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What’s the buzz?
52 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
14. We're Back On-Air!
In this bittersweet episode of "What's the buzz?" the buzz team says goodbye to Liam as he finishes his time with buzz and ventures out into the adult world. We want to thank Liam for his work on the show, and we will miss his humor, hot takes and upbeat personality. We know he will do incredible things outside of buzz, and we cannot wait to see what he achieves. This is also the last "What's the buzz?" episode of the season, and this week, Jill, Carolina, Becca and Liam talk all about going back to school amidst the craziness of COVID-19. They share college advice for incoming freshmen about how to handle the college transition as well as talk about some of their go-to spots on the U of I campus. They also discuss the importance of mental and physical health, especially during these stressful times, and they share some of their tips for maintaining physical and mental health during college. Lastly, they talk about their plans for the upcoming semester and how they're preparing for online classes. You can check out everyone's "back to school" songs on the buzz Spotify @buzzmagcu and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@buzzpodcastcu on all platforms). We'll be back on the air at WPGU 107.1 soon, so be on the lookout! Special thanks to WPGU 107.1 for making this podcast possible.
51 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
13. Movies We Love to Hate and the End of TikTok?
This week on "What's the buzz?" Carolina, Jill and Liam break down their favorite long songs, diving deep into tunes, such as "Free Bird" and "Bohemian Rhapsody." They talk about the Lollapalooza virtual concert that took place last weekend and share some of their favorite Lolla performances. Next, they discuss some of their favorite terrible movies they love to hate and try to answer the question: What makes a good bad movie? Finally, the buzz team talks about the possible end of TikTok and what that could mean for Gen Z. All of this week's song choices can be found on the buzz Spotify page, @buzzmagcu, and you can also check out "What's the buzz" on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @buzzpodcastcu. Special thanks to WPGU 107.1 for making this podcast possible.
53 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
12. If You Wanna Be My Lover, You Gotta Listen to My Podcast
We are nearing the end of season one of "What's the buzz?" with a show all about girl bands and memes. This week, Jill, Carolina, Becca and Casey share their favorite girl band tunes while discussing the history and philosophy behind the term "girl band." Next, they talk about the "what frog are you?" meme page currently trending on Instagram as well as some other popular meme pages. Then, they discuss actors who have gone on to pursue other careers, such as entrepreneurship and comic book creating. Lastly, the "What's the buzz?" team talks about the #freebritney movement involving singer Britney Spears' sketchy conservatorship. To check out everyone's song picks from this show and past shows, head over to @buzzmagcu on Spotify. You can also follow "What's the buzz?" on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@buzzpodcastcu on all platforms). Special thanks to WPGU 107.1 for making this podcast possible.
52 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
11. (Astrology) Sign of the Times
This week, Carolina, Jill, Liam and Becca share their favorite boyband songs, including hits from the Backstreet Boys, One Direction and Big Time Rush. They also talk about some successful solo artists who have resulted from some of these bands, such as Harry Styles and Justin Timberlake. They also discuss the recent, devastating death of actress and singer Naya Rivera. Next, the "What's the buzz?" team discuss what they think some of the best boybands are and get into a heated discussion about whether or not The Beatles should be considered a boyband. Next, they talk about the meaning of names and share the meanings behind their names as well as some interesting nicknames they have received throughout their lives. Lastly, they dive deep into astrology and debate whether or not astrology is real or simply just meaningless nonsense. Check out this week's playlist on @buzzmagcu on Spotify, and be sure to follow "What's the buzz" on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@buzzpodcastcu on all platforms). Special thanks to WPGU 107.1 for making this podcast possible!
55 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
10. Spilling the Tea on COVID-19 and Youtube Drama
"What's the buzz?" is back, and this week, Carolina, Jill, Becca and Ava are discuss COVID-19 updates, such as new hobbies we've taken on and if we've noticed any changes from the way people have been handling COVID-19 in recent weeks. We also talk about the decision many colleges have made of reversing in-person class decisions for the upcoming fall semester. This week's song theme is "songs we'd listen to while looking out the car and pretending to be in a movie," and we encourage you to think about what your song choices would be (because we know you did this, too). Lastly, we talk about the recent drama surrounding the YouTube beauty community, and we share some of our opinions on YouTube stars. You can check out all of our song picks on our Spotify, @buzzmagcu, and you can also find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @buzzpodcastcu on all platforms. Special thanks to WPGU 107.1 for making this podcast possible.
71 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
9. The Profound History of Beowulf and Webkinz
In this week's episode, Jill, Casey and Carolina discuss the tension and hesitation some Americans might be feeling as the Fourth of July approaches this weekend. They also discuss Juneteenth and the history behind the day that, currently, is not officially considered a national holiday. In celebration of the Hamilton movie release on Disney+, on Friday, the "What's the buzz?" team shares their favorite musical theater songs, all of which can be found on the buzz Spotify page, @buzzmagcu. They also talk about some of their favorite childhood online games, including Club Penguin, Webkinz and more, and they reminisce about high school English class and share which readings in high school resonated with them the most. Lastly, the buzz team discusses coming of age movies, sharing their favorites, least favorites and diving into what exactly makes a good coming of age movie. If you like this podcast, be sure to check out all of buzz's content on readbuzz.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @buzzpodcastcu. Special thanks to WPGU 107.1 for making this podcast possible.
66 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
8. Choose Your Fighter: Millennial, Gen Z, TikToker or Karen
Today, Carolina, Jill, Liam and Becca celebrate Pride Month by sharing their own experiences from past pride parades, discussing different movies, TV shows and documentaries about the LGBTQ+ community and talking about some prominent LGBTQ+ icons. Next, they discuss the differences between millennial and Gen Z culture, focusing specifically on humor and attitudes toward money, social media and careers. They dive into the confusing, growing world of "Karens" and share some of their own confrontations with Karens. The "What's the buzz?" team also talks about famous TikTok challenges and discusses which ones they love and which ones they hate. Finally, they talk about the Oscars, which has been pushed from February 2021 to April 2021 due to COVID-19 and picture what the ceremony might look like next year. Throughout the show, the "What's the buzz?" team shares their favorite karaoke songs, which can all be found on the buzz Spotify page, @buzzmagcu. You can also follow "What's the buzz?" on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @buzzpodcastcu on all platforms, and be sure to read all of buzz's content on readbuzz.com. Special thanks to WPGU 107.1 for making this podcast possible.
56 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
7. Woke Celebrities and A Shortage of Switches
This week of "What's the buzz?" features the editing team of buzz magazine, Jill (editor), Ava (assistant editor) and Carolina (assistant editor). They talk about the artists who have defined their childhoods and influenced their music tastes, which is also the theme for this week's playlist, which can be found on the buzz Spotify page, @buzzmagcu. They also continue talking about protests happening around the world as part of the Black Lives Matter movement, specifically discussing the presence of celebrities at those protests and on social media showing support of the movement. They also discuss some anti-trans comments author J.K. Rowling made on Twitter and share their opinions on the whole situation. They also discuss gaming in quarantine, focusing specifically on the shortage of Nintendo Switches, the console that everyone seems to be obsessed with during quarantine. Next, the buzz team discusses the Jeffrey Epstein documentary on Netflix and share their thoughts on the controversial question — did Jeffrey Epstein kill himself? (Don't worry — we don't get too heated.) Lastly, they discuss the possibility of AMC going bankrupt due to COVID-19. Be sure to check out "What's the buzz?" on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@buzzpodcastcu on all platforms) and to read all of buzz's content at readbuzz.com. Special thanks to WPGU 107.1 for making this podcast possible!
49 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
6. We Could Have Danced All Night (To Our Favorite Albums of All Time)
In this week's episode of "What's the buzz?" Carolina, Jill, Liam and Casey share their favorite albums of all time as well as their favorite song picks from those albums. They also dive into some of the most binge-worthy Netflix shows and try to answer the big question: what makes a show binge-worthy? The buzz team also reminisces about Disney Channel's peak and discusses some of the Disney Channel original movies (or DCOMs) that have had the biggest influences on their childhoods. Maybe most importantly, the buzz team speculates about what the party scene at UIUC might look like if students are able to return to campus in the fall. You can find all of the song picks from this episode on the buzz Spotify, @buzzmagcu. Be sure to check out "What's the buzz?" on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@buzzpodcastcu on all platforms), and you can read all of buzz's content at readbuzz.com. Special thanks to WPGU 107.1 for making this podcast happen!
59 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
5. The Knee Felt Around the World: A Cry for the End of Racism in the US
In today's episode of "What's the buzz?" we decided to hold off on our usual entertainment type content in light of what has been going on in the U.S. We didn't feel comfortable continuing as usual without addressing the serious and important events currently taking place. This episode is a discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement, and our aim is to help educate people on the movement's goals and to share our thoughts on where we're at as a country. In this episode we talk about the recent deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Abrey and George Floyd and how and why these tragic deaths have been the catalysts for the recent protests and the huge wave of social media responses. We also talk about the COVID-19 response to protests and share some book, movie, TV and podcast suggestions if you are looking to further educate yourself on racism and the black experience. We hope you find this episode useful and that you are staying safe and educated during these times. Special thanks to WPGU 107.1 for making this podcast possible.
48 minutes | May 27, 2020
4. Are We Humans, or Are We Numbers?
This week on "What's the buzz" we welcome the newest member of our team Casey Daly! We also question the nature of humanity by unpacking Elon Musk and Grimes' baby's name: X Æ A-12. Their baby also inspired this week's playlist theme, which is "songs that X Æ A-12 would listen to," and you can check out that playlist on our Spotify, @buzzmagcu. Also this week we discuss the popular Chuck E. Cheese pizza conspiracy theory as well as different music videos that artists, such as Harry Styles and Kehlani, have released recently. We also talk about the ways coronavirus has affected people's workout routines, how we've adapted our workout routines to quarantine requirements and our thoughts on the idea of the "summer body" image. Lastly, we talk about the popular app Randonautica and discuss our own experiences with the app. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@buzzpodcastcu on all platforms), and be sure to read all of our content on readbuzz.com. Special thanks to WPGU 107.1 for making this podcast possible!
50 minutes | May 20, 2020
3. Finals Week in Quarantine
This week, the buzz team recaps finals week, and Liam graduates! (Don't worry - he'll still be doing "What's the buzz?" this summer!) They dive deep into mental health and self-care, describing different ways they practice self-care. They also discuss their quarantine predictions for when and if they think places, such as UIUC, will reopen. COVID-19 has greatly impacted the job market, too, which has, in turn, affected students' job and internship searches. The buzz team discusses the ways they have been affected personally and what they plan on doing during the summer in place of canceled jobs and internships. Lastly, they recap buzz content that the buzz staff has produced throughout the year and share their favorite articles they've written. Check out our "summer songs" playlist on our Spotify (@buzzmagcu) and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@buzzpodcastcu on all platforms). Also be sure to check out all buzz magazine content at readbuzz.com. Special thanks to WPGU 107.1!
53 minutes | May 13, 2020
2. Dating Shows, Weird Dreams and the Future of Music Festivals
This week on "What's the buzz?" the buzz team analyzes popular dating shows and discusses some weird dreams they've had that may or may not involve Princess Diana and tree monsters... Some places have already announced plans for reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the buzz team shares their opinions about some of the decisions being made regarding these places reopening. Next, they talk about their experiences with ordering and picking up food during these times and share their go-to food places during quarantine. Finally, the buzz peeps share their thoughts about certain music festivals and concerts having to be canceled this summer. This week's song theme is "sickness songs," a very literal take on songs about being sick. Be sure to follow "What's the buzz?" on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@buzzpodcastcu on all platforms) and check out our Spotify to see everyone's song picks for this week (@buzzmagcu). You can also read all of buzz magazine's content at readbuzz.com. Special thanks to WPGU 107.1!
53 minutes | May 3, 2020
1. Buzzin’ in Quarantine
Welcome to “What’s the buzz?” podcast edition! The buzz peeps are so excited to share their first podcast episode full of more fun content with you. Today, Ava, Becca, Carolina, Jill, and Liam discuss activities they’ve been doing in quarantine, from learning how to make the best scrambled eggs, to binging Tiger King. They also talk all about the transition to online classes and what they miss most about the UIUC campus. This show’s playlist theme is quarantine tunes, and you can find all of the buzz team’s picks on the buzz Spotify, @buzzmagcu.
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