39 episodes

Grown is a podcast about the in-between: the nebulous, the liminal, the just plain weird time between those awkward teenage years and full-on adulthood. Grown is co-hosted by Aleeza Kazmi and Alfonso “Fonzo” Lacayo, two Moth storytellers and graduates of The Moth’s Education program who are on the cusp of adulthood themselves. Together, they guide listeners through true stories that deal with the challenges and joys of growing up. Using their unique points of view, Aleeza and Fonzo will discuss first crushes, culture, identity, secrets, and more.

Like The Moth Podcast, Grown centers these fresh, personal stories told at Moth events worldwide—but Grown also features conversations with the storytellers themselves, on the street interviews, audio diaries from young voices, and more. Grown is a podcast that reminds us that no matter how old we are, we’re never fully grown.

Start by listening to Episode 1, Crushed: Heartbreaks, first kisses, and catching feelings.

Grown, a podcast from The Moth The Moth

    • Arts
    • 4.3 • 157 Ratings

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Grown is a podcast about the in-between: the nebulous, the liminal, the just plain weird time between those awkward teenage years and full-on adulthood. Grown is co-hosted by Aleeza Kazmi and Alfonso “Fonzo” Lacayo, two Moth storytellers and graduates of The Moth’s Education program who are on the cusp of adulthood themselves. Together, they guide listeners through true stories that deal with the challenges and joys of growing up. Using their unique points of view, Aleeza and Fonzo will discuss first crushes, culture, identity, secrets, and more.

Like The Moth Podcast, Grown centers these fresh, personal stories told at Moth events worldwide—but Grown also features conversations with the storytellers themselves, on the street interviews, audio diaries from young voices, and more. Grown is a podcast that reminds us that no matter how old we are, we’re never fully grown.

Start by listening to Episode 1, Crushed: Heartbreaks, first kisses, and catching feelings.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Siblings: Bonds, Rivalries, and Drama

    Siblings: Bonds, Rivalries, and Drama

    Bonds. Rivalries. Drama. In this episode, we explore how much our siblings shape who we are. Saad Najam finds peace with his brother and Meredith Morrison takes center stage. Then, we talk to Moth EDU students about the best and worst parts of being a sibling.

    Hosted by: Aleeza Kazmi and Fonzo Lacayo

    Storytellers: Saad Najam and Meredith Morrison

    Follow Grown on TikTok or Instagram @GrownPod

    For more information on the people who make Grown, along with original illustrations by Sarah DiMichele, visit our website: grownpod.com

    • 31 min
    Outside Looking In: FOMO, Friends, and Falling Outs

    Outside Looking In: FOMO, Friends, and Falling Outs

    FOMO. Friend fallouts. Feeling like you don't belong. We'll find out what happens when you're on the outside looking in. Moth EDU Storyteller Anaïs Cerina Irizarry Austin listens to some cool music and Hannah Citron understands a squid. Plus, Aleeza and Fonzo talk about the times when they tried to fit in.

    Hosted by: Aleeza Kazmi and Fonzo Lacayo

    Storytellers: Anaïs Cerina Irizarry Austin and Hannah Citron

    Follow Grown on TikTok or Instagram @GrownPod

    For more information on the people who make Grown, along with original illustrations by Sarah DiMichele, visit our website: grownpod.com

    • 31 min
    Nerding Out: Passions, Obsessions, and Media

    Nerding Out: Passions, Obsessions, and Media

    Anime. The Jonas Brothers. Twilight. We'll figure out how your passions shape who you are. Abigail Loor shares a story about finding a space in an anime convention and Roger Lam wears his superhero t-shirts with pride. Plus, Fonzo talks One Piece and David Lepelstat goes to the Brooklyn Comic Con.

    Hosted by: Aleeza Kazmi and Fonzo Lacayo

    Storytellers: Abigail Loor and Roger Lam

    Follow Grown on TikTok or Instagram @GrownPod

    For more information on the people who make Grown, along with original illustrations by Sarah DiMichele, visit our website: grownpod.com

    • 32 min
    Moral Compass: Mishaps, Mistakes, and Youthful Indiscretions

    Moral Compass: Mishaps, Mistakes, and Youthful Indiscretions

    Mishaps. Mistakes. Youthful indiscretions. In this episode, we'll explore how to create your own sense of ethics. Christian Garland learns a lesson from his grandpa and Stacey Bader Curry plans a heist. Then, Moth EDU students tell us about a time they had to choose between right and wrong.

    Hosted by: Aleeza Kazmi and Fonzo Lacayo

    Storytellers: Christian Garland and Stacey Bader Curry

    Follow Grown on TikTok or Instagram @GrownPod

    For more information on the people who make Grown, along with original illustrations by Sarah DiMichele, visit our website: grownpod.com

    • 31 min
    Making Friends: BFFs, and Frenemies, and Cliques.

    Making Friends: BFFs, and Frenemies, and Cliques.

    BFFs. Frenemies. Finding your clique. We'll explore how we actually make friends. Eric Carrera goes on a pizza run and Jenna Ulizio finds her people at camp. After that, we talk to high school students about the dos and don'ts of modern friendship.

    Hosted by: Aleeza Kazmi and Fonzo Lacayo

    Storytellers: Eric Carrera and Jenna Ulizio

    Follow Grown on TikTok or Instagram @GrownPod

    For more information on the people who make Grown, along with original illustrations by Sarah DiMichele, visit our website: grownpod.com

    • 33 min
    Great Expectations: Pressure, Hopes, and a Live Show

    Great Expectations: Pressure, Hopes, and a Live Show

    Pressure. Hopes. What the heck do you do after high school?!?! In this episode, recorded in front of a live audience, we look at how we live up to, or ignore, the expectations people set on us.

    Hosted by: Aleeza Kazmi and Fonzo Lacayo

    Storytellers: Aleeza Kazmi and David Lepelstat

    Follow Grown on TikTok or Instagram @GrownPod

    For more information on the people who make Grown, along with original illustrations by Sarah DiMichele, visit our website: grownpod.com

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
157 Ratings

157 Ratings

PanchiVilla ,

Love the show but..

Absolutely love The Moth & now Grown too but I wish the hosts would refrain from using the phrase “You know what I’m saying”. It gets to be annoying & I find myself wanting to skip through the hosts.

HeidiRenae ,

Hosts Need Some Work

I love the Moth and Grown when they’re stories, but it’s so hard to listen to the hosts speak or even listen when there are panels of people speaking. I’m an “elder millennial” (apparently) and we invented the work “Like” in conversation (I’m joking) but it is SO excessive in the language on this podcast. I skipped the last episode where they had a panel of speakers because it was said WAY too much that it was distracting. The hosts need to practice improving their speaking skills so they use “like” and “you know what I’m saying” less frequently. Horrible habits. I realize they’re young adults, and good on them for having the courage to host a podcast in the first place, but they’ll be better off in life if they can kick these bad speech habits now.

Lkp3353 ,

Love the moth and grown!

I really enjoy listening to stories and getting a glimpse into new worlds and new perspectives. Thank you.

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