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Podcasts for Teens: 5 shows you can listen to with them

Here are some of the best podcasts for teens.

It’s a way to connect with your teenagers that you probably haven’t thought of before. Listen to the same podcast!

Andi Smiley shared a few suggestions for podcasts for teens.


Stuff You Missed in History Class

This podcast is all about overlooked stories, weird events, and underrepresented groups in history. Hosted by Tracy V. Wilson and Holley Fry, their great rapport keeps listeners hooked. The episodes are relatively scripted, so there aren’t many tangents.

The podcast started 15 years ago, so there is bound to be at least a couple of episodes that will interest your teen. They cover a wide range of topics, from the history of penicillin to the invention of the dishwasher, and even dedicate the entire month of October to Halloween-y topics. Each episode runs for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Against the Odds

This podcast is all about when people did incredible things against the odds. From the daring rescue of a soccer team trapped in an underwater cave in Thailand, to a woman taken hostage by Somali pirates, these real-life stories made headlines around the world. It is amazing to listen to the stories about these people as they pushed themselves to their limits. Each episode is approximately 40 minutes long.

Dear Hank & John

The “Hank” and “John” in this case are the brothers, authors, and YouTubers Hank Green and John Green. You may have heard about one of John’s novels, The Fault in Our Stars. On their podcast, they answer questions like how to quit a job, how irritation works, and why it’s harder to wake up when it’s rainy outside. Each episode is about an hour long.

Part-time Genius

For teens who love asking all kinds of questions, this podcast may just have the answers. Hosts Will and Mango investigate topics like weird inventions, how rats keep outsmarting humans, and surprising facts about alligators. Each episode is about 20 minutes long, perfect for a quick listen.

Song Exploder

For music fans (and possible future songwriters), this podcast asks musicians to take apart their own song and explain how it was made. It mostly focuses on indie rock acts, but guests have included musicians that you love and newer artists that your teen loves. Each episode is about 20 minutes long.

Listen to Andi’s podcast, The Friendly Podcast Guide, anywhere you listen to podcasts. Find her on Instagram, @friendlypodcastguide.

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