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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!
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Today’s debate is a pop culture mashup of two iconic characters. It’s a Great Dane with a brain against a very regal beagle. It’s Scooby-Doo vs. Snoopy! Actor/comedian Brad Milison will solve the mystery of why Scooby-Doo is so dazzling, while director/actor Denzel Belin will take us on a fantasy adventure in honor of Snoopy. This week’s sponsors are:Sitkaseafoodmarket.com - Use promo code Molly35 to receive $35 off your first order.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!
Today’s debate is a match between two mean cleaning machines. One is a weekend cut up, while the other is a buster of dust! It’s vacuums vs. lawn mowers! We’ve got producer Matt Alvarez ready to blow his opponent away for team Vacuums! And comedian, writer, and actor Andy Hilbrands is here to slice through the competition for team Lawn Mowers! Vote below for the team YOU think won!This week’s sponsors are: Sitkaseafoodmarket.com - Use promo code Molly35 to receive $35 off your first order.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!
Today’s debate is a theatrical showdown of two impressive acts. It’s the ultimate battle of artistry vs. agility. Get excited for Puppets vs. Acrobatics! Creator, comedian and writer KP Parker is ready to prime the pump for team Puppets and actor and writer Monica Loomba is here to advocate for acrobatics! Vote below for the team YOU think won. Puppets vs. AcrobaticsThis week’s sponsors are:Sitkaseafoodmarket.com - Use promo code Molly35 to receive $35 off your first order.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!
When Sanden and Ruby show up at Molly’s Valentine’s Day-themed breakfast party, they fall head-over-heels in love with objects in the photo booth prop box! Can a sneak attack save the day?
Today’s debate looks great on a plate, bursts forth from a garden, and is quite the bargain! On one side, we’ve got the father of french fries, the champion of chips, the hero of hashbrowns. It's potatoes! And on the other side, we’ve got the sultan of salsa, the king of ketchup, the pal of pizza. It’s tomatoes. Get your taste buds ready because it’s… potatoes versus tomatoes! Vote below for the team YOU think won.This week’s sponsors are: Sitkaseafoodmarket.com - Use promo code Molly35 to receive $35 off your first order.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!
Today’s debate is a creative collection of craftsmanship. It’s a colorful spread against a twisted thread. It’s Tie-Dye vs. Friendship Bracelets! Brains On producer Aron Woldeslassie paints a picture for team Tie-Dye, while comedy writer Sam Suksiri deftly defends team Friendship Bracelets. Vote below for the team YOU think won!This week’s sponsors are: Sitkaseafoodmarket.com - Use promo code Molly35 to receive $35 off your first order.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!
Brains On host Molly Bloom needs a haircut! The only problem is we don’t know what kind of cut she should get. Molly wants something simple, while producers Marc Sanchez and Sanden Totten think she should get a mullet or mohawk! And at Brains On HQ there's only one way to settle a dispute: with a Sneak Attack! Grab your Smarty Pass for this hair raising game!
Smash Boom Best is back on Thursday, January 5th with 16 new episodes of chatty, fact-y fun! You’re in for some massive new matchups like Birthday Parties vs. Trick-or-Treating, Spiderman vs. Batman, and Mayo vs. Mustard! Who do YOU think will win? Listen and judge for yourself. You’ll hear veteran debaters like Jed Kim and Joy Dolo duke it out with newbies like Ryan Perez and Avery Trufelman. We’re so excited, debate-heads. Until then, keep on being the smash boom best!!
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!
Today’s debate is a fantastic face-off between a relaxed rodent and a raging reptile. We’ve got a cuddly meme, and a hissing, hunting machine! It’s Capybaras vs. Komodo Dragons! Brains On producer and archaeologist Anna Goldfield reps the captivating Capybaras, while writer, actor and comedian Duck Washington defends team Komodo Dragons! Which creature 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:wondery.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!
It’s a mythological mashup for the ages! Will mischievous fairies prevail or will cave creatures conquer? It’s Trolls vs. Leprechauns! Circle Round host Rebecca Sheir will leap for lovely leprechauns while What if World host Eric O’Keefe will tell us why trolls should triumph. 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 suggested***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!
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!
Today’s debate is a meteorological mashup that is sure to make you shake and shiver. One side comes in a flash the other comes in a flurry. Be sure to grab your coats and your thickest mittens, because it’s Lightning vs. Snowflakes! Listen as writer and composer Benjamin Weiner brings the thunder for team lightning while actor, and clown Tallie Medel brings the heat for team snowflakes! Which meteorological moment will come out on top, Lightning vs. Snowflakes? Strut on over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!This week’s sponsors are:IXL.COM/FIELDTRIP - To get the most effective learning program out there at the best price.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!
Today’s debate is a saucy matchup of two flavorful feasts. It’s zesty tang meets creamy dream – hot sauce vs. butter! Brains On co-creator Marc Sanchez is ready to sizzle for team Hot Sauce and podcast producer Tracy Mumford will take you from bland to grand with Team Butter. 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.Greenlight.com - The banking and investing app for kids and teens.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!
Hello Smash Boom Besties! We're going to be back with a new debate next week. Hooray! This week, we want to share with you an episode of our sister podcast Forever Ago, hosted by Joy Dolo. You may remember Joy from such debates as Mermaids vs. Bigfoot, Mustard vs. Mayo and Bubble Gum vs. Gummy Bears. She's a star, a delight, and well, a Joy.To dive into the history of the weekend with Joy, search for Forever Ago wherever you listen to Smash Boom Best. And they're going to be back with brand new episodes starting Wednesday, November 8. So you have some time to catch up on the first three seasons until then!
Today’s debate is a geometric puzzler. It’s Rubik’s Cube vs. Origami! Catch producer and comedian Aron Woldeslassie going pattern-to-pattern with journalist Jed Kim and see who wins – the cutest cube or the power of the paper. 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.Greenlight.com - The banking and investing app for kids and teens.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!
Today’s debate is a colossal critter competition! One of them stings, the other has wings. It’s scorpions vs. butterflies! We’ve got standup comedian and health educator Khadijah Cooper ready to sing the praises of the snazzy scorpion and writer, actor and comedian Becky Abrams here to tell us why butterflies are breathtaking. Head on over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!This week’s sponsors are:Pawpatrol.movie - Catch PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE in theaters on September 29th!IXL.COM/FIELDTRIP - To get a 20% off an IXL membership.Greenlight.com - The banking and investing app for kids and teens.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!
We hope you’re ready for some fashion bashin’, because today’s debate is a rumble between the tips of your toes and the top of your head! One protects us from the sun and the other makes tan lines that are so much fun. It’s Top Hats vs. Flip Flops! Top-notch editor and Brains On! co-creator Sanden Totten will be repping top hats, while comedian and writer Max Maliga will defend flip flops. Which adorable adornment will come out on top, Top Hats or Flip Flops? Strut on over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!This week’s sponsors are:Pawpatrol.movie - Catch PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE in theaters on September 29th!IXL.COM/FIELDTRIP - To get a 20% off an IXL membership.Greenlight.com - The banking and investing app for kids and teens.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!
Today’s tree-mendous debate is between two prolific plants. One side towers tall with fancy fronds, while the other amazes with needles and cones. It's Palm Trees vs. Pine Trees! Writer, comedian, and improviser Andy Hilbrands will sing the praises of palms, while writer, actor, and @jewslovetrees creator Tobin Mitnick will tell us why pines are oh-so fine. Which tree will take the win? Playful palms or pleasant pines? Branch out to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won!This week’s sponsors are:Pawpatrol.movie - Catch PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE in theaters on September 29th!Greenlight.com - The banking and investing app for kids and teens.IXL.COM/FIELDTRIP - To get a 20% off an IXL membership.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!
Today’s debate playdate decides the fate of two terrific toys. It’s Frisbees vs. Yo-yos! Actor, writer and improviser Lauren Anderson is ready to soar for team frisbee, while comedian Comrade Tripp is jumping up and down for team yo-yos! Who will win? Fabulous frisbees or the oh-so-fun yo-yos? Spin 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!
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Crystal Pollock

I dont

Feb 26th
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Mila Blaize Tomic

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Andrea Vettor

I love your podcas:)

Dec 22nd
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Andrea Vettor

I think chocolate wins (chocolate vs cheese)

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Chi Lin is a type of DRAGON

Dec 5th
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my dad is bigfoot

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becbec+sasa

I think the death rate of the tsetse fly is good

Nov 26th
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Joshua Lostroh

This recording cuts out some very important parts including the final 6 and the announcement of the winner

Oct 22nd
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Wonder lady

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Oct 6th
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Crystal Pollock

No bats like baseball

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Crystal Pollock

Author if you listen every day when do you go to school

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Crystal Pollock

Hold up salt versus sugar sugar will win

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Crystal Pollock

Hold up salt versus sugar sugar will win

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COWABUNGER!!!!

Aug 11th
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