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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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Ain't no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough to keep us from smash boom besting. It’s Death Valley vs. Mount Fuji! Journalist and podcast host Gloria Riviera defends sizzling Death Valley, while editor and podcast host Mary Harris fights for massive Mount Fuji. Which legendary landscape will take the win? Hike on over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won!
Mustard vs. Mayo

Mustard vs. Mayo

2023-01-2636:462

The queens of condiments go jar to jar in today’s yummy rumble. Give it up for mayo vs. mustard! In one corner, we’ve got comedian, actor and host of Forever Ago Joy Dolo defending mustard! In the other, it’s comedian, actor and writer Becky Abrams muscling it up for team mayo! Which sandwich sidekick will take home first prize? There’s no telling. Spread your way over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won! And vote for the debate you want to hear Molly and Sanden tackle here: https://www.smashboom.org/page/debatevote
Black Holes vs. Meteors

Black Holes vs. Meteors

2023-01-1936:253

Grab your telescopes, cuz you’re in for a celestial smackdown. It’s black holes vs. meteors! Comedian and writer Max Maliga goes to bat for black holes against improvisor, writer and meteor maven Anupa Otiv.Which cosmic celebrity will take home the crown? Massive black holes, or magical meteors? Shoot over to smashboom.org to vote for the team YOU think won!
Axolotls vs. Flamingos

Axolotls vs. Flamingos

2023-01-1255:132

Today’s ani-melee features an amphibian with frilly gills and a pink bird with a bent bill. It’s axolotls vs. flamingos! Comedian, puppeteer and podcaster Tim Platt champions axolotls in a wild face-off with writer, comedian and flamingo fan Katie McVay. Which side will take home first prize? Fabulous flamingos or awe-inspiring axolotls? Splash over to smashboom.org to vote for the team YOU think won!
Today’s debate is a face-off between yearly sensations that rock the nation. Both involve candy and cake for eating, so grab your costumes and birthday suits for… birthday parties vs. trick-or-treating! Editor, reporter, writer and birthday enthusiast Jed Kim goes up against podcaster, improviser and trick-or-treating fiend Michael Stevens in this celebratory smackdown. Which pastime will win? Breathtaking birthdays? Or tasty trick-or-treating? Slip on a costume and strut over to smashboom.org to vote for the team YOU think won!
Dogs vs. Cats

Dogs vs. Cats

2022-12-2226:234

Check out another one of our classics: dogs vs. cats! Which furry friends are you most fond of? Playful pups or frisky felines? Listen to find out which team comes out on top!
Books vs. Movies

Books vs. Movies

2022-12-0833:252

Listen to one of our first smash boom best debates ever: books vs. movies! Who are you rooting for? The printed word or the silver screen? Listen to bibliophiles and film buffs duke it out in this awesome smash boom battle!
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!!
Become a Smarty Pass subscriber today to access bonus episodes and ad-free episodes of Brains On!, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago -- all right here in your favorite podcast player. Visit smartypass.org/smashboombest to get your Smarty Pass! It's $4/month or $36/year (a three-month discount!) Don't worry: This feed will stay free and we’ll be posting new episodes just like we always have. Whether you choose to subscribe, or keep listening in our free feeds, we so appreciate you listening to our shows and being a part of the Brains On universe. Thank you so much for your support!
Kangaroos vs. Platypuses

Kangaroos vs. Platypuses

2022-09-2935:364

You’re in for some bouncy, duck-billed fun from “down undah!” It’s kangaroos vs. platypuses! Comedian and writer Allison Reese reps kangaroos in a beastly brawl with platypus-fan and Brains On! co-creator Sanden Totten. Which creature will come out on top? Paddling platypuses? Or kickin’ kangas? Hop over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class and Everyplate.com - enter code "smashboom149" to get your first box for $1.49 per meal
Today’s debate is not too hot, not too cold, but just right! It’s Goldilocks vs. Little Red Riding Hood! Audio producer extraordinaire Tracy Mumford goes for gold in this fairytale face-off with writer, comedian and cape enthusiast Utkarsh Rajawat! Which character will take the crown? The one with lovely locks? Or the one with the crimson cloak? Wander your way over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class and Everyplate.com - enter code "smashboom149" to get your first box for $1.49 per meal
Today’s debate is fluffy, crunchy, and extra delicious. It’s peanut butter vs. marshmallows! Writer and producer Jeff Nucera champions the power of creamy, dreamy peanut butter in this salty smackdown with writer and marshmallow lover Tea Ho! Which snack will succeed? The crunchy spread that packs a punch? Or the plump white puffs we love to roast? Chomp your way over smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class and Everyplate.com - enter code "smashboom149" to get your first box for $1.49 per meal
Chefs vs. Veterinarians

Chefs vs. Veterinarians

2022-09-0835:395

Kitchen wizards and kitten whisperers take the stage in today’s career-off. It’s chefs versus veterinarians! Comedy writer and LEGO Master Model Builder, Sam Suksiri, defends chefs in a sizzling smackdown against comic, writer, and animal lover, Kasha Patel. Which profession will triumph? Chop and hop over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class and Everyplate.com - enter code "smashboom149" to get your first box for $1.49 per meal
Looking for a rolling, bowling ballyhoo? Tune in for roller skating vs. bowling! Writer, actress, and roller skating maven Ashley Jaye dukes it out with actor, comedian, writer, director, and bowling fan Max Maliga in one slippery smackdown! Which team will win? Baller bowling, or radical roller skating? Glide over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won. This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class and Everyplate.com - enter code "smashboom149" to get your first box for $1.49 per meal
Today’s debate is all about roarin’ flora. It’s redwood tree vs. prickly pear cactus! Tobin Mitnick – actor, writer, and creator of internet phenomenon jewslovestrees – rages for redwoods against comedian, writer, and actress Becky Abrams, who makes some pointed arguments in favor of prickly pears! Which photosynthesizer will take it all? Radical redwoods or persuasive pricklies? Stroll over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won. This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class and Everyplate.com - enter code "smashboom149" to get your first box for $1.49 per meal
Opossums vs. Raccoons

Opossums vs. Raccoons

2022-08-1836:433

Today’s debate is quite the creature feature. It’s opossums vs. raccoons! Theater teacher, improv sensation and marsupial maven Roy Rodriguez dukes it out with super producer and raccoon-lover Rosie duPont in this nocturnal neighborhood scuffle. Which critter will take the crown? Awesome opossums, or ravishing raccoons?! Scamper over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won. This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class and Everyplate.com - enter code "smashboom149" to get your first box for $1.49 per meal
Sundaes vs. Nachos

Sundaes vs. Nachos

2022-08-1130:365

Looking to spice up your life with a dreamy, creamy debate? Then we’ve got you covered… with nachos vs. sundaes! Writer, comedian, and nacho lover Linnea Frye gets salty with comedian, writer, and sundae queen Nikki Bailey in this tasty tussle! Which treat will take it all?! Sublime sundaes, or noshable nachos!? Crunch your way over to smashboom.org and vote to tell us who YOU think won! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class
Sneakers vs. Jeans

Sneakers vs. Jeans

2022-08-0430:493

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! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class
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!
Lollipops vs. Popcorn

Lollipops vs. Popcorn

2022-07-2128:567

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! This episode was sponsored by: Outschool.com/smashboom – To save $15 on your child’s first class
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kkai C

english is a foreign language to me. i would like to know how old those children are in the show. elementary or middle school?

Jan 15th
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L.E.F.T.E

I love this amazing podcast🍌 😋😋😋😋😋😀😀😀😀😀

Jan 12th
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Dyl

go dogs

Jan 9th
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Lemene

cheetahs vs lions

Dec 27th
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Lemene

cheetah vs lion

Dec 27th
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Lauren Chemplavil

SOCCER 🌎 🏆

Dec 21st
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Lila Miller

Books have been a way of communicating ideas and knowledge for years. Reading and discussing the classics are what gave the patriots the inspiration to fight the American Revolution for their freedoms, and the Framers the ability to create the Constitution to preserve those freedoms. With more freedom, entrepreneurship thrived and movies were invented. If America didn't start their revolution (and inspire a new look at government and liberty in countries all over the world) and fight for their freedoms then we probably have the freedoms to watch what movies we like (or maybe we wouldn't have movies at all, who knows?). So if you like being able to sit down and browse through a surplus of movies on a Saturday night, you can give your thanks to the classic books that impacted the world.

Nov 12th
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C H

Because we need a brains on universe.

Oct 30th
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Samar Faruqi

Good Podcast

Sep 1st
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Samar Faruqi

Bowling For the win !!!

Sep 1st
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Samar Faruqi

Judge Sounds Like Taylor Swift

Sep 1st
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Samar Faruqi

Happy Host

Sep 1st
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Samar Faruqi

The judge is So Good 😊😊😊😊

Sep 1st
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Samar Faruqi

Love your podcast Thanks SMASH BOOM BEST 🤗💓

Sep 1st
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Samar Faruqi

Molly Fly's Business Class so much money 💲💲💲 for making this amazing podcast #Business smashboombest.com

Sep 1st
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Samar Faruqi

Wonder Who Wins Halfway through podcast

Sep 1st
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Samar Faruqi

That's my Hot Rapping Comment

Sep 1st
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Samar Faruqi

Bowling Needs some rolling if wanna get back and start this game and get the ball with the flame 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Sep 1st
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Samar Faruqi

jeans for the wiiiin !!!!!

Aug 31st
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Samar Faruqi

Beans in my jeans 👖

Aug 31st
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