Podcasts have recently been growing in popularity with families and there’s a good reason! Not only is it screen-free time, often podcasts are engaging, educational and most importantly enjoyable. For teens they can be a great way to help navigate through those transformative years, however, finding the appropriate ones for teens can be tricky with lots of adult-orientated series to sift through. We’ve found the top podcasts for teens to listen to - all funny, smart and thought provoking - sure to keep teenagers entertained.
- TED Talks
So many teens and young adults are fans of the TED Talks podcasts. Not only do they cover a huge array of subjects and perspectives, every episode is a perfect combination of informative and inspirational, sure to capture teens attention and provide them with up-to-date knowledge on current affairs.
- Youth Radio
Youth Radio is great for budding journalists or teen interest in the broadcasting industry. Even better it’s created by teens specifically for teens, so it’s guaranteed to be relatable and interesting. Episodes are similar to radio shows and will often include stories that are popular in the media.
- Dear Hank and John
Brothers John Green (a YA novelist) and Hank Green (a YouTuber) co-host this wonderful advice podcast, perfect for teenagers. Each episode they answer questions on everything from random thoughts to deep, emotional topics. Not only do the pair give great advice, the podcast is light-hearted and always entertaining for listeners.
Radiolab is an award-winning podcast that delivers a mix of science, history, popular culture and more in a creative, innovative way. The episodes are fun to listen to and are sure to teach your teens something educational. Previous episodes have investigated why we laugh, explored the line between music and language, and discussed the history of football.
- Science Friday
Known as one of the most popular science podcasts out there, it’s been informing and entertaining listeners for more than 20 years. Described as ‘brain fun, for curious people’- it’s the perfect listen for teens interested in science who want to learn about the latest discoveries. Covering everything from octopus camouflage to cooking on Mars.
- Stuff You Missed In History Class
This fascinating podcast is an excellent way for your teen to learn about people and events that can be often overlooked or not covered in their history lessons. With a focus on weird events, overlooked stories, and underrepresented groups, this popular series is educational and your teens don’t need to be history buffs to get hooked. Previous episodes have discussed the building of Disney’s Haunted Mansion, the mysterious appearance of devil-like footprints in Devon and who the real Robin Hood was.