69 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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    • 4.1 • 479 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.

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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Juneteenth

    Juneteenth

    It’s summer, and the Juneteenth federal holiday is right around the corner. In this episode, Adult ISH host Nyge Turner is in conversation with “Grief Is Love” author Marisa Renee Lee and “The Stacks” podcast host Traci Thomas about how far we’ve come and how far we have to go as the country celebrates Juneteenth.

    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
    The Parent Trap

    The Parent Trap

    What’s the truth about being a young parent? That’s the question the Adult ISH team asks this week, and folks with direct experience answer.

    Through perspectives from young adults raised by young parents, and conversations with young parents themselves, we are digging beyond the stereotypes that media like “16 and Pregnant” call to mind. Instead, Adult ISH is talking about what it’s like to parent as you continue the journey of growing up yourself.

    Adult ISH is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia.

    • 20 min
    The ISH of Life: Adult ISH x Rightnowish

    The ISH of Life: Adult ISH x Rightnowish

    In this special crossover episode of Adult ISH, the team is joining forces with KQED’s “Rightnowish” podcast. Together, we’re figuring out our collective ISH.

    Pendarvis Harshaw is the host of “Rightnowish,” an arts and culture columnist at KQED in Northern California, and a YR alum. He’s also the author of “OG Told Me,” a memoir about his experiences growing up in Oakland and learning from community elders. 

    Before this episode, host Nyge Turner and Pendarvis had only met once. They never got a chance to truly connect. But it turns out the two have a lot in common. Something that’s been on both of their minds lately is friendships, specifically their evolution over time. This week, tune in to their unscripted conversation on this subject for double the host power, and double the advice. 

    Adult ISH is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia.

    • 21 min
    The Doctor Won’t See You Now

    The Doctor Won’t See You Now

    How do you fight to be seen when your disability is invisible? In this episode of Adult ISH, producer Dominique French talks to two guests publicly living with unseen disabilities as they fight for long-overdue recognition. First up is entrepreneur Emily Levy, whose brand creates fashionable and functional products to go with medical devices and who leads a community of disabled peers. Then, author Esmé Weijun Wang discusses her book “The Collected Schizophrenias,” experiencing mental and physical illness, and changing the language around disability.

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

    • 41 min
    The Very First Time

    The Very First Time

    Life is full of firsts! Your first love, first kiss, first job, first apartment. These are things people love to talk to you about when you are young. Though first times are easy to romanticize in hindsight, living them can feel pretty scary. In this episode, host Nyge Turner talks to YR columnist Erianna Jiles about real-time lessons she’s learned starting a career. Plus, the Adult ISH team shares some of their own firsts with you.

    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
    Starting Over

    Starting Over

    Sometimes, starting over isn’t as easy as it sounds. In this episode of Adult ISH, we’re hearing stories from people impacted by mass incarceration who speak to the process of beginning anew. First, host Nyge Turner interviews Earlonne Woods, host of the podcast “Ear Hustle.” They dissect Woods’ experience building a new life after years in San Quentin State Prison. Then, producer Dominique French talks with Natalie Verducci about starting over as a college student through the Underground Scholars initiative at UC Berkeley, a program creating a prison-to-school pipeline.

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

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
479 Ratings

479 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!

Phalguna ,

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