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What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world? Pirates, fairies, wizards, and robots band together with an endless cast of characters to help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions. Mr. Eric believes that curiosity and hope go hand in hand. If children keep asking questions, they’ll always be open to new ideas and new challenges. What If World’s progressive stories and satires aim to keep kids laughing and learning well into adulthood. Call 205-605-WHAT for a chance to have your question answered!

What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world? Pirates, fairies, wizards, and robots band together with an endless cast of characters to help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions. Mr. Eric believes that curiosity and hope go hand in hand. If children keep asking questions, they’ll always be open to new ideas and new challenges. What If World’s progressive stories and satires aim to keep kids laughing and learning well into adulthood. Call 205-605-WHAT for a chance to have your question answered!

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What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world? Pirates, fairies, wizards, and robots band together with an endless cast of characters to help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions. Mr. Eric believes that curiosity and hope go hand in hand. If children keep asking questions, they’ll always be open to new ideas and new challenges. What If World’s progressive stories and satires aim to keep kids laughing and learning well into adulthood. Call 205-605-WHAT for a chance to have your question answered!

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English

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205-605-WHAT


Episodes

What if bubbles ate cats?

3/1/2021
Mining robot K8-E3, aka Kaytee Three, is trying to find the last piece of a lost asteroid, but she accidentally unleashes a horde of hungry bubbles! Lessons include: Getting to know the other party can help an argument resolve itself; there are usually renewable resources available if we think creatively. Check out our friends at Mystery Recipe to uncover the fun, fantastical, and fascinating sides of food! A podcast for kids from America's test kitchen: atkkids.com/mysteryrecipe Join our...

Duration:00:23:35

What if T-Rexes could fly?

2/22/2021
Haven’t we all wondered this? Hasn’t everyone in What If World… but wait… so many creatures can already fly. No way this could be a disaster, unless of course Cthunkle gets involved. He does? Oh forget it. Lessons include: if everyone refuses to wait their turn, then nobody gets a turn! Patience can be trying, but it can also be an opportunity to entertain yourself in a creative way, or to meet someone new. Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a...

Duration:00:18:49

What if the middle of the earth was cotton candy and catnip? (w/ Ari Kelly)

2/15/2021
Can Ari Kelly of At Your Level help find Fred the Dog at the center of What If World? Or will JFKat and Patty Pan mess up the mission? Lessons include: imagination is wonderful, but it takes work to make dreams come true; learning when to lead and when to follow is part of being a great teammate Check out Ari’s show, At Your Level, and listen to his interview with Mr. Eric here. Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a better chance of having your...

Duration:00:19:47

What if scientists bring back dinosaurs? (w/ Kennen Hutchison)

2/8/2021
Kennen from The King of Random joins us on another time-bending excursion full of sciency magic, magicy science, and, of course, mishap. Can he, Whendiana, Learninator, and Abacus bring dinosaurs back to What If World’s future? Lessons include: Good science takes lots of time, care, and thought; most scientists have a lot more questions than they ever find answers, and that’s all part of the fun! Check out The King of Random to see some amazing and exciting science experiments with our...

Duration:00:17:50

What if a dog dug a hole and everything fell in?

2/1/2021
It’s Fair Elise’s first official day as President of What If World, and everybody wants her to use her magic to help them right away. Meanwhile, Fred’s off somewhere digging a very deep hole... Lessons include: Everyone needs to take a break sometimes; no one person can do it all, we’ve got to work together to truly improve our world. Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a better chance of having your question answered, and more!...

Duration:00:23:11

What if Abacus and JFKat switched minds?

1/25/2021
Two of your favorite characters team up this week… or at least they would if they could learn to get along. After a classic magic milkshake mix-up, the kitty president and hapless wizard will have to learn to listen if they ever want to change back. Lessons include: you shouldn’t have to mistreat one friend in order to make another happy; good listening doesn’t mean tuning the rest of the world out. This episode originally aired January 22, 2018. Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a...

Duration:00:21:10

What if unicorns and cars morphed together? (G&G 6)

1/18/2021
Zachimedes, Lowlandra, and Scullen will make a new friend and discover a new enemy as our three part Guilds & Goblins adventure is concluded. Lessons include: Observing other can be a great way to learn, but helping others is a great way to grow! This story is part of the Guilds & Goblins miniseries, where What If World characters play an original tabletop RPG for kids and families. The dice rolls are all real and help inform the story, along with your questions and ideas! Start at episode...

Duration:00:18:10

Sun Snappers (Guilds & Goblins 5)

1/11/2021
The adventurers awaken as captives, with no memory of how they got to this strange new place? Can they find their way out of even more trouble than usual? Lessons include: A little “bad luck” can challenge our creativity and lead us to bold new ideas This story is part of the Guilds & Goblins miniseries, where What If World characters play an original tabletop RPG for kids and families. The dice rolls are all real and help inform the story, along with your questions and ideas! Start at...

Duration:00:20:10

Faerie Forest (Guilds & Goblins 4)

1/4/2021
The adventurers get some cryptic clues to start their next quest. The only way to find what they need will be to face down their most dangerous challenge yet! Lessons include: Donating, repurposing, and recycling your old things can give them a new life; when our actions have unintended consequences, it’s important to take responsibility for them Today, we’re sponsored in part by Faraway, a new short story collection from Amazon Original Stories. Five retold fairy tales—for adults—that...

Duration:00:27:14

A Cthunkle Carol (Part 2)

12/28/2020
Cthunkle left off with the impulsive ghost of Ifmas Present. Will the wicked Squidopus learn the error of his ways, or will he defeated by a sludge monster? Lessons include: Being kind and fair can feel like a sacrifice, but it’s a very rewarding one; being unfair may not always get you punished, but it rarely brings you true happiness. Today, we’re sponsored in part by Faraway, a new short story collection from Amazon Original Stories. Five retold fairy tales—for adults—that take the...

Duration:00:19:56

A Cthunkle Carol (Part 1)

12/21/2020
Cthunkle’s getting a surprise birthday present, a story where he’s actually taken over What If World! Of course, ruling the world may not be so fun when Cthunkle finds himself haunted by moralizing spirits... Lessons include: Great wealth and power doesn’t bring great happiness; we don’t need to wait for the holidays to be kind to each other. I’m honored to be sponsored by BetterHelp. Join over 1 million people who have taken charge of their mental health! As a listener, you’ll get 10% off...

Duration:00:18:26

What How World: Tell Your Own Story!

12/14/2020
Mr. Eric gets a little help from Alabaster, Abacus, and Cleocatra as he runs you through a story activity. This is a great activity to try with friends and even grownups! Lessons include: Learn how to start your own make believe scenes from a simple suggestion; you’ll have more fun imagining with friends when you work to accept each other’s ideas I’m honored to be sponsored by BetterHelp. Join over 1 million people who have taken charge of their mental health! As a listener, you’ll get 10%...

Duration:00:18:38

What if pies ate themselves? (with Greg Webb)

12/7/2020
Frairien (played by Greg Webb) comes back to What If World with a plan to dominate everyone. All he needs is a cute and fluffy cat. Maybe Snowflake from The Purple Rocket podcast will help in this crossover episode. Lessons include: The holidays are a chance to bring joy and light into other people's lives, not just your own; we can spend time with our friends even if we don’t celebrate the same holiday. This episode is sponsored in part by Wondery’s Little Stories Everywhere. Little...

Duration:00:30:48

Shark Wars: Part 2

11/30/2020
This week, we return to a time when the Uni Order sought to quell the Refishtance once and for all. Get ready for another round of bad puns as Mr. Eric takes on one of his favorite subjects: Shark Wars. Lessons include: Peace without freedom isn’t all that peaceful; our differences are important and with them we can make each other stronger. I’m overjoyed to be sponsored by BetterHelp. Join over 1 million people who have taken charge of their mental health! As a listener, you’ll get 10%...

Duration:00:19:46

What if Mr. Eric had an evil twin brother?

11/23/2020
Myster E makes his debut and tries to answer every question in a single story! Fred might have to come out of retirement for this one. Lessons include: You’re never stuck as long as you keep asking questions; adding strange details to a story is fun, but too many of them can make your story confusing! Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld New Merch available at the...

Duration:00:18:11

The Hat Trick (President Elect: Part 2)

11/16/2020
Fair Elise and Alabaster Zero confront the villain who has been challenging What If World’s election results! Lessons include: There is no such thing as absolute power; if enough people work together, no villain can defeat them Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld. Share questions via Twitter...

Duration:00:16:38

What if when you took your hat off it was full of spiderwebs? (President Elect: Part 1)

11/9/2020
Poppa Loo’s News announces the next president, but then a mystery case of spider-web hats overtakes the people of What If World! Can Alabaster and Fair Elise get to the bottom of their latest case? Lessons include: our relationships are meant to grow and change just as we do; wanting something really badly doesn’t mean you are entitled to it. Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a better chance of having your question answered, and more!...

Duration:00:21:54

What if dogs never grew up? (Remastered)

11/2/2020
If you've ever owned a puppy, you've asked yourself this question: what if dogs never grew? When the young Howdy Pooch meets a senior dog at the park and learns about growing up, he decides to dig his way to No No Land and stay a puppy forever! Don’t miss your chance to vote on What If World’s next president! Click your choice on our public poll, or write in your own candidate. All you need to do is click on a square, and your vote will be counted. You can even change your vote by clicking...

Duration:00:24:28

Zero Hour: The Hidden Holiday

10/26/2020
Alabaster Zero and Fair Elise share the first episode of their detective show, which was inspired by a listener question! Lessons include: we can make the best of the holidays, even when they change; our big feelings are the most important to share Join our Patreon to try out Mr. Eric’s Guilds & Goblins game! Plus, get Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld New Merch available at the...

Duration:00:21:50

A Ballerdino Halloweeno (Guilds & Goblins #3)

10/19/2020
The Whatventurers (thanks Sam E. for the name suggestions) are back to save their friends from a strange song that seems to be luring them into the mist! Lessons include: failure can be part of the fun, especially when you’re playing a game with friends; taking time to feel sad can be very healing, and get you ready to feel happy and/or goofy again before you know it. Join our Patreon to try out Mr. Eric’s Guilds & Goblins game! Plus, get Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus...

Duration:00:15:43