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February 17, 2020
Luke takes a quick look back at Billy Idol's life-altering motorcycle accident, Nelson Mandela's release from prison, and the music and movies that topped the charts 30 years ago this week and last.
February 10, 2020
In memory of the dearest friend and most fun podcast co-host there ever was, Nathan Schartz, we're taking a break from regular production this week, following his unexpected passing, and sharing a story from our Patron-only series of audio memoirs, Smokes, that focused largely on Nathan. For more stories of this sort, join us on Patreon.
February 3, 2020
In this episode Luke looks back on the 1990 Super Bowl, and then is joined by Hailie Durrett to explore the potential soundtrack for her conception 30 years ago this week, with emotional support from their mutual friend, Emily Fraker. Things get weird.
January 27, 2020
In this episode Luke and Aaron Hale hop on a call to look back at Salt-n-Pepa's very hooky (but not very well written) "Expression," in a new installment of Bad Words.
January 20, 2020
In this episode Luke looks back with actor Michael Gross (Family Ties, Cool As Ice) and writer S.S. Wilson (Short Circuit, *batteries not included) at the release of their now cult classic, Tremors, starring Kevin Bacon, on January 19, 1990.
January 13, 2020
In this episode of Thirty Pop Luke looks back on all kinds of pop culture news from this week in 1990, including the birth of a well-known Australian actor, the launch of a space shuttle, and the (forthcoming) release of MC Hammer's smash album, Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em, alongside his friend and past guest, former Mouseketeer, Damon Pampolina.
January 6, 2020
In this, the brief first episode of a brand new decade, Luke does a quick recap of this week in 1990, and sets the stage for a brand new season of Thirty Pop.
December 31, 2019
In this final episode of the inaugural season of Thirty Pop, Luke recaps tons of pop culture news from throughout 1989, and is joined by podcaster and Comic Book Man, Ming Chen, to look back at all that Hollywood had to offer over the course of that year.
December 23, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke is joined once again by his dear friend Nick Willard, who attempts to prove his claim that The Simpsons, which premiered thirty years ago this week, is the greatest TV show ever made...unsuccessfully.
December 16, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke sits down with former guest Jolie Britt and their mutual friend Ellen Cooley to talk about the birth of pop royalty Taylor Swift, with whom they're perhaps embarrassingly obsessed. He also talks to actor Luke Edwards about his culture-shaping 1989 movie The Wizard!
December 9, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke is joined by longtime friend, Thirty Pop sponsor, and founder of Truly Horrible Things, Stevie Berryman to recap some of the MOST truly horrible things from the 80s one last time!
December 2, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke is joined by Episode 1 guest, Nick Willard, for a special look back at National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. He also recaps the MLB salary war, and new albums from Technotronic and UB40.
November 25, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke is joined by Eric Silver and Michael Shubert, the hosts of one of his very favorite podcasts, Horse, to look back at the 1989-90 NBA, and by his friend and production assistant, and fellow Back to the Future II fanatic, Salman Virani, to reminisce on the release of that film 30 years after its release.
November 18, 2019
In this episode, Luke talks to Thirty Pop regular Hailie Durrett about the thirtieth anniversary of the theatrical release of one of her all-time favorite movies, Steel Magnolias, and to highly regarded children's film critic, Ms. Madalyn, about Disney's The Little Mermaid.
November 11, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke takes a quick peek forward at the last couple months of the year, and then is joined by his friend and semi-regular guest Stephanie to look back 30 years at Amy Heckerling's Look Who's Talking!
November 4, 2019
In this brief episode of Thirty Pop, Luke looks back 30 years at the new number one single on the Billboard charts, Roxette's "Listen To Your Heart," and is joined by his lifelong best friend Nathan Schartz to discuss the franchise debuts of two brand new NBA teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Orlando Magic.
October 21, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke offers up a quick look back at TWO weeks worth of pop culture news, including the debut album from Nine Inch Nails, the World Series altering Loma Prieta Earthquake, and The Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky, as he preps for a week off to relocate his recording studio.
October 14, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke sits down with his old friend from high school, Brandon Green, to reflect back on the release of one of the most irritatingly hooky songs in hip hop history, Just A Friend, from one hit wonder Biz Markie.
October 7, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke sits down with his dear friend and past guest, singer/songwriter Latifah Alattas to look back at the ladies who were owning the pop charts 30 years ago this week, Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson.
September 30, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke peeks back at the single most boring week in 1989 pop culture news, reminisces on the death of one of the greatest cartoons of all time, and talks about the embarrassments of adolescence with regular guests Aaron Hale and Nate Williams.
September 23, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Nate Williams returns to reminisce with Luke on the 1989 debut of ABC's Friday night block of sitcoms, TGIF. Luke also recounts the major album releases from this week in 1989.
September 16, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke and regular co-host Nate Williams look back at Aerosmith's album Pump, and all the ridiculously euphemistic language thereon in a new edition of their segment, Bad Words.
September 9, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke and his friend and fellow podcaster, author and pop culture aficianado Lincee Ray spend some time looking back at The New Kids On The Block's album and single "Hangin' Tough." Luke also counts down five of the cringiest parts of that album in a new edition of Truly Horrible Things.
September 2, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop Luke and regular guest Aaron Hale finally spend some time looking back at John Hughes's and John Candy's comedy blockbuster Uncle Buck in a segment called Film Depreciation, then Luke visits with actress Jean Louisa Kelly, who played the role of 15-year old rebel Tia in the film
August 29, 2019
Luke receives a couple messages on the Thirty Pop Answering Machine in response to the latest episode. Randy calls to complain. Aaron calls to regale.
August 26, 2019
In this episode of Thirty Pop Luke looks back at The (Horrific) Adventures of Milo and Otis, Fred Savage's Little Monsters, and then sits down with Aaron Hale and Nate Williams to celebrate 30 years of Saved By The Bell by sharing each of their most Zack Morris moments at this point in 1989.
August 19, 2019
In this episode Luke is joined once again by his friend and cousin-in-law Caleb Sanderson to reminisce on the most revolutionary game system to hit the market in 1989, the Sega Genesis.
August 17, 2019
Episode 25 guest Caleb Sanderson calls back in to leave a message on the Thirty Pop Answering Machine to set the record straight about Freddy Kreuger.
August 12, 2019
In this episode Luke is joined by his friend and cousin-in-law Caleb Sanderson to talk about the ridiculous fifth installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, The Dream Child, in the latest segment of Truly Horrible Things. He also talks romance and secret crushes and missed opportunities with regular guest hosts Aaron Hale and Nate Williams.
August 5, 2019
In this episode Luke talks to 80s and 90s nostalgia collector and Instagram influencer Rick Hutchinson about the 30th anniversary of the North American debut of Nintendo's Gameboy and the tremendous impact it has had on popular culture over the last three decades.
July 29, 2019
In this episode Luke visits with the biggest of all Beastie Boys fans, Demi Welling, and her husband Shawn about the release of their sophomore album Paul's Boutique 30 years ago this week!
July 26, 2019
Recent guest Hailie Durrett and past guest Steph K. leave very long messages on the Thirty Pop answering machine getting a few things right and a few things wrong. Merry Christmas to all!
July 22, 2019
In this episode Luke is joined by his friend Hailie Durrett to talk about the rom-com of the century, When Harry Met Sally. He also talks Hey Dude with past guest Latifah Alattas in this week's segment of Truly Horrible Things!
July 8, 2019
In this episode, Luke finally talks through the reigning Billboard champ, The Raw and the Cooked by Fine Young Cannibals with his good friend Mason, then celebrates the debut of the Emmy Award-winning sitcom Seinfeld by looking back on the series with his friends Vanee, Laura, Charlie & Nate!
July 1, 2019
In this episode, despite being super sick, Luke finally gets to sit with his lifelong best friend Nathan Schartz to reminisce on the things they loved most back in 1989, including the NBA, cartoon girls, setting fires, and stealing candy.
June 24, 2019
In this episode Luke and his dear Batman-loving friend David Walker revisit perhaps the greatest take on the Dark Knight to date, Tim Burton's Batman, starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
June 21, 2019
Contest winners and past guests Hailie & Shari Durrett leave a message on the Thirty Pop answering machine on their way home from spending an evening with John Cusack.
June 17, 2019
In this episode Luke looks back at all the sports, music and movie news from this week in 1989, and discusses the (terrible) self-titled debut Gospel rap album from now defunct genre-hopping evangelical trio DC Talk with his friend Jolie Britt.
June 10, 2019
In this episode Luke looks ahead at the coming attractions in the month of June, and welcomes Aaron Hale once again to badmouth millennial vocabulary in the segment we like to call Get Off My Lawn.
June 3, 2019
In this episode Luke reflects back on one of the greatest movies of all time (Dead Poets Society), one of the worst movies of all time (No Holds Barred) and one of his favorites for the last three decades, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Guests include Shayne Hawthorne and Scott Alonzo from Scales Podcast (releasing soon), and the biggest Indy fan there is, artist Scott Erickson.
May 27, 2019
In this episode Luke and Aaron look back at the release of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade live from Houston's Comicpalooza 2019. Luke also hops on a call with Last Crusade actor Richard Young to talk about his experience on the set of the film with Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and River Phoenix.
May 24, 2019
Aaron leaves a message on the Thirty Pop answering machine settling the debate once and for all about whether or not Road Households up after 30 years.
May 20, 2019
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 17, 2019
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 Piggy...no kidding.)
May 13, 2019
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 6, 2019
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 2, 2019
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 1989...like Tom Petty.
April 29, 2019
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!
April 26, 2019
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!
April 25, 2019
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.
April 22, 2019
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.
April 15, 2019
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!
April 13, 2019
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!
April 8, 2019
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.
April 3, 2019
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...
April 1, 2019
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.
March 28, 2019
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.
March 27, 2019
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 thirtypoppodcast@gmail.com!
March 25, 2019
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.
March 20, 2019
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.
March 18, 2019
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.
March 13, 2019
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.
March 11, 2019
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.
March 6, 2019
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 thirtypoppodcast@gmail.com!
March 4, 2019
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.
February 27, 2019
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.
February 25, 2019
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.
February 18, 2019
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.
February 11, 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)!
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