Thirty Pop

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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
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