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 #8×23: Biden Tries Lowering Gas Prices, Double Decker Plane Seating, Tattoos and Generational Changes

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of fake adulting and…. breaking your soul?
  • We’re kicking off this week’s episode with the latest updates from the January 6th Hearings: fake electors, and pardons, and crimes, oh my!
  • Finally, a majority of Americans think Trump should be charged with a crime.
  • But speaking of other nightmares… we take a look at this proposed double decker passenger jet design.
  • Will the lower deck seats be called “Ass to Face” seating, or rebranded as “Economy Basic”?
  • Have we ever relied on budget airlines in the past? We go over the pros and cons of flying Spirit and Frontier.
  • Laura got a new tattoo, which inspires us to talk about cosmetic tattooing. How do we feel about it, would we ever get one, and what are the pros and cons?
  • There have been some generational shifts around the acceptability of tattoos – our grandparents still don’t get it, but our parents are somewhat relaxed on the topic.
  • We’ve received a few Confessionals from listeners wanting to know… Am I the Asshole? From mothers who gaslight to long distance relationships, we tell it to y’all straight.
  • This week’s recommendations are a grab bag: check for extra leg room seat upgrades 1-2 days prior to flying for reduced rates (Andrew), ‘Malamander’ by Thomas Taylor (Laura), and Therabreath whitening mouthwash (Pam).

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

  • We all love our respective cities of residence, but what are the less desirable things about them?
  • Everyone thinks their city has the worst traffic – spoiler: shitty drivers exist everywhere.
  • Andrew witnessed a neighbor doing something interesting outside of his home last week – will he confront the neighbor?

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Episode #8×22: January 6 Committee Hearing Revelations, WTF News, Life Before the Internet

  • It’s time for some #unhinged talk this week – so we kick it off with a new segment, Clusterfuck 2022!
  • We give our initial reactions to the January 6th committee hearings, and while the new details are not surprising, they are shocking.
  • SCOTUS is really making it their mission to attack personal rights and liberty this Pride month, and we are NOT amused. Border agents can now search residences and vehicles within 100 miles of a US border without a warrant.
  • While the House passed a sweeping gun reform bill that is certain to die in the Senate, the Senate is toying with a much more moderate proposal.
  • It’s not all doom and gloom this week though – to cheer everyone up, we have a slew of WTF News stories!
  • In the movie world, Sony got punked into re-releasing ‘Morbius’ in theaters thanks to the popular ‘it’s morbin’ time‘ meme. Also, ‘Joker 2’ is rumored to be a musical starring Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn?!
  • GEICO was ordered to pay a $5.2 million settlement to a woman who contracted an STD in her partner’s car during sexual activity. The reasoning? His car was insured by GEICO.
  • We’re all old enough to remember life before the internet – what are some core memories of that time?
  • This week’s recommendations will give you something fun to do! Take advantage of the sales happening at Target (Andrew) and watch Ms. Marvel on Disney+ (Pam & Laura).

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

  • It’s time for our third installment of “A Deep Dive Into…” featuring Laura!
  • We ask her to reflect on experiences and lessons learned in moving a lot as a kid, homeschooling, and more.
  • What made her decide to live abroad, and what is with these punk rock cruises she goes on?

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Episode #8×21: Coffee Addictions Pay Off, Johnny Depp v Amber Heard Reactions, Saving Less and Living More

  • A new study about coffee suggests that drinking moderate amounts of coffee may decrease chances of death. Today we learned our panel must be immortal!
  • We know inflation is bad, but authors need to live too! Stop returning ebooks on Amazon y’all.
  • Why are some consumers treating Amazon like a library? Some authors end up owing Amazon money due to consumers purchasing and returning ebooks.
  • When is it justified to seek a refund? Are there any cases in which we would absolutely never request one?
  • Johnny Depp won his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard last week, and the internet really showed its ugly side during these proceedings.
  • Although Depp previously lost a libel case in the UK, the court of public opinion has turned this into an all or nothing issue, eliminating any room for a nuanced conversation.
  • Does this case represent backlash to #MeToo, or an expansion of its umbrella to include all victims of abuse?
  • How will we approach abuse allegations in the future, based on this case?
  • Some adults under 35 are throwing financial caution to the wind since the world’s a mess – is this a good idea?
  • This week’s recommendations came up naturally during our recording: try no sugar in your coffee (Andrew), Stitch Fix (Laura), and Nutpods Coffee Creamer (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Felix Gray (https://www.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:

  • It’s a ~deep dive~ into Andrew.
  • We learn about his childhood, sexual awakening, and takeaways from his college years.
  • For maybe the first time ever, Andrew shares what one thing he could see himself getting a tattoo of!
  • And of course, there’s tea – we always love some good personal tea in After Dark.

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Episode #8×20: LGBTQ+ Representation in Media (feat. Kacen Callender), Uvalde and What Happens Now, Andrew’s Wild Weekend

  • #Millennial is back in time for PRIDE month y’all! Time for some pretend adulting, gay talk.
  • To kick off Pride Month, we speak with Kacen Callender, author of bestselling novel ‘Felix Ever After.’
  • Kacen tells us how they got started as a writer, and we chat about the increase in popularity of LGBTQ romance in mainstream media.
  • Kacen’s new book is titled Lark & Kasim Start a Revolution and will be released this September!
  • Follow Kacen on Twitter and check out their website here!
  • It’s time to talk gun safety reform… again. In the space of two weeks, mass shootings in a Buffalo supermarket and a Texas grade school left dozens dead. We’ve heard the same rhetoric around this gun debate for our entire lives – why does this keep happening? We look at some data to explain how our state legislatures respond.
  • The upshot is this: Republican controlled state legislatures respond by loosening gun laws 120% in the year following a mass shooting. Why? The NRA continues to be better funded, and gun fanatics are simply better at engaging with the political process.
  • Here’s what we all need to do to make a difference: be engaged with what your state’s legislature is doing, join a local gun violence prevention group, donate to a national gun reform organization (Everytown For Gun Safety, Brady, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Sandy Hook Promise), volunteer for pro-gun reform candidates, and VOTE in every election! 
  • Want to help victims and survivors in Buffalo and Uvalde? Check out these verified fundraisers: Verified fundraisers for Buffalo + Verified Fundraisers for Uvalde
  • Shifting gears, Andrew tells us about an eventful birthday weekend, and provides video evidence of a wild police stop he witnessed right in front of him.
  • This week’s recommendations are informative and comfy: ‘Prehistoric Planet’ on Apple TV+ (Andrew), ‘The G Word’ on Netflix (Laura), and shoe inserts for converse (Pam).

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

  • We’re kicking off our in-depth host interviews this week with Pam!
  • Pam shares how she got into journalism, and the joys and and difficulties of breaking into the field.
  • Where did we meet Pam? Through Harry Potter? Through Twilight? None of us can remember.
  • What does Pam do outside of #Millennial? And what’s her greatest ambition in life?

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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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