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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

We're back on January 5th!

12/2/2022
Smash Boom Best is back on Thursday, January 5th with 16 new episodes of chatty, fact-y fun! You’re in for some massive new matchups like Birthday Parties vs. Trick-or-Treating, Spiderman vs. Batman, and Mayo vs. Mustard! Who do YOU think will win? Listen and judge for yourself. You’ll hear veteran debaters like Jed Kim and Joy Dolo duke it out with newbies like Ryan Perez and Avery Trufelman. We’re so excited, debate-heads. Until then, keep on being the smash boom best!!

Duration:00:02:00

Introducing Smarty Pass: Your ticket to the Brains On! Universe

10/28/2022
Become a Smarty Pass subscriber today to access bonus episodes and ad-free episodes of Brains On!, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago -- all right here in your favorite podcast player. Visit smartypass.org/smashboombest to get your Smarty Pass! It's $4/month or $36/year (a three-month discount!) Don't worry: This feed will stay free and we’ll be posting new episodes just like we always have. Whether you choose to subscribe, or keep listening in our free feeds, we so appreciate...

Duration:00:04:15

Kangaroos vs. Platypuses

9/29/2022
You’re in for some bouncy, duck-billed fun from “down undah!” It’s kangaroos vs. platypuses! Comedian and writer Allison Reese reps kangaroos in a beastly brawl with platypus-fan and Brains On! co-creator Sanden Totten. Which creature will come out on top? Paddling platypuses? Or kickin’ kangas? Hop over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class and Everyplate.com - enter code...

Duration:00:36:34

Goldilocks vs. Little Red Riding Hood

9/22/2022
Today’s debate is not too hot, not too cold, but just right! It’s Goldilocks vs. Little Red Riding Hood! Audio producer extraordinaire Tracy Mumford goes for gold in this fairytale face-off with writer, comedian and cape enthusiast Utkarsh Rajawat! Which character will take the crown? The one with lovely locks? Or the one with the crimson cloak? Wander your way over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on...

Duration:00:32:25

Peanut Butter vs. Marshmallows

9/15/2022
Today’s debate is fluffy, crunchy, and extra delicious. It’s peanut butter vs. marshmallows! Writer and producer Jeff Nucera champions the power of creamy, dreamy peanut butter in this salty smackdown with writer and marshmallow lover Tea Ho! Which snack will succeed? The crunchy spread that packs a punch? Or the plump white puffs we love to roast? Chomp your way over smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on...

Duration:00:32:36

Chefs vs. Veterinarians

9/8/2022
Kitchen wizards and kitten whisperers take the stage in today’s career-off. It’s chefs versus veterinarians! Comedy writer and LEGO Master Model Builder, Sam Suksiri, defends chefs in a sizzling smackdown against comic, writer, and animal lover, Kasha Patel. Which profession will triumph? Chop and hop over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class and Everyplate.com - enter code...

Duration:00:34:50

Roller Skating vs. Bowling

9/1/2022
Looking for a rolling, bowling ballyhoo? Tune in for roller skating vs. bowling! Writer, actress, and roller skating maven Ashley Jaye dukes it out with actor, comedian, writer, director, and bowling fan Max Maliga in one slippery smackdown! Which team will win? Baller bowling, or radical roller skating? Glide over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won. This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class and Everyplate.com - enter...

Duration:00:35:05

Redwood Tree vs. Prickly Pear Cactus

8/25/2022
Today’s debate is all about roarin’ flora. It’s redwood tree vs. prickly pear cactus! Tobin Mitnick – actor, writer, and creator of internet phenomenon jewslovestrees – rages for redwoods against comedian, writer, and actress Becky Abrams, who makes some pointed arguments in favor of prickly pears! Which photosynthesizer will take it all? Radical redwoods or persuasive pricklies? Stroll over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won. This episode was sponsored by:...

Duration:00:35:58

Opossums vs. Raccoons

8/18/2022
Today’s debate is quite the creature feature. It’s opossums vs. raccoons! Theater teacher, improv sensation and marsupial maven Roy Rodriguez dukes it out with super producer and raccoon-lover Rosie duPont in this nocturnal neighborhood scuffle. Which critter will take the crown? Awesome opossums, or ravishing raccoons?! Scamper over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won. This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class and...

Duration:00:37:57

Sundaes vs. Nachos

8/11/2022
Looking to spice up your life with a dreamy, creamy debate? Then we’ve got you covered… with nachos vs. sundaes! Writer, comedian, and nacho lover Linnea Frye gets salty with comedian, writer, and sundae queen Nikki Bailey in this tasty tussle! Which treat will take it all?! Sublime sundaes, or noshable nachos!? Crunch your way over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class

Duration:00:29:16

Sneakers vs. Jeans

8/4/2022
Two stylish essentials go knee to toe in this week’s fashionable face-off. It’s sneakers vs. jeans! Writer, actor, and attorney Chas Carey defends super cool jeans from sneaker freak, journalist, and radio producer Daniel Alarcón. Which awesome item will win?! Dynamite denim or sole-ful sneakers? Strut over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class

Roller Coasters vs. Mini Golf

7/28/2022
Strap in, because today’s debate is a wild ride full of ups and downs. It’s roller coasters vs. mini-golf! Producer Anna Weggel gets loopy with comedian and writer Sunny Atwal in this debate of amusement activities. Which past-time will prevail? Rocking roller coasters or masterful mini-golf? Zip over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!

Duration:00:36:21

Lollipops vs. Popcorn

7/21/2022
Get ready, cuz you’re in for a poppin’ good time. It’s lollipops vs. popcorn! Producer and writer Aron Woldesslassie gets corny with comedian Katie McVay in this sweet and savory debate. Which snack will succeed? Crunchable popcorn or lickable lollies? Snack your way over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class

Duration:00:28:42

Hummingbirds vs. Seahorses

7/14/2022
Two little critters take the spotlight today. It’s hummingbirds vs. seahorses! Reporter Jill Replogle gets into a squeaky scuffle with comic and writer Brandi Brown in this awesome ani-melee. Which creature will carry the day? Heavenly hummingbirds or salty seahorses? Float over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won. This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class

Duration:00:30:37

Naps vs. Exercise

7/7/2022
Today’s debate is all about snoozin’ and groovin’. It’s naps vs. exercise! Journalist and author Tom Weber gets into a sleepy scrap with podcast host and voice actress Merk Nguyen in this dynamic (if drowsy) dispute. Which team will triumph? Sleepy siestas or energized exercise?! Sleepwalk (or run!) over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won! This episode was sponsored by: Meetfabric.com/SMASH – Sign up in 10 minutes. Fabric Insurance Agency policies issued by Vantis Life....

Duration:00:30:15

Season 5 Trailer

6/9/2022
Smash Boom Best is back on Thursday, July 7th with 13 new episodes! Get ready for some show-stopping smackdowns like Little Red Riding Hood vs. Goldilocks, Lollipops vs. Popcorn, and Exercise vs. Naps! Who do YOU think will win? Tune in on July 7th and judge for yourself. You’ll hear veteran debaters like Merk Nguyen and Daniel Alarcón duke it out with newbies like Tobin Mitnick and Tea Ho! Get pumped smash boom besties! You’re in for some rip-roaring new debates.

Duration:00:02:18

Forever Ago: How ice cream flavors went from whale poo to vanilla

6/2/2022
Hi Smash Boom Besties! We are hard at work on the new season of Smash Boom Best and we will be back with new debates SOON! But in the meantime we wanted to tell you about our other show Forever Ago - which returns this week for a brand new season! Forever Ago is hosted by Smash Boom Best all star debater - Joy Dolo - who you may remember from Ghosts vs. Zombies, Coral Reefs vs. Rainforests, or Mermaids vs. Bigfoot! On Forever Ago - Joy and the team dig into the surprising and fascinating...

Duration:00:30:34

Be the judge at our next virtual debate!

2/17/2022
If you’re looking for more Smash Boom goodness, join us for our next live, interactive debate on February 26th! Fan favorite debaters Sanden Totten, Joy Dolo, Katie McVay, and Jed Kim will go head-to-head in a wild debate about which animal is the coolest! We don’t want to reveal the animals they’ll be representing just yet, but we can say they’re all animals you’ve suggested we feature on our show. Plus, the debate is interactive, so YOU get to choose the sneak attacks and winners,...

Duration:00:01:04

Basketball vs. Baseball

2/3/2022
Today’s debate is a slam dunk and a home run, rolled into one. It’s basketball vs. baseball! Hoopster and master producer Marc Sanchez mounts a full court press on major league podcast host Merk Nguyen… but which sport will win? B-ball or that old ball game? Sprint over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won! Donate to Smash Boom Best now and get access our upcoming live event, Smash Zoo Best, on February 26th! Everyone who donates will also get a recording of the event. Go to...

Duration:00:34:03

Ghosts vs. Zombies

1/27/2022
Today’s frightful free-for-all might just scare your pants off. It’s GHOSTS vs. ZOMBIES! Co-host of the Story Pirates podcast, Peter McNerney battles comedian and host of Forever Ago, Joy Dolo in this un-boo-lievable battle. Who will win? Ghoulish ghosts? Or zealous zombies? Lurch over to smashboom.org and vote for the spooky creature YOU think won! Donate to Smash Boom Best now and get access our upcoming live event, Smash Zoo Best, on February 26th! Everyone who donates will also get a...

Duration:00:37:39