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Smash Boom Best, Sugar vs Salt (3)

Sugar vs Salt (3)

Salt grants us with these super powers

Aromas become awakened

Food is sweeter! Lasts longer! It even tastes better!

And just how do you think we make bacon?

We humans owe so much to salt

In the creation of cities and culture

Salt preserves all our precious food

Saving it from the vultures!

In olden days, salt was very valuable,

And not just for our tongues and tummies.

We traded it for gold! We fought wars over it.

We even used salt as money.

A worker who you cannot fault?

Let's just say they're worth their salt.

A person who's been good since birth?

Those folks are the salt of the earth.

And salts not just for cooking. It's used for many things,

From cleaning cuts to melting ice and snow!

Farmers even use it in soil

To help their fruits and veggies grow!

So let's gather round and raise a toast

To that edible rock which seasons our roasts

From the Great Wall of China to the Ivory Coast,

It's the mineral we dig, the crystal we exalt,

And it all goes by the name of SALT.

Molly: Very lovely. All right Nik, now it's your turn to share a sugar lover's take on Dr. Seuss.

Nik: Each morning I walk down the road to my school

Past the old hardware store and the closed public pool

It's really quite grim, except when I stop

At cheerful Ms. Swizzlestick's sweet candy shop

You can smell her at work, from a mile away

You can hear her clang-banging, and singing all day

She whips up confections, makes marshmallow twirls

Spins long yarns of taffy, strings sweet sugar pearls

Walk in, and you'll see her walls crowded with jars

Filled with yummy-gummies and chocolate bars

But my favorite treat, the best one of all

Are her specialty, Zoop-a-dee-doop-a-dee balls!

What are those, you ask? Well, I wondered the same

Until I decided to ask her one day

“I'll show you!” she said. “Come on, follow me!”

“I'll make you a zoop-a-dee-doop, or three!”

Her kitchen was steamy, her kitchen was sweet!

Her kitchen was noisy, and definitely NOT neat.

She grabbed a big spoon, and a cumbersome pot

Threw in some sugar -- she threw in a LOT!

“Sugar!” She cried, “Is the key to all sweets!”

“It's the star, don't you know, in all Swizzlestick treats.”

Then she measured and mixed at a furious pace

All with a wink and a smile on her Swizzlestick face

I watched her quite close, and took lots of notes

But I couldn't keep up! I'll read what I wrote.

“Three cups of sugar, and two cocoa beans

Choca-oh-boodle? Now, what does that mean?

UNsalted butter, vanilla -- four drops!

Add in some egg whites and cream, plip plop!

Now caramel twirls, and a dish-dash of fudge,

Some nougat. How much? You be the judge.

Now stir, spin and mix it, roll it, make balls!

Don't skimp on the size! They shouldn't be small.”

And that's all I wrote, but it didn't end there,

She threw me a ball, and it soared through the air!

“Open wide!” she cried. My jaw dropped to the floor

Zoop-a-dee-doop! Oh the flavors, galore!

A perfect confection! I'll gobble the rest!

Zoop-a-dee-doop-a-dee balls are the best!

Molly: Such flavor-filled poetry. Kailynn, it's time for you to award a point to whichever side you like best. Have you made your decision?

Kailynn: Yes, I have.

Molly: Excellent. Well, now it's time for the round that's more surprising than the most delicious of dishes. It's the Sneak Attack.

Molly: Your sneak attack challenge is Speed Facts. We want you to deliver as many fascinating sugar and salt facts as you can in a single breath. But quality trumps quantity. So aim for the most exciting facts and clearest delivery. Does that make sense Kenji and Nik?

Kenji: Yes.

Nic: Yes.

Molly: Excellent. We'll give you a few minutes to brainstorm while we listen to some enchanting hold music.

Hold Music: Gimme some honey, gimme some sweets

Cookies and cakes, candy and treats

Sugar makes me happy, sugar makes me glow

Tastes like the ocean makes flavors pop

Every food is better with some salt on top

Table, Himalayan, Kosher, and Sea Salt.

Molly: Nik, Kenji, are you ready?

Kenji: I am as ready as I'll ever be.

Nik: Absolutely ready to get this done.

Molly: Excellent. Well Nik, you're up first this time. Let's hear some sweet, sweet sugar facts. Take a deep breath in and go whenever you're ready.

Nik: All right. Sugar is fermented to make acids. It provides energy, it provides structure to plants and animals, gives us dietary fibers. Sugar is in meteorites, and it is in early life in the form of RNA.

Molly: That was impressive. I think I was holding my breath the entire time. (laughs)

Nik: I didn't think I could do it.

(laughter)

Molly: You did, very nice. (laughs) All right Kenji, your turn.

Kenji: All right.

Molly: On your mark-

Kenji: Okay, ready.

Molly: -get set,

Kenji: (inhales)

Molly: -go.

Kenji: Salt was used as money. Salt was used to make mummies and destroy zombies. Salt is better at masking the flavor of bitter medicine than sugar, so instead of a spoon full of sugar, try using a pinch of salt when you're taking your medicine. Salt comes in a rainbow of colors naturally, unlike sugar which only comes naturally in brown. Throwing salt over your shoulder is good luck. Words like salami salad and even the suffix, which all come from word-- salt.

(laughter)

Oh, I'm sorry. I ran out of breath on the last one.

(laughter)

Molly: That was great.

Kailynn: You guys are pretty good at that.

Molly: Yes. Nicely done both of you.

Kenji: (laughter)

Molly: All right, Kailynn, this is another really tough decision.

Kailynn: (sighs) Geez.

Molly: Which fact attack impress you more? You could rate them on the delivery, the quality of facts, the longest breath, whatever makes sense to you. Have you marked down your point?

Kailynn: Yes. I'm ready.

Molly: Okay. Well, it's all been building to this moment. The last round of this sweet and savory debate battle, it's the Final Six. Debaters, you both have got six more words to sum up the glory of your side. This is your last chance to convince Kailynn that your team is tops. Kenji, let's hear your final six.

Kenji: French fries, potato chips, pepperoni pizza.

(laughter)

Molly: All right Nik, let's hear your final six?

Nik: Sweet, ubiquitous, gastronomy, artistic, rainbows, yams.

Kailynn: Ooh.

(laughter)

He said yams. Oh, geez.

Molly: (groans) That is tough. I think I'm going to end every sentence now with just “yams!” All right, this was a dynamic debate. Both sides really brought their best. Kailynn, now it's up to you. Award the final point. Have you made your decision?

Kailynn: Yes.

Molly: Okay, now tally up all five points you've awarded throughout the debate. Are you ready to crown a winner?

Kailynn: Yes, sadly.

Molly: Drumroll, please.

The winner is--

Kailynn: Kenji.

Molly: Team salt for the win.

Kailynn: It was off by one point.

Molly: It was a very close match-up.

Kailynn: Yes.

(laughter)

Kenji: I would have voted for Nik. I especially love Nik's poem.

Kailynn: Yes. What sold me though was you said french fries and potato chips.

(laughter)

Nik: I mean, they're both carbohydrates.

Molly: True.

(laughter)

Molly: Sugar and salt working together all the time.

Kenji: Yes they do. Yes.

Molly: We really can't have one without the other.

Kailynn: Yes.

Molly: Sugar and salt, teammates for life. Kailynn crowned salt the Smash Boom Best today, but who do you think won?

Kailynn: Let us know if you agree with my verdict. Head to smashboom.org and cast your vote.

Molly: That's it for today's munchy, crunchy, match-up. Smash Boom Best is brought to you by Brains On! and American Public Media.

Nik: It's produced by Molly Bloom, Rosie Dupont, Jennifer Lai, Marc Sanchez, and Sanden Totten.

Kenji: We had engineering help from Cameron Wiley.

Nik: We had production help from Elyssa Dudley, Kristina Lopez, and Menaka Wilhelm.

Molly: Anna Weggel is the voice of our hold music and our announcer is Marley Feuerwerker-Otto. We want to give a special thanks to Austin Cross and Taylor Coffman. Nik, is there anyone you want to give a shoutout to today?

Nik: My mom for letting me eat a lot of ice creams.

(laughter)

Molly: How about you Kenji?

Kenji: Oh, to my daughter Alecia who loves listening to the show.

Molly: (chuckles) Kailynn, do you want to give any special thanks today?

Kailynn: To Nik and Kenji for making it extremely difficult for me to make a choice.

(laughter)

Molly: Awesome, and before we sign off, let's hear some more from Auden. Remember, he suggested the heart versus brain match-up. Here's who he thinks would win.

Auden: I think brain will win because without the brain the heart wouldn't beat.

Molly: Thanks Auden, and if you dreamed up the best debate idea ever, we want to hear about it. You can share your ideas with us or just say hi at smashboom.org. We love hearing from you. We'll be back soon with another debate battle.

Kailynn: See you.

Nik: Later.

Kenji: Bye-bye.

Molly: Ta-ta.

Molly: What's your favorite flavor ice cream? I want to know.

Nik: Lemon. Lemon or passionfruit-

Molly: Oh, yes. Sounds good.

Nik: -with a pinch of salt.

(laughter)

Kenji: You're just squeezing that in there.

(laughter)


Sugar vs Salt (3) Zucker gegen Salz (3)

Salt grants us with these super powers Salz verleiht uns diese Superkräfte

Aromas become awakened Aromen werden geweckt

Food is sweeter! Das Essen ist süßer! Lasts longer! Hält länger! It even tastes better! Schmeckt sogar noch besser!

And just how do you think we make bacon? Und was denkst du, wie machen wir Speck?

We humans owe so much to salt Wir Menschen haben dem Salz so viel zu verdanken

In the creation of cities and culture Bei der Schaffung von Städten und Kultur

Salt preserves all our precious food Salz konserviert all unsere kostbaren Lebensmittel

Saving it from the vultures! Rette es vor den Geiern!

In olden days, salt was very valuable, Salz war in alten Zeiten sehr wertvoll,

And not just for our tongues and tummies. Und das nicht nur für unsere Zunge und unseren Bauch.

We traded it for gold! Wir haben es gegen Gold eingetauscht! We fought wars over it. Wir haben Kriege darum geführt.

We even used salt as money.

A worker who you cannot fault? Ein Arbeiter, dem Sie nichts vorwerfen können?

Let's just say they're worth their salt.

A person who's been good since birth?

Those folks are the salt of the earth.

And salts not just for cooking. It's used for many things,

From cleaning cuts to melting ice and snow!

Farmers even use it in soil

To help their fruits and veggies grow!

So let's gather round and raise a toast

To that edible rock which seasons our roasts

From the Great Wall of China to the Ivory Coast,

It's the mineral we dig, the crystal we exalt,

And it all goes by the name of SALT.

**Molly:** Very lovely. All right Nik, now it's your turn to share a sugar lover's take on Dr. Seuss.

**Nik:** Each morning I walk down the road to my school

Past the old hardware store and the closed public pool

It's really quite grim, except when I stop

At cheerful Ms. Swizzlestick's sweet candy shop

You can smell her at work, from a mile away

You can hear her clang-banging, and singing all day

She whips up confections, makes marshmallow twirls

Spins long yarns of taffy, strings sweet sugar pearls

Walk in, and you'll see her walls crowded with jars

Filled with yummy-gummies and chocolate bars

But my favorite treat, the best one of all

Are her specialty, Zoop-a-dee-doop-a-dee balls!

What are those, you ask? Well, I wondered the same

Until I decided to ask her one day

“I'll show you!” she said. “Come on, follow me!”

“I'll make you a zoop-a-dee-doop, or three!”

Her kitchen was steamy, her kitchen was sweet!

Her kitchen was noisy, and definitely NOT neat.

She grabbed a big spoon, and a cumbersome pot

Threw in some sugar -- she threw in a LOT!

“Sugar!” She cried, “Is the key to all sweets!”

“It's the star, don't you know, in all Swizzlestick treats.”

Then she measured and mixed at a furious pace

All with a wink and a smile on her Swizzlestick face

I watched her quite close, and took lots of notes

But I couldn't keep up! I'll read what I wrote.

“Three cups of sugar, and two cocoa beans

Choca-oh-boodle? Now, what does that mean?

__UNsalted__ butter, vanilla -- four drops!

Add in some egg whites and cream, plip plop!

Now caramel twirls, and a dish-dash of fudge,

Some nougat. How much? You be the judge.

Now stir, spin and mix it, roll it, make balls!

Don't skimp on the size! They shouldn't be small.”

And that's all I wrote, but it didn't end there,

She threw me a ball, and it soared through the air!

“Open wide!” she cried. My jaw dropped to the floor

Zoop-a-dee-doop! Oh the flavors, galore!

A perfect confection! I'll gobble the rest!

Zoop-a-dee-doop-a-dee balls are the best!

**Molly:** Such flavor-filled poetry. Kailynn, it's time for you to award a point to whichever side you like best. Have you made your decision?

**Kailynn:** Yes, I have.

**Molly:** Excellent. Well, now it's time for the round that's more surprising than the most delicious of dishes. It's the Sneak Attack.

**Molly:** Your sneak attack challenge is Speed Facts. We want you to deliver as many fascinating sugar and salt facts as you can in a single breath. But quality trumps quantity. So aim for the most exciting facts and clearest delivery. Does that make sense Kenji and Nik?

**Kenji:** Yes.

**Nic:** Yes.

**Molly:** Excellent. We'll give you a few minutes to brainstorm while we listen to some enchanting hold music.

**Hold Music:** Gimme some honey, gimme some sweets****

Cookies and cakes, candy and treats****

Sugar makes me happy, sugar makes me glow****

Tastes like the ocean makes flavors pop****

Every food is better with some salt on top****

Table, Himalayan, Kosher, and Sea Salt.

**Molly:** Nik, Kenji, are you ready?

**Kenji:** I am as ready as I'll ever be.

**Nik:** Absolutely ready to get this done.

**Molly:** Excellent. Well Nik, you're up first this time. Let's hear some sweet, sweet sugar facts. Take a deep breath in and go whenever you're ready.

**Nik:** All right. Sugar is fermented to make acids. It provides energy, it provides structure to plants and animals, gives us dietary fibers. Sugar is in meteorites, and it is in early life in the form of RNA.

**Molly:** That was impressive. I think I was holding my breath the entire time. (laughs)

**Nik:** I didn't think I could do it.

(laughter)

**Molly:** You did, very nice. (laughs) All right Kenji, your turn.

**Kenji:** All right.

**Molly:** On your mark-

**Kenji:** Okay, ready.

**Molly:** -get set,

**Kenji:** (inhales)

**Molly:** -go.

**Kenji:** Salt was used as money. Salt was used to make mummies and destroy zombies. Salt is better at masking the flavor of bitter medicine than sugar, so instead of a spoon full of sugar, try using a pinch of salt when you're taking your medicine. Salt comes in a rainbow of colors naturally, unlike sugar which only comes naturally in brown. Throwing salt over your shoulder is good luck. Words like salami salad and even the suffix, which all come from word-- salt.

(laughter)

Oh, I'm sorry. I ran out of breath on the last one.

(laughter)

**Molly:** That was great.

**Kailynn:** You guys are pretty good at that.

**Molly:** Yes. Nicely done both of you.

**Kenji:** (laughter)

**Molly:** All right, Kailynn, this is another really tough decision.

**Kailynn:** (sighs) Geez.

**Molly:** Which fact attack impress you more? You could rate them on the delivery, the quality of facts, the longest breath, whatever makes sense to you. Have you marked down your point?

**Kailynn:** Yes. I'm ready.

**Molly:** Okay. Well, it's all been building to this moment. The last round of this sweet and savory debate battle, it's the Final Six. Debaters, you both have got six more words to sum up the glory of your side. This is your last chance to convince Kailynn that your team is tops. Kenji, let's hear your final six.

**Kenji:** French fries, potato chips, pepperoni pizza.

(laughter)

**Molly:** All right Nik, let's hear your final six?

**Nik:** Sweet, ubiquitous, gastronomy, artistic, rainbows, yams.

**Kailynn:** Ooh.

(laughter)

He said yams. Oh, geez.

**Molly:** (groans) That is tough. I think I'm going to end every sentence now with just “yams!” All right, this was a dynamic debate. Both sides really brought their best. Kailynn, now it's up to you. Award the final point. Have you made your decision?

**Kailynn:** Yes.

**Molly:** Okay, now tally up all five points you've awarded throughout the debate. Are you ready to crown a winner?

**Kailynn:** Yes, sadly.

**Molly:** Drumroll, please.

The winner is--

**Kailynn:** Kenji.

**Molly:** Team salt for the win.

**Kailynn:** It was off by one point.

**Molly:** It was a very close match-up.

**Kailynn:** Yes.

(laughter)

**Kenji:** I would have voted for Nik. I especially love Nik's poem.

**Kailynn:** Yes. What sold me though was you said french fries and potato chips.

(laughter)

**Nik:** I mean, they're both carbohydrates.

**Molly:** True.

(laughter)

**Molly:** Sugar and salt working together all the time.

**Kenji:** Yes they do. Yes.

**Molly:** We really can't have one without the other.

**Kailynn:** Yes.

**Molly:** Sugar and salt, teammates for life. Kailynn crowned salt the Smash Boom Best today, but who do you think won?

**Kailynn:** Let us know if you agree with my verdict. Head to smashboom.org and cast your vote.

**Molly:** That's it for today's munchy, crunchy, match-up. Smash Boom Best is brought to you by Brains On! and American Public Media.

**Nik:** It's produced by Molly Bloom, Rosie Dupont, Jennifer Lai, Marc Sanchez, and Sanden Totten.

**Kenji:** We had engineering help from Cameron Wiley.

**Nik:** We had production help from Elyssa Dudley, Kristina Lopez, and Menaka Wilhelm.

**Molly:** Anna Weggel is the voice of our hold music and our announcer is Marley Feuerwerker-Otto. We want to give a special thanks to Austin Cross and Taylor Coffman. Nik, is there anyone you want to give a shoutout to today?

**Nik:** My mom for letting me eat a lot of ice creams.

(laughter)

**Molly:** How about you Kenji?

**Kenji:** Oh, to my daughter Alecia who loves listening to the show.

**Molly:** (chuckles) Kailynn, do you want to give any special thanks today?

**Kailynn:** To Nik and Kenji for making it extremely difficult for me to make a choice.

(laughter)

**Molly:** Awesome, and before we sign off, let's hear some more from Auden. Remember, he suggested the heart versus brain match-up. Here's who he thinks would win.

**Auden:** I think brain will win because without the brain the heart wouldn't beat.

**Molly:** Thanks Auden, and if you dreamed up the best debate idea ever, we want to hear about it. You can share your ideas with us or just say hi at smashboom.org. We love hearing from you. We'll be back soon with another debate battle.

**Kailynn:** See you.

**Nik:** Later.

**Kenji:** Bye-bye.

**Molly:** Ta-ta.

**Molly:** What's your favorite flavor ice cream? I want to know.

**Nik:** Lemon. Lemon or passionfruit-

**Molly:** Oh, yes. Sounds good.

**Nik:** -with a pinch of salt.

(laughter)

**Kenji:** You're just squeezing that in there.

(laughter)