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 #8×19: Goodbye to the iPod, How Many Friends Does Science Say You Need?, Inflation Updates

  • It’s the end of an era: Apple has announced it is discontinuing the iPod, and we pour one out for “1,000 songs in your pocket.”
  • Can the iPhone ever match the level of escapism an iPod provides?
  • What’s your rate of inflation? We take the quiz together and compare where we’re feeling the most strain when we’re paying bills.
  • Andrew’s doomsday prepping has him stockpiling Dunkin’ Coffee from Costco, and Pam is about to walk away from a business she’s frequented for years due to its price increases.
  • Related: the latest casualty of supply chain shortages is baby formula, and some “pro-lifers” want to gate keep formula on the basis of citizenship.
  • How many friends do we need? The New York Times has some helpful data, and we share our own “friendship numbers.”
  • Have some friendships grown closer during the pandemic? More distant?
  • Buy now, pay later‘ trends are sending some millennials and Gen Z’ers spiraling into debt. When is it worth financing a purchase, and when is it better to pay in full?
  • With over a third of shoppers under 40 missing at least one payment, it’s clear that ‘paying later’ is easier said than done.
  • This week’s recommendations are all products we recommend NOT paying in installments for: The Pink Stuff for easy cleaning (Andrew), Bleame Crystal Hair Eraser (Laura), and Holo Taco nail polish (Pam). 
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Scrib’d (https://www.try.scribd.com/MILLENNIAL to try Scrib’d for 2 months for .99) and Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • We’re kicking off an After Dark series in which we interview… each other?!
  • How do we handle burnout as creators, and where do we draw lines in terms of what we share on the show?
  • Do we ever feel pressure to share MORE on the show?

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Episode #8×18: Abortion Rights and Religious Liberty, Speech Challenges From ‘Womb to Tomb’

  • This week, our social media manager Chloé joins us, and we GO OFF about the upcoming decision on Roe vs Wade from the Supreme Court.
  • What other ‘settled law’ could be next? The right to privacy and bodily autonomy is on the chopping block.
  • Chloé expands on how it feels like religious liberty is only valued in the US if you’re a white, cis male Christian.
  • As discussed in 7×22, a number of states have been lying in wait with trigger laws for the moment Roe vs. Wade is overturned.
  • Shifting gears, we are joined by listener of the show, Rex, who is a speech pathologist!
  • We chat about hearing and speech, pediatric feeding disorders, and stuttering, all of which Rex has professional experience working with.
  • Since 5% of school age children have an articulation disorder, how long does it take to address these issues through speech therapy?
  • For all the parents listening, Rex details some of the common signs you may want to consider finding a speech pathologist to work with your child.
  • What are some good gifts or toys to help improve communication with children?
  • To dispel a common myth: speech therapy is for anyone, and speech pathologists work with clients “womb to tomb!”
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and use promo code mill for $100 off your first month). Also check out Swiping Up wherever you listen to podcasts!
  • This week’s recommendations are basic essentials to set you up for the warmer months! Sport bottle sunscreen flasks just in case you need to sneak your favorite beverage into the pool (Andrew), making sure to apply and reapply your sunscreen (Laura), and the Owala water bottle (Rex).

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

  • It’s a WTF News edition! Is Andrew hiding bodies in Lake Mead?
  • Why do coffee shops charge extra for non-dairy alternatives? Why do we have to glue ourselves to coffee shop counters to get an answer?
  • What’s the cringiest way you can imagine a large company marketing to millennials? Proctor & Gamble is doing it.
  • How does an ancient Roman Empire bust end up in Texas?

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Episode #8×17: The Rise of Workcations, Student Loan Debt Relief Approaches, Surgery to Make You Taller

  • Note: The news of the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade ruling broke as we were approaching the end of the episode recording, so our reactions are found at that point.
  • Laura begins the show with an update that has Andrew and Pam on the edge of their seats.
  • A new feature in The Atlantic details the rise of the “workcation” as a result of many companies moving to a work from home model during the pandemic.
  • Have we ever “workcationed?” What are the pros and cons?
  • Does working on vacation further blur the lines between work and life in a post-pandemic world?
  • President Biden is finally considering some amount of student debt forgiveness. We’ll hear more in the next couple of months, but borrowers are anxious for details.
  •  Our listeners sound off about their student loan debt, and we commiserate about the predatory lending student loan borrowers are subjected to.
  • What do we think of the argument that student debt forgiveness is unfair to those who paid their loans off?
  • WTF News: He was 5’7”. After surgery he’ll be 5’10”
  • A 25-year-old pursued limb lengthening surgery to increase his height due to the stupid and unfair societal standards for how tall a man “should” be.
  • The story doesn’t end there: the man in question paid for the $75,000 surgery with his OnlyFans, where he specializes in a humiliation kink where his subscribers pay him to degrade them.
  • Some BREAKING NEWS hits just as we wrap the show: a leaked opinion from Justice Alito shows that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that guaranteed the federal constitutional protection of abortion rights.
  • Y’all know we’ve got some recommendations: the Elgato Stream Deck (Andrew), the CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation calculator if you’re exposed to COVID-19 (Laura), and Etsy for unique gift shopping (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • An Uber driver pushes Andrew to his limit, and we share experiences in which a driver’s tip could be impacted for bad behavior.
  • “But he picked me up from my house, I don’t want him to come murder me.”
  • Speaking of bad behavior, we’d LOVE to talk to you about an amazing opportunity to get involved with NFTs. Don’t know what an NFT is? We bet you have at least one annoying Facebook friend who does!

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Episode #8×16: CD Sales Rise, Netflix Suffers Big Loss, Why the Book Industry Loves Barnes & Noble Again

  • Why are CD sales on the rise? What year is it?!
  • Fake philanthropist Elon Musk has secured the funding to purchase Twitter for $44 billion. Do we think Twitter will change much under his leadership? Are we leaving?
  • It’s like Netflix wants to lose subscribers: too many choices, canceling hits, and doing an about face on password sharing. Since they anticipate losing 2 million subscribers in the next quarter or so, why are they proceeding with these unpopular decisions?
  • Speaking of, Netflix is considering implementing ads and other sponsored content in an ad-supported tier.
  • A Nielson survey shows that consumers are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of streaming services.
  • It also seems like Florida wants to take a tourism hit: Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill last week that would dissolve the special Reedy Creek District, which has allowed Disney to self-govern for over 50 years.
  • In addition to hurting business, tourism, and taxpayers, we think it’s highly unlikely that this will actually come to pass. Laura predicts that DeSantis knows this, and is picking this fight to shore up his base ahead of a 2024 presidential run.
  • Independent booksellers may have once hated Barnes & Noble, but the bookstore chain is warning up to them with some changes to their business model.
  • We’ve got all of the entertainment recommendations this week: ‘White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie and Fitch’ on Netflix (Andrew), the Archive 81 podcast (Laura), and Dissect podcast’s 7-part miniseries on Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’ (Pam).

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

  • It’s another ‘Am I the Asshole?’ installment, featuring submissions from our Patrons!
  • What grandma doesn’t know won’t hurt her… a tale of installing a smart thermostat to thwart stifling temperatures.
  • Sometimes, your parents are the assholes. Hard stop.

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Episode #8×15: Hottest Gen Z Trends, Spam Texts Get Out of Control, Face Filters and Social Media

  • Our social media manager Chloé returns to #Millennial and she’s once again bringing the “fire” as millennials may say!
  • A Trump-appointed federal judge has struck down the public transportation mask mandate, and airlines were quick to allow everyone to go maskless. We react to the responses on both sides of the mask debate.
  • What are the current Gen Z trends that we older people need to be aware of? Chloé walks us through some new phrases and the specifics of the “Hot Girl Walk”.
  • What are the most millennial things each of the panelists do?
  • We turn the tables on Chloé and ask her some things most Gen Zers might not know
  • Spam calls and texts continue to come in more frequently than ever, it seems. What can you do to stop the spam calls and texts? Andrew wonders if he should get a new phone number entirely
  • Pam and Andrew both received a text from the same girl/bot, and one of them took the sexy convo further (Guess who)
  • Face filtering and touch ups are very popular thanks to Snapchat and the other social media apps, but are they a dangerous trend? We discuss what the apps could do to protect everyone’s mental health
  • Recommendations: Flashfood to help curb food waste (Andrew), FasTrak one-time payments (Pam), and Chloé re-ups a previous recommendation, Yellowstone because #HotCowboys.
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Felix Gray (Use code BIRTHDAY15 for 15% off everything!) and Scrib’d (Go to try.scribd.com/millennial to get your first two months for just 99 cents)

And this week on After Dark, available exclusively on Patreon:

  • What are our rules for who we follow/unfollow, what we tweet, what we retweet, etc?
  • Is there such a thing as too much retweeting? And which of our friends did we disable retweets on because they overdo it??
  • Andrew and Pam enter social media therapy — what is their purpose on social media? Why are they so scared of tweeting? #IAmMyTweet
  • Chloé offers inspiring words for everyone who uses Twitter.

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Episode #8×14: ‘Moon Knight’ Challenges Expectations, TIME’s Bizarre ‘Influential’ Companies List, The High Cost of Attending Weddings

 

  • Ezra Miller is creating yet another headache for Warner Bros. and its major franchises – do we agree Fantastic Beasts is cursed at this point?
  • We’ve got a single recommendation across the panel this week: check out the new Marvel show on Disney+, ‘Moon Knight.’
  • Our resident Marvel expert Marc makes a ‘surprise’ appearance on the show to review Moon Knight with us, and sheds some light on why Marvel is debuting lesser-known characters in its shows now.
  • How is Marvel doing updating its properties for the big and small screen? What lessons can other franchises take from their success?
  • We also review Time’s 100 Most Influential Companies of 2022. While there is plenty to be celebrated in this list, there are a few head scratchers… *cough*NEXTDOOR*cough*
  • Amazon and Disney both made the Time 100 list, which presents a perfect opportunity for us to mention some other ways these giants have been making headlines in recent weeks.
  • Amazon warehouse employees in Staten Island voted to unionize – a first for Amazon, which has been notoriously anti-union.
  • Better late than never? Disney came out with a strong statement against the passage and implementation of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ legislation. In response, Florida Republicans have publicly suggested stripping Disney of its special privileges of self-governance around its Orlando theme parks.
  • We hear from The Mouse himself, and he has a strong message for the Florida GOP.
  • Confessional: “I am so tired of spending so much money on other people’s weddings. Am I the asshole?”
  • This week’s recommendation is seeing alignment from the whole panel: Watch ‘Moon Knight’ on Disney+! As a bonus, check out the deep dives Marc and Durden77 have been doing into all things Marvel.
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Apostrophe (https://www.apostrophe.com/MILL and use code MILL to get your dermatologist crafted treatment plan for $5). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Are we the assholes? Each of the panelists bring their own real-life stories in which we might be kinda dickish…
  • Giving family ultimatums? Stealing money? Having fond memories coincide with the date of a national tragedy? Yikes!
  • Can kids be assholes? Maybe!

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Episode #8×13: How Potter and Buffy Fans Are Dealing With Problematic Creators

  • In light of the upcoming releasing of “The Secrets of Dumbledore” we’re discussing how Harry Potter fans are grappling with a very problematic author, and how to balance loving the Wizarding World with the knowledge that the author continues to spew harmful rhetoric. 
  • We’re joined by friend of the show Karen, a longtime “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” fan to talk about how fandoms grapple with the realization that their series creators… suck.
  • We speak about ‘The Death of the Author‘, a 1967 essay by Roland Barthes, who argues that an authors’ politics, religion, and other biographical facts that shape who they are shouldn’t dictate how one interprets their writing.
  • We talk about what happens as a fan when your hero turns out not to be the person you thought they were, and the adjustment process it requires. 
  • What degree of privilege comes with being a fan who isn’t the target of harmful rhetoric by the creator? 
  • As fans of Harry and Buffy, how do we continue loving these works while also working to rebut the harmful actions of the creators? 
  • Karen is a published author, and speaks about literary influences and shares the line she draws for sharing personal views publicly. 
  • Check Karen out over at Prophecy Radio, and check out her Cassie Quinn mystery series!  
  • This week’s recommendations are a little tech, a little relaxing: mute email threads you’re not interested in seeing every reply on (Andrew), 1password (Laura), and “As It Was” by Harry Styles.
  • This week’s show is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter code mill for $100 off your first month) and Felix Gray (https://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:

  • We’re getting real honest about some habits we’ve had that are a bit distasteful and maybe even… illegal.
  • The panel aren’t the only ones getting personal: Patrons sounded off about some of their dirty little secrets.
  • Are we ashamed of some of these admissions? MAYBE.

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Episode #8×12: Exodus From The Big Cities, Netflix’s Cut-Throat Judgement, Comedy and Social Expectations

  • Cities lost population in 2021, leading to the slowest year in growth in U.S. history.
  • We’ve all had the experience of living in and subsequently leaving a major city. What were our motivations for doing so?
  • Conversely, what are the reasons we chose to move to New York and L.A. in the first place?
  • On a related note, the U.S. is also experiencing doctor shortages.
  • The recently canceled ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Netflix show runner gave a very candid interview about the metrics Netflix uses to decide whether or not a show will be canceled.
  • Why isn’t Netflix evolving with the times? People are clearly enjoying weekly episode drops – are the days of binging over?
  • In an about-face, Netflix is testing cracking down on password sharing in a few markets. If the test is deemed a success, we could be paying an extra $2.99 per month for every person we share our credentials with.
  • Jeff Foxworthy had an ‘ok boomer’ moment in his latest stand-up special in which he poked fun at participation trophies.
  • How is comedy living up to current social expectations? What do we as millennials look for in stand-up routines?
  • We can’t talk comedy without speaking about the slap heard ’round Hollywood at this year’s Academy Awards: was Chris Rock out of line with his joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith? Was WIll Smith’s reaction at all justified?
  • As always, we have some solid recommendations for you this week: TSA pre-check (Andrew), Ghostwire: Tokyo (Laura), and Supergoop Mineral Matte Sunscreen (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Apostrophe (https://www.apostrophe.com/MILL and enter code MILL to get your dermatologist-crafted plan for just $5). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Andrew and Laura went to their first concerts in the last couple of years and report on the experience.
  • After two years of living on our technology cooped up at home, do you really need to video the entire Dua Lipa concert you’re at?
  • We’ve got some anecdotes about participation trophy culture that are too spicy to share on the main show!

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Episode #8×11: Bizarre New Emojis, Why Are There So Many Cookie Warnings?, Stacey Abrams and Politicians on TV

  • Laura kicks off the show with an update about her screen time – has she been successful in spending less time staring at her phone?
  • We chat briefly about how the current chip shortage may be extended due to the war in Ukraine.
  • Pixar is adding back a lesbian kiss to the upcoming Buzz Lightyear movie in the wake of the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ backlash against Disney.
  • Professor Sims has an exciting announcement: his new Patreon course is available NOW! Listeners of this show can get $25 off with code MILLENNIAL.
  • Apple’s new iOS update comes with 37 new emojis... but will we use all of them? There are one or two that make us feel ~uncomfortable~.
  • In other news, Twitter is introducing a downvote feature. Will this help combat internet trolls, or further drive people into their own echo chambers?
  • Twitter’s also coming for Instagram’s close friends feature. Now we don’t need to maintain private accounts to be petty! (But also, is anyone else feeling overwhelmed by social media platforms constantly copying each other?)
  • Also tech related, we chat about why seemingly every site asks us to accept its cookies. And no, we’re unfortunately not talking about the edible variety.
  • What’s worse – cookies pop ups or auto-playing videos?
  • Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made a cameo on Star Trek Discovery as President of United Earth, and some people with nothing better to do had a hissy fit over it.
  • Politicians making pop culture appearances is not as uncommon as you might think. How do we feel about elected representatives doing this?
  • Need something new to do? We’ve got you covered with recommendations: Make your own cider kit (Andrew), Olive & June for press-ons that look great and actually last (Laura), and ‘Turning Red’ on Disney+ (Pam).
  • This week’s show is sponsored by Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL for free shipping, returns, and exchanges on the best blue light glasses on the market). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Do we have any regrets about friendships that didn’t last? What about the ones that just fell by the wayside?
  • We dig into the difference between a friend you don’t talk to often (but maintain a strong bond with), and a friendship that naturally grows apart as people change.
  • Is there ever a time where it’s appropriate to burn bridges? We think listening to your gut is super important on that one!

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Episode #8×10: The End of Clock Changes?, Disney and Don’t Say Gay, Faking Your Own Kidnapping

  • Is Daylight Savings Time about to become permanent? Does this mean Laura will stop bitching twice a year about the time change?
  • As part of our biweekly check in on the war in Ukraine, we touch on some of the lesser acknowledged stories of racial and ethnic minorities in Ukraine, and how this crisis has unfolded for them.
  • In response to the continued conflict, Disney, Sony, Warner Bros, and Paramount all announced that they were halting future theatrical film releases in Russia. 
  • Despite Disney being quick to take a position on the current Russian invasion of Ukraine, their response to Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill has left a lot to be desired. #Millennial shares EXCLUSIVE audio clips of Disney’s official response to the controversy.
  • A new report out of Pew Research Center indicates that an increasing number of Americans view single-motherhood and unmarried cohabitation has ‘bad for society.’ We respond, and wonder why these viewpoints are increasing despite single-motherhood remaining stable and cohabitation becoming increasingly normalized.
  • WTF News returns to tell the story of a woman who faked her own kidnapping to go hang out with her ex for three weeks. Why didn’t she just take an unplugged vacation?
  • Is Andrew’s toxic trait wanting to fake his death to see how we all react?
  • This week’s recommendations will make you feel informed! Check out this resource to see how DST impacts you (Andrew), go to the dentist if you have been avoiding it during covid (Laura), and ‘Abbott Elementary’ (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Apostrophe (https://www.apostrophe.com/MILL and use code MILL to get your dermatologist crafted treatment plan for $5!) Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • It’s an ‘am I the asshole?’ edition. We’ve pulled a few scenarios from the popular subreddit, and we’re here to judge these random people on the internet.
  • If your ego is threatened, is it helpful to ruin a family dinner over it?
  • What are you actually accomplishing by making a child cry over Pokemon?
  • Should an ex-friend with benefits be invited to the wedding?

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