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Being a young adult is tough – it’s that time when everything feels unfamiliar, it’s difficult to get a hold on things, and you’re struggling to find your own direction. You may find that some distraction, laughs, and advice from people who have been where you are can go a long way in helping you take comfort in your situation.
The work has been done for you in this list, with ideas ranging from a podcast that teaches you how to do everything you could possibly think of, to inspirational advice that can get you through difficult times.
Best Podcasts For Young Adults
Dear Hank And John
Dear Hank And John is a life advice column (except better) with the two older brothers you never had.
Hear young adult novelist John Green and his brother Hank dish out hearty life advice as they answer pertinent questions from listeners, ranging from how to combat loneliness to whether lobsters feel pain. Everything under the sun is up for a tackle with their unique brand of humor and no question is simply too small or trivial. Listening to their lighthearted back-and-forth definitely makes you feel like you are in on their jokes.
With one listener suggesting it is the “audio version of comfort food,” this is one podcast that instantly uplifts your spirits and that you find yourself coming back to time and time again.
Almost 30 by Krista Williams and Lindsey Sincik is inspired by their personal transitions from their 20s to the big 30 but has since grown into a podcast about levelling up all aspects of your life.
Williams and Sincik understand that it can get messy sometimes as you’re going through some major life transitions, be it graduation, a change of career, or leaving a relationship. They aren’t afraid to get real and raw in their episodes, which touch on subjects such as body acceptance, authenticity, spirituality, career advice, health and wellness, and financial freedom.
Listeners attest to the spirit of community that this podcast has created, and the power of this safe space for self-healing and personal growth.
With over 300 episodes, this podcast is the perfect companion for your daily commute, in the shower, on a run, or at home. It keeps you company as you take on life’s trials and tribulations, empowering you to become a better version of yourself.
What’s Good Games
Andrea Rene, Brittney Brombacher, and Kristine Steimer have worked in some of the biggest names in the video game industry, and now they have come together to bring listeners all they need to know about the gaming world’s latest updates.
With episodes that go up to two hours long, avid gamers can appreciate the depth of coverage and the informativeness of their content. Besides bringing you news on the latest happenings and answering listeners’ questions, there’s even a ‘what we played’ section of the show where the hosts share their impressions of upcoming titles and releases.
The three hosts are a breath of fresh air in an industry where things inevitably get heated sometimes. Past experience moderating gaming forums has made the three hosts staunch in their commitment to creating a positive space for their community. With good-natured humor and camaraderie, they bring a touch of levity that rub off on even the most opinionated members.
Their seasoned experience and expertise make this podcast your go-to source of information for everything gaming, from broader changes in the industry down to specific details.
How To Do Everything
Ian Chillag and Mike Danforth are young at heart, and it is their natural adolescence that resonates with you instantly. In addition to their goofy personalities, the contents of the show are also a big hit among younger listeners. Indeed, it is hard to find a more fitting title for the show’s contents, as the hosts find solutions for the most ludicrous of situations.
While the hosts do get questions from older listeners, the show has attracted a far more substantial following among young adults – more than half who tune in are under age 35. Chillag and Danforth receive regular junior high or high school related questions from enthusiastic young adults and have become somewhat of a hilarious stand-in for parents. Whether you are figuring out how to take a good photograph of your cat, get out of a ski lift, or chase away a scrub jay who keeps waking you up, the advice is always entertaining.
You are bound to be in for a nice surprise each time you tune in, as the two hosts never run out of interesting material. It is a good time all around, with occasionally helpful tips you can apply in your own life.
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The Mortified Podcast
Spawning a Netflix documentary and two books, ‘The Mortified Podcast’ is a walk down memory lane as adults get up on stage and revisit memories from their younger days to an audience of laughing teenagers. Material on the show that is revisited is of all sorts – poems, diaries, love letters, and even self-penned scripts and plays.
The results are often honest, heart-warming and wildly hilarious. In revealing their reasons for taking part, these adult volunteers say that participating in the show has given them the opportunity to accept their childhood and discover just how much they’ve changed through the years.
This show offers an uplifting message – that everyone survives those awkward years and can start young adults on the radical journey of self-acceptance.