Smash Boom Best

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.

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August 4, 2022 30 min

Two stylish essentials go knee to toe in this week’s fashionable face-off. It’s sneakers vs. jeans! Writer, actor, and attorney Chas Carey defends super cool jeans from sneaker freak, journalist, and radio producer Daniel Alarcón. Which awesome item will win?! Dynamite denim or sole-ful sneakers? Strut over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!

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    Strap in, because today’s debate is a wild ride full of ups and downs. It’s roller coasters vs. mini-golf! Producer Anna Weggel gets loopy with comedian and writer Sunny Atwal in this debate of amusement activities. Which past-time will prevail? Rocking roller coasters or masterful mini-golf? Zip over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!

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    July 21, 2022 28 min

    Get ready, cuz you’re in for a poppin’ good time. It’s lollipops vs. popcorn! Producer and writer Aron Woldesslassie gets corny with comedian Katie McVay in this sweet and savory debate. Which snack will succeed? Crunchable popcorn or lickable lollies? Snack your way over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!

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    July 14, 2022 30 min

    Two little critters take the spotlight today. It’s hummingbirds vs. seahorses! Reporter Jill Replogle gets into a squeaky scuffle with comic and writer Brandi Brown in this awesome ani-melee. Which creature will carry the day? Heavenly hummingbirds or salty seahorses?  Float over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won.

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    July 7, 2022 28 min

    Today’s debate is all about snoozin’ and groovin’. It’s naps vs. exercise! Journalist and author Tom Weber gets into a sleepy scrap with podcast host and voice actress Merk Nguyen in this dynamic (if drowsy) dispute. Which team will triumph? Sleepy siestas or energized exercise?! Sleepwalk (or run!) over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!

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    June 9, 2022 2 min

    Smash Boom Best is back on Thursday, July 7th with 13 new episodes!

    Get ready for some show-stopping smackdowns like Little Red Riding Hood vs. Goldilocks, Lollipops vs. Popcorn, and Exercise vs. Naps!

    Who do YOU think will win? Tune in on July 7th and judge for yourself. You’ll hear veteran debaters like Merk Nguyen and Daniel Alarcón duke it out with newbies like Tobin Mitnick and Tea Ho!

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    Hi Smash Boom Besties! We are hard at work on the new season of Smash Boom Best and we will be back with new debates SOON! But in the meantime we wanted to tell you about our other show Forever Ago - which returns this week for a brand new season!

    Forever Ago is hosted by Smash Boom Best all star debater - Joy Dolo - who you may remember from Ghosts vs. Zombies, Coral Reefs vs. Rainforests, or Mermaids vs. Bigfoot!

    On Forever Ago -...

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    February 17, 2022 1 min

    If you’re looking for more Smash Boom goodness, join us for our next live, interactive debate on February 26th! Fan favorite debaters Sanden Totten, Joy Dolo, Katie McVay, and Jed Kim will go head-to-head in a wild debate about which animal is the coolest! We don’t want to reveal the animals they’ll be representing just yet, but we can say they’re all animals you’ve suggested we feature on our show. Plus, the debate is interactive,...

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    February 3, 2022 32 min

    Today’s debate is a slam dunk and a home run, rolled into one. It’s basketball vs. baseball! Hoopster and master producer Marc Sanchez mounts a full court press on major league podcast host Merk Nguyen… but which sport will win? B-ball or that old ball game? Sprint over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won!

    Donate to Smash Boom Best now and get access our upcoming live event, Smash Zoo Best, on February 26th! Everyon...

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    January 27, 2022 35 min

    Today’s frightful free-for-all might just scare your pants off. It’s GHOSTS vs. ZOMBIES! Co-host of the Story Pirates podcast, Peter McNerney battles comedian and host of Forever Ago, Joy Dolo in this un-boo-lievable battle. Who will win? Ghoulish ghosts? Or zealous zombies? Lurch over to smashboom.org and vote for the spooky creature YOU think won!

    Donate to Smash Boom Best now and get access our upcoming live event, Smash Zoo Best...

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    We know a lot of you debate heads like to take notes and keep score while you're listening to Smash Boom Best, BUT have you ever stopped to think how the pencil lead your’re using sticks to the paper? Strange concept right?

    This is just the type of question we like to answer on our newest podcast: Moment of Um. The show comes out every weekday in your favorite podcast app. Subscribe now.

    If you have a question you think mig...

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    January 20, 2022 36 min

    Join us on Mount Olympus for a battle between two of the greatest Greek gods. It’s Apollo vs. Artemis! Journalist Jed Kim spars with producer Ruby Guthrie in this divine debate… but which twin will win? Dash over to smashboom.org and vote for the deity YOU think won!

    Donate to Smash Boom Best now and get access our upcoming live event, Smash Zoo Best, on February 26th! Everyone who donates will also get a recording of the event. Go ...

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    January 18, 2022 1 min

    We're super excited for you to hear our newest podcast: Moment of Um!

    Whether or not you’ve heard of Moment of Um featured in Brains On, you’re in for a treat! The show answers those head-scratcher questions that seem to pop into your head out of nowhere. How do oysters make pearls? Why do your ears pop? Are bananas radioactive? All will be revealed when you listen to Moment of Um.

    The first three episodes drop January 24th....

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    January 13, 2022 34 min

    Two iconic ecosystems hurl tree-mendous facts and rock-hard arguments in today’s colorful debate. It’s coral reefs versus rainforests! Comedian and host of Forever Ago, Joy Dolo, takes salty swings at science writer and comedian Kasha Patel in this rip-roaring battle… but which realm will rain supreme? Snorkel over to smashboom.org and vote for the ecosystem YOU think won!

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    January 6, 2022 32 min

    Today’s fruity free-for-all is apple-solutely bananas! In one corner, we’ve got those crunchy, portable treats -- apples! And in the other, it’s those yellow fruits in a suit -- bananas! Comedian Tommy McNamara spars with comedian and writer Saurin Choksi in this tasty face-off... but which fruit will peel their way to victory? There’s no telling with this bunch! Crunch and munch your way over to smashboom.org and vote for the frui...

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    December 16, 2021 35 min

    Today, we’ve got a builder’s battle you’re gonna DIG. It’s Lego vs. Minecraft! In one corner, we’ve got the Lego-loving YouTuber and contestant on Lego Masters USA Season 1, Boone Langston! In the other, it’s Minecraft influencer and author of the NY-Times best-selling book series Wild Rescuers, Stacy Hinojosa, a.k.a. StacyPlays! Which realm will triumph? The physical kingdom of plastic bricks? Or that digital universe of biomes an...

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    December 9, 2021 33 min

    We hope you’re ready for today’s ragin’ rivalry, cuz it’s monstrous! In one corner we’ve got that legendary lizard with atomic breath… Godzilla! And in the other, it’s that gargantuan gorilla who scales skyscrapers… King Kong! Radio producer and comedian Aron Woldeslassie tangles with journalist and author Tom Weber in this colossal clash… but which monster will be crowned the smash boom beast?! Stomp over to smashboom.org and vote...

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    December 2, 2021 33 min

    We hope you're hungry, cuz today’s debate stars two funny, fantastic foods. It’s Jello vs. Spam! Audio producer Tracy Mumford and American chef and food writer Kenji Lopez-Alt get serious in this squelching smackdown… but which tasty treat will triumph? Jiggly, wiggly Jello, or Spam, that salty ham in a can!? Bounce over to smashboom.org and vote for the food who YOU think won. You’re in for a sweet and salty treat!

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    Smash Boom Best will be back with eight new episodes starting December 2nd. Get ready for a slew of awesome battles, including one of our most requested debates of all time, Lego vs. Minecraft!

    In the meantime, join us for our first-ever live virtual Halloween-themed debate on October 23rd. Fan favorite debaters Jed Kim, Katie McVay, Joy Dolo and Sanden Totten will go head to head in a tournament of champions. It's going to be a...

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    September 23, 2021 32 min

    Buckle up for a brawl between two of the most iconic video game characters of all time. It’s Pikachu vs. Mario!! Radio producer and Pokemon trainer David Zha goes up against podcast pro and Mario maven Kristina Lopez in this electrifying debate. Which character will win? The mighty, mustachioed plumber known for giant jumps? Or the yellow thunder mouse known for packing an electrified punch!? Zip over to smashboom.org and vote to t...

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