Podcasts for Teens

By: Carlota Montás, 9th Grade

We are all certainly bored in our homes, probably waiting for the day to finally come when we can go out onto the streets without much worry, and meet our loved ones. But that’s not the case right now, and many people don’t know what to do with their spare time. That is why I recommend that you listen to podcasts, since they are a different and fun way to use your time, and there are podcasts for all kinds of people, you just have to think of the topic that interests you the most, and you will probably find a podcast on that subject. To make your life easier, here I will share 20 podcast recommendations on various topics that might interest you. 

PODCAST RECOMMENDATIONS 

1. Letal Productions 

Letal Productions is a podcast run by teens from New Horizons School, and it is an open space to set your deepest and most honest thoughts free, according to their Instagram account. Once you listen to their podcasts, you will get to feel identified, while at the same time, laugh at the realities teens go through in their lives.

2. Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain 

This podcast is hosted by the YouTuber, Emma Chamberlain, It mostly focuses on thoughts, conversations, and advice on topics from relationships and dealing with failure, to the trials and tribulations of being a cat mom, and ridiculous stories with friends we can all relate to. It’s raw, intimate, and nothing is off-limits. It may be serious, it’ll mostly be funny, and it’ll always be entertaining. 

3. A Bit of Optimism by Simon Sinek 

Going to a more mature approach, Simon Sinek is an author and an inspirational speaker, who has created this podcast to motivate people in these tough periods of time. He says that during these times, we are all having to find new ways to connect. Join Simon Sinek every week as he 

talks with people that inspire him, about love, life, leadership, and silver linings. He mentions that the hope is that we all leave with something he thinks we need these days, A Bit of Optimism. 

4. Harry Potter and the Sacred Text 

Join Vanessa Zoltan and Matt Potts as they bring thought, reflection, and laughter to Harry Potter; not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about our own lives. Relive the magic chapter by chapter as they explore themes such as commitment, revenge, and forgiveness. This podcast creates time in your week to think about life’s big questions. Because reading fiction doesn’t just help us escape the world, it helps us live in it. 

5. MentalMusic 

This is a podcast made for and by teens, focusing on mental health. Episodes focus on topics like insomnia, how sound affects everyday life, and social media and mental health. 

6. The Socially Awkward Podcast 

Two brothers host this podcast they describe as “uncut, unedited, unsupervised, and frankly, a hoot load of fun.” The latest episode features a discussion of toxic masculinity, and in a twist, toxic femininity, too. The brothers have recently explored issues of identity and self-expression, the future of movie theaters, and country music, too. 

7. Stuff You Missed in History Class 

History is full of weird, wonderful stories that are often glossed over in academic settings. This podcast uncovers some of those incidents, like the government’s weird obsession with margarine, the “flying ambulance” developed for Napoleon’s army, and the tale of the first woman to circumnavigate the globe on a bike.

8. TED TALKS Daily 

Every weekday, TED Talks Daily brings you the latest talks in audio. Join host and journalist Elise Hu for thought-provoking ideas on every subject given by the world’s leading thinkers and creators. With TED Talks Daily, find some space in your day to change your perspectives, ignite your curiosity, and learn something new. 

9. Teen Girl Talk 

Teen Girl Talk joins siblings, Franklin and Susie Cota as they consume and discuss media made for teens while also recalling and regaling with stories from their own teenage pasts. 

10. Adult ISH 

The Adult ISH podcast tackles issues of culture, storytelling, and advice, all from (adultish) teens. Serious topics like marriage and menstruation are combined with episodes about robot takeovers and quarantine comedy. It’s really accessible for today’s teens. 

11. WhoWouldWin 

Hosts James Gavsie and Ray Stakenas ask the important questions, the ones many people have asked themselves: In a battle between Batman and Iron Man, who would win? What about, as a recent podcast episode explores, Robocopy versus Terminator? An official set of rules, available online, governs each debate to make sure winners are crowned fairly. 

12. 99% Invisible 

99% Invisible is a sound-rich, narrative podcast hosted by Roman Mars about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. 

13. Dear Hank and John 

Hosts John and Hank Green (authors and YouTubers) offer both humorous and heartfelt advice about life’s big and small questions. They bring their personal passions to each episode by sharing the week’s news from Mars and AFC Wimbledon. 

14. Stuff You Should Know 

Remember when your kids were small and they were always asking “Why?” Well this is the Stuff You Should Know podcast that provides real answers to all of their pressing questions. The show’s convivial hosts have covered everything from “What is Vocal Fry” to “How the Electoral College Works” and everything in between.

15. Radiolab 

This podcast began in 2002 and has evolved into a platform for long-form storytelling and journalism with innovative sound editing. A recent episode titled “Falling” investigated black holes, a trip over Niagara Falls, and whether or not cats always land on their feet. Radiolab is quirky and thought-provoking, a combination that has won it some of the most prestigious awards in journalism. 

16. Teenager Therapy 

Five teens who describe themselves as energetic, yet sleep-deprived, talk about what it means to be a teenager today. The tagline of their podcast is, “because we have problems, too.” It’s highly relatable, swinging between heartfelt and funny. The teen team has tackled issues like social distancing, the fear of hurting others, and TikTok, to name a few. 

17. The Mortified Podcast 

Teens will get a kick out of this hilarious podcast. Adult guests are invited in to share the embarrassing things they wrote as kids, including love letters and diary entries. Celebrity guests like Elijah Wood and Alanis Morissette make surprise appearances. 

18. SpyCast 

Longtime host Dr. Vince Houghton is the curator of the International Spy Museum, though he has just hung up his spy hat and handed off the hosting reins to Andrew Hammond. SpyCast interviews with ex-spies and espionage experts. It’s fascinating listening for all ages, not just teens, though teens will be rapt. 

19. Good Together 

Teens interested in saving the planet, one small action at a time, can tune in to learn about sustainability. Each episode features quick tips and actionable strategies that teen and adult listeners can apply to their daily habits right away. 

20. Unstoppable Teen 

The Unstoppable Teen aims to answer the big question, what does it take to have a happy and successful life? Podcast creators use evidence-based research to answer the questions and unlock the secret to a happier life for teens. The podcast gives teens a toolbox of skills they can draw from to improve their mindsets, addressing everything from resilience to hydration. 

You can listen to all of these podcasts on your favorite platform, including Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Sources:

  • https://www.boredteachers.com/resources/25-super-cool-podcasts-for-teens
  • https://www.parents.com/kids/teens/podcasts-for-teens/
  • https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/parenting/g32157389/best-podcasts-for-teens/
  • https://www.instagram.com/letal.productions/
  • https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/anything-goes-with-emma-chamberlain/id1458568923
  • https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-bit-of-optimism/id1515385282
  • https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/harry-potter-and-the-sacred-text/id1096113994
  • https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ted-talks-daily/id160904630
  • https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/teen-girl-talk/id1228086605
  • https://99percentinvisible.org/about/the-show/
  • https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dear-hank-john/id1002937870

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