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Author: American Public Media

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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 let's you decide which is best. Cats versus Dogs. Pizza versus Tacos. Super Speed versus Super Strength. Who will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? Our debaters use facts and passion to make their case...teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way. Produced By American Public Media. @smashboombest
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Want a Bonus Episode?

2019-09-2600:02:103

We made a special bonus episode just for our Debate Club members! To join and get access to the episode, head to smashboom.org/debateclub and make a donation in any amount. The bonus episode features our beloved host and sloth lover, Molly Bloom, in a debate battle with Brains On producer and cheetah enthusiast, Sanden Totten. It’s cheetahs vs. sloths! Want to listen now? Join the Debate Club at smashboom.org/debateclub
Aliens vs Robots

Aliens vs Robots

2019-09-1100:42:117

NPR’s Sam Sanders and Elise Hu go head to head in this futuristic faceoff! Sam is repping the extraterrestrial neighbors we’re still searching for. And Elise is here to defend those helpful machines we call robots. Who do you think won? Head to smashboom.org to cast your vote. This episode is sponsored by Candlewick Press, publisher of Judy Moody Book Quiz Whiz, available wherever books are sold, and Mathnasium (mathnasium.com/boom or call 855-912-MATH).
Chocolate vs Cheese

Chocolate vs Cheese

2019-09-0500:42:263

How could you ever decide between two foods so scrumptious? Today’s judge is eleven-year-old Paige Goehner, the winner of Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship. The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman serves up a platter of facts for Team Cheese. And the Splendid Table’s Francis Lam tries to sway our judge with the delicious decadence of Team Chocolate. Who do you think won this foodie faceoff? Cast your vote at smashboom.org. This episode is sponsored by Candlewick Press, publisher of Judy Moody Book Quiz Whiz, available wherever books are sold, and Mathnasium (mathnasium.com/boom or call 855-912-MATH.)
Sharks vs Skunks

Sharks vs Skunks

2019-08-2900:39:225

It’s killer fish versus stinky furballs! Science Vs. host Wendy Zukerman goes to bat for SHARKS, those ancient, blood-thirsty predators that make swimming at the beach just a little bit scary.... and Chompers host Rachel Ward represents SKUNKS, those smelly cuties we all wish we could pet! Which wiley creature will win this smash boom battle? Head to smashboom.org and vote! And while you’re at it, join the Debate Club and get access to our bonus episode at smashboom.org/debateclub. This episode is sponsored by Homer Reading (learnwithhomer.com/boom).
Swimming vs Soccer

Swimming vs Soccer

2019-08-2200:37:135

Which sport is tops? Is it swimming, the splashy, life-saving skill, or soccer, the super-popular game of strategy and speed? Debaters Anna Weggel and Tommy McNamara face off in this sporty showdown. Which team do you think came out on top? Head to smashboom.org and vote! And while you’re at it, join the Debate Club and get access to our bonus episode at smashboom.org/debateclub. This episode is sponsored by Mathnasium (mathnasium.com/boom or call 855-912-MATH.)
Ice Age vs Jurassic

Ice Age vs Jurassic

2019-08-1500:44:172

Story Pirates podcast hosts Lee Overtree and Peter McNerney duke it out in a debate of epoch proportions: it’s the Ice Age vs. the Jurassic!! Who will win this bruiser of a battle? Will it be the chilly, 2.5-million-year period known for woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats? Or the 54-million-year period known for dinosaurs like the Stegosaurus and the Brachiosaurus? Visit smashboom.org and vote! And don’t forget, you can join the Debate Club and get access to our bonus episode at smashboom.org/debateclub. This episode is sponsored by Mathnasium (mathnasium.com/boom or call 855-912-MATH.)
Rice vs Noodles

Rice vs Noodles

2019-08-0700:38:5712

Two of the world’s most beloved starches are taking the stage today. On one side, we have Joy Dolo repping mighty, multi-colored rice! And on the other, Meghan McCarty Carino argues for slippery, slurpable noodles! Which one do you think is cooler? Head to smashboom.org and vote! You can join the Debate Club and get access to our bonus episode at smashboom.org/debateclub. This episode is sponsored by Homer Reading (learnwithhomer.com/boom) and Circle (meetcircle.com/smash and enter SMASH at checkout for $30 off).
Venom vs Claws

Venom vs Claws

2019-08-0100:36:184

Grab some sunscreen, lace up your hiking boots and don’t forget your binoculars because... you’ll want to keep your distance from today’s debate. It’s venom versus claws! Venom-lover Tom Weber and claw-queen Brandi Brown go paw to fang in this smash boom battle. Which warrior will win? Go to smashboom.org and vote! While you’re at it, join our Debate Club at smashboom.org/debateclub, and get access to our super secret bonus episode. Venom vs Claws is sponsored by Raddish, a cooking club for kids (RaddishKids.com/Boom and coupon code BOOM).
Venus vs Jupiter

Venus vs Jupiter

2019-07-2500:42:323

We’re blasting off, leaving Earth’s orbit, and grabbing front row seats at an interplanetary smackdown. Which planet will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? Will debater Tommy McNamara bring it home for our neighbor Venus? Or will Kasha Patel earn a win for larger-than-life Jupiter? Visit smashboom.org to cast your vote. You can join the Debate Club and get access to our bonus episode at smashboom.org/debateclub. This episode is sponsored by Circle (meetcircle.com/smash and enter SMASH at checkout for $30 off) and by Raddish, a cooking club for kids (RaddishKids.com/Boom and coupon code BOOM).
Mega Mini-Boom Bonanza

Mega Mini-Boom Bonanza

2019-07-1800:37:023

Buckle up for our first ever Mega Mini-Boom Bonanza! Tai Poole, host of the CBC’s award-winning podcast Tai Asks Why judges four high-octane "mini-boom" debates between high schoolers from the Minnesota Urban Debate League. They’ll tackle Spring vs. Fall, Zombies vs. Werewolves, Rats vs. Pigeons and Breakfast vs. Dinner! Do you agree with Tai’s decisions? Head to smashboom.org and vote! You can join the Debate Club and get access to our bonus episode at smashboom.org/debateclub. This episode is sponsored by Raddish, a cooking club for kids (RaddishKids.com/Boom and coupon code BOOM).
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Comments (33)

Charley Brunclik

I love rice 1😎😄

Oct 17th
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Carly Young

i

Sep 28th
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Brittani Gifford

so good ..😂😂😂😂

Sep 17th
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Rana Nouri

Thanks for the nice & informative show. I think it would be better if there was less laughter. The information presented by the hosts on its own is attractive enough to keep the audience attentive.

Sep 9th
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Rod Cam

Soccer!

Aug 30th
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Charley Brunclik

Am so glad there's more episodes of smash boom best

Jul 28th
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Dance 4 Life !

Venus flytrap

Jul 13th
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roger chou

library's the best

Jun 13th
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roger chou

dragons are awesome

Jun 9th
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roger chou

i like piranhas

Jun 9th
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Carly Young

poopy poo

May 27th
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roger chou

Great

May 25th
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Charley Brunclik

I love Qicksand

May 15th
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Carly Young

Hi Sash Boom Best

May 4th
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Carrie Griffin

yeah Bermuda go!

Mar 11th
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Feb 27th
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Carrie Griffin

it's back yay

Feb 24th
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Jon and Niina Morrell

Our kiddos are so excited it's back!!

Feb 12th
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Katharine Herrman

My kids squealed out loud at this awesome news. I'm pretty excited, too! Huzzah!

Feb 5th
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Mister Spoon

quick sand

Dec 16th
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