Are you parent to a teen who always has their headphones on? Podcasts can be excellent ways of learning and exploring topics. If your teen is looking for new ideas for things to listen to then check out these interesting podcasts for teens – you might like them too!
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With two teens in my house looking for ways to amuse themselves podcasts are definitely an option. From mystery and history to science and pop culture, here are some podcasts for teens they (and you!) might enjoy.
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Mystery and Crime Podcasts for Teens
Welcome to Night Vale
Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly fiction podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale where every conspiracy theory is true.
Featuring announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, local weather and news, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide!
With over 150 episodes to enjoy, there’s lots to get stuck in to!
Spooked features true-life supernatural stories, told firsthand by people who can barely believe it happened themselves.
Host Glynn Washington was born to a family haunted by ghosts. As a teenager, he witnessed his first exorcism — and began the process of whispering back to the shadows plaguing his nighttime. “I grew up feeling the veil between worlds was not as solid as I may have liked.”
“I can’t explain everything I’ve seen.” Washington admits. “I keep wondering, what am I missing? That’s really what this show is all about.”
My Favourite Murder
A Top 10 regular on iTunes’ comedy podcast chart since launching in 2016, My Favorite Murder has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic, Nylon and Rolling Stone magazine.
Lifelong fans of true crime stories Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark tell each other their favourite tales of murder and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans.
Perfect for fans of Buzzfeed Unsolved!
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Culture Podcasts for Teens
Dear Hank and John
Dear Hank & John is a podcast hosted by the Green brothers: musician and author Hank Green and young-adult novelist John Green (The Fault in Our Stars). They offer both humorous and heartfelt advice about life’s big and small questions.
Let’s Be Real with Sammy Jaye
On the Let’s Be Real podcast, 17-year old Sammy Jaye delivers honest and unfiltered conversations with celebrities, activists, athletes and influencers by not shying away from real and authentic discussions.
They discuss real-life issues – from mental health, political activism and the pressure of social media to lighter topics like friendships, dating and pop culture.
The Blindboy Podcast
With a number one bestselling book under his belt and a podcast that has garnered over one million listeners – not only in Ireland but internationally – Blindboy from Irish act The Rubberbandits could single-handedly change people’s mindset on mental health and the deafening stigma surrounding it.
The Blindboy Podcast is an eclectic mix of short fiction, interviews and comedy.
Teen Girl Talk
Join 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.
They cover movies, tv shows, books and more. If it’s made for people who are feeling far too many emotions and have no idea why, these two are all about it. Too old to be teens, too funny not to listen to.
Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics… and discover some pretty smart stuff along the way.
History Podcasts for Teens
Stuff You Missed In History Class
Join Holly and Tracy Wilson as they school you in Stuff You Missed in History Class. Get caught up from these history buffs as they explore the most fascinating events in the world.
The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Every week in Throughline, presenters Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.
Irish History Podcast
Have you ever been puzzled by history? Did people really only live to 40? Maybe you’ve been puzzled how people survived before email, phones, cars or even proper roads? The Irish History Podcast, presented and produced by Cathal Brennan and John Dorney, brings you on a journey through Ireland’s fascinating past. This podcast is not just dates, but an enthralling account of Ireland’s history, looking at daily life through the ages.
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Other Interesting Podcasts for Teens
Radiolab is a radio show and podcast weaving stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries. From Space to Octomoms to Poop Train, there are plenty of topics to dive into!
There is also have a kid-friendly feed for younger listeners.
What’s Good Games
Join Andrea Rene, Brittney Brombacher and Kristine Steimer in What’s Good Games as they analyze the week’s video game news, give hands-on impressions of upcoming titles, discuss your questions, and have a little bit of “off-topic” conversation.
Stuff You Should Know
If you’ve ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered in Stuff You Should Know!
Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. With over 400 million downloads, it is incredibly popular – not surprising when there’s so much to explore!
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Have your say! Which of these podcasts for teens would your teen most enjoy? Do you have any suggestions for more we should add to our list? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!