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Smash Boom Best

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. New episodes starting October 15th!

Episodes

  • Drums vs. Guitars

    Oct 22 2020

    We’ve got a musical matchup to get your toes tapping: guitars versus drums! Smash Boom Best producer Rosie DuPont goes up against comedian Tommy McNamara in this raucous (and rocking) showdown.After you listen, tell us who you think won by casting your vote at smashboom.org! You can support the show at smashboom.org/donate

  • Flowers vs Rainbows

    Oct 15 2020

    We’re launching season three with a burst of color of delight. It’s flowers vs rainbows! Brains On star Sanden Totten goes up against Forever Ago host Joy Dolo in a breathtakingly beautiful battle. Who do you think will win? Cast your vote and get your own score sheet at smashboom.org!  Plus… if you’re looking to host a virtual listening party with friends, check out our super cool Spotify playlist: https://spoti.fi/3nLC8jT It’s an awesome way to get active during every epic showdown this fall! ...more

  • Season 3 Trailer

    Oct 01 2020

    Smash Boom Best is back on October 15th! We’ve got 16 new epic debate battles, including Vampires vs Werewolves, Ice Cream vs French Fries, and Avengers vs Star Wars! Tune in for debates filled with shocking facts, laser-fine logic, and pithy puns -- all judged by a listener like you.Want something to listen to now? Check out episodes from S1 and S2 and vote for the teams YOU think are the smash boom best at www.smashboom.org!

  • Season 3 News!

    Feb 04 2020

    Smash Boom Best is back with 16 new debate battles this summer! But before we kick off the season, we need your help choosing two debate match-ups. Cast your vote below before Monday, March 9th! Which debate do you want to hear? Which debate do you want to hear? Got a great idea for a debate? Send us your debate ideas here! In the meantime, stay tuned for more details about the upcoming season.

  • Want a Bonus Episode?

    Sep 26 2019

    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

    Sep 11 2019

    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

    Sep 05 2019

    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...more

  • Sharks vs Skunks

    Aug 29 2019

    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 ...more

  • Swimming vs Soccer

    Aug 21 2019

    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

    Aug 14 2019

    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.or...more

  • Rice vs Noodles

    Aug 07 2019

    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 chec...more

  • Venom vs Claws

    Jul 31 2019

    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...more

  • Venus vs Jupiter

    Jul 25 2019

    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 ...more

  • Mega Mini-Boom Bonanza

    Jul 17 2019

    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 e...more

  • Snakes vs Spiders

    Jul 11 2019

    One has no legs, the other has eight. It’s snakes vs. spiders! The Washington Post’s Anna Rothschild reps Team Snake, and comedian Jenny Yang comes out swinging for Team Spider. So which one is cooler? Creepy, crawly spiders? Or slithering, scaly snakes? Listen and cast your vote at smashboom.org. This episode is sponsored by Raddish, a cooking club for kids (RaddishKids.com/Boom and coupon code BOOM). You can join the Debate Club and get access to our bonus episode at smashboom.org/debateclub.

  • Invisibility vs Flying

    Jul 03 2019

    It’s the ultimate disguise versus the freedom of the skies! Debaters Katie McVay and Brandi Brown face off in this superpower showdown. Who won your vote? Visit smashboom.org to share your opinion. This episode is sponsored by Circle (meetcircle.com/smash and enter SMASH at checkout for $30 off). You can join the Debate Club and get access to our bonus episode at smashboom.org/debateclub.

  • Loki vs Athena

    Jun 26 2019

    Loki and Athena battle it out for the title of smash boom supreme! Which one of these divine deities will triumph? Will it be Loki, the shape-shifting trickster of Norse mythology, or Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom? Debaters Jed Kim and Elyssa Dudley pull their most persuasive moves to win over our judge. But who do you think won? Head to smashboom.org and vote! This episode is sponsored by Relay (relaygo.com/boom for 15% off your purchase on Amazon).

  • Grand Canyon vs Mount Everest

    Jun 19 2019

    Two epic landforms battle it out in a geological prizefight that’s going to rock your world! So which one of these stony-faced sluggers is going to win this showdown?! Debaters Shaena Montanari and Kasha Patel go head-to-head to win your vote. Tell us who you think won at smashboom.org. This episode is sponsored by Relay (relaygo.com/boom for 15% off your purchase on Amazon).

  • Libraries vs Museums

    Jun 12 2019

    Totally lit libraries take on the marvel of museums in a heated, high-minded debate about which institution is the most educational, the most impressive and, above all, the COOLEST. So who will take home the crown? Joy Dolo for Team Library or Marc Sanchez for Team Museum? Head to smashboom.org after the episode to cast your vote. This episode is sponsored by Relay (relaygo.com/boom for 15% off your purchase on Amazon).

  • Unicorns vs Dragons

    Jun 06 2019

    Unicorns and dragons have graced us with a magical, show-stopping debate! Which one of these whimsical, wondrous beasts will triumph? Will it be ferocious, fire-breathing team dragon? Or ethereal, elusive team unicorn? Debaters Sanden Totten and Katie McVay do their best to sway our judge. Press play to find out who comes out on top! And then head to smashboom.org to tell us who you think deserves the title of Smash Boom Best. This episode is sponsored by Relay (relaygo.com/boom for 15% off your...more

  • Piranhas vs Venus Flytraps

    Jun 06 2019

    Venus flytraps and piranhas go leaf to teeth in this fearsome debate battle! That’s right, this matchup is killer plant meets fanged fish. Will it be treacherous team Venus flytrap or tricky team piranha for the win? Featuring debaters Jed Kim and Tracy Mumford. Which is cooler? Listen to find out what our judge decides, then head over to smashboom.org to cast your vote. This episode is sponsored by Relay (relaygo.com/boom for 15% off your purchase on Amazon).

  • Season 2 Trailer

    May 23 2019

    Smash Boom Best is back on June 6th! In 16 new episodes, our debaters tackle epic match-ups like chocolate versus cheese! Aliens versus robots! And unicorns versus dragons! This season, we have a challenge for you: If 150 people make a donation to support the show by June 30th, we’ll make a bonus episode featuring host Molly Bloom as a debater for the first time ever! Everyone who donates will receive a link to listen. Plus, donating automatically makes you a member of our brand new Debate Club....more

  • Season 2 News!

    Feb 04 2019

    Press play for an announcement from the Smash Boom Best team!

  • Lava vs Quicksand

    Jun 27 2018

    Two natural phenomena go head-to-head in our final match-up of the season. It's ooey, gooey molten lava versus tricky, shifty, fast-acting quicksand. Both are dangerous, both are fascinating, only one can win. Which side are you: Team Lava or Team Quicksand? Tune in to hear both sides and then cast your vote here: https://goo.gl/forms/m5ndQTmN1ZXW7B8r2

  • Pizza vs Tacos

    Jun 21 2018

    It's an all-you-can-eat buffet of difficult decisions in one of our toughest match-ups ever. In one corner, it's cheesy, shareable, savory-sauced pizza. And in the other, it's spicy, portable tacos deliciosos. What are you having?Are you Team Pizza or Team Tacos? Vote here! And click here to share your debate ideas with us!

  • Books vs Movies

    Jun 13 2018

    Who are you rooting for: the printed word or the silver screen? Bibliophiles face off with film buffs everywhere in this week's Smash Boom Battle. Hear both sides out and then vote here: https://goo.gl/forms/Qxk3Zqu9YbRBjQIk2 Smash Boom Best is sponsored today by KiwiCo (https://kiwico.com/boom)

  • Castles vs Caves

    Jun 07 2018

    We’re pitting noble medieval fortresses against naturally-made chambers of wonder. Which do you think is cooler: castles or caves? Our debaters aim to settle this millennia-old rivalry once and for all. Are you Team Castle or Team Cave? Vote here: https://goo.gl/forms/xFJGvYuCgatMuJ782 Today’s episode is sponsored by KiwiCo (kiwico.com/brainson).

  • Cats vs Dogs

    May 31 2018

    In one corner, human’s best friend, licker of faces, chewer of toys -- it’s dogs. And in the other corner, sleek and graceful, free pest control with a cute face to boot -- it’s cats. Are you Team Cat or Team Dog? Head to smashboom.org to cast your vote!

  • Super Speed vs Super Strength

    May 24 2018

    Will muscly might or supersonic speed triumph? This Smash Boom Best battle takes on two out-of-this world superhuman powers. Which would you rather have: super speed or super strength?

  • Bermuda Triangle vs Loch Ness

    May 17 2018

    Ready for some mystery? This Smash Boom Battle takes on two famous places: the Bermuda Triangle and Loch Ness. Which is cooler? Is it the Bermuda Triangle -- a puzzling patch of ocean where ships, planes and plenty of people are said to have disappeared? Or is it Loch Ness -- a Scottish lake best known for spooky sightings of a long-necked creature? Listen to hear what our judge decides and then head over to smashboom.org to share your opinion with us!

  • Bats vs Owls

    May 15 2018

    Wings out, eyes wide -- we’re swooping in on a battle between a perfect pair of creatures of the night. Which is cooler: Bats? Or owls? We’re going to hear lots of facts and feelings from our debaters: Brandi Brown and Katie McVey. Who will be chosen the Smash Boom Best? Listen to hear what our judge decides and then head over to smashboom.org to share your opinion with us!

  • Season One: The Trailer

    May 08 2018

    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.