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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. New episodes starting October 15th!

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    • Education for Kids
    • 4.5 • 400 Ratings

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!

    Want a Bonus Episode?

    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.

    • 1 min
    Mermaids vs. Bigfoot

    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 Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We’ll be back soon with more Smash Boom Best!

    • 39 min
    Sugar vs. Salt

    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 Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

    • 35 min
    Moon vs. Sun

    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 Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

    • 33 min
    Armadillos vs. Porcupines

    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 Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

    • 31 min
    Helium vs. Neon

    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 Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
400 Ratings

400 Ratings

o'come on!!! ,

Smash 💥 BEST!

The review above this one is trash ha!🔝

# Smash💥Best podcast ever

Also one idea, birds vs monkeys

I think birds 🦅 for the win bc there so interesting and monkeys 🐵 r just loud and annoying thieves that steal everything especially ur favourite things and be mean to u, laugh at u and birds 🦢 can lay eggs, are the only animals to have feathers and they are the only mammal that can fly for a long time NOT SUGAR GLIDERS but monkeys 🐒 got only fur like what that’s so boring like almost everything has fur!And birds are so intelligent and they r trained to know how to pick locks 🔒 to help ppl get into there homes 🏡 when they looked the door and left all the keys 🔑

Btw in dragons vs unicorns dragons deserve to win cuz unicorns always hv the spotlight and frame dragons for their actions like stabbing then and going oooh that was another dragon and they’re stupid pretty pink idiotic prancing horses that go around acting the hero like seriously get a job and stop showing off like give dragons a CHANCE for ONCE cuz I’m sick and tired of everyone liking unicorns cuz of their horns and supposedly pretty pink fur like cmon that’s only the look and plus dragons can do magic to READ WINGS OF FIRE AND YOU WILL FIND ANIMUS MAGIC SURE ITS RARE ILL GIVE YOU THAT BUT SERIOUSLY UNICORNS ARE IDIOTIC PINK HORSES THAT KILLED A POOR INNOCENT NARWHAL FOR ITS HORN TO TAPE ON ITS HEAD AND PRETEND TO BE MAGICAL SHOWOFFS DUDE TELL ME WHEN THEY CAN FLY OR MANAGE LIFE WITHOUT STUPID MAGIC SPELLS CUZ I TOTALLY DIS A GREE WITH STUPID UNICORN FANS AND THEIR IDIOTIC OBSESSIONS GIVE DRAGONS A CH ANGE TO BE GOOD AND THEY WILL MOST CERTAINLY TAKE IT

FROM A VERY ANGRY READER THAT READ A STUPID DEBATE ON WHY UNICORNS WERE “BETTER” (way way WAY worse) THAN DRAGONS 🐉

THIS PART OF THE REVEIW IS TO hellopoopbye FOR A STUPID “REBUTTLE” FOR IDIOTIC PINK NARWHAL HORN WEARING MONSTERS a PLUS DRAGONS ARENT ALWAYS DANGEROUS you can TAME A DRAGON DUDE HV U EVER HEARD OF THE MOVIE HOW TO TAME A DRAGON??!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! IT HAS ACTUAL FRIENDLY DRAGONS IN IT AND GOD THERE IS PLENTY FOR EVERYONE TO RIDE ND HV FUN WITH!!!!!!!!!! I DONT SEE ANY UNICORN INSPIRED MOVIES OUT THERE

#DRAGONSAREWAYBETTERTHENDYEDPINKNARWHALHORN WEARINGIDIOTICHORSES!!!!!!!!!!

Flynny boy.⚔️ ,

Hey smash boom best

Hey smash boom best I got debate ideas for you guys like captain America vs.star lord or marvel vs.frozen and about the state of debate I still don’t understand what logical falsies are love your episodes that you have

Flynn bye.🦚🐲🇨🇦
Wait I forgot how about the kraken vs. dragons 🐉 see you

nati fitsuim ,

Awesome Podcast

Smash Boom Best is my favourite podcast! You guys really help with my debating skills and have fun at the same time. I’ve listened to all of your podcasts and I am huge fun

Keep Doing what your doing!😀

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