November 1989 Pop Culture: New Kids, Josh Charles & A Cute Baby Boy

Jan 10, 10:00 AM

Kim and Megan return to discuss a veritable boyfest of topics!

Megan and Kim wind up their guest-co-hosting gigs with a bumper crop of pop culture topics. What Now takes us through The Keeper, "Bettys," acceptable crush objects Simon de la Brosse and Ethan Hawke, and Unacceptable crush object Leaf Phoenix. We attempt to understand the plot of Nightmare On Elm Street 5 and the appeal of Queen Of Hearts. We celebrate Mike's extremely correct five-star review of the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique, and why the youth still know Tears For Fears. Then it's on to another successful One To Watch pick, and a feature all about every cool late '80s girl's object of disdain: New Kids On The Block. Join us as we go through the issue Step By Step!


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🎧 It Is November 1989

🎧 What Now: All-New Boyfest Edition

🎧 Watch It

🎧 Listen Up

🎧 One To Watch

🎧 Feature: Why Are New Kids On The Block So Famous?

🎧 Goodbye For Now

🎧 Kim Without Borders


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🐦 Kim Reed on Twitter

🐦 Megan McCafferty on Twitter

📸 Megan on Instagram

🎭 The Shaw Festival's Royal George Theatre

📖 The original feature on Paula Cooper in the August 1988 issue

🩸 The Keeper

🔪 The Preppie Murder on YouTube

👀 When He's Not A Stranger (fka Someone You Know) on YouTube

🤳 Better photo of Simon de la Brosse

📚 Momilies on

📍 List of Borders Stores locations, with store numbers

💭 Nightmare On Elm Street Part 5: The Dream Child on HBO Max

🥷 The Little Thief on YouTube

👸 Queen Of Hearts on Paramount+

🐏 Heavy Petting on Prime Video

💿 "14 Classic Albums That Flopped When They Were Released" at

📕 Excerpt from Michael Diamond and Adam Horowitz's Beastie Boys Book on Vulture

⚖️ Murder In Mississippi on YouTube

🐦 Josh Charles on Twitter

🗣️ "An Honest Conversation With Josh Charles" at

🎵 The Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs podcast

⭐️ Maurice Starr on Wikipedia

🚪 "Jonathan Knight Confirms He's Gay After Being Outed On Bravo Show" at The Hollywood Reporter

🛍️ Megan's novel The Mall at