Armadillos vs Porcupines (3)
Molly: Rötunddeflectorfork. I will try to use that later today. All right. Habte, time to award a point for this Sneak Attack challenge. Which team's word won you over? Give that team a point, but don't tell us which one you voted for. Have you decided Habte?
Molly: Was is it tough?
Habte: Ah, yeah. It was a tough one.
Molly: I hope you don't feel quilty about what you chose.
Molly: All right. We have been on the road, but we finally arrived at the Final Six. Phyllis and Tracy, you have just six words left to sway Habte. Make them count. Tracy, you're up.
Tracy: Punkie pokey chatty porcupines are forever. (laughter)
Molly: Some good adjective variety. I'm into it. Okay, Phyllis, your six words, choose carefully. Let's hear them.
Phyllis: I'm a screaming ball of stink.
Molly: I love it. Habte, heard some big arguments for these two animals. Now it's up to you, award a point for this final round. Whose six words won you over? Then tally up your points for both sides. Have you awarded a point for the Final Six?
Molly: And are you ready to crown a winner?
Habte: I am done.
Molly: Okay. Habte, tell us who won this debate.
Tracy: Woohoo. Good game, screaming ball of stink. Good game.
Molly: So Habte, was this a hard decision? Was it close?
Habte: Yes, it was a really hard decision. It was close. It was actually by one point.
Molly: This was a nail biter or claw biter or quill biter. So Habte, walk us through your thinking.
Habte: A moment that armadillos won me over was in the first round, the Declaration of Greatness. So, it's cool how they make that sound. Both make really interesting sounds like that. And also, it's cool how they could roll up whenever someone's attacking them. And they are a peaceful defender as I said earlier. I think one way porcupines won me over is in the quilty one.
Molly: You're going to start using that word?
Tracy: You are my second favorite funny-looking animal, armadillo friend, so it was an honor to roll up against you.
Phyllis: Well, I'm impressed with all the things that porcupines can do, how they conduct themselves. Very gracious. And that they actually can't do something really scary like shoot their quills 30 feet. So, that's a huge relief and I'm really glad to have learned that today. Thank you.
Molly: Phyllis is a little less afraid of porcupines today. Well, that's it for today's debate battle. Habte crowned porcupines the Smash Boom Best today, but who do you think won?
Habte: Agree or disagree, it's all good. Head over to our website smashboom.org and cast your vote.
Molly: Smash Boom Best is brought to you by Brains On and American Public Media.
Phyliis: It's produced by Molly Bloom, Rosie DuPont, Marc Sanchez, Sanden Totten, and Jennifer Lai.
Tracy: We had engineering help from Corey Schreppel and Cameron Wiley.
Phyllis: We had production help from Elyssa Dudley, Kristina Lopez, and Menaka Wilhelm.
Molly: Anna Weggel is the voice-over hold music and our announcer is Marley Feuerwerker-Otto. We want to give a special thanks to Austin Cross, Taylor Coffman, Coco, and Gus. Tracy, is there anyone you want to give a shout-out to today?
Tracy: Yes, I need to give a shout-out to Jessy Coltrane of Montana Fish Wild Life and Parks, and her dog too. Also, Eric Ringham for being the voice of my movie trailer, and of course, Teddy Bear the porcupine who helped me out.
Molly: And how about you, Phyllis, anyone you want to give a shout-out to today?
Phyllis: Shout out to Gus of Brains On! for just being continual inspiration.
Molly: And Habte, do you want to give any special thanks?
Habte: I would like to give a shout-out to my family members for arguing with me and for preparing me for this.
Molly: Wonderful. Before we go let's check in with Lark. Remember she suggested an Artemis versus Apollo match-up. Here's who she thinks would win.
Lark: I think Artemis would win because I'm all for women's rights and she is too.
Molly: Awesome, Lark. Do you have an idea for a knock-down, drag-out debate? Head to smashboom.org and tell us about it. We'll be back with a new debate battle next week.
Phyllis: See you.
Tracy: Bye. Quills, see you later.