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Still Buffering

A cross-generational guide to the culture that made us, by Sydnee McElroy, Teylor Smirl, and Rileigh Smirl. New episodes every Thursday.

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Still Buffering: "Human" by dodie

It's time for a reboot! We're starting this new decade with a new version of our show, designed to more easily grow as we go, especially our babiest sister who is rapidly approaching the end of her teenage years. Come join us in learning about what direction we'll be headed in now, and Rileigh's favorite artist of all time, dodie! Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

48mins

2 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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Still Buffering: How to Christmas Prince 3 (Live from Candlenights!)

In this year's Candlenights holiday special, the sisters sing. Yes, they sing in this one. They also dissect one of this year's hit films that keeps this show going every holiday season: A Christmas Prince 3. Or should it be called Sporks Out? Also, have you been wondering what will happen to our show when Rileigh turns 20? So have we, so listen to the very end to get the answer! Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

38mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Still Buffering: How to Pride (Now with 50% Teens!)

Happy Pride Month! To celebrate this wonderful time of the year, the sisters were joined by one of Rileigh's long time friends, Elizabeth, a teen member of the LGBTQ+ community. This week, Elizabeth joins Rileigh in being the teen voice of our show, and along with our middlest sister, the two explore what being "definitely not straight" as a teen of yesterday and today has been like for them. Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

1hr 2mins

26 Jun 2018

Rank #3

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Still Buffering: How to "Cool" Teen Apps

Teens these days are living their lives inside of their apps, and not the delicious kind that you eat before dinner, but the tech kind that live in their phones! So we're consulting the internets and finding what apps adults think teens are into and what apps other teens think teens are into to see who's actually right. Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

1hr 2mins

25 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Still Buffering: How to Theatre with Lin-Manuel Miranda!

The sisters are joined this week by very special guest, Lin-Manuel Miranda to reminisce about the agony and the ecstasy that is the world of high school theatre. Also, just a head's up, the A word is said in this episode. But only like twice. Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

1hr 2mins

28 Jun 2016

Rank #5

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Still Buffering: How to Video Games with Justin McElroy!

This week, the sisters are joined by a very special guest who knows more about video games than anyone they know, America's favorite oldest brother, Justin McElroy! Join us as we take a journey through the ever-changing world of video games and learn that Justin's teen experience would be described as...there? Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

1hr

6 Dec 2016

Rank #6

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Still Buffering: How to Christmas Prince 2

HE'S BACK! Our Christmas King has returned and we're here to talk aalll about that royal wedding. We still aren't sure how the royal lineage works in Aldovia or what meat jelly is or why Emily isn't queen but here we are, one whole year later, ready to tackle these issues with you. Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

57mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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How to Communication

From land lines and pagers to subtweeting and group texting, Rileigh and Sydnee attempt to find common ground in the many ways teenagers have found to talk to each other without ever having to venture from their bedrooms. Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

36mins

2 Feb 2016

Rank #8

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Still Buffering: "Friends" (1994)

So no one told you Friends was going to be popular a whole 26 years since its first airing...and no one expected it either. This week, we're diving into the ever-popular sitcom and digging out the good, the bad, and the ugly (because there is lots of it honestly), but really we just wanna know why do teens dig this show so much? Cough, Rileigh, cough....Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

50mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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Still Buffering: How to Internet Videos

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 Nouvellas

1hr 6mins

7 Feb 2017

Rank #10

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Still Buffering: How to Teen in The 80s

So Sydnee found this book, and it's a very bad book, but it makes for very good talking points on our show, so that's what we're sharing with you today. Apparently teen girls in the 80s had a lot of rules, from archetype roles they had to fit into to how they could eat corn, there's a lot there to talk about and we're doing it all. Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

58mins

1 May 2018

Rank #11

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Still Buffering: How to Future Teens (Featuring Charlie Gail!)

IT'S THE MAXFUNDRIVE! To celebrate this most wonderful time of year, we brought on our favorite teen of the future, Charlie Gail McElroy! We wanted to find out what the teens of tomorrow are going to be listening to, watching, and doing, so we went straight to the source. Come join all four of us, and don't forget to become a member of the MaxFun family this MaxFunDrive! Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

53mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #12

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Still Buffering: How to Stress

It's a stressful time of year for students as the school year begins to pick up and everyone starts having their first tests and exams, but are adults really understanding of teen stress? Let's find out! Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

53mins

15 Sep 2019

Rank #13

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Still Buffering: How to TikTok

It's the new Vine, the newest trend sweeping the globe and taking over the minds of the newest generation: TikTok. Rileigh has become obsessed with the app, and she wants to share the newest craze with her older sisters, so come learn with them! Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

49mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Still Buffering: How to Flirt

As requested by a listener, Emma, this week, the sisters are talking about flirting! Sydnee is a self-proclaimed "expert" in flirting, Rileigh believes she is somewhere in the middle, and Teylor is very open about how bad she thinks she is at flirting. From the ~look~ to the mixtapes, flirting spans the ages, just like our sisters, so let's talk about it! Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

54mins

15 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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Still Buffering: How to Tattoo

It finally happened! After being extremely disappointed a few months ago when she couldn't get a tattoo at the beach, our babiest sister has finally been inked for life! So let's talk about tattoos when our oldest Smirl girls were in high school, and why are they so popular now? Also we think Sydnee Freaky Friday-ed with a grandma this week, but we aren't sure. Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

53mins

10 Oct 2017

Rank #16

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Still Buffering: How to Nerd

The trilogy of Smirl Sisters is finally completed this week with the addition of Teylor! As the coolest nerd we know, Tey has some advice for Rilo on how to find her tribe and Syd tries to convince her to embrace her inner tardigrade. Oh, and there is a lot of Sailor Moon talk. I mean, a lot. Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

56mins

12 Apr 2016

Rank #17

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Still Buffering: How to Birth Control

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 Nouvellas

1hr 3mins

24 Jan 2017

Rank #18

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Still Buffering: How to Organize

We're all three obsessed with Marie Kondo and her tidiness (because like, who isn't?) and we want to talk about it, so we're talking about dorm room organization! What do college kids do with all that extra space now that they don't have to store and display their CDs and DVDs and video games? Let's find out! Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

52mins

17 Jan 2019

Rank #19

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Still Buffering: How to Cereal

It's CEREAL TIME here at Still Buffering, and the Smirl sisters are diving headfirst into a bowl of sugary goodness with you to figure out the BEST cereal (or maybe just talk about it through the ages like we always do). Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

50mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #20