Stats About Our Generation! (in the U.S.)

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…well, about people who are about 27.

I find this study really interesting because I enjoy assessing situations by the numbers. Numbers are concrete, they’re scientific, and although statistics can be manipulated in all sorts of ways, you can make your own decisions about them too.

Also, I was thinking last night about the fact that people who took out loans for college or grad school are significantly behind, financially, in comparison to their peers who didn’t have to take out loans. The latter group could add any extra funds to their savings accounts, whereas the former would have to put most of that extra cash towards loan payments. Just a thought about the persistence of inequality in our society…

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/highly-educated-highly-indebted-the-lives-of-todays-27-year-olds-in-charts/283263/

Enjoy this article, and don’t forget to tune in tomorrow on http://www.kcsb.org from about 12:30pm-1pm (California time) for another music-filled episode with special stories!

– Colenn

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Season 2, Episode 2-ish

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Season 2, Episode 2-ish

Hi you guys,

This week, I had a very unique show in that I didn’t do an interview, but rather played music chosen by guests of past episodes and talked a little bit about it. I’m working on whether I can post the show here (because of pesky copyright laws), but either way, here is the playlist!

1) Fruta y Te – Gepe

2) Honey I Been Thinking About You – Jackie Greene

3) Loca – Chico Trujillo

4) Young And Beautiful – Lana del Rey

5) Bright Stars Burning – Hey Marseilles

6) Don’t Work Yourself Up – Tristan Prettyman

7) Someone You’d Admire – Fleet Foxes

8) The World Is Yours – Nas

Why this format you ask? Well, KCSB, the radio station where I broadcast my show, decided to shorten my time slot by 20 and 30 minutes (they didn’t know) to read a book live on air for this UCSB program that’s actually really neat, but unfortunately includes this reading on air component that I find insane and silly. SO, I made the most of it and put on a show in a unique format that would be fun for me. I’m gonna stick with this format next week to play songs from episodes I didn’t get to, but I’m going to try to have some 20-30 min interviews during the three subsequent weeks. Stay tuned! As always, thank you for listening!

– Colenn

Season 2, Episode 1 – Peter Paulin

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Season 2, Episode 1 – Peter Paulin

“The 20-Something Life” is the radio show that gives stories and advice for twenty-first century twenty-somethings. In this first episode of Season 2, host Colenn Berracasa talks with Peter Paulin, a 20-something Danish-American who currently lives in San Francisco, CA. They chat about growing up with many different cultures in many different cities, 3rd culture kids, being 16 and gay in Bush-era 2004, Danish culture, international school, remembering the importance of family, seeing the U.S. with new eyes after living in Denmark for 7 years, transferring to an American university as an international student, an amazing story about the power of persistence & those who facilitate it, being in a long-distance monogamish relationship, waiting to move in with a boyfriend, being judged for how you live your relationship life by peers, maintaining a 5+ year romantic relationship, issues of beauty and image within the gay community, finding a complete sense of self, and appreciating the small things in life.

This episode’s songs (omitted in the recording to respect copyright laws):
Middle Song: “From Home (Mux Mool Remix)” by Tycho, off the album Past Is Prologue (correction from info in interview)
End Song: “Cherry Blossom Girl (Hope Sandoval Version)” by Air.

The 20-Something Life airs on Tuesdays from noon-1pm in Winter 2014 on 91.9 FM KCSB in Santa Barbara and kcsb.org. Listen to past episodes on 20somethingliferadio.com.

Back for Season 2!

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Back for Season 2!

Hi everyone,

“The 20-Something Life” is back for Season 2! Listen live on KCSB 91.9 FM in Santa Barbara, or kcsb.org, on Tuesdays noon-1pm, and catch podcasts of all episodes on Tuesday evenings right here on 20somethingliferadio.com!

If you’d like to be on the show, or know of someone who would make a great guest, let me know!

– Colenn

 

 

Episode 13 – Beth Alexander – SEASON FINALE!

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Episode 13 – Beth Alexander – SEASON FINALE!

“The 20-Something Life” is the radio show that gives stories and advice for twenty-first century twenty-somethings. In this final episode of Season 1, Colenn talks with Beth Alexander–a UCSB alumna and fitness instructor–about working 4-ish different jobs at once, doing something you love for money, the type of people who go to workout classes, teaching spin classes at 6am, the fitness community culture, the huge variety of exercise options here in small-town Santa Barbara, positivity & smiling, the deal with fitness blogs, someecards, finding balance, free time, the years and years of prep that lead up to jobs teaching fitness, what to say to people who think that teaching exercise isn’t a real job, career options in the fitness industry, the idea that teaching exercise is a means of changing the world, withdrawing from college for a quarter to live in Spain and teach English and PE , living in Madrid for a year at age 10, and traveling the same route through Europe ten years after doing it for the first time. Find out more about Beth on bethalexanderfitness.com!

The 20-Something Life airs on Tuesdays from 9-10am during Summer 2013 on 91.9 FM KCSB in Santa Barbara and kcsb.org. Listen to past episodes on 20somethingliferadio.com.

This is the LAST show of Season 1, but “The 20-Something Life” will be back in either winter or spring, so stay tuned for updates! This fall, I’ll be co-hosting my other show, “Class with CLAS,” the radio show that helps people do school better–check it out if you’re interested! Thanks for listening!!!

Episode 12 – Ryan Redding

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Episode 12 – Ryan Redding

“The 20-Something Life” is the radio show that gives stories and advice for twenty-first century twenty-somethings. This week, host Colenn Berracasa talks with Ryan Redding in the realest conversation of this season. They discuss whether Long Beach is considered part of Orange County or LA County, growing up in Lompoc, the major cultural differences between OC and LA, working on college campuses just to have a job and get paid, passion for the music industry, paying the bills, finding fulfillment outside of work, settling, how passions develop, writing for fun and getting paid for it, what it’s like to work in the Registrar’s Office at UCSB, seeing the silver linings in life, how smart people deal with easy jobs, moving back home after 10-ish years, being financially responsible even though it sucks, the difficulties of dealing with family issues as an adult, having sleeping problems, and the most interesting theory on happiness you’ll have heard this year.

The 20-Something Life airs on Tuesdays from 9-10am during Summer 2013 on 91.9 FM KCSB in Santa Barbara and kcsb.org. Listen to past episodes on 20somethingliferadio.com.

Episode 11 – Eddie Mendoza

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Episode 11 – Eddie Mendoza

“The 20-Something Life” is the radio show that gives stories and advice for twenty-first century twenty-somethings. This week, host Colenn Berracasa talks with Eddie Mendoza, a UCSB alum (grad school and undergrad) who works for a non-profit here in Santa Barbara, about learning the history of his hometown only after coming to UCSB, tips for first-generation college students, discovering one’s own culture, exploring other cultures as a non-white person, going to grad school right after undergrad, being one of the first people in the world to get a master’s degree in global studies, what global studies is, not learning about internships until junior year of college then getting a ton of them, whether grad school is harder than undergrad, reading in college, learning how to become a college student, how to figure out what to when you grow up, motivation, finishing grad school with no plan but finding a cool job anyway, working in the non-profit sector, the idea that we all have agency, what agency is, keeping it fresh after working at the same company for five years, how to work with dumb people and not go crazy, how to not be a boring grown-up, figuring out relationships with family as a late-twenty-something, the precarious balance of being from many cultures and holding on to all of them, identity, code-switching, how to be accepted in a culture that’s not your own, and the life of a Latino hipster in Santa Barbara.

The 20-Something Life airs on Tuesdays from 9-10am during Summer 2013 on 91.9 FM KCSB in Santa Barbara and kcsb.org. Listen to past episodes on 20somethingliferadio.com.