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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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Not sure what to expect this holiday season? According to our gang, pie is a must, kale belongs in the garbage and bathtub carp is a thing. Head down a tasty rabbit hole with us for this fun chat about the mashies vs stuffing debate, holiday tamales, matzo ball sinkers and the unexpected lure of Icelandic fish. It's time for a good old food fight. Happy Thanksgiving!Episode Links & RecipesBest holiday piesCreamed beef on toastWhat to do with KaleCranberry sauce memesAnthony Bourdain eating Icelandic fermented shark headIcelandic donutsHangikjöt - Icelandic smoked lambSnappy DogsHoliday tamalesThe history of bathtub carpMatzo ball floaters vs sinkersEve's stuffing recipeHow to celebrate Thanksgivukkah in 2013Sweet potato latkesHow to make latkesReminder, take the giblets out of the turkey before putting it in the ovenNorman Rockwell's Thanksgiving tableLeftover Thanksgiving carb sandwichConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast app  Write us a review Visit our site Join our Facebook Group Follow our 80’s inspired Instagram Share your story Send us an email
If you don’t think our generation uses MacGyver as a verb, the GenX Stories gang will prove you wrong. How? Because we (ironically) recorded this technology themed episode using Eve’s plan D, Mercury retrograde headphone mic.  No, we’re not kidding. From the truth about old school TV clickers, to long telephone cord strategies, to why we absolutely refuse to use TikTok now (even though we love Steve Nicks), this funny chat about the innovations that made us will take you wayyyy back. Or at least make you turn your phone off and on again to fix it.   Episode LinksIs mercury retrograde?MacGyver as a verbPew generations & tech trendsThe history of the remote controlA Zenith clickerA brief history of the walkman Why vinyl is making a comeback in 2020Phones (and cords) of the 80sPagers were hip in 1985 Evolution of the cell phoneLori’s first cell phoneGordon Gecko's phone/brick in the 1987 movie, Wall StreetEllen asking younger people to use old techThomas GuidesHow does MapQuest work? The Strand bookstore in NYC Dreams Challenge  TikTok guy Chris's Pug MRI that went viral by Andy RichterConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast app  Write us a review Visit our site Join our Facebook Group Follow our 80’s inspired Instagram Share your story Send us an email
I Want Candy

I Want Candy

2020-10-2839:44

Boo!  It’s a Monster Mash of spooky subjects on this week’s special Halloween episode of GenX Stories. The gang dives right in with haunted houses, fuzzy blue dog costumes and of course, candy corn!  If that’s not creepy enough, check out the bite size versus full size candy debate, hear stories of shooting 8 lb pumpkins down 53rd street (and over to NJ), and get our grown-up take on 2020’s scary impact on Halloween.Oh and for those wondering if passing out candy is still an option this year, Chris suggests a trebuchet or a t-shirt cannon to shoot candy from your doorstep. Either way, we say have fun, buy all the candies 50% off and don’t forget to ditch all your hidden wrappersEpisode LinksMike Pence pumpkin memeMercedes Ruhl in Married to the MobHalloween masks of the 70’s and 80’sHalloween family photoEtsy Halloween tubeCincinnati dad created a Halloween chute Krispy Kreme and Lowes costume drive-byWhat IS a trebuchet?Who created the t-shirt cannon?OPI’s Stay off the Lawn nail color Songs of the Humpback whale that chris says played at level 10 will solve your neighbors loud music issueOther Halloween LinksCDC Trick or treating guidelinesGenX's favorite candiesHalloween 2020 websiteConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast app  Write us a review Visit our site Join our Facebook Group Follow our 80’s inspired Instagram Share your story Send us an email
We’ll go ahead and say it - this celebrity crushes episode may be the funniest we’ve ever produced. But prepare yourself: Courtney was ON FIRE. This week, we admit to our youthful celebrity obsessions (Jake - call me!), pre and post pubescent infatuations, and even name a few of our current hall passes.  Along the way, there are bad boys, adorkable girls, Mary Tyler Moore (wait, what?) historical hotties, and finding out how to actually pronounce Elwes.  There may even be a political passion or two, but we know that Rep Henry Waxman isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. OH! And we do a ton of callouts from our kick-ass FB group crew, who helped us pick this topic. (thanks guys!)Make sure to listen until the end for some snort-your-coffee-out-of-your nose zingers. Seriously - it’s worth it. Episode LinksThat last Jake Ryan scene in Sixteen Candles (like we NEED to remind you)Jake Ryan turned 60 this yearThe Mary Tyler Moore Show theme songWhen MTM told a dirty joke on LettermanHow to pronounce The Princess Bride's Cary ElwesThe crushable Former CA Rep Henry WaxmanOther fun linksEmbarrassing 80’s celebrity crushesWeird genX celebrity crushesRabbit hole worthy Pinterest board with GenX bad Boys & HottiesConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast app  Visit our site Join our Facebook Group Follow our 80’s inspired Instagram Share your story Send us an email
Who Are You?

Who Are You?

2020-10-0748:59

“What's wrong with you?” Who else heard that growing up? This week the gang discusses our hopes and dreams for who or what we would become, how our parents reacted to leaving stable jobs (or not entering into them at all), ways we navigated career expectations, and what really happened.From dreams of writing for the NY Times and being the first woman president, to following your heart from the beginning, each of us shares the non traditional path we took to get to where we are today.So what’s next? In true GenX fashion, most of us have decided to “buy the ticket and take the ride” and not worry tooooo much about the future (Cuz we can’t retire until 67 anyway!)Our advice?  “Take the leap and the net will appear".Episode LinksParty GoatsRetiring at age 67 1978 song by The WhoHunter S.Thompson: Buy the Ticket, Take the RideGenX: The forgotten middle childConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast app  Visit our site Join our Facebook Group Follow our 80’s inspired Instagram Share your story Send us an email
Today’s show was recorded on September 20th, just 2 days after the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The original plan was just add a few minutes to our previously recorded Rocking the Vote episode, but not with this gang.  We had such a great chat about RBG that deserved its very own episode. Hear about what she meant to us as GenXers, her legacy moving forward, plus a few fun little stories. Want to know why RBG fell asleep during the state of the union or why she learned Swedish? Ya gotta listen to find out. While we usually drop episodes every 2 weeks, we are creating a few off-cycle, “bonus” episodes this season, both cuz things are moving really fast in our world, and we keep recording too much cool shit not to share. So stay tuned for more epic goodies to come this fall, when we all need it the most. Episode LinksRBG Obituary First women to lie in state What we can learn from Ginsburg’s friendship with Antonin Scalia The Supreme Court case RBG won about a widower's death benefits How Sweden influenced RBG RBG not being 100% sober at the state of the unionThe senate’s change to the “Nuclear option” for supreme court confirmation Senate confirms 200th Trump judicial nominee 10 ways to honor RBG's legacy nowConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast app  Visit our site Join our Facebook Group Follow our 80’s inspired Instagram Share your story Send us an email
Rocking Our Vote

Rocking Our Vote

2020-09-2350:39

In this episode we dive deep into our first voting experience, our next one and everything in between. Having taped this initial episode several weeks before RBG passed, we also recorded a new intro to touch on how her loss changes everything (plus look for a special bonus off-cycle episode all about RBG next week!)For this group of podcasters, it’s clear that our politics have not changed but our passion has grown deeper. (plus doesn’t it kick ass to get that damn sticker?). This week, we reminded ourselves of the importance of our vote in this current election, as well as discussed women in politics, RBG (wahhhhhhh!), why election day is the 2nd Tuesday in November, what presidents are like really like IRL, Obama, and the state of our world.“Decisions are made by those who show up” may be a quote from The West Wing (Thanks Eve, you SorkinFreak), but it’s also a reminder that we need to vote like our lives depend on it. Because it really does.Here are a few voting tips regardless of party:Make and plan and vote earlyIf you are mailing your ballot, put two stamps on the ballotUse the same signature you used on your driver's license as that is the method of validationEpisode LinksWest Wing "Rock the vote" clipRock the VoteVote 411Vote.orgAbout the 19th AmendmentAbout the 20th AmendmentInfo about Willie HortonDukakis and the tankClinton playing sax on ArsenioHow Ruth became the Notorious RBGA RBG meme about who should replace herFrontline piece about Biden v Trump Connect With UsSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast app Visit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramShare your storySend us an email
In this episode we delve into the art of the mixtape and its cultural place in our lives. Co-host Courtney may have gone a little overboard with, “the mixtape were musical vignettes to tell the stories of our lives”, but okay Court! We’re rolling with it.As for the rest of us, Eve, Lori and Chris saw the mixtape as a magical way to express our musical stylings back in the day, whether we were making the tape for ourselves or for that special someone.  Take a journey with us as we remember the art, memories, and dare we say, replacement of the mixtape now (hint: it’s not what you think.). OH! And we made a GenX Stories mixtape on Spotify just for you. Take a listen!Episode LinksYouTube Gen Z twins listening to “In the air tonight” for the first timeThe lost art of the MixtapeAre tapes coming back? That Outfield song that Chris hummed terriblyUrban Dictionary definition of MixtapeChris’s college mixtape coversHappy hour guest Melinda's 1987/88 looooooooove MixtapeEve's Mixtape/CDGenX Stories collaborative Mixtape on SpotifyMixtape MemesConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast app Visit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramShare your storySend us an email
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

2020-08-2642:30

You’re not hearing or seeing things -  we changed things up a bit for season 2 of GenX Stories. Every Wednesday, Eve is going to have fun & frank conversations about everything GenX with a brand new gang of kick-ass co-hosts - Lori Luna, Chris Goumas and Courtney Spikes.In this episode we dig into what being GenX means to each of us knowing how pivotal the 80’s were for music, fashion, crisis and more. We'll also discuss our generation’s creativity & innovation, Halloween candy pillowcase logistics and why Chris thinks that sequins and the SpaceX Dragon capsule don’t mix.Some of the topics we are psyched to explore for season 2 include: the election, the art of mixtapes, celebrity crushes and Inauguration 2021 (well, if we haven't moved to New Zealand by then).Fun Episode linksMeet our new hostsCheck out Tremor, the SpaceX sequined zero-g dinosaurSee Chris’ pug’s MRI on TwitterConnect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast app Visit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramShare your storySend us an email
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?Connect with usSubscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast app Visit our siteJoin our Facebook GroupFollow our 80’s inspired InstagramShare your storySend us an email
BONUS: Weed & Wine

BONUS: Weed & Wine

2020-08-1241:51

On today’s bonus episode, we’re talking all about weed and wine. We chatted with Elana Frankel of Indigo and Haze about being a cannabis entrepreneur, the evolution of cannabis for health and wellness, and cannabis and GenX. Plus, we discuss our own experiences with cannabis and wine -- then and now.A bit of news....Sacha will be stepping back as the regular co-host of the GenX Stories podcast in order to focus on her business and writing, BUT stay tuned for a set of new co-hosts in season two, dropping Wed. Aug 26th!Connect with Us!Subscribe in your favorite podcast app such as Spotify or Apple iTunes.Join the GenX Stories Facebook GroupFollow along on InstagramSend us an email at hello@genxstories.comLearn more about Eve hereLearn more about Sacha here
Grab some popcorn and a wine cooler--we’re going to the movies! On the final episode of our first season, we discuss growing up on Star Wars, E.T, and Sixteen Candles in the 80s and then having our lives reflected back to us in 90s indie hits like Slacker, Reality Bites, and Singles. Plus, we sit down with film producer Josh Goldsmith who co-wrote 13 Going on 30 (along with his wife and writing partner Cathy Yuspa) to talk about the inspiration behind the movie, the movies he loved growing up, what he’s working on now (Hint: it's headed to Broadway) and more. And...we wrap with a few clips from our latest virtual happy hour (including a special little guest at the end!)Resources140 Essential 80s Movies (via Rotten Tomatoes)140 Essential 90s Movies (via Rotten Tomatoes)The Films That Defined a Generation (via BBC)10 Best GenX Directors What Happened to Val Kilmer? He’s Just Starting to Figure It Out (New York Times)Josh Goldsmith’s Top (More than) 10 Movies:Raiders of The Lost ArkStar Wars (Episodes IV, V & VI)Ferris Bueller’s Day OffBreakfast ClubVacation/Caddyshack/Stripes/GhostbustersRisky BusinessBack To The FutureThree Amigos (most underrated)Trading PlacesThe OutsidersBroadcast NewsDirty DancingE.T.The Princess BrideThe ShiningRockyWhen Harry Met Sally Eve’s top 10 Movies That Made UsPrincess BrideStar WarsSay AnythingBreakfast ClubPump up the VolumeWargamesSome Kind of WonderfulFootlooseSixteen CandlesReality BitesSacha’s top 10 Movies That Made UsE.TStar WarsFlashdanceAnnie HallWhen Harry Met SallySlackerReality BitesSex, Lies and VideotapeDesperately Seeking SusanSinglesConnect with Us!Visit GenXStories.com for more GenX stories and information Subscribe in your favorite podcast app such as Spotify or Apple iTunes.Join the GenX Stories Facebook GroupFollow along on InstagramSend us an email at hello@genxstories.comLearn more about Eve hereLearn more about Sacha here
Music makes the world go round, even in a quarantine. In the second to last episode of the season, we throw back to the music of the 80s and 90s and talk about the music that made us who we are today. From teenage heart throbs and pop music icons to grunge, rock, punk, hip-hop, and alternative--we’ve got all the bases covered. Plus, we chat with Colleen Wright, a founding member of Gonzo’s Nose about her musical influences, what it was like to be a lead singer in a popular 90s cover band, and why she and her husband started doing #quarantineconcerts from their front porch.ResourcesGonzo’s NoseMood Music with Brad and Amy120 minutesTake On Me by Ah-HaWe’re GenX, Motherfuckers playlistDystopia and Biscuits playlistGenX Stores Illin' MixtapeEssential GenX Albums (via this article by Richard Guzman)Nirvana, “Nevermind”Pearl Jam, “Ten”Dr. Dre, “The Chronic”Radiohead, “OK Computer”Rage Against the Machine, “The Battle of Los Angeles”Sublime, “Sublime”Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Blood Sugar Sex Magik”De La Soul, “3 Feet High and Rising”No Doubt, “Tragic Kingdom”Smashing Pumpkins, “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”REM, “Out of Time”The Notorious B.I.G., “Life After Death”Depeche Mode, “Violator”Jane’s Addiction, “Ritual de Lo Habitual”2Pac, “All Eyez on Me”Alanis Morissette, “Jagged Little Pill”Fugees, “The Score”Soundgarden, “Superunknown”A Tribe Called Quest, ‘The Low End Theory”Green Day, “Dookie”Wu-Tang Clan, “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”Snoop Doggy Dogg, “Doggystyle”Beastie Boys, “Ill Communication”Lauryn Hill, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”U2, “Achtung Baby”Connect with Us!Visit GenXStories.com for more GenX stories and information Subscribe in your favorite podcast app such as Spotify or Apple iTunes.Join the GenX Stories Facebook GroupListen to the GenX Stores Illin' Mixtape on SpotifyFollow along on InstagramSend us an email at hello@genxstories.comLearn more about Eve hereLearn more about Sacha here
Who's Zooming Who?

Who's Zooming Who?

2020-04-2932:37

Dating during a pandemic. Is it even possible? And, are there any good things about meeting a potential suitor via Zoom? We sat down with Matchmaker Extraordinaire Laurie Berzack to discuss what’s has happened with dating and matchmaking since we all went into self isolation. And earlier this year, we also chatted with our good friend Mollie Mulvanity about her dating life as a GenXer. A lot has changed since this interview but some things have stayed the same, like managing expectations, the importance of clear communication, and the very human need to connect no matter the circumstances. Plus, we’ve included some amusing, booze-fueled moments from our most recent GenX Stories Zoom Happy Hour. Special thanks to Liz, Sonia, Brad, Jennifer, Jon, and Nikita for letting us use their clips.ResourcesLaurie Berzack: https://carolinasmatchmaker.com/7 Ideas for Virtual DatesOnline Dating Surges During Lockdown Connect with Us!Visit GenXStories.com for more GenX stories and information Subscribe in your favorite podcast app such as Spotify or Apple iTunes.Join the GenX Stories Facebook GroupListen to the GenX Stores Illin' Mixtape on SpotifyFollow along on InstagramSend us an email at hello@genxstories.comLearn more about Eve hereLearn more about Sacha here
It’s been just over a month since most of us went into self-isolation. How is GenX doing under these remarkable circumstances? Is the resilience that served us well over the years enough to get us through this insane situation? Are introverts managing better than extroverts? We checked in with some of our friends during a GenX Zoom happy hour and discussed how hobbies like collecting Star Wars Storm Troopers and dressing up in costume are keeping some of us sane. Plus, we delve into our favorite wines, self-soothing tips, and more.Special thanks to Sonia, Liz, Lori, Mary, Derek, Cheri, Steph, and Jason for letting us use their clips!P.S. Check out Eve's favorite 80's album covers posted over her desk! ⬆️Connect with Us!Visit GenXStories.com for more GenX stories and information Subscribe in your favorite podcast app such as Spotify or Apple iTunes.Join the GenX Stories Facebook GroupListen to the GenX Stores Illin' Mixtape on SpotifyFollow along on InstagramSend us an email at hello@genxstories.comLearn more about Eve hereLearn more about Sacha here
The coronavirus crisis rages on, forcing us to shelter in place and socially isolate. The very fabric of our lives has been shredded like an old punk rock t-shirt. But we persist. In today’s special episode, we discuss what it’s like when everything is cancelled, how to give back and support our communities during the pandemic, and how GenXers are coping in sickness and in health.  Plus, we share outtakes from our recent virtual GenX Stories happy hour including  we're dealing with rebellious parents, kids stuck at home, and what we’re looking forward to when it’s all over. Like the rest of the world, we’re taking all of this day by day and doing the best we can. Resources:How You Can Help During the Coronavirus Crisis (Washington Post)50 Ways Companies are Giving Back During the Crisis (in case you wanna support them)The Boy in the Plastic BubbleConnect with Us!Visit GenXStories.com for more GenX stories and information Subscribe in your favorite podcast app such as Spotify or Apple iTunes.Join the GenX Stories Facebook GroupListen to the GenX Stores Illin' Mixtape on SpotifyFollow along on InstagramSend us an email at hello@genxstories.comLearn more about Eve hereLearn more about Sacha here
A global pandemic that once existed only in sci-fi films is now our reality. Self-isolation, social distancing, Zoom all day long, obsessive hand washing, toilet paper shortages, and trying to keep our parents and kids in check...welcome to this brave new world.Sure, GenXers have faced tough times before including recessions, 9/11, and acid washed jeans, but nothing like this. In this episode, we discuss how GenX is handling the coronavirus pandemic and how our survival skills from growing up are playing a key role in staying sane. Plus, you'll hear from other GenXers on their coping strategies, first concerts, and why we’re uniquely prepared to deal with this crisis. Resources:GenX Stories Illin’ Mixtape (on Spotify)How to Take Your Social Life OnlineThe Case for Empathy Some GenX Covid-19 MemesConnect with Us!Visit GenXStories.com for more GenX stories and information Subscribe in your favorite podcast app such as Spotify or Apple iTunes.Join the GenX Stories Facebook Group.Follow along on InstagramSend us an email at hello@genxstories.comLearn more about Eve hereLearn more about Sacha here
Sugar cereal, the weird joy of carob, McDonald’s happy meals, The Silver Palate Cookbook, Ally Sheedy's Captain Crunch sandwich in The Breakfast Club, and early introductions to health food. Today's episode looks back at the food of our youth and how it shaped how we cook and eat today, Plus, we chat with food writer Kristen Hartke about her childhood grilled cheese obsession, the organic food movement, TV chefs of the 70s and 80s, making her first birthday cake, and much more!Resources:The 10 recipes that defined the 1980shttps://www.thekitchn.com/10-recipes-that-defined-the-1980s-recipes-of-the-decade-200638Foods 80s kids cravehttps://www.foodnetwork.ca/fun-with-food/photos/foods-80s-kids-crave/Snacks of the 80shttps://soyummy.com/1980s-snacks/Recipes of the 80s:https://frugalsos.com/vintage-recipes/food-nostalgia-40-popular-80s-recipes/Woodstock birth year candies:https://www.amazon.com/Woodstock-Candy-Birthday-Assortment-Childhood/dp/B01B36TXXO/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?Connect with Us!Visit GenXStories.com for more GenX stories and information Subscribe in your favorite podcast app such as Spotify or Apple iTunes.Follow along on InstagramSend us an email at hello@genxstories.comLearn more about Eve hereLearn more about Sacha here
Only two things in life are certain, so the saying goes: Death and taxes. This week, we tackle mortality, celebrity deaths, and what it’s like to face life-changing loss. Eve opens up about the diagnosis that shook her world, Sacha discusses losing her mom (and best friend)  at age 40, and what it’s like to come to terms with knowing that our time on earth is limited. Plus, the importance of resilience and other life skills that can help us grapple with the death of a loved one. Connect with Us!Visit GenXStories.com for more GenX stories and information Subscribe in your favorite podcast app such as Spotify or Apple iTunes.Follow along on InstagramSend us an email at hello@genxstories.comLearn more about Eve here.Learn more about Sacha here.
Ah, dating in the 80s and 90s...Eve discovers boys and Bulletin Board Systems, and becomes Queen of the Geeks.Sacha spends high school pining for older boys who don’t pay any attention to her, and in general felt like a big loser until college.Sacha’s first college boyfriend, losing her virginity (finally!), and getting alternative mixtapes featuring 4AD bands.Eve explores dating an older guy and phone phreaking.Dating pre-social media and why we’re so thankful it didn’t exist back then.Peer pressure and life before #MeToo Sacha sows her wild oats at Model U.N.Eve and her boyfriend program side-by-side at computer camp, then he comes to visit at her parent’s house.Sacha spends years dating bad boys, and finally meets her husband at age 40.Eve (aka “Schoolie”) reconnects with an old love on LinkedIn.Leah from the Good Girls Talk About Sex podcast shares her first kiss story.Derek narrowly avoids an arranged marriage.Connect with Us!Visit GenXStories.com for more GenX stories and information Subscribe in your favorite podcast app such as Spotify or Apple iTunes.Follow along on InstagramSend us an email at hello@genxstories.comLearn more about Eve hereLearn more about Sacha here
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