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Still Buffering

Join sisters Sydnee McElroy, Teylor Smirl and Rileigh Smirl as they delve deep into the teenage mind and answer all their pressing questions.
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May 30, 2017

Since this first and most interesting season of the new hit teen show Riverdale has come to an end, it's time to discuss how much our favorite characters of the Archie universe have actually changed, and why they've changed, since the much more wholesome days of Betty and Veronica competing in music video contests and Jughead eating like a lot of food. And while we're at it, why not take a look at how many more of those 90's teen shows have been rebooted for the teens of today, since apparently modern teens like heroin, maple syrup, and murder?

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

May 23, 2017

Summer is finally here! Our babiest Smirl girl is on summer vacation at last, and you know what that means: soakin' up rays and catchin' those waves! But before we soak up too many of those rays, maybe we should talk about tanning and how safe/necessary/popular it has become through the years. Or you could follow Teylor's foolproof way to avoid a burn/skin damage: STAY INSIDE!

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

May 16, 2017

Let's ride that crimson wave over into grown up town and talk about that dreaded monthly visit from Aunt Flow. Or maybe talk about how much we all hate euphemisms for periods. Join the sisters as they discuss that time of the month and...poop ghosts? Also, one of them achieved James Bond level period story so, enjoy.

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

May 9, 2017

The sisters are back from their short trip to Columbus and are ready to talk about something we've all wondered about at some point. Why is there always pizza everywhere? We finally cracked the mystery of the pizza line's eternal tyranny...and we discussed how pretty much everyone in our family has been really bad at food at some point. So come join us as we figure out the extent of the Chicken Nugget Thursday and the state that is one big pizza line. 

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

May 2, 2017

We're back on the stage where we belong and this time we're bringing you a whole episode about Google teen knowledge straight from Columbus, Ohio! From shoes and cool points to Oreo popularity we've got it all right here in this live show extravaganza, and we hope you enjoy as much as we did! 

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Apr 25, 2017

Happy Prom season! While the teens in giant sparkly dresses and fancy suits roam the streets in search of the turnt-est after parties and best picture taking spots, the older sisters reflect on their past prom experiences while Rileigh shines some light on how big of a deal prom has become. So come join us in the podcast universe we've created and learn all bout twerk sit-ins and Mortal Kombat dance moves.

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Apr 18, 2017

With one of Netflix's most popular shows ever being all anyone can talk about recently, we wanted to join in on the conversation too. While the topic is a bit more serious this week and we don't make quite as many goofs, this is just as important to teens' lives as any of the other things we talk about, so we hope you'll enjoy a little bit more serious episode and we promise we'll be back with the goofs next week. And we love you.

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Apr 11, 2017

We all know (or may have been one of) those teens that listen to the edgiest music and wear the edgiest clothes, so let's talk about them! From black and white checkered belts to "old" shoes and even the sisters' new band, The Altourniquets, we went FULL AlternaTeens and we want you there for it.

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

Apr 4, 2017

April is upon us! Spring has sprung! To celebrate the fact that school is so close to being done and it's so close to summer we can almost smell the sunscreen, we're talking about spring break! From the wild teen beach parties on TV to the reality of Netflix binging and pajamas, the sisters have covered it all and may or may not have gotten off on a pretty long tangent about the best dating show ever made, but it's necessary to discuss. 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Mar 28, 2017

In honor of week 2 of MaxFunDrive and of us reaching our goal of 10,000 new and upgrading members AND because we also hit 15k so all the sisters are getting tattoos, the trio decided to answer all of your teen questions! From dabs to princess battles we answered them all, so come join us and finally learn why Snapchat streaks are such a big deal.

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Mar 22, 2017

Happy MaxFunDrive!! To celebrate this most wonderful time of the year amongst our community of podcasts, the sisters dive into the magical world of Disney princesses! From the somewhat problematic tales of the early 20th century all the way up to the new and modern stories we see today, the trio has covered it all. And two thirds of the sisters promised in this episode to get tattoos based on the number of MaxFunDrive donors so...go donate if you can!

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Mar 14, 2017

Sydnee and Rileigh are back from their week on island time and that means it's time to talk about pets! The Smirl Girls have gone through a LOT of pets and have plenty of stories to tell, so come join us! We'll even tell you about Sister Barbara Fish and the real story of what happened to Charlie (the wiener dog.)

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Feb 28, 2017

What better time to discuss the news than now? This week, the sisters tackle the huge differences between how teens got their news in the 90's and how they get it now. From real deal newspapers and magazines to Twitter hashtags and online magazines, the trio has covered it all while keeping in mind the truth is...out there. 

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Feb 21, 2017

In celebration of our favorite Mother Collective's birthday, the sisters have decided to tackle a topic both themselves and their mom are very interested in, telling the future (ooooh.) From zodiac signs to cootie catchers, the sisters cover it all, including a very lengthy discussion about Barbie MASH and owning a pet chameleon. So Happy Birthday to Mother Collective, and happy fortune telling and spell casting to all of you!

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Feb 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate this (kinda sucky) day, the sisters continue their conversation on dating that they started many months ago. Last time, they covered how teens start dating and "talking to" someone, and now they're here to tell you how to go on the most successful teen dates throughout the years, from ample parking space dates to "Netflix and chilling." We hope you have a decent Valentine's Day and don't eat any of those chalky conversation hearts (even though Teylor loves them.)

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Feb 7, 2017

Since the older sisters and many more teens of yesterday have been dying to know, this week, Rileigh finally explains YouTube and all of its secrets. From why teen girls want to know what other teen girls just bought at the store to how to make that sweet sweet YouTube money, Rileigh covers it all while the oldest Smirl girls reminisce on the first viral internet videos. Oh and there's a cat in this episode too.

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Jan 31, 2017

Even though the beginning of this week's episode sounds like we've started a new Riverdale fan/hatecast, I promise we haven't, we just get really passionate about Archie and teen dramas. Since we needed to discuss the legitimacy of this new show, we thought it would be fitting to discuss the idea of fan-ing out over celebrities, and find out that all three of us have done some somewhat creepy-ish things over the years...

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Jan 24, 2017

In this week's very timely episode, the sisters discuss a somewhat more sensitive topic (and one that makes Rileigh very uncomfortable at times), birth control. Since birth control is a phrase most all teenagers have had to hear or even experience at some point in their lives, the sisters thought this discussion would shed some light on the stigma and social acceptability of birth control throughout the years. Also, there's a lot of butt talk this episode so...there's that. 

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Jan 18, 2017

Hey everybody. We just wanted to take a second to apologize for the less than great audio quality of this week's episode. We're sorry if it made it hard to listen, and we'll be back with a much clearer episode next week. Thank you for understanding. 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Jan 17, 2017

As the cold, dreary winter season continues to make life a little bit worse for everybody, the sisters reflect on one of the only enjoyable factors of winter during school, snow days. From the trio's combined hatred of winter sports, to the pure joy they all felt when waking up to find school had been cancelled, to learning some surprising slang terms for snow, the sisters have covered all the bases this week and hope you can relate to at least one of those feelings. (Also, it's been one year since Still Buffering began! Thank you all for your continued support and love.)

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Jan 10, 2017

We aren't really sure what happened this week, we planned on talking about jobs and somehow the majority of this episode is about troll butts, Batman pizza, and Sydnee's new boat life. So...we tried to stay on topic and we hope you gain at least a bit of insight about teen jobs (but that might be hard to do.)

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Jan 3, 2017

Happy New Year from the Smirl sisters to you! It's finally 2017, and we're all happy that 2016 is over. But, is New Year's even really a holiday when you're a teen, and how do teens actually celebrate it when they can't party and none of them have the "sacrificial parent?" I guess they could have musical theatre nerd parties like Sydnee did (but they sound kinda lame.) Find out the answers to all of these and more on this week's episode, and join us in ringing in the New Year!

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Dec 28, 2016

As the holiday season comes to a close, it's time to think about what the most important thing is to do after you receive all of those lovely, thoughtful holiday presents...return them all. This week the sisters try to determine a set of rules for returning and re-gifting presents from the holidays and realize that Claire's is a never-ending, sacrificial pit of food-shaped earrings and fake glasses.

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Dec 20, 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year yet again, and we want to celebrate with you! Come join us as we decide what the best holiday movies, music, and traditions are and make some classic holiday season goofs. (And Sydnee does this whole bit with a pen but you don't have to laugh no one is really sure why she did it) Merry Mid-Darkmas to you and yours!

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

Dec 13, 2016

As the testing season begins for most high schoolers (including Rileigh), the sisters remember some of their favorite memories of school tests and college-entry tests and try to give their youngest and most stressed out sister some advice. Which seems to include a lot of talk about...power donuts?

 

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by <a href="http://nouvellas.bandcamp.com/">Nouvellas</a>

 

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