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.

Episode #7×45: America Gets Its First Female President, Does Anyone Enjoy Thanksgiving?, Holiday Travel Preview

  • We’ve got a lot on our minds in the lead up to Thanksgiving here in the states!
  • Kamala Harris became the first woman President in the United States for a whopping two hours while Joe had a camera up his ass. Yay?
  • Pam gives us her reviews of Adele’s ’30’ and Taylor Swift’s ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’.
  • Heading home for the holidays? We’ve got your Thanksgiving survival guide, with recommendations of games, TV, movies, and last minute recipes to stave off all those awkward conversations with your weird uncle.
  • Andrew surprises us with some original Thanksgiving poetry, and we discuss whether we actually enjoy Thanksgiving? Isn’t everyone just ready for Christmas?
  • Speaking of the upcoming holiday, travel is expected to be kind of a disaster. Flight bookings are up 78% over 2020’s numbers, and with staffing shortages, long lines, and unruly passengers, some of y’all are gonna be in for a ride when you’re flying home.
  • Target has announced it will be permanently closing its stores on Thanksgiving moving forward – should other retailers do the same?
  • This week’s recommendations are looking towards December holidays: Don’t cheap out if gifting a home security camera to a loved one (Andrew), invest in smart plugs to make turning on your holiday lights easier (Pam), and Bath and Body Works’ buy 3 get 3 free sale on 3-wick candles to make your home smell magical (Laura).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Stance (https://www.stance.com) and Scrib’d (https://www.try.scribd.com/MILL for your free 60-day trial). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Andrew had to dip, so Pam and Laura are doing an intimate AMA. It’s one of our longest After Darks ever!
  • The ladies chat about overcoming patriarchal standards of womanhood, handling instances of casual and blatant sexism, and learning what they actually like versus what society conditions women to think is important.
  • Since Andrew isn’t here, Patrons want some tea spilled. Does Andrew have any annoying, bullshit behaviors? Is he the “boss” of #Millennial?

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Episode #7×44: A Very Good Friday, Vaccine Mandates For Kids, The Woes of Working Retail

  • Andrew kicks off the show by sharing a recent instance where he was harassed for wearing a a mask.
  • Listeners sound off: turns out plenty of our listeners’ kids do still play with physical toys.
  • We officially announce our new social media manager, Chloé! We can’t wait to have her on the show, and are so excited to have a Gen Zer running our social media (we don’t know what we’re doing).
  • Laura’s second home, Costa Rica, is the first country in the world to announce vaccine mandates for children ages 5-11.
  • As citizens of a country where we’re struggling to get adults on board with getting vaccinated, we’re envious of Costa Rica’s high vaccine approval ratings.
  • It’s not all bad news for us in the States: The FDA is likely to approve Pfizer boosters for all U.S. adults in the coming week.
  • We’re joined by BAE supporter Camille, who’s here to share her experiences in retail management, and dig into what it’s been like to work retail during the pandemic.
  • We learned last week that a record 4.4 million people quit their jobs in September. Camille has some ideas as to why people are leaving retail.
  • What can employers do to entice new employees and retain existing ones?
  • Working retail in a country plagued by regular mass shootings is a constant source of concern, and we can all afford to be nicer to retail workers!
  • This week’s recommendations will inform AND relax: HBO’s ‘Running with Beto’ documentary (Andrew), shower steamers (Laura), and supporting independent businesses through Etsy this holiday season (Camille).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Public (https://www.public.com/MILLENNIAL), OUAI (https://www.theouai.com and enter code MILL for 15% off your order), and Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors! 

And in this week’s installment of After Dark:

  • In honor of our guest Camille, we’re talking retail nightmares. We’ve all worked retail at some point, and we’ve got stories to tell.
  • Patrons submitted some of their stories too, and there are some doozies: people treating fitting rooms like toilets, and exposing employees to extremely inappropriate imagery,
  • Tfw customers blame you for the consequences of their not understanding what they were purchasing. Smh.

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Episode #7×43: How We Save For Retirement, Neopets Make a Comeback, Disney+ Day Preview

  • Some good news to start off with this week: Congress finally passed Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
  • Daily housekeeping in hotels may never come back, and Laura’s gripe about people messing up public bathrooms in establishments that are understaffed.
  • This week, we check in on how we’re feeling about retirement. Do we think we’ll get to retire, and if so, will we still be side-hustling in our golden years?
  • Why does saving for retirement feel so overwhelming for millennials? Living through multiple economic crises and watching Baby Boomers struggle to retire certainly isn’t helping!
  • We’ve got a few resources for you to check out: If you don’t have an employer sponsored retirement savings account, consider opening an IRA! We also recommend checking out some of the FREE financial guidance that may be available to you.
  • Childhood throwback: Neopets is still a thing, and most of its users are between 20-40 years old.
  • We take a trip down memory lane and remember the Furbies, Beanie Babies, and Lisa Frank velvet art posters that made us!
  • Disney+ is about to turn two, and the platform has lined up an entire day of new releases, previews, and more to celebrate. How are we feeling about the number of “themed” days streaming services are are hosting these days? 
  • Do we plan on remaining Disney+ subscribers when our discounted rates run out?
  • This week’s recommendations will leave you feeling good: JustEgg (Andrew), OXO Good Grip Extendable Tub and Tile Scrubber (Laura), and CaitlynMinimalist on Etsy for customized jewelry gift options this holiday season (Pam). 
  • This week’s show is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter promo code MILL for $100 off your first month), Thirdlove (https://www.thirdlove.com/MILLENNIAL for 20% off your first purchase), and Stance (https://www.stance.com). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • What to do when someone you love has taken the Fox News red pill.
  • Pam matched with someone on a dating app who shared an… interesting personal anecdote right up front.
  • Laura appeared on a late-night BBC radio talk show to discuss the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter movie!

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Episode #7×42: Death to Daylight Savings Time, ‘Wrap It Before You Tap It,’ Why Facebook’s Turning to ‘Meta’

  • Andrew has established himself as the cool neighbor by giving out full-size candy bars on Halloween!
  • Laura commemorates Election Day 2021 with some show and tell.
  • Daylight Savings Time is ending soon, and we’re frustrated about changing our clocks twice a year. Why must we be thrust into darkness every winter??
  • While public health experts are rightly focused on curbing the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another health concern creeping up on us: Syphilis is on the rise in the United States.
  • Despite two prior public health campaigns to eradicate this STI, rates are climbing. How do we think the pandemic may have helped or hurt the cause?
  • We cover the most misunderstood headline in 2021: Facebook and the Metaverse. No, your Facebook app won’t be rebranded to Meta. Yes, Zuckerberg is trying to expand his tech empire, and there is reason to be worried about it.
  • Not everything is black and white: there are some specific cases where Meta’s ‘Horizon Home’ offering can be beneficial… but we have security concerns.
  • Look out Gen Z and younger: Zuckerberg is focusing on marketing to YOU.
  • This week’s recommendations are rooted in beauty! Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience (Laura), Mario Party Superstars (Andrew), and Colourpop’s BFF eyeliner (Pam).
  • This week’s show is sponsored by Public (https://www.public.com/MILLENNIAL) 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:

  • It’s a BAE q&a extravaganza!
  • Have we ever run into an old bully in adulthood? Would we forgive them?
  • Does free will truly exist?
  • What are Pam’s plans post-Hypable?
  • How to ask for a raise at work…
  • …and more!

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Episode #7×41: Vaccination Requirements at Work, ‘Eternals’ Sparks Spoiler Policy Debate, Rise in Unruly Passengers on Planes

  • We kick the show off with an update from Laura about COVID booster shots!
  • In the U.S. and wanting to find out if a booster is right for you? Check out the CDC’s guidance.
  • In bittersweet news, our Social Media manager, Jule, will be moving onto new opportunities. If you have a background in social media management and are interested in working with #Millennial and MuggleCast, email us at millennialshow@gmail.com.
  • In other vaccine news, thousands of workers across the U.S. would rather lose their jobs than be vaccinated. Let’s remind them that they’ve already submitted to mandatory vaccines in order to attend our public schools.
  • News coming out of the ‘Eternals’ screening sent fans into a frenzy when press in attendance revealed that a pretty big name has signed on to join the MCU. Don’t worry – no spoilers here at #Millennial! 
  • Do spoilers in general bother us? Do we try to generally avoid them or do we just assume they’re unavoidable at this point?
  • The Federal Aviation Association is keeping a record of the numbers of unruly passengers on airplanes. As of October 21st, there have been 4,837 unruly passenger complaints this year, and 3,500 of those have been related to masking requirements. 
  • Are masks really the root cause here, or have people forgotten how to person during the pandemic?
  • We’ve got you covered on entertainment with this week’s recommendations: Nintendo 64 and Sega games now available on Switch (Andrew), ‘Resident Evil 8’ (Laura), and ‘Daisy Jones and The Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Pam). 
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL for the best blue light glasses on the market!). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors.

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

  • Confessional: Bad Roommates Edition.
  • We share some of our own roommate horror stories, and look inward to ask if we’ve ever been bad roommates.
  • BAE Choice questions: Justin asks, “In memory of Hypable — can we get more behind the scenes of its creation… and any associated MuggleNet drama?” 
  • Andrew speaks about the dangers of entertainment sites sourcing copy written images for their content.

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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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