What If World

a story podcast 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!

77 - What if parents went to school and kids went to work and my doll Rosa came alive and danced with Fair Elise?

Mr. Eric teams up with Rhea Pechter of Little Stories for Tiny People this week. 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 them, too!

Our Art Contest Ends June 15th

At least one work will be chosen to inspire a What If Story at the end of June. With parent’s permission, contestants will have their artwork featured in What if World’s Conversatorium, a private Facebook group for fans of the show. Of course, we’ll share first names only. Send a scan or photo of your child’s artwork to whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com or mail it straight to us:

What If World (or Mr. Eric)
P.O. Box 4905
Panorama City, CA 91402

This episode was part of Kids Listen’s summer sweeps. Look for #KidsListenSummer on Twitter and Facebook to find more kid friendly episodes themed around the end of the school year.

 

Thank you for supporting What If World.

  • Join our brand new Facebook group What If World's Conversatorium for conversation about kid's media and education with Mr. Eric and other parents in the community!
  • 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.
  • Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

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.

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76 - What if houses could fly and butterflies could walk and talk and cheetahs could jump the sky and never fall down?

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.

Join our brand new Facebook group What If World's Conservatorium for conversation about kid's media and education with Mr. Eric and other parents in the community!

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.
  • Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

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.

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75 - What if leaves called big armies to fight dragons and the zombie apocalypse happened?

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!

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. Use the code FREESHIP418ccdaf4 until May 7th at midnight for free shipping on orders of $45 or more!
  • Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

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.

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74 - What if there was no moon?

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.

In case you missed it, we now have a P.O. Box! Mr. Eric will be happy to share your letters and drawings online (excluding personal information, of course) or use them to inspire his next story!

What If World (or Mr. Eric)
P.O. Box 4905
Panorama City, CA 91402

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. Use the code FREESHIP418ccdaf4 until May 7th at midnight for free shipping on orders of $45 or more!
  • Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

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.

73 - What if Mr. Eric answered the longest question ever?

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.

And check out more Earth Day episodes from these kid-friendly podcasts: Cool Facts About Animals, Ear Snacks, Little Stories for Tiny People, and Tumble Science Podcast!

In case you missed it, we now have a P.O. Box! Mr. Eric will be happy to share your letters and drawings online (excluding personal information, of course) or use them to inspire his next story!

What If World (or Mr. Eric)
P.O. Box 4905
Panorama City, CA 91402

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.
  • Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

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.

Bonus Episode - The “Corny Wallace” Song

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

Also, we just got a P.O. Box!!! Mr. Eric will be happy to share your letters and drawings online (excluding personal information, of course) or use them to inspire his next story!

What If World (or Mr. Eric)
P.O. Box 4905
Panorama City, CA 91402
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72 - What if jellybeans worked at a grocery store (plus talking cats)?

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.

Finally, we have a P.O. Box!!! Mr. Eric will be happy to share your letters and drawings online (excluding personal information, of course) or use them to inspire his next story!

What If World (or Mr. Eric)
P.O. Box 4905
Panorama City, CA 91402

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.
  • Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

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.

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71 - What if George Washington had Fred the Zombie Dog as a pet and Alexander Hamilton were alive as a vampire?

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

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.
  • Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

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.

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70 - What if baby sisters were greek gods and phoenixes turned into tacos instead of ashes?

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

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.
  • Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

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.

69 - What if ants could dance and people could turn invisible?

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!

We hope you enjoy our biggest team-up story to date and check out one of our favorite kids’ podcasts: Earsnacks.

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

If you're a Patron - don't forget to check out the blog for exclusive bloopers!

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.
  • Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter @whatifworldpod!

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.

 Andrew & Polly

Andrew & Polly