Thirty Pop

By Luke Brawner

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Thirty Pop is a weekly deep dive into the sweet and sometimes cringey waters of nostalgia, brought to you by Milieu Media Group. Host Luke Brawner is joined each week by a rotating cast of guests to peek back thirty years at the music, movies, sports, fashion, politics, and headlines of the week, discussing everything from slap bracelets and tight-rolled jeans to lip-syncing German pop stars and time travel movies. From the birth of gangsta rap and Bush era politics to the death of hair-band rock n roll and Jack Nicholson’s Joker. Nothing is off limits. No topic is out of bounds as they reflect back on a year that gifted the world with superstars like Taylor Swift & Daniel Radcliffe while claiming the lives of legends like Lucille Ball and Gilda Radner.

Episode Date
Road House and the Rise of Toxic Masculinity
In this episode Luke looks back on some major TV losses, what sounds like world's worst bike race, and some notable births and deaths from this week in 1989, and discusses the macho classic Road House with his older brother Josh.
May 20, 2019
[Answering Machine] Steph Mimics Dolly
Steph K. leaves yet more messages on the Thirty Pop answering machine, this time to express her deep admiration for one of her two childhood heroes*, Dolly Parton, and the many ways in which she tried to be like her. (*the other was Miss kidding.)
May 17, 2019
Bon Jovi, Gene & White Limozeen
In this episode Luke is joined by his friends Hailie & Shari Durrett to talk about Dolly Parton's May 1989 release White Limozeen, and then by his ex-brother-in-law-in-law, Greg Jackson, to talk about the Richard Pryor & Gene Wilder film classic See No Evil, Hear No Evil!
May 13, 2019
Petty/Cure & Five Golden Things [ft. Tim Babb]
In this episode the perpetually dissatisfied Stephanie K. returns to make her opinions known and say all the things she WISHED she could have said on past episodes. Luke is also joined by fellow Christmas and Disney Park loving podcaster and comedien Tim Babb to celebrate the opening of Disney's MGM Studios 30 years ago this week!
May 06, 2019
[Answering Machine] Steph Won't Back Down
Steph K. leaves Luke a salty message on the Thirty Pop answering machine to express her frustration over not having a podcast of her own where she can reminisce on the things SHE cared about in Tom Petty.
May 02, 2019
Three Mouseketeers (and an Acting Coach) [ft. Damon Pampolina, Gary Spatz, Mylin Brooks Stoddard & Chasen Hampton]
In this monster episode Luke celebrates the 30th anniversary of the All New Mickey Mouse Club, which debuted on 4/24/1989. He's joined by Mouseketeers Damon Pampolina, Mylin Brooks Stoddard, and Chasen Hampton, as well as MMC acting coach Gary Spatz for a trip down memory lane!
Apr 29, 2019
Going The Distance [ft. Phil Alden Robinson]
In this special bonus episode Luke talks once again about the 1989 baseball fantasy classic, Field of Dreams. This time, with the film's Oscar-nominated writer & director, Phil Alden Robinson!
Apr 26, 2019
[Answering Machine] Vanee Says Nice Things
Vanee H. calls and leaves Luke a message on the Thirty Pop answering machine to express her love for the show, for skating, and for '80s & '90s R&B music.
Apr 25, 2019
If You Build It, He May or May Not Come
In this episode Luke is joined once again by his good friend Nathan Williams to discuss the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest sports films of all time, Field of Dreams! He also shares a previously unreleased clip of Thirty Pop in its raaw, unedited form.
Apr 22, 2019
Trench Coats, Tchotchkes & True Love [ft. John Cusack & Ione Skye]
On this episode Luke is joined by actors John Cusack, Ione Skye and singer/songwriter Latifah Alattas to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Cameron Crowe's directoral debut, Say Anything!
Apr 15, 2019
[Answering Machine] Steph Expresses Envy
Steph K. leaves Luke a message once again on the Thirty Pop answering machine to express her sincere jealousy over his recent conversation with actor John Cusack about his role in 1989's Say Anything, which will be featured on the next episode of Thirty Pop. Go Rockets!
Apr 13, 2019
T-Bones & Melon Farmers
On this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke welcomes Nate Williams back to talk about the 30th anniversary of the baseball classic, Major League, and introduce a brand new segment called Get Off My Lawn. He also talks once again to actor and filmmaker Aaron Hale about comedy legend Mike Myers debut on Saturday Night Live, and Roxette's #1 Billboard single, The Look.
Apr 08, 2019
[Answering Machine] Craig Corrects Us All
Luke's friend Craig leaves a message on the Thirty Pop answering machine to offer some clarity about the film that won the Oscar Best Animated Short at the 61st Academy Awards. Turns out it DID kinda make a splash...
Apr 03, 2019
...and the Oscar Goes to...
On this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke recaps some the highlights of the 61st Annual Academy Awards with returning guests, actor and filmmaker Aaron Hale, and high school teacher Nate Williams.
Apr 01, 2019
[Deleted Scene] A Problematic Time Capsule
In this deleted scene from Episode 4, Luke, Aaron, and Nate discuss a major film franchise from the 80s that would be far too problematic for 2019 audiences.
Mar 28, 2019
[The Answering Machine] Latifah Feels The FOMO
Luke receives a message on the Thirty Pop answering machine from his most recent guest, Latifah Alattas, voicing a complaint about the content of her episode. If you have a story you'd like to share on Thirty Pop, email!
Mar 27, 2019
Madonna + McNuggets = Moda Spira
On this episode of Thirty Pop, in honor of Women's History Month, Luke sits down with singer-songwriter, producer, and podcaster Latifah Alattas to discuss the massive influence Madonna has had on female artists of today. Also, mer-people.
Mar 25, 2019
[The Answering Machine] Clarifications & Recollections
Luke checks the Thirty Pop answering machine for a message from Stephanie K. clarifying why she's so passionately anti-Deb, and a nostalgia-laced message for his brother Josh from their longtime friend Nate M.
Mar 20, 2019
Deb, The Web, and Mom's Magazines
On this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke talks to his brother Josh,his sister-in-law Kristin, and the one and only Stephanie K. about Debbie Gibson's continued reign at the top of the Billboard charts. He also hears how his niece and nephew imagine a world with no internet, and their dad when he had hair. Lastly, he sits down with his lifelong best friend Nathan Schartz to discuss what he was like in 1989.
Mar 18, 2019
[The Answering Machine] Stephanie Commits a Felony
Luke gets another message on the Thirty Pop answering machine from Stephanie K. This time about committing Grand Theft Auto during Spring Break of 1989.
Mar 13, 2019
Posers, Pop Stars & Druggies [ft. Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins]
On this super packed episode of Thirty Pop, Luke sits down with his brother Josh to talk about perhaps the strangest con in music history. He also welcomes back Episode 1 guest Aaron Hale, as well as newcomer Nate Williams to discuss Debbie Gibson's music video for "Lost In Your Eyes," as well as some other nostalgic moments from this week in 1989. Then he closes out the episode with a really great interview with actor Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins to hear about his experience on the set of the number one film at the box office 30 years ago this week, Lean On Me.
Mar 11, 2019
[The Answering Machine] Claw Marks & Chronic Conditions
Kevin C. leaves Luke a message on the Thirty Pop answering machine in response to Episode 3 regarding the opening ad and his father's disgust with Madonna. If you have a story you'd like to share on Thirty Pop, email!
Mar 06, 2019
Commercial Controversy [ft. Beverly Todd]
Luke Brawner chats with his millennial friends Becca Allen & Zach McKenzie about a controversial Pepsi ad from 1989, and with the lovely Beverly Todd about her experience on the set of Lean On Me.
Mar 04, 2019
[The Answering Machine] Are You Just Having Fun?
In response to Episode 2's discussion about Paula Abdul's chart-topping single "Straight Up," Stephanie K. leaves Luke a message on the Thirty Pop answering machine.
Feb 27, 2019
Billboard Bad Boys, [ft. Matthew Mayfield & Ryan Hamilton]
Luke Brawner talks to singer/songwriter Matthew Mayfield about the shocking one week return of Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction to the top of the Billboard charts, to his older brother Josh Brawner about Bobby Brown's reign as RnB bad boy, and musician Ryan Hamilton about Paula Abdul's smash single Straight Up. Plus there's some sports stuff in there somewhere.
Feb 25, 2019
The (Most Triumphant) Adventure Begins, [ft. Amy Stoch]
Host Luke Brawner sits down with actor Aaron Hale and algebra teacher Nick Willard to review one of the most iconic films of 1989 and gets a peek behind the scenes of the making of the film from actress Amy Stoch.
Feb 18, 2019
1989! A year in which the entire western world was in transition. Music was changing, movies were changing, the political landscape was changing. EVERYTHING was changing! Join host Luke Brawner as he and a few friends (both young and old) take a weekly stroll down memory lane to look at all things pop culture (and see how they hold up 30 years later)!
Feb 11, 2019