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 #8×43: Ticketmaster, Monopolies, and Biden’s Promise To Tackle Junk Fees

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real talk!
  • Of course Elon couldn’t resist amping up Twitter drama during the Thanksgiving holiday, and we reminisce about the Twitter apocalypse that wasn’t.
  • On this week’s episode we’re doing a deep dive on Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Antitrust laws, and the Biden Justice Department working to address the issue of monopolies.
  • First, all due credit to Taylor Swift, whose Ticketmaster debacle inspired this conversation.
  • We don’t know for sure if Biden and Garland are Swifties, but we do know the Department of Justice had already launched an antitrust inquiry into Live Nation Entertainment before Ticketmaster shit the bed on presale tickets for Swift’s tour.
  • The Justice Department allowed the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster in 2010, despite cries from the music world and consumers that a monopoly would result. And they were right. 
  • Artists like Ed Sheeran and Garth Brooks have tried to fight back against price gouging and scalping, but with the broad control Live Nation Entertainment has over the live music entertainment market, it will take so much more to truly address these issues.
  • The Biden Justice Department has had surprising success preventing the recent attempted merger of publishing houses Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster.
  • Interested in reading more about monopolies and antitrust law? Check out these resources: AT&T Antitrust cases, American Tobacco Company, and more reading on PRH+S&S.
  • The Biden Administration also announced that they’re looking to fight ‘junk fees’ to help fight inflation, beginning with new guidance making it illegal for banks to charge overdraft fees when bank or ATM statements show sufficient balances at the time of a transaction.
  • What junk fees do we want to see the administration take on next?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Expedition Roasters (https://www.expeditionroasters.com and use code COFFEEGEEKS for 15% off your order). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Since millennials know how to lose their online social media presence, let’s explore the social media alternatives to Twitter.
  • We look at popular alternatives Mastodon and Hive. Their platforms may be promising, but will their audiences keep growing?
  • Our gripe: how are we supposed to find our friends and other connections on these new platforms?
  • Pam shows Andrew a Tiktok hack that reveals something surprising!

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Episode #8×42: No Homo!

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and (maybe) good inflation news?
  • We look towards what we can expect from Democratic Senate and Republican House controlled chambers following last week’s midterm elections.
  • What does the Georgia Senate runoff mean for a Senate majority?
  • Orange Julius announced his 2024 Presidential run during this recording, and we are gagging.
  • Will Gen Z save American democracy? We’re in their corner!
  • What is “queerbaiting,” and how are certain celebs and media using it to attract audiences?
  • How can we tell if someone is queerbaiting? And when does it do more harm than good to call it out?
  • Kit Connor of ‘Heartstopper’ fame was forced out of the closet due to excessive accusations of queerbaiting.
  • Should there be limits on straight artists using queer themes in their work?
  • Andrew (aka resident conservationist daddy) provides an update on the mega drought out West, and what those states are doing to become less dependent on the Colorado river.
  • In addition to the phenomenal water recycling efforts in Las Vegas, California has reduced its water usage by 10%, and has committed to reducing its dependence on the Colorado river by 400,000 acre feet per year starting in 2023.
  • The Federal government is throwing its weight around by telling states like Arizona and California that if they don’t come to an agreement to cut usage, big daddy fed will be stepping in.
  • Andrew’s 2023 water prediction: we’re gonna get WET baby!
  • This week’s recommendations will keep you entertained and moisturized as the weather gets chillier! Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ on Netflix (Laura), ‘Tunic,’ an RPG tribute to 90s Zelda games (Andrew), and O’Keefe’s working hands lotion (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Uncommon Goods (https://www.uncommongoods.com/mill for 15% off). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • What nostalgic media from our childhood holds up well? What DOESN’T?
  • A macabre discovery: does Santa die when he retires in ‘The Santa Clause’?
  • We are shook to revisit fan favorites from the early 2000’s that look like dog shit now.
  • Is it possible to enjoy 1990’s VFX through a 2022 lens?

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Episode #8×41: The Good, The Bad, The LOLs of the 2022 Midterm Elections

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real election talk!
  • An unpleasant reality seems to be setting in for Republicans: while they will likely take control of the House, it seems to be a much smaller majority than expected.
  • We cover our home states of California, Georgia, and Nevada: the heartbreak, the victories, and everything in between.
  • Why does Laura have a freedom boner over ranked choice voting??
  • The economy and abortion were top areas of concern this cycle – what do these results tell us about public opinion?
  • Is Trump being rejected at the ballot box? His endorsed midterm candidates are seeing mixed results.
  • Gen Z saves the day: the newest voting-age generation turned out overwhelmingly for Democrats, and Maxwell Frost was the first Gen Zer elected to Congress!
  • While the balance of Congressional control is still in question, Republicans ultimately underperformed. How will they react in 2024? Are we ready for the inevitable DeSantis/Trump boxing match?
  • This week’s recommendations should give you a break from election fatigue: ‘The Midnight Club’ on Netflix (Laura), ‘All There Is’ with Anderson Cooper (Pam), and Backblaze (Andrew).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Uncommon Goods (https://www.uncommongoods.com/mill for 15% off) and Expedition Roasters (https://www.expeditionroasters.com and enter COFFEEGEEKS for 15% off your order). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • MuggleSuck returns in the form of some cringy AIM transcripts Andrew dug up from the vault.
  • 2006 Andrew is talking about a gay guy but not in the way he would now.
  • *cringe* “My parents are such dorks!”
  • Laura treated the prospect of guest hosts probably *too* seriously.
  • A story of a creepy older staffer is revisited.
  • Away messages were the best features ever. SOMEONE BRING THEM BACK!

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Episode #8×40: House of the Disturbingly Addictive Plotlines

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real Tiktok class action lawsuits.
  • After months of speculation, Elon Musk has officially purchased Twitter for $44 billion (which is way more than Twitter is worth).
  • See what Nilay Patel, aka Andrew’s new Leo Laporte, had to say on Elon’s head scratching purchase of the social media platform.
  • We share our concerns about the future of Twitter as small creators ourselves, and speculate over how likely major changes to Twitter’s rules are to be.
  • A big sticking point for Elon’s imagined “town square” version of Twitter will be advertisers. No one’s gonna want to advertise Christmas M&Ms next to the latest unregulated antisemitic Kanye meltdown.
  • Will we leave Twitter? We share our red lines.
  • Taylor Swift has also seen some backlash over her “Anti-Hero” music video, which featured some of the singer’s “nightmare scenarios.” The nightmare scenario that has caught everyone’s attention? Taylor’s scale weighing her as “fat.”
  • Although Swift has spoken about her struggles with disordered eating and body dysmorphia, many are calling out that an objectively skinny woman talking about being “fat” as a nightmare is lacking some self-awareness at best.
  • Does there need to be more nuance in this conversation? Yes. Does Taylor need to sit with this and learn to do better? Also yes.
  • Interestingly, there’s been no discernible criticism of the incest portrayed in ‘House of the Dragon’ – in fact, there is a significant thirst happening online for uncle/niece romantic duo Daemon and Rhaenyra.
  • Though this is not the first time incest has been represented in Westeros, it is the most prominent example for the tv shows. Are viewers turned on by the actors’ chemistry or the taboo nature of this relationship?
  • We share final thoughts on season 1 of ‘House of the Dragon’ – will we tune in for season 2?
  • This week we give a group recommendation: if you are eligible to vote in the United States… VOTE! Please. For the love of avocados. Next week’s episode will provide election coverage.

And in this week’s installment of After Dark:

  • With nostalgia in mind, we ask ourselves: what sucked as a kid, but is cool as an adult?
  • Weird how corporal punishment becomes a sex kink. Thanks parents!
  • Are all the things we hated as kids but like as adults good for our mental health?
  • Have we all become a lot more domestic than we thought we would?

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Episode #8×39: FMK The Hosts? Our Listeners Shock Us

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real shit talking phone scammers.
  • Andrew provides a SPECIAL UPDATE on his recent COVID scare. Also, if you see a picture of his butt floating around online, please email millennialshow@gmail.com.
  • Adidas has officially dropped Kanye West over his repeated vitriol towards the Jewish community – took ’em long enough!
  • While we were on vacation a lot happened in the news! Liz Truss was outlasted by a head of lettuce, the UK gained a new Prime Minister, Trump was officially subpoenaed by the J6 Commission, and the student loan forgiveness application opened up.
  • But because no good deed goes unpunished, a federal appeals court has put a pause on any forgiveness being issued because some salty Republican governors challenged Biden’s loan forgiveness program.
  • Instagram is supposedly working on a new feature that would allow users to add song to their profiles – 2005 called, MySpace Tom wants his business model back!
  • We take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about our MySpace profile songs, who was in our Top 8, and how glad we are that MySpace didn’t show whose profiles we were creeping on.
  • Things go off the rails when Andrew reveals he has ALL of his old AIM chat history from back in the day. Queue major millennial cringe moment.
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Expedition Roasters (https://www.expeditionroasters.com and use code COFFEEGEEKS for 15% off your order). Believe us, your nerdy caffeine souls will thank you for this one! Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!
  • Need something new to do? This week’s recommendations should help! Where the Water Goes by David Owen (Andrew), Phasmophobia (Laura), and ‘The Loneliest Time’ by Carly Rae Jepsen (Pam).

And in this week’s After Dark:

  • Inspired by this tweet, we ask ourselves, ‘what is something that is objectively terrible but I still like anyway?’
  • Why can’t we quit the crappy food of our youth?
  • We watch trash TV so we can judge and feel better about ourselves #sorrynotsorry.
  • Is doom scrolling bad for our mental health? Yes. Do we still do it all the time? Also yes.

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Episode #8×38: We’re In The Business of Canceling

  • We have a new sponsor who merges our two loves: Coffee and Pop Culture! Check out Expedition Roasters for delicious, pop culture-themed roasts inspired by Harry Potter, Disney theme parks, Star Wars, and many more! Use code COFFEEGEEKS for 15% off!
  • Don’t forget that the #Millennial Adulting Planner is available for a limited time! Pledge to our Patreon at the BAE level by Thursday, October 20th to receive yours! BAE Patrons, make sure you fill out the form by October 20th!
  • COVID gets close to Andrew and he enters a quarantine mode to stay safe. Will he successfully avoid the ‘vid? Find out the exciting conclusion in two weeks!
  • Meanwhile, Laura and Pam have their own COVID-related updates… #PrickMeDaddy
  • Paramore has brought back their massively popular song “Misery Business” after they canceled any and all live performances two years ago. Was it right to bring it back… or cancel it in the first place?
  • What songs truly haven’t aged well? Andrew and Pam have thoughts on songs with “Fire” in the words by Andrew’s husband. And what on Chromatica was Gaga thinking by teaming up with R. Kelly less than a decade ago!?
  • The makers of UNO have reminded everyone about an alleged rule, which has sent players into a tailspin. The panel get into a discussion about their own House Rules with board games and drop some new recommendations!
  • Dank Brandon rises. We run through how he aims to decriminalize marijuana and discuss why the hell it’s classified as a Schedule I drug.
  • Recommendations: Spot It card games (Andrew), Vampire Survivors game (Laura), Derry Girls season 3 (Pam)

And this week in After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • Our social media manager Chloé joins us to discuss the Millennial Pause. What is it? Does anyone we work with have it? And is The Pause actually a problem, or are people just looking for more things to complain about when it comes to millennials?
  • GIFs, Bitmojis, and not understanding social media apps: Are these all problems for millennials? Can Andrew no longer use his precious Bitmojis?! (He LOVES his fall outfit tho!)
  • Chloé drops a couple of updates concerning what’s in and out for Gen Z. (Heads up: Cheugy is still out)
  • What is the BuzzFeed Accent?

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Episode #8×37: So Fresh, So Clean, So Healthy

  • Welcome back to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real talk.
  • Andrew does his best impression of Westeros to start the show off, commemorating the ridiculously dark lighting present in the latest episode of House of the Dragon.
  • Don’t forget to pledge at the $10 BAE level over on our Patreon by 10/20/22 to receive this year’s #Millennial Adulting Planner!
  • In light of Grammy Award winning West Coast rapper Coolio’s death last week, we visit his legacy, learn more about how ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ earned its spot in the cultural zeitgeist, and reflect on rap’s crucial influences on our culture.
  • Speaking of 90’s nostalgia, Andrew is getting bummed out with more and more dark details about our favorite kids shows coming to light.
  • “I love you… you hate me….” did anyone else have threats of violence and ruthless rumors on their Barney bingo card?
  • No matter your take on 90s nostalgia, we can all agree the sun baby from Teletubbies was and remains nightmare fuel.
  • We’re joined this week by listener Nicki, who is a fellow with the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. She joins us this week to talk about a common anxiety: the importance of oral health and going to the dentist.
  • She reminds us it doesn’t need to be scary! Periodontal disease (aka gum disease) is extremely preventable, treatable, and curable with proper testing and treatment.
  • Oral health is important for your teeth, but don’t forget that the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. Establishing an oral health routine can help prevent other illnesses down the line!
  • What about the over the counter toothpastes, flosses, and mouth washes most of us are using? Nicki recommends Spry, Bite, and StellaLife instead.
  • You can find Nicki on Instagram and see her business Redwood Designs.
  • It’s a mixed bag of recommendations this week: the gay rom-com BROS (Andrew), Slutty Vegan (Laura), Netflix’s ‘Hip Hop Evolution’ (Pam), and Trixie Motel on Discovery+ (Nicki).

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available to all Patrons:

  • We did 90s nostalgia in the main show, now it’s time for our own 90s cringe stories.
  • How to dump a girl in 3 days, a Girl Scouts assignment gone amiss, and telling your crush that no, you DEFINITELY don’t have a crush on them anymore.
  • You thought finding out Santa wasn’t real was bad? Just wait until Andrew shares his trauma around Carmen Sandiego.

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Episode #8×36: Think Globally, Act Locally

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

  • Inspired by this Reddit thread, we’re talking about the adult luxuries we never saw ourselves being obsessed with.
  • King beds are game changers for those of us in relationships. Or, you know, just people with dogs.
  • What types of things have we splurged on that have improved our lives? Laura only recently discovered the benefits of a good vacuum! Her floor is now SO! CLEAN!
  • Better quality also leads to having to buying certain types of products less. It’s a win-win!

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Episode #8×35: Don’t Marinate Chicken in NyQuil

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend marinated chicken recipes and real NyQuil usages. WTF?
  • Is it time to get your new (and improved!) COVID booster? This CDC quiz can help you find out! Then, Laura comes clean about her last booster.
  • Adnan Syed, whose story made international headlines thanks to Serial and Undisclosed Podcast, has been freed.
  • Should we be concerned that cursive is being taught less and less in public schools?
  • Does the panel write in cursive? (Do they write by hand at all?)
  • What did we learn in school that isn’t helping us today? What didn’t we learn that we wish we had?
  • A Confessional about Sexual Fluidity has us asking ourselves and our Patrons… have you ever been attracted to someone outside of your typical sexual orientation?
  • Introducing ‘Dark Brandon Watch’: a new segment where we run through the latest coming out of the Biden Administration.
  • Chloé looooves this week’s tangible recommendations: ‘The Patient’ on FX (Andrew), Apple Cider Vinegar (Laura), and Sally Hanson dry & go drops (Pam).

And in this week’s installment of After Dark:

  • It’s a WTF News edition!
  • If an avalanche of sex toys spills onto the highway, is it stealing to take one?
  • Speaking of sex toys, who knew anal beads could be the secret in a successful chess match?
  • Central Florida loves celebrating its “cooters,” and a Southwest airlines pilot is over all y’all’s dick pics.

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Episode #8×34: The Queen, The New Prime Minister, and Fobbing Beetle-Headed Clotpoles

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and ROYAL talk!
  • UK-born, Canada-based BAE Patron and Conservation Biologist Megan joins us this episode to keep the stupid Americans on track when talking about Royal traditions and UK politics. Follow Megan over on Instagram @Write2Ride.
  • What were our initial reactions to news of the Queen’s death? To enhance today’s discussion, we’re replacing our regular swear word vocabulary with Shakespearean insults.
  • Laura is very upset at the prospect of the Queen’s Corgis going to bawdy, flap-mouthed pedo Prince Andrew.
  • Honoring a long-held tradition, the royal beekeeper alerted Queen Elizabeth’s bee colony of her passing. 
  • Pam gives us the rundown of what to expect over the next couple of weeks before Queen Elizabeth is finally laid to rest, and we wonder if the UK public still finds the opulence and cost of the Royal family relevant.
  • Megan gives us some insight into how the UK and various Commonwealth countries approach the bank holidays observed in light of the Monarch’s passing. Unfortunately, some localities aren’t recognizing the days off work, and some people may not even receive holiday pay for working.
  • Megan clues us into the ongoing energy crisis in the UK, and why the pomp and circumstance of the Monarchy may not be landing well with the public.
  • Shortly before the Queen’s passing, Liz Truss became Prime Minister following Boris Johnson’s resignation. Who is she, what ideologies is she leading with, and how can the US foresee domestic political trends based on what is happening now in the UK?
  • To everyone shushing the various commonwealth communities for not mourning this death: SHUT UP. We dig in on Britain’s history of colonialism, the privilege carried by those of us who benefit from imperialist attitudes, and how the British Empire left scars around the world that must be answered to.
  • How do UK residents feel about the Monarchy compared to commonwealth countries? We’ll give you one guess…
  • There’s no common thread in this week’s recommendations: BBC World News (Andrew), Ben & Jerry’s Doggie ice cream (Laura), Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ (Pam), and take some time to go outside and connect with nature (Megan).

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

  • You’ve heard of MuggleSuck, but have you heard of Hypa-suck? Andrew and Pam get real about their nine years working at another website. In this first installment, we share three juicy stories of betrayal, honest mistakes, and challenging relationships.

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