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44 minutes | 4 days ago
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!
35 minutes | 11 days ago
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!
39 minutes | 18 days ago
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!
37 minutes | 25 days ago
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!
39 minutes | a month ago
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!
3 minutes | a month ago
Adult ISH S5 Trailer (ft. Mistakes + Mental Health)
20-something hosts Merk Nguyen and Nyge Turner are gonna be extra generous this season — by letting you, the listener, learn from their (many!) (notable!) mistakes in their continuing quest towards adulthood. Premiering April 8th, Season 5 will feature uber-personal stories of failure + growth alongside down-to-earth convos, celebrity guests, and tangible advice. Subjects range from learning to cook to mental healthcare to digital culture and more! New episodes drop every Thursday. Adult ISH is produced by Peabody Award-winning YR Media and bought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. Learn more at AdultISHpodcast.com.
40 minutes | 5 months ago
What ISH My Name? (ft. Maiden Names + Dyslexia)
Adult ISH co-hosts Merk Nguyen & Nyge Turner wrap up Season 4 with a narrative episode that truly feels like a page out of their journals. First, Nyge travels back to his school days from kindergarten up to college, where he fights through his learning disabilities and labels put on him by teachers, family, and classmates. Then, Merk dives into the internal battle about changing her last name once she gets married. Will she keep Nguyen to represent for Vietnamese kids or make the switcheroo to her future spouse’s name? Listen, find out and follow our socials @yrAdultISH to stay connected!
47 minutes | 5 months ago
Old ISH (ft. Ageism, Actress Ana Golja + CBC’s Tai Asks Why)
Adult ISH co-hosts Merk Nguyen & Nyge Turner are notorious for winging it in the world of #adulting — as just-barely grownups, there’s a lot they don’t know. But there are challenges unique to every age group, not only to twentysomethings like themselves! In this episode, the hosts get real about ageism and generational divides in a chat with actress/producer Ana Golja (The Cuban, Full Out, Degrassi: The Next Generation) and storyteller Ray Christian. Then, they chop it up with precocious 14-year-old Tai Poole from the CBC/TRAX podcast Tai Asks Why about high school, condescending adults, and pop culture frames of reference. Be sure to follow our socials @yrAdultISH to stay connected!
44 minutes | 5 months ago
Meet Team Adult ISH! (ft. Shrek and First Impressions)
Adult ISH co-hosts Merk Nguyen & Nyge Turner have some very special interviewees this week: their own coworkers, podcast producer Georgia Wright and senior producer Davey Kim. In this behind-the-scenes edition of the Adult ISH you know and love, Merk and Nyge turn the mic on their usually-hidden colleagues, putting them in the hot seat to share first impressions, tell silly stories, and reveal some juicy secrets about how the show gets made. Be sure to follow our socials @yrAdultISH to stay connected!
45 minutes | 6 months ago
Boundaries ISH (ft. Tim Chantarangsu fka Timothy DeLaGhetto & Adult Sibling Relationships)
In this episode of Adult ISH, co-hosts Merk Nguyen and Nyge Turner tackle the real #adulting challenge of drawing boundaries. First, YouTube star Tim Chantarangsu (fka Timothy DeLaGhetto) speaks to the hosts about letting the public in on private matters, the roles he won’t take, and pooping with the door open! Later, Merk tells a story that explores the unique challenges that come with being the baby sib of the family, especially when you have an older bro & don’t totally vibe with the way he shows his care for you. Adult ISH is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to follow all our socials @yrAdultISH!
51 minutes | 6 months ago
Fake ISH (ft. Imposter Syndrome and Jay-Z Deepfakes)
Merk Nguyen & Nyge Turner get real about being fake, particularly when it comes to imposter syndrome + ways the digital world can amplify feelings of fakeness. Writer L’Oreal Thompson Payton and YR Media CEO Kyra Kyles bring their bad mamajama advice to remind us all we’re deserving of our successes. Then YR Media’s Interactive Team walks the co-hosts through the pros and cons of deepfakes. And Nyge agrees to sell his voice for $150! Be sure to follow our socials @yrAdultISH to stay connected.
29 minutes | 6 months ago
Adult ISH Vibe Check: Post 2020 Election Day (ft. Marcus Scribner)
After an election night with no final results + everything else that has happened in 2020, Adult ISH co-hosts Merk Nguyen & Nyge Turner ask each other, “How are you doing?” This vibe check includes loving calls from family members and kindergarten PeaceBuilding jams. Plus, a throwback interview with “Black-ish” actor Marcus Scribner on HBCUs and interracial dating. The Adult ISH fam really hopes you’re all doing alright out there. Be sure to follow our socials @yrAdultISH to stay connected!
48 minutes | 6 months ago
Woke ISH (ft. MTV News’ Dometi Pongo + Young Americans)
Adult ISH co-hosts Merk Nguyen and Nyge Turner give the mic to their guests who highlight important social justice issues of 2020. MTV News’ Dometi Pongo speaks to the End SARS movement, shares the best ways to stay media literate and gushes with Nyge on their latest hip-hop earworms. Merk leads a roundtable with POPSUGAR’s Kelsey Garcia that features reporters on YR Media & WNYC’s Radio Rookies election project, 18-to-29 Now: Young America Speaks Up, where young adults bring focus to issues they care about, rather than the candidates. Adult ISH is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to follow all our socials @yrAdultISH!
47 minutes | 7 months ago
Silver Linings ISH (ft. Tank and The Bangas + Pleasure Activist Adrienne Maree Brown)
What's your silver lining in 2020? Adult ISH podcast co-hosts Nyge Turner and Merk Nguyen ask themselves and their guests that very question in this episode that focuses on joy. "Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good" author adrienne maree brown reads a poem and teaches us how to appreciate the small radical changes that allow us to feel happy. NPR's Tiny Desk Contest winner + frontwoman Tarriona "Tank" Ball from Tank and the Bangas shares exclusive select tracks from the group's new album, "Friend Goals." Be sure to follow all our socials at @yrAdultISH!
44 minutes | 7 months ago
Insecure ISH (ft. Nyge’s Gynecomastia + “Unadopted” Documentary)
What’s your biggest insecurity? For Nyge, it’s living with gynecomastia (aka man boobs). For Merk, it’s feeling too “Merky” for some people in her life. This “Insecure ISH” episode explores all that + brings on YR Media’s Noel Anaya to talk about getting access to his foster care files and confronting his painful past. Be sure to also check out Noel’s new short documentary “Unadopted” here. Follow all our socials @yrAdultISH.
50 minutes | 7 months ago
Meta ISH (ft. Call Your Girlfriend + Adult ISH Deep Cuts)
Adult ISH co-hosts Merk Nguyen and Nyge Turner eat cucumber sandwiches and get meta over prosecco! Featuring Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman of the “Call Your Girlfriend” podcast + vintage Adult ISH deep cuts, in this episode the hosts take a step outside themselves to help them acknowledge the under-appreciated moments in their #adulting journey. Especially if it involves a freestyle rap from Merk (aka Smirky Merky). Adult ISH is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia.
4 minutes | 7 months ago
S4 Trailer ft. Tim Chantarangsu & Gynecomastia
20-somethings Nyge Turner and Merk Nguyen are back with another szn of Adult ISH — a culture, advice, and storytelling show produced by and for almost-adults. Season 4 drops on October 8th and will feature celebrity “experts” & other self-deprecating segments that touch on #adulting topics like imposter syndrome, the election, and whether you should #2 with the door open! New episodes every Thursday. Adult ISH is produced by Peabody Award-winning YR Media and bought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. Find out more at AdultISHpodcast.com. Trailer music was provided by Rahman Ultra.
44 minutes | a year ago
Nostalg ISH (ft. R&B Queen JoJo + "Mortified Podcast")
In this season 3 finale episode, Nyge and Merk take a blast to the past with “Nostalg ISH.” R&B artist JoJo aka the sultry “Comeback” queen shares backstories behind her new music and why 12-year-old stardom low-key sucks. Then, the co-hosts play a humiliating storytelling game with Dave Nadelberg, creator of The Mortified Podcast, to see how they can best one-up each other in true playground fashion. Be sure to check out adultishpodcast.com and follow all our socials at @yrAdultISH.
43 minutes | a year ago
Ridin' Solo ISH (ft. Comedian Lane Moore)
In this "Ridin' Solo" episode (that does NOT feature Jason Derulo), co-hosts Merk and Nyge explore bumps that come up on the road to independence. Writer and musician Lane Moore lifts up people who are all by their lone selves by pushing aside broad advice. Juan Mireles-Palomar, a young DACA recipient, gets into conflicting feelings he has about finally living on his own and how his legal status plays a role in his future — and his sister's. Be sure to check out adultishpodcast.com and follow all our socials at @yrAdultISH.
36 minutes | a year ago
Future ISH Female (ft. Activist Haben Girma + HBO's "Betty")
In a time when we are witnessing the painful legacy of racism and inequality in America, Adult ISH co-hosts Merk Nguyen and Nyge Turner take a moment to highlight forward-thinking women who are working to create equal access in their respective spaces. Disability rights lawyer Haben Girma is making digital realms accessible for people with disabilities. Actresses and IRL skaters from HBO's “Betty” are creating space in skate parks for girls to be themselves. Be sure to check out adultishpodcast.com and follow all our socials at @yrAdultISH.
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