Smash Boom Best

24 EpisodesProduced by American Public MediaWebsite

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 let's you decide which is best. Cats versus Dogs. Pizza versus Tacos. Super Speed versus Super Strength. Who will be crowned … read more

24 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Swimming vs Soccer

August 22nd, 2019

35:21

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 …

Ice Age vs Jurassic

August 15th, 2019

42:34

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, …

Rice vs Noodles

August 7th, 2019

36:53

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 …

Venom vs Claws

August 1st, 2019

35:19

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. …

Venus vs Jupiter

July 25th, 2019

40:25

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? …

Mega Mini-Boom Bonanza

July 18th, 2019

36:09

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 …

Snakes vs Spiders

July 11th, 2019

36:30

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 …

Invisibility vs Flying

July 4th, 2019

34:17

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 …

Loki vs Athena

June 27th, 2019

40:35

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 …

Grand Canyon vs Mount Everest

June 20th, 2019

33:45

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 …

Libraries vs Museums

June 13th, 2019

42:30

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 …

Unicorns vs Dragons

June 6th, 2019

34:14

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? …

Piranhas vs Venus Flytraps

June 6th, 2019

32:12

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? …

Season 2 Trailer

May 23rd, 2019

2:28

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 …

Season 2 News!

February 4th, 2019

1:17

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

Lava vs Quicksand

June 28th, 2018

32:26

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. …

Pizza vs Tacos

June 21st, 2018

26:30

It's an all-you-can-eat buffet of difficult decisions in one of our toughest match-ups ever. In one corner, it's cheesy, shareable, savory-sauced …

Books vs Movies

June 14th, 2018

32:27

Who are you rooting for: the printed word or the silver screen? Bibliophiles face off with film buffs everywhere in this week's Smash Boom Battle. Hear both sides out and then vote here:

Castles vs Caves

June 7th, 2018

32:22

We’re pitting noble medieval fortresses against naturally-made chambers of wonder. Which do you think is cooler: castles or caves? Our debaters aim …

Cats vs Dogs

May 31st, 2018

24:42

In one corner, human’s best friend, licker of faces, chewer of toys -- it’s dogs. And in the other corner, sleek and graceful, free pest control with …

Super Speed vs Super Strength

May 24th, 2018

32:41

Will muscly might or supersonic speed triumph? This Smash Boom Best battle takes on two out-of-this world superhuman powers. Which would you rather …

Bermuda Triangle vs Loch Ness

May 17th, 2018

33:15

Ready for some mystery? This Smash Boom Battle takes on two famous places: the Bermuda Triangle and Loch Ness. Which is cooler? Is it the Bermuda …

Bats vs Owls

May 15th, 2018

26:39

Wings out, eyes wide -- we’re swooping in on a battle between a perfect pair of creatures of the night. Which is cooler: Bats? Or owls? We’re going …

Season One: The Trailer

May 9th, 2018

1:41

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, …

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