#Millennial Podcast: Pretend Adulting, Real Talk

#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

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Andrew Sims (Host, Producer) began podcasting when he founded MuggleCast in 2005. Andrew offers Patreon and Podcast consulting, as well as podcast editing out of his home in Las Vegas. Outside of work Andrew obsesses over Potter, Springsteen, dogs, and nature.

Laura Tee (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 (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.

Jule Gamache (Social Media Manager) has been managing social media in one form or another since 2011. In addition to #Millennial, she also runs the social media for MuggleCast and spends her 9-to-5 as a marketing manager in Los Angeles. She’s a huge fan of all things Disney, Harry Potter, superheroes, and theme parks. Be it adventure, fantasy, horror, or crime, you can usually find her obsessed with the most recent content she consumed.

Episode #6×28: Why TikTok Will Stay Open, Jobs We Took Out of Desperation, 2020 Song of the Summer

Andrew is safe and sound in Vegas (despite a near-death experience in St. Louis), and we’re back baby!

  • What fate met TikTok while we were off (Can Trump really shut down TikTok?), and why are people speculating about Taylor Swift’s sexuality after listening to folklore?
  • Laura and Pam are alarmed by Andrew’s thoughts (as usual).
  • A confessional from someone who tried sex work prompts us to talk about jobs we’ve had or considered in the past, and Andrew identifies a pattern for Laura.
  • The main theme of Trumpster Fire is negative growth… at a rate of 32.9%. What does this mean, and how is Trump trying to distract us?
  • With CARES Act unemployment assistance and eviction moratoriums ending, we pivot to what this means for renters who are still suffering economically, as well as the difficulty faced by small property management operations.
  • People are Google-ing about how to date and meet people during COVID – are we able to help them?
  • How do we think people fake emergencies to get out of bad dates right now?
  • Does 2020 have a Song of the Summer?
  • This week’s recommendations are pretty predictable based on our personalities: Bringing walkie talkies with you on a multi-car road trip (Andrew), this r/nosleep strory (Laura), and the Hario Cold Brew Bottle (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Rothy’s (https://www.rothys.com/MILL) and Anastasia Beverly Hills (https://www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com and enter promo code MILL for 15% off your first order). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • It’s the MuggleSuck AMA y’all! We took Patrons’ most burning questions about growing up in the Harry Potter fandom.
  • We chat about staying in touch with former hosts, Wizard Rock, and who Andrew is afraid of showing up at his house.
  • The former podcast hosts: Where are they now?
  • Pam spills some tea about her worst celebrity interview. Stay tuned for a photo of the encounter on Patreon!

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Episode #6×27: Chicago Quiz, Dream Cities We’d Live In, Preparing Pets For The Future

This week’s episode runs the gamut on topics, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

  • Pam celebrated a socially distant birthday, and Andrew bids adieu to Chicago.
  • We pay tribute to two civil rights icons we were gutted to lose on the same day: John Lewis and C.T. Vivian.
  • As Andrew leaves Chicago, Laura and Pam quiz his Windy City knowledge.
  • Are our pets getting too attached to having us around? What can we do to ease them back into the “old normal” when we go back to work?
  • ‘Rona roundup gets more ridiculous every week: White House demands case counts be reported to HHS instead of CDC, and Gov. Brian Kemp of Ga. sues Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms over her mask mandate. We’re trying to be optimistic about a vaccine though!
  • Trumpster Fire should have been the name of Trump’s Sunday interview with Chris Wallace.
  • Protesters are being swept off the streets by federal agents in unmarked vans in Portland because Trump really wants to play the tyrannical overlord.
  • In light of Andrew’s move, we talk about times in our lives where we’ve moved somewhere, only to have it not work out. How did we process the shame and feelings of failure?
  • This week’s recommendations are a grab bag: Mr. Clean Magic Erasers (Andrew), the ‘March’ graphic novel trilogy by John Lewis (Laura), and Trader Joe’s cold brew coffee concentrate (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Anastasia Beverly Hills (AnastasiaBeverlyHills.com and enter promo code MILL for 15% off your first purchase), Issuu (Issuu.info/MILL to sign up for your FREE account), and ThirdLove (Thirdlove.com/MILLENNIAL to get 15% off your first purchase). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • This week, Pam is bringing the tea. And we’re here for it!
  • How to have a conversation with someone who doesn’t view the ‘rona risk the same way as you do.
  • We take this really hard Twilight superfan test in celebration of the upcoming Midnight Sun release.
  • We really need to re-read Twilight.

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Episode #6×26: Will The Stimulus Be Extended?, TikTok Privacy Concerns, Rating Local Karens

Corona, and Karens, and TikTok, oh my! It’s a mixed bag on this week’s episode, but the same old real talk.

  • Between Pam losing power, RBG being in the hospital (again), and another tragedy for the cast of Glee, this week is definitely living up to the 2020 standard.
  • While the $600 weekly unemployment stimulus is ending soon, the Trump administration wants to replace it with things that help rich people, like capital gains tax holidays.
  • We’re “screaming inside our hearts” about Florida’s earth-shattering record for new daily cases of the ‘rona.
  • SCOTUS continues to stick it to President Fucknugget, and Betsy DeVos wants to send our nation’s children back to school this fall. Would we send our own children? Who is hardest impacted by this push?
  • With the U.S. potentially banning our favorite timesuck, TikTok, we dive into accusations against the popular app that it is putting our private information in the hands of the Chinese government.
  • Are we more concerned about TikTok than we are about Facebook? Should we be?
  • In listener feedback, we receive a Confessional reminding us that one listener predicted Andrew would hate Chicago and the best possible outcome of being laid off.
  • NEW GAME: Karen 1-5. We perform dramatic readings of posts by “Karens” in our communities.
  • In this week’s recommendations: Ready Player One (Andrew), requesting your absentee ballot for your local run-offs (Laura), and ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and use promo code MILL for $100 off your first month), Raycon (https://www.buyraycon.com/mill to get 15% off Raycon wireless earbuds), and Anastasia Beverly Hills (https://www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com and enter promo code MILL to get 15% off your first order). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Surprise Bitch! victim Dylan learns a dark secret about high school courtesy of Andrew.
  • We dive down the rabbit hole of curses and conspiracy theories. Do we believe in this stuff?
  • Patrons chime in through Discord to share their families’ beliefs, and we cover a number of prominent curse/conspiracy theories, such as the Kennedys, Glee, and the 27 club.

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Episode #6×25: Andrew Moving, Universities Plot Re-Opening, TV Shows Pull Controversial Episodes

 

The holiday weekend brought excitement to our lives with Hamilton on Disney+, but Andrew’s got an even bigger life event hitting the airwaves this week!

  • Apparently quarantine makes every day feel like the 4th of July to some – why all the fireworks??
  • Walmart is (for once) doing a public service and converting 160 of its parking lots into drive-in movie theaters.
  • Universities have begun announcing their plans for returning to campus this fall, and we’re already predicting hot spots on campus.
  • This week in Trump associates who have tested positive: Herman Cain, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and multiple officials, oh my!
  • Two thumbs way down to airlines already planning to fill planes completely.
  • Young people in Alabama are throwing COVID parties, and offering payouts to infected individuals.
  • Florida continues making new records with its daily cases count.
  • SCOTUS has ruled that states can punish Electoral College voters who don’t vote in line with their state’s popular vote in federal elections.
  • We got an insider scoop into the White House’s requests for Trump’s July 3rd Nazi Party rally/Frat kegger event.
  • Why Mt. Rushmore’s ugly history inspires so much backlash from protesters.
  • Some of your favorite TV shows are pulling controversial episodes containing blackface, and we have a conversation about intent vs impact.
  • Listener feedback asks… how would we want a teacher to handle a fellow student being racist, and how to handle an unexpected pregnancy?
  • This week’s recommendations are good for your brain and your mental health: Ron Chernow’s Hamilton biography (Laura), ‘The Babysitter’s Club’ on Netflix (Pam), and taking a deep sigh a few times a day (Andrew).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by listeners like you. Thank you to our latest Patrons Tanja, Art, VP, Joe, Lauren, Sam, and Emilee!

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

  • Some required reading to prime yourself for this discussion.
  • JK Rowling is proving so desperate for allies, she has mischaracterized her long-time approach towards our old boss. How do we know? We were there when she was pissed at him.
  • Speaking of, we have plenty of stories about how terrible it was to work for him. From withholding pay to taking credit for projects completed by unpaid staff, we’ve. got. the. tea.
  • What was it like on the Potter convention circuit? (Mostly) wholesome fun, but we were party animals.

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Episode #6×24: King v Rowling, Meteorology in the Age of Climate Change, Misinformation Crackdowns

JK Rowling is at it again, and this is just getting embarrassing. 🤦‍♀️ Meanwhile, Jenna Marbles is seemingly self-aware and has decided to remove herself from Youtube. We really don’t like this timeline.

  • With at least 14 states pausing or halting their re-opening plans in light of skyrocketing Covid-19 numbers, we examine our own quarantine adherence 4 months into the pandemic in the United States.
  • Meanwhile, people across the nation (including Vice President Pence) think masking requirements are a first amendment violation. Um…
  • Dear Leader continues to have a bad time: SCOTUS struck down Louisiana’s anti-abortion law, the New York Times broke a story about a suspected Russian plot to pay the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers, his approval ratings continue to drag, and Facebook and Twitter are looking to crack down on misinformation.
  • Google That Shit makes a triumphant return, and this week’s theme is Gen Z vs Millennials.
  • We welcome BAE supporter Scott to the panel! Scott is a meteorologist, and has some science-based wisdom to share about climate change, weather alerts, and the infamous sharpie incident.
  • Will we be able to survive on Earth 100 years from now? What will be different? (Don’t worry, Scott has some news that will help you sleep somewhat comfortably.)
  • To learn more about climate change and weather patterns in general, Scott recommends checking out Highlights from the Fourth National Climate Assessment (2018) by the US Global Change Research Program and Climate.gov.
  • This week’s recommendations run the gamut: My Panera+ Coffee Subscription for free coffee all summer (Andrew), Glossier’s Futuredew (Laura), ‘Younger’ on Hulu (Pam), and Costco’s premade margarita mix (Scott).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Rothy’s (https://www.rothys.com/mill), Issuu (https://www.issuu.info/mill to sign up FREE), and listeners like you (https://www.patreon.com/millennial). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • We pepper Scott with more questions about climate change, meteorology, and California wildfires #behindthepaywall.
  • Is the world ready for the massive infrastructure changes we’ll need to make to cope with climate change?
  • In a change of pace, we dig into the trend of shorter TV seasons we’re seeing on Netflix in particular. What are the pros and cons to shorter TV seasons?
  • Why is Netflix putting such a high volume of new content up all the time? Andrew has a theory.

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Episode #6×23: Allyship and Call-Out Culture, ‘Love, Victor,’ Statewide Face Mask Requirements


Pam and Marc are back this week, and it’s a good thing, because we have a lot of ground to cover. Welcome to the mid-season finale of 2020, where news ranges from Disney bleeping Hamilton to Trumpster Fire 2020.

  • Apple’s WWDC introduces some features to help deal with your annoying friends when they blow up group messages, and Apple Watch will soon be providing a countdown when it detects hand washing happening.
  • Laura and Marc are playing Last of Us 2 and ignoring the haters. Let’s kill some zombies!
  • Andrew delights himself by purchasing new music beds for our show segments.
  • While California is requiring everyone to wear masks in public spaces, several southern states are seeing the consequences of re-opening too soon.
  • This week in Trumpster Fire 2020: Americans can turn off political ads on Facebook and Instagram (thank god), Scumbag John Bolton is not a patriot, SCOTUS decisions, and Trump’s “very sad” rally taken down by Gen Z and Kpop stans. You love to see it.
  • Marc provides his insights on call-out culture and having meaningful dialogues with potential allies surrounding discussions of #BlackLivesMatter and police brutality.
  • When and how is it productive to call someone out, and what is the end goal in doing so?
  • This week’s recommendations are all art, baby! Hulu’s ‘Love, Victor’ (Pam and Andrew), Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown (Laura), and the upcoming Spiderman 2: Miles Morales for PS5 (Marc).
  • Stay tuned in past the end music for a couple of bloopers!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by listeners like you. Support the show for as little as $2 per month, and gain instant access to loads of bonus content. We’re so thankful for your support!

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

  • It’s time to Surprise Bitch! listener Drew, who clues us in about how the dog walking business is faring under COVID-19.
  • Inspired by our Facebook group, we come clean about the common knowledge we’ve only recently discovered.
  • It turns out we’re really dumb when it comes to car knowledge.
  • “Whores de-vors.”

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Episode #6×22: Gen Z’ers Roast Millennials, Forever Changed By Quarantine, Work Crushes

The Tik Tok Gods and Goddesses have decided it’s time to roast millennials. Let’s see how many generational stereotypes we can fulfill this episode!

  • We welcome Marc back to the show, and he plugs a very important conversation we’ll be having next week about call-out culture.
  • We gush about the Playstation 5 announcement, but wonder how much money we’ll be forking over to Sony this fall.
  • We examine current polling in the Biden v. Trump Presidential race, and while the numbers look promising, let’s not get too confident.
  • On Friday, the Trump administration revoked transgender and abortion healthcare protections, and on Monday the Supreme Court ruled that you can’t fire someone for being LGBT. Whiplash much?
  • Inspired by this Vox article, we ask ourselves which quarantine routines do we think we’ll stick to once this is over?
  • This week’s confessionals ask… is it okay to have a work crush when you’re in a monogamous relationship? And what to do if you have a crush on your straight best friend?
  • Our BAE supporters want to know… how we see the future of podcasting, what long-term quarantine projects we have (and haven’t) completed, and how working from home has adjusted our home layout needs.
  • This week’s recommendations are quarantine friendly! Vegan walnut taco meat (Laura), Joe Hill’s ‘Locke and Key’ (Marc), and ‘Dating Around’ season 2 (Andrew).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Issuu (https://www.issuu.info/MILL to sign up for FREE today) and Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter promo code MILL to get $100 off your first month). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Laura and Marc share the latest in their home repair drama after a major leak drove them out of their home for months.
  • According to Pew, the oldest millennials are turning 39 this year. As we pass the torch of being the cool, young, hip generation over to Gen Z, how prepared are we for middle age?
  • As Laura considers donating her eggs to pay off student loans, Andrew and Marc discover that they’ve been wasting a perfectly good money-making opportunity their entire lives.

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Episode #6×21: Why JKR’s Tweets Were Transphobic and Dangerous, Feel-Good Protests, Dating During COVID

Dr. Sarah Steelman, Ph.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist, who specializes in LGBTQ+ affirmative practices. She joins us at the top of the show to discuss J.K. Rowling’s latest tweets and why they are dangerous and damaging to trans people. Check out her professional page here.

  • Sarah discusses with us the importance of affirmative language, why J.K. Rowling’s opinions are rooted in pseudoscience, and whether or not she can redeem herself.
  • Following up on last week’s discussion about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and nationwide protests, we’ve got some tangible progress to point to for those naysaying the need for protests.
  • For more perspective on the hundreds of years of systemic racism that brought us where we are today, we recommend watching this video by Kimberly Latrice Jones.
  • In this week’s Confessional, a listener writes that they feel guilt about not wanting to cut off their racist family, and we respond.
  • K-pop stans took their protest digital, and flooded hateful Twitter trends like #whitelivesmatter and #bluelivesmatter with pictures, memes, and fancams of their favorite groups in an effort to drown out the hate – and they succeeded.
  • When the Dallas Police Department asked people to send in photos and videos of protestors participating in “illegal activities” to their app, K-pop stans flooded them with submissions, ultimately causing the app to crash.
  • To inject some much-needed love during these troubled times, we discuss love in the time of corona.
  • Listeners in new relationships around or after the start of the pandemic submit their stories, and we bask in the excitement of their new love.
  • This week’s recommendations are sure to help broaden some perspectives: Fulton Street Books and Coffee (Laura), HBO’s ‘We’re Here’ docuseries (Andrew), and Netflix’s ‘The Half of It’ (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by StoryWorth (https://www.storyworth.com/mill for $10 off your first purchase and the perfect gift for Dad!) and RayCon (https://www.buyraycon.com/mill for 15% off Raycon wireless earbuds). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

And in this week’s installment of After Dark:

  • How are we moving forward as Harry Potter fans in light of J.K. Rowling’s harmful rhetoric towards our trans family?
  • What changes do we plan on making to our consumption of new Wizarding World content?
  • Shifting towards a mentality of supporting fan-created merchandise over official merchandise.
  • We discuss how the fandom continues to hold its space, and make sure that space is welcoming for all.

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Episode #6×20: How to Fight White Supremacy, Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chromatica

We thought the world had already hit rock bottom when we took a week off. We’re back to give our take on the current state of affairs related to protests around the country demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other victims. DISCLAIMER: We endeavored to approach this week’s discussion as allies, and do not claim to have all the answers. For rounded coverage from our black brothers and sisters, we recommend Code Switch, The Breakfast Club, Jamele Hill is Unbothered, ‘Black Trauma And Showing Up At Work‘, and ‘Okay, white people, here’s what you can do now.’

  • Andrew discovers quarantine birthdays suck, Lady Gaga drops ‘Chromatica,’ and John Krasinski can go to hell.
  • Pam gives her review of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and her take on whether this is a compelling addition to the Hunger Games universe.
  • This week in Corona: U.S. deaths have surpassed 100,000, and we’re disgusted by the lack of national mourning.
  • Theme parks won’t let that stop them, though – Disney and Universal are set to re-open with strict social distancing and masking guidelines.
  • We react to the horrific murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and give our take on the protests happening across the country.
  • While the media selectively portrays the protests as violent, they seem to be missing the point: there are tanks in our streets, tear gas and rubber bullets flying. How the fuck did anyone think that would have a positive outcome?
  • Resource: Ethel’s Club is providing free grieving and healing sessions to black folks around the world, led by licensed black therapists.
  • #Millennial’s recommendations to fight white supremacy:
  •  We see you, we stand with you, we’re here for you. #BlackLivesMatter
  • This week’s show recommendations: AMC’s Quiz (Andrew), Netflix’s Dead to Me (Laura), and ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Pam). 

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

  • JK Rowling showing some TERF-dom… again…
  • How does this impact our love of the Harry Potter series?
  • We confront some of our own implicit biases. After taking this implicit bias test on race, we share our results, what they mean, and how we can get better.

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Episode #6×19: Percy Jackson and Hamilton head to Disney+, President Hydro, Quarantine Bingo

This week’s episode is dedicated to Charlie the cat – #ForCharlie! ❤️

  • In their latest move toward world domination, Disney+ will be bringing us a Percy Jackson TV series and… *drumroll* 🎶Alexander Hamilton🎶
  • Listener feedback has us discussing when we’ll be comfortable going back to the movies, and how to deal with a job that is financially comfortable, but mentally draining.
  • President Hydroxychloroquine is peddling a new Obama conspiracy theory and thinks he lives in an episode of Star Trek.
  • Faux meat sales are up 264% since the pandemic began, and Laura has an unsettling Beyond Meat story.
  • The Quarantine Game – how many of these 25 quarantine experiences apply to you?
  • A surprise debate takes the panel by storm: is it gross not to shower daily?
  • To get a Peloton, or not to get a Peloton? (But really, who tf can afford a Peloton?)
  • Twitter is taking steps to let users know when tweets contain disputed or misleading COVID-19 information. These rules allegedly apply to world leaders, but do we believe Trump will be held accountable?
  • Instagram is also making some changes, but they’re hoping to help you fight the haters: they’ll be making it possible to delete comments and block specific accounts from commenting in bulk.
  • In honor of the start of summer, we’ve got some relaxing recommendations: ABC summer game shows (Andrew), Pitch season 1 on Hulu (Pam), and using this time to reconnect with long-lost friends (Laura).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter code MILL for $100 off your first month). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • We took the 16Personalities quiz and got some interesting results. One of our panel is an introvert, and the other two are extroverts. Who do you think got these results?
  • We’re all turbulent, and we dig into what that means for each of us, and how we all experience imposter syndrome.
  • Which celebrities share our personality types? Some of the results are intimidating and… odd.
  • We also determine which Harry Potter characters’ personalities match our own!

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