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What If World - Stories for Kids

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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, and robots band together with an endless cast of characters to help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions. Mr. Eric believes that curiosity and hope go hand in hand. If children keep asking questions, they’ll always be open to new ideas and new challenges. What If World’s progressive stories and satires aim to keep kids laughing and learning well into adulthood. Call 205-605-WHAT for a chance to have your question answered!

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, and robots band together with an endless cast of characters to help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions. Mr. Eric believes that curiosity and hope go hand in hand. If children keep asking questions, they’ll always be open to new ideas and new challenges. What If World’s progressive stories and satires aim to keep kids laughing and learning well into adulthood. Call 205-605-WHAT for a chance to have your question answered!

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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, and robots band together with an endless cast of characters to help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions. Mr. Eric believes that curiosity and hope go hand in hand. If children keep asking questions, they’ll always be open to new ideas and new challenges. What If World’s progressive stories and satires aim to keep kids laughing and learning well into adulthood. Call 205-605-WHAT for a chance to have your question answered!

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English

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205-605-WHAT


Episodes

What if squids squirted out jello instead of ink?

7/6/2020
In our first ever fanfiction story, we learn about Squid Appreciation Day and Abacus’s favorite food. Thanks a million to Mya, who wrote this story to answer her little brother Gavin’s “What if” question. Lessons include: There’s no need to wait for someone else to tell your story! You’ve got all the tools you need to imagine a great one, already. 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!...

Duration:00:37:30

What if ninja turtles could fly and birds could cry?

6/29/2020
Uh-oh, Cthunkle is back on 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? This episode originally aired June 24th, 2018. 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. Join our...

Duration:00:17:55

What if hats talked to ants?

6/22/2020
Melly Victor, host and creator of the podcast Stoopkid Stories, helps Mr. Eric tell a story featuring Princess Tia, a character from the Stoopkid universe. Can Tia help the ants make their queen feel better? Lessons: Small, thoughtful acts are often more helpful than grand gestures; Grownups need help too, sometimes Thanks to Little Passports for sponsoring this week’s episode. Use the offer code WHATIF at checkout for 15% off your subscription! littlepassports.com If you enjoy this...

Duration:00:24:02

What if unicorns turn invisible when they get mad?

6/15/2020
You won’t want to miss the exciting conclusion of our Alternia saga! Plus, unicorns ;) Lessons: When people are feeling overlooked and unfairly treated, it’s important to listen to them; a fearsome lie can divide us, so we’ve got to always look out for the truth. This episode touches on themes of injustice and prejudice. Here are a few handy links for parents who want to find out more, or make a donation: How to Raise Anti-Racist KidsEmbrace RaceDonate to support racial justiceDonate to...

Duration:00:26:56

What if the lion and the elephant met up to get spaghetti?

6/8/2020
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 and to get your copy signed by the author, M. Dorsett! This episode first aired September...

Duration:00:13:34

What if trees go to school?

6/1/2020
Pixicato and Albatross Zero are off to meet Harriknow, the most knowledgeable being in Alternia. But Harriknow and his Intreenet aren’t as helpful as you might think. Lessons include: Right or wrong, if you feed an idea, it will grow; every good learner needs to be part detective; new experiences and connections are needed to bring new understanding. 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!...

Duration:00:25:10

What if there were an evil monster named Kammy?

5/25/2020
We’re going to find out where Fred the Dog ended up in Alternia, but first, we’ve got to meet Kammy, the ruler of this world! Is she the unfairest of them all? Lessons include: The world isn’t simply good people and bad, we can be reinvented every day through our actions! 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:...

Duration:00:19:18

Surfin Shout Outs

5/18/2020
Randall Radbot hosts this week, and we feature an original song inspired by our fans. Mr. Eric has put out about three months of new episodes, so he thought he’d give himself a little break. Turns out, making a song is a whole lot of work, too! 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! Share...

Duration:00:08:46

What if Alabaster Zero got fired?

5/11/2020
While Pixicato searches for Fred the Dog in the land of Alternia, we meet Albatross Zero, a would-be detective who gets paired with a mischievous partner. Lessons: Unfairness can spread unseen, unless we learn to look for it; treating yourself and others well is one of the best ways to restore hope in difficult times. What If World is donating our Patreon earnings for all of April and through mid-May to lafoodbank.org. Get ad-free stories, bonus audio, and help feed some hungry people....

Duration:00:21:26

What if Pixicato went on a secret mission to find Fred the Dog?

5/4/2020
We’re really in a mess this week. Will Pixicato be able to find Fred the Dog, or is this just the beginning of a great adventure in the land of… Alternia? Lessons: Optimism is a wonderful thing, as long as we do not ignore the problems around us. What If World is donating our Patreon earnings for all of April and through mid-May to lafoodbank.org. Get ad-free stories, bonus audio, and help feed some hungry people. Join our Patreon and get coloring pages for your favorite characters as a...

Duration:00:16:40

What if Fred the Dog bought the What-If-Mobile?

4/27/2020
When Mr. Eric goes missing, Ms. Karen and Fred end up telling the story. Can they handle all the questions blasted out by the What-If-Mobile? Lessons: It’s wonderful to be giving, but giving everything we’ve got won’t leave us enough to stay happy and healthy. What If World is donating our Patreon earnings for the entire month of April to lafoodbank.org. Join our Patreon to help feed some hungry people, and get Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a better chance of...

Duration:00:20:52

What if Alabaster Zero got interviewed by Mr. Eric and JFKat?

4/20/2020
It’s the interview(s) you’ve all been waiting for! Alabaster dishes on his past, JFKat interrupts (a lot), Mr. Eric starts to lose it, and that’s all before our special guest arrives! Lessons: we all want to be taken seriously sometimes, but that shouldn’t mean we always have to act serious; it’s okay to have more than one “favorite,” or even different things you love in different moments! What If World is donating our Patreon earnings for the entire month of April to lafoodbank.org. Get...

Duration:00:14:02

What if Story Pirates came into What If World?

4/13/2020
Uh-oh, Cthunkle has captured the Story Pirates’ Lee Overtree! Will Lee be able to help Cthunkle with his reading, or will the storyteller be stuck in Cthunkle’s slimy lair forever? Lessons: read what interests you, just don’t forget to try new things now and then; reading is not a competition, so take your time, be kind to yourself, and enjoy! Check out Story Pirates for more great stories, and join their free Creator’s Club for exclusive content updated daily for you and your kids to...

Duration:00:20:48

What if there was such a thing as magic shoes?

4/6/2020
Author Scott Cranfield brings the Wise Bear to What If World. Can he help Bob the Blob find his confidence, or will it take a pair of magic shoes to make the difference? Lessons include: When seen in a new light, a challenge can turn into an opportunity; confidence is always inside you, but it takes practice to learn how to find it Scott asked us to give a discount offer to our listeners. We’re not making any profit off of this, just trying to help another artist whose release has been...

Duration:00:15:42

What if everyone wore the same color clothes?

3/30/2020
Author and illustrator Niki Smith helps Mr. Eric tell a story where a Purple & Green striped horse has to save her school and friend from Ragged the Dragon. Lessons include: Wearing different colors helps us express ourselves; no one is “supposed” to be mean or nice, but we can always choose to treat other people well. Check out Niki Smith’s “The Deep and Dark Blue”! You can get your copy at Bookshop to support your local bookstore, or on Amazon. Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a...

Duration:00:20:48

What if dinosaurs were alive today?

3/23/2020
The episode is a fun story-telling activity, and there’s even a What If Story tossed in as a demonstration. Lessons include: we are all capable of telling each other fun stories; even the greatest treasure in the world can’t replace all of life’s simple joys. 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:...

Duration:00:16:45

What if Mr. Eric got sucked into What If World and Cthunkle took him into his lair?

3/16/2020
Cthunkle seems to think that “social distancing” means shutting himself away for eternity at the bottom of Squid Lake. Can Mr. Eric help him find other ways to have fun? Lessons: When people are worried, it’s more fun to be a helper than a trickster; Washing our hands and keeping them away from our face is a healthy habit year round! This episode talks about social distancing. Our What If World characters do see each other in a small group so that we can answer our kids' questions, but, in...

Duration:00:17:45

What if clouds were made out of cotton candy?

3/9/2020
Barbara Bot teams up with Cleocatra to save our president from the clutches of the chocolate monsters. Could today be the day when magic comes back to What If World? Lessons include: When there are too many problems to consider all at once, try just focusing on one at a time; Our minds are incredibly powerful, and can make falsehoods appear to be true! If you haven’t heard episodes 138. What if barbies were real and they lived with evil robots?, and 149. What if magic didn't exist?, this...

Duration:00:22:50

What if Mr. Eric wasn't real?

3/2/2020
Poppa Loo’s News reports from a speeding train where people are turning into elements from the periodic tables! Can he and Mamma Jamma find Mr. Eric and help us get What If World back on track? Lessons include: Researching a problem can help you take the right steps to fix it; in a serious situation, it’s important to keep thinking and observing in order to stay safe. Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a better chance of having your question...

Duration:00:12:57

What if a tree named Harrigo went to eat a chocolate that was talking?

2/24/2020
What if that knotted old tree you pass by every day was actually a grumpy talking chocolate fanatic? Meet Harrigo, a tree with a real sweet trunk, and the young candy bar who teaches him that being nice is a little harder than just not eating your friends. This episode originally aired March 13th, 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 Subscribe to What If World...

Duration:00:19:25