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 #7×14: YouTube’s ‘Dislike’ Debate, Andrew Needs a New Internet Handle, Pro Tips For Sketchy Venmo Payments

  • According to the CDC, all the wiping down of surfaces we’ve been doing for the last year may not have had much of an impact on the pandemic. But when Laura reminds everyone that feces is everywhere, the panel is down to keep it up.
  • Pam’s got some small town poultry drama.
  • YouTube is testing hiding the ‘dislike’ count on videos, prompting the question, “what does a dislike actually tell us?”
  • Andrew doesn’t want to get murdered for talking smack while gaming, so he asks for help in deciding on a new internet handle.
  • We’re half-way through ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,’ and 2/3 of the panel is loving it, plus some spoiler-free talk.
  • Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99 last week, signaling the end of an era for the British Royal family. Also, people are using it as an excuse to blame Meghan Markle for yet another thing.
  • Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida is in hot water after some questionable venmo payments to young girls.
  • Keep an eye on this: multiple pieces of anti-trans legislation are on the table in 20 states. View a breakdown here.
  • We’re maybe a little… basic on recommendations this week? Try using ‘Amazon Day’ shipping to put less pressure on Amazon employees (Andrew), Aeropress (Pam), and Feisty Diet Coke (Laura).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/MILL to join Honey for FREE). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

And in this week’s installment of After Dark:

  • Andrew has an update on a previous gripe he shared about some irresponsibility.
  • According to Forbes India, millennials are shunning credit cards. We’re three millennials who have credit cards, so we’re here to share our experiences and best tips!
  • What have we found to be the most effective strategies for managing our credit? What mistakes have we made?

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Episode #7×13: Millennials Hit 40, ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoffs galore, Businesses Leaving Georgia: The Right Call?

  • The oldest millennials are turning 40 this year, and we say BRING. IT. ON. BABY. (But maybe keep your shitty hot-take headlines to yourself.)
  • The CDC says vaccinated individuals can travel at ‘low risk’ to themselves – meaning that travel is going to be absolutely bonkers this summer.
  • Pam and Laura are already planning a coordinated cringe watching party of ‘Selena: The Series’ part 2, Andrew is already seeing himself out the door.
  • ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoffs are headed our way by the boatload. Is anyone feeling Westeros fatigue?
  • AMC might be bouncing back in the stock market for the first time since r/wallstreetbets beat hedge funds at their own game…. and they have ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ to thank.
  • RIP Yahoo! Answers. Where will we go now to stress search for answers to all of life’s existential questions?
  • The trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer responsible for the death of George Floyd, is under way – do we think justice will be served?
  • The MLB is pulling this year’s All-Star game out of Atlanta due to Georgia’s recently passed slew of new voter restrictions. Pam and Laura give you all the inside baseball on Georgia’s new voting law, and, well… baseball!
  • It’s all entertainment in this week’s recommendations: ‘Rock the Block’ on HGTV (Andrew), ‘Ted Lasso’ on Apple TV+ (Pam), and ‘Crash Bandicoot: On The Run!’ for iOS and Android (Laura).
  • This week’s show is sponsored by ThirdLove (https://www.thirdlove.com/MILLENNIAL to get 20% off your first order). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • An article over at Mic.com suggests that shrinking friend circles during the pandemic may not be such a bad thing.
  • What’s it like to break up with a friend, or to have one break up with you?
  • Will friendships that drifted apart this last year come back together when the world goes back to normal?
  • We think about the relationships that have grown stronger over the course of the pandemic for a heartwarming moment.

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Episode #7×12: Peeping Pam, Gritty Reboots, An AAPI Community Member’s Lived Experience

  • Andrew has a bone to pick with SDCC over their decision to hold their convention over Thanksgiving weekend this year.
  • Pam’s neighbor drama made her an unwitting peeping Tom.
  • Disney has announced that ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Cruella’ will debut on Disney+ the same day as their theatrical release. Will any of us pay the $30 premier access fee on top of our Disney+ subscription? Andrew’s concerned about these extra fees becoming the new normal.
  • What’s with all the gritty reboots? Do we really need to see the Powerpuff Girls working through their childhood trauma?
  • Laura delivers some solemn news: Delta 8 may be legal for now, but some states are cracking down.
  • Listener Michelle joins us to discuss her experience as a member of the AAPI community over the course of the pandemic. She brings with her some examples of coded language and racial stereotypes she recommends we keep an eye out for.
  • Michelle also recommends: PBS: Asian Americans, bystander intervention training, and supporting our local Asian-owned restaurants and businesses.
  • Tired of getting Zoom-ready? Tell your boss you want to leave your camera off to save the planet!
  • In some good news: Moderna and Pfizer are proving to be 90% effective in real-world settings two weeks after the second jab, and chances of being an asymptomatic spreader are low.
  • This week’s recommendations will give you plenty to do: ‘Lupin’ on Netflix (Laura), the new co-op game ‘It Takes Two‘ (Andrew), and Try Guys’ ‘We need to talk about Asian hate‘ video (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter code MILL for $100 off your first month) and Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com and enter promo code MILL for a 4 week free trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Can you tell the difference between human and AI generated content? Quiz yourself here.
  • Are three brains better than the one that achieved the best score of 13/21 on this? Probably not.
  • We have some tips and tricks you can use to help discern between human and AI generated content courtesy of Reuters.
  • Laura reveals her “surprise” to the panel, and it is indeed pretty freaky.
  • Andrew’s not happy with someone close to him who is breaking pandemic guidelines early.

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Episode #7×11: Our Vaccination Reviews, ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ and ‘Justice League’ Reviewed, Instagram For Kids

  • We kick this week’s show off with some good news – our panel is beginning to get vaccinated! Laura provides her review of the first Moderna shot mere hours after receiving it.
  • Spring breakers are ruining March again. What about “global pandemic” do these beachgoers not understand?
  • Pam got stitches (but don’t worry, she’s no snitch!).
  • It’s a big week for DCU and MCU fans: The Justice League (Snyder Cut) and Falcon and Winter Soldier have dropped on HBO Max and Disney+.
  • Does the Snyder Cut have any business being 4 hours long? We’ll leave that for the fans to decide.
  • Our first impressions of Marvel’s Falcon and Winter Soldier, spoiler free!
  • An Instagram for kids could be coming to the app store, which prompts us to reflect on our own adolescent usage of the internet and social media.
  • A horrific shooting in Atlanta has left 8 dead, and provided yet another example of the deadly intersection of gun violence and discrimination.
  • We recommend the following resources to show your support for the Asian-American Pacific Islander community: StopAAPIhate.org and the Stop Asian Hate gofundme.
  • Hawaii is considering charging hikers for their own search and rescue missions if they don’t follow the rules. Is there a discernible difference between a genuine accident and someone just being stupid?
  • Incoming Editor in Chief of Teen Vogue Alexi McCammond has stepped down after her racist tweets from high school surfaced. Where do we draw the line between giving people the chance to do better, and saying enough is enough?
  • We’ve got some entertainment recs and a good adulting tip in this week’s recommendations: the Oscar-nominated ‘Nomadland’ (Andrew), invest in a First Aid kit and keep it stocked up (Pam), and ‘Bag Man’ by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz (Laura).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Rothy’s (https://www.rothys.com/mill for your new favorite flats) and Public (https://www.public.com/MILLENNIAL for a free slice of stock when you join). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Where do life goals end, and career goals begin? How much overlap is there for us?
  • What are our non-negotiables when considering a new job or project? What won’t we compromise for our careers?
  • Pam has a story about an attractive job offer that would have required her to give up other freelancing, and why she turned it down!

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Episode #7×10: Laura’s Vaccination Is Set, Biden Makes Bold Bets, Netflix Cracks Down on Password Sharing

  • PSA / Rage from Andrew: No one wants to hear your music out in public, especially in peaceful settings.
  • A couple of members of our panel have successfully signed up for vaccine appointments! Check your state’s eligibility requirements or sign up for a waitlist here!
  • President Biden gave a primetime speech marking the anniversary of when COVID got real in the United States. In it, he predicted Americans could gather in “small groups” to celebrate the 4th of July. Do we think we’ll be ready?
  • Andrew is already over all of this ‘1 year’ talk – do we really want to mark the anniversary of a pandemic we’re still living in?
  • Though the momentum looks to be positive, progress is inconsistent from state to state. We compare and contrast the responses from our states, and discuss how isolating it feels to take the pandemic seriously when you live somewhere that isn’t.
  • Netflix is testing cracking down on accounts sharing passwords by limiting access to a specific household. We know, Netflix, times are rough and you’ve gotta find a way to make ends meet. 🙄
  • Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and HER had a great night at the 2021 Grammys, but Grammys viewership has continued to drop.
  • Pam and Laura have a bone to pick about the Grammys doing Selena dirty!
  • This week’s recommendations should make you feel good: HiDrB.com to get on the vaccine waitlist (Andrew), Eloquii jeans (Laura), and Supergoop superscreen daily moisturizer (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/MILL to join Honey FREE). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • It’s a music nostalgia week in honor of the Grammys. But first, let’s take an awards show fashion quiz and fail it miserably.
  • We reminisce about the first CD or cassette tape we remember purchasing. Yes, we said cassette tape.
  • Naturally, this leads us into a round of 90s nostalgia, and we wonder if kids today get as hype about McDonald’s Happy Meals as we did?
  • Do we have any musical phases we’re embarrassed of now?

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Episode #7×09: AAPI Hate Crimes, WandaVision Reactions, Internet Accessibility Across America

We recorded this latest installment on International Women’s Day, and we kick off the show with a reminder of the importance of intersectional feminism.

  • #Millennial has new artwork, courtesy of Emily Kardamis! What’s that thing on the table??
  • We’re (finally) going to be seeing an additional round of stimulus checks, but fewer people will receive them this time.
  • Special thanks to listener Michelle for providing resources about the increase in hate crimes towards AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Americans.
  • Advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate has documented 2,800 cases of anti-Asian hate instances over the course of the pandemic. Read their press release here.
  • Why is there such a gap between the FBI’s reporting and the amount of hate-based discrimination experienced?
  • Our WandaVision review is spoiler-free, but Laura recommends re-watching Doctor Strange if you’re feeling confused.
  • Tfw when you sit down for the new Tom & Jerry movie on HBO Max, but get part 1 of Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ instead. Oops.
  • We react to Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah, but we’re not shocked that institutions of royalty are racist af.
  • Who’s really running the show, and shouldn’t the buck stop with the Queen?
  • BAE supporter Kayla joins us to raise the issue of internet accessibility for rural populations in the United States.
  • Since internet is classified as a utility, shouldn’t we treat it like one?
  • Laura tries to find common threads to connect recommendations, but who are we kidding? We’re all over the place this week: Buy AppleCare (Andrew), Lipslut.com (Laura),‘Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry’ on Apple TV+ (Pam), and magsafe PopSocket adaptors for your new Magsafe compatible iPhones (Kayla). 
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com and enter promo code MILL for a 4-week FREE trial plus free postage and a digital scale). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • We’ve got more group interview questions! Do we think the internet has been more positive or negative for humanity?
  • “What is your favorite smell?” elicits some…. debatable answers (gasoline, cigarette smoke?).
  • What is that warm, homey smell we notice on people sometimes? Would we ever say anything?
  • We reminisce about the adventure time we had as kids exploring our worlds.

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Episode #7×08: Tipping Culture, Do We Like The New Vaccine?, Voter Suppression, Pandering At The Golden Globes

This week we discovered each of us has a catch-phrase?! Listen to find out what they are!

  • Is tipping culture out of control? How do we handle situations where it’s unclear whether tipping is appropriate? Andrew shares a recent story.
  • With Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine receiving emergency FDA approval, conversations abound about vaccine preferences. Do we have one?
  • Andrew considers a pilgrimage to Gila County, Arizona for a shot at the vaccine.
  • San Diego Comic Con has already canceled its in-person July convention, but will host an in-person event in November. Will we be over the trauma of mandated isolation by then?
  • Laura issues a Cuomo correction, but Gov. Cuomo is still in some shit.
  • A Georgia Tale: Battleground State, Voter Suppression Fuckery.
  • We detail how Georgia Republicans have been for expanding easy access to voting, until they decided they didn’t like the way people were voting.
  • A new Equality Act has passed the U.S. House of Representatives, and would enshrine nondiscrimination practices into law for sexual orientation and gender identity (no one tell #jkr).
  • United States Postal Service vehicles are getting an upgrade, prompting many to wonder: are they derpy or cute?
  • Paramount+ has unveiled its upcoming slate of programs… and they. are. all. revivals. or. spinoffs.
  • Pam reminds us that progress can be frustratingly slow in light of the 2021 Golden Globes.
  • Lady Gaga’s dog walker might need a raise after being shot when defending her pups from a dog napper. Do we think the thief knew they were Gaga’s dogs?
  • We’re all over the board with this week’s recommendations: Toaster oven air fryers (Andrew), HBO’s ‘Allen v Farrow’ (Laura), and ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (https://www.thirdlove.com/MILLENNIAL for 20% off your first purchase), Rothy’s (https://www.rothys.com/mill for your new favorite flats), 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:

  • Surprise Bitch! victim and epidemiologist Elizabeth graciously answers our most burning questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Pam wants this group of friends to learn more about each other, and she’s ready with questions!
  • What did we imagine being 30+ years old would be like? Could we even picture it?
  • What’s our code behind having (or not having) tattoos?
  • …and more!

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Episode #7×07: Most Annoying Phrases, Fled Cruz and Winter Storm Uri, Clubhouse

What’s a phrase people say all the time that you hate? We “did a thing” and got feedback LIVE on air! And friend of the show Shane brings some Los Angeles sunshine to the panel this week!

  • It’s happening again: people continue to cause destruction by celebrating their unborn babies’ genitals via explosion.
  • Do we wish ill on anyone? No. Do we care that Rush Limbaugh died? Also no.
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is under fire after the state Attorney General released a report indicating that Cuomo’s office underreported the number of COVID-related nursing home deaths. Can we sympathize with his position?
  • Winter Storm Uri has devastated much of the southern and middle United States. Particularly in Texas, where the power grid has been deregulated for two decades because dErEGuLaTiOn MeAnS fREedOm. 
  • As if the human and infrastructure toll wasn’t bad enough, consumers are now having to fight power bills for tens of thousands of dollars.
  • Flyin’ Cruz, Cancun Cruz, Fled Cruz: how many names can we come up with for a Senator for abandoning his state in the middle of a crisis?
  • Meanwhile, AOC and Beto O’Rourke have picked up the slack for Ted to show Texans what real leadership looks like. Remember, Texas: y’all can vote this fucker out in 2024.
  • Dolly Parton says “thanks, but no thanks” to a Tennessee state Capitol proposal for a statue of her likeness.
  • Do we allow smartphone apps to track us? We don’t think so… but maybe, kinda sorta.
  • Can we just get a villain origin story that doesn’t try to humanize the villain for once?
  • Clubhouse: what we like, what we’re confused about, and whether or not you’re missing out by not having early access.
  • We’ve got a little bit of everything in this week’s recommendations: Follow @NASAPersevere for the adventures of a real-life Wall-E (Andrew), Gino’s pizza in Atlanta (Laura), Silicone popcorn poppers (Pam), and ‘The Warmth of Other Suns’ by Isabel Wilkerson (Shane). 

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

  • What the hell did Armie Hammer do, and how does it relate to online dating?
  • Will someone this rich and connected actually face consequences for his actions?
  • We cover some of our Patrons’ cringiest online dating stories, and they remind us of a few of our own.

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Episode #7×06: Bye Bye Tight Jeans, Bucket List Items, Gina and Joss Cancelled

A polar vortex has struck the southern United States and skinny jeans are out.

  • The gang reacts to the fashion trends Gen Z says make us “old.”  😂
  • Pam is thankful to all the fast food joints for reminding her it’s almost Lent with their fish alternatives.
  • We ask our Discord community: what is something you’ve done that you recommend everyone add to their bucket list? (Thanks Idea Guy!)
  • The perks of traveling and exploring alone. Ahhhhh…
  • Be sure to check out our latest BREAKING NEWS installment for our immediate reactions to the impeachment trial acquittal over the weekend.
  • What is the future of the Republican party? Will they split, or fall into line?
  • A Utah school told parents they could opt their kids out of their Black History Month curriculum, prompting us to examine our own schooling experiences on this topic.
  • Vaccine tourism is ramping up with tens of thousands crossing state lines to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Would we do the same?
  • This week in canceled: Joss Whedon and Gina Carano being held accountable for their patterns of toxic behavior.
  • Taylor Swift is kicking off her massive re-recording project with “Taylor’s Version” of ‘Fearless!’
  • We’ve got a little bit of everything for this week’s recommendations: ‘Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar’ (Andrew), The Last of Us’s ‘Left Behind’ downloadable content (Laura), and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ on Disney+ (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Honey — our only sponsor who will always SAVE you money! Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? We’ve got some doozies!
  • “Accept less money or your husband will feel emasculated” excuse me wut?
  • Pam and Laura remember all the times a well-meaning adult told them boys were mean to them because of a crush.
  • How poor self-esteem can translate to some pretty terrible advice giving.
  • A “gay” handshake. Wtf?

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Episode #7×05: Super Bowl Reactions, Cutting the Vaccine Line, Olivia Wilde’s ‘No Assholes’ Policy

Did we all watch the Super Bowl? You know we didn’t. But did we have some thirsty moments with those commercials? You know we did.  👀

  • Laura prepares to ask Elon Musk if she can pay for a trip to Mars with Dogecoin.
  • COVID cases have been steadily trending down – what do we make of this development?
  • Trump’s second impeachment trial begins TODAY. Are we subjecting ourselves to the political theater?
  • Democrats are split on the subject of means testing for the next round of stimulus payments, and we call BS on lowering the qualifying income thresholds.
  • Smartmatic has filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against FOX News for spreading misinformation and lies about the 2020 election outcome.
  • Are we surprised that celebrities and the uber wealthy are finding ways to cut the vaccine line?
  • Multiple Gamestop stock projects are in the works, including at HBO. Why do we need another show about something we’re actively living?
  • Olivia Wilde has a “no assholes” policy as a director, which appears to have led to the firing of Shia Lebouf last fall. What other toxic workplace trends can Hollywood work to create accountability for?
  • Some California lawmakers really want Disneyland to reopen, and we have mixed feelings as a panel.
  • This week’s recommendations will make you feel good: Super Mario 3D World (Andrew), Generation G lipstick by Glossier (Laura), and ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ (Pam). 
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter code MILL for $100 off your first month) and EveryPlate (https://www.everyplate.com and enter code MILL199 to get started at $1.99 per meal plus 20% off two weeks). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • We review the New York Times documentary “Framing Britney Spears.”
  • It’s tragic to consider all the mixed signals being sent Britney’s way when she was a literal minor, especially considering it doesn’t seem she was adequately protected.
  • Do we believe Britney wants out of her conservatorship?
  • What do we make of the representation of the #FreeBritney movement?

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