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 #7×40: The Popularity of True Crime Podcasts, Dave Chapelle and Netflix’s Mistakes, Trusting Clergy on Vaccines

  • On this week’s episode: why people enjoy the True Crime genre, Netflix’s response to ongoing controversy around Dave Chappelle’s latest special, and how houses of worship could turn the tides on vaccine hesitancy in their congregations.
  • Please be sure to take the 2021 #Millennial Listener Survey!
  • Our friend John Thrasher from the podcast Shaken and Disturbed joins us for this week’s episode, and we dig into why True Crime is such an appealing genre to so many people.
  • Since we’ve known each other a long time, we reflect on our podcasting careers and how they’ve grown over time.
  • Dave Chapelle is still under fire for the jokes he made about the trans community as part of his new Netflix special— and Netflix is doubling down on its support.
  • How could Netflix handle this controversy differently?
  • Roxanne Gay wrote an excellent op-ed on the Chappelle special, give it a read.
  • A slim majority of church-going Americans say they would trust their clergy’s guidance on COVID-19 vaccines, and yet, most report their clergy haven’t said anything about vaccines either way. Why?
  • Add some spice, entertainment, and civic duty to your life with this week’s recommendations: HBO’s ‘Succession’ (Andrew), check your state’s voter portal to see what’s on the ballot this November (Laura), Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice coffee (Pam), and Marvel’s ‘What If?’ (John).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Public.com (https://www.public.com/MILLENNIAL to download the app and get a free slice of stock up to $50 when you join). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • What would we say to our 15-year-old selves if we could travel back in time to offer advice?
  • Which life lessons do we think we needed to learn to be who we are today?
  • “Micah says taint, don’t trust men.”

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Episode #7×39: Pre-Emptive Defenses and Wrongful Assumptions, Rising Insomnia, Higher Shipping Rates and New Surcharges?!

On today’s episode, we discuss a viral TikTok that addresses a unique observation about how quick people are to attack others on social media, then we’ll talk about the increase in those experiencing insomnia, and the outrageous shipping rate increases here in the U.S., and how they will affect the holiday season. 

  • Some feedback about our spanking conversation from a couple of weeks ago inspires us to examine our blind spots, and we’re thankful!
  • A viral Tiktok is calling out the internet behavior of attacking others online for not specifying every possible caveat to every statement made. We share our own experiences with trolls doing this to us, and question if we’ve ever done this to others.
  • As our culture evolves, is this a somewhat natural side-effect? Or can we do better?
  • Some experts have noted increased rates of insomnia during the pandemic, and are terming the phenomenon “covidsomnia.”
  • Have we experienced a decrease in the amount or quality of our sleep? What do we want to try to improve it?
  • Listeners over at the #Millennial Facebook group sound off on their own experiences with insomnia, and share some tips for combatting it.
  • Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s 10 year plan to cut costs and raise revenue isn’t landing well with some, especially in light of increased shipping costs and delayed delivery times this holiday season. 
  • Will your area be impacted? Check here!
  • This week’s recommendations will help you be prepared, entertained, AND relaxed! Buy Forever Stamps (Andrew), Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Laura), and the ‘Sleep With Me’ podcast (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Thirdlove (https://www.thirdlove.com/MILLENNIAL for 20% off your first purchase), Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter promo code MILL for $100 off your first month), and OUAI (https://www.theouai.com and use code MILL for 15% off your first purchase). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • It’s almost Halloween, and we’re feeling nostalgic for our childhood memories of trick-or-treating. Join us and the Chicago Tribune for a walk down memory lane.
  • How old were we when we stopped trick-or-treating? Is there an “appropriate” age to stop?
  • Did our parents ever have fears about our candy being tampered with?
  • How do we celebrate Halloween as adults?

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Episode #7×38: Goodbye to Hypable, SCOTUS Term Preview, Big Brother Contestants Push First Black Winner

  • On today’s episode, Laura’s got a SCOTUS term preview, Pam talks about Big Brother, which crowned its first black winner, and we speak more about the Sunday Scaries, including how to help calm them down.
  • Facebook and Instagram were down for several hours today – #thoughtsandprayers to anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists.
  • Andrew shares a personal update about Hypable, and conversation ensues about how to know when you’re ready to take a big chance.
  • With the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court shifting to a strong conservative majority, there are a number of issues on the docket that should make progressives nervous.
  • A Mississippi abortion case, gun restriction challenge, and a push to use state money to pay for religious schooling are all on the docket this fall.
  • For the first time in history, Big Brother crowned its first Black winner— and it’s thanks to an all Black six member alliance known as The Cookout. We dig into how this alliance between the black players this season helped push back against years of racism in the show’s history. 
  • Will The Cookout help promote lasting change in terms of diversity on reality television?
  • Monday is a perfect time to revisit our Sunday Scaries conversation from last week. What do we find ourselves dreading the most about an upcoming week, and how do we mitigate those scaries?
  • This week’s recommendations will entertain you, and maybe even help keep you organized! ‘No Time to Die’, the new James Bond movie (Andrew), Netflix’s ‘Midnight Mass’ (Laura), and the Erin Condren Planner (or the Recollections planner line from Michael’s) (Pam). 

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

  • We’ve spoken a lot about romantic red flags, but what about friendship red flags?
  • Lack of self-awareness, constantly self-degrading, no boundaries, and arguing to argue are all red flags for us. What are your red flags, dear listeners?
  • When we’re trying to make new friends, what positive attributes do we keep an eye out for?
  • Andrew learns there is another Andrew in Laura’s life and is shook (jk jk jk).

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Episode #7×37: Major Hollywood Strike Cometh, Our Political Compass’, Are Britney Spears Observers Hypocrites?

  • On today’s episode we discuss a major strike that might happen in Hollywood, examine our ideologies through the Political Compass test, and discuss the renewed attention on Britney Spears. 
  • Tiger King fans(?) rejoice: season 2 is coming November 17th, so we’re all practicing our ‘Here, Kitty Kitty’ renditions.
  • 150,000 IATSE workers are preparing to strike in demand of living wages, better benefits, and reasonable rest.
  • These working conditions have been the standard for years – why is now the time to strike?
  • We took the Political Compass test and compared our results. Pro tip: get your personalized certificate here.
  • Is it silly to be proud of where you were born? Do good parents sometimes need to spank their children?
  • Two new Britney Spears documentaries are coming out, prompting Andrew to ask – are we all hypocrites for continuing to consume this content?
  • Recommendations hot off the pod: Sunday Scaries podcast by Spotify and Headspace (Andrew), get your flu shot (Laura), and ‘Blockbuster’ from Big Potato Games (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Quip (https://www.getquip.com/MILL to save $10 on a smart electric toothbrush) and Public (https://www.public.com/MILLENNIAL to download the app and get a free slice of stock up to $50). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Does technology make it harder to be a moral person?
  • We realize how creepy and sad it is to social media stalk, and yet we’ve ALL done it. What does it say about us that we’re comfortable creeping on others digitally?
  • Have any of us ever taken stealth pictures of someone in public? Eek.

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Episode #7×36: The Mysterious Case of the Van Life Couple, Abruptly Quitting Jobs, Fall-Themed Hard Seltzers Reviewed

  • On today’s episode we ask Judge Laura for her verdict on this case of the young Van Life couple who went missing, talk about when and how to leave a job as well as going back to the workplace right now, and review Bud Light’s new Fall Flannel hard seltzers. 
  • Micah is back!
  • We have so much secondhand embarrassment about the amount of time and money wasted in California’s recall election, we don’t have much to say except… can Californians recall recalls?
  • Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie embarked on a “van life” trip across America’s national parks. What should have been a romantic getaway ended in tragedy, and we’re left with questions. What happened, where is Brian Laundrie, and is this yet more evidence that everything on social media is fake? Plus, why was the answer likely ‘murder’ instead of ‘breakup’?
  • To quit or not to quit? A Confessional writer has an unpopular opinion about those who abruptly quit jobs with little to no notice.
  • Related to the Great Resignation happening across the U.S., we discuss the future of work and how employers have no choice but to make flexibility a central focus of their philosophy if they want to attract top talent.
  • Micah shares his experience returning back to an office a few times a week, and we can’t help but wonder why this is necessary for jobs that can be done remotely.
  • It’s official: the pumpkin craze has gone TOO FAR. Andrew and Laura compare Bud Light’s summer and fall seltzers and have… opinions.
  • This week’s recommendations are quite informative: DON’T buy Bud Light’s Fall Seltzers (Andrew), read this article about the future of work from Vox (Laura), and Ear Savers and Everyone’s a Reel Critic Pod (Micah).

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

  • Laura is putting her working relationship with her contractor to bed. This guy has some fucking nerve!
  • Our Patrons kindly share some tea they’d like to spill behind our paywall. Secretly gay grandfathers, engagement news, disappointing fathers, and shit talking ensue.
  • Some of us need to confront some people about their shitty selfish behavior!

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Episode #7×35: Para-Social Relationships, TV Dramatizing Real World Events, ‘Shang-Chi’ Shunned From China

  • It’s a pop culture kinda week y’all! We dive into movies being shut out of China, reliving major events through dramatizations, and chat with our friend Chloe, who is a Director at a digital agency working with celebs.
  • But first, some updates: President Biden announces that all business with 100+ employees must require vaccinations or weekly COVID tests, and the Justice Department sues Texas over its restrictive abortion law.
  • In the wake of Britney Spears’ dad requesting removal from the infamous conservatorship, Britney got engaged to longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari.
  • Marvel’s Shang-Chi’ doesn’t have a release date in China, and it might not get one due to some old comments by star Simu Liu.
  • How can studios strike a balance between being progressive, but still appealing to world audiences?
  • We review the first episode of Impeachment: American Crime Story, and chat about how it feels to have the first major political scandal of our lifetimes dramatized for TV.
  • Do we feel like certain topics are being revisited for the big and small screens too soon? What current events are we expecting to see dramatized in the next 10 years?
  • Chloe joins the panel to share the ins and outs of managing social media presences for celebrities. We dig deep and ask questions about how involved celebs are in their social brands, the greatest challenges for digital managers in 2021, and how best to seek a career in digital management.
  • Parasocial relationships are the hot topic of the week – and we confess to some parasocial relationships of our own.
  • This week’s recommendations can all be consumed in the comfort of your home! ‘Lu La Rich’ on Amazon (Andrew), ‘Life is Strange 2’ (Laura), ‘Come From Away’ on Apple TV+ (Pam), and ‘The Repair Shop’ (Chloe).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by OUAI (https://www.theouai.com and use code MILL for 15% off your first purchase) and 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:

  • Laura recounts a Doordash story for the ages.
  • Have any of us gotten into a popular show or franchise late?
  • Does it feel lonely watching a show after it has ended? How much FOMO we feeling?

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Episode #7×34: Looking Back on 9/11, Texas Making All The Wrong Moves, Olivia Rodrigo’s Originality Drama

  • On today’s episode, we discuss the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Texas making headlines in all the wrong ways, and some drama around Olivia Rodrigo’s music.
  • Pam and Laura saw ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ and provide a spoiler-free review.
  • This week will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which is doubly significant given the end of the war in Afghanistan.
  • We recount our memories of the day and the impact 9/11 had on every day life.
  • The most restrictive abortion law in the United States has taken effect in Texas after the Supreme Court voted not to block the law.
  • We dig into why this law is different from other heartbeat bill attempts, and the dangerous legal precedent it sets by placing enforcement in the hands of private citizens.
  • Speaking of Texas, calls to poison control are up 590% there due to an increase in usage of the drug Ivermectin to treat Covid-19. Just in case it’s unclear: do NOT take farm animal anti-parasitic drugs to treat a virus. *facepalm*
  • Olivia Rodrigo has given up millions in royalties after adding retroactive songwriting credits, most recently for her single, “Good 4 U.”
  • Pam brings us some examples of musical interpolation and sampling, and explains the difference between the two.
  • Are there truly any original songs anymore?
  • This week’s recommendations will set you up to feel good: HBO Max’s ‘The Other Two’ (Andrew), investing in a sound machine to help you sleep (Pam), and donating to Planned Parenthood (Laura).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Public (use code MILLENNIAL to let Public.com know we sent you) 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, available on Patreon:

  • Laura is really sick of having neighbors.
  • Do we feel old yet? We look at the happier side of life from 20 years ago, and cringe at the early 2000’s fashion choices that were made.
  • “Back in my day, teachers warned us to NEVER use Wikipedia.”

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Episode #7×33: Facebook Caught Hiding Embarrassing Data, Water Shortages Out West, States Allowing Mental Health Days

  • On this week’s show: the most popular post on Facebook in the first three months of the year, the U.S. government’s recent water shortage declaration for those of us out west, and new bills at the state level that permit students to take mental health days. 
  • UPDATE: OnlyFans cancels its plan to ban explicit content from their platform.
  • Hurricane Ida made landfall as a category 4 hurricane on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the remnants of the storm are passing right over Laura during this week’s show.
  • Delta Airlines will be charging a $200 monthly insurance premium fee for all employees who are unvaccinated. Is it a slippery slope?
  • Facebook was avoiding releasing its Q1 transparency report, and we can see why: a potentially misleading story about COVID-19 vaccines was viewed by 53 million people on Facebook.
  • Does social media have a role to play in disseminating COVID-19 vaccine news? 4 in 10 Americans think so.
  • Is tech and media illiteracy something social media companies should be committed to tackling?
  • For the first time in US History, the Colorado River is experiencing a water shortage due to climate change and the ongoing drought in the region.
  • Andrew gives us some perspective on the positive moves his home city of Las Vegas has made to recycle water and cut down on excessive use.
  • Laura’s a real downer and gives some perspective on an announcement put out by UNICEF and the United Nations – the lack of clean water is more dangerous than war violence.
  • Several states have passed bills allowing for mental health days to be a valid excuse for students to be absent from school. Did we take mental health days as students? Do we take them now?
  • This week’s recommendations should help enlighten you (plus help you achieve some good sleep!): Read this NYT article to learn about proposed solutions to the Colorado River situation (Andrew), check out the MediaWise resources available at Poynter (Pam), and invest in some blackout curtains (if you’re a vampire like Laura).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/MILL to get Honey FREE!) Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • More tea. Laura learned about a shocking connection between the two biggest loves of her life.
  • What would you do if you felt a friend was making a reckless decision to make a big move with no financial or job security?
  • Audio messages UPDATE: Andrew has now fallen victim to receiving these pesky text message stand-ins. What should he do?

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Episode #7×32: OnlyFans, Jeopardy Drama, Apple’s Controversial Child Protection Features

  • Andrew shares a cautionary tale about the consequences of not making a copy of your vax card.
  • With full FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine, Moderna is sure to follow. Prepare for Team Comirnaty vs Team Spikevax.
  • Laura took a Pam recommendation this week and is here to deliver rave reviews!
  • With OnlyFans moving to ban the sexually explicit content that made their platform relevant in the first place, we discuss where things went wrong and the very negative impact on sex workers this move will have.
  • For an in-depth analysis of the OnlyFans controversy, we recommend reading this thread.
  • Let’s give a warm welcome to our new Jeopardy host, Mike Richards!
  • …Actually, scratch that, Sony fucked up.
  • Remember friends, we all suck at something sometimes, but high level execs are here to show us even the most accomplished screw up.
  • Apple’s soon-to-be-released iOS 15 has come under fire for its expanded child protections, which some allege infringe upon privacy rights.
  • What is the right answer to protecting vulnerable children while also protecting individual privacy? Apple’s FAQ on the release can be found here.
  • This week’s recommendations will keep you cool for the summer: ‘Ted Lasso’ season 2 (Pam), Spotify’s ‘Daily Drive’ feature (Andrew), and Hunter ceiling fans (Laura).

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

  • STORY TIME! Each of us has brought a personal story to the table, and man are they juicy.
  • How to help someone get back on the right path.
  • Are we afraid of people going through our belongings after we pass away?
  • Laura’s new ritual.

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Episode #7×31: ‘Disney Adults’ Attacked, Does ‘The Prince’ Cross a Line?, Afghanistan Withdrawal

  • Basic bitches rejoice: Dunkin has announced pumpkin spice season is beginning on 8/18 this year.
  • Andrew notes that Disney adults seem to be taking a lot of hate because they… like things?
  • Britney Spears’ dad has officially stepped down as her conservator!
  • HBO Max’s new animated series ‘The Prince’ is receiving criticism for its portrayal of the children of Britain’s royal family. Should kids be exempt from satire?
  • With 92% of LGBTQ+ adults having received at least one COVID-19 shot, Andrew wonders if gay bars are the safest places?
  • Laura has a recent gay bar experience to corroborate the safety of these spaces!
  • California has announced that all public school faculty and staff must be vaccinated or submit to regular COVID testing.
  • The U.S. is officially withdrawing from Afghanistan, but we’re doing it ass backwards. We break down the first big failing of the Biden administration.
  • This week’s recommendations are a mixture of practical and entertainment: packing cubes (Pam), metal straws with silicon tips (Laura), and ‘The People VS OJ Simpson: American Crime Story’ (Andrew).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by OUAI (https://www.theouai.com and use promo code MILL for 15% off), Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter code MILL for $100 off your first month), and Public (download the Public app and use code MILLENNIAL). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Laura’s gotta vent about an annoying personal situation that has been building up for YEARS!
  • The latest viral trend of eating frozen honey may actually cause illness and tooth damage, prompting us to reflect on viral trends we’ve taken part in over the years.
  • There is a clear difference between participating in something harmless and something potentially deadly. BE SMART!

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