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GenX Stories

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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Today the GenX Series Podcast gang is talking about cult classic films with with a special guest - Final Destination and American Pie movie producer Craig Perry (who happens to be married to one of our hosts). Given his vast amount of knowledge and the ton of research he asked us to read (OMG!) about the difference between a Cult Classic movie vs a…
 
Today the GenX Stories gang is talking about obsessions. I mean… fandoms & collecting. Were you into puffy stickers or comics as a kid? And let’s get really honest and admit what weird thing you still collect. So grab that Holly Hobby lunch box and Star Wars Pez dispenser and get ready to get deep into it with your favorite GenX Geeks. Episode link…
 
2022 just hasn't been our year here over at GenX stories. Life keeps interfering so we’re just gonna start fresh in 2023. We plan to be back to publishing every two weeks starting January 11, 2023 and can’t wait to bring you new episodes about fandom, cult movies, ageism, music videos, & more. Courtney, Lori, Chris, and Eve hope you’re having a won…
 
Today we have a special little bonus episide for you - an interview with Gabi Lorino, a kick ass book editor and 100% pure GenXer. We originally thought this would be part of the books episode published last week, but it was too fabulous to edit down to a few minutes so it got it’s own. Gabi's actually the type of GenXer we created this podcast for…
 
This week, the gang talks about books, books, and more books. The ones we loved reading as kids, the ones we shouldn't have read as kids, the books that shaped us how we grew up and what role books & reading plays now in our increasingly digital world. Between rolling into the Scholastic book fairs, paying fines from overdue library books, sneaking…
 
The GenX Stories gang needed some laughs so we took on the Muppets & Sesame Street which caused a serious conversation. (because of course it did). Did you grow up with the Muppet Show or Sesame Street? Is Yoda really a muppet? (don’t fight Courtney about it!). And seriously, what character would YOU be? We get brutally honest and share our thought…
 
Welcome to Season 4 of GenX Stories! While we we originally intended to launch this episode at the end of summer, I lost my father in September which sadly impacted everything. But we finally got the gang together, and thought we'd kick off our new season talking about how everything old is new again. Music, movies, fashion, everything is back (eve…
 
Given the recent loss of my father, it’s a crazy time to share good news, but I wanna think dad would have been so proud. Born from my 25th Penn reunion, the GenX Stories podcast just won a Best in Show W3 Award in the podcast category. For a teeny show run by four 50+ friends (and first time podcasters) not a podcast network, this is a huge honor.…
 
While we had hoped to start season four in September, sadly my beloved father passed away on September 11 due to a rapidly growing aggressive brain cancer. I am still reeling because it happened so fast and my mother and I are navigating the next few weeks, but season four of the podcast is obviously delayed. On the bright side, Courtney, Chris, Lo…
 
While we are on hiatus this summer (ahead of season four’s fall release), we are re-publishing some of our most popular episodes with brand new intros and trust us, this one is worth the wait. Get out the popcorn! The GenX Stories gang goes all out & shares how we really feel about the “new takes” of tv shows and movies we grew up on. While this wa…
 
While we are still on hiatus this summer (ahead of season four), we are re-releasing some of our most popular episodes with brand new intros and trust us, this one rocks (literally). In a summer filled with kick ass concerts - including many of our generations favorites - do you remember YOUR first? What about your favorite? And what bands are you …
 
While we are on hiatus this summer (ahead of season four), the GenX Stories crew is re-releasing some of our most popular episodes and today’s is sadly pretty appropriate for our world right now. After the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe Vs Wade on Jun 24, 2022, many of us have been very upset. Most of our listeners (and our show hosts!) h…
 
TBD Episode links Aging Life Care Association Health Care proxy in NY State - note each state will have different laws about this so look yours up. People with estranged family should also know that a family member will be able to make decisions for them and that typically the proxy can’t just unplug you What is a sandwich generation? GenX women fa…
 
As we wrap up season 3 of the podcast (OMG - really?) and look ahead to season 4, this episode is a love letter to our kick-ass and hysterical hosts. Check out some of the funny clips that were either bloopers or new stuff you’ve never heard before. While new episodes of GenX Stories are on hiatus until season 4 drops late summer/early fall, don’t …
 
It’s almost summer and the GenX Stories gang has a ton of kick-ass memories from ours. As kids, we were all about hanging at the mall, riding bikes all day, finding that one friend with a/c and a pool, blowing stuff up at camp, snacking on fla-vor-ice and coming home when the street lights came on. Sneak into a cool movie theater with us and hear a…
 
Because we rarely have guests on our show, this one deserved it’s own little bonus episode. Bobbi Rebell is a fellow GenXer, certified financial planner and host of the critically acclaimed Money Tips for Financial Grownups podcast. If you still don’t think of yourself as an adult (cuz we don’t!) you’re gonna totally dig our little chat about GenX …
 
This week the crew dishes on one of the sexiest topics around: money. Ok, maybe not THAT sexy but we can make anything fun. Between paper route Ponzi schemes, having a monthly “nut”, wondering if we can ever retire, and how much we still owe Columbia House, you’ll never think of Gen X finances the same. Crack open that piggy bank and tune in today.…
 
We know it’s after April fools day, but we still have some stories to share. On this little bonus episode, hear all the funnies from our Facebook community, and why Gen X doesn’t trust anyone, especially not on April 1. Episode links Nikita’s pun-o-matic Gmail launched on April 1 60 great April Fools jokes Connect with us Subscribe to GenX Stories …
 
Does our generation have any heroes? The Gen X Stories gang isn’t really sure. Between family members we respect, public figures we admire & others who inspire us, hear why we think our generation struggles to use the word “hero” at all. Plus we hear from our Facebook community about their thoughts on the matter. You may be surprised where we end u…
 
Arrrrroooooooooooooo! On today’s episode, the GenX Stories gang is talking all about our furry friends. The ones we had growing up, the ones we maybe shouldn't have had and why we love TikTok dogs so much now. Between Chris’s pug's viral MRI, Lori’s wish for an illegal hedgehog and Eve’s Monty Python parakeet issues, you won’t believe the role pets…
 
Between learning square dancing, playing the recorder, studying geometry and even taking typing class, the GenX Stories gang explores the importance of what we were taught (or not!) when we were younger & if that changed when we grew up. Get ready to dig into lifelong learning, even if it’s not how you expected it to be. And seriously, what really …
 
Religion, faith or Flying Spaghetti monster - do you believe in any of it? This week the GenX Stories gang explores our generation’s unique relationship to a higher power, whatever that may be. Between our own personal experiences, how they may have changed as we’ve aged and our take on the 15, er, 10.. 10 commandments, the universe ain’t ready for…
 
Admit it - we never thought we’d turn into our parents, but it’s happening. The podcast gang explores what that actually looks like for a sarcastic, non-conforming group like GenXers. We'd like to say you'll be surprised by our stories, but it's pretty likely that you’ll recognize yourself. It’s ok - we won’t tell. Episode links Dr Rick & Parentimo…
 
On today’s kick-ass bonus episode, we have a real treat - Eve’s cousin Jenny talks all about turning the loss of her father to HIV into a very personal YA novel. Set in 1991 during the AIDS crisis, and revealed through sketches, journal entries & the music we grew up on, hear how sharing her story became an authentic statement about GenX for a youn…
 
Get out the popcorn! This week the GenX Stories gang shares how we really feel about the “new takes” of tv shows and movies we grew up on. Between Ghostbusters, A Star is Born, The Facts of Life and others you didn’t even know are remakes (or reboots?), can they ever be as good as the originals? And why is it happening so much now? Trust us - just …
 
As 2021 winds down, the GenX stories podcast gang waxes poetic about making genie wishes instead of resolutions, self-improvement holiday gifts never to give and all the rules we’re gonna break in the new year. Plus why the Babylonians can suck it. See ya all next year! Episode links Nobody claim 2022 as your year meme 2019 Peloton ad campaign Wher…
 
On today’s episode, the gang nibbles on some tasty tidbits about our generation’s relationship to cooking. Grab a snack and hear about our favorite cookbooks, food TV shows and why we dabble in the kitchen (or don't). Plus we take on the eternal PB&J debate - love it or hate it. You’ll just have to listen to find out what we really think. Episode l…
 
Embracing holiday traditions, dealing with crazy family and filling up on appetizers - that’s what is on the holiday menu this week with Eve, Courtney, Chris and Lori. Prepare for your Thanksgiving by hearing our insane family stories (because weaponized sticky buns), finding out the right time to eat holiday dinner and getting advice for this hect…
 
On today’s episode, the gang digs into what makes GenX the latest “sandwich” generation and how we’re handling it. Smushed between taking care of our parents and our kids, how did we go from being ignored to being needed by two different age groups? No matter what kind of generational sandwich you are - club, open faced, keto, whatever - hear about…
 
In honor of Halloween, the GenX Stories podcast gang is freaking out over horror movies. Why they work, how has their impact on us changed over time, and what scares the crap out of us now. Plus we are joined by a kick-ass 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 …
 
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 …
 
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 as…
 
"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 …
 
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 repe…
 
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 …
 
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 adventu…
 
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…
 
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 us Subscribe to GenX Stories in your favorite podcast app Write…
 
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 abroa…
 
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 sil…
 
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…
 
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”…
 
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 wayy…
 
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 …
 
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 l…
 
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, communic…
 
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