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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 Eric O'Keeffe

    • Kids & Family

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 cheetahs could jump the sky and never fall down?

    What if cheetahs could jump the sky and never fall down?

    Chentle is the fastest of all the cheetahs, but she also wants to be the best climber of all the ninjas and the best flyer of all the rocket ship houses. Can she be the best at everything, and will she be happy when she leaves everyone else in her dust?

    Lessons include: being more talented or privileged than others doesn’t make you better than them; no individual, no matter how exceptional, is better than a community of well-rounded people.

    This episode originally aired May 14th, 2018.

    Remember to send in your interview ideas and questions, and to always get your grown-up's permission before going online. Which character would you like to hear from and what would you like to know? Email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com with written ideas and audio submissions or call 205.605.WHAT (9428) to leave a voicemail, if you live in the US. 

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

    Check out our merch at the Imaginarium! Art by Ana Stretcu:  whatifworld.threadless.com

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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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    • 15 min
    What if a donut had abs and liked to work out? (Storyport Part 2)

    What if a donut had abs and liked to work out? (Storyport Part 2)

    Fair Elise made a magical spreadsheet to help Fred and Abacus be more organized with her time travel. Unfortunately, it used up the last of her magic, and now they’re trapped in the past. Can Recap help them navigate their way through the flashbacks and back to the present?

    Lessons include: it’s never too late for the truth; love yourself for who you are, not someone else’s picture of you

    This full-length, original story, has four short clips from episodes 170, 92, and a patron only episode from January of 2018.

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

    Great merch available at the Imaginarium! Featuring artwork from Ana Stretcu:  whatifworld.threadless.com

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld. Kids can share questions with a grownup's help via Twitter @whatifworldpod, Facebook & Instagram @whatifworldpodcast, or email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com

    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
    What if Abacus turned into an abacus? (Storyport Part 1)

    What if Abacus turned into an abacus? (Storyport Part 1)

    Fred the Dog chooses the wrong wand to chew on, and, long story short, Abacus, Fair Elise, and Fred end up on an adventure into their own pasts!

    Lessons include: everyone makes mistakes, but lying about them can lead to more mistakes pretty quickly!

    This full-length, original story, has three short clips from episodes 124, 178, and 208, in case you want to enjoy a few blasts from the past.

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

    Great merch available at the Imaginarium! Featuring artwork from Ana Stretcu:  whatifworld.threadless.com

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld. Kids can share questions with a grownup's help via Twitter @whatifworldpod, Facebook & Instagram @whatifworldpodcast, or email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com

    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
    What if we could turn off gravity? (w/ Prabal Saxena)

    What if we could turn off gravity? (w/ Prabal Saxena)

    We are joined by planetary scientist and NASA astronomer Prabal Saxena, who helps Cthunkle learn about gravity and the amazing James Webb Space Telescope, which launched on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2021.

    Lessons include: science and discovery can take time, and we can’t let frustration and impatience allow us to make bad decisions; there are many paths to our goals, and some of those paths may lead us in new and exciting directions!

    You can learn more about the James Webb Space Telescope by visiting jwst.nasa.gov and find out more about our amazing guest, Prabal Saxena, at prabalsaxena.com. You can watch the launch video right here.

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, 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. Kids can share questions with a grownup's help via Twitter @whatifworldpod, Facebook & Instagram @whatifworldpodcast, or email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com

    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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    • 25 min
    What if toys could read your mind?

    What if toys could read your mind?

    Merry Ifmas and Happy Holidays! Scully the Squid has had a tough year and isn’t really sure what he wants, so Santaphant gives him a telepathic toy to help figure it out. Will Scully learn to speak his mind?

    Lessons include: bottling up your emotions doesn’t gets good results, “boy” and “girl” toys have more in common than you think

    This episode originally aired December 18th, 2017.

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

    Great merch available at the Imaginarium! Featuring artwork from Ana Stretcu:  whatifworld.threadless.com

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld. Kids can share questions with a grownup's help via Twitter @whatifworldpod, Facebook & Instagram @whatifworldpodcast, or email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com

    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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    • 19 min
    What if everything started turning into LEGO? (Dracoverse Part 2)

    What if everything started turning into LEGO? (Dracoverse Part 2)

    Last week, Randall Radbot jumped into the Dracoverse, an alternate universe he’d accidentally imagined where dragons rule the world. Can he help Mamma Jamma, Poppa Moo, Abacus, and Dracomax, or will he get stuck inside his own imagination?!

    Lessons include: We’ve got to own our mistakes and work at being better; it doesn’t take a beard to be magical; there are safe and healthy ways to express our anger.

    You’ll want to listen to 227. What if robots didn’t exist? (Dracoverse Part 1) to hear the whole story.

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

    Great merch available at the Imaginarium! Featuring artwork from Ana Stretcu:  whatifworld.threadless.com

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld. Kids can share questions with a grownup's help via Twitter @whatifworldpod, Facebook & Instagram @whatifworldpodcast, or email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com

    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

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