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Author: Andrew Sims, Laura Tee, Pamela Gocobachi

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#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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We've got a lot on our minds in the lead up to Thanksgiving here in the states! Kamala Harris became the first woman President in the United States for a whopping two hours while Joe had a camera up his ass. Yay? Pam gives us her reviews of Adele's '30' and Taylor Swift's 'Red (Taylor's Version)'. Heading home for the holidays? We've got your Thanksgiving survival guide, with recommendations of games, TV, movies, and last minute recipes to stave off all those awkward conversations with your weird uncle. Andrew surprises us with some original Thanksgiving poetry, and we discuss whether we actually enjoy Thanksgiving? Isn't everyone just ready for Christmas? Speaking of the upcoming holiday, travel is expected to be kind of a disaster. Flight bookings are up 78% over 2020's numbers, and with staffing shortages, long lines, and unruly passengers, some of y'all are gonna be in for a ride when you're flying home. Target has announced it will be permanently closing its stores on Thanksgiving moving forward - should other retailers do the same? This week's recommendations are looking towards December holidays: Don't cheap out if gifting a home security camera to a loved one (Andrew), invest in smart plugs to make turning on your holiday lights easier (Pam), and Bath and Body Works' buy 3 get 3 free sale on 3-wick candles to make your home smell magical (Laura). This week's episode is sponsored by Stance (https://www.stance.com) and Scrib'd (https://www.try.scribd.com/MILL for your free 60-day trial). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors! And in this week's installment of After Dark, available on Patreon: Andrew had to dip, so Pam and Laura are doing an intimate AMA. It's one of our longest After Darks ever! The ladies chat about overcoming patriarchal standards of womanhood, handling instances of casual and blatant sexism, and learning what they actually like versus what society conditions women to think is important. Since Andrew isn't here, Patrons want some tea spilled. Does Andrew have any annoying, bullshit behaviors? Is he the "boss" of #Millennial?
Andrew kicks off the show by sharing a recent instance where he was harassed for wearing a a mask. Listeners sound off: turns out plenty of our listeners' kids do still play with physical toys. We officially announce our new social media manager, Chloé! We can't wait to have her on the show, and are so excited to have a Gen Zer running our social media (we don't know what we're doing). Laura's second home, Costa Rica, is the first country in the world to announce vaccine mandates for children ages 5-11. As citizens of a country where we're struggling to get adults on board with getting vaccinated, we're envious of Costa Rica's high vaccine approval ratings. It's not all bad news for us in the States: The FDA is likely to approve Pfizer boosters for all U.S. adults in the coming week. We're joined by BAE supporter Camille, who's here to share her experiences in retail management, and dig into what it's been like to work retail during the pandemic. We learned last week that a record 4.4 million people quit their jobs in September. Camille has some ideas as to why people are leaving retail. What can employers do to entice new employees and retain existing ones? Working retail in a country plagued by regular mass shootings is a constant source of concern, and we can all afford to be nicer to retail workers! This week's recommendations will inform AND relax: HBO's 'Running with Beto' documentary (Andrew), shower steamers (Laura), and supporting independent businesses through Etsy this holiday season (Camille). This week's episode is sponsored by Public (https://www.public.com/MILLENNIAL), OUAI (https://www.theouai.com and enter code MILL for 15% off your order), and Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!  And in this week's installment of After Dark: In honor of our guest Camille, we're talking retail nightmares. We've all worked retail at some point, and we've got stories to tell. Patrons submitted some of their stories too, and there are some doozies: people treating fitting rooms like toilets, and exposing employees to extremely inappropriate imagery, Tfw customers blame you for the consequences of their not understanding what they were purchasing. Smh.
Some good news to start off with this week: Congress finally passed Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. Daily housekeeping in hotels may never come back, and Laura's gripe about people messing up public bathrooms in establishments that are understaffed. This week, we check in on how we're feeling about retirement. Do we think we'll get to retire, and if so, will we still be side-hustling in our golden years? Why does saving for retirement feel so overwhelming for millennials? Living through multiple economic crises and watching Baby Boomers struggle to retire certainly isn't helping! We've got a few resources for you to check out: If you don't have an employer sponsored retirement savings account, consider opening an IRA! We also recommend checking out some of the FREE financial guidance that may be available to you. Childhood throwback: Neopets is still a thing, and most of its users are between 20-40 years old. We take a trip down memory lane and remember the Furbies, Beanie Babies, and Lisa Frank velvet art posters that made us! Disney+ is about to turn two, and the platform has lined up an entire day of new releases, previews, and more to celebrate. How are we feeling about the number of "themed" days streaming services are are hosting these days?  Do we plan on remaining Disney+ subscribers when our discounted rates run out? This week's recommendations will leave you feeling good: JustEgg (Andrew), OXO Good Grip Extendable Tub and Tile Scrubber (Laura), and CaitlynMinimalist on Etsy for customized jewelry gift options this holiday season (Pam).  This week's show is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter promo code MILL for $100 off your first month), Thirdlove (https://www.thirdlove.com/MILLENNIAL for 20% off your first purchase), and Stance (https://www.stance.com). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors! And in this week's installment of After Dark, available on Patreon: What to do when someone you love has taken the Fox News red pill. Pam matched with someone on a dating app who shared an... interesting personal anecdote right up front. Laura appeared on a late-night BBC radio talk show to discuss the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter movie!
Andrew has established himself as the cool neighbor by giving out full-size candy bars on Halloween! Laura commemorates Election Day 2021 with some show and tell. Daylight Savings Time is ending soon, and we're frustrated about changing our clocks twice a year. Why must we be thrust into darkness every winter?? While public health experts are rightly focused on curbing the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another health concern creeping up on us: Syphilis is on the rise in the United States. Despite two prior public health campaigns to eradicate this STI, rates are climbing. How do we think the pandemic may have helped or hurt the cause? We cover the most misunderstood headline in 2021: Facebook and the Metaverse. No, your Facebook app won't be rebranded to Meta. Yes, Zuckerberg is trying to expand his tech empire, and there is reason to be worried about it. Not everything is black and white: there are some specific cases where Meta's 'Horizon Home' offering can be beneficial... but we have security concerns. Look out Gen Z and younger: Zuckerberg is focusing on marketing to YOU. This week's recommendations are rooted in beauty! Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience (Laura), Mario Party Superstars (Andrew), and Colourpop's BFF eyeliner (Pam). This week's show is sponsored by Public (https://www.public.com/MILLENNIAL) and Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors! And in this week's installment of After Dark, available on Patreon: It's a BAE q&a extravaganza! Have we ever run into an old bully in adulthood? Would we forgive them? Does free will truly exist? What are Pam's plans post-Hypable? How to ask for a raise at work... ...and more!
We kick the show off with an update from Laura about COVID booster shots! In the U.S. and wanting to find out if a booster is right for you? Check out the CDC's guidance. In bittersweet news, our Social Media manager, Jule, will be moving onto new opportunities. If you have a background in social media management and are interested in working with #Millennial and MuggleCast, email us at millennialshow@gmail.com. In other vaccine news, thousands of workers across the U.S. would rather lose their jobs than be vaccinated. Let's remind them that they've already submitted to mandatory vaccines in order to attend our public schools. News coming out of the ‘Eternals’ screening sent fans into a frenzy when press in attendance revealed that a pretty big name has signed on to join the MCU. Don't worry - no spoilers here at #Millennial!  Do spoilers in general bother us? Do we try to generally avoid them or do we just assume they’re unavoidable at this point? The Federal Aviation Association is keeping a record of the numbers of unruly passengers on airplanes. As of October 21st, there have been 4,837 unruly passenger complaints this year, and 3,500 of those have been related to masking requirements.  Are masks really the root cause here, or have people forgotten how to person during the pandemic? We've got you covered on entertainment with this week's recommendations: Nintendo 64 and Sega games now available on Switch (Andrew), 'Resident Evil 8' (Laura), and ‘Daisy Jones and The Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Pam).  This week's episode is sponsored by Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL for the best blue light glasses on the market!). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors. And in this week's installment of After Dark, available on Patreon: Confessional: Bad Roommates Edition. We share some of our own roommate horror stories, and look inward to ask if we've ever been bad roommates. BAE Choice questions: Justin asks, "In memory of Hypable — can we get more behind the scenes of its creation… and any associated MuggleNet drama?"  Andrew speaks about the dangers of entertainment sites sourcing copy written images for their content.
On this week's episode: why people enjoy the True Crime genre, Netflix's response to ongoing controversy around Dave Chappelle's latest special, and how houses of worship could turn the tides on vaccine hesitancy in their congregations. Please be sure to take the 2021 #Millennial Listener Survey! Our friend John Thrasher from the podcast Shaken and Disturbed joins us for this week's episode, and we dig into why True Crime is such an appealing genre to so many people. Since we've known each other a long time, we reflect on our podcasting careers and how they've grown over time. Dave Chapelle is still under fire for the jokes he made about the trans community as part of his new Netflix special— and Netflix is doubling down on its support. How could Netflix handle this controversy differently? Roxanne Gay wrote an excellent op-ed on the Chappelle special, give it a read. A slim majority of church-going Americans say they would trust their clergy's guidance on COVID-19 vaccines, and yet, most report their clergy haven't said anything about vaccines either way. Why? Add some spice, entertainment, and civic duty to your life with this week's recommendations: HBO's 'Succession' (Andrew), check your state's voter portal to see what's on the ballot this November (Laura), Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice coffee (Pam), and Marvel's 'What If?' (John). This week's episode is sponsored by Public.com (https://www.public.com/MILLENNIAL to download the app and get a free slice of stock up to $50 when you join). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!  And in this week's installment of After Dark, available on Patreon: What would we say to our 15-year-old selves if we could travel back in time to offer advice? Which life lessons do we think we needed to learn to be who we are today? "Micah says taint, don't trust men."
On today’s episode, we discuss a viral TikTok that addresses a unique observation about how quick people are to attack others on social media, then we’ll talk about the increase in those experiencing insomnia, and the outrageous shipping rate increases here in the U.S., and how they will affect the holiday season.  Some feedback about our spanking conversation from a couple of weeks ago inspires us to examine our blind spots, and we're thankful! A viral Tiktok is calling out the internet behavior of attacking others online for not specifying every possible caveat to every statement made. We share our own experiences with trolls doing this to us, and question if we've ever done this to others. As our culture evolves, is this a somewhat natural side-effect? Or can we do better? Some experts have noted increased rates of insomnia during the pandemic, and are terming the phenomenon "covidsomnia." Have we experienced a decrease in the amount or quality of our sleep? What do we want to try to improve it? Listeners over at the #Millennial Facebook group sound off on their own experiences with insomnia, and share some tips for combatting it. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's 10 year plan to cut costs and raise revenue isn't landing well with some, especially in light of increased shipping costs and delayed delivery times this holiday season.  Will your area be impacted? Check here! This week's recommendations will help you be prepared, entertained, AND relaxed! Buy Forever Stamps (Andrew), Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Laura), and the 'Sleep With Me' podcast (Pam). This week's episode is sponsored by Thirdlove (https://www.thirdlove.com/MILLENNIAL for 20% off your first purchase), Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter promo code MILL for $100 off your first month), and OUAI (https://www.theouai.com and use code MILL for 15% off your first purchase). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors! And in this week's installment of After Dark, available on Patreon: It's almost Halloween, and we're feeling nostalgic for our childhood memories of trick-or-treating. Join us and the Chicago Tribune for a walk down memory lane. How old were we when we stopped trick-or-treating? Is there an "appropriate" age to stop? Did our parents ever have fears about our candy being tampered with? How do we celebrate Halloween as adults?
On today’s episode, Laura’s got a SCOTUS term preview, Pam talks about Big Brother, which crowned its first black winner, and we speak more about the Sunday Scaries, including how to help calm them down. Facebook and Instagram were down for several hours today - #thoughtsandprayers to anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists. Andrew shares a personal update about Hypable, and conversation ensues about how to know when you're ready to take a big chance. With the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court shifting to a strong conservative majority, there are a number of issues on the docket that should make progressives nervous. A Mississippi abortion case, gun restriction challenge, and a push to use state money to pay for religious schooling are all on the docket this fall. For the first time in history, Big Brother crowned its first Black winner— and it’s thanks to an all Black six member alliance known as The Cookout. We dig into how this alliance between the black players this season helped push back against years of racism in the show's history.  Will The Cookout help promote lasting change in terms of diversity on reality television? Monday is a perfect time to revisit our Sunday Scaries conversation from last week. What do we find ourselves dreading the most about an upcoming week, and how do we mitigate those scaries? This week's recommendations will entertain you, and maybe even help keep you organized! 'No Time to Die', the new James Bond movie (Andrew), Netflix's 'Midnight Mass' (Laura), and the Erin Condren Planner (or the Recollections planner line from Michael's) (Pam).  And in this week's installment of After Dark, available on Patreon: We've spoken a lot about romantic red flags, but what about friendship red flags? Lack of self-awareness, constantly self-degrading, no boundaries, and arguing to argue are all red flags for us. What are your red flags, dear listeners? When we're trying to make new friends, what positive attributes do we keep an eye out for? Andrew learns there is another Andrew in Laura's life and is shook (jk jk jk).
On today’s episode we discuss a major strike that might happen in Hollywood, examine our ideologies through the Political Compass test, and discuss the renewed attention on Britney Spears.  Tiger King fans(?) rejoice: season 2 is coming November 17th, so we're all practicing our 'Here, Kitty Kitty' renditions. 150,000 IATSE workers are preparing to strike in demand of living wages, better benefits, and reasonable rest. These working conditions have been the standard for years - why is now the time to strike? We took the Political Compass test and compared our results. Pro tip: get your personalized certificate here. Is it silly to be proud of where you were born? Do good parents sometimes need to spank their children? Two new Britney Spears documentaries are coming out, prompting Andrew to ask - are we all hypocrites for continuing to consume this content? Recommendations hot off the pod: Sunday Scaries podcast by Spotify and Headspace (Andrew), get your flu shot (Laura), and 'Blockbuster' from Big Potato Games (Pam). This week's episode is sponsored by Quip (https://www.getquip.com/MILL to save $10 on a smart electric toothbrush) and Public (https://www.public.com/MILLENNIAL to download the app and get a free slice of stock up to $50). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors! And in this week's installment of After Dark, available on Patreon: Does technology make it harder to be a moral person? We realize how creepy and sad it is to social media stalk, and yet we've ALL done it. What does it say about us that we're comfortable creeping on others digitally? Have any of us ever taken stealth pictures of someone in public? Eek.
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 our 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!
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?
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 receive up to $50 in free stock) 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."
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?
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.
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!
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 effect and her favorite videos. She recommends ASMR Magic, Caroline ASMR, ASMR Bakery, Certified Mood ASMR, James Matthew ASMR, Nourishing Noble ASMR, and Fairy Char ASMR Pam shares thoughts on Suicide Squad, and we olds gossip about who will be come 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.
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!
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 our 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.
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!
We check in on the Great Billionaire Race to Space and discuss the implications of rich douches not paying taxes and funding space travel for themselves. Yay capitalism! Laura's rage of the week: some who adopted pets during the pandemic are returning them to shelters. Pam was finally able to resume her morning movie theater routine, and gives a brief, spoiler free review of Black Widow. Kevin Feige recently revealed that Marvel Studios won't be locking its stars into multi-movie contracts anymore. Do we think the Marvel brand is big enough to get butts in seats without recurring appearances from big Hollywood names? A reminder from the #Millennial Facebook group: hobbies don't always need to be side hustles! We discuss the pressure that often comes with being good at something. With the end of COVID-related student loan relief fast approaching, we do a check-in on the state of the student loan forgiveness conversation. Do we think the loan forgiveness can will be kicked down the road again? Japan has placed Tokyo under a state of emergency to coincide with the Olympic games. This week's recommendations will keep you taken care of! Making sure to keep Benadryl handy in case of an emergency (Laura), Nutpods Creamer (Pam), and stick-on blind spot mirrors for your car (Andrew). This week's episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (https://www.thirdlove.com/millennial for 20% off your first purchase), Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com and enter promo code MILL for a 4-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale), and Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL for the best blue light glasses on the market). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors! And in this week's installment of After Dark, on our Patreon: Iceland tested out a 4-day work week, and it was an overwhelming success! What would we do with the extra time if our work week was cut down to 35 hours? Pam might use that time to rebrand herself on social, #Millennial might even join TikTok!
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