Welcome to #Millennial Podcast!

#Millennial podcast is a weekly roundtable about our Generation Y experience. From news to politics and pop culture, a panel of friends digs in on why these stories matter and how they affect millennials. 

If you’ve ever wondered how to maneuver student loan debt, voting, relationships, careers, or just life in general, we feel that SO. HARD. And we’re here to share our stories, along with our greatest challenges and wins, along the way. Put simply, #Millennial is about journeying through young adulthood together.

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About the Team

Andrew Sims (he/him) (Host, Producer, Editor) began podcasting when he founded MuggleCast in 2005. Outside of #Millennial and the Potter podcast, he works in podcasting full time and created an online course to help creators master Patreon. In his spare time, Andrew obsesses over Bruce Springsteen, dogs, and nature.

Laura Tee (she/her) (Host, Producer) was bitten by the podcasting bug in 2006 when she first joined MuggleCast. Podcasting stuck with her through living abroad in Costa Rica (pura vida, mae) and graduate school in New York City. Outside of #Millennial, Laura loves linguistics, story-based gaming, and analyzing current affairs. She lives in Atlanta with her boyfriend and adorable dog, Canela.

Pamela Gocobachi (she/her) (Host, Producer) is a Bay Area native and an entertainment journalist with a deep love for all things pop culture. When she’s not writing or podcasting you can often find her obsessing over new music finds, drinking coffee like it’s her job, or doting over her dog Jasper.

Chloé Laverson (she/her) (Social Media Manager) is based in Washington, DC, and is originally from sunny San Diego, California. Chloé studied Communications with minors in French and Musical Theatre at the University of Utah. She is also the social media manager for Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, as well as the #Millennial team’s other podcast, MuggleCast. Outside of being a social media manager, Chloé remains active in her sorority, Pi Beta Phi as an alumna, where she currently serves on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee advocating for Jewish and LGBTQIA+ sorority women. When Chloé is not creating content, she enjoys dancing, skiing, writing poetry, fashion, and watching the Harry Potter movies in French.

Episode #8×29: The Legality of Fanworks (feat. @OldMythos), ClusterF-YEAH: Good News Edition

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and FUN talk!
  • We’re joined this week by Yvonne Gonzales (aka @OldMythos on TikTok) who is a PhD candidate at USC. They join us to share how fan fiction can and should be studied as literature, and also dive in on the latest drama between Netflix and The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical.
  • Where did songwriting partners Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear cross a line with their musical? Likely when they started monetizing it. 
  • Should other fan creators worry about copyright lawsuits? Andrew asks some questions “for a friend” who happens to run a popular literary themed podcast.
  • In some good news, we have a tasty meal in store for this week’s Clusterfuck YEAH 2022 updates.
  • Alex Jones and the tale of incompetent legal representation, Donald Trump and the FBI raid of his “big, beautiful home”, and Kansas’ surprisingly high voter turnout in a primary to block further abortion restrictions.
  •  Will anything come of this FBI raid and release of Trump’s taxes? Be patient, these things take a while.
  • Andrew pays tribute to The Onion’s late fashion contributor.
  • This week’s recommendations range from abstract to entertainment: GET WHAT YOU PAID FOR (Andrew), Knock Knock Pads (Laura), and Pod Meets World (Pam).

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • Pam went to Outside Lands, and Laura is extremely jealous she got to see Green Day.
  • Andrew questions whether Bruce Springsteen’s blue collar audience will be able to afford tickets to his upcoming tour due to the price gouging Ticketmaster platinum ticket pricing feature.
  • What is the maximum amount we’d pay to see our favorite artists in concert?

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Episode #8×28: How Can Politicians Reach Younger Generations?, WTF Internet News, Biden Gets His ‘Big Deal’ Moment

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • Could ‘ghosting’ now be seen as an emotional offense?
  • Based on this, we come up with our own proposals for laws to address annoying things in life: excessive dog barking, rent increases, and parking too damn close to someone’s car for them to reasonably access their own car.
  • What offensive custom honking sounds should Andrew record for his car?

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Episode #8×27: ⚠️ Time to BeReal ⚠️, Bots Influence The Masses, Who Will Run For President in 2024?

  • Welcome back to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and BeReal talk.
  • Friend of the show and fellow podcaster Eric joins us this week!
  • Do we actually want our friends to know what mundane things we’re up to?
  • A new report from Rolling Stone claims that bots, and perhaps even Zach Snyder himself, may have played a role in the social media push for the release of The Snyder Cut of ‘Justice League.’
  • Do we worry about bots when participating in social media movements?
  • On a related note, the vast majority of teens do not trust news coming from TikTok. Huzzah!
  • On the other hand, there is a ton of misleading information coming out of TikTok. How did teens learn to be skeptical of their social platform but Boomers still treat Facebook articles like the gospel?!
  • While Biden and Trump are the obvious frontrunners for 2024 (for now), both are lagging in the polls among their own supporters.
  • Should Joe Biden run in 2024? The panel has some split opinions.
  • Would implementing an upper age limit as a qualifier for President be ageist?
  • One major issue behind Biden’s lagging approval ratings: Democrats are harder on him than Republicans were on Trump at the same stage of presidency.
  • Laura’s plea: get in line in 2024. For the love of god.
  • This week’s recommendations will feed your body and soul: Find a Choco Taco if you can (RIP) (Andrew), Nest Thermostat (Laura), See’s candies chocolate coffee beans (Pam), and Yellowstone National Park (Eric).
  • Find Eric on his podcast Thank You For Spieling and of course MuggleCast!

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • It’s all about fan conventions baby! First we provide a brief overview of this year’s SDCC announcements.
  • In the era of covid, how safe can meet and greets even be? Eric shares a tale of plexiglass, photo ops, and a celeb still getting covid anyway.
  • As someone who has done quite a few meet and greets with celebrities, Eric shares his experiences and tips for having a successful meet and greet.
  • Does going to a convention right now feel responsible?

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Episode #8×26: Every Day Money Saving Hacks, How Outer Space Makes Big Impacts on us Earthlings

  • Because 9% inflation isn’t enough, BMW has announced subscription services for heated seats.
  • We may never be able to afford a BMW, but we’re here to share some money saving tips and tricks that might help you save some money right now.
  • Don’t sleep on Amazon’s used section, Honey, open box policies, or floor models y’all!
  • We also recommend checking Progressive Shopper if you’re interested in where brands’ political donations go, as well as opting for generic brands when possible.
  • Patrons also sound off with their money-saving hacks: eating less meat, price matching, and checking for rebates with your utility companies are all quick and easy ways to save some cash.
  • After last week’s discussion about these amazing deep space photos NASA released, listener Aimee joins us for further discussion. She is a PhD student in Astrophysics, and is here to help Andrew get excited about space!
  • Aimee dispels a few common misconceptions: black holes don’t suck things in like a vacuum cleaner, and the tax cost for scientific research amounts to only pennies per person each year.
  • We also learn that there is a movement among astronomers to rename the JWST telescope in light of its namesake actually having been a HUGE homophobe. #Millennial will henceforth follow Aimee’s lead and call it the Jelescope Welescope Space Telescope until it is renamed.
  • We also get an in-depth analysis from Aimee about what we’re actually seeing in these newly released photos, and whether or not aliens will be discovered in our lifetimes.
  • Down here on Earth things are still a disaster: the final (for now) January 6th Committee Hearing will be hosted this Thursday July 21st at 8PM ET. We’ll be hosting a watch party in the #Millennial For All Discord – please join us! You do not need to be a Patreon subscriber to take part in the fun.
  • It’s a grab bag of recommendations this week: @Wario64 for availability and pricing on all of your electronic/gaming needs (Andrew), Wet and Forget shower cleaner (Laura), Scrivener (Pam), and Disordered Cosmos by Chanda Prescod Weinstein (Aimee). 

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • The new ‘Baymax!’ series at Disney+ is the latest to come under fire by some parents for depicting period products, and we’re reminded of the stigmas we faced around puberty as kids and teens. 
  • Pam and Laura recall the stigmas around periods and how confusing and distressing the experience is for young people going through this change.
  • Parents are setting their kids up for failure by not exposing them to education about what their bodies are going through. Is it any wonder so many people don’t think about the importance of consent?

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Episode #8×25: Deep Space Blows Minds, Libraries Under Attack, Current Reading Trends (feat. A Librarian!)

  • Have you seen these amazing pictures from deep space? You don’t even need to be a stoner to appreciate them!
  • How the #gentleminions meme inspired teenagers to put on their best suits to attend screenings of ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru.’
  • Thanks to teens, the new ‘Minions’ movie raked in $164 domestically on opening weekend. Theaters may not love the #gentleminions trend, but Universal sure does.
  • The #Millennial panel is split on Minions – are they cute or demonic?
  • Nextdoor Karens returns to the show, with some dramatic readings of Nextdoor posts in our areas.
  • Andrew shames a neighbor into deleting a ‘Karen’ post, and Pam plans some recon.
  • BAE Patron Becky joins us to discuss her career as a librarian!
  • With the increase in book bans, librarians are increasingly coming under fire. How can library patrons best support their local librarians?
  • We learn about the Library Bill of Rights, and that many libraries have detailed processes in place in the event that someone challenges a book.
  • What books and genres are especially popular now? Andrew wants to know so we can start a podcast.
  • Becky also runs a Disney blog, https://www.disneyinyourday.com. She shares the joys and challenges of working on a blog while also holding down her full-time gig. Becky also gives Andrew some sage advice about planning his next trip to Disney.
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Feals (https://www.feals.com/MILL to become a member and get 50% off your first order). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!
  • And of course, we’ve got some amazing recommendations for y’all this week: Apple users should look out for a picture-in-picture update coming soon from Youtube (Andrew), Hey Bear Sensory (Laura), Trader Joe’s coconut cold brew concentrate (Pam), and ‘Four Thousand Weeks’ by Oliver Burkeman (Becky).

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • Becky hangs around to share some library tea.
  • Some libraries seem to be doing away with the concept of late fees – does it work?
  • Customer service is always a rough job, even in a library. Stories are shared about disturbing Patrons. Also, how can Porn Viewing be handled?
  • Andrew volunteers to dress up in a dog suit. (No, really!)

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Episode #8×24: Laura and Pam’s Eventful Vacations, Supreme Court Rulings, Scams We’ve All Grown Used To

  • Nothing like a shit week out of SCOTUS and more mass shootings the week of July 4th. Happy Independence Day to the 49% of the population that didn’t lose rights to bodily autonomy in the last week!
  • Pam and Laura had some personal developments occur during our week off – clearly taking a week off from #Millennial is detrimental to our health?!
  • Meanwhile, Andrew encountered a pleasant surprise and discovered that some of his fellow high school alums are still jelly of his efforts in school.
  • Laura is considering moving to a blue state since shit is hitting the fan – and she gives Andrew and Pam some requirements.
  • Apart from abortion, the Supreme Court delivered decisions in a number of cases you should also be concerned with.
  • That said, we are still committed to fun discussions to keep us all going! This week, a TikTok trend inspires us to talk about the biggest scams society has convinced us are normal.
  • Look at the cost breakdown of your latest hospital visit if you want to see how much your local ER is charging you for a bandaid, and really consider whether that big sale is actually costing you more money.
  • What are our ‘Vecna’ songs? (iykyk)
  • Is on the job training still a thing, or is a degree required if you want to switch fields?
  • Don’t forget to check out A Paranormal Chicks, an inclusive, southern, foul-mouthed deep dive into all things true crime and paranormal!

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • Inspired by our scams topic this week, we dig into an FTC report on the top types of fraud millennials encounter.
  • Laura and Andrew come clean about falling victim to a couple of scams – it’s easier to be susceptible than you think!
  • We enjoy punking scammers who call us, but we’re also aware of the need to watch out for social engineering!
  • Andrew has someone claim that he’s been impersonated on Grindr — but in light of today’s discussion, is this a scam too?

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Episode #8×23: Biden Tries Lowering Gas Prices, Double Decker Plane Seating, Tattoos and Generational Changes

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of fake adulting and…. breaking your soul?
  • We’re kicking off this week’s episode with the latest updates from the January 6th Hearings: fake electors, and pardons, and crimes, oh my!
  • Finally, a majority of Americans think Trump should be charged with a crime.
  • But speaking of other nightmares… we take a look at this proposed double decker passenger jet design.
  • Will the lower deck seats be called “Ass to Face” seating, or rebranded as “Economy Basic”?
  • Have we ever relied on budget airlines in the past? We go over the pros and cons of flying Spirit and Frontier.
  • Laura got a new tattoo, which inspires us to talk about cosmetic tattooing. How do we feel about it, would we ever get one, and what are the pros and cons?
  • There have been some generational shifts around the acceptability of tattoos – our grandparents still don’t get it, but our parents are somewhat relaxed on the topic.
  • We’ve received a few Confessionals from listeners wanting to know… Am I the Asshole? From mothers who gaslight to long distance relationships, we tell it to y’all straight.
  • This week’s recommendations are a grab bag: check for extra leg room seat upgrades 1-2 days prior to flying for reduced rates (Andrew), ‘Malamander’ by Thomas Taylor (Laura), and Therabreath whitening mouthwash (Pam).

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • We all love our respective cities of residence, but what are the less desirable things about them?
  • Everyone thinks their city has the worst traffic – spoiler: shitty drivers exist everywhere.
  • Andrew witnessed a neighbor doing something interesting outside of his home last week – will he confront the neighbor?

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Episode #8×22: January 6 Committee Hearing Revelations, WTF News, Life Before the Internet

  • It’s time for some #unhinged talk this week – so we kick it off with a new segment, Clusterfuck 2022!
  • We give our initial reactions to the January 6th committee hearings, and while the new details are not surprising, they are shocking.
  • SCOTUS is really making it their mission to attack personal rights and liberty this Pride month, and we are NOT amused. Border agents can now search residences and vehicles within 100 miles of a US border without a warrant.
  • While the House passed a sweeping gun reform bill that is certain to die in the Senate, the Senate is toying with a much more moderate proposal.
  • It’s not all doom and gloom this week though – to cheer everyone up, we have a slew of WTF News stories!
  • In the movie world, Sony got punked into re-releasing ‘Morbius’ in theaters thanks to the popular ‘it’s morbin’ time‘ meme. Also, ‘Joker 2’ is rumored to be a musical starring Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn?!
  • GEICO was ordered to pay a $5.2 million settlement to a woman who contracted an STD in her partner’s car during sexual activity. The reasoning? His car was insured by GEICO.
  • We’re all old enough to remember life before the internet – what are some core memories of that time?
  • This week’s recommendations will give you something fun to do! Take advantage of the sales happening at Target (Andrew) and watch Ms. Marvel on Disney+ (Pam & Laura).

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • It’s time for our third installment of “A Deep Dive Into…” featuring Laura!
  • We ask her to reflect on experiences and lessons learned in moving a lot as a kid, homeschooling, and more.
  • What made her decide to live abroad, and what is with these punk rock cruises she goes on?

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Episode #8×21: Coffee Addictions Pay Off, Johnny Depp v Amber Heard Reactions, Saving Less and Living More

  • A new study about coffee suggests that drinking moderate amounts of coffee may decrease chances of death. Today we learned our panel must be immortal!
  • We know inflation is bad, but authors need to live too! Stop returning ebooks on Amazon y’all.
  • Why are some consumers treating Amazon like a library? Some authors end up owing Amazon money due to consumers purchasing and returning ebooks.
  • When is it justified to seek a refund? Are there any cases in which we would absolutely never request one?
  • Johnny Depp won his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard last week, and the internet really showed its ugly side during these proceedings.
  • Although Depp previously lost a libel case in the UK, the court of public opinion has turned this into an all or nothing issue, eliminating any room for a nuanced conversation.
  • Does this case represent backlash to #MeToo, or an expansion of its umbrella to include all victims of abuse?
  • How will we approach abuse allegations in the future, based on this case?
  • Some adults under 35 are throwing financial caution to the wind since the world’s a mess – is this a good idea?
  • This week’s recommendations came up naturally during our recording: try no sugar in your coffee (Andrew), Stitch Fix (Laura), and Nutpods Coffee Creamer (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL for free shipping, returns, and exchanges). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • It’s a ~deep dive~ into Andrew.
  • We learn about his childhood, sexual awakening, and takeaways from his college years.
  • For maybe the first time ever, Andrew shares what one thing he could see himself getting a tattoo of!
  • And of course, there’s tea – we always love some good personal tea in After Dark.

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Episode #8×20: LGBTQ+ Representation in Media (feat. Kacen Callender), Uvalde and What Happens Now, Andrew’s Wild Weekend

  • #Millennial is back in time for PRIDE month y’all! Time for some pretend adulting, gay talk.
  • To kick off Pride Month, we speak with Kacen Callender, author of bestselling novel ‘Felix Ever After.’
  • Kacen tells us how they got started as a writer, and we chat about the increase in popularity of LGBTQ romance in mainstream media.
  • Kacen’s new book is titled Lark & Kasim Start a Revolution and will be released this September!
  • Follow Kacen on Twitter and check out their website here!
  • It’s time to talk gun safety reform… again. In the space of two weeks, mass shootings in a Buffalo supermarket and a Texas grade school left dozens dead. We’ve heard the same rhetoric around this gun debate for our entire lives – why does this keep happening? We look at some data to explain how our state legislatures respond.
  • The upshot is this: Republican controlled state legislatures respond by loosening gun laws 120% in the year following a mass shooting. Why? The NRA continues to be better funded, and gun fanatics are simply better at engaging with the political process.
  • Here’s what we all need to do to make a difference: be engaged with what your state’s legislature is doing, join a local gun violence prevention group, donate to a national gun reform organization (Everytown For Gun Safety, Brady, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Sandy Hook Promise), volunteer for pro-gun reform candidates, and VOTE in every election! 
  • Want to help victims and survivors in Buffalo and Uvalde? Check out these verified fundraisers: Verified fundraisers for Buffalo + Verified Fundraisers for Uvalde
  • Shifting gears, Andrew tells us about an eventful birthday weekend, and provides video evidence of a wild police stop he witnessed right in front of him.
  • This week’s recommendations are informative and comfy: ‘Prehistoric Planet’ on Apple TV+ (Andrew), ‘The G Word’ on Netflix (Laura), and shoe inserts for converse (Pam).

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • We’re kicking off our in-depth host interviews this week with Pam!
  • Pam shares how she got into journalism, and the joys and and difficulties of breaking into the field.
  • Where did we meet Pam? Through Harry Potter? Through Twilight? None of us can remember.
  • What does Pam do outside of #Millennial? And what’s her greatest ambition in life?

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