44 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 • 451 Ratings

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.

    Mental Meds & ISH (ft. Actress Mara Wilson)

    Mental Meds & ISH (ft. Actress Mara Wilson)

    Staying on theme with Mental Health Awareness Month, the Adult ISH team opens up about their journeys with medication. Producer Georgia Wright and co-host Nyge Turner share their expectations versus realities of taking meds. Merk Nguyen shares a poetic story on her recent experiences navigating through her anxiety and depression. Writer and actress Mara Wilson (yes, from “Matilda” and “Mrs. Doubtfire”!) joins to challenge misconceptions about medication, life in the public eye and her mental health.

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

    • 40 min
    Mind, Body, & Soul ISH (ft. Jessamyn Stanley and Tayla Parx) 

    Mind, Body, & Soul ISH (ft. Jessamyn Stanley and Tayla Parx) 

    In the first of three special Mental Health Awareness Month episodes, Merk and Nyge learn practical skills for taking care of their whole selves – mind, body, and soul. First, they connect to their breath and relax their minds with yoga instructor and body positivity advocate Jessamyn Stanley, who leads them through mindful conversation and a sonic meditation. Then star songwriter Tayla Parx shares her best tips to cultivate a soul-nourishing creative practice while dodging burnout, plus some disco-influenced tracks from her latest album, “Coping Mechanisms.”

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

    • 39 min
    Let’s Get Down to BusinISH (ft. Nyge’s Fashion Fail + Boss Businesswomen)

    Let’s Get Down to BusinISH (ft. Nyge’s Fashion Fail + Boss Businesswomen)

    Merk and Nyge are getting down to business — er, businISH — in this entrepreneurial episode of Adult ISH. First, Nyge shares a narrative about his teen clothing venture, UNSPOKEN, which may or may not have crashed and burned. Then, he and Merk turn it around by surprising his old friend (and berry businesswoman) Tatyana Williams with a special guest mentor, Chef Iesha Williams (The Salty Heifer Co.), who shares her wisdom in a segment we’re calling Sister to Sister. 

    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
    Fighting for Our Future ISH (ft. Little Miss Flint + Earth Day Celebration) 

    Fighting for Our Future ISH (ft. Little Miss Flint + Earth Day Celebration) 

    It’s Earth Day, and the hosts of Adult ISH are ready to celebrate both Mother Nature and her youngest protectors! First, they’re chatting with 13-year-old clean water activist Mari Copeny, a.k.a. Little Miss Flint, who in 2016 made national waves by calling for clean water in her Michigan hometown. Then, Merk & Nyge sit down for a candid convo with the co-host of "Inherited" (and Adult ISH producer!) Georgia Wright, who plays some inspirational clips of youth activists battling the climate crisis. 

    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
    Nomnom ISH (ft. Chef Dan Giusti + Cabbage Cook-Off)

    Nomnom ISH (ft. Chef Dan Giusti + Cabbage Cook-Off)

    Don your aprons and grab your whisks! In this episode of Adult ISH, food and cooking take center stage. First, Merk & Nyge talk about fine dining and cafeteria food with Chef Dan Giusti, who left his job as head chef of Michelin-starred restaurant Noma to cook healthy school lunches for kids. Then, they put their cooking skills to the test for the first Cohost Cook-off! Spoiler alert: things get spicy ... and cabbage-y? 

    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
    Owning Up To ISH (ft. Alpha Mentality + Accountability)

    Owning Up To ISH (ft. Alpha Mentality + Accountability)

    Season 5 kicks off with Adult ISH co-hosts Merk Nguyen and Nyge Turner reflecting on regrets!

    First, Nyge tells the story of Merk's secret past as the leader of The PPC, her elite club inspired by "The Clique" series. Then, we bring on Merk's former elementary school counselor, Mrs. Mullins, to teach us how to properly apologize and take accountability for past actions.

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

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
451 Ratings

451 Ratings

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!

Phalguna ,

Very badly put

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fabFour20 ,

A very boring show

This show seems incredibly pointless. Topics discussed seem either incredibly un-important land in the off chance they do stumble upon something that connects with real lives the show treats you like you’re 15. The banter between the hosts seems incredibly scripted and lacks any kind of natural chemistry to help make the mundanity of the topics covered go by faster. There are shows (like Ezra Klein Show) that do a better job of approaching topics relevant to today while also explaining things without making it seem like your back in high school.f

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