Podcasts for Teens

Looking for something new to listen to? Here are some podcast suggestions that might interest you.

Ologies is where science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions. Do crows really have funerals? What moth is the most goth? What is string theory in a nutshell? Listen to charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists’ obsessions. There is mature language sprinkled through out so if that is a no-go you can find bleeped episodes here!

The Mortified Podcast features adults sharing the embarrassing things they created as kids– diaries, letters, lyrics & beyond– in front of total strangers. Relive the awkwardness of adolescence with true tales of teen angst, from the hilarious to the heartbreaking. 

Stuff You Missed in History Class takes a look at historical events you may have missed in History class. With a focus on weird events, overlooked stories, and underrepresented groups, this popular series is educational, too.

#WhoWouldWin is a podcast that debates battles between fictional characters from the worlds of Comic Books, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. Seriously! The lively, well-researched, well-argued and hilarious debates between the hosts are great to listen to for any comic book or anime fan.

Dear Hank and John is a podcast hosted by two brothers (You may have heard about one of John’s little novels, The Fault in Our Stars.) They answer questions like how to quit a job, how to find time to do little things, and can bees feel happiness and sadness.

The Big Fib (originally known as Pants on Fire) is a silly game show where a tween gets to interview two adults, one who’s an expert on a topic and one’s who’s lying. The Big Fib teaches us to ask insightful questions, weigh the evidence in front of us, and trust our gut.

Mental Music 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.

Part-Time Genius is for teens who love asking absurd questions, this podcast may just have the answers. Hosts Will and Mango investigate topics like weird inventions, how rats keep outsmarting humans, and reasons to love raccoons.

Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their own song and piece by piece tell the story of how they were made. It mostly focuses on indie rock acts, but guests have everyone from FKA Twigs to K-pop Star Eric Nam to ’90s radio staple Semisonic.

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, where every conspiracy theory is true. Turn on your radio and hide. Never listened before? It’s an ongoing radio show. Start with the current episode, and you’ll catch on in no time. Or, go right to Episode 1 if you wanna binge-listen. 

Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020 offers commencement speeches for grads who won’t be able to attend their ceremonies in person this year. The speeches are written by 4-star generals to all-star comedians, legendary coaches to John Legend himself. It’s a great podcast that celebrates the resilience, strength, and accomplishments of this year’s graduates.