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 #7×36: 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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Episode #7×30: Happy Hour Bans, How Advertisers Track You, Using ASMR to Manage Anxiety

  • A 4-decade ban on Happy Hours in Massachusetts may soon be coming to an end — We didn’t even know that some states didn’t have Happy Hours! But are they as exciting as they used to be?
  • Olympic wrap up: America, F*** Yeah. Andrew just learned about the Olympic Sport of Racewalking, which looks like a faster version of power walking. Pam has also had her eye on Baseball and Rock Climbing.
  • Quick updates: The Eviction Moratorium and Student Loan Relief programs have been extended, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is stepping down in disgrace.
  • #Millennial listener and Patreon supporter Ashley joins the show to discuss how the world of advertiser targeting works. We learn how advertisers follow you around the internet, and the extremely creepy ways they keep tabs on you in your everyday life. She also shares how you can protect yourself from all this tracking.
  • Ashley is also a firm believer in using ASMR to manage anxiety, so she explains why it’s effective and her favorite videos to use. She recommends ASMR MagicCaroline ASMRASMR Bakery, Certified Mood ASMRJames Matthew ASMRNourishing Noble ASMR, and Fairy Char ASMR
  • Pam shares thoughts on Suicide Squad, and we Olds gossip about who will become the new host of Jeopardy.
  • Recommendations: Andrew re-recommends the Chirp Wheel after a fresh wave of reviews come in from his family; Pam recommends Farmgirl Flowers, and Ashley recommends the compostable Pela phone cases
  • #Millennial listener Natalie has a coupon for listeners interested in her Custom Funko Pop! Vinyls: Visit her Etsy store and use code MILLENNIAL for 10% off!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Thirdlove. Get 20% off your first order by going to Thirdlove.com/millennial.
  • This week on After Dark, available on Patreon: The Karen Olympics, Part 2. We share some of the latest frustrating stories from our local online community groups, once again proving that the Karens of the world are an ongoing problem that will never go away.

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Episode #7×29: Laura Exposed, Switching Careers, Tumblr+ Fandom Drama

  • Andrew and Publix have exposed Laura as a fraud.
  • A listener asks for advice on how to counsel a friend who can never seem to get a break.
  • Private companies are building momentum around mask requirements: Walmart, Disney, and even some local San Francisco bars are requiring masks for employees and customers. Do we think this will help curb the spread of the Delta variant?
  • A $1 trillion infrastructure bill may be getting a vote in the Senate soon, and we’re excited for the progress!
  • Unfortunately, the temporary halt on evictions has expired in the United States, putting millions of tenants at risk while we’re still in the middle of a global pandemic.
  • Tumblr wanted to remind everyone they still exist, so is trying to adopt a subscription based model for creators to charge for content.
  • Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for releasing ‘Black Widow’ on Disney+, which she says was in violation of her contract’s theatrical exclusivity agreement. What implications does this bring for Hollywood in the era of streaming?
  • There’s some variety in this week’s recommendations: Planet Coaster (Andrew), ‘Never Have I Ever’ season 2 (Pam), and adding a succulent to brighten up your living space (Laura).

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

  • A first: Pam has a rage of the week, and we can really hear the rage in her voice!
  • Mini game: which three items did Laura’s movers break or lose?
  • Discord AMA: how do we practice being kind to ourselves, where do we want to be in 10 years, what is our favorite starchy food, and more!

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Episode #7×28: Simone Biles, Masks Back On in America, Millennial Retirement Survey

  • Andrew is shook over his encounter with a rando in an elevator. Someone must have been having a REALLY bad day.
  • Laura has some good news about her condo saga!
  • Andrew has developed a features list for the #Millennial Phone. And Gen Y can rejoice: it does not accept phone calls.
  • Simone Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics, furthering the discussion of high-profile athletes protecting their mental health.
  • The CDC is now recommending that communities with growing caseloads should return to making in indoor public areas, regardless of vaccine status.
  • With prominent conservatives changing their tune on vaccines, we wonder if there is anything the GOP can do to unfuck the mess they’ve created.
  • Speaking of messes, Americans who rely on Facebook for COVID information are less likely to get vaccinated on average.
  • A majority of millennials think they’ll be side hustling through retirement, which prompts us to wonder how feasible retirement will be for our age bracket.
  • Heavy entertainment recommendations this week: ‘Ted Lasso’ AND ‘Schmigadoon!’ (Andrew) and Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside.’
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL for the best blue light glasses on the market), Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/MILL to join Honey for FREE!), and Public (https://www.public.com and enter code MILLENNIAL when you download the app). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Have you ever debated with yourself over whether or not a text message is passive aggressive? Then this episode of After Dark is for you!
  • While we take a quiz together, we share some of our real life experiences receiving passive aggressive text messages from people in our lives.

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Episode #7×27: Freedom Phone, YouTube Rabbit Holes, An Unexpected Trivia Game

  • Happy birthday Pam! We hope you’re drinking a lot of good coffee and doing all the things you love!
  • Since we’re down to 2 hosts this week, we decided to keep it low-key and ask our BAE supporters what we should talk about. But first…
  • As the Delta variant proves to be more contagious and more deadly than its predecessor, do we think the U.S. will do anything to stave off the virus? Or are we accepting that this is just another way people die now?
  • Check out the FREEDOM PHONE, best phone everrrrrrr. Who wouldn’t want to pay $499 for a knock-off Android phone? (JK please don’t buy this, just laugh at the silly rhetoric.)
  • Introducing the Andy/Laura quiz game! Can we ask each other the most awkward/random questions ever? Let’s find out if Andrew knows how tampons work, or if Laura knows how big her home state is.
  • Our BAEs want to know…
  • How did we come up with the name #Millennial? What other names did we consider for the show?
  • What are our favorite YouTube rabbit holes to fall down?
  • Will we be traveling overseas anytime soon?
  • What minor adult milestones have we hit?
  • …And more!
  • There’s no possible connection between this week’s recommendations so we’re just gonna go with it: get a harness to leash your dog by, don’t leash by the collar (Andrew) and Netflix’s ‘How to Become a Tyrant’ (Laura).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter code MILL for $100 off your first month) and OUAI (https://www.theouai.com and enter promo code MILL for 15% off your first order). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Our official Marvel correspondent Marc joins us for a spoiler-filled discussion about the direction of the Marcel Cinematic Universe. This is your warning: we’re covering several SPOILERS in this edition of After Dark. If you don’t care to be spoiled, go catch up on the MCU and we’ll be here when you get back!
  • What connections might we draw between the Disney+ shows and the films themselves?
  • Which characters should we expect to see more of moving forward?
  • …and many, many more spoiler-y items!

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