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The pandemic has hit the millennial generation with its second economic crisis. Even before the pandemic, 62 percent of millennials report living paycheck to paycheck. Two-thirds have nothing saved for retirement.

So how can a generation in its prime earning years plan a future? How can it find hope, or trust the systems that have repeatedly penalized them? Our guests include:

  • Rainesford Stauffer, freelance writer, and author of the forthcoming book, “An Ordinary Age”
  • Brittany Mollis, freelance writer
  • Holden Miller, operations coordinator at an appliance store

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “ghosting” used in the context of dating or relationships – where a partner or potential date just disappears. The term is now being used in workplaces; economists are reporting that workers are ghosting their employers.

Why are an increasing number of workers not showing up, quitting without notice, and blowing off interviews? Some researchers say the booming labor market is to blame; with so many jobs available, there’s something else around the corner. But some millennials say they’re ghosting employers to teach them a lesson about how to treat workers.

We discuss this new trend and its impact with our guests:

A new study by the Pew Research Center shows Americans over the age of 50 are worse than younger people at discerning facts from opinions. The research challenges ideas that younger people who are digitally savvy might be more susceptible to misinformation. In reality, researchers say exposure to television news – which is largely consumed by older people – is part of the issue because it sometimes blends facts and opinions.

This hour, we discuss the results of the study and explore how different types of media influence different generations of Americans. In studio:

  • Zeynep Soysal, assistant professor in philosophy at the University of Rochester
  • Ray Martino, lecturer in the School of Management at Nazareth College, and former partner at Martino Flynn
  • Quinisha Onye, expat
  • Brad Ford, senior equity compensation analyst at Constellation Brands

Will 2018 be the year of young voters? November’s election season is projected to be the first in which millennials will outnumber baby boomers as the largest voter-eligible age group. But will young voters go to the polls?

A new survey shows that only 28 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 say they are “absolutely certain” they’ll vote in the midterms. Why? We sit down with young voters to discuss it.

  • Patrick Coyle, graduate assistant at SUNY Brockport
  • Tom Hebert, communications director for Dr. Jim Maxwell for Congress
  • Marykatherine Woodson, assistant director for residence life at RIT

What if the most common narrative about millennials turned out to be untrue? According to the latest data, that seems to be the case. We're talking about how often younger workers change jobs. The oft-heard assumption is that millennial workers have to be ready for many career changes, due to an unstable economy. Another is that millennials want to change jobs often to allow themselves to refresh and refocus. But Lyman Stone's piece for Vox deconstructs those ideas, and offers a warning for what it means.

Our guests:

"By age 35, you should….” That phrase is at the center of a debate about what’s realistic for millennials when it comes to everything from financial security to the kinds of forks they have in their kitchen drawers. All kidding aside, the meme has gone viral, especially the one the states, “By age 35, you should have twice your salary saved.” Is that realistic for millennials?

In the midst of that debate, the story of a Syracuse-area man has also gone viral. A judge has sided with the parents of Michael Rotondo, a 30 year old who has been living in their home for years, rent free. Rotondo’s parents took him to court after he refused to move out. Critics say by living with his parents and not looking for a job, Rotondo characterizes the “typical millennial.” Is that fair?

This hour, we discuss these stories, the financial landscape for millennials, and whether or not these perceptions ring true. In studio:

  • Sarah Jones, PR account executive with Dixon Schwabl
  • Matt Wagstaff, manager of new sales channels at BCBS
  • Chuck Wade, vice president and financial advisor for Brighton Securities

A recent Reuters/Ipsos national poll shows the Democratic Party is losing support among millennials. The results of the poll, published last month, also show that millennials increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy. That doesn’t necessarily translate into votes, but it has democratic strategists concerned as they head into election season.

We talk with local millennials about their political affiliations, how those affiliations may have changed, and how they feel about the party system. In studio:

  • Alex Hipolito, legislative assistant to Assemblymember Harry Bronson
  • Carolyn Hoffman, political strategist
  • Nick Nevinger, actor
  • Jessica Fleming, human services professional

Let’s face it: millennials sometimes get a bad rap — they’re often called selfish, entitled, or apathetic. But many people argue that this negative reputation is unfair and untrue, especially when it comes to philanthropy.

Generation Y is changing the game when it comes to giving money, expertise, and time. According to researchers, millennials are more committed to volunteering than young people a generation ago. They are also more likely to give to social causes, rather than organizations.

This hour, we break down the stigma millennials face, and we explore their motivations for giving. Our guests:

An increasing number of millennials check their horoscopes everyday, and more than half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science. Why -- when science has proven that astrology isn't based in facts -- do so many people turn to it for guidance?

We discuss the psychic services industry (think palmistry, tarot-card readings, mediumship, etc.), epistemology, and more. Our guests:

Election Day is less than two weeks away, and while much is in question, one thing is indisputable: millennials could be a deciding factor in this year’s presidential race…if they vote. A Gallup poll found that only 47 percent of Americans age 18 to 34 say they will definitely cast their ballot on November 8. Why aren’t more millennials expected at the polls? Is it about the candidates, or the issues, or the outreach? And how have (or how will) so-called “millennial movements” impact the youth vote? We address all of these issues with our guests:

  • Dr. Ruth Milkman, distinguished professor of sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Illy Ali, bartender at Turcott’s Taproom
  • Jessica Lewis, principal publicist and owner of LáLew Public Relations
  • Hoody Miller, youth educator and garden manager for the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • BJ Scanlon, local Democratic activist

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