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41 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
OffISH Etiquette (ft. YR Media CEO Kyra Kyles & Nyge’s Ex-Boss)
In the Season 5 finale of Adult ISH, Nyge and Merk get into office culture and workplace dos/don’ts. Why did Nyge get fired from his old job? Who better to ask than Dorian Taylor, his ex-boss who had to let him go?! Then the co-hosts get professional advice from YR Media CEO Kyra Kyles on questions like, “Should you really tell someone hiring you that your biggest weakness is working too hard?” Adult ISH (@yrAdultISH) is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. It’s also the Radiotopia Spring Fundraiser — your support helps foster independent, artist-owned podcasts and award-winning stories like ours. Donate today at https://on.prx.org/3wl9pWn!
37 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Hiding ISH In Plain Sight (ft. Writer Ashley C. Ford)
Co-host Merk Nguyen comes out as queer in this revealing episode of Adult ISH that has her and Nyge Turner wondering what makes a secret “a secret” anyway? Producer Georgia Wright AKA one of Merk’s queer mentors imparts “elder” queer wisdom. Then, writer Ashley C. Ford sheds light on embracing your sexuality, the freedom that comes with telling your truth, and her new book “Somebody’s Daughter.” Adult ISH (@yrAdultISH) is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. It’s also the Radiotopia Spring Fundraiser — your support helps foster independent, artist-owned podcasts and award-winning stories like ours. Donate today at https://on.prx.org/3wl9pWn!
39 minutes | May 27, 2021
Black Panther ISH (ft. Lil Rel Howery)
Nyge and Merk aim to challenge misconceptions about the Black Panther Party in this episode of Adult ISH. Nyge opens up about the rich significance the party had on him and his family in Richmond, CA, both past and present. He also talks to Saturu Ned, a former member of Oakland’s original chapter of the BPP about the long-lasting legacy of the movement. Then, comedian Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out,” “Bad Trip”) gets into what inspired his role as Wayne in “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and how he speaks truth to power in his comedy and acting. Adult ISH (@yrAdultISH) is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. It’s also the Radiotopia Spring Fundraiser — your support helps foster independent, artist-owned podcasts and award-winning stories like ours. Donate today at https://on.prx.org/3wl9pWn!
36 minutes | May 20, 2021
Digital Dependency ISH (ft. Social Media Detox + Spotify Spies!)
In the last of three special Mental Health Awareness Month episodes, Merk and Nyge explore the relationships young people have with their digital devices, and how they can affect our mental health – for better or worse. First, the dynamic co-host duo unplugs from their screens in a strictly monitored social media detox, yielding surprising results. Then, YR Media’s Emerging Technology Instructor Marjerrie Masicat sits down to talk about Spotify’s latest patent on speech emotion recognition technology, which may be able to gauge its listeners moods and recommend songs accordingly. Adult ISH is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to follow all our socials @yrAdultISH
45 minutes | May 13, 2021
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!
44 minutes | May 6, 2021
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 | Apr 29, 2021
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 | Apr 22, 2021
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 | Apr 15, 2021
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 | Apr 8, 2021
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 | Apr 1, 2021
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 | Dec 17, 2020
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 | Dec 10, 2020
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 | Dec 3, 2020
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 | Nov 19, 2020
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 | Nov 12, 2020
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 | Nov 5, 2020
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 | Oct 29, 2020
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 | Oct 22, 2020
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 | Oct 15, 2020
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.
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