Adult ISH

By YR Media and Radiotopia

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Adult ISH is a first of its kind, culture and advice podcast produced by those who are almost adults. #Adulting “experts” Nyge Turner (Oakland) and Merk Nguyen (Brooklyn), both 22, get off topic with your favorite artists and tastemakers while diving into subjects ranging from pot to hip-hop to politics and everything fire in between. Also hear bits of wisdom and cautionary tales from OG adults who've more or less figured out their adult S**T. Adult ISH is a production of YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia.

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Extra: Netflix Subtitles or Nah!?

There are only two types of people in this world — people who watch movies with subtitles and those who don't. So instead of bickering with your family over the holidays on who is right, let Merk and Nyge do it for you in this extra segment, “Agree to Disagree.”

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Dec 18, 2019
Squad ISH (ft. Liza on Demand & HBK Gang)

In this #squadgoals S2 finale of Adult ISH, co-host Nyge chops it up with hip-hop artists from HBK Gang about strip clubs scuffles and chicken strips. Then, he joins co-host Merk to play a game called “Still my Bro OR Let it Go” with Liza Koshy, Kikimo Glenn, and Travis Coles from "Liza On Demand".

Oct 24, 2019
American Dream ISH (ft. Wakanda, Pedicures, and Musician J.S. Ondara)

“Black Panther" actor Bambadjan Bamba talks about coming out as a DREAMer. Folk singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara illustrates his journey from Kenya through his "American Dream" album. Then co-host Merk Nguyen asks her immigrant parents about their nail salon and auto body shop dreams.

Oct 17, 2019
Asian ISH (ft. Disney's Peyton Elizabeth Lee & Asia Jackson)

Merk asks other Asian Americans about their traumatic (yet delicious) smelly school lunches. Then she chats with her friends, co-workers and actress Asia Jackson about their experiences with colorism. Then Disney Star Peyton Elizabeth Lee (“Andi Mack”) gets into representation in Hollywood.

Oct 10, 2019
Black ISH (ft. Comedian W. Kamau Bell & Code-switching)

From "hot-potato racism" to the KKK with comedian W. Kamau Bell, co-host Nyge leads an episode all about Black ISH! Then Merk and guest co-host Clay Xavier join Nyge to talk about why the inability to code switch can mean life and death.

Oct 03, 2019
Roots ISH (ft. Slave Plantation Tours & "Communist" Buzzcuts)

Nyge goes on a spooky slave plantation tour with his dad and gets revenge for Nat Turner. Then Merk gets a "communist" buzzcut and uncovers her parents' past with the Vietnam War. This episode is dedicated to exploring the dark side of our family roots.

Sep 26, 2019
Me Myself and ISH (ft. Demetrius Harmon & LatinX Therapy)

Nyge and Merk take a deep breath for once and focus on mental health with Demetrius Harmon (fka MeechOnMars on Vine), who opens up about depression and how his mom saved his life. Also, therapist Adriana Alejandre (of LatinX Therapy) talks about why it's important for people of color to find therapists who get them.

Sep 19, 2019
Cuffed ISH (ft. Sexologist Shan Boody & our exes...)

It's almost cuffing season! So, Nyge and Merk hook up with intimacy expert Shan Boody who puts listeners in the driver’s seat of their dating lives. Then the co-hosts bring on their past lovers!

Sep 12, 2019
Broke ISH (ft. My Fab Finance's Tonya Rapley & our empty wallets)

Nyge and Merk roast their senior producer’s spending habits. Then My Fab Finance's millennial money expert Tonya Rapley answers your money questions. And in a bonus segment, the co-hosts debate on whether or not you should help your friends when they ask, "Ayy, can I borrow some moolah?"

Sep 05, 2019
Mom ISH (ft. Our Moms)

Nyge shares THE most intimate story he has ever told…about becoming the caretaker of his mom who is dealing with severe memory loss. Merk dives deep into the cultural reasons behind why her mom shows lovin' to her and her big sister in totally different ways.

Aug 29, 2019
Below the Belt ISH (ft. Male Birth Control & Pap Smears)

Nyge and Merk explore their pelvic regions in ways your sex ed teachers probably didn't cover in health class. Yes Queen founder Daysha Veronica chats with Nyge and his friends about male birth control and her viral BuzzFeed experiment. Then Merk brings on teen correspondent Charlie Stuip to chat about vajayjays and pap smears!

Aug 22, 2019
Best of Season 1: Race ISH

Actor Marcus Scribner, aka Junior from Black-ish, dances with questions about interracial dating and HBCUs. Comedian Ronny Chieng, aka the senior correspondent on The Daily Show and fly a-hole cousin in Crazy Rich Asians, lovingly talks sh*t about sh*t talking Asians. Ashlee Haze, a two-time finalist for the Women of the World Poetry Slam, shares an exclusive piece and dives into the inspiration behind her work. Let’s just say it includes valuing self-worth and a combo of doing body rolls in a corset. Yow! Originally published on 8/19/18.

Aug 16, 2019
Best of Season 1: Nerd ISH

Rick and Morty composer Ryan Elder spills the backstories behind fan favorites like “Get Schwifty” and “African Dream Pop.” DIY-obsessed YouTuber Lauren Riihimaki (LaurDIY) did not make her mason jar chandelier (gasp!). Bumblebee Actor Jorge Lendeborg Jr. is Mr. Miyagi and a DC fan (#sorrynotsorry, Marvel). Originally published on 12/6/18.

Aug 15, 2019
Best of Season 1: Her ISH

Muslim American Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad yacks evil smoked salmon and wins an Olympic medal. Young actress Sydney Sweeney (Eden from The Handmaid’s Tale) gives sound advice to her deceased TV character. Originally published on 11/8/18.

Aug 14, 2019
Adult ISH S2 Trailer ft. Shan Boody & Male Birth Control!?

Adulting “experts” Nyge Turner and Merk Nguyen, both in their early 20s, need advice figuring out their adult ish (‘cuz let’s be real… who doesn’t?). With celebrity “experts” and listeners who are also “almost adults”, Adult ISH explores mental health, finance, and love, featuring storytelling and music from all across the country. Season 2 drops on August 22nd and is produced by YR Media and brought to you by PRX’s Radiotopia. To find out more, go to

Jul 30, 2019