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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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New Episodes & Our Live Virtual Halloween Debate!

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 blast.

To watch the debate, all you have to do is give a gift of any amount to Smash Boom Best at smashboom.org/donate. Not only will you be supporting the show, but you'll get to watch this spooktacular showdown. If you can't make it live, a recording of the event will be made available to everyone who donates. 

Thanks so much for your support!

2021-10-07
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Pikachu vs. Mario

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 tell us who YOU think won.

Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to our live, interactive Halloween themed event in October. Head to smashboom.org/donate and donate today!

This episode was sponsored by:

Headspace headspace.com/smash

2021-09-23
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Chess vs. Ping Pong

Today?s teams are in it to spin it. It?s chess vs. ping pong! Comedian and writer Joon Chung goes up against podcast producer Elyssa Dudley in this classic competition, but which team will smash their way to victory? Ping over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won -- and get ready for an epic battle, mate!

Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to our live, interactive Halloween themed event in October. Head to smashboom.org/donate and donate today!

This episode was sponsored by:

Headspace headspace.com/smash

2021-09-16
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Horses vs. Dolphins

Saddle-up, because today?s debate is the dolphinition of awesome. It?s horses vs. dolphins! Terrible, Thanks for Asking producers Marcel Malekebu and Jeyca Maldonado-Medina go hoof to flipper in this fin-pressive debate... but which team will win? Handsome horses or dreamy dolphins? Splash over to smashboom.org and vote for the team YOU think won!

Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to our live, interactive Halloween themed event in October. Head to smashboom.org/donate and donate today!

This episode was sponsored by:

Imagine Neighborhood (imagineneighborhood.org/smashboom)

2021-09-08
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Refrigerators vs. Toilets

Today, we?ve got a brawl between two things we?d hate to live without. It?s refrigerators vs. toilets! Terrible, Thanks for Asking creator Nora McInerny and reporter Jill Replogle duke it out in this feisty fixture face-off. But which team will claim the throne? Stone cold fridges? Or savvy lavvies? Shimmy over to smashboom.org, and vote for the team that YOU think won!

Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to our live, interactive Halloween themed event in October. Head to smashboom.org/donate and donate today!

This episode was sponsored by:

Imagine Neighborhood (imagineneighborhood.org/smashboom)

2021-09-02
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Spaceships vs. Submarines

Pack your bags, cuz today?s episode is a trip. It?s spaceships vs. submarines! Too Beautiful to Live co-host Andrew Walsh and comedian Brandi Brown travel from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space in this daring debate -- but which travel-craft will triumph? Vote for the vessel YOU think won at smashboom.org!

Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to our live, interactive Halloween themed event in October. Head to smashboom.org/donate and donate today!

This episode was sponsored by:

Stitch Fix Kids (stitchfix.com/smash)

2021-08-26
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Honey vs. Pickles

Two iconic foods go jar-to-jar in today?s fearsome flavor feud. It?s honey vs. pickles! Million Bazillion host Jed Kim goes up against comedian and journalist Anna Weggel in this sweet and salty showdown. Which team dill prevail? Vote to tell us who YOU think won at smashboom.org!

Plus, we?ve got a special State of Debate segment this week, featuring actors Greg Cipes and Tara Strong, the voices behind Beast Boy and Raven on Teen Titans Go!, available on Cartoon Network. Which character do you think is cooler, Beast Boy or Raven?

Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to our live, interactive Halloween themed event in October. Head to smashboom.org/donate and donate today!


This episode was sponsored by:

Bobby Wonder Podcast (gokidgo.com)

2021-08-19
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Bikes vs. Skateboards

Get ready to kickflip out -- cuz this debate is off the chain. It?s bikes vs. skateboards! Listen to radio journalist Daniel Alarcón and Brains On! star Sanden Totten drop some gear-grinding arguments and gnarly facts... then cruise over to smashboom.org to vote for the team YOU think won. You?re in for a wheelie awesome debate!

Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to our live, interactive Halloween themed event in October. Head to smashboom.org/donate and donate today!

This episode was sponsored by:

Headspace (headspace.com/smash)

Stitch Fix (stitchfix.com/smash)

2021-08-12
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Fairies vs. Giants

We?re stomping into season four with a debate of mythic proportions. One team is the size of a green bean, while the other towers over the whole magic beanstalk. It?s fairies vs. giants! Journalist Tarkor Zehn and comedian Katie McVay serve up some fee-fi-fo-fabulous arguments in this one... but which fabled figure will triumph? Vote to tell us who YOU think won at smashboom.org -- and get ready for some fairy GIANT laughs!

Support Smash Boom Best with a donation and get automatic access to our live, interactive Halloween themed event in October. Head to smashboom.org/donate and donate today!

This episode was sponsored by:

Stitch Fix Kids (stitchfix.com/smash)

Bobby Wonder Podcast (gokidgo.com)

2021-08-05
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Season 4 Trailer

This August 5th, Smash Boom Best is back! 

We?re staging some very controversial debates this season, including Skateboards vs. Bikes, Godzilla vs. King Kong, Horses vs. Dolphins, and Minecraft vs. Lego!

We?re also planning a live, virtual, Halloween-themed debate this October. It?s going to have sneak attacks... costumes... and interactive voting, so YOU?LL get to be the judge! 

We?ll be releasing tickets for this spooktacular event in the coming months, so stay tuned. In the meantime, download and listen to all-new smash boom episodes starting Thursday, August 5th!

2021-07-23
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Return Date & New Merch!

We?re coming back!

Smash Boom Best is coming back on August 5th.

New merch

While you wait for fresh episodes to drop, check out our awesome new merch at smashboom.org/shop.

We?ve got t-shirts, phone grips, face masks... everything you need to see your way through to the bright, beautiful days of summer.

Follow us on social!

And if you haven?t yet, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Thanks again for listening to and supporting our show. We couldn?t do it without you, smash boom besties. Stay tuned!

2021-04-30
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Want a Bonus Episode?

Meep Meep! Our bonus episode has arrived. That?s right, folks. It?s coyotes vs roadrunners!! In this season?s Debate Club exclusive, Brains On! producer and coyote lover, Marc Sanchez, takes on podcast producer and roadrunner enthusiast, Elyssa Dudley! Want to listen? Join the Debate Club at smashboom.org/debateclub by making a donation of any amount, and we?ll send you the episode.

2021-02-26
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Mermaids vs. Bigfoot

Two marvelous, mythical legends make an appearance in this week?s episode. It?s mermaids versus Bigfoot! Which elusive creature will win this smash boom battle? Mermaids, the mysterious sirens that haunt our oceans? Or Bigfoot, the sneaky creature that lurks in forests around the world? Comedian Joy Dolo and ?Adult ISH'' podcast host Merk Nguyen go foot-to-fin in this knock-down, drag-out debate. Who do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org!

Also? this is our last episode of the season! But don?t despair. We?ll be back soon. And if you just can?t get enough and you want to support the show, donate and you?ll get our super awesome bonus episode, Coyotes vs Roadrunners! Head to smashboom.org/donate to make sure you get the bonus episode when it's published on Feb. 25.

Keep on listening smash boom besties, and follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. We?ll be back soon with more Smash Boom Best!

2021-02-11
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Sugar vs. Salt

Today, we?re going to tickle your tastebuds with two mouthwatering flavors. It?s sugar versus salt! Which fabulous flavor will win? The savory mineral we like to lick off pretzels, or the sweet ingredient we like to sprinkle on our cereal? American chef and children?s book author Kenji Lopez-Alt goes up against author and photographer Nik Sharma in this tasty face-off. Who do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org!

If you donate to the show, you?ll get to vote on the topic of this season?s bonus episode, which is only available to donors of the show. Support the show at smashboom.org/donate and follow us on social at @SmashBoomBest on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

2021-02-04
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Moon vs. Sun

This week, we?re heading to space for a celestial debate. It?s moon versus sun! Which legendary orb will win? The queen of the night sky? Or the star of our solar system? Comedian Katie McVay and Million Bazillion host Jed Kim take sides in this epic debate battle. Who do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org!

In the meantime, check out the Smash Boom Best Listening Party Kit here! And if you donate to the show, you?ll get to vote on the topic of this season?s bonus episode, which is only available to donors of the show. Support the show at smashboom.org/donate. Follow us on social at @SmashBoomBest on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

2021-01-28
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Armadillos vs. Porcupines

Two courageous critters take the stage for today's debate. It?s Armadillos versus Porcupines! Which brave and beautiful beast will claim the crown? Will it be the master of armor repped by Phyllis Fletcher? Or will Tracy Mumford sway our judge in favor of the queen of quills? 

Which team do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org!

Today's episode is sponsored by Headspace (headspace.com/smash).

In the meantime, check out the Smash Boom Best Listening Party Kit here! And if you donate to the show, you?ll get to vote on the topic of this season?s bonus episode, which is only available to donors of the show. Support the show at smashboom.org/donate. Follow us on social at @SmashBoomBest on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

2021-01-21
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Helium vs. Neon

Today, we?re letting the science rip in a seriously gassy showdown. It?s helium versus neon! One is famous for making balloons float and voices squeaky -- the other is prized for its beautiful glow. Brains On star Sanden Totten and science writer and comedian Kasha Patel go head to head in this elemental debate. Which team do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org!

In the meantime, check out the Smash Boom Best Listening Party Kit here! And if you donate to the show, you?ll get to vote on the topic of this season?s bonus episode, which is only available to donors of the show. Support the show at smashboom.org/donate. Follow us on social at @SmashBoomBest on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

2021-01-14
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Deserts vs. Swamps

This week, two treacherous terrains take the stage. It?s deserts versus swamps! Marc Sanchez and Anna Weggel defend these exceptional environments with humor and pizzaz, but only one team will take home the title of Smash Boom Best? Who do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org!

Today?s episode is sponsored by Bamboo Learning. If you donate to the show, you?ll get to vote on the topic of this season?s bonus episode, which is only available to donors of the show. Support the show at smashboom.org/donate and follow us on social at @SmashBoomBest on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

2021-01-07
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Ants vs. Bees

One?s in the sky, one?s underground. One makes a buzz, the other? Not a sound. It?s ants versus bees! Comedians Ian Abramson and Tim Barnes take sides in this rollicking bug brawl. Which insect do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org!

We?re taking a short break over the holiday, but we?ll be back with more Smash Boom Best on Thursday, January 7th, 2021! Three cheers for a new year!

Today?s episode is sponsored by Bamboo Learning, Headspace and Literati Kids. If you donate to the show, you?ll get to vote on the topic of this season?s bonus episode, which is only available to donors of the show. Support the show at smashboom.org/donate and follow us on social at @SmashBoomBest on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

2020-12-17
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Rats vs. Pigeons

Today, we?re switching it up -- Smash Boom Best is going full on Smash Boom Pest. Two misunderstood critters go head to head in today?s debate battle. It?s rats vs pigeons! Podcast producer Elyssa Dudley takes on journalist Tom Weber in this whisker-twitching, feather-filled showdown. Which cunning creature do YOU think won? Head to smashboom.org and cast your vote!

Today?s episode is sponsored by Bamboo Learning and Headspace. If you donate to the show, you?ll get to vote on the topic of this season?s bonus episode, which is only available to donors of the show. Support the show at smashboom.org/donate and follow us on social at @SmashBoomBest on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

2020-12-10
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Teleportation vs. Telekinesis

It?s time for another superpower showdown! Challenger one is teleportation, the ability to instantly zap yourself to any place in the world. Challenger two is telekinesis, the power to move things with your mind. Which tele-power will take the crown? Million Bazillion host Jed Kim and Brains On producer Menaka Wilhelm make some mighty arguments in this smash boom battle! Who do you think won? Head to smashboom.org and cast your vote!  

Today?s episode is sponsored by Bamboo Learning, Purple, and Literati Kids

If you donate to the show, you?ll get to vote on the topic of this season?s bonus episode, which is only available to donors of the show. Support the show at smashboom.org/donate and follow us on social at @SmashBoomBest on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

2020-12-03
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Pandas vs. Penguins

Today?s debate is between two totally adorable, extremely popular animals known for their fashionable fur and frolicsome feathers. It?s pandas vs penguins!! Comedians Katie McVay and Brandi Brown defend these charming cuties in an intense, delightful debate. Who are you going to vote for? Cuddly, bamboo-munching pandas? Or waddling, water-loving penguins? Head to smashboom.org and cast your vote!  

Today?s episode is sponsored by Bamboo Learning. If you donate to the show, you?ll get to vote on the topic of this season?s bonus episode, which is only available to donors of the show. Support the show at smashboom.org/donate and follow us on social at @SmashBoomBest on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

2020-11-26
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Ice Cream vs. French Fries

We?ve got a tasty debate for you today -- it?s ice cream vs french fries!! This is going to be a tough one for everybody, because let?s face it: we all scream for ice cream and we freak out over french fries! Comedians Tommy McNamara and Brittany Carney take sides in this scrumptious debate, and they want to know who YOU think won! Cast your vote at smashboom.org!

Today?s episode is sponsored by Bamboo Learning. If you donate to the show, you?ll get to vote on the topic of this season?s bonus episode, which is only available to donors. Support the show at smashboom.org/donate and follow us on social at @SmashBoomBest on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

2020-11-19
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Avengers vs. Star Wars

This week, two of the biggest movie franchises EVER go head-to-head in a blockbuster-worthy battle. It?s Avengers vs. Star Wars! Which team will win? The Marvel-ously superhuman Avengers saga? Or the space story from long ago, in a galaxy far, far away? Star Wars? Merk Nguyen and Nyge Turner, co-hosts of the podcast ?Adult ISH? from Radiotopia and YR Media, take sides in this intense debate battle. 

Who do you think won? Cast your vote at smashboom.org!

Today?s episode is sponsored by Bamboo Learning and Purple, makers of the Purple pillow and mattress. Go to Purple.com/smash10, and use promo code smash10 for 10% off any order of $200 or more. 

And if you donate to the show, you?ll get to vote on the topic of this season?s bonus episode, which is only available to donors of the show. Support the show at smashboom.org/donate

Follow us on social at @SmashBoomBest on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

2020-11-12
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Giant Squid vs. Blue Whales

We?ve got a deep-sea debate for you today, so put on your scuba gear and jump on in! It?s Giant Squid vs. Blue Whales. Journalist Tom Weber goes up against science writer and stand-up comedian Kasha Patel in a fearsome debate battle. Which of these large and legendary beasts will take home the title of Smash Boom Best? 

After you listen, tell us who you think won by casting your vote at smashboom.org!

And if you donate to the show, you?ll get to vote on the topic of this season?s bonus episode, which is only available to donors of the show. Support the show at smashboom.org/donate and follow us on social at @SmashBoomBest on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram! Today?s episode is sponsored by Bamboo Learning. Visit bamboolearning.com to learn more.

2020-11-05
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Vampires vs. Werewolves

Today, the ultimate immortal rivals go fang to claw in a blood-thirsty debate. It's vampires vs werewolves! Who will win? Pale, blood-sucking vampires? Or supernaturally speedy, howling werewolves? Anna Weggel and Tracy Mumford debate to see which terrifying tormentor will be crowned the Smash Boom Best.

After you listen, tell us who you think won by casting your vote at smashboom.org!

And if you donate to the show, you?ll get to vote on the topic of this season?s bonus episode, which is only available to donors of the show. Support the show at smashboom.org/donate

Follow us on social at @SmashBoomBest on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

Today?s episode is sponsored by Bamboo Learning.

2020-10-29
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Drums vs. Guitars

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

2020-10-22
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Flowers vs. Rainbows

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!

This episode is sponsored by Purple, makers of the Purple pillow and mattress. Go to Purple.com/smash10, and use promo code smash10 for 10% off any order of $200 or more. 

2020-10-15
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Season 3 Trailer

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!

2020-10-01
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Season 3 News!

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.

2020-02-04
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Want a Bonus Episode?

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

2019-09-26
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Aliens vs Robots

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).

2019-09-11
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Chocolate vs Cheese

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 Whiz, available wherever books are sold, and Mathnasium (mathnasium.com/boom or call 855-912-MATH.)

2019-09-05
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Sharks vs Skunks

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 is sponsored by Homer Reading (learnwithhomer.com/boom).

2019-08-29
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Swimming vs Soccer

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.)

2019-08-21
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Ice Age vs Jurassic

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.org/debateclub. This episode is sponsored by Mathnasium (mathnasium.com/boom or call 855-912-MATH.)

2019-08-14
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Rice vs Noodles

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 checkout for $30 off).

2019-08-07
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Venom vs Claws

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 (RaddishKids.com/Boom and coupon code BOOM).

2019-07-31
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Venus vs Jupiter

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 for $30 off) and by Raddish, a cooking club for kids (RaddishKids.com/Boom and coupon code BOOM).

2019-07-25
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Mega Mini-Boom Bonanza

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 episode is sponsored by Raddish, a cooking club for kids (RaddishKids.com/Boom and coupon code BOOM).

2019-07-17
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Snakes vs Spiders

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.

2019-07-11
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Invisibility vs. Flying

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.

2019-07-03
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Loki vs. Athena

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).

2019-06-26
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Grand Canyon vs. Mount Everest

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).

2019-06-19
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Libraries vs. Museums

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).

2019-06-12
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Unicorns vs. Dragons

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 purchase on Amazon).

2019-06-06
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Piranhas vs Venus Flytraps

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).

2019-06-06
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Season 2 Trailer

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. We have Debate Club pins, t-shirts, a card game and more as thank-you gifts. You can even get a special recording made just for you, by Molly and some of our all-star debaters. Click here to donate and join.

Season 2 features a star-studded line-up of debaters, including Story Pirates? Lee Overtree and Peter McNerney, the Splendid Table?s Francis Lam, and NPR?s Sam Sanders. And all of the debates are judged by listeners like you.

So who will be crowned the smash boom best? Find out June 6th when our season kicks off with two new debate battles.

2019-05-23
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Season 2 News!

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

2019-02-04
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Lava vs Quicksand

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

2018-06-27
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