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. Cats versus Dogs. Pizza versus Tacos. Super Speed versus Super Strength. Who will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? Our debaters use facts and passion to make their case, teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way.
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Molly Bloom is the host of Smash Boom Best. She loves finding out about the way things work — whether it’s a glass factory or our brains or molecular bonds. She likes playing piano, sings in a choir and wishes that people would break into song and dance like they do in the musicals that she loves. She was always the shortest one in her class and has worn glasses since the third grade.
Sanden Totten is the editor of kids’ podcasts for American Public Media. He co-created the award-winning science show Brains On, as well as the shows Smash Boom Best and Forever Ago. He's a founding member of Kids Listen, a non-profit dedicated to promoting high-quality audio for families. He loves punk rock, poodles, and tea parties.
Rosie is a kids' podcast producer for APM Studios. Prior to working at APM, Rosie was a script coordinator and writer at Nickelodeon for the preschool television shows Butterbean’s Café and Bubble Guppies. She has also written digital shorts for Sesame Workshop.
Ruby is a Smash Boom Best producer. She also helps make Brains On! Prior to working at APM, Ruby studied journalism at the University of Minnesota. She likes learning about different cultures, food, and the environment. When she's not writing or finding factoids, she enjoys biking, disco music, and ratatouille (the film and the dish).
Elyssa was a development producer for American Public Media. She worked on Julie's Library, Decomposed, Smash Boom Best and other projects. Prior to joining APM, she worked with Radiotopia, Stitcher, Crooked Media, Third Coast, KPCC, and more. She's also a founding producer and co-host of the podcast The Competition. She has four kidneys and will not be taking follow-up questions at this time.