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A sisters’ guide to teens through the ages


Booksmart
Dec 8 • 54 min
It doesn’t happen all the time, but occasionally our sisters will all three watch something that they all just love and relate to, and Booksmart is one of those movies! It may be a movie about teens of 2019, but all three sisters found some of…
TikTok
Nov 26 • 49 min
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!…
Cereal
Nov 21 • 50 min
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…
Sketch Comedy
Nov 12 • 54 min
Very few pieces of culture seem to be able to transcend all boundaries of time and generational differences, but somehow Saturday Night Live is one of the few that has been able to for decades. So, what is it about sketch comedy shows that’s so…
VSCO Girl
Nov 10 • 46 min
We just skimmed the surface of what it means to be a “VSCO Girl” in our last live episode, and now we’re going ALL in. But what we really want to know is: what was a VSCO girl in the 90s? Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by
Pictures (Live from Brooklyn!)
Oct 27 • 40 min
Aaaand we’re back! After a whirlwind weekend away in the greatest city in the world, the sisters are proud to present their most recent live show from Brooklyn, all about pictures and VSCO girls and sksksksk, and I oop? Music: “Baby You…
Mental Health
Oct 13 • 61 min
CW: mental illness, self harm, suicide This is a serious episode, if any talks of mental illness will be hard to listen to or upsetting for your own mental health, maybe take a break from our show this week. In honor of the recent World Mental Health…
Sweepstakes
Oct 6 • 52 min
Rileigh used to be a BIG fan of sweepstakes contests growing up like that Danimals one where you could meet Zack and Cody, you know? So the sisters are all reminiscing on those too good to be true contests they never won, and maybe actually did…
Convenience
Sep 29 • 50 min
The older sisters realized that life got a lot more convenient for teens in Rileigh’s generation with things like food delivery and ride service apps and online clothing website, so we want to figure out if they really make teens’ lives easier or if…
Astrology
Sep 22 • 53 min
A Virgo, an Aries, and a Capricorn are dissecting how astrology affects our lives as teens and how we view ourselves based on our signs, and boy is it a fun conversation, so come join us! Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by
Stress
Sep 15 • 53 min
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…
Teachers/Professors
Sep 8 • 58 min
As Rileigh begins her second year of college, she’s realized that professors in college are a lot different than the teachers she got used to in high school, and Sydnee and Teylor know that transition all too well, so let’s talk about our “profs” and…
Tell Scary Stories in the Dark
Aug 28 • 52 min
There was a chill in the air this week (even if it only lasted for about 6 hours), and to celebrate all three of the sisters saw a new scary movie based on some old classics, “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.” From jangling men to hug monsters,…
Back to School Fashion Update
Aug 23 • 54 min
Our babiest Smirl is about to embark on her sophomore year of college, and the sisters have realized they haven’t talked fashion in over three years. So they’re taking a dive into the most popular fashions of this 2019 school year to see where these…
Crafts
Aug 18 • 54 min
Oh, the wonderful world of Pinterest and YouTube DIY videos. This week, we’re taking a trip into the rabbit hole that is crafting and DIYing as a teen, and why we all loved it so much. Whittling, anyone? Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by…
Drink Responsibly (Featuring Neat! The Boozecast)
Aug 9 • 54 min
This week, the sisters made a special crossover episode with Neat! The Boozecast while on Island Time straight from a sports themed bedroom with only three microphones and no mic stands, and boy is it something special. Music: “Baby You Change Your…
Summer Blockbusters
Jul 28 • 49 min
The sisters have island time on the mind as they’re all about to go on their annual family beach trip, so they’re taking a look back at all of the hit summer blockbusters of years’ past, and more specifically it seems, Jaws?? Like, a LOT of Jaws???…
Nickelodeon
Jul 21 • 54 min
So, Sydnee gets a monthly box full of Nickelodeon merch from all the old, classic cartoons, and we figured that’s something we can talk about, right? This is something, right? At least, that’s what we asked ourselves as we sat down to record, and we…
Fourth of July
Jul 12 • 51 min
It’s America’s (belated) birthday! To celebrate, we’re talking about all of the pretty dumb things we do with fireworks and fire crackers and just fire in general as teens and beyond, come celebrate a little late with us, won’t you? Music:…
Roommates (Part 2)
Jun 27 • 52 min
Well, now our babiest Smirl has had the experience of living with roommates for a full year, and she’s about to do it all again next year, so does she have any new thoughts to share now that she’s an experienced roommate? Does she have anything to…
Poetry
Jun 14 • 50 min
We all did it as angsty emotional teens, didn’t we? Filled notebooks and notes apps with long, dramatic, heartbreak poems? Or was that just Sydnee and Rileigh? Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by
Commercials
Jun 8 • 52 min
Okay, we have some serious opinions about commercials of the 90s, but who doesn’t? They were all kinda the same, we all still remember ALL of them, and most importantly, we can’t figure out what happened to them? Music: “Baby You Change Your…
Internet
May 31 • 54 min
We realized in the entire 3+ years of this show that we had NEVER dedicated an entire episode to the entity that is ~the internet~. So we’re going deep to examine all those differences between the world pre and post internet, and why did we all take…
Enjoy Adulthood
May 26 • 46 min
Rileigh’s enjoying a beach vacation, so Sydnee and Teylor capitalize on the opportunity to reflect on all the great stuff about being an adult. Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by Nouvellas
Jewelry
May 17 • 50 min
Upon a recent trip with Rileigh to the mall, Sydnee made a shocking discovery: teens don’t wear tons of jewelry anymore??? What ever happened to the giant earring books and hemp chokers and toe rings?? We must investigate. Music: “Baby You…
Home Videos
May 8 • 58 min
We all made them as teens, you know, those homemade movies and videos that are horribly put together and have little to no actual plot but that we LOVED to make? The only difference now is that teens are putting all of them on the internet…which…
Boredom
May 1 • 52 min
It’s almost summertime, which means the teens will be home all day every day and looking for something to do. So what are some fun activities for the modern teen who’s bored? The older sisters had some methods of their own for killing time, and…
Sleep
Apr 24 • 50 min
It’s finals season for Rileigh, and it seems like sleep is one key part of life that she isn’t doing too great on. Not to mention curfews, party times, and how late we get to sleep in, the sisters all have some sleep habits they probably could do…
Money
Apr 19 • 55 min
It’s been a bit of a rough week for all of us, hasn’t it? We started it all off with Tax Day, and we should have known then it’d be a little bit of a bad one. So to celebrate(?) the holiday that is tax season, we’re talking about money! What do you do…
Operation Blue Ivy
Apr 10 • 56 min
Well, our sisters have returned on no day other than National Sibling Day! To celebrate, we’re talking about the hippest of controversies happening with teens today: Operation Blue Ivy…or Blue Varsity? Varsity Ivy??? Music: “Baby You Change…
90s Teen Quiz
Mar 27 • 57 min
IT’S STILL THE MAXFUNDRIVE! To wrap-up and continue to celebrate this joyous season, we’re continuing a tradition we started last year during the MaxFunDrive. Last year, Rileigh quizzed her sisters on how much teen knowledge they had gained from her…
Future Teens (Featuring Charlie Gail!)
Mar 19 • 53 min
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…
Fictional Female Heroes
Mar 13 • 53 min
We’re back with part 2 of our Women’s History Month extravaganza! This week, we’re discussing some of our fictional female role models, and how female representation for teens in media has changed over time. From Buffy to Hermione and even some…
Female Role Models
Mar 6 • 53 min
It’s Women’s History Month! To celebrate this month of celebration, we’re all sharing our most inspiring and influential female role models throughout our teen years and beyond. They made us who we are today, and we want to celebrate them! So come…
Ask a Teen 4
Feb 27 • 52 min
It only took us a year, but we’re back with another “Ask a Teen!” We’ve collected all of your questions like “a squirrel with nuts” as Sydnee would say, and are ready to answer all of them. We go from how to make excuses to get out of plans, to toxic…
Save the Environment
Feb 19 • 58 min
We’ve talked a lot before about the growing “woke-ness” of this generation, but we haven’t spent much time discussing how it is helping our planet. Back in the day, teens knew to recycle and cut those plastic rings, but what else have teens learned…
Shared Cultural Experiences
Feb 13 • 52 min
The older sisters realized that back in the day there would be widespread cultural moments that thousands of teens everywhere shared, whether it was as a TV series finale or a new album release, there were things to share with people you’d never meet….
Keep Sentimental Items
Feb 5 • 50 min
As we all continue on our path to a tidy living space, we’ve realized that as teens we can tend to keep a lot of “sentimental” things that we really probably shouldn’t, or maybe even throw out things that we wish we hadn’t. So let’s talk about what we…
Influence(r)
Jan 31 • 60 min
All we can talk about this week is the disaster that was the Fyre Festival, so we wanted to find a way we could talk about it on our podcast, and we did! Influencers played a huge role in the Fyre Fest and they weren’t even around a decade or so ago,…
Still Buffering: The StillBuff Awards (Live from PodCon2!)
Jan 23 • 59 min
We all made it to Seattle for the podcasting event of the year, PodCon2! To commemorate this momentous occasion, we’re hosting the first ever “Young Adult Selection Commendations” or something like that that won’t get us in trouble for copyright….
Organize
Jan 16 • 52 min
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…
Resolutions
Jan 8 • 57 min
Happy New New! To celebrate the start of a brand new year, we’re talking about our resolutions! You know, those things that everyone talks about but most people forget about by February? Well, we’re going over all those hip teen resolutions, as well…
Come Home
Dec 28, 2018 • 54 min
Sadly, the holiday season has come to a close, but thankfully we’re still in that weird stretch of days where we’re all still acting like it’s a holiday break! Since our littlest sister has come home for the first time after being away at school,…
Christmas Music
Dec 19, 2018 • 56 min
It’s the holiday season, which means it’s that time of year where everyone remembers that “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is kind of a problematic song and we all discuss why, so we wanted to join! We also talk about all of our favorite and not so favorite…
Christmas Prince 2
Dec 11, 2018 • 57 min
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…
Teen Christmas List 2018 (With our Mom!)
Nov 29, 2018 • 52 min
Our oldest sister is traveling this week, so we’ve replaced her with our mom! The holiday season has arrived once again, so we’re helping you come up with the perfect gift list for your teen in your life! Some of them may be a little out of date, but…
Bras
Nov 23, 2018 • 56 min
Well, it’s Thanksgiving, but we wanted to give you something to listen to so you can recover from all of those conversations you had to have probably about politics or something with your family. So we’re talking about bras! And underwear! And hats…
Youtube with Hank Green!
Nov 13, 2018 • 53 min
The sisters are joined by a VERY special guest this week, Hank Green! Rileigh has attempted in the past to share her knowledge of Youtube, but this week we’ve brought in an expert who can teach us ALL about kids who make bank off slime videos and…
Election Day
Nov 6, 2018 • 56 min
All we have to say this week is GO VOTE! Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by Nouvellas
Trick or Treat
Nov 1, 2018 • 58 min
The spooky season has come to a close, but before we depart from this most wonderful time of year, we want to talk about trick or treating! Sure, it may be something some people stop doing early on in their teen years, but do we really have to? …
Haunted Houses
Oct 23, 2018 • 58 min
It’s that ~spooky~ time of year again, and our sisters want to talk about one of the spookiest experiences of the teen and adult Halloween experience: haunted houses! Some go a little too far for our sisters, but among the three of them there’s a wide…
Still Buffering: Best of Buffering 3
Oct 18, 2018 • 38 min
Well, 2/3 of our sisters are off being famous authors and illustrators on whirlwind book tours, so our littlest sister has put together a third edition of “Best of Buffering!” She’s put together some of their best bits throughout the past few months,…
Documentaries
Oct 11, 2018 • 54 min
Rileigh has been obsessed with Shane Dawson’s recent Youtube documentary series, and Sydnee is very confused by that idea, so we’re going full documentary nerd! From Sydnee’s weird obsession with Burning Man to the rise of Buzzfeed Unsolved and very…
Friendships
Oct 2, 2018 • 52 min
We know we’ve talked about friends before, but we realized that non-male friendships in the media kinda get a bad rep, and no one really understands why? Like, could Clueless have done without the boys? And are Rizzo and Sandy really the best duo in…
American Vandal
Sep 25, 2018 • 56 min
So, there’s this show on Netflix called “American Vandal,” and all three of us are kind of obsessed with it recently? And it’s about teens? So, we’re going to talk about it, because it’s funny and as it turns out, insightful about teen life as well!…
Shoes
Sep 18, 2018 • 56 min
Now stick with us here, we know you hear “shoes” is our topic and you’re like, come on sisters, that’s the best you have for us? But HEAR US OUT, did you know slides are now being sold for thousands of dollars? How about shoes that order pizza, did…
Roommates
Sep 13, 2018 • 49 min
The sisters are back! Fresh from a brief hiatus, the Smirl girls are here to discuss roommates. Rileigh has officially lived with her roommates for about a month now, so she’s qualified to talk about living with them, right? From creepy dolls to…
Long Distance Relationships
Aug 28, 2018 • 53 min
You have all watched (well, listened to) our littlest Smirl go through some pretty big changes recently, and now she’s going through another. Long distance relationships are a part of a lot of people’s college experiences, and now Rileigh’s too. Come…
First Day of College
Aug 21, 2018 • 53 min
Last week she was moving into her dorm, and this week our littlest Smirl has become a full-fledged college student! We’re talking all about how different the first day of college is compared to other first days we’ve discussed in the past, from the…
College Move In
Aug 16, 2018 • 48 min
The day has finally arrived! The littlest Smirl sister has packed her bags and moved into her first college dorm. From giant cardboard moving bins to mini fridges on mini fridges, the sisters have covered every possible facet of the college move in…
College Orientation
Aug 7, 2018 • 50 min
Well, the time has come for our littlest sister’s final episode still living at home, this time next week she’ll be all on her own in her big girl college dorm! In honor of this momentous occasion, we’re talking about the (maybe pointless) college…
Family Dinners
Jul 31, 2018 • 54 min
We’re sorry we missed our episode last week! All three sisters were on island time, and podcasting can get tricky when you’re on an actual island. But, we’re back this week and ready to talk about all those awkward family dinners you may have dealt…
Dorms
Jul 17, 2018 • 53 min
Our babiest Smirl is moving into her very first dorm in just about three short weeks, so our oldest sisters are giving her the perfect list of dorm essentials so she starts her freshman year in the best dorm possible! Even if she becomes known as the…
Still Buffetting: How to Concerts
Jul 13, 2018 • 52 min
Welcome to Still Buffetting, the newest Jimmy Buffett fancast where we only discuss the world through the eyes of the chillest dude, Sir Lord Reverend Dr. James Buffett. In celebration of the most wonderful time of year (island time), we’re talking…
Teen Game Shows
Jul 3, 2018 • 50 min
In celebration of the remake of the hit teen game show “Double Dare,” the sisters are talking all of the classic game shows of the 90s, from “Wild and Crazy Kids” to “Nick Arcade” and all the way into the teen-centric reality shows of today, we’ve…
Pride (Now with 50% Teens!)
Jun 26, 2018 • 62 min
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,…
Teen Stunts
Jun 19, 2018 • 48 min
Our littlest Smirl sister went on a teen adventure this past weekend where she made some decisions that probably weren’t the smartest, and our other sisters realized they’d done the same things (and some dumber things too.) So we’re cliff diving into…
Stream
Jun 14, 2018 • 51 min
In the first ever extra early morning edition of Still Buffering, the sisters dive into all of the differences that exist in consumable media of today vs. of the 90s. From Blockbuster to Netflix and the radio to Apple Music and Spotify, a lot has…
Conspiracy Theories
Jun 5, 2018 • 58 min
Have you ever doubted that the Earth is round? Or believed that Avril Lavigne is not really still OUR Avril? Then chances are, you might be a teen and you might have been exposed to some crazy Internet conspiracy theories, and today we’re diving deep…
Graduation
May 30, 2018 • 50 min
The day is finally here, the day our littlest Smirl sister has officially graduated high school! Before we dive into summer break, we’re going over all the high points of the social event of the season: (apparently?) Rileigh’s high school’s…
High School
May 22, 2018 • 57 min
Well, our littlest Smirl sister has completed high school at last. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re taking a look back at all of our high school years and discussing all of our regrets, best moments, and advice to our past selves and all of…
Still Buffering: The Game of Phones (Live from Columbus!)
May 19, 2018 • 54 min
Live from the Columbus Podcast Festival, the sisters play the hot teen game, The Game of Phones! Although Teylor got it confused with something else and it turned into an emoji-off, it still made for some fun, sisterly rivalry live from the Short…
Backpacks
May 8, 2018 • 54 min
Backpacks. An integral part of every teen/school experience. Something that seems as if it’s remained constant throughout time, but has it? Despite the general idea remaining the same, a lot has changed about how the teens use their backpacks and what…
Teen in The 80s
May 1, 2018 • 58 min
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…
“Cool” Teen Apps
Apr 25, 2018 • 62 min
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…
Prom (Part Two)
Apr 17, 2018 • 55 min
Our babiest sister is fresh off of Senior Prom weekend and is here to give us the inside scoop! We’ve covered prom before, but now we have a firsthand account of what prom is actually like on this inside. From dancing to “DJs” and everything else…
Graduation Songs
Apr 10, 2018 • 59 min
Happy week 2 of the MaxFunDrive! To celebrate our youngest Smirl’s impending graduation, we decided to come up with a definitive playlist of the best songs to encapsulate the aura of senior year and graduation, from Vitamin C to Taylor Swift these…
Life Hacks
Apr 4, 2018 • 51 min
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the MaxFunDrive! To kick off our yearly celebration of our MaximumFun family, we’re diving into the most popular “teen life hacks” of the 90s and of today, and if any of them actually do what they’re supposed…
Roadtrips
Mar 27, 2018 • 50 min
It’s Sydnee’s birthday, so she can finally run for president! Also, our babiest sister just got back from a fun, big kid road trip, so we’re talking about them! From the perfect car snack, to music, to road trip duties based on seating position, we…
Malls
Mar 20, 2018 • 53 min
We’ve joked for a long time about our collective feelings towards Claire’s, a mall staple for decades, and now (maybe unsurprisingly?) they’re closing for good. So let’s take a look back on what malls were for teens “back in the day” and what they are…
Flirt
Mar 15, 2018 • 54 min
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…
“Everything Sucks!”
Mar 6, 2018 • 50 min
The new Netflix original, “Everything Sucks!” was basically designed to be discussed on our podcast, so here we are discussing it! On our podcast! From stereotypical 90s fashion to the 90s being /that/ 90s, we’ve covered it all, so of course, there…
Ask a Teen 3
Mar 1, 2018 • 52 min
We’re back with an all new edition of Ask a Teen, where you all can ask America’s Favorite Teen, Rileigh Smirl, all of your most dire generation z-centered questions. Also, Cooper is back by popular demand this week with even more of her world famous…
Speak Out
Feb 22, 2018 • 49 min
It’s been a rough week here in America, and we want to talk about it because it seems like teenagers are finally on the front page for something other than Tide pods and fidget spinners, and that something is much bigger than teens have been known for…
Valentine’s Day
Feb 14, 2018 • 48 min
Sorry for the late upload this week again, but one of our sisters had a baby! To celebrate the arrival of another McElroy who showed up just a day before Valentine’s Day, we’re talking about the day of ~love~ that so many people seem to, well, not…
College Prep
Feb 10, 2018 • 50 min
We’re sorry for another late upload, it is apparently the time of year where everyone is sick with everything all of the time, including our sisters. But, Rileigh has some exciting news to share and we want to talk about it! So come join us this week…
Sick Days
Jan 31, 2018 • 51 min
The flu season is in full swing, and unfortunately 2/3 of this podcast have contracted some sort of flu-like bug. Not to fear though! The sisters still have an episode for you this week all about the best and worst parts of sick days off of school and…
Internet Challenges
Jan 23, 2018 • 56 min
We kind of talked about Tide pods last week, but this week we went ALL in on Internet challenges. We talked about all of the dumb and dangerous things teens have been doing on the Internet for views and likes and all the things teens used to do before…
Procrastinate
Jan 17, 2018 • 49 min
We’re sorry this episode is a day late, but we’re all really really bad about procrastinating, so that’s what we decided to talk about! This episode covers all of the ways to navigate a last minute assignment from Cliff’s Notes to Sparknotes…
Best of Buffering 2
Jan 10, 2018 • 38 min
This week, our eldest Smirl sister is too sick to make goofs, so we put together some of our favorite and best goofs from all of our shows to make up for it! From Teylor waking up with her hand in a bowl of pasta to our 12 Days of Candlenights song we…
12 Days of Still Buffering (Live from Candlenights!)
Jan 4, 2018 • 34 min
The holiday season may be over, but the spirit of Candlenights lives on all year round! So to save you from those post-holiday blues, here is our live episode from this year’s Candlenights Spectacular in our very own hometown of Huntington, West…
Christmas Prince
Dec 21, 2017 • 57 min
We’re less than one week away from Christmas and only a day away from Candlenights, so let’s talk about one of the most popular holiday movies of this season, A Christmas Prince. It’s magical and terrible and hilarious and confusing and we want you to…
Gifts (Live from Podcon!)
Dec 14, 2017 • 63 min
We did a live show! At PodCon! In Seattle! We talked more about Claire’s because it’s been a while since we’ve reminded you all of the many joys and horrors of that store, and we had a sisterly secret Santa that may have been messed up by our littlest…
Caffeine
Dec 5, 2017 • 53 min
Finals and exams and holiday shopping are all happening at once, so we all need a little bit of an energy boost, so why not down a few Red Bulls and Surges? Caffeine becomes a part of nearly everyone’s life during the stressful teen years, so let’s…
Safe Dating (Featuring Rychelle Moses)
Nov 28, 2017 • 60 min
In this week’s very special episode we have a very special guest, domestic violence victims’ advocate and youth services coordinator for Branches Domestic Violence Shelter, Rychelle Moses! This week, join the sisters in learning about the real dangers…
Skincare
Nov 22, 2017 • 51 min
Bad skin is something most of us deal with throughout our teen years, both “back in the day” and today. But, it seems like today teens are a way more into taking care of their skin with fancy products or covering it up with even fancier makeup. So…
Teen Gadgets
Nov 14, 2017 • 49 min
The holiday season has arrived, and that means everyone is struggling to figure out what new hip gadgets to get for the teens in their life for the holidays. Not to fear! The Sisters Smirl have you covered, and are here with the hottest teen gadgets…
Sexism
Nov 8, 2017 • 54 min
Trigger Warning: Mention of suicide, sexual harassment/assault We’ve all dealt with sexism in some form at some point in our lives, as cool teens, as cool adults, and everywhere in between. So let’s talk about how this seemingly unavoidable part of…
The Craft
Oct 31, 2017 • 55 min
Happy Halloween! To celebrate, let’s discuss one of the spookiest and teen-iest movies of all time, The Craft! From the real deal spells to the #teenlife drama, this 90s movie had it all, so let’s get spooky! Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by…
Halloween Like a Teen
Oct 27, 2017 • 49 min
We’re back this week with a ghost who replaced Rileigh and now is just a scratchy, spooky voice from the void. (Actually Rileigh is just really sick so we know her voice doesn’t sound great and we know our episode is late, but it’s hard to do an audio…
Urban Legends
Oct 17, 2017 • 53 min
It’s spoopy season! Since it’s the most wonderful time of the year, we’re talking about all of the scary stories, myths, and games we heard of and played as teens. Also, Sydnee learns about the Dark Web and we create some of the newest and best…
Tattoo
Oct 10, 2017 • 53 min
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…
Help
Oct 3, 2017 • 50 min
Trigger Warning: Gun violence is discussed in this episode. The world is a scary place, and we’ve talked before about how we can cope with that scariness and try to overcome our fears, but now it’s time to talk about how we all can help. Even…
Dance
Sep 26, 2017 • 50 min
All the teens are out in their fancy dresses and carrying their bouquets, so that can mean only one thing, it’s Homecoming season! One of the most important parts of any school dance is, well, the dancing. So let’s talk about all of the different…
Let Go
Sep 20, 2017 • 49 min
Just like Elsa, there are a lot of things we let go of, like friends, grudges, and even relationships. But does that get harder as we grow older or is it hardest as a teenager? This week, the sisters are answering that question for you and also…
DIY Fashion (Live from New York!)
Sep 14, 2017 • 35 min
Join us as we discuss all of the hot teen do-it-yourself fashion trends of years past and years present, all together live from The King’s Theatre in Brooklyn, NY! We shared in memories of puff pain and bedazzlers while learning about t-shirt dresses…
Autumn
Sep 5, 2017 • 48 min
It’s September! Which means it’s basically almost practically Autumn, the spookiest and most exciting season of the year! Since it’s our littlest sister’s last Autumn in high school, let’s talk about all that comes with the best season of the year for…
Still Buffering: Rileigh’s Year in Review
Aug 30, 2017 • 51 min
It’s our babiest sister’s 17th birthday! To celebrate, the sisters take a look back at all of the advancements our littlest Smirl sister has made since turning 16, and discuss why birthdays are such a big deal in your teens, but not so much once…
Gym Class
Aug 22, 2017 • 46 min
Our youngest sister has managed to escape one of school’s worst parts, gym class, and her gym class brought about some pretty interesting stories. So let’s discuss all the best and worst parts of this terrible part of school, like parachute day,…
Teen Vogue
Aug 15, 2017 • 53 min
Out of all the crazy teen media that exists today, Teen Vogue has been getting a lot of attention, and we want to talk about why! Some moms have been hating on (and even burning) the magazine recently, so let’s figure out why everyone on FaceBook is…
Ask a Teen 2
Aug 8, 2017 • 60 min
In a second special question and answer edition, the sisters have answered all of the most heartfelt and ridiculous questions from all of you! From keeping in touch with far away sisters to describing a meme for 5 minutes (yes, this is an actual thing…
College
Aug 1, 2017 • 54 min
Senior year means a lot of decisions, and we’ve talked about some of the big ones. But we haven’t ever discussed the next step: college. From how you decide what you want to do and where you want to go to how you actually get into college, we’ve…
Career Choice
Jul 25, 2017 • 55 min
Since our littlest sister is about to enter her senior year of high school, she’s had to think a lot about her possible career choices, and as always her sisters are here to help her figure some stuff out. But no one will ever be able to solve their…
Still Buffering: Best of Buffering 1
Jul 19, 2017 • 47 min
It’s been a hectic week for one of our sisters, so it’s time for Still Buffering’s first ever super special Best Of Buffering episode! We’ve put together some of our favorite and your favorite bits and goofs from all of our past episodes, from the…
Self Care
Jul 11, 2017 • 54 min
Everyone knows it’s important to take care of yourself as an adult when life can get hectic and stressful, but little did you know teens get stressed too! Let’s explore all the ways teenagers have maybe even figured out how to take really good care of…
Still Buffering: Teen Tech Update 1: Snapmaps
Jul 4, 2017 • 54 min
In a special edition of Still Buffering, the sisters cover a topic that can’t be compared to the generations of Sydnee and Teylor, but rather is so new that we all just want to be updated on the new technology with the teens. So, let’s discuss the…
Teen Heartthrobs
Jun 27, 2017 • 48 min
We all had those dreamy teens that we dreamt would some day fall in love with us against all odds and whose posters we had plastered all over our bedroom walls, so let’s talk about them! From young Rob Lowe to Rider Strong all the way to your newest…
Summer Camp
Jun 20, 2017 • 54 min
From teen summer camp romances to the music classes taught by famous superstar brothers, most people have wondered where the summer camps in movies and tv shows actually exist, and so have the Smirl sisters! To celebrate summer and one of its…
Amusement Parks
Jun 13, 2017 • 53 min
In another episode to celebrate the start of summer, the sisters are talking about one of everyone’s favorite types of places to go in the summertime, amusement parks! Or are they theme parks? Or are all theme parks amusement parks but not all…
Senior Year
Jun 6, 2017 • 51 min
It’s only been summer for about two weeks, but all any of the sisters can think about is the fact that our babies sister is now a senior! To comprehend this crazy thing, the sisters go over everything from the oddity that is a senior photoshoot to…
Reboot
May 30, 2017 • 52 min
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…
Tanning
May 23, 2017 • 49 min
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…
Periods
May 16, 2017 • 54 min
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?…
School Food
May 9, 2017 • 54 min
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…
Teen Google (Live from Columbus!)
May 2, 2017 • 54 min
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…
Prom
Apr 25, 2017 • 52 min
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…
13 Reasons Why
Apr 18, 2017 • 52 min
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…
AlternaTeens
Apr 11, 2017 • 52 min
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…
Spring Break
Apr 4, 2017 • 51 min
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…
Ask a Teen
Mar 28, 2017 • 62 min
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
Mar 22, 2017 • 62 min
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…
Pets
Mar 14, 2017 • 54 min
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…
News
Feb 28, 2017 • 52 min
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,…
Tell the Future
Feb 21, 2017 • 54 min
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,…
Dating (Part 2)
Feb 14, 2017 • 56 min
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…
Internet Videos
Feb 7, 2017 • 66 min
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…
Fan
Jan 31, 2017 • 62 min
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…
Birth Control
Jan 24, 2017 • 63 min
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…
A Quick Apology
Jan 18, 2017 • 1 min
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…
Snow Days
Jan 17, 2017 • 57 min
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…
Jobs
Jan 10, 2017 • 60 min
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…
New Year
Jan 3, 2017 • 61 min
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…
Shopping
Dec 27, 2016 • 57 min
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…
Holidays
Dec 20, 2016 • 60 min
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…
Standardized Testing
Dec 13, 2016 • 61 min
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…
Video Games with Justin McElroy!
Dec 6, 2016 • 60 min
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…
Still Buffering: How (Not) to Bully
Nov 29, 2016 • 65 min
In another special late-night edition of the show, the sisters tackle a more serious topic: bullying. All three have many stories to share, many of them about bullies that were surprisingly thorough and dedicated to their bits. But don’t worry, the…
Turkey
Nov 22, 2016 • 61 min
It’s Turkey Season! So join the sisters in discussing some of the best holiday traditions and figuring out who all of the people in their family are. Are they the only ones with randos at their Thanksgiving? Or maybe are they the only family too…
Homework
Nov 15, 2016 • 63 min
Rileigh has a ton of homework to do, so to help her, her sisters decided to talk about homework for an hour with her, which doesn’t really help with the fact she has a lot of work to do, but it was fun! So join the sisters in recounting some of their…
Hair Removal
Nov 9, 2016 • 59 min
This week, the sisters set out to answer a question that’s been a staple of the show’s description since the beginning, what do I do with all this hair everywhere? Teylo becomes the resident history buff and Rileigh shares a pretty in depth…
Vote
Nov 1, 2016 • 60 min
It may be November now, but it’s still spooky in the States for at least another week since it’s the spookiest season of them all…Election Season! In celebration of the upcoming election, the sisters wanted to give everyone a bit of help just so you…
Halloween Costumes
Oct 26, 2016 • 51 min
As the spooky season comes to a close, the sisters take a minute to reflect on their past Halloween costumes and some of the most popular ones from their times and share what they’re going to be for this Halloween. But, there’s also a very extensive…
Monsters
Oct 18, 2016 • 58 min
As a continuation of the sisters’ month long celebration of the spookiest month of the year, this week, they discussed all of their favorite monsters! From vampire vs werewolf stereotypes and who the best witch is, they discussed it all. They even…
Scary Movies
Oct 11, 2016 • 60 min
It’s officially spooky season! Or as Rileigh would call it, “spoopy” season. To celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, the sisters discuss some of their most favorite scary movies and tv series, where we learn Sydnee has been the victim of…
Late Nights
Oct 4, 2016 • 54 min
This week, Sydnee and Teylor realize that Rileigh is like an old person when it comes to sleep, which is to say, she loves it and needs to go to bed early and sleep late every day. In order to break her of these habits, the older sisters recount their…
School Spirit
Sep 27, 2016 • 59 min
It’s spirit week and you know what that means! It’s time for Pajama Day, Character Day, and…a day to dress as a giant pink hard candy? As the older sisters take a journey back through their experiences with spirit week and pep rallies, they try to…
Hobbies
Sep 20, 2016 • 59 min
Join the sisters in celebrating this week, as the babiest Smirl Girl has finally gotten her driver’s license! To commemorate this momentous occasion, the sisters talk about some of their favorite things from their teen years to do for fun! Because…
Driving
Sep 12, 2016 • 61 min
Sadly, the littlest of the sisters has had a rough weekend, after failing her driver’s test and missing out on a party with her friends. But not to fear! Her sisters are here to share their driving mishaps and misfortunes, including the answer behind…
Slang
Sep 6, 2016 • 59 min
In this week’s much anticipated episode, the sisters finally figure out what all of the new hot teen slang words of today mean! And in doing so, they create their own Smirl Girl Dictionary which includes a few questionable words. Huzzah! Music: “Baby…
Sweet Sixteen
Aug 30, 2016 • 63 min
It’s the littlest Smirl sister’s 16th birthday! In order to celebrate, the older sisters recount their own sixteenth birthday parties which seem to include an odd amount of psychological terror. So light those candles and get to partying with all…
Board Games
Aug 23, 2016 • 61 min
The sisters are (sadly) home from vacation this week, but good news! They played some old school board games and they’re so ready to talk all about them. And, for the first time in Still Buffering history, there’s a video companion to this episode of…
Cartoons
Aug 16, 2016 • 58 min
Join the sisters this week as they take you on a journey through some of their favorite cartoons of the past and the present. And they all got new nicknames, now with alliteration! (Except for Rileigh’s but it’s still pretty good.)
Back to School
Aug 9, 2016 • 64 min
As summer vacation sadly comes to an end for the youngest Smirl Sister, all three recount their favorite parts about going back to school, and maybe their not so favorite parts too. And Sydnee also shares her lifelong first day of school fantasy that…
Body Image
Aug 1, 2016 • 50 min
This week, the sisters got a tad more serious than they are in their usual episodes, but with all three of them having personal experiences and troubles with this topic, it was something they felt needed to be discussed. But don’t worry, there are…
Slumber Party
Jul 25, 2016 • 64 min
Let’s have a slumber party! (Rileigh insists that no one calls it that anymore and will only refer to them as sleep-overs, but guess who’s in charge of the text this week?) Sleeping bags are so out, prank calls are more complicated, but we can always…
Rom-Com
Jul 19, 2016 • 60 min
Join the trio of sisters in their discussion of the most popular and their most favorite teen romantic comedies. And if you were wondering what in the world was happening between Kanye and Taylor Swift, don’t worry, they have you covered on that…
Break-Ups
Jul 12, 2016 • 60 min
The sisters really tap into their teen angst this week while they recount break-ups, then and now. Also, what are the best break-up songs and is it ok to break-up in a text using only emojis? Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by
Food
Jul 5, 2016 • 61 min
This week, the sisters discuss all of their favorite foods from their pre-teen and teen years, and collectively realize how gross most of them really were. Also, from the same sisters that gave you Teddy Chair, comes their newest hit product, and you…
Theatre with Lin-Manuel Miranda!
Jun 27, 2016 • 62 min
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. …
Room
Jun 20, 2016 • 50 min
Ever wondered how a cool teen would decorate their room nowadays? No worries, the sisters have you covered! Join the trio on their journey through their past rooms filled with black lights, inflatable furniture, and fake plants. Music: “Baby…
Cope
Jun 13, 2016 • 41 min
The world is scary for adults. How must it feel to teens? Rileigh offers us some insight this week. We’ll be funny again next week, I promise. Let’s just hug and love each other right now. Warning: This episode contains discussions of violence which…
How to Dares
Jun 7, 2016 • 30 min
Join the sisters for their first-ever live show from the PlayStation Theater in New York City. Not only are classic dares and the latest YouTube dares discussed, you’ll actually get to hear the girls attempt some of them. Chubby Bunny! Music: “Baby…
Sports
May 31, 2016 • 56 min
The trio of sisters is joined this week by their dad, Low Country Tom, to discuss something their dad has helped all of them with throughout the years, sports! Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by
End of Year
May 23, 2016 • 52 min
As Rileigh’s sophomore year of high school comes to a close, all three of the sisters reflect on their past last days of school. And Teylor and Sydnee share their sisterly stories of sacrifice and all of the times they all three missed school and were…
Question Time
May 16, 2016 • 62 min
This week, Rileigh helps to answer all of your most pressing questions about teen life of today. Then the sisters go and talk about carrier pigeons and what “wall ball” really is for a large portion of this episode, but they still answer…
Fashion
May 9, 2016 • 53 min
This week, the sisters take a journey through their past closets and end up just doing a lot of making fun of each others’ fashion senses. And then of course Rileigh makes a Friends reference every chance she gets.
How to Family Vacation
May 3, 2016 • 53 min
This week, the Smirl sisters are joined by another guest star direct from Taiwan: Their cousin Kyle (or West Virginia Caveman) to talk about family vacations. Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by Nouvellas
Make Friends
Apr 27, 2016 • 48 min
This week, the trio of Smirl Girls take on a slightly more serious topic that has troubled all three through their teen years, making friends. And then they lighten the mood by talking about their new Friends (the TV show) FanCast and the Great…
Books
Apr 19, 2016 • 57 min
The third Smirl sister, Teylor, is back again this week to discuss one of the trio’s favorite hobbies, reading. Join the sisters as they discuss their favorite books, past required reading for school, and somehow end up connecting the world of Grease…
Nerd
Apr 11, 2016 • 56 min
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…
Makeup
Apr 4, 2016 • 43 min
This week Sydnee subjects Rileigh to a 90’s makeover and Rileigh explains what a glitter beard is. Also, Rileigh tells the best story about twerking and civil disobedience that anyone has ever told. To be fair, it is probably the only story about…
Still Buffering: How (Not) to Party
Mar 29, 2016 • 41 min
This week we update you on Rileigh’s party status and a brush with law enforcement. We also welcome our coolest uncle, Scampi Mike to help tell Rileigh where she went wrong. Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by Nouvellas
Music
Mar 21, 2016 • 63 min
Rileigh and Sydnee swapped playlists and are ready to take you on a tour of teen music, from the arduous years of cassette rewinding to the dangerous game (that we certainly never played) of illegally downloading music. Also, Rileigh had never heard…
Movie
Mar 14, 2016 • 52 min
Sydnee and Rileigh watched Mallrats together so Sydnee can reminisce about the glory days of the mall. Also, these kids just don’t watch movies anymore. Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by
Dating (Part 1)
Mar 7, 2016 • 38 min
This week, Rileigh and Sydnee navigate the difficult concept of “talking to” someone. Then, Sydnee makes Rileigh really uncomfortable when she tries to recreate her “Are you my boyfriend?” speech. Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by…
Dress (Code)
Mar 1, 2016 • 37 min
This week, the sisters dissect the history of the dress code because, well, honestly, Rileigh just really wants to be allowed to wear yoga pants to school. Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by
Health Class (Sex Ed)
Feb 22, 2016 • 39 min
This week, Sydnee forces Rileigh to talk about sex ed and she is not comfortable with it. Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by Nouvellas
Memory
Feb 15, 2016 • 48 min
Rileigh and Sydnee try to figure out the best way to record your teenage memories, assuming you want to, and then Rileigh confuses Sydnee with the rules of Instagram and Snapchat Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by
Valentine
Feb 8, 2016 • 39 min
Rileigh and Sydnee find common ground on this week’s episode as they reminisce about the days when everybody had to give you a Valentine and debate the best candy. They even share a more serious sister-to-sister conversation about how far teens have…
How to Communication
Feb 1, 2016 • 36 min
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…
Party
Jan 26, 2016 • 29 min
Join real-life sisters Sydnee McElroy (Sawbones) and Rileigh Smirl as they help bridge the gap between the teenagers of yesterday and today. To celebrate their first episode, the sisters throw themselves a cross-generational high school party,…
Still Buffering Trailer
Jan 19, 2016 • 0 min
Join real-life sisters Sydnee McElroy (Sawbones) and Rileigh Smirl as they help bridge the gap between the teenagers of yesterday and today. “How do you party?” “What do I do with all this hair?” Still Buffering has the answer. Music: “Baby You…