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 (Host, Producer, Editor) began podcasting when he founded MuggleCast in 2005. Andrew offers Patreon and Podcast consulting, as well as podcast editing out of his home in Nevada. Outside of work Andrew obsesses over Bruce 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 is a freelance content marketer 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 #4×18: Can Trump Run Without Social Media?, Why Disney+ Is Moving New Shows to Wednesdays, America’s Views on National Identity

  • Can Andrew finish this week’s show preview before the music stops?
  • Laura recounts her first weekend of semi-normality post vaccination.
  • Are we notable enough to be listed in the notable alumni lists for our high schools?
  • Facebook’s oversight board has upheld its ban on former President Trump… for the next 6 months. Do we think he’ll ever be allowed back on Facebook?
  • Can Trump run and win in 2024 without a presence on the major social media platforms?
  • Pew Research Center (aka Laura’s bae) found that views regarding national identity have become more inclusive in the west since 2016. In this game of ‘The Number’ we try to guess just how much more inclusive this has become in the U.S.
  • The 2022 Golden Globe Awards will not air on NBC because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association came under fire for its lack of diversity and some questionable financial dealings.
  • Disney+ will be bucking its pandemic tradition and releasing new episodes of its upcoming series ‘Loki’ on Wednesdays instead of Fridays. Will we watch on Wednesday nights?
  • Twitter’s new Tip Jar feature allows you to pay Twitter creators. Do we see ourselves using this frequently?
  • This week’s recommendations will help you unwind: a whiskey, port wine, soda, and lime twist beverage for an alcoholic cherry coke vibe (Laura), Canned Oxygen (Andrew), Trader Joes Cold Brew Popsicles (Pam)
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by OUAI (https://www.theouai.com and enter code MILL for 15% off your entire purchase), Public (https://www.public.com/MILLENNIAL to follow the hosts and get a free slice of stock when you join), and Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/MILL to get Honey for FREE!). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors.

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

  • Andrew finds out he’s been snubbed, and also shares a cringe story.
  • Are we difficult people to get along with? Let’s take this test to find out!
  • In addition to our overall scores, which characteristic did we score highest on?
  • Why every group needs a decisive extrovert, and how Andrew will forever be the leader on group outings.

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Episode #7×17: Andrew Returns To Normalcy, Biden’s Dishonesty, The New All-Time Best Rated Movie

  • On today’s episode: Biden’s first 100 days, a new court case could change how we use apps, and the movie that suddenly became the highest-rated film of all time.
  • Andrew sat in a dark room with a giant glowing screen for the first time in over a year!
  • A vaccine confessional reminds us that some people need to consult with their doctors before getting the COVID vaccine, and that’s okay!
  • Pam nearly dies for her art this Mother’s Day.
  • The Number: how many misleading claims has Biden made in his first 100 days compared to Trump’s first 100 days?
  • Florida’s state legislature has passed new voting laws that mirror GOP efforts across the country to make it harder to vote. It’s time to contact your representatives!
  • Epic Games is taking Apple to court, arguing that Apple is running a monopoly in its App Store by forcing developers to use its App Store for payment processing and to distribute software.
  • Because everything is a copy of something else, major social media platforms have begun implementing their own Clubhouse-like features. We try Discord’s on today’s show, and Andrew’s BFF Jenn joins the show!
  • How ‘Citizen Kane’ lost its groove on Rotten Tomatoes thanks to an unearthed negative review from 80 years ago.
  • 5 arrests have been made in connection with Lady Gaga’s stolen dogs, and Laura’s theories are vindicated.
  • We’ve got some fresh summer recommendations this week: ‘New Pokemon Snap’ (Andrew), using fresh fruit in your frozen summer beverages (Laura), ‘Paddington’ and ‘Paddington 2’ (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com and enter promo code MILL for a 4-week FREE trial, plus free postage and a digital scale), Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL for free shipping, returns, and exchanges on the best blue light glasses on the market), and ThirdLove (https://www.thirdlove.com/MILLENNIAL for 20% off). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

And in this week’s installment of After Dark:

  • Listener Joe shares some feedback about how we shouldn’t be too quick to judge people for using mobile devices at concerts or other events.
  • The FDA has announced it will ban menthol cigarettes and other mass produced varieties of flavored cigars. How do we feel about the government banning certain goods and services?
  • Four Loko is a perfect example of a product that still exists, but had to change the formula that catapulted it to success.

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Episode #7×16: Surprising Recycling Facts, New Census Data Reveals U.S. Trends, 2021 Oscars Review

  • 2020’s US Census data has been published, and they specifically noted that Andrew of #Millennial is responsible for Illinois losing a House seat. How rude!
  • With confirmation that Captain America 4 is on the way, it’s a perfect time for our thoughts on the conclusion of ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.’
  • After a short pause, Johnson&Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine is now approved for use in the U.S. again. However, the U.S. may now have more vaccines than people willing to get them.
  • Although the book industry did well during the pandemic, we may need to think more intentionally about supporting unknown authors.
  • The 2021 Oscars served as another example of awards shows resonating less and less with general audiences. Our favorite moment was Daniel Kaluuya’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor for ‘Judas and the Black Messiah.’
  • This week’s BAE guest Hayden is here to share some facts about recycling in honor of Earth Day!
  • Today we learned that many plastics are not recyclable, and just how much of our recycling in the United States actually gets recycled.
  • This week’s recommendations will keep you entertained, and maybe even save you time and money! ‘Song Machine, Season One’ by The Gorillaz (Laura), ‘Shadow and Bone’ on Netflix (Pam), check for unclaimed funds your state may owe you (Andrew), and following @gocleanco on Instagram for all the cleaning tips and tricks!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter code MILL for $100 off your first month) and HelloFresh (https://www.hellofresh.com/mill12 and use code mill12 for 12 free meals, including shipping!). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

And in this week’s installment of After Dark:

  • Friend of the show Sarah wants to know how we lived pre-social media. Insert lots of cringey memories about AIM away messages.
  • What are our most commonly used social apps these days? We learn that the panel has had some shifts in social media use since the last time we checked in.
  • Another friend of the show, Sara (no H!) wants to know what we think the future of mask wearing might be.

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Episode #7×15: Andrew and Laura Get Shot #2, Villain Origin Story Fatigue, Police Misconduct

  • Andrew and Laura are two for two on Moderna. Laura recommends taking advantage of Office Depot’s free copy and lamination of your COVID-19 vaccine card.
  • Dogecoin has been going insane, giving Andrew some serious FOMO.
  • Happy 4/20 to all who celebrate!
  • Facebook is adding a video speed dating feature, which forces us to examine the history of online dating.
  • Disney’s next live action movie will tell the story of Cinderella’s evil step sisters. Are we getting villain origin story fatigue yet?
  • Downton Abbey 2 has been announced, and will be hitting theaters this Christmas. Andrew is already prepping his crumpet recipe!
  • With the Derek Chauvin verdict coming any day now, more shootings of black men have made headlines. When will we collectively stop giving the benefit of the doubt to officers, but not to victims?
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene has egg on her face after her ‘America First’ caucus proposal flopped spectacularly with fellow Republicans.
  • Pam wants to know what the weirdest rule or law we’re aware of is. Don’t worry, we gotchu.
  • This week’s recommendations are a mixed bag: Book your summer plans NOW (Andrew), Check out Holly McCormack for Congress (Laura), and watch the best (in our opinion) live action Disney adaptation, ‘The Jungle Book’ (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Public (https://www.public.com/MILLENNIAL to follow us on Public and see what we’re investing in. You’ll even get a slice of stock when you join!) Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Pam has a rage of the week that needs to live within the safe confines of Patreon. Pop some popcorn for this one, folks!
  • Andrew’s “I told you so” moment with one of his favorite podcasters.
  • For this round of BAE choice questions, we talk changing careers, Falcon and Winter Soldier, and more!

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Episode #7×14: YouTube’s ‘Dislike’ Debate, Andrew Needs a New Internet Handle, Pro Tips For Sketchy Venmo Payments

  • According to the CDC, all the wiping down of surfaces we’ve been doing for the last year may not have had much of an impact on the pandemic. But when Laura reminds everyone that feces is everywhere, the panel is down to keep it up.
  • Pam’s got some small town poultry drama.
  • YouTube is testing hiding the ‘dislike’ count on videos, prompting the question, “what does a dislike actually tell us?”
  • Andrew doesn’t want to get murdered for talking smack while gaming, so he asks for help in deciding on a new internet handle.
  • We’re half-way through ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,’ and 2/3 of the panel is loving it, plus some spoiler-free talk.
  • Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99 last week, signaling the end of an era for the British Royal family. Also, people are using it as an excuse to blame Meghan Markle for yet another thing.
  • Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida is in hot water after some questionable venmo payments to young girls.
  • Keep an eye on this: multiple pieces of anti-trans legislation are on the table in 20 states. View a breakdown here.
  • We’re maybe a little… basic on recommendations this week? Try using ‘Amazon Day’ shipping to put less pressure on Amazon employees (Andrew), Aeropress (Pam), and Feisty Diet Coke (Laura).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/MILL to join Honey for FREE). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

And in this week’s installment of After Dark:

  • Andrew has an update on a previous gripe he shared about some irresponsibility.
  • According to Forbes India, millennials are shunning credit cards. We’re three millennials who have credit cards, so we’re here to share our experiences and best tips!
  • What have we found to be the most effective strategies for managing our credit? What mistakes have we made?

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Episode #7×13: Millennials Hit 40, ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoffs galore, Businesses Leaving Georgia: The Right Call?

  • The oldest millennials are turning 40 this year, and we say BRING. IT. ON. BABY. (But maybe keep your shitty hot-take headlines to yourself.)
  • The CDC says vaccinated individuals can travel at ‘low risk’ to themselves – meaning that travel is going to be absolutely bonkers this summer.
  • Pam and Laura are already planning a coordinated cringe watching party of ‘Selena: The Series’ part 2, Andrew is already seeing himself out the door.
  • ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoffs are headed our way by the boatload. Is anyone feeling Westeros fatigue?
  • AMC might be bouncing back in the stock market for the first time since r/wallstreetbets beat hedge funds at their own game…. and they have ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ to thank.
  • RIP Yahoo! Answers. Where will we go now to stress search for answers to all of life’s existential questions?
  • The trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer responsible for the death of George Floyd, is under way – do we think justice will be served?
  • The MLB is pulling this year’s All-Star game out of Atlanta due to Georgia’s recently passed slew of new voter restrictions. Pam and Laura give you all the inside baseball on Georgia’s new voting law, and, well… baseball!
  • It’s all entertainment in this week’s recommendations: ‘Rock the Block’ on HGTV (Andrew), ‘Ted Lasso’ on Apple TV+ (Pam), and ‘Crash Bandicoot: On The Run!’ for iOS and Android (Laura).
  • This week’s show is sponsored by ThirdLove (https://www.thirdlove.com/MILLENNIAL to get 20% off your first order). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • An article over at Mic.com suggests that shrinking friend circles during the pandemic may not be such a bad thing.
  • What’s it like to break up with a friend, or to have one break up with you?
  • Will friendships that drifted apart this last year come back together when the world goes back to normal?
  • We think about the relationships that have grown stronger over the course of the pandemic for a heartwarming moment.

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Episode #7×12: Peeping Pam, Gritty Reboots, An AAPI Community Member’s Lived Experience

  • Andrew has a bone to pick with SDCC over their decision to hold their convention over Thanksgiving weekend this year.
  • Pam’s neighbor drama made her an unwitting peeping Tom.
  • Disney has announced that ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Cruella’ will debut on Disney+ the same day as their theatrical release. Will any of us pay the $30 premier access fee on top of our Disney+ subscription? Andrew’s concerned about these extra fees becoming the new normal.
  • What’s with all the gritty reboots? Do we really need to see the Powerpuff Girls working through their childhood trauma?
  • Laura delivers some solemn news: Delta 8 may be legal for now, but some states are cracking down.
  • Listener Michelle joins us to discuss her experience as a member of the AAPI community over the course of the pandemic. She brings with her some examples of coded language and racial stereotypes she recommends we keep an eye out for.
  • Michelle also recommends: PBS: Asian Americans, bystander intervention training, and supporting our local Asian-owned restaurants and businesses.
  • Tired of getting Zoom-ready? Tell your boss you want to leave your camera off to save the planet!
  • In some good news: Moderna and Pfizer are proving to be 90% effective in real-world settings two weeks after the second jab, and chances of being an asymptomatic spreader are low.
  • This week’s recommendations will give you plenty to do: ‘Lupin’ on Netflix (Laura), the new co-op game ‘It Takes Two‘ (Andrew), and Try Guys’ ‘We need to talk about Asian hate‘ video (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter code MILL for $100 off your first month) and Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com and enter promo code MILL for a 4 week free trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Can you tell the difference between human and AI generated content? Quiz yourself here.
  • Are three brains better than the one that achieved the best score of 13/21 on this? Probably not.
  • We have some tips and tricks you can use to help discern between human and AI generated content courtesy of Reuters.
  • Laura reveals her “surprise” to the panel, and it is indeed pretty freaky.
  • Andrew’s not happy with someone close to him who is breaking pandemic guidelines early.

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Episode #7×11: Our Vaccination Reviews, ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ and ‘Justice League’ Reviewed, Instagram For Kids

  • We kick this week’s show off with some good news – our panel is beginning to get vaccinated! Laura provides her review of the first Moderna shot mere hours after receiving it.
  • Spring breakers are ruining March again. What about “global pandemic” do these beachgoers not understand?
  • Pam got stitches (but don’t worry, she’s no snitch!).
  • It’s a big week for DCU and MCU fans: The Justice League (Snyder Cut) and Falcon and Winter Soldier have dropped on HBO Max and Disney+.
  • Does the Snyder Cut have any business being 4 hours long? We’ll leave that for the fans to decide.
  • Our first impressions of Marvel’s Falcon and Winter Soldier, spoiler free!
  • An Instagram for kids could be coming to the app store, which prompts us to reflect on our own adolescent usage of the internet and social media.
  • A horrific shooting in Atlanta has left 8 dead, and provided yet another example of the deadly intersection of gun violence and discrimination.
  • We recommend the following resources to show your support for the Asian-American Pacific Islander community: StopAAPIhate.org and the Stop Asian Hate gofundme.
  • Hawaii is considering charging hikers for their own search and rescue missions if they don’t follow the rules. Is there a discernible difference between a genuine accident and someone just being stupid?
  • Incoming Editor in Chief of Teen Vogue Alexi McCammond has stepped down after her racist tweets from high school surfaced. Where do we draw the line between giving people the chance to do better, and saying enough is enough?
  • We’ve got some entertainment recs and a good adulting tip in this week’s recommendations: the Oscar-nominated ‘Nomadland’ (Andrew), invest in a First Aid kit and keep it stocked up (Pam), and ‘Bag Man’ by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz (Laura).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Rothy’s (https://www.rothys.com/mill for your new favorite flats) and Public (https://www.public.com/MILLENNIAL for a free slice of stock when you join). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Where do life goals end, and career goals begin? How much overlap is there for us?
  • What are our non-negotiables when considering a new job or project? What won’t we compromise for our careers?
  • Pam has a story about an attractive job offer that would have required her to give up other freelancing, and why she turned it down!

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Episode #7×10: Laura’s Vaccination Is Set, Biden Makes Bold Bets, Netflix Cracks Down on Password Sharing

  • PSA / Rage from Andrew: No one wants to hear your music out in public, especially in peaceful settings.
  • A couple of members of our panel have successfully signed up for vaccine appointments! Check your state’s eligibility requirements or sign up for a waitlist here!
  • President Biden gave a primetime speech marking the anniversary of when COVID got real in the United States. In it, he predicted Americans could gather in “small groups” to celebrate the 4th of July. Do we think we’ll be ready?
  • Andrew is already over all of this ‘1 year’ talk – do we really want to mark the anniversary of a pandemic we’re still living in?
  • Though the momentum looks to be positive, progress is inconsistent from state to state. We compare and contrast the responses from our states, and discuss how isolating it feels to take the pandemic seriously when you live somewhere that isn’t.
  • Netflix is testing cracking down on accounts sharing passwords by limiting access to a specific household. We know, Netflix, times are rough and you’ve gotta find a way to make ends meet. 🙄
  • Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and HER had a great night at the 2021 Grammys, but Grammys viewership has continued to drop.
  • Pam and Laura have a bone to pick about the Grammys doing Selena dirty!
  • This week’s recommendations should make you feel good: HiDrB.com to get on the vaccine waitlist (Andrew), Eloquii jeans (Laura), and Supergoop superscreen daily moisturizer (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/MILL to join Honey FREE). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • It’s a music nostalgia week in honor of the Grammys. But first, let’s take an awards show fashion quiz and fail it miserably.
  • We reminisce about the first CD or cassette tape we remember purchasing. Yes, we said cassette tape.
  • Naturally, this leads us into a round of 90s nostalgia, and we wonder if kids today get as hype about McDonald’s Happy Meals as we did?
  • Do we have any musical phases we’re embarrassed of now?

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Episode #7×09: AAPI Hate Crimes, WandaVision Reactions, Internet Accessibility Across America

We recorded this latest installment on International Women’s Day, and we kick off the show with a reminder of the importance of intersectional feminism.

  • #Millennial has new artwork, courtesy of Emily Kardamis! What’s that thing on the table??
  • We’re (finally) going to be seeing an additional round of stimulus checks, but fewer people will receive them this time.
  • Special thanks to listener Michelle for providing resources about the increase in hate crimes towards AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Americans.
  • Advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate has documented 2,800 cases of anti-Asian hate instances over the course of the pandemic. Read their press release here.
  • Why is there such a gap between the FBI’s reporting and the amount of hate-based discrimination experienced?
  • Our WandaVision review is spoiler-free, but Laura recommends re-watching Doctor Strange if you’re feeling confused.
  • Tfw when you sit down for the new Tom & Jerry movie on HBO Max, but get part 1 of Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ instead. Oops.
  • We react to Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah, but we’re not shocked that institutions of royalty are racist af.
  • Who’s really running the show, and shouldn’t the buck stop with the Queen?
  • BAE supporter Kayla joins us to raise the issue of internet accessibility for rural populations in the United States.
  • Since internet is classified as a utility, shouldn’t we treat it like one?
  • Laura tries to find common threads to connect recommendations, but who are we kidding? We’re all over the place this week: Buy AppleCare (Andrew), Lipslut.com (Laura),‘Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry’ on Apple TV+ (Pam), and magsafe PopSocket adaptors for your new Magsafe compatible iPhones (Kayla). 
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com and enter promo code MILL for a 4-week FREE trial plus free postage and a digital scale). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • We’ve got more group interview questions! Do we think the internet has been more positive or negative for humanity?
  • “What is your favorite smell?” elicits some…. debatable answers (gasoline, cigarette smoke?).
  • What is that warm, homey smell we notice on people sometimes? Would we ever say anything?
  • We reminisce about the adventure time we had as kids exploring our worlds.

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