What If World

improvisational stories for kids

 

What If World is a storytelling podcast for kids. Each week, Mr. Eric takes a "what if?" question from a friend and spins it into a story just for you!

56 - What if chairs had a chance to be alive and magicians came from the future and smelled like garbage and made everything better?

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

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Thank you for supporting What If World!

  • Be a real What-Iffer and join us on Patreon! Get access to ad-free episodes, live-stream stories, branded swag, one-on-one FaceTime with Mr. Eric, activity books & more! 
  • Rate or review us on Apple Podcasts. One moment of your time helps us to grow! 
  • Call 205-605-WHAT with a What If Question. Listeners outside the US, email us a voice memo or recording at whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com
  • Check out our Imaginarium for T-Shirts & more, and connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

This week's episode is sponsored by HelloFresh. Use the code WORLD50 at checkout to get 50% off your first order and support What If World!

What If World is hosted and performed by Eric O’Keeffe and edited by Karen Marshall O'Keeffe, with a theme song by Craig Martinson.

55 - What if restaurants could move by themselves?

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

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Orders of over $45 at the What If World Threadless shop ship for FREE using the code CHEERccdaf4! There's t-shirts, totes, blankets and more! Offer good until December 15th - what are you waiting for?

Thank you for supporting What If World!

  • Be a real What-Iffer and join us on Patreon! Get access to ad-free episodes, live-stream stories, branded swag, one-on-one FaceTime with Mr. Eric, activity books & more! 
  • Rate or review us on Apple Podcasts. One moment of your time helps us to grow! 
  • Call 205-605-WHAT with a What If Question. Listeners outside the US, email us a voice memo or recording at whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com
  • Check out our Imaginarium for T-Shirts & more, and connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

This week's episode is sponsored by HelloFresh. Use the code WORLD50 at checkout to get 50% off your first order and support What If World!

What If World is hosted and performed by Eric O’Keefe and edited by Karen Marshall, with a theme song by Craig Martinson.

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32 - What if sharks had legs? (Rerun - fixed!)

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 - and of course we messed it up the first time! So sorry if you downloaded the truncated episode. The full episode is now available to download. (Oops!)

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.

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Orders of over $45 at the What If World Threadless shop ship for FREE using the code CHEERccdaf4! There's t-shirts, totes, blankets and more! Offer good until December 15th - what are you waiting for?

Thank you for supporting What If World!

  • Be a real What-Iffer and join us on Patreon! Get access to ad-free episodes, live-stream stories, branded swag, one-on-one FaceTime with Mr. Eric, activity books & more! 
  • Rate or review us on Apple Podcasts. One moment of your time helps us to grow! 
  • Call 205-605-WHAT with a What If Question. Listeners outside the US, email us a voice memo or recording at whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com
  • Check out our Imaginarium for T-Shirts & more, and connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

This week's episode is sponsored by HelloFresh. Use the code WORLD50 at checkout to get 50% off your first order and support What If World!

What If World is hosted and performed by Eric O’Keeffe and edited by Karen Marshall O'Keeffe, with a theme song by Craig Martinson.

54 - What if ninjas and pirates starting fighting over which chair they wanted to sit in?

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

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Orders of over $45 at the What If World Threadless shop ship for FREE using the code CHEERccdaf4! There's t-shirts, totes, blankets and more! Offer good until December 15th - what are you waiting for?

Thank you for supporting What If World!

  • Be a real What-Iffer and join us on Patreon! Get access to ad-free episodes, live-stream stories, branded swag, one-on-one FaceTime with Mr. Eric, activity books & more! 
  • Rate or review us on Apple Podcasts. One moment of your time helps us to grow! 
  • Call 205-605-WHAT with a What If Question. Listeners outside the US, email us a voice memo or recording at whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com
  • Check out our Imaginarium for T-Shirts & more, and connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

This week's episode is sponsored by HelloFresh. Use the code WORLD50 at checkout to get 50% off your first order and support What If World!

What If World is hosted and performed by Eric O’Keefe and edited by Karen Marshall, with a theme song by Craig Martinson.

53 - What If? (The Musical!)

In What If World's first mini-musical, Mama Jamma, Poppa Loo, Zack and Zizi get sent off into three different fairytales, courtesy of Jenkins, the trickster fairy. Can they learn their lessons and find their way back to each other?

Lessons include: If you have something important to say, don't let yourself be silenced; be careful and use common sense in unfamiliar settings; rudeness seldom gets results

A HUGE thanks to Chris Kerrigan, who plays Jenkins and a few other characters, and who wrote all the original music and lyrics for this week's episode! Chris performs in and around LA and runs AllSTAR Cabaret, a theatre and performance workshop for kids in 3rd - 6th grade. If you're in the Los Angeles area and want to sign up to audition, visit AllSTAR Cabaret's website at http://allstarcabaret.starinc.org/.

Thank you for supporting What If World! Want more?

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  • Be a real What-Iffer and join us on Patreon! Get access to ad-free episodes, live-stream stories, branded swag, one-on-one FaceTime with Mr. Eric, activity books & more! 
  • Rate or review us on Apple Podcasts. One moment of your time helps us to grow! 
  • Call 205-605-WHAT with a What If Question. Listeners outside the US, email us a voice memo or recording at whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com
  • Check out our Imaginarium for T-Shirts & more, and connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

This week's episode is sponsored by HelloFresh. Use the code WORLD50 at checkout to get 50% off your first order and support What If World!

What If World is hosted and performed by Eric O’Keefe and edited by Karen Marshall, with a theme song by Craig Martinson.

52 - What if the sorting hat from Hogwarts started saying random words instead of houses at the start of the year?

Long ago in 2001, when Abacus first opened his magical school, many of his students begged to be sorted. But when Abacus conjures a Sorta Hat to do the job, his magic is as unreliable as ever…

Lessons include: labeling people is a recipe for cruelty; grownups and professionals have feelings, too

Thank you for supporting What If World! Want more?

  • Be a real What-Iffer and join us on Patreon! Get access to live-stream stories, branded swag, one-on-one FaceTime with Mr. Eric, activity books & more! 
  • Rate or review us on Apple Podcasts. One moment of your time helps us to grow! 
  • Call 205-605-WHAT with a What If Question. Listeners outside the US, email us a voice memo or recording at whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com
  • Check out our Imaginarium for T-Shirts & more, and connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

What If World is hosted and performed by Eric O’Keefe and edited by Karen Marshall, with a theme song by Craig Martinson.

51 - What if Mr Eric did a two part Halloween special? (Part 2!)

Petey the Pirate & Whendiana Joan finally get their turn to tell a story this week in the conclusion of our Halloween Special! We're also letting folks know about the Kids Listen App!

Lessons include: sharing, patience, and teamwork get better results than show-boating; just because someone looks different doesn't mean they are bad

Thank you for supporting What If World! Want more?

  • Be a real What-Iffer and join us on Patreon! Get access to live-stream stories, branded swag, one-on-one FaceTime with Mr. Eric, activity books & more! 
  • Rate or review us on Apple Podcasts. One moment of your time helps us to grow! 
  • Call 205-605-WHAT with a What If Question. Listeners outside the US, email us a voice memo or recording at whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com
  • Check out our Imaginarium for T-Shirts & more, and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

What If World is hosted and performed by Eric O’Keefe and edited by Karen Marshall, with a theme song by Craig Martinson.

50 - What if Mr Eric did a two part Halloween special? (Part 1)

For the very first time, Mr. Eric records a story live from What If World! Actually, Cackula does most of the story-telling in the first installment of this two-part episode! Can four different questions help What If World recover from a terrible storm?

 

Lessons include: some problems are too big to solve alone, being patient is always rewarded… eventually ;)

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Like our show? We like doing it for you! There are a bunch of ways you can support What If World and help us ensure that we can continue to tell awesome stories:

  • Visit our Patreon page - become a member at just $2 a month and get access to special What If World stories and live streams. Other rewards include swag, one-on-one Google Hangouts with Mr. Eric, episode workbooks and more!
  • Buy a t-shirtmugbeach towel or a bunch of other fun What If World items at our Threadless store!
  • Write a review of What If World on Apple PodcastsFor a limited time, let us know you left a review and Mr. Eric will send you a sticker & personalized note!
  • Share What If World with a friend who loves stories.
  • Call 205-605-WHAT with a What If Question, an interview question for one of WiW’s many characters, or a comment on one of our past stories.
  • Share your What If World art on Facebook, on Twitter @whatifworldpod, or by Email!

49 - What if people that I touch go stuff and anything that’s not alive that I touch comes alive?

The awesome powers of Life and Stuff are in Beastie Boy’s tiny paws this week. How can a boy who makes the best of everything enjoy a whiny toothbrush and singing bed?

Lessons include: good people are more valuable than good stuff, giving a little goes a long way

Like our show? We like doing it for you! There are a bunch of ways you can support What If World and help us ensure that we can continue to tell awesome stories:

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  • Visit our Patreon page - become a member at just $2 a month and get access to special What If World stories and live streams. Other rewards include swag, one-on-one Google Hangouts with Mr. Eric, episode workbooks and more!
  • Buy a t-shirtmugbeach towel or a bunch of other fun What If World items at our Threadless store!
  • Write a review of What If World on Apple PodcastsFor a limited time, let us know you left a review and Mr. Eric will send you a sticker & personalized note!
  • Share What If World with a friend who loves stories.
  • Call 205-605-WHAT with a What If Question, an interview question for one of WiW’s many characters, or a comment on one of our past stories.
  • Share your What If World art on Facebook, on Twitter @whatifworldpod, or by Email!

48 - What if kids could turn into Strep fighting ninjas?

After a tough bout with PANDAS, Jude and his friends shrink down to microscopic size in order to battle Strep on its home turf. Inside a boy's stuffy nose!

Lessons Include: If you want to like yourself, you need to help others; there are always non-violent solutions if you think outside the box (or the nostril)

For more info about PANDAS, you can visit the National Institute of Mental Health website. A reputable group that help families with information, advocacy, and medical expense grants is Pas.care.

Like our show? We like doing it for you! There are a bunch of ways you can support What If World and help us ensure that we can continue to tell awesome stories:

  • Visit our Patreon page - become a member at just $2 a month and get access to special What If World stories and live streams. Other rewards include swag, one-on-one Google Hangouts with Mr. Eric, episode workbooks and more!
  • Buy a t-shirtmugbeach towel or a bunch of other fun What If World items at our Threadless store!
  • Write a review of What If World on Apple PodcastsFor a limited time, let us know you left a review and Mr. Eric will send you a sticker & personalized note!
  • Share What If World with a friend who loves stories.
  • Call 205-605-WHAT with a What If Question, an interview question for one of WiW’s many characters, or a comment on one of our past stories.
  • Share your What If World art on Facebook, on Twitter @whatifworldpod, or by Email!