57 episodes

Adult ISH is an award-winning culture, storytelling, and advice podcast, co-hosted by twentysomethings Nyge Turner (Oakland) and Merk Nguyen (LA). Dive into a weekly mix of thoughtful conversations, immersive personal stories, and practical advice from charismatic special guests. From mental health to hip-hop to social justice, Merk and Nyge tackle each and every #adulting subject with humor and heart. Adult ISH is a production of YR Media.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.1 • 475 Ratings

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Adult ISH is an award-winning culture, storytelling, and advice podcast, co-hosted by twentysomethings Nyge Turner (Oakland) and Merk Nguyen (LA). Dive into a weekly mix of thoughtful conversations, immersive personal stories, and practical advice from charismatic special guests. From mental health to hip-hop to social justice, Merk and Nyge tackle each and every #adulting subject with humor and heart. Adult ISH is a production of YR Media.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Dear Adult ISH: I’m Scared to Grow Up

    Dear Adult ISH: I’m Scared to Grow Up

    In the Season 6 finale of Adult ISH, the team asks: Is there a guide to Black womanhood? One listener voices her fears about simply existing in a racist and troubled world. We consult Black women who we look up to about creating a roadmap forward in the face of countless perils, from being pulled over by the police to constant gender and race bias. Also, producer Dominique French talks to Khadija Mbowe, a Gambian-Canadian YouTuber, educator and all around creative.

    While this season is a wrap, Adult ISH is still taking listener letters about the social conundrums and personal challenges of young adulthood for future episodes. Just go to adultishpodcast.com and fill out the google form.

    Adult ISH is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to follow all our socials @yrAdultISH!

    • 36 min
    Dear Adult ISH: The Love Problem

    Dear Adult ISH: The Love Problem

    In this episode, host Nyge Turner finds common ground with a listener lamenting the confusion of romance, and gets into the question of where good chemistry comes from. First, Nyge turns to author and YR Media alum Rachel Krantz to expand our definition of what love can look like. Krantz’ upcoming memoir is called “Open.” Then, Nyge taps some friends for a peer storytelling roundtable, where we learn from others’ dating mistakes.


    Adult ISH is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to follow all our socials @yrAdultISH!

    • 31 min
    Dear Adult ISH: When Parents Can't Parent

    Dear Adult ISH: When Parents Can't Parent

    In this episode, two letter writers share their experiences of lost parents. One is grappling with the death of a parent, a breakup and tough questions as they face loneliness and the prospect of raising a child without a partner or a parent. Another is thinking about their absent father and trying to decide what kind of relationship is even possible. We get into it, and find some gems of wisdom from YR Media writer and psychology student Ashley L. Fields, the brains behind the Orphanish online community, and American drag queen and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Eureka O’Hara.


    Adult ISH is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to follow all our socials @yrAdultISH!

    • 33 min
    Dear Adult ISH: YA Author Mary H.K. Choi Talks Substances, Family, and Grief

    Dear Adult ISH: YA Author Mary H.K. Choi Talks Substances, Family, and Grief

    In this special episode, New York Times best-selling author Mary H.K. Choi explores her personal journey with substances, family and grief. Join producer Dominique French as she and Choi discuss the intricacies of sobriety, the life-altering effects of loss, and the makings of meaningful friendship in a conversation that was just too rich not to share.

    Adult ISH is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to follow all our socials @yrAdultISH!

    • 24 min
    Dear Adult ISH: Seeking Boozeless Besties

    Dear Adult ISH: Seeking Boozeless Besties

    What would YOUR social life be like without alcohol? This week’s letter writer grapples with the reality of that question. Adult ISH host Nyge Turner is joined by alcohol-free bar owner Chris Marshall and sober podcaster Cynthia Wright, with bonus insight from YA author Mary H.K. Choi. All in an effort to better understand what it’s like to be young, sober and struggling.

    Adult ISH is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to follow all our socials @yrAdultISH!

    • 27 min
    Dear Adult ISH: Let’s Talk About Sex… Mom?

    Dear Adult ISH: Let’s Talk About Sex… Mom?

    Is possible to talk frankly about sex with your parents? In this episode, Adult ISH producer Dominique French wants answers as she embarks on an awkward (and hilarious) conversation with her mother, who may have left some important details out of “the birds and the bees” talk back in the day. From sexual orientation to sex partners, nothing is off the table, including a mother’s insight into why some people are just bad at sex.

    Plus, we get key insights from a bona fide sexpert, Karishma Swarup (Instagram’s @talkyounevergot). Like, how do we unlearn negative sex talks? And how do we get past the silence and the stigma that surrounds them? Not to mention the possible consequences of NOT getting a proper sex talk.

    Adult ISH is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to follow all our socials @yrAdultISH!

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
475 Ratings

475 Ratings

Grace =) ,

A very helpful show!

Thank you so so so much! This show has helped me through times of struggle and self doubt. Y’all are such great people

mb🌸✨ ,

genuinely funny and at time poignant ✨

this show offers a nice balance between its laugh out loud moments and intimate storytelling. as a fellow gen z/millennial cusper, i relate a lot to their experiences. makes me feel seen. and love the wholesome dynamic btw the hosts!

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