#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

A photo of Andrew, Laura, and Pam giving a thumbs up in the #Millennial studio.

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 Chicago. 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 #6×20: 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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Episode #6×18: Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ Doc, Adele Weight Loss Reaction, Do You Know The Hosts?

In the time of COVID-19, life keeps happening. #Millennial is here to make sure you’ve got our take on the latest!

  • Andrew’s 80-year-old grandmother is getting her first smartphone, Michelle Obama gave us all the feels in Netflix’s “Becoming,” and what we think of stupid people who refuse to wear masks.
  • Listener feedback gives us a perspective on what the new normal for open office layouts may be, and a confession about a listener dreaming of being in a thruple with Andrew and Pat.
  • Adele made headlines when she posted a full-body picture on Instagram, which made it very clear she has lost weight. The internet is divided over whether to celebrate Adele’s “hot new bod” or to re-think the way we acknowledge body transformations.
  • We get personal and share stories of people commenting on our bodies, and the longterm impact of those comments.
  • While Laura is free to go bowling and get her nails did (she isn’t), looks like Andrew will be sheltering in place for a while longer due to Illinois not lifting its stay-at-home order.
  • Georgia continues to be the shame of the nation: why the murder of Ahmaud Arbery is just not getting attention, and why we’re not convinced a grand jury will deliver justice.
  • We welcome BAE Supporter, Tiara to the show! She uses her background in cybersecurity to educate us about how to keep our banking information safe, and she tests her #Millennial knowledge with a new quiz.
  • One of the hosts has sex toys, two of the hosts have none. Guess who!
  • This week’s recommendations will give you some stay-home motivation: Taking advantage of quarantine meal kits provided by local restaurants (Andrew), Electric spin scrub brushes for all your grout-cleaning needs (Laura), Target drive-up service (Pam), and Hulu’s “Nashville” (Tiara).

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

  • Many of us are getting it up during quarantine, which has caused an erection of sex toy sales.
  • Laura gives an update on her latest home water damage saga. Her takeaways: asbestos is a bitch, don’t back down on liable parties, and she and Marc won’t be able to move home for quite a while.
  • Tiara prompts an interesting discussion by asking how it feels to move back in with your parents.
  • Moving back in with parents in early twenties vs early thirties – GAME CHANGER!

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Episode #6×17: Shocking COVID-19 Projections, Movie Theaters Revolt, Having To Break Quarantine

On this week’s #Millennial, Micah is back, Nicholas Cage is “back,” and a new Twilight book is coming out. What year is it?!

  • At the top of the show, we address the latest in Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against presumptive Democratic nominee for President, Joe Biden.
  • What do we make of Reade’s allegations, and has Joe Biden handled this well? (Spoiler: No.)
  • The latest projections for for COVID-19 infections and deaths finally freak Andrew out, and our entire panel is slated to stay home through the summer.
  • Why is the U.S. a COVID-19 hotspot? Because we’re a hot mess. Period.
  • Since Laura has been forced to break quarantine due to her home disaster, we share some listener stories about the circumstances outside our control that force our hands on quarantine.
  • The soon-to-be bankrupt AMC is fighting with Universal Studios over… trolls? Really? Now?
  • How could move theaters have better prepared for the very clear direction at-home streaming is taking us culturally?
  • This week’s recommendations are some binge-worthy shows and a fun social distancing game: Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert’s nightly monologues (Andrew), Good Omens (Laura), Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Pam), and “Psych!” by Ellen Degeneres.
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Raycon (go to https://www.buyraycon.com/mill for 15% off your order). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • How did we get hereeeeee? It’s an Imprint reunion to celebrate the announcement that Stephenie Meyer is FINALLY releasing Midnight Sun!
  • Former Imprint host Andrea joins us, so the gang is back together again!
  • We reminisce about our favorite fandom memories, and what it meant to have another book series to dive into post-Harry Potter.
  • Can you enjoy a book and still criticize it? Of course!
  • We all commit to reading Midnight Sun within 24 hours of its release and (potentially) a Twilight movie commentary?

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Episode #6×16: Crank Calling The Governor, The Stupidest Things Presidents Ever Said, Weird Dreams During COVID-19

This week’s episode really shows our age, but we’re here with our thrown-out backs and quarantine drama to cover the latest, so buckle up!

  • Andrew threw out his back last week and was a total embarrassment during his first visit to the chiropractor.
  • We think it’s really nice that Kim Jong Un has decided Trump’s crazy is enough for the world right now (but really he prob dead).
  • Laura calls the Georgia Governor’s Mansion and requests a tour to celebrate the end of shelter in place.
  • Donald Trump makes his stupidest comments yet during the coronavirus pandemic. If an autocrat injects Clorox into his lungs and Dr. Fauci isn’t there to stop him, does anyone really care?
  • GAME: Andrew quizzes us about some of the stupidest things U.S. Presidents and Vice Presidents have said.
  • If you’ve been having weird dreams lately, the ‘rona may be to blame according to a UC Berkeley neuroscience professor.
  • Laura reveals some of her weirdest sleep talk moments, while Pam goes all Groot in her anxiety dreams.
  • BAE Choice: How to handle loud upstairs neighbors with children during the pandemic?
  • This week’s recommendations are big on the catharsis we all need: Disect, season 6 – Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ (Pam), Elderflower Liqueur (Laura), turning turnips on Andrew’s Animal Crossing island (Andrew).

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

  • The downside of homeownership: maintenance and neighbors.
  • Laura recounts what happened to her home, where she’s staying now, and what the next steps are.
  • But is the Hillary standee okay???
  • So. many. reasons. to. have. adequate. insurance (for homeowners and renters!). Don’t skimp – it’ll be a lifesaver when your neighbor’s water heater leaks all over your shit.

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Episode #6×15: When We’ll Go Outside Again, Celebrities Entertaining Fans, IRS Stimulus Delays

We’re back on 4/20 to ask the question… is there a light appearing at the end of this coronatunnel? Yes, but let’s not rush it, Republican Governors.

  • A Confessional writer takes some heat from a well-meaning, but possibly misguided friend, and we talk about why it’s okay to feel grief about the current state of affairs.
  • While San Diego Comic Con has canceled, movie theaters are plotting their plans for reopening. Given that movie theaters are nasty anyway, who among us will brave the new normal with 200 of our closest friends for 3 hours?
  • In the meantime, our favorite entertainers have been taking to YouTube and Zoom to keep us sane. Check out the Disney Singalong, Together At Home, Some Good News with John Krasinski, and Frank Turner’s Live on Facebook series!
  • Has everyone gotten their stimulus payments yet? Laura hasn’t, and she’s got a bone to pick with the IRS about its shitty website. And what’s with Trump’s signature in the memo field on checks?
  • Speaking of Laura’s rage, her state’s governor has decided to re-open the state after just two weeks of shelter in place. We guess Brian Kemp figures people can’t vote in November if they die in May.
  • We continue our BAE choice series this week by taking some of your questions about how to cope. At the end of the day, you’ve gotta do the best you can.
  • How much screen time is “too much” for kids? We call BS on the demonization of kids playing on smart devices.
  • We’ve got some feel-good recommendations for you this week: The new Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Andrew), Project Wren (Laura), and Bon Appetit (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter code TCO for $100 off your first month) and Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com and enter promo code MILL for a 4-week 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 turned all of After Dark this week into a drinking game: no saying each others’ names, no saying “drink,” and no swearing. Trust that we fucked this up early on.
  • Catherine is our latest Surprise Bitch! victim, and as a Canadian, she brings some much-needed perspective to our regional dialects conversation.
  • Can this Buzzfeed quiz guess where you live based on your answers?
  • You guys vs Y’all, Roly Poly vs Potato Bug – we debate the intricacies of US dialects.
  • To continue our drinking game, we add a game of Categories to the mix. Catherine catches us all off-guard with her category, and hilarity ensues.

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Episode #6×14: Never Shaking Hands Again, Mail-In Voting Drama, Quibi Review

#Millennial is back, and we’re playing “Guess Who’s Drinking?” on this week’s episode. Take a listen and decide who YOU think is hitting the sauce, and email us with your guess.

  • Seriously though, who doesn’t hate Comcast? Laura chronicles a days long fight she had with America’s most hated internet company to come pick up their damn cable line.
  • Bernie Sanders is being all useful and shit by endorsing Joe Biden, meanwhile none of us have left the house.
  • The first stimulus payments have begun hitting Americans’ bank accounts! If the IRS does not have your direct deposit information, click here to keep an eye on the application for your payment.
  • Dr. Fauci says we should never shake hands again, Apple and Google teaming up on some COVID-19 tech that makes a portion of our panel nervous, and 52% of people under the age of 45 have lost a job or had their hours reduced.
  • The Republican party is really letting their IDGAF flag fly: widespread resistance to absentee/mail-in voting expansion is looking to be the hot voter suppression approach of 2020.
  • The cherry on top? Trump and GOP hoping to let the U.S. Postal Service fail.
  • In lighter news, we review the latest streaming app to hit the market, Quibi! Our verdict? Some hits, some misses, time will tell.
  • BAE Supporter Pauline wants to know if we think COVID will change the way we decline socialization. “That’s my secret, Captain. I always decline socialization.”
  • It’s an entertainment jamboree for this week’s recommendations: Mad Men (Andrew), Bong Joon-Ho’s “The Host” (Laura), and ‘Saint Cloud’ by Waxahatchee (Pam). 
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by listeners like you. Due to the pandemic, a number of podcast advertisers have had to drastically reduce their ad buys. It makes us so glad to be a listener supported show that we’re able to stay afloat in these uncertain times, and we’d love your support. Even a $2 pledge or simply subscribing to the show on your favorite podcasting app really helps us!

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

  • Andrew recounts going “totally Karen” during a battle with an obnoxious human over a parking space.
  • We revisit our New Year’s Resolutions in an effort to re-define their scope given our current reality.
  • Pam has some great ideas for helping Laura achieve her journaling goals!
  • “If my mental health calls for cookies, I’m having cookies.”

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Episode #6×13: Unpopular Opinion Challenge, Vinyl Rising in Popularity, New Unemployment Benefits

Laura’s stupid Governor just realized how virus transmission works. Better late than never? We’re back, and taking no prisoners when it comes to stupid people.

  • We’re making the most out of our shelter in place orders: Pam tries CBD oil and Andrew wins $17 in a Mario Kart tournament.
  • We play the latest social media challenge of listing 10 things we dislike, but everyone else seems to love. Sorry not sorry.
  • Take your pink wines, cupcakes, and cheesecakes elsewhere, Karen!
  • Is it possible to dislike someone’s music, but still recognize their talent and respect them as an artist?
  • This week in Corona: double checking your unemployment payments for the additional $600/week from the CARES act, how to handle a break up during a pandemic, and to mask or not to mask?
  • Streaming and coronavirus have one thing in common: killing album sales. At least they can’t blame millennials for killing this one.
  • And yet, vinyl sales have never been more popular. They can probably blame us for being a generation of hipsters.
  • This week’s recommendations will take care of your body and soul: Truly’s Lemon Hard Seltzer (Andrew), browning your butter (Pam), and Killer Queen for Nintendo Switch (Laura).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com and enter promo code MILL to get a 4-week trial PLUS free postage AND a digital scale).

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

  • We have got some shit to talk on people doing dumb and heartless things during a pandemic.
  • People ignoring isolation recommendations, micromanaging employees who have been exposed to COVID-19, and serving up a platter of heartless heartbreak. What is wrong with people?!
  • We also take the Statistical “Which Character” quiz from Psychometrics, which reveals some of our less-desirable personality traits in the form of lame and evil characters. Oops!

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Episode #6×12: New Ways To Entertain Yourself, Working Out From Home

Come one, come all, it’s time for another edition of #Millennial! Where the adulting is pretend and the talk is real. Have you filled out the census yet? Don’t forget to be counted!

  • We’ll be hosting a coffee break with our friends over at MuggleCast, open to all! Join us Wednesday 4/1 from 3-4 PM EST – links will be posted on social!
  • The Number is back to show us just how much more time we’re all spending streaming, gaming, and binging.
  • In happy news, many of us have purportedly reverted to simpler methods of entertainment: puzzle making, cooking, going for actual WALKS.
  • To keep ourselves entertained for the long haul, we’re committing to catching up on pop culture we’ve missed: Laura will watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Andrew The West Wing, and Pam The Matrix trilogy.
  • Will they or won’t they provide ventilators to NYC’s overwhelmed hospitals? This week in Corona gives the latest updates on the pandemic, as well as breaks down what to expect from the $2 trillion stimulus passed by Congress last week.
  • Laura’s successfully gotten a deferral on a few of her monthly bills for April, and she’s got some tips about how you can too!
  • BAE Ning Xi joins us all the way from Singapore, and clearly has superior internet to all of us.
  • We chat about working out from home (WOFH?) with Ning Xi, and she shares her journey as well as her favorite at-home work out tips.
  • Looking for more to keep you entertained during #shelterinplace? This week’s recommendations have got you, fam: One Day At A Time season 4 (Pam), Man of Medan for PS4 (Laura), Ozark season 3 (Andrew), and “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows” by Balli Kaur Jaswal (Ning Xi).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com or download the app and enter code MILL for $100 off your first month) and ThirdLove (https://www.thirdlove.com/millennial for 15% off your first purchase). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!
  • And to play us out this week… the incredible, the insatiable… Joe Exotic, with “Here Kitty Kitty.” God help us.

And in this week’s installment of After Dark:

  • Pam and Andrew both have folks in their lives not taking COVID-19 seriously. How to handle people in your life who are putting others at risk!
  • New York City put out some delightful recommendations for safe sex amidst COVID-19, and we’re here to share their dos and don’ts.
  • Sex, ok! Kissing, however, might give you the ‘rona.
  • Patrons sound off about how their sex lives have been impacted by Miss ‘Rona.
  • Remember, you are your safest sex partner!

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Episode #6×11: Apps For Feeling Better, Politicians on Reality Shows, Keeping Distance

Well, there’s no getting around it: the world is still cray. But we’re here to talk about how we can get through it together, and try to find the positives along the way.

  • In the last week: Laura tried (unsuccessfully) to buy toilet paper online, Andrew’s city of Chicago has been ordered to shelter in place, and #Millennial hosted a coffee break video stream that was open to any and all to participate.
  • Things to know currently: watch your credit cards for fraud during the COVID-19 crisis, US tax deadline has been pushed to mid-July, Americans may be getting checks to ease the burden, and SOCIAL DISTANCING IS STILL IMPORTANT.
  • In the midst of all this, washed-up politicians are still joining washed-up celebrities on reality TV – the latest misery we’ve been subjected to? Sarah Palin + bear costume + Baby got back.
  • Apart from normalizing the likes of Sean Spicer and Rick Perry, we’ve got some gripes about realty TV giving these failed public servants airtime.
  • Technology’s effect on anxiety levels is an acknowledged issue, but what about its ability to possibly help minimize anxiety symptoms?
  • Apps like SuperBetter, Happify, and Headspace are great resources we’ve used to practice mindfulness and minimize negative thinking. And BrightMind is currently offering a free year of their meditation app in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This week’s recommendations are sure to help grant some much-needed peace: “Ugly Delicious” (Pam), Animal Crossing (Laura & Andrew), and the Daniel Craig “Bond” movies (Andrew).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Honeybook (https://www.HoneyBook.com/MILL to get 50% off), Bombas (https://www.bombas.com/MILL for 20% off your first purchase), and UnTuckit (https://www.untuckit.com and use code MILL for 20% off your first order). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • We show you how to socialize distantly while playing a Jackbox games classic, Drawful!
  • For instructions on setting this up, click here.
  • Marc and Pat join us to up our player numbers and make things more interesting.
  • One of our self portraits is a penis. Can you guess who?
  • “It looks like… a puddle of puke. Or a swimming pool.”

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