Smash Boom Best: A funny, smart debate show for kids and family

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Smash Boom Best is a funny, smart debate show for kids and families from the makers of the award-winning podcast, Brains On! from APM Studios. Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best: Pikachu vs. Mario, Lollipops vs. Popcorn, Flamingos vs. Axolotls, Mermaids vs. Bigfoot, Cats vs. Dogs, Spiderman vs. Batman, Refrigerators vs. Toilets, Minecraft vs. Lego… the list goes on. Our star-studded line-up of debaters use facts and passion to make their case, teaching listeners how to defend their opinions along the way! Past debaters include Tim Platt, cast member of the comedy narrative play podcast Rude Tales of Magic, comedian and writer Jenny Yang, Minneapolis-based rapper NUR-D, comedian and creator of the Story Pirates Peter McNerney, Radio Ambulante’s Daniel Alarcón, journalist and host of Into It Sam Sanders, host of Terrible, Thanks for Asking Nora McInerney, food-writer Kenji Lopez-Alt and many, many more. To top it off, our State of Debate segment shows listeners how to identify logical fallacies in the wild. Ad hominem attacks and bandwagon fallacies, be gone! So if you’re looking to ignite a funny, feisty debate on your next roadtrip, or just want some amusing arguments for your kids to consider while they fall asleep… tune into Smash Boom Best, where we make debate – a blast!

  • 37 minutes 5 seconds
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. My Little Pony: a friendly debate

    Today’s debate is a friendly debate between two groups of special besties. It’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. My Little Pony! Putting on the bandana for team Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is actor and improviser Alsa Bruno, while playwright and performer Heather Meyer is ready to sparkle for team My Little Pony. Which buddy bunch will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? Head on over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!


    Also… do you have your Smarty Pass yet? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today. As an added bonus, your Smarty Pass will grant you access to a super special debate starring Sanden and Molly!

    16 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 1 minute 42 seconds
    Smarty Pass Sneak Peek: Sanden vs. a Velociraptor

    How many times have you asked yourself: which is better, Sanden or a Velociraptor? On the one hand, Velociraptors hunt in packs, but on the other hand, Sanden Totten is funny. Sanden has great hair, but Velociraptors have been featured in several movies. It’s impossible to decide. Well, grab your Smarty Pass because with the help of a fun game we’ll decide which is best Sanden or a Velociraptor!

    14 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 33 minutes 50 seconds
    Stripes vs. Polka Dots: a stylish debate

    Today’s debate is a charming challenge between two patterned phenoms. It’s Stripes vs. Polka Dots! Voice actor and podcaster Merk Nguyen is ready to straighten the record for team Stripes, and actor, playwright and improviser Shanan Custer is ready to round out the story for team Polka Dots! Who will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? Head on over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!


    This week’s sponsors are: IF - from writer and director John Krasinski comes a new film about what happens to our Imaginary Friends (IFs) when we grow up. Out in theaters on May 17th!


    Also… do you have your Smarty Pass yet? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today. As an added bonus, your Smarty Pass will grant you access to a super special debate starring Sanden and Molly!

    9 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 29 minutes 49 seconds
    Trains vs. Planes: A transporting debate

    Today’s debate is more about the journey than the destination! It’s a match-up between the winged wonders of our skies and the locomotives that love making tracks. It’s Trains vs. Planes! In one corner we’ve got Forever Ago producer Nico Gonzalez Wisler ready to roll for team Trains, and in the other we’ve got actor, director, and teacher Allison Vincent here to take off for team Planes! Who will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? Vote below for the team YOU think won!


    This week’s sponsors are: IF - from writer and director John Krasinski comes a new film about what happens to our Imaginary Friends (IFs) when we grow up. Out in theaters on May 17th!


    Also… do you have your Smarty Pass yet? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today. As an added bonus, your Smarty Pass will grant you access to a super special debate starring Sanden and Molly!

    2 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 32 minutes 5 seconds
    Blobfish vs. Naked Mole Rat: a wild debate

    Today’s debate has some real skin in the game. It’s a wild matchup between two creatures of the depths. It’s Blobfish vs. Naked Mole Rat! In one corner we’ve got actor and comedian Mike Cabellon ready to put on the pressure for team Blobfish! And donning the mantle for team Naked Mole Rat is comedian Comrade Tripp. Who will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? Head on over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!


    This week’s sponsors are: IF - from writer and director John Krasinski comes a new film about what happens to our Imaginary Friends (IFs) when we grow up. Out in theaters on May 17th!


    Also… do you have your Smarty Pass yet? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today. As an added bonus, your Smarty Pass will grant you access to a super special debate starring Sanden and Molly!

    25 April 2024, 4:35 pm
  • 32 minutes 29 seconds
    Pogo Sticks vs. Unicycles: a playful debate

    Today’s debate will have you rolling, laughing and bouncing with joy. Grab your knee pads and helmet, because it’s pogo sticks versus unicycles! Actor, writer and improvisor Sean Holloway is ready to roll out for team unicycles, while piano player and extreme pogo sticker Nick Ryan is here to stick up for team pogo sticks! Who will win? Pogo sticks or unicycles? Head on over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!


    Also… do you have your Smarty Pass yet? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today. As an added bonus, your Smarty Pass will grant you access to a super special debate starring Sanden and Molly!

    18 April 2024, 8:00 am
  • 1 minute 35 seconds
    2 Nice 2 Handle: A Smarty Pass Sneak peek

    It’s a good old-fashioned compliment-off! Producers Rosie duPont and Ruby Gutherie are SURE they’ve got what it takes to say the nicest thing to one another. But only one can be the kindest. Grab your Smarty Pass to hear: 2 Nice 2 Handle!

    16 April 2024, 8:00 am
  • 33 minutes 34 seconds
    Sand vs. Grass: an earthy debate

    oday’s debate is a brawl between two terrestrial titans. A gritty gladiator versus a plucky plant. It’s Sand vs. Grass! In one corner, we’ve got editor and Brains On! co-creator Sanden Totten ready to grind it out for team Sand! And standing tall for team Grass is actor, voice artist, and improviser Billy Soco. Who will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? Head on over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!


    Also…do you have your Smarty Pass yet? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today. As an added bonus, your Smarty Pass will grant you access to a super special debate starring Sanden and Molly!

    11 April 2024, 8:00 am
  • 30 minutes 57 seconds
    Elevators vs. Escalators: an uplifting debate

    Today’s debate is a moving showdown of two transit titans. It’s the ultimate battle of buttons vs. steps. Get excited for Elevators vs. Escalators! Comedian, musician, writer, and activist Devohn Bland is ready to push all the buttons for team Elevators, and singer, writer, actor and comedian Andrew Barbato is here to step it up for escalators! Head on over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!


    Also…do you have your Smarty Pass yet? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today. As an added bonus, your Smarty Pass will grant you access to a super special debate starring Sanden and Molly!

    4 April 2024, 8:00 am
  • 13 minutes 27 seconds
    Smash Boom Best presents Forever Ago - Superman: An immigrant's story

    Smash Boom Best will be back in your feed next week with an all new debate battle.


    Until then, check out our history show: Forever Ago. It's hosted by our friend Joy Dolo, and it looks into the fascinating past of things we take for granted.


    In this episode, Joy invites Molly on to the show to share the origin story of Superman that you've probably never heard. Take a listen!


    To hear the entire episode, search for “Forever Ago” wherever you listen to podcasts or head to foreverago.org.

    28 March 2024, 8:00 am
  • 33 minutes 34 seconds
    Hippopotamus vs. Dragonfly: a sizeable debate

    Today’s debate is a supreme smackdown of size and scale! On one side we’ve got a powerhouse pachyderm and on the other we’ve got a pretty fly dragon. It’s Hippopotamus vs. Dragonfly! Actor and improviser Jada Pulley is ready to go for Team Hippopotamus, while comedian, and podcaster Tim Barnes is ready to soar sky-high for Team Dragonfly. Head on over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!




    Also…do you have your Smarty Pass yet? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today. As an added bonus, your Smarty Pass will grant you access to a super special debate starring Sanden and Molly!

    21 March 2024, 8:00 am
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