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.

#Millennial Podcast releases a new episode every Wednesday!

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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 a Patreon online course and Patreon book to help creators master the platform. 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. When Chloé is not creating content, she enjoys dancing, skiing, writing poetry, fashion, and watching the Harry Potter movies in French.

Episode #9×10: Could Americans Really Lose TikTok?, Voice AI Takes Big Leaps Forward, Hollywood’s Video Game Adaptations

  • Are the rumors of an impending Trump arrest fake news? Either way, we’re ready to pop open the champagne! Here’s some AI artwork of Trump being dragged away, in case you can’t wait to see the real thing.
  • Are Americans prepared for a potential national ban on TikTok? And could this actually happen?!
  • Since Pam and Laura swipe so many of their hours away on TikTok, where will they turn if it’s no longer available?
  • Shameless plugs for our TikToks while they still exist: @AndrewInTheAir, @PamelaG, @BasilyBoy, and of course @MillennialPod!
  • Are most of us fatalistic about our online privacy at this point? Is it valid to not care that the Chinese and U.S. governments are spying on us?
  • Following the enormous success of HBO’s ‘Last of Us’ video game to show adaptation, we explore other game titles and the opportunities for studios to cash in on more GOOD content.
  • Accessibility in gaming is still an area where there is a ton of room for growth, and we argue that good adaptations make these stories more accessible for everyone.
  • Gatekeeping ain’t it though y’all: stop the game fan/show fan wars!
  • If your social media has been taken over by videos of AI President voices, you’re not alone.
  • These are a riot to listen to, but some of the AI voices are so spot on there is potential for fake scandals during elections.
  • A special guest joins #Millennial to give us his endorsement. Get it together and listen to #Millennial!
  • This week’s recommendations will keep you organized and calm: Dot Card for networking (Andrew), remember to get your fur kids in for their annual wellness checks (Laura), and Legacy Box for digitizing your old home movies and photos (Pam).

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon and for Apple Podcast subscribers:

  • MuggleSuck is back: this time we confront our moody email alter-egos from the early 2k’s.
  • Why did we use email as a primary form of communication? Were other teens doing this, or were we just weird?
  • WE HAD SO MANY FIGHTS OVER EMAIL OMG.

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Episode #9×09: Paid ‘Blue Checks’ Head to Instagram For Suckers Like Andrew

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real talk!
  • In some airline news, the Justice Department is suing to stop the planned Jet Blue/Spirit Airlines merger, and multiple airlines are ditching fees charged for families trying to sit together.
  • Seemingly inspired by Elon Musk’s moves at Twitter, Meta will soon be offering “Meta Verified:” aka paying $15 a month for the coveted Blue Check.
  • Why is the Blue Check so desirable for some? Are there any cases where wanting one is warranted?
  • If everyone can pay a monthly fee to be verified, does being verified lose its meaning?
  • It’s time for some unpopular opinions: we’re inspired by a (now deleted) tweet, which asserts that most nonfiction books are unreadable.
  • We have some hot takes of our own: your phone should be silent most of the time, being an “empath” isn’t a thing, and airlines should get rid of the reclining functionality on all economy seats.
  • In light (lol) of Daylight Savings Time returning in a few short days, Laura delivers her yearly gripe about how stupid changing the clocks 2x a year is.
  • Will attempts at a permanent DST bill die in the House again this year? Probably.
  • Though some of us would love a little more sunlight in the evenings, experts warn that a permanent switch to Standard time would likely be better for our health.
  • This week’s recommendations are mostly practical, with a little entertainment sprinkled in: Digital temperature readers (Andrew), ‘Bass Reeves: No Master But Duty’ (Laura), and AHC Natural Perfection Sunscreen Stick (Pam). 

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

  • What tragic event were we all obsessed with as kids? Titanic is the obvious answer for many millennials, but we have a treasure trove of morbid interests.
  • The history, politics, and horrific assassination of the Romanov family, and subsequent mystery of Anastasia.
  • How an interest in the Oregon Trail led Pam to an obsession with the Donner Party.
  • Andrew has always been obsessed with water: the Johnstown Flood of 1889.

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Episode #9×08: Why The Romance Genre Has Risen in Popularity (w/ Christine Riccio, Natasha Polis)

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

  • Last week we revealed all the bad things we did as kids and teens, but this week we’re revealing the much more scandalous escapades our parents thought we were into.
  • Weed orgies, illicit drug use on a church playground, underage sex, and all sorts of really interesting things none of us were actually cool enough to be doing.

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Episode #9×07: The State of Podcasts, Lucky Girl Syndrome, Hacks to Escape From Caregiving

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real talk!
  • After a few years of explosive growth, the podcast world seems to be cooling off. What does this mean for indie podcasters?
  • As big corporations come to grips with the reality that podcasting isn’t just an easy way to print money, layoffs, budget cuts, and canceled projects are making headlines.
  • What do we look for in the podcasts we listen to as podcasters ourselves? If there’s passion behind the project, it shows.
  • Lucky Girl Syndrome is the new manifesting. Who knew when boomers were simping over ‘The Secret’ that the youths would revive the concept.
  • Is there some validity to the idea of manifesting positivity? How has Andrew done this to keep himself from assuming the worst possible thing will happen?
  • The Confessional makes its triumphant return this week with a listener who is playing hooky from work to get some much-needed self-care time.
  • The hosts and listeners share some great tips for helping to carve out some time to prioritize yourself during your regular day-to-day: give yourself an easy “out” for certain social situations, stop saying yes to everything, and pad time in your calendar around busy events to give yourself some breathing room! Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group for more great conversations like this.
  • This week’s recommendations will make life easier, more fun, and enriching! The Plates by Splitwise app, and the parent Splitwise app (Listener Beth and Andrew), Golf With Friends (Laura), and “Sorrow and Bliss” by Meg Mason (Pam).

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

  • The Hill reports that parents pay at least one monthly bill for 40% of millennials, prompting us to explore how our parents helped us in early adulthood.
  • How all three of the hosts got booted off their parents’ car insurance – should people be worried about us on the road?
  • Andrew recalls his “Most Expensive Date Ever”
  • We also revisit some cringe moments from our adolescent years. Awkward!

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Episode #9×06: Never Answer a Compliment With a Compliment, and More Etiquette Rules

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real talk!
  • Happy Valentine’s Day! The wine will be flowing this week!
  • Just in time to prepare for your romantic activities around Love day, we’re talking etiquette rules that we believe will help you avoid annoying friends and prospective romantic partners. See this article from The Cut for our inspiration to discuss etiquette rules.
  • STFU and give your friends or partners a chance to talk, don’t make splitting the bill so damn complicated, and strip the bed linens after staying at someone else’s house!
  • “You’ll float too:” Forget Tiktok, surveillance balloons are all the rage for international spy activities!
  • Why didn’t the US military shoot down the balloon sooner? Cause it weighed over 2,000 pounds and was taller than the Statue of Liberty. Has anyone told Congressional Republicans this wasn’t a Party City balloon?
  • BUT ALSO: The U.S. shot down three additional unidentified flying objects, but assures us they definitely weren’t aliens. Suuuuuure Jan.
  • Netflix and AMC are trying to redefine experiences their brands helped build: just in time for Valentine’s Day, love is no longer sharing a password. And going to the movies is equivalent to going to a concert or other event!
  • Will people accept Netflix up-charging for sharing an account or AMC trying to rebrand the theater-going experience? Naaaaah. Apathy will probably kick in though.
  • This week’s recommendations are all over the map: Americans, find out how much you will get in Social Security payments in retirement by going to SSA.gov (Andrew), Rare Beauty’s Illuminating Primer (Laura), and StoryGraph (Pam).
  • This week’s show is sponsored by Hello Fresh (link here). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • We’re going on a three-way polygamous date to find out if these 36 questions can help us fall in love (even more) with each other.
  • Why is Andrew asking so many questions about death on a first date? Seems sus.
  • Things get pretty vulnerable and deep. We’re gonna take this to second base later.

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Episode #9×05: Delicious Dinner From the Dollar Store? It’s a Big Thing (feat. Rebecca of Dollar Tree Dinners)

  • This week’s episode opens with discussion of a rising trend: More people are turning to dollar stores to shop for food because of the guaranteed low prices and accessibility.
  • To help us discuss this movement, we’re joined by Rebecca of @DollarTreeDinners on TikTok (and YouTube), who’s gained nearly 700k followers in under a year thanks to her videos in which she shares how to make great meals using ingredients from Dollar Tree!
  • We ask Rebecca what the common misconceptions are about dollar store shopping, how she plans her meal ideas, if keeping ingredients and meals healthy is possible at a low-cost store like Dollar Tree, and what items to avoid at the dollar chains.
  • How has Rebecca gotten so popular, so quick? She shares what resonates with her audience to help any other aspiring TikTokers.
  • Over in TV land, Netflix is in hot water after the taping of their Squid Game reality show got a little too, uh, close to the fictional Squid Game. Shouldn’t contestants have known what they were getting into?!
  • Mr. Beast also got in trouble when he tried to create his own Squid Game. It leads us into a discussion of how creators like him can’t win.
  • The Grammys aired Sunday, and as always there’s lots to talk about. Pam explains why Harry’s House shouldn’t have won the top honor, and Andrew shares strategies for making it through the longggggg award ceremony.
  • Recommendations: Andrew’s recently started using Jicama Wraps as a low-calorie tortilla alternative (Which Pam isn’t happy about, only because the popularity of jicama has seemingly driven up prices), and Pam wants you to check out Bad Bunny’s album Un Verano Sin Ti.

This week in After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • The M&Ms Spokecandies have allegedly been replaced by Maya Rudolph. The commercials haven’t landed with Andrew — is this all leading to a Super Bowl ad where the Spokescandies murder Maya Rudolph and take back the throne?
  • The internet is paying tribute to the M&M’s by discussing the hottest brand cartoon characters. We discuss if we would sleep with iconic characters like Jolly Green Giant, Wendy, Kool Aid Man, Mr. Pringle, and more.
  • Disney Dads appear to be getting hotter. Do the animators have daddy issues?
  • FMK: The Mascots. Andrew and Pam present each other with scenarios. “Ohhhhh Yeahhhhhh!”

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Episode #9×04: ChatGPT is Incredible… and Coming For Our Jobs

  • Laura has an announcement: she has joined the ranks of Joe Biden, Mike Pence, and Donald Trump for having classified documents in her home. Who’s next?
  • Chat GPT, the new AI chatbot that has taken the internet by storm, is the subject of this week’s show. Listen carefully — some of what we say may be written by The Bots.
  • Chat GPT can write letters, papers, and podcast dialogue when given specific requests. It can also answer everyday questions, convey emotion, write content, and even write code.
  • Big tech has taken notice and some are reportedly shaking in their boots and in some cases even vying to use Chat GPT.
  • Artists and creators alike are sounding the alarm over AI bots and their potential to steal from artists in order to generate content.
  • There may still be a ways to go though: CNET was using AI to write articles until they realized there were some errors in the bot’s reporting.
  • Should people be worried about the machines taking their jobs?
  • For today’s episode, we prepared ad copy, existential diary entries, and even a conversation with Albus Dumbledore using AI bots!
  • This week’s recommendations are fun and functional enough to get you to stop worrying about the rise of Skynet: GoldenEye on Nintendo Switch (Andrew), The Quarry on PS/XBOX/PC (Laura), and Mighty Patch (Pam).

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

  • Inspired by this NYTimes article, we ask: what present-day things will we cringe about in the future?
  • Did we swipe away our life partners too easily?
  • How many kids are going to grow up and despise their parents for documenting their entire childhood on social media?
  • Will we navigate more towards plant based diets?

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Episode #9×03: I’m a Believer, You’re a Belieber

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real talk!
  • Should we have anxiety about the current egg shortage?
  • “Classic” digital cameras are big with Gen Z – are we feeling old yet?
  • Something about that classic, grainy, blurry look is appealing to the kids these days,
  • UFO reports have skyrocketed since 2021 – are they legitimate?
  • While we’re hoping to have an expert on in the coming months to discuss aliens, we want to share our decidedly un-expert opinions: are aliens real, have they been to Earth, would the government even tell us, and would humanity band together against an extraterrestrial threat? (no).
  • Throw back time: Pam gives us a mini-hype roundup of the latest pop culture stories.
  • Should Alec Baldwin be found guilty for the accidental shooting of Halyna Hutchins?
  • Actor Sebastian Croft recently faced backlash for voicing a character in the upcoming “Hogwarts Legacy” – why aren’t any other actors being attacked online for doing the same?
  • Cringiest cringe of the week: US Senators quoting Taylor Swift lyrics.
  • This week’s recommendations will keep you fresh, fed, and prepared! Just Egg (Andrew), Eva NYC’s Freshen Up Invisible Dry Shampoo (Laura), and Instax mini link 2 smart phone printer (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Honeylove (https://www.honeylove.com promo code MILL for 20% off!). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Oh, the places you will go! Our most and least favorite pop culture and historical sites.
  • The owner of the “Breaking Bad” house still has a temper about people showing up and trying to throw pizza on her roof.
  • Andrew and Pam have made visits to a number of iconic pop culture sites, but you might be a little disappointed to see how some of them stack up to their on-screen counterparts.

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Episode #9×02: Believing Memoirs, ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Breaks Fan Trust, Stupid Dress Codes

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real FIRE talk!
  • Stoves are apparently a hot button (lol) issue, and President Biden continues coming under scrutiny for his classified documents faux pas.
  • Do we believe everything we read in memoirs? Some details in Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare” have been determined to be inaccurate.
  • Since human memory is subject to flaws when recalling events, how much stock can we put in any memoir’s ability to represent reality?
  • Time to get nerdy: Pam and Laura cover an ongoing story in the Dungeons & Dragons community. Once again, corporations are getting greedy and attempting to screw over their fan base.
  • Swift backlash from the DnD community led to Wizards of the Coast backtracking its new proposed Open Gaming License (OGL), but fans are still wary of what is to come.
  • The Missouri State House of Representatives has adopted stricter dress code guidelines for its female members. Apparently bare arms and shoulders are too scandalous for Missouri.
  •  The United States House of Representatives relaxed its own archaic rules around dress code for women in 2017 – c’mon Missouri, even Paul Ryan thought this was stupid.
  • We reminisce about our own run ins with being dress code violators and check in on our old high schools’ current dress code requirements.
  • This week we have a group recommendation: Watch ‘The Last of Us’ on HBOMax. Just do it. Do it now. (We also have a bonus recommendation for the inevitable zombie apocalypse: PB2 powdered peanut butter!)

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

  • MuggleSuck, The AIM Files (part III).
  • Between being homeschooled and lacking IRL friends, Andrew and Laura really had nothing better to do than be riled up by fansite drama.
  • How did we talk about and perceive being gay in the early 2000s? How does it differ from 2023 standards?

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Episode #9×01: New Year New Laws, Airline Mayhem, What To Do About Football?

  • New year same us! Welcome to #Millennial the home of pretend adulting and real talk.
  • Get ready for some new laws y’all: decriminalization of jaywalking and cannabis cafés potentially coming near you soon!
  • During the holiday break House Republicans proved the 15th time is a charm, Brasil had its own January 6th, and Biden had his own classified documents snafu. 2023 is just *glowing*
  • NEW ON PATREON! Executive Producer tier, which includes all other Patreon benefits in addition to joining us for episode planning meetings, a personalized thank-you video, and a dedicated space to pitch your ideas to the show.
  • Southwest Airlines capped off a year rife with airline drama with the crowning jewel of clusterfucks: mass cancellations that left tens of thousands of Americans stranded at the height of winter holidays.
  • US airlines received around $50 billion in taxpayer funded bailouts during the pandemic to avoid layoffs and furloughs. If the bailout was meant to keep airline workers employed, why did the airlines offer buyouts and early retirement packages to so many of their employees? ?
  • Can Southwest bounce back from this? More than likely with the right response and PR. But will the government enact repercussions?
  • Are consumers expecting unreasonably low airfares? And what can be done about the general lack of comfortable seating?
  • What is the future of football following the tragic accident that nearly claimed Damar Hamlin’s life?
  • How can American society reconcile the inherent dangers of football with the cultural significance it holds?
  • Why do sports in general carry so much significance socially, culturally, and politically?
  • This week’s recommendations all relate to our episode! Ticket to Ride (Andrew),  The Department of Transportation’s Airline Customer Service Dashboard (Laura), and ‘Colin in Black and White’ on Netflix (Pam).

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

  • The Stanley Quencher water bottle may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, but it’ll keep you hydrated.
  • In a conversation about brand influencing, Andrew and Pam give Laura fomo about products she doesn’t have and will now be buying.
  • We share the products we are sluts for, and surprise surprise, we were most likely influenced into our loyalty.
  • Why is hydration so trendy now? No one walked around with a water bottle in the 90s.

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