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Author: Eve Simon, Chris Goumas, Lori Luna & Courtney Spikes

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GenX Stories is a podcast about how the so-called “Lost Generation” found itself at midlife. Join hosts Eve, Lori, Chris & Courtney every other Wednesday for a fun and frank discussion about what made us and what’s next. We all have a GenX story. What’s yours?
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In honor of Halloween, the gang is getting freaked out over spooky movies. Why do they work, has their impact on us changed over time, and what scares the crap out of us now. Plus we are joined by a special guest - a movie producer of blockbuster scary movies, who just HAPPENS to be married to one of our hosts. Don’t answer the phone, go to bed or run into the woods - just listen now!Episode linksThe best halloween movies & TV showsFinal DestinationCraig Perry David Cronenberg moviesThe Fly Is Still David Cronenberg’s MasterpieceThe Silence of the Lambs at 30: An unsettling horror that's still utterly terrifyingThe Lingering Horror of ‘Night of the Living Dead’Night Gallery TV Show Twilight Zone original TV ShowSweeney Todd: fact or fiction?  Jamie Lee Curtis doesn’t even like horror films Best order to watch all the Halloween movies?The Exorcist: 10 Ways It Still Holds Up Today 10 Gnarliest Practical Effects in Horror FilmsShaun of the Dead   'Hocus Pocus 2' Human CentipedeHuman Centipede menorahThe ConjuringThe Real 'Amityville Horror'Get OutDawn of the DeadMidnight Mass on NetflixConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
So that happened

So that happened

2021-10-2008:13

We have something embarrassing to admit - we got our publish dates a little off.  While we have a kick ass Halloween episode ready to go,  we're actually going to publish it next week (because, ya know, Halloween) which left today's scheduled episode sorta up in the air. But have no fear because now you get to be a fly on the wall for this special BONUS ep - a little glimpse into our planning session for the rest of season three! We're keeping this short and sweet both because we want to keep you guessing and because we're still figuring it all out. As GenXers do. Also Courtney is on the east coast right now, and we got to spend some in person time this past weekend, so hear about the trouble we got into together. Connect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
Is this episode a PJ party or just good old fashioned girl talk?  What’s for sure is that the ladies of the podcast (Chris was traveling) chat openly and honestly about feminism & what it’s like to be a GenX woman. Between growing up with Gloria Steinam's influence on our mothers, watching Katie in The Way We Were, "Leaning In" w/Sheryl Sandberg at work and stressing out with Ada Calhoun at midlife, we share our expectations,  experiences and how we're feeling about everything right now.  If you (or a beloved woman in your life) have also been thinking about evolving through it all, this ep is for you. Pinky promise.Episode LinksThe Way We WereThe Way We Were movie clips3rd Wave FeminismGloria SteinemSheryl Sandberg: Lean InAbout Sheryl SandbergStrong women quotesHow a Voice of Female Gen X Anxiety Spends Her SundaysThe new midlife crisisWhat to expect when you’re expecting to be a GenX girlConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
Singing your favorite song at the top of your lungs is awesome, but did you always get the lyrics right? (Especially before you could look them up online). In this episode, the GenX Stories podcast gang finds out what a Mondegeen is, what a Raspberry Beret is not and which songs we embarrassingly just learned the right lyrics to.Plus laugh your ass off at the best misheard lyrics our Facebook group members shared at a recent happy hour.Episode links Facebook group for misheard song lyricsMisheard song lyric memesWhat’s a Mondegreen?The New Yorker: Excuse me while I kiss this guyThis is why you mishear popular song lyrics40 Song Lyrics That We've Been Messing up This Whole TimeBobby BrooksIt’s gonna be Maaaaaayyy memeKiss This Guy misheard song lyrics websiteA to z lyrics websiteConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
"Mawage is wot bwings us togeder today”. Thanks to the Princess Bride, we all had a vision of "tru wuv” when we were growing up, but was it the fairy tale in reality? This week the gang gets way personal (with the help of our outspoken Facebook happy hour crew) and digs deep into the truth about  love, marriage, divorce, long distance relationships and SO much more.  Get ready to face what's next in the second half of life with us, the snarky bridesmaids/man you never knew you needed.Episode links The U.S. Divorce Rate Has Hit a 50-Year Low10 Essentials About Midlife Love RelationshipsGetting your MRS degreeEqual Rights AmendmentSwedenborgianismPrincess Bride wedding scene“Mawidge”Being married means mostly shouting "What?" from other roomsDivorce at MidlifeEve’s Jewish Renaissance Wedding Divorce statsGet ordained onlineDating at midlifeConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
We Can't Drive 55

We Can't Drive 55

2021-08-2546:13

It's the podcast gang's 1 year anniversary and we're celebrating! Between drivers ed, first cars, stick shifts, speed traps and sex in the back seat - you'll drive yourself nuts for missing this one.  Catch a ride with Eve, Chris & Courtney (Lori was traveling but sent notes!) as we remember when we had the wind in our hair, slid across bench seats and cruised around with our best friends, blasting 80s tunes out of the sunroof. There’s even a surprise appearance at the end of the show, plus a kick ass “the more you know” ride sharing find. Episode links Why your first car is so specialThe ugliest cars of the 80’sThe coolest cars in the 80’sPrefrontal cortex is not developed until 25We think Lori found Mr Mudge, Chris’s drivers ed teacherRed Asphalt is the horror movie they showed in driver’s edA nostalgic review of the 1985 Honda PreludeMoon roof vs. sun roof“Three on the tree.”Yugo: The worst car in historyThe K carChilton ManualsCurryville MO speed trapWhy American teens are driving lessUber WAV, wheelchair accessible vehicleConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
The gang is back this week to talk all about our first concerts, missed musical opportunities and flat out not remembering the biggest show of our lifetime, LiveAid (Guess who that was?). We even have a surprise guest with the best concert story ever (and a magic microphone).Lean hard into that contact high and listen to this crazy episode on repeat. We won’t tell.Episode links The 50 Greatest Concerts of the Last 50 YearsMusical acts from the 80s who are still playing todaySting solo singing Roxanne acousticStyx: Mr RobotoBelinda Carlisle dated Michael HuchenceLive AidLive Aid’s You Tube ChannelThe HootersAll Your Zombies VideoAni DiFranco on touring w/DylanConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
Remember playing sports as a kid, with terrible equipment, unexplainable injuries and fields littered with gopher holes? We definitely do!Cheer us on from the sidelines as Eve, Chris, Courtney and Lori share both our athletic triumphs and defeats along with memorable sporting events and mishaps (Nancy Kerrigan anyone?). Plus thoughts on 2020/2021 Olympic brouhaha, obsolete sports we’d like to see again (can you say Skijoring?) and so much more. Grab one of those useless helmets and drive on in.Episode links About the Wide World of Sports “agony of defeat” guyPhiladelphia Eagles fans climbing greased polesTotem Tennis (what smacked Courtney in the head)Water and orange slices1984 OlympicsTour de FranceMark Cavendish1985 Chicago Bears Michael Jordan: The Last Dance movieCubs Win the World SeriesNancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding: live footageI, Tonya (movie)Pete Rose Gets Booted from BaseballRocky Statue Story in PhillyVeterans StadiumBaseball is boring ABC Wide World of SportsReal Sports with Bryant GumbelStone SkippingYoung Bull RidersIOC rules on weedIOC Rule 50 revised2020 Olympics MascotGolden SlamSkijoring Is Winter’s Wildest Sport. Here’s How to Do ItConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
You know the story - something happened to your best friend's 3rd cousin and OMG it’s sooo true. And yet.On today’s episode, the GenX Stories gang starts season 3 digging into all our favorite urban myths. Where did they come from? How did we find out ? And why did we believe them?From Mikey dying from mixing pop rocks and Coke, to gerbil adventures, to UFO’s & Nessie, and even the birth of fake news, we’re on it. But just in case, have that Ouija board handy, cuz you never know.Episode links What is an urban myth?20 urban legends Americans can't stop talking aboutHow the Explosive 'Pop Rocks and Coke' Legend Destroyed an Iconic Candy BrandPassing notes in the 80sAesop's fablesBrothers GrimmFrom the Beatles to Phil Collins, 13 Biggest Urban Legends Tied to Top Music HitsThe Great Kidney-Snatch MythRazors in the apple during Halloween never happened How the Tylenol murders of 1982 changed the way we consume medicationHistory of GerbilingCalls coming from inside the houseBubble Yum and spider eggsAnatomy of a Fake News Scandal: Pizzagate20 Years Later, the Y2K Bug Seems Like a Joke—Because Those Behind the Scenes Took It Seriously Media Bias ChartA Definitive Guide to the Bronx Zoo Cobra Meme Connect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
New episodes may be on mini-hiatus til season 3 drops on July 14, but today’s bonus episode is full of goodies that will make even the most sarcastic GenXer smirk.Hear how GenX is taking over TikTok (oh hello @whiteyy18!) get a sneak peek of an upcoming episode and be a fly on the wall for some never before heard podcast outtakes. As if that weren't enough, you’re gonna love what our Facebook community had to say during a particularly wild zoom happy hour.So, see you on the other side. Or whatever.Episode linksThe rise of #cougartok and Whiteyy18How the Explosive 'Pop Rocks and Coke' Legend Destroyed an Iconic Candy BrandMan with sex doll wifeChris Columbus on why 'Gremlins' is a Christmas movie — and the dark Santa story the studio wanted to cut outGenX Stories FB groupWrite us a review. Get cool shit.Connect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
Wanna go behind the scenes with the GenX Stories gang? As we wrap up season 2, we share what surprised us about this crazy podcast process, things we’re excited about in Season 3 and what members of our Facebook community really think about it all. And Tom Hanks - call us?Connect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
Remember the summer vacations of your youth? Have no fear - we do! This week the GenX Stories gang reminisces about our first experiences traveling with family, to the adventures we had as young adults up until our recent and upcoming travel plans.If you've always wanted to know what it's like to party on a private yacht, travel while living abroad, see Pink Floyd’s The Wall concert at the Berlin wall, or even why the Four Corners monument is in the wrong place, you won’t be disappointed.Oh, and are those pillows? We’ll never tell.Episode links Wood paneled station wagonsFirst class air travel then and nowWhat family vacations looked like in the 80sThe Donner partyMt. Rushmore The National Monument That's in the Wrong PlacePink Floyd's “The Wall” (full concert in Berlin)Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' in Berlin: 30 years agoAAA Trip Tik’sMaine weather stickTraveler’s Checks When Traveling Abroad — Useful or Outdated?Pre paid phone cardsThe private yacht Lori vacationed onHow Summer vacations have changed over the yearsGen X Travelers to Lead 2021 Pandemic RecoveryConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
As 2021’s high school class approaches their end of year events, you know the GenX Stories gang had to relive our own. But here’s the big question: who loved these rites of passage from the 80’s and who was all “whatever” about them?We neither confirm or deny that these last days of senior year were filled with epic pranks, ditching class, bad silver tux rentals and graduation controversies. You’ll just have to get out that puffy shouldered prom dress out and hear what really happened.Episode links The prom, GenX StyleRemembering Gunne Sax/Jessica McClintock prom dressesThe good the bad and the 80s - prom moviesBest graduation songs for the last 20 yearsCraziest senior pranksHickman High school Kewpies (weird mascot)Eve’s senior project “book”Eve’s graduation photoOur 80’s prom songsMony MonyOMD:  If you leaveMoody Blues: Knights in White SatinLionel Richie: TrulyBilly Joel: This is the time Lady in RedConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
Games GenXers Play

Games GenXers Play

2021-04-2151:04

Between Legos, Superballs, Lite Brite, Spirograph, video games, Lori's Barbies, and David Mamet’s Tetris high score on Eve’s computer, it’s pretty clear that the gang had no shortage of fun things to occupy our time as kids. Unless you’re Chris, who would turn all of his toys into something new (i.e break them) when he got bored.Get ready to solve your Rubik's Cube like Courtney while you hear all about the games & toys we loved back then, which ones are still around today, and how we are managing the new bells and whistles that the latest generation seems to need. (Hint: Remove the batteries)Oh! As an FYI, this episode has more personal sound effects than we’ve ever made in public before, and we’re here for it all.Episode links34 Toys You’ll Totally Remember If You Were A Kid In The ’80sToys that defined the 80sToys from the 80s and 90’s you can still buyBarbie TownhouseLarge Barbie doll headLite BriteSimonWhales TalesPongFroggerAtari 2600TetrisClackers2XL robotSpirographTravel SpirographTeddy RuxpinConan’s Wiki BearConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
Epic Movie Soundtracks

Epic Movie Soundtracks

2021-04-0735:20

This week the gang waxes nostalgic about the movie soundtracks that scored our youth. And our midlife. And everything in-between.Tune in to hear why we think soundtracks can make (or break) a movie, the unvarnished truth about overplayed songs (hint: Titanic), what it takes to get picked for a Bond film intro, and how movies are our “gateway drug” for discovering great music. Oh, and CHOMPERS. (Wait, what?).Are you ready to drop the needle?Episode links10 best 80’s soundtracksBest Songs from 80’s moviesTop Gun volleyball sceneWhat is a music supervisor?Lost in Translation soundtrackYello's “Oh yeah" from Ferris Buellers Day off Ferris Bueller end credits - The English Beat Maniac in Flash DanceRisky Business Tangerine Dream train songSay Anything boom box sceneDon’t you forget about me - The Breakfast ClubGrosse Pointe Blank soundtrackUse of music in Grosse Pointe Blank:Reality Bites My Sharona scenePretty in Pink: OMD - If You Leave Pretty in pink - original songPretty Woman MontageTears for Fears: Everybody Wants to Rule the WorldEverybody Wants to Rule the World Hunger Games coverTears for fears & movies their songs were inXanaduLaLa Land intro This is Me from The Greatest ShowmanKesha’s version of This is meEvery opening Bond songWhat makes a Bond song?Star Trek Beyond: Beastie Boys SabotagePeter Gabriel’s The Veil from SnowdenConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramSend us an email
Irony is rich as the podcast gang takes on GenX being summoned into the latest cancel culture kerfuffle. Seriously - have they met us? From the PC battles of our youth with Tipper Gore and PMRC to the recent “cancellations” of Mr. Potato Head, Dr Seuss and Pepe Le Pew, we have a ton of opinions. For even more GenX perspective, we’ve added some wayyyyy unfiltered thoughts from our FB group community. Thanks to Nikita, Spam, Alan, Allison, Krystee, Trish, Carrie, Christine & Rob for a kick-ass discussion on how our generation really feels about cancel culture.So, listen or not. Whatever.  Links Cancel culture is out of control — and Gen X is our only hope Zero Hour for Gen X: How the Last Adult Generation Can Save America from MillennialsConservative media calls on Gen X to save us from ‘cancel culture’ and Gen X responds, cancel thatGen X Would Very Much Like To Be Left Out of These Meaningless “Cancel Culture” ConversationsFox News asked Gen X to 'stop cancel culture' and the responses are simply hilariousWhy Attacking ‘Cancel Culture’ And ‘Woke’ People Is Becoming The GOP’s New Political StrategyTipper Gore and the PMRC “explicit” labeling in 1985 We knew it as PC When did “cancel culture” come into play? What happened to the Dixie ChicksDr. Seuss's six books being removedJohn Stewart on CrossfireStats say Gen X might be more conservative than we thinkEmmanuel Acho to replace the Bachelor hostUncomfortable conversations with a Black ManConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramShare your storySend us an email
Between Ginsu knives, the Pepsi challenge, Life Cereal and even the 1984 Apple ad that played only once, GenX has been marketed to our whole lives. Since we’re not captive audiences anymore, has anything changed now that we're in our 50s? Or has our nostalgia become our kryptonite?The GenX Stories gang definitely has opinions (and memories). Hear stories like Lori’s brush with Grow Up Skipper, the COVID Alaska Air ad Courtney hates, Chris’s real use for his Evil Knievel toy and how AARP found Eve on Facebook the second she turned 50.Find out if Trix are still for kids on this deep dive down the GenX advertising rabbit hole.Don’t miss the links to many of the commercials we talked about Pepsi challengeWheres the Beef Wendys adRubik’s Cube 1980 CommercialGinsu knifeSaturday morning cartoon block commercialsTrix are for kids 1986 adMikey Likes it Life CommercialApple 1984 Macintosh adI love NY 911 adBudweiser 911 adPepsi ads through the years1985 Michael Jackson Pepsi commercialMichael Jackson Pepsi ad hair on fireJason Alexander MDLT adNads hair removal commercialSun-In 1989 adEvil Knievel toy adAFX Track cars adHot Wheels 1980 adEZ Bake Oven commercialZillow SNL ad parodyAlaska Air’s COVID Safety Dance AdSting Jaguar adBreakfast Club JC Penny adGeico 2020 Ratt Ad"Crazy People" movie trailerBrooke Shields Calvin Klein adPaula Abdul Arthritis adKars for Kids radio commercialConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramShare your storySend us an email
This week the GenX Stories gang is talking about all our friendships. The ride or dies, the ones who hide the bodies for us, the ones we'd bail out of jail with no questions, our “outer ring” acquaintances and even social media pals.Listen in as Eve, Courtney, Lori and Chris dig into burning questions like: Are we finding our friendships more or less important during the pandemic? How DO you break up with a friend? Has politics affected friendships? What about all those "Pluto" friends? How are you judged by the company you keep? And finally, is there an embroidered pillow saying for that?We’re seriously spilling all the BFF tea - you won’t want to miss this one.Episode linksFriendship phraseOther friendship pillow sayingsSigns that you’ve found your ride or dieI would take the 101 to the 10 to the 405 for you cardMap of the solar system w/plutoSex and City “and something bad happened”Queen's’ Butler and her “bag signals” Chef Movie scene about Twitter friendsMaking new friends as a grown upBonus Eve’s Silent Generation father singing Cole Porter’s “Friendship”Connect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramShare your storySend us an email
This Valentines week on GenX Stories, we ask the ultimate question from When Harry Met Sally: can men and women be friends or does sex always get in the way? Join the gang plus special guest Nikita to hear the secrets of our male/female relationships including missing all the signals, friendzoning, crossing the line, the fear of rejection, communication vs timing and picking Blaine over Duckie. Between two men and three women, you know these GenXers have opinions! Listen to find out who we think is right on this one -  Harry or Sally.Episode linksHarry Met Sally Movie Clip15 Facts About When Harry Met SallyCan Men and Women Be "Just Friends"?Can Men And Women Be Friends Without Benefits?The Benefits of Men and Women Being Friends, Even if One Is MarriedMen Who Have Mostly Female FriendsMistrust of Opposite Sex RelationshipsWhy Women Don’t Say “Friendzone”Team Duckie Vs Team BlaineThe trouble with DuckieConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramShare your storySend us an email
Our Must-See TV

Our Must-See TV

2021-01-2755:121

Saturday night appointment TV, Donny and Marie, raw eggs, talking cars and VCR’s - what do all of these things have in common?  Join the crew as we discuss our favorite TV memories growing up, embarrassing on-screen things that may have flown over our heads, why Dick Clark wouldn't give anyone a full donut and what shows we're binge watching these days. GenX totally created Must-See TV back in the day so don't even think of missing this episode!Episode linksClassic 80’s TV showsForgotten 80’s TV shows11 Amazing TV Shows From The ’80s Only True Gen X-ers RememberThe More You Know PSA'sOriginal Sesame Street CharactersJim Hensons's Lost Muppet SNL SketchRonco Infomercials part 1Ginsu Knife adWhen TV Signed off at MidnightSt Elsewhere show finaleSopranos ending debate10,000 Pyramid ReturnsConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast appWrite us a reviewVisit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramShare your storySend us an email
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