Show What You Know Podcast

September 23, 2020

Informative and lively, Show What You Know is a quiz show for curious tweens and their grown-ups, from Encyclopedia Britannica. Hosted by author Christopher Lloyd, each episode gives three middle-grade contestants a chance to go head to head with questions about the earth, the universe, ancient history, and more from the Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia: What We Know & What We Don’t

The Universe

Episode 1: The Universe

Join host Christopher Lloyd and three middle-school contestants on this premier episode of Encyclopedia Britannica’s first quiz show series, “Show What You Know.” Using quizzes, music and comedy sketches, Chris and the kids go on a fun-filled tour of the Universe, which includes a guest appearance from a NASA scientist.

Planet Earth

Episode 2: Planet Earth

Listeners get to take a trip around the world as our contestants test their knowledge of volcanos, earthquakes, ice caps, climate change, and so much more, in this second episode of “Show What You Know.” In addition to the fast-paced quizzes, we go on a whimsical trip to the International Space Station, hear another original song, and hear an in-depth interview with a climate scientist.


Episode 3: Matter

Contestants are quick to hit their buzzers in this third episode of “Show What You Know” as Chris explores the world of matter. In four exciting quizzes, our contestants compete for points in subjects ranging from the structure of atoms to the sound of sonic booms. Rounding out the show is an interview with a biochemist exploring a novel cure for cancer and a doo-wop song about Sir Isaac Newton.

The Living World

Episode 4: The Living World

From the rainforest to wildlife, plants and fungi to deserts and mountain ranges, Chris and the three contestants cover it all in this fourth episode of “Show What You Know.” Along the way, listeners visit the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to learn what they can do to help the environment and we hear a fascinating interview with a science editor from Britannica who answers questions about evolution, lava, and ancient insects.

Being Human

Episode 5: Being Human

Did you know there are 18 different kinds of smiles? Or that 60% of the average human is water and we have 206 bones in our bodies? These are just a few of the many intriguing questions Chris asks our contestants in this high-scoring episode of “Show What You Know.” After a parody newscast and a phone call from a mischievous robot, we round out the show with an informative interview with a folklore expert and a blue-grass song about DNA and genes.

The Ancient World

Episode 6: The Ancient World

Chris takes us back in time to the ancient world, visiting the land of emperors and pharaohs, kings and queens. Our evenly matched contestants stay neck-and-neck throughout the show, answering questions ranging from Mesopotamia to the middle-ages, right up until the final quiz. Adding to the excitement, we travel to a chariot race in ancient Greece, where we learn about the first woman to ever win in the Olympics, and we end on a high note with an original song about Stonehenge.

Modern History

Episode 7: Modern History

Buckle up for a ride through modern history as Chris takes our contestants from the Middle Ages to the present day. Quizzes cover the early explorers, revolutions, World Wars, art and technology, and everything in-between. We hear the first telegraph message, discover how the compass shaped the modern world, and are treated to a song about the Renaissance played on period instruments. To put it all in perspective, a historian from Britannica answers thoughtful questions from the contestants.

Today’s World

Episode 8: Today’s World

The winners of previous shows are brought back to compete for the grand-prize in this the season ending finale of “Show What You Know.” Climate change, the internet, medical breakthroughs and the spread of pandemics are just some of the topics covered in this exciting episode. We close the season learning about future technologies from a senior science editor at Britannica, and our champion contestant wins the final quiz in a dramatic come-from-behind victory.

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