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What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world? Pirates, fairies, wizards, robots and more band together to help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions.

Mr. Eric believes that curiosity and hope go hand in hand. Children who keep wondering can thrive when faced with new ideas and challenges. What If World’s progressive stories aim to keep kids laughing and learning well into adulthood.

Call-in a what if question to 205-605-WHAT or email an audio recording to whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com!

What If World - Stories for Kids What If World

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.5 • 537 Ratings

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What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world? Pirates, fairies, wizards, robots and more band together to help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions.

Mr. Eric believes that curiosity and hope go hand in hand. Children who keep wondering can thrive when faced with new ideas and challenges. What If World’s progressive stories aim to keep kids laughing and learning well into adulthood.

Call-in a what if question to 205-605-WHAT or email an audio recording to whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com!

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Cecilia asks: What if cats could knit socks?

    Cecilia asks: What if cats could knit socks?

    When Heyna the Hyena tries out to play Pawccer in the Whirling Cup, all the dog and cat players can’t figure out what team to put her on. Will she get to play, or will she use her magical knitting powers to sabotage her favorite game?

    Lessons include: We can all grow through inclusivity; Attacking others in anger will never help matters, no matter how justified your anger may be.

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld

    This story is inspired in part by our friend’s new children’s book, “The Great Ball Game.” Adapted by Rebecca Sheir and illustrated by Ojibwe Woodland artist Joshua Pawis-Steckley, "The Great Ball Game” is inspired by Native American and First Nations tales about a dispute between the animals and the birds over who is best. You can find it — along with Circle Round’s other picture books, “The Tale of the Unwelcome Guest” and “A Taste of Honey” — at your favorite online bookseller or at your local bookstore. You can find the links to all of Rebecca’s book and her amazing podcast, Circle Round, on her website: WBUR.org/circleround

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld.

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to our associate producer Miss Lynn. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 20 min
    Margot asks: What if Davey Jones’s Locker held a parrot? (w/ Eddie Gamarra)

    Margot asks: What if Davey Jones’s Locker held a parrot? (w/ Eddie Gamarra)

    Eddie joins us as Davey Jones, the Sea Monkey King of the Pirates. He and Petey are on a journey to find Petey’s long lost brother, Jack Parrot. They’ll encounter Scalebeard as well as a dragon’s hoard of magic lunchboxes.

    Lessons include: There is enough for everyone if we all work to share it; we all need quality time together, as well as quality time alone!

    Eddie Gamarra is the executive producer of the new Netflix film, Wendell & Wild! It’s a beautiful, funny, weird, heartfelt, and sometimes scary stop-motion film. Eddie has been involved in a number of Middle-School aged book-adaptations, and the lessons in Wendell & Wild will be best enjoyed and processed by tweens, teens, and adults.

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld

    See great What If World character art by Ana Stretcu at our merch store, the Imaginarium! whatifworld.threadless.com

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld. Share questions or artwork with a grownup's help via twitter @whatifworldpod, fb & insta @whatifworldpodcast, email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com, or snail mail:

    What If World (or Mr. Eric)

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    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to our associate producer Miss Lynn. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 23 min
    Silas asks: What if people sneezed pickles?

    Silas asks: What if people sneezed pickles?

    Alabaster Zero has his very first day off. Can he solve the mystery of R&R?

    Lessons: We all need a balance of work and leisure in our lives; Try not to confuse EASY with FUN, there are many different ways to enjoy your free time, and variety is important!

    This episode first aired May 5th, 2018.

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld

    See great What If World character art by Ana Stretcu at our merch store, the Imaginarium! whatifworld.threadless.com

    Subscribe wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld. Share questions or artwork with a grownup's help via twitter: @whatifworldpod, fb & insta: @whatifworldpodcast, email: whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com, by phone: (205) 605-WHAT, or snail mail:

    What If World (or Mr. Eric)

    P.O. Box 4905

    Panorama City, CA 91412

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to our associate producer Miss Lynn, who put together this week’s artwork. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 14 min
    Stump Mr. Eric: Banana Detective

    Stump Mr. Eric: Banana Detective

    Alabaster Zero and Randall Radbot help Miss Lynn stump Mr. Eric!
    We need your trivia questions! With your grownup's permission & help, email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com or message us on Social.
    Try to stump Mr. Eric with What If World trivia, or quiz other What If World characters on their knowledge of any subject. For example, in this episode, Alabaster Zero answers tricky questions about bananas!
    Make sure to share the answers, too, so we can all learn together. And as always, let's keep it kind!

    Teddy asks & answers: What if there was a wizard city? (G&G 16)

    Teddy asks & answers: What if there was a wizard city? (G&G 16)

    Glurmph the Inventor (played by Teddy) gets a visit from Zachimedes, who is on a quest to find a hidden city. Watch out for magic sheep, giant dragonflies, and unpredictable inventions on this new G&G adventure.

    Lessons include: Sharing knowledge can help us discover new ideas; anyone who can imagine can be an inventor.

    This story is part of the Guilds & Goblins miniseries, where What If World characters (and guests) play an original tabletop RPG for kids and families. The dice rolls are all real and help us tell the story, along with your questions and ideas! Patrons get access to our introductory rules and our character sheet. Listen to all previous G&G episodes:  176, 181, 182, 191, 192, 193, 199, 199 ½, 214, 215, 216, 217, 243, 244, & 245.

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld.

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to our associate producer Miss Lynn. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 21 min
    Freditation Only (meditation without intro and outro)

    Freditation Only (meditation without intro and outro)

    If you enjoyed our Fred-led Relaxation/Sleep Meditation, here's a version of the exercise alone with more soothing intro music and a nice long slow fade at the end.
    A big thanks to Gustavo Vieira for our lullaby intro.

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537 Ratings

537 Ratings

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Hello can you make a story about schools asking student questions to spy on them apart from Abacus.P.Grumbler. Thank you( btw love the show 😀) and my name is Jay and I’m 10 years old and I live in Great Britain 🇬🇧. Have a great day 😃. Ps tell Fred he’s my favourite character. Oh and my favourite episode is when there was that boy and his lunchbox came alive and he was i think it was called a tigermon lunchbox and the objects came alive and the boy had to stop them but it wags a dream.. that one was REALLY good . Have a good day again ( this is a long ps lol) bye :)

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