Welcome to #Millennial Podcast!

#Millennial podcast is a weekly roundtable about our Generation Y experience. From news to politics and pop culture, a panel of friends digs in on why these stories matter and how they affect millennials. 

If you’ve ever wondered how to maneuver student loan debt, voting, relationships, careers, or just life in general, we feel that SO. HARD. And we’re here to share our stories, along with our greatest challenges and wins, along the way. Put simply, #Millennial is about journeying through young adulthood together.

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About the Team

Andrew Sims (he/him) (Host, Producer, Editor) began podcasting when he founded MuggleCast in 2005. Outside of #Millennial and the Potter podcast, he works in podcasting full time and created 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. Outside of being a social media manager, Chloé remains active in her sorority, Pi Beta Phi as an alumna, where she currently serves on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee advocating for Jewish and LGBTQIA+ sorority women. When Chloé is not creating content, she enjoys dancing, skiing, writing poetry, fashion, and watching the Harry Potter movies in French.

Episode #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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Episode #8×46: A Merry, Self-Serving Secret Santa (Plus: 2022 in Review, 2023 Predictions)

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real holiday gift exchanges!
  • Chloé, Marc, and Pat join us to make the gift giving experience more chaotic.
  • Cookie flavored lube, onesies, and marijuana paraphernalia are among the gifts given this year…
  • Our top themes that define 2022: Midterm Elections, Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, social media shifts, Ash finally becoming the best like no one ever was, Try Guys drama, and the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial.
  • We recap our 2022 predictions from last year: who was wrong, who was right, and who killed The Queen?
  • And don’t worry, we’re sure some of our 2023 predictions are wrong: SCOTUS to rule student loan forgiveness program legal, ‘Speak Now’ TV coming in spring or summer, Bob Barker will die, Nintendo to announce an updated Switch model, Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson will date, and Trump won’t be allowed to run.
  • Final words for 2022? Ehhhh

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, which is available now to Patreon / Apple Podcasts subscribers but will be available to everyone next week:

  • Time to tell the story of the REAL America… via Pornhub’s 2022 Year in Review!
  • Which US states need therapy based on their top search terms?
  • Are Boomers ok? Y’all’s search preferences are so vanilla.
  • Remember, there is a porn for EVERYTHING.

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Episode #8×45: Great Last-Minute Gift Ideas — Even For Boring Dads

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

  • Andrew has us play a guessing game about the top Google search trends of 2022.
  • Pam and Laura blank out on the first half of the year, completely forgetting major events pre-August.
  • Pam’s memory never ceases to blow us away.
  • Has anyone ever had a favorite spot ruined because of overcrowding due to social media?

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Episode #8×44: Gaslighting, Goblin Mode, and Millennial’s Own Words of the Year

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of fake adulting and real talk!
  • Polls closed for the Georgia Senate runoff shortly before we began this recording, and Raphael Warnock was declared the winner after we wrapped. However, you can still experience Laura’s stress and anxiety throughout the recording! #fun
  • Should Kanye’s music be removed from streaming services like Spotify in light of his continued hatred towards Jewish people? It’s a very sticky situation.
  • Spotify’s 2022 Wrapped is here with a new feature: your music personality.
  • Merriam-Webster and Oxford Dictionary have chosen appropriate words of the year for 2022: “Gaslighting” and “Goblin Mode.” Who among us hasn’t activated goblin mode after being gaslit the last three years?
  • NEW: #Millennial’s word of the year is… PEOPLE. Plus, Andrew takes us through dozens more of #Millennial’s most-used words, and the words he thinks we should’ve used more often in 2022.
  • As we get deeper into the holiday season, we ask ourselves and our listeners how to deal with annoying people during the most wonderful time of the year?
  • Is just getting up and leaving effective? Is it too awkward?
  • Between edibles, giving yourself a buffer, and setting boundaries, our listeners have lots of ideas about how to stay sane this holiday season!
  • “I hope you have the holiday you deserve.”
  • This week’s recommendations are all over the place: 12ft.io to be a filthy thief and bypass paywalls (Andrew), Netflix’s ‘Wednesday’ (Pam), and Laura begs Supermassive Games to please patch ‘The Devil in Me.’
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Uncommon Goods (https://www.uncommongoods.com/MILL for 15% off) and Dock a Tot (https://www.dockatot.com and enter code MILL for 15% off). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Pam reveals more tea about how she’ll be handling awkward interactions this holiday season.
  • Andrew and Laura provide another dramatic reading of an AIM transcript from their days working at MuggleNet. This week’s edition: mass firing of volunteer fan fiction moderators.
  • What is it with grown ass adults picking on children?

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Episode #8×43: Ticketmaster, Monopolies, and Biden’s Promise To Tackle Junk Fees

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real talk!
  • Of course Elon couldn’t resist amping up Twitter drama during the Thanksgiving holiday, and we reminisce about the Twitter apocalypse that wasn’t.
  • On this week’s episode we’re doing a deep dive on Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Antitrust laws, and the Biden Justice Department working to address the issue of monopolies.
  • First, all due credit to Taylor Swift, whose Ticketmaster debacle inspired this conversation.
  • We don’t know for sure if Biden and Garland are Swifties, but we do know the Department of Justice had already launched an antitrust inquiry into Live Nation Entertainment before Ticketmaster shit the bed on presale tickets for Swift’s tour.
  • The Justice Department allowed the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster in 2010, despite cries from the music world and consumers that a monopoly would result. And they were right. 
  • Artists like Ed Sheeran and Garth Brooks have tried to fight back against price gouging and scalping, but with the broad control Live Nation Entertainment has over the live music entertainment market, it will take so much more to truly address these issues.
  • The Biden Justice Department has had surprising success preventing the recent attempted merger of publishing houses Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster.
  • Interested in reading more about monopolies and antitrust law? Check out these resources: AT&T Antitrust cases, American Tobacco Company, and more reading on PRH+S&S.
  • The Biden Administration also announced that they’re looking to fight ‘junk fees’ to help fight inflation, beginning with new guidance making it illegal for banks to charge overdraft fees when bank or ATM statements show sufficient balances at the time of a transaction.
  • What junk fees do we want to see the administration take on next?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Expedition Roasters (https://www.expeditionroasters.com and use code COFFEEGEEKS for 15% off your order). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • Since millennials know how to lose their online social media presence, let’s explore the social media alternatives to Twitter.
  • We look at popular alternatives Mastodon and Hive. Their platforms may be promising, but will their audiences keep growing?
  • Our gripe: how are we supposed to find our friends and other connections on these new platforms?
  • Pam shows Andrew a Tiktok hack that reveals something surprising!

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Episode #8×42: No Homo!

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and (maybe) good inflation news?
  • We look towards what we can expect from Democratic Senate and Republican House controlled chambers following last week’s midterm elections.
  • What does the Georgia Senate runoff mean for a Senate majority?
  • Orange Julius announced his 2024 Presidential run during this recording, and we are gagging.
  • Will Gen Z save American democracy? We’re in their corner!
  • What is “queerbaiting,” and how are certain celebs and media using it to attract audiences?
  • How can we tell if someone is queerbaiting? And when does it do more harm than good to call it out?
  • Kit Connor of ‘Heartstopper’ fame was forced out of the closet due to excessive accusations of queerbaiting.
  • Should there be limits on straight artists using queer themes in their work?
  • Andrew (aka resident conservationist daddy) provides an update on the mega drought out West, and what those states are doing to become less dependent on the Colorado river.
  • In addition to the phenomenal water recycling efforts in Las Vegas, California has reduced its water usage by 10%, and has committed to reducing its dependence on the Colorado river by 400,000 acre feet per year starting in 2023.
  • The Federal government is throwing its weight around by telling states like Arizona and California that if they don’t come to an agreement to cut usage, big daddy fed will be stepping in.
  • Andrew’s 2023 water prediction: we’re gonna get WET baby!
  • This week’s recommendations will keep you entertained and moisturized as the weather gets chillier! Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ on Netflix (Laura), ‘Tunic,’ an RPG tribute to 90s Zelda games (Andrew), and O’Keefe’s working hands lotion (Pam).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Uncommon Goods (https://www.uncommongoods.com/mill for 15% off). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • What nostalgic media from our childhood holds up well? What DOESN’T?
  • A macabre discovery: does Santa die when he retires in ‘The Santa Clause’?
  • We are shook to revisit fan favorites from the early 2000’s that look like dog shit now.
  • Is it possible to enjoy 1990’s VFX through a 2022 lens?

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Episode #8×41: The Good, The Bad, The LOLs of the 2022 Midterm Elections

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real election talk!
  • An unpleasant reality seems to be setting in for Republicans: while they will likely take control of the House, it seems to be a much smaller majority than expected.
  • We cover our home states of California, Georgia, and Nevada: the heartbreak, the victories, and everything in between.
  • Why does Laura have a freedom boner over ranked choice voting??
  • The economy and abortion were top areas of concern this cycle – what do these results tell us about public opinion?
  • Is Trump being rejected at the ballot box? His endorsed midterm candidates are seeing mixed results.
  • Gen Z saves the day: the newest voting-age generation turned out overwhelmingly for Democrats, and Maxwell Frost was the first Gen Zer elected to Congress!
  • While the balance of Congressional control is still in question, Republicans ultimately underperformed. How will they react in 2024? Are we ready for the inevitable DeSantis/Trump boxing match?
  • This week’s recommendations should give you a break from election fatigue: ‘The Midnight Club’ on Netflix (Laura), ‘All There Is’ with Anderson Cooper (Pam), and Backblaze (Andrew).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Uncommon Goods (https://www.uncommongoods.com/mill for 15% off) and Expedition Roasters (https://www.expeditionroasters.com and enter COFFEEGEEKS for 15% off your order). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

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

  • MuggleSuck returns in the form of some cringy AIM transcripts Andrew dug up from the vault.
  • 2006 Andrew is talking about a gay guy but not in the way he would now.
  • *cringe* “My parents are such dorks!”
  • Laura treated the prospect of guest hosts probably *too* seriously.
  • A story of a creepy older staffer is revisited.
  • Away messages were the best features ever. SOMEONE BRING THEM BACK!

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Episode #8×40: House of the Disturbingly Addictive Plotlines

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real Tiktok class action lawsuits.
  • After months of speculation, Elon Musk has officially purchased Twitter for $44 billion (which is way more than Twitter is worth).
  • See what Nilay Patel, aka Andrew’s new Leo Laporte, had to say on Elon’s head scratching purchase of the social media platform.
  • We share our concerns about the future of Twitter as small creators ourselves, and speculate over how likely major changes to Twitter’s rules are to be.
  • A big sticking point for Elon’s imagined “town square” version of Twitter will be advertisers. No one’s gonna want to advertise Christmas M&Ms next to the latest unregulated antisemitic Kanye meltdown.
  • Will we leave Twitter? We share our red lines.
  • Taylor Swift has also seen some backlash over her “Anti-Hero” music video, which featured some of the singer’s “nightmare scenarios.” The nightmare scenario that has caught everyone’s attention? Taylor’s scale weighing her as “fat.”
  • Although Swift has spoken about her struggles with disordered eating and body dysmorphia, many are calling out that an objectively skinny woman talking about being “fat” as a nightmare is lacking some self-awareness at best.
  • Does there need to be more nuance in this conversation? Yes. Does Taylor need to sit with this and learn to do better? Also yes.
  • Interestingly, there’s been no discernible criticism of the incest portrayed in ‘House of the Dragon’ – in fact, there is a significant thirst happening online for uncle/niece romantic duo Daemon and Rhaenyra.
  • Though this is not the first time incest has been represented in Westeros, it is the most prominent example for the tv shows. Are viewers turned on by the actors’ chemistry or the taboo nature of this relationship?
  • We share final thoughts on season 1 of ‘House of the Dragon’ – will we tune in for season 2?
  • This week we give a group recommendation: if you are eligible to vote in the United States… VOTE! Please. For the love of avocados. Next week’s episode will provide election coverage.

And in this week’s installment of After Dark:

  • With nostalgia in mind, we ask ourselves: what sucked as a kid, but is cool as an adult?
  • Weird how corporal punishment becomes a sex kink. Thanks parents!
  • Are all the things we hated as kids but like as adults good for our mental health?
  • Have we all become a lot more domestic than we thought we would?

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