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October 14, 2019
Mike Rylander joins us, playing a whole slew of characters in a space odyssey you won’t soon forget… and keep an eye out for FREDZORB THE DESTROYER. Lessons: All people deserve to be treated equally; dogs and cats CAN get along ;)
October 7, 2019
Petey the Pirate & Whendiana Joan finally get their turn to tell a story this week in the conclusion of our Halloween Special from 2017! Lessons include: sharing, patience, and teamwork get better results than show-boating; just because someone looks different doesn't mean they are bad. This episode is brought to you by The Creeping Hour, a horror anthology series recommended for kids 8-12. Check them out at thecreepinghour.org
September 30, 2019
In our season 3 finale, we meet Barbara Bot, Evilicus Max, King of the Naughtibots, and Queen Nice of the Chocolate Monsters… but pay close attention, because names can be deceiving. Lessons: Yes and no are powerful words, and we all have a lot to learn in order to make safe and smart decisions; Saying nice things doesn’t mean you get to ignore other people’s feelings.
September 23, 2019
M. Dorsett, author of The Lion and the Elephant, comes on to read her short story and then give it a What If World ending! Can the Lion, the Elephant, and the Queen learn to get along? Lessons: Learning to get along with different kinds of people can make you happier and more open-minded! To learn more about The Lion and the Elephant, go to chibur.info/books. Use the promo code wiw10 to get 10% off, to help support What If World, and to get your copy signed by the author, M. Dorsett!
September 16, 2019
Kid Town’s greatest villain is on loan this week, and Professor Nasty will stop at nothing to take all the magic out of What If World! Karl Harpur of The Dastardly Deeds of Professor Nasty helps tell a story of daring escapes and talking bones! Lessons: Being careful doesn’t mean avoiding the things we love; a good friend can help face your fears and find your confidence!
September 9, 2019
Many listeners have asked how Fred first became a maybe-zombie dog in the first place. This Halloween special from 2017 will answer all your questions. Lessons include: some problems are too big to solve alone; being patient is always rewarded… eventually ;)
September 2, 2019
A few of Mr. Eric’s friends are trying to give him a break by recording an episode for him! Will things go wrong pretty much right away? Probably. Lessons: This week’s lesson is sort of tied up with a special surprise in the episode. Can you figure it out?
August 26, 2019
This week, Leilany Figueroa of the podcast Timestorm joins Alabaster Zero as his new Gumshoe in training. Can they find Fred the Dog, or will they stay lost in time forever? Lessons: We’re all bad at things we’ve never tried before, but we can get better with practice; you’re never too old to learn something new.
August 19, 2019
Daisytooth Tiger is the best young ninja in the hideout, until Ninja Girlden shows up! Can they team up to save their teacher, or will their rivalry get the better of them.  Lessons include: Our differences can be our strengths if we embrace them; trading insults hurts everyone involved.
August 12, 2019
This week we find ourselves in New What City, where we meet another one of What If World's premiere rodents: Stevie the Weasel! Stevie is trying to fit in among all the other creatures of the city... by learning to fly! Will he figure it out? Will weasels get equal rights? Episode originally aired December 5th, 2016.
August 5, 2019
In the town of Zombria, all the undead hide their emotions except for Brainless, whose emotions pop off as often as his head! Can he and his frenemy Paulageist learn how to express themselves in a healthy way? Lessons include: Hiding our emotions doesn’t make them go away; remembering our feelings, even the unhappy ones, can help us understand others.
July 29, 2019
Mr. Eric teams up with Grammy winning musical artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo for a story that’s truly a dream come true! Can Zach and Captain Boar learn to fly at Sleepaway Camp, aka Dream School? Lessons include: Having an active day and making healthy choices is the key to a good night’s sleep; being honest about your fears can help you face them
July 22, 2019
Mamma Jamma is feeling bored by her job and Harrigo is worried when old trees start getting replaced by new ones. Can they help each other handle some big changes? Lessons include: It’s important to acknowledge big changes in your life so you can learn how to deal with them; the only constant… is chocolate ;)
July 15, 2019
When Dracomax doesn’t get his rest, his dragon breath goes haywire. Will he take a nap and have some soup, or will What If World end again? Lessons include: there’s nothing “tough” about hiding your feelings, being honest about your emotions takes real bravery!
July 8, 2019
Have you ever wanted to know what the “P” in Abacus P. Grumbler stands for? You can finally find out in this week’s magical outer-space adventure! Lessons include: It’s okay for boys to be pretty and like pretty things; your family will always lovely you, even if the shape of that family changes.
July 1, 2019
Zizi and Zach are back! This time, they’re trying to find a place to test out their magical powers. Where better than the Village of Mistake? Wait, I meant where worse? Gosh, we may be making more mistakes than usual this week... Lessons include: It’s important to make mistakes so that you can learn from them; there are some things that aren’t safe to practice without professional adult supervision.
June 24, 2019
What do you think would happen to you if you no longer enjoyed your favorite pastime? Well, for Fred, that pastime is… or was… eating sticks. Can he handle losing his life’s simplest joy? Lessons include: Your favorite pastime can turn into a bad habit if you don’t try other things; it’s okay to indulge sometimes, but try to do it in moderation.
June 17, 2019
Alley-Oop, is a basketball through and through. The only trouble is, she was born looking like a baseball! But when she finds the magic to look like her true self, will her community understand and celebrate Alley-Oop’s transformation? What If World is celebrating Pride with a story about love, identity, and understanding.
June 10, 2019
Poppa Loo starts a job at Boo Boo’s Used and New Car Emporium. But when butterflies turn to butter, they’ll need more than “cheesy” sales tactics to get through the day. Lessons include: Most people appreciate honesty, even if they don’t always like what they hear; it’s important to like yourself if you want others to like and respect you.
June 3, 2019
Cthunkle is back and trying to invade the real world via a carnival at Drew’s house. But can a What If World story even happen on What Is World? Find out for yourself!
May 27, 2019
Mr. Eric is teaming up with podcasters from across Kids Listen to bring you an hour long episode full of great clips and mini-episodes from some of the best podcasters in the business.
May 20, 2019
When Fred catches a “glowed” (think an especially shiny cold), he starts duplicating everyone in What If World with his magical sneezes! Lessons include: helping others out can leave them with more time and energy to play with you; taking advantage of others care is not very caring
May 13, 2019
Mick Sullivan, host of the popular kids history show The Past and the Curious, helps us tell a totally fictitious tale inspired by actual history… or at least historical speculation. All aboard the Ice Cream Train for a delightful frozen treat! Lessons include: enjoy your favorite things in moderation; hasty fixes can lead to more problems
May 6, 2019
Winnie Winnie Worm Worm and Leo Riggelo go all the way to Lost Wegas in search of a place where they can play games without being judged. Lessons include: toys and games don’t have to be designated for girls and boys; playing with new and different kids is an enriching experience for you and for them
April 29, 2019
Mr. Eric is going to share a little bit of his own story today in an especially whacky story, involving a dungeon caper, a hot balloon, and… the end of What If World?! Or is it the beginning? Lessons include: sometimes all it takes is a quick distraction to get us off of our screen and out into the real world; “What ifs” can help keep your imagination healthy.
April 22, 2019
This Earth Day, Zach and Zizi are on a mission to feed the sky a healthy meal. But can they save the world and still get back to school in time for Pizza Day? Lessons include: big changes don’t happen overnight, but using your voice can help get things started; junk food makes us feel like junk and healthy food makes us feel healthy, who’da thunk?
April 15, 2019
Let’s go back in time to meet Alabaster Zero as a little boy. Can he rescue his father, Alabaster Negative One, from the Evil Pirate Robot Ninja Dragon Fortress? Or will this be his last chore? Lessons include: Being told you are good doesn’t make you good, you’ve got to reach out and be kind to others; we can’t change our past mistakes, but we can learn from them!
April 8, 2019
Instead of airing a rerun this week, we’re sharing an appearance by Abacus P. Grumbler and Mr. Eric on Cool Facts About Animals. Grady, Clara, Theo, and mom Ali are fans of the show, just as I am a long time fan of theirs! They really test Professor Grumbler’s knowledge of unicorns. Do you think they can stump him?
April 1, 2019
Cthunkle, Squiderella, and Scully think they have to scare chickens in order to get eggs from them. Could there be a better way? Find out in this EXTRA whacky April Fools’ story. Lessons include: Kindness and cooperation can be a lot more effective than being loud and scary; Messing with technology you don’t understand can be dangerous.
March 25, 2019
Dracomax, Abacus, and Mr. Star (voiced by Mr. Eric’s nephew, Teddy) team up to thwart Mr. Business, who wants it to keep raining candy forever! Listen to episode 6, What if it rained candy? for the first part of this story. Lessons include: If you cannot treat friends (and co-workers) fairly, you might find yourself without any; try to appreciate generosity wherever you find it.
March 18, 2019
Fred and Pipey-O team up to rebuild the What House… after Fred chewed the whole house to pieces! Will an Internet What House be able to replace the real thing? Lessons include: Video games cannot replace the real world; if your current approach to a project isn’t working, it might be time to try something else.
March 11, 2019
What if World gets fast and furious with this pop-corny tale of daredevil drivers. But what happens when these unsafe drivers learn they can’t just pop back from a new kernel every time they get hurt? Lessons include: No one is invincible, no matter how tough they talk; reckless behavior can endanger yourself and others
March 4, 2019
Let’s learn of Cleocatra’s mysterious past! The young cat is destined to become queen of Ygypt, but the Rhino people are sick of being ruled by cats and lions. Can they learn to live together? Lessons include: Being nice is more than just behaving politely, you have to actually think about other people’s feelings; there is no way we can prepare for every possible emergency, sometimes you have to stay calm and think on your feet.
February 25, 2019
It’s Movietines Day and Alabaster Zero didn’t get a single card from his friends, not that the hard-nosed cop wanted mushy cards... At any rate, he’s determined to solve the mystery of the missing cards with his partner Fair Elise. Can you figure out the twist? Lessons include: you should tell your friends and family how you feel about them, and maybe show them with a nice gesture now and then!
February 18, 2019
Mamma Jamma, Poppa Loo, Zach, and Zizi are all coming to the studio to answer some of your pressing questions. When every member of the family shines, Poppa Loo starts to feel left out... Lessons include: Every member of the family has something to contribute; some little moments can be just as special as a grand adventure.
February 11, 2019
When Collie the Cow takes her human to the market, Ollie has to masquerade as a cow himself in order to fit in. But when a herd of RoBovines arrives, will the fearful cowfolk use their bow and arrow noses? Lessons include: It’s important to try and think, even when you’re afraid; fear and friendship never make a healthy mix!
February 4, 2019
When Dracomax and Hernosity get lost in the woods, they find themselves embroiled in some fast food politics. Lessons include: Before making a judgment in an argument, it’s important to hear from both sides; if you dislike someone you don’t know, it might help to learn more about them.
January 28, 2019
Let’s see What If World’s future, after twelve years of having smartphones! Will the phones take over, or will this somehow end with a hole being ripped in the space-time continuum? Lessons include: Books and stories are an important part of learning; if you can really listen to others explain their mistakes, you can avoid making those mistakes yourself!
January 21, 2019
It’s the Incatible Hulk’s first mission with the Fur Force… only there’s no mission! I guess they’ll just have to jump in a rocket ship! Lessons include: Technology can be very useful as long as you use it responsibly; there’s so much more to this world than screens!
January 14, 2019
Doctor Mentory hosts this episode, which takes place on a wild island in the Specific Ocean, where sushi chef lemurs refuse to let lady cats enjoy their all-you-can-eat buffet. Nature is truly astonishing! Lessons include: Gender should not define our behave or how we treat each other; even traditions need to be updated sometimes, to be more inclusive.
January 7, 2019
We’re sure as sherbert that you’ll love this original fairy tail, involving a tricky fox, a grumpy tiger, and Zach and Zizi trying out a few fledgling spells. Lessons include: Some people are creatures of habits, but that doesn’t mean you have to be; you should always consider safety and feelings before playing tricks on your friends
December 31, 2018
Do you remember your first time having a babysitter? Did you wonder what it was going to be like? Zizi, Fair Elise, and Lola the Rabbit let their imaginations get away with them as they try to figure out the mystery. Lessons include: Our fears are often far worse than the reality, talking out your fears with friends is a healthy exercise.
December 24, 2018
Pixicato and Sprite alright have been turned into a couple of paper puzzle pieces. Can they join together and figure out how to reverse the curse? Or will Wowzer get them? Lessons include: We can be happy even when things aren’t perfect; changing up your routine is a great way to add some variety and fun to your day.
December 17, 2018
It’s nearly Ifmas, and is Pixicato is about to have her first adventure with her easy-going mother. Can they find their family’s golden puzzle piece, or will Ifmas be ruined? Lessons include: Even during the holidays, things won’t always be perfect, but it’s important to make the best of what you’ve got!
December 10, 2018
The Fur Force has to stop Toyger from turning the seas pink, but a horde of fairy cats and super cats are in the way. Let’s visit the now-pink beaches of What If World and find out how this two-part episode ends! Lessons include: Special powers always carry a risk, but feeling special is as simple as finding wonder in the world around you, and all its lovely people.
December 3, 2018
The president has been elected, and it’s time for JFKat to lead the Fur Force… so why’s he dragging his paws? Lessons include: Figuring out who you are is one of the most exciting parts of life, even if it feels scary sometimes; Super powers might bring short term happiness, but they can’t solve all your problems.
November 26, 2018
Fred has to figure out the secret to making a dog house fly, or else he’ll be late to his own inauguration! Fortunately a shapeshifting Finn Again and a generous Miracorn are there to help. Lessons include: It’s important to think hard when making big decisions (and to not let the small decisions slow you down).
November 19, 2018
Cthunkle hosts this unusual episode. Could this be the end of What If World? Not if the next president and their new cabinet have anything to do with it! Lessons include: Handling disappointment is a really important skill for kids and grown-ups to practice; it’s important to make your voice heard, even if you don’t get your way.
November 12, 2018
Mr. Eric is joined by Jonathan Messinger, host of The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, for What If World’s 100th episode special. Things will get out of this world! At least, they would if only Bee-Bop the Robot can help Chentle Cheetah make a spaceship. Lessons include: Accepting failure and trying again gets you one step closer to success; even very intelligent people (and robots) can be wrong sometimes.
November 5, 2018
Pirates and ninjas and robots, oh my! Mr. Eric tackles two questions this week, as Ninja Girlden and Petey the Pirate meet for the first time. They’re both so anxious about making a good impression that they end up arguing over a chair! Lessons include: First impressions are tough, but giving someone a second chance is easy; being possessive can get in the way of fun and play
October 29, 2018
It’s the return of Charlie Chicken (episode 43), as our plucky hero sets out to cure his corn cobb papa of the common huitlacoche (whee-tla-KO-cheh). Will Charlie’s neighbors be willing to help? Lessons include: By helping people outside your inner circle, you can help teach them to do the same; it’s okay to feel frustrated during a disagreement, but lashing out in anger will never change someone’s mind.
October 22, 2018
Mr. Eric is joined by young listener named Sloan who will help him tell a totally improvised Halloween special! Can Sloan the Little Unicorn find JFKat after he is scared out of their spooky house by an unapologetic Skeleton Ghost? Lessons include: It’s important to express even the less popular feelings, like guilt and fear; it’s easy to forgive others when you’re able to see from their perspective.
October 15, 2018
The final 6 candidates for president will have to answer your questions if they want to get the job! Unfortunately, Mr. Eric’s never run a debate before… how bad could it be? Lessons include: Whether you’re a president, or a tiny talking mouse, your ideas and efforts can make a big difference; Everyone needs help sometimes, and leaders need the most help of all!
October 8, 2018
It’s the year 20,018, and Alabaster Infinity has to team up with Dr. Whendiana Joan to find a new galaxy to inhabit. But when their RocCat Ship is set upon by monsters of many colors, can the intrepid crew survive? Lessons include: it’s fun to have favorite things, as long as it doesn’t close you off to new experiences; however strange someone’s culture may seem, they are probably still capable (and deserving) of great kindness.
October 1, 2018
In this slightly scary episode, Mamma Jamma & Poppa Loo join Mr. Eric in the studio to talk about their house hunt. Can Zizi deal handle their new spooky house? Does Zach sleep through the entire episode? (spoiler: yyyup) Lessons include: in a dangerous or scary place, you should always stick together; try to figure out as much as you can about a situation before jumping to wild conclusions.
September 24, 2018
When JFKat controls everything, even the story itself, will he finally realize that napping 19 hours a day might not be the best way to run a world? Maybe Abacus and Rainokhi the talking rainbow can help him take the hint. Lessons include: absolute power actually isn’t any fun; sometimes, being responsible means admitting that you need help
September 17, 2018
Zizi is back to school this week, and has officially achieved the status of “Big Kid.” Will she and Benocerous be able to handle Music class? Hopefully one of them knows how to speak piano… Lessons include: It can difficult to say what you mean, but keep trying to make your good intentions known; understanding others is hard work, but it can help you make friends and resolve disagreements.
September 10, 2018
This week, Mr. Eric is joined by Eric Molinsky of Imaginary Worlds, a podcast for adults and teens about all things fantasy and sci-fi. They’ll share the tale of Zach’s last adventure with his beloved blanket, Fluffy. Lessons include: toys are meant to be played with, even if they don’t last forever; saying goodbye to someone doesn’t mean forgetting them.
September 3, 2018
The hardest part of making a donut might be picking out its toppings. Why not let the donut pick for itself? Existential crisis, that’s why ;) Lessons include: You may change your appearance, but people are going to have a hard time liking you until you like yourself; finding your path is difficult for everyone, but it’s okay to accept help along the way.
August 27, 2018
Fred is a real life pug mix with an extra long tongue. He’s also leader of the Fur Force and What If World’s most popular character. Let’s find out what makes this dog lick ー err, tick! Lessons include: Family is family, even if they’re not related to you; rescuing an animal is a big responsibility, but it doesn’t cost a thing to be kind to other creatures
August 20, 2018
Larra Legend gets introduced in this ode to Avatar (the show, not the movie). Can the Princess of Penguins and the Princess of Pixies save a knight from the Princess of Pincers? Can Sir Squiggles learn to be grateful for their help? Lessons include: every person is deserving of respect; admit when you need help and be grateful when you receive it.
August 13, 2018
Haven’t we all wondered this? Hasn’t everyone in What If World… but wait… most of them can already fly. No way this could be a disaster, unless of course Cthunkle gets involved. He does? Oh forget it. Lessons include: if everyone refuses to wait their turn, then nobody gets a turn! Patience can be trying, but it can also be an opportunity to entertain yourself in a creative way, or to meet someone new.
August 6, 2018
Mr. Eric will be joined by the amazing author and voice actor, Jim Weiss, for a reimagining of the Jack and the Beanstalk, starring a little girl named Amalia, a magic trampoline, and a weather-controlling giant! Lessons include: shutting yourself off from the world won’t make it a better place; not everyone you meet will share your passions, but stick with it and you’re sure to find a welcoming community!
August 3, 2018
This week, What If World teams up with five other amazing kid-friendly podcasts to bring you a Road Trip Mixtape! You’ll hear from Circle Round, Little Stories for Tiny People, Noodle Loaf, Story Spectacular, and Book Club for Kids. Of course, Mr. Eric will answer a What If Question with a fun roadtrip mini episode, too. Hope you enjoy it! You can catch all our shows on the Kids Listen App or wherever you listen to podcasts.
July 30, 2018
A story for the origins! Go back to a time before Zack was even born, when Mamma Jamma, Papa Loo, and Zizi rented their first house. Sure the house is a blueberry muffin, but surely no one will try to eat it, right? Lessons include: quick fixes and violent solutions just lead to more problems; real change takes time, effort, and an open mind.
July 23, 2018
Get ready to dance the Crabbarena with Coco Crab, Czarina Ballerina, and all of What If World’s greatest super-heroes. Miss Karen co-hosts another great episode and debuts her Russian accent. Don’t miss this one! Lessons include: You don’t have to be the best at something to have fun doing it; some people have natural talents, but most of us have to work hard to get good at anything
July 20, 2018
Here's a great song by the fabulous Angela Ferrari of Story Spectacular. I can't stop listening to it, and I hope you enjoy it as well. Please check her show for more great jams and stories, and check out Patreon page if you want bonus content like this more often!
July 16, 2018
Do you know the story of the Robo-Tortoise and the Rabbot? It’s an old What If World yarn, and Angeli Ferrari of Story Spectacular is going to help retell it! Who will win the Pizza Makelivery Race, Bobby Robot or Miley Rabbot? Lessons include: Strive to add a personal touch and make real connections, and everything you do can be more enjoyable; never underestimate your peers
July 9, 2018
Lots of new character to meet this week, as Ginger the Loyal and Otis the Aloofest visit What If World and meet Hungry Bungry! Can the misplaced pets get back to What Is World, or will the Oopstone trap them forever?! Lessons include: good rules are made by people who understand their mistakes, and want to keep you from having to repeat them; pollution is a problem we can only solve together!"\
July 2, 2018
Over 100 years ago, in the Wild What, Dimmer the Elf faces off against InvisiBen the Unsightly Troll. Can the clever elf defeat the unseen threat, even though he doesn’t have any elf super powers? Lessons include: there’s no super power like practice; one’s imagination is often scarier than the reality; many of the best inventions are built using other great ideas.
June 25, 2018
Uh-oh, a portal got opened to What Is World last week and Cthunkle used it to get back to What If World! Meanwhile, Charlotte Songbird starts feeling less special when she finds out that everyone she meets can fly. Upset, she finds her way to a place where no one deals with their emotions. Could it be another one of Cthunkle’s evil schemes? Lessons include: constantly comparing yourself to others can make anyone unhappy; no amount of super-powers can teach you to deal with your own emotions.
June 18, 2018
When a stray spell from a frustrated fairy flings Alabaster into the real world, he’ll have to finally take responsibility for his own actions! Will he learn to take his job seriously, or will he be stuck at Mr. Eric’s house forever? Lessons include: thinking you’re good at something isn’t enough, you have to keep working hard in order to improve; when your goofy antics bother your friends, it’s time to give them a rest
June 11, 2018
What If World has its first crush! Well, its moon does anyway. Get ready to meet the Moon Cow Crooners and hear Mr. Eric’s first quasi-Australian accent. Just remember, What If World’s accents are all just a little bit different from What Is World’s ;) Lessons include: we should own up to our mistakes rather than make silly excuses; picking on someone is not a good way to show you care
June 4, 2018
Emmatrice Widdle Pony Unistony has been shyly hiding as a stone in the woods until Fairien the Fairy Alien comes to take over the worl – ahem – make a new friend. Can Fairien be a good friend and respect Emma’s shyness, or will he forget the whole thing and conquer What If World? Lessons include: safety is about learning the smartest way to try something new; fun can be big and loud or little and quiet, you should try a bit of both; make sure you always respect your friends’ boundaries
May 28, 2018
Professor Mooshpants and Dr. Nozetal are some of What If World’s maddest scientists. They also happen to be among the youngest. Can the brilliant baby and precocious puppy work together to free themselves from a maximum security day care? Or will they have to wait until their parents pick them up?! Lessons include: time flies when you stay engaged and challenged; good friends try out each other’s favorite things and grow in the process!
May 21, 2018
Fair Elise and Pixacato are fed up with work and school, respectively. Good thing it’s Freaky Friday! Can Fair Elise survive a day in ballet school? Can Pixacato solve the mystery of the missing robot brains? Did Alabaster Zero also get Freaky Friday’d, or does the grizzled cop just really love ballet? Lessons include: both work and school take a special kind of endurance, we should respect each other’s efforts; parents will always look out for you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look out for
May 14, 2018
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.
May 7, 2018
When Dracomax doesn’t get his rest, his dragon breath goes haywire. Will he take a nap and have some soup, or will What If World end again? Lessons include: there’s nothing “tough” about hiding your feelings, being honest about your emotions takes real bravery!
April 30, 2018
Just when What If World got it’s sun back, the moon goes missing! Thank goodness Mr. Eric will have some help from Lindsay and Marshall from Tumble Science Podcast for Kids to answer this question. Here’s a hint: were-creatures won’t be happy… Lessons include: if you don’t understand the world around you, it’s harder to affect positive change; being rude to get your way will always have negative consequences.
April 23, 2018
Our Earth Day special is tying up some loose ends from our April Fool’s special, where the sun got stolen! Too bad all of What If World is SOLAR POWERED… but maybe that’s the least of their troubles. Can Petrina, Abacus, JFKat, and Mr. Mouser get the sun back from the clutches of the not-so-dreaded Phoenix Taco?! Lessons include: renewable energy is plentiful enough to power a whole world; if you have a caring elder or grandparent in your life, they are deserving of your respect and gratitude.
April 19, 2018
In case some of you missed it last week, Mick Sullivan wrote my new favorite song for our Vampirton episode. If it gets stuck in your head like it did mine, you might want to check out The Past and the Curious, a history podcast for kids!
April 16, 2018
Meet Mr. Bean and his daughter Julie Bean, who run a little grocery store that brings out the silly in people. But when Jesus Ironhands the Fire Lion (a character invented by listener Teddy) brings his own brand of “humor” to the store, things start to heat up! Lessons include: humor should feel like a friendly trick, not a personal attack; if you don’t know how to joke with a new friend, joking about yourself first can help break the ice.
April 9, 2018
Have you heard the latest Oddway hit, Vampirton? It’s a super fresh collabo between Mr. Eric and Mick Sullivan of The Past and the Curious! Okay, okay, it’s not a musical, but stick around to the end of the story... And Lin Manuel Miranda, eat your heart out! 100% kidding, we’re not worthy. Lessons include: people are easily distracted by cuteness and hilarity, but patience and loyalty are what make lasting friends; you shouldn’t have to imitate others in order to earn approval
April 2, 2018
In our second April Fool’s special, the Wentbridge Timers go up against the Observatorium Grumblers in the biggest (and only-est) basketball game What If World’s ever seen. Pay attention, because the story might try to play some tricks on Mr. Eric. Lessons include: everyone loses sometimes, but it’s only a true defeat if you let it be; winning doesn’t make you superior to others
March 26, 2018
In this insect-creible episode, Mr. Eric teams up with Andrew and Polly of Earsnacks to jam in the garden. Two lonely insects think they’re invisible until they discover a very unusual guitar and the joy of music! Lessons include: Sometimes grown-ups may be too busy to give you constant attention, but that doesn’t mean you’ve been forgotten; express yourself in a positive way is sure to spread joy and attract the attention of friends with shared interests
March 12, 2018
Improv comedian Sydney Hollis joins Mr. Eric for a 100% improvised story. Let’s take a trip to Wentbridge Academy and see if we can’t bust some giant myths! And after you’ve enjoyed the story, step up your fashion game with Sydney’s unforgettable Straw Couture line ;) Lessons include: Giants don’t have to be manly and fairies don’t have to be feminine, we should all enjoy and accept each other and try new activities together!
March 5, 2018
Remember when all you wanted was a flying laser puppy and your mom said “You’ll blow our roof off!” Let’s see if the old adage is true. Lessons include: parents may seem unfair, but they’ll do anything to protect us; lasers are better off left to make believe
February 26, 2018
Miss Karen and Mr Eric are moving this week, and we’ve made a very special episode to share with you all! Find out more about Abacus P. Grumbler and see if Mr Eric can survive his magic! Lessons include: Titles and objects don’t make you what you are, thinking outside the box can get unexpected results
February 19, 2018
Michael Mason, host of Good Stuff Kids, joins Mr. Eric to help tell an ode to “Elf.” Meet Da Dragon and his daughter Amelia, a little human girl. When she meets her birth father, Ebesneezer, she learns that he and New What City have lost the Dragon Spirit. Can Amelia help them get it back? Lessons include: When you believe in yourself, you can work wonders
February 12, 2018
It’s Movietines Day and Alabaster Zero didn’t get a single card from his friends, not that the hard-nosed cop wanted mushy cards... At any rate, he’s determined to solve the mystery of the missing cards with his partner Fair Elise. Can you figure out the twist? Lessons include: you should tell your friends and family how you feel about them, and maybe show them with a nice gesture now and then!
February 5, 2018
Your favorite talking tree is back! The newly nice Harrigo is gathering friends of all kinds, even talking robots and starships. Sadly, the Autogreens and the Evertrons don’t get along, and Harri gets stuck in the middle. Lessons include: It’s easy to think of others as bad guys when you’ve never met them; it’s better to speak your mind than to have everyone like you
January 29, 2018
The Observatorium gets a new student, Parsha Parchment-Paper from the esteemed school of Wentbridge! She’s none too happy with her new, underfunded school, and she let’s Abacus know it. Will the wizard’s paper airplane lesson win her over or will it nearly destroy the school… again… Lessons include: you can only make new friends if you give them a chance, where you’re from doesn’t make you better or worse than anyone else
January 22, 2018
Two of your favorite characters team up this week… or at least they would if they could learn to get along. After a classic magic milkshake mix-up, the kitty president and hapless wizard will have to learn to listen if they ever want to change back. Lessons include: you shouldn’t have to mistreat one friend in order to make another happy, good listening doesn’t mean tuning the rest of the world out.
January 15, 2018
Meet Whyla and Guyceratops, two shapechangers that Whendiana meets in the same place… only in two very different times. Can Whendi solve their problems? Can the Learninator overcome his fear of chickens? Can you guess the tricky twist? Lessons include: You don’t have to pretend to be someone else, it’s important to venture outside of our small communities and learn about different people
January 8, 2018
Do you remember your first time having a babysitter? Did you wonder what it was going to be like? Zizi, Fair Elise, and Lola the Rabbit let their imaginations get away with them as they try to figure out the mystery. Lessons include: Our fears are often far worse than the reality, talking out your fears with friends is a healthy exercise.
January 1, 2018
This week, we return to a time when the Uni Order sought to quell the Refishtance once and for all. Get ready for another round of bad puns as Mr. Eric takes on one of his favorite subjects, the Shark Wars. (Don’t worry, there are no spoilers.) Lessons include: Peace without freedom isn’t all that peaceful; our differences are important and with them we can make each other stronger
December 18, 2017
Merry Ifmas, everyone! 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
December 11, 2017
In the year 2099, Dinosaur-riding chairs (yes, that’s what we mean) rule over a trash-covered What If World. Can Debrie and Phillth travel back in time and stop the Chaiborgs from taking over? Lessons include: our actions create a lot of waste we never see; all people deserve equal treatment, regardless of their differences
December 4, 2017
Rapunziti, a new Italian restaurant, is just about to open when another restaurant jealously traps her on top of a stone tower. Will the young restaurant ever escape? Or will Chewville forever be robbed of good eats?! Lessons include: sometimes being a real helper takes a little thought, we all have to grow up and get older, even if we don’t want to
November 27, 2017
Mr. Eric managed to come out of his turkey and pie coma just long enough to post one of his favorite episodes, the story of Shark Wars! Fred the Dog and JFKat will make a quick appearance after the story, so stay tuned. What If World will be back with an all new episode next week! Lessons include: all creatures have rights, fighting does not solve problems, everyone learns at their own pace.
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