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Smash Boom Best

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Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families from the makers of the award-winning podcast, Brains On! Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best. Our debaters use facts and passion to make their case -- teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way.

Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families from the makers of the award-winning podcast, Brains On! Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best. Our debaters use facts and passion to make their case -- teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way.

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United States

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Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families from the makers of the award-winning podcast, Brains On! Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best. Our debaters use facts and passion to make their case -- teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way.

Language:

English


Episodes

New Episodes & Our Live Virtual Halloween Debate!

10/7/2021
Smash Boom Best will be back with eight new episodes starting December 2nd. Get ready for a slew of awesome battles, including one of our most requested debates of all time, Lego vs. Minecraft! In the meantime, join us for our first-ever live virtual Halloween-themed debate on October 23rd. Fan favorite debaters Jed Kim, Katie McVay, Joy Dolo and Sanden Totten will go head to head in a tournament of champions. It's going to be a blast. To watch the debate, all you have to do is give a gift...

Duration:00:01:28

Pikachu vs. Mario

9/23/2021
Buckle up for a brawl between two of the most iconic video game characters of all time. It’s Pikachu vs. Mario!! Radio producer and Pokemon trainer David Zha goes up against podcast pro and Mario maven Kristina Lopez in this electrifying debate. Which character will win? The mighty, mustachioed plumber known for giant jumps? Or the yellow thunder mouse known for packing an electrified punch!? Zip over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won. Support Smash Boom Best with a...

Duration:00:32:33

Chess vs. Ping Pong

9/16/2021
Today’s teams are in it to spin it. It’s chess vs. ping pong! Comedian and writer Joon Chung goes up against podcast producer Elyssa Dudley in this classic competition, but which team will smash their way to victory? Ping over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won -- and get ready for an epic battle, mate! Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to our live, interactive Halloween themed event in October. Head to smashboom.org/donate and donate...

Duration:00:38:00

Horses vs. Dolphins

9/8/2021
Saddle-up, because today’s debate is the dolphinition of awesome. It’s horses vs. dolphins! Terrible, Thanks for Asking producers Marcel Malekebu and Jeyca Maldonado-Medina go hoof to flipper in this fin-pressive debate... but which team will win? Handsome horses or dreamy dolphins? Splash over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won! Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to our live, interactive Halloween themed event in October. Head to...

Duration:00:33:02

Refrigerators vs. Toilets

9/2/2021
Today, we’ve got a brawl between two things we’d hate to live without. It’s refrigerators vs. toilets! Terrible, Thanks for Asking creator Nora McInerny and reporter Jill Replogle duke it out in this feisty fixture face-off. But which team will claim the throne? Stone cold fridges? Or savvy lavvies? Shimmy over to smashboom.org, and vote for the team that YOU think won! Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to our live, interactive Halloween themed event in...

Duration:00:37:43

Spaceships vs. Submarines

8/26/2021
Pack your bags, cuz today’s episode is a trip. It’s spaceships vs. submarines! Too Beautiful to Live co-host Andrew Walsh and comedian Brandi Brown travel from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space in this daring debate -- but which travel-craft will triumph? Vote for the vessel YOU think won at smashboom.org! Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to our live, interactive Halloween themed event in October. Head to smashboom.org/donate and...

Duration:00:38:41

Honey vs. Pickles

8/19/2021
Two iconic foods go jar-to-jar in today’s fearsome flavor feud. It’s honey vs. pickles! Million Bazillion host Jed Kim goes up against comedian and journalist Anna Weggel in this sweet and salty showdown. Which team dill prevail? Vote to tell us who YOU think won at smashboom.org! Plus, we’ve got a special State of Debate segment this week, featuring actors Greg Cipes and Tara Strong, the voices behind Beast Boy and Raven on Teen Titans Go!, available on Cartoon Network. Which character do...

Duration:00:35:44

Bikes vs. Skateboards

8/12/2021
Get ready to kickflip out -- cuz this debate is off the chain. It’s bikes vs. skateboards! Listen to radio journalist Daniel Alarcón and Brains On! star Sanden Totten drop some gear-grinding arguments and gnarly facts... then cruise over to smashboom.org to vote for the team YOU think won. You’re in for a wheelie awesome debate! Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to our live, interactive Halloween themed event in October. Head to smashboom.org/donate and donate...

Duration:00:37:34

Fairies vs. Giants

8/5/2021
We’re stomping into season four with a debate of mythic proportions. One team is the size of a green bean, while the other towers over the whole magic beanstalk. It’s fairies vs. giants! Journalist Tarkor Zehn and comedian Katie McVay serve up some fee-fi-fo-fabulous arguments in this one... but which fabled figure will triumph? Vote to tell us who YOU think won at smashboom.org -- and get ready for some fairy GIANT laughs! Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to...

Duration:00:37:46

Season 4 Trailer

7/22/2021
This August 5th, Smash Boom Best is back! We’re staging some very controversial debates this season, including Skateboards vs. Bikes, Godzilla vs. King Kong, Horses vs. Dolphins, and Minecraft vs. Lego! We’re also planning a live, virtual, Halloween-themed debate this October. It’s going to have sneak attacks... costumes... and interactive voting, so YOU’LL get to be the judge! We’ll be releasing tickets for this spooktacular event in the coming months, so stay tuned. In the meantime,...

Duration:00:01:39

Return Date & New Merch!

4/29/2021
We’re coming back! Smash Boom Best is coming back on August 5th. New merch While you wait for fresh episodes to drop, check out our awesome new merch at smashboom.org/shop. We’ve got t-shirts, phone grips, face masks... everything you need to see your way through to the bright, beautiful days of summer. Follow us on social! And if you haven’t yet, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Thanks again for listening to and supporting our show. We couldn’t do it without you, smash...

Duration:00:00:47

Want a Bonus Episode?

2/26/2021
Meep Meep! Our bonus episode has arrived. That’s right, folks. It’s coyotes vs roadrunners!! In this season’s Debate Club exclusive, Brains On! producer and coyote lover, Marc Sanchez, takes on podcast producer and roadrunner enthusiast, Elyssa Dudley! Want to listen? Join the Debate Club at smashboom.org/debateclub by making a donation of any amount, and we’ll send you the episode.

Duration:00:01:07

Mermaids vs. Bigfoot

2/11/2021
Two marvelous, mythical legends make an appearance in this week’s episode. It’s mermaids versus Bigfoot! Which elusive creature will win this smash boom battle? Mermaids, the mysterious sirens that haunt our oceans? Or Bigfoot, the sneaky creature that lurks in forests around the world? Comedian Joy Dolo and “Adult ISH'' podcast host Merk Nguyen go foot-to-fin in this knock-down, drag-out debate. Who do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org! Also… this is our last episode of the...

Duration:00:40:09

Sugar vs. Salt

2/4/2021
Today, we’re going to tickle your tastebuds with two mouthwatering flavors. It’s sugar versus salt! Which fabulous flavor will win? The savory mineral we like to lick off pretzels, or the sweet ingredient we like to sprinkle on our cereal? American chef and children’s book author Kenji Lopez-Alt goes up against author and photographer Nik Sharma in this tasty face-off. Who do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org! If you donate to the show, you’ll get to vote on the topic of this...

Duration:00:36:40

Moon vs. Sun

1/28/2021
This week, we’re heading to space for a celestial debate. It’s moon versus sun! Which legendary orb will win? The queen of the night sky? Or the star of our solar system? Comedian Katie McVay and Million Bazillion host Jed Kim take sides in this epic debate battle. Who do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org! In the meantime, check out the Smash Boom Best Listening Party Kit here! And if you donate to the show, you’ll get to vote on the topic of this season’s bonus episode, which...

Duration:00:34:43

Armadillos vs. Porcupines

1/21/2021
Two courageous critters take the stage for today's debate. It’s Armadillos versus Porcupines! Which brave and beautiful beast will claim the crown? Will it be the master of armor repped by Phyllis Fletcher? Or will Tracy Mumford sway our judge in favor of the queen of quills? Which team do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org! Today's episode is sponsored by Headspace (headspace.com/smash). In the meantime, check out the Smash Boom Best Listening Party Kit here! And if you...

Duration:00:33:39

Helium vs. Neon

1/14/2021
Today, we’re letting the science rip in a seriously gassy showdown. It’s helium versus neon! One is famous for making balloons float and voices squeaky -- the other is prized for its beautiful glow. Brains On star Sanden Totten and science writer and comedian Kasha Patel go head to head in this elemental debate. Which team do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org! In the meantime, check out the Smash Boom Best Listening Party Kit here! And if you donate to the show, you’ll get to...

Duration:00:35:55

Deserts vs. Swamps

1/7/2021
This week, two treacherous terrains take the stage. It’s deserts versus swamps! Marc Sanchez and Anna Weggel defend these exceptional environments with humor and pizzaz, but only one team will take home the title of Smash Boom Best… Who do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org! Today’s episode is sponsored by Bamboo Learning. If you donate to the show, you’ll get to vote on the topic of this season’s bonus episode, which is only available to donors of the show. Support the show at...

Duration:00:34:32

Ants vs. Bees

12/17/2020
One’s in the sky, one’s underground. One makes a buzz, the other? Not a sound. It’s ants versus bees! Comedians Ian Abramson and Tim Barnes take sides in this rollicking bug brawl. Which insect do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org! We’re taking a short break over the holiday, but we’ll be back with more Smash Boom Best on Thursday, January 7th, 2021! Three cheers for a new year! Today’s episode is sponsored by Bamboo Learning, Headspace and Literati Kids. If you donate to the...

Duration:00:37:26

Rats vs. Pigeons

12/10/2020
Today, we’re switching it up -- Smash Boom Best is going full on Smash Boom Pest. Two misunderstood critters go head to head in today’s debate battle. It’s rats vs pigeons! Podcast producer Elyssa Dudley takes on journalist Tom Weber in this whisker-twitching, feather-filled showdown. Which cunning creature do YOU think won? Head to smashboom.org and cast your vote! Today’s episode is sponsored by Bamboo Learning and Headspace. If you donate to the show, you’ll get to vote on the topic of...

Duration:00:36:47