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

American Public Media

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! read less

Our Editor's Take

Smash Boom Best: A funny, smart debate show for kids and family is an entertaining children's podcast. The show features two debaters arguing about kid-friendly topics. They present their arguments on why one thing is better than another, like lollipops or popcorn. Listeners are then encouraged to vote online for which side they think won.

The creators of the popular public radio kids' science podcast Brains On! Science podcast for kids are behind Smash Boom Best. Brains On! host Molly Bloom hosts this program as well. The show teaches families how to debate in a friendly way.

Each podcast episode discusses a unique topic. Sometimes the two sides have a clear connection. Pancakes and waffles are both flour-based breakfast foods. So it makes sense to debate them. Other times, like with nail polish and sunglasses, the connections are not as obvious. But no matter what, Smash Boom Best makes the debate fun.

Other Smash Boom Best episodes include debates likeunicorns versus dragons. Food-related topics are also popular on the show. What's better—pizza or tacos? How about chocolate or cheese? Listeners will hear arguments for each one. Animal topics like sharks versus skunks are also popular on this show. Entertainment topics get debated here, like in the "Avengers vs. Star Wars" episode.

Bloom and her guests do an excellent job at keeping things fun. Yet they still maintain educational value throughout the episodes. Smash Boom Best uses humor, sound effects, music cues, and other creative elements. Young audiences (and adults) alike may stay engaged from start to finish.

Each debater presents facts and uses persuasive language. They want to sway listeners towards their chosen option. This teaches children how to defend their own opinions. It also encourages them to consider both sides of an argument. Then they can decide which side they agree with.

Listeners can expect high-quality production values along with well-researched content. The show uses clear language suitable even for younger age groups. Yet adults may also find Smash Boom Best: A funny, smart debate show for kids and family a fun show. New episodes come out each week.

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Episodes

Cone Snails vs. Tsetse Flies: a deadly debate
Nov 16 2023
Cone Snails vs. Tsetse Flies: a deadly debate
Today’s debate is a poisonous, blood-sucking battle between two dangerous creatures. One hides out in a decorative shell, the other buzzes ‘round like a carousel. It’s Cone Snails vs. Tsetse Flies! Radiolab co-host and science historian Latif Nasser gives it his all for the stealthy, seriously poisonous cone snail and Radiolab co-host and award-winning science reporter Lulu Miller defends the humdinger of blood suckers, tsetse flies. Head on over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!This week’s sponsors are:IXL.COM/FIELDTRIP - To get a 20% off an IXL membership.movies.disney.com/wish - Only in theaters November 22, tickets available now. Rated PG, parental guidance suggestedwondery.com/shows/the-grinch - Follow ‘Tis The Grinch Holiday Talk Show on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts.***Don’t miss our virtual events! Our “Snacktacular Road Trip,” is Nov. 30 — Dec. 2. Join your favorite hosts from Brains On!, Smash Boom Best and Forever Ago LIVE on YouTube for just $19.99 per family. Watch the fun, and ask them questions! Plus, Smarty Pass holders get 20% off (sign up today to get yours and the discount). Go to brainson.org/fieldtrips to get your tickets!***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!
Lemonade vs. Hot Chocolate: a sippable debate
Oct 26 2023
Lemonade vs. Hot Chocolate: a sippable debate
Today’s debate is a sippable smackdown that is sure to refresh, relax and reward your sweet tooth. One side has sour power and the other comes with marshmallow might! Grab all the glasses and mugs you can possibly handle because it’s Lemonade vs. Hot Chocolate! Listen as actor, improviser and voice artist Billy Soco brings the heat for team hot chocolate while actor and podcaster Michael Stevens fights for team lemonade! Which unbelievable beverage will come out on top — Lemonade or Hot Chocolate?  Head on over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!This week’s sponsors are:IXL.COM/FIELDTRIP - To get a 20% off an IXL membership.***Don’t miss our virtual events! Our “Snacktacular Road Trip,” is Nov. 30 — Dec. 2. Join your favorite hosts from Brains On!, Smash Boom Best and Forever Ago LIVE on YouTube for just $19.99 per family. Watch the fun, and ask them questions! Plus, Smarty Pass holders get 20% off (sign up today to get yours and the discount). Go to brainson.org/fieldtrips to get your tickets!***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!