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September 25, 2020 39 min
DC is heating up with the death of RBG. Check-out our Tuesday broadcast of #TFGUnbuttoned to hear our POV. Find all of our media at www.focusgroupradio.com. Flights to nowhere, and sometimes a heart is just a heart Caught Our Eye this week. Sue Ling Gin, the founder of airline caterer The Flying Food Group, is our Business Birthday this week. Shop Talk highlights a perfectly executed marketing campaign from Patagonia which has alre...
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September 21, 2020 21 min
A surprising 45% of gay men support Trump for President in 2020 according to a recent poll done by Hornet. Wow. Then, Canadian LGBTQ people experience the same type of discrimination and assault as their counterparts in the USA—despite the notion that Canada is further ahead of us when it comes to LGBTQ rights. Finally, a woman in New Hampshire was told she could not vote if she wore an anti-Trump t-shirt in the polling place. So, ...
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September 18, 2020 37 min
Shop Talk looks at a recent study that suggests doing this one thing at night will help you sleep better and has other surprising benefits. But first, an upstate NY Star Trek exhibit and stealing sand Caught Our Eye. Jacob Schick, the pioneer of the electric razor, is our #BusinessBirthday. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tu...
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September 14, 2020 20 min
For the first time since 1958, Peeps will not be on the shelves this Halloween. The company also will forego Christmas and Valentine's Day as it prepares for Easter 2021—something seems off about this to us. But first, most people have depleted their emergency funds during the pandemic and a Finnish Burger King franchise celebrates Pride by releasing a Love Conquers All Campaign that features the Burger King mascot kissing Rona...
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September 11, 2020 42 min
Colonel Harland David Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame is our Business Birthday. The Colonel allegedly was too much man for one woman. Caught My Eye looks at ghost ship tours off the coast of England and canned meat that was mistaken for male genitalia. Shop Talk looks at 3 business stories involving that new car smell, dinosaurs, and Christmas music. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple....
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September 7, 2020 21 min
While we are all trying to figure out 2020, a new old word, acedia, is useful for how many of us are feeling. Then, Delta Airlines meets and exceeds what consumers can expect when adding flying back into their life. Finally, the glory hole is gaining popularity as people want to avoid face to face contact. Who knew that there are apps and websites directing people to local glory holes when fellowship is needed? Apple Podcasts: app...
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September 4, 2020 47 min
Shop Talk looks at a recent study that points to the surprising ideal retirement age—we think you'll be surprised too. But first, Guy Laliberté co-founder of Cirque du Soleil is our Business Birthday. Cartier stumbles in China with an advertisement thought to be gay friendly and a young girl wakes up at the morgue. Play along with John says, "Pick That Flick" for a chance to win a Blu-Ray copy of “The Times of Harvey Mi...
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Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife, Becki, continue to make headlines as more young men come forward with tales of sex and hush money. Stay tuned as we predict Jerry may have done more than watch. Then, a Texas teacher is reinstated after she was put on leave for teaching tolerance. Finally, a pro-Trump small business, that was granted PPP monies, apparently had enough money to buy six Trump for Prez billboards in the Arizona/Californi...
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August 28, 2020 49 min
Shop Talk looks at a recent article in Forbes Magazine regarding a one-word email from leader Tim Cook. But first, a herd of elephants overindulge, and a man lies about cancer ailments in order to keep his wife from leaving. Katherine Johnson of NASA fame is our Business Birthday. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts:...
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Political satirist, and former budding comedian Randy Rainbow responds to newly surfaced racist, trans-phobic, and anti-Semitic Tweets. Should public figures be held accountable for language or posts from 10 or more years ago? Then, The Toilet Project in Tokyo, and we have been greeting man's best friend the wrong way? Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NM...
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August 21, 2020 40 min
Shop Talk looks at a recent article from Fortune Magazine that polls what workers are most concerned about moving forward. A big surprise is that almost 50% of the workforce is contemplating some sort of career change. But first, Charles Hires of the Hires Root Beer fame is our Business Birthday. Tim learns something new about John and root beer and the Queen reveals her favorite Holiday Movie. We're all business. Except when ...
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August 17, 2020 18 min
A man is denied entry into a Hot Springs Casino because he was carrying a Louis Vuitton Purse—while women with much larger bags were let right through security. Was this gender bias or something else? Dr. Pepper is the latest victim of the pandemic shortages. If you like it, find it and buy it. (Tim shares his three tips on how best to drink Dr. Pepper.) Finally, REI has decided to forego its new, unused, headquarters in Washington...
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August 14, 2020 40 min
Shop Talk discusses the slow drip of bad news for Ellen and her staff. Many people have come forward and believe that Ellen supports a toxic work environment, putting her “be kind to one another” catchphrase in doubt. But first, Costco knows its market and Trump is looking to put his mug on Mount Rushmore. Julius Rosenwald, of Sears Roebuck fame and philanthropist to the education of African Americans in the South, is our Business ...
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August 10, 2020 19 min
Hasbro pulls a Troll doll from the shelves due to an unfortunately placed button. How do these things get to the production stage? Then, Halloween candy sales are expected to slump, and chickens become the newest pandemic pet. Dolls, candy, and chickens. How can you resist? Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly...
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Shop Talk looks at 4 mindsets that we should all employ to aid in achieving success. As with many things, attitude is key. But first, Caught My Eye looks at an artist's version of pandemic Barbie dolls and Trader Joe's backtracks on earlier news that it would change the names of Trader Jose's and Trader Ming's. A spokesperson says that the company would not change any product names based on a petition and the names ...
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August 3, 2020 19 min
Conservative Christians are going to have a tough time shopping as they have added Hallmark gift wrap, cards, and ornaments to their boycott list. They are upset about same-sex relationships in some Hallmark Channel storylines. Steve Jobs exhibits emotional intelligence and there is a study that shows car service app drivers will exhibit a bias toward LGBTQ customers. Overall the study showed that drivers were 3 times more likely t...
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July 31, 2020 40 min
Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame is our Business Birthday this week. Also, stoop finds and drive-thru strip clubs Caught Our Eye. Shop Talk explores 5 steps that will help improve your memory—whether someone's birthday, name, or counting cards at the casino—it's all about practice. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tune...
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July 27, 2020 19 min
The Dollar Shave Club is offering a $25,000 prize for the man who can best describe the importance of his balls. Tim and John are going to give it a shot. Find the rules on our Facebook Page #FocusGroupRadio. Also, people under 30 are more agnostic in their remote work apps to get things done, and Netflix stops production of a Turkish series due to pressure from Turkey's government because there was a gay character as part of t...
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July 24, 2020 42 min
Shop Talk looks at how the LGBTQ population views saving for retirement. Surprisingly, only 30% think it is a major concern—and we wonder if that is the same for Americans overall. Caught My Eye looks at underage kids dressing up like old people to buy liquor, and 45 moves the Clinton and Bush Presidential portraits out of public view at the White House. Ely Culbertson, the man who helped make the game of Contract Bridge popular in...
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Tobacco sales continue to decline in most industrial countries, and a study sites plain packaging in places like the UK for contributing to the sales slump. A well-written article about a man in Charlotte, NC that was not only a champion retailer but an ardent supporter of the LGBTQ community, is the best honor that any of us could ask for. Finally, due to social distancing and less socializing, Durex has announced that while the e...
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