from Point Cook, Emily from Cairns, Minaya from Forest Lake, Luka from Sydney, Shuying from Epping, Aven from Wantirna, Riley from Deebing Heights, Harriet from Victor Harbour, Tori from Bowral and Manmit from Goodna. 


And a belated shout out goes to… Gabriella from Brookfield.


Classroom shout outs go to …  class 4PB with Mrs Kotian and Mrs Burton at Pymble Ladies’ College in Sydney, class 10P with Mrs Phillips at Minlaton Lutheran School, class Orelia 6 with Ms Ashby at Anne Hamersley Primary School in Ellenbrook, class 1/2D with Mrs Dunkley and Miss B at St John the Baptist Primary School in Koo Wee Rup, Room 20 with Miss Brooks at Nicolson Avenue Primary School in Whyalla, class 1/2S with Miss Sewell at Herne Hill Primary School in Geelong, class 6J with Mr Johnson at St John the Baptist School in Freshwater and class Solero 1 with Miss Eberhard at Reynella East College in Adelaide.


And because it’s Throw Us A Like Thursday – some podcast listeners who’ve thrown us a like on Spotify or Apple Podcast this week are Austin who says Squiz Kids is the best podcast ever, PodFan23 – who listens on his way to school and tries to beat his Mum at the S’quiz, Ian from Perth, and Brinda who’s listening all the way over there in Phuket, Thailand. Thanks guys! 



The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. 15kms
  2. Bayern Munich
  3. 100