Parents' Guide to

Smash Boom Best

By Lauri C. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun showdowns teach debate skills, history, science.

Podcast Games & Trivia American Public Media Average run time: 30 minutes
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This podcast is the next best thing from the American Public Media team that created Brains On!. Smash Boom Best is a well-produced, well-researched and entertaining way of teaching debate skills. Even if younger listeners don't quite grasp the debate concepts, they may enjoy hearing funny people talk about topics accessible to them, like apples vs. bananas or horses vs. dolphins. Between interesting older kids acting as guest judges and good information about debate ideas, this podcast might inspire older listeners to pursue new interests in science, history, or debate. Smash Boom Best brings out the friendly and fun sides of argumentation.

While high on entertainment and educational value, the podcast does not explicitly relate debate settings to real life disagreements, larger social-emotional lessons, or debating as activism to improve our world. Visit the website to find topics that might interest the family, and steer clear of spooky topics for more sensitive listeners. The site has good opportunities for kids to feel involved, whether by voting for their winners or proposing other debate topics, as well as resources for educators teaching students how to debate.

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