07.23.19 | A strip club near Toledo is giving back to the community by offering up their old sofas while they refurb the place. But first, The Liberty Counsel lets us know that the “Q” in LGBTQ stands for pedophilia. (The hypocrisy and false accusations never cease to amaze. Pay attention and vote.) In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, Sotheby’s auctions off 3 tapes acquired by a NASA intern in 1976 at a government surplus sale. The tapes sold for $1.82 million. Nice ROI!
07.17.19 | After a well-deserved vacation, we are back in the studio! A global experiment with lost wallets reveals some interesting findings—like the most honest countries. Vines are considered an eyesore at a nouveau tony beach enclave, and we discuss the country that has the highest racial discrimination record when it comes to hiring. Hint: the USA does better than most when it comes to hiring practices.
07.16.19 | A suspected felon hiding from Missouri Police reveals his hiding spot with an unfortunate loud fart, MAD Magazine does a reboot and will serve-up recycled content from its 67-year-old archive, and people are loving Mattel’s newest Barbie.
07.10.19 | Comedian, journalist, pop culture expert, and author Frank DeCaro joins The Focus Group. His latest book, Drag—Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business is a must have for your coffee table and a great hostess gift! The photos and smart writing is everything you want it to be and more. Get it!
TFG Unbuttoned: A family accidentally books the Virgin Atlantic Pride flight—and enjoys every minute of it!
07.09.19 | Unbuttoned wraps up Pride 2019 with one feel good and two business stories. First, a British family with two young sons unexpectedly booked themselves on to Virgin Atlantic’s “Pride Flight.” The London to New York flight was organized to celebrate World Pride 2019 and mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. It featured drag queens, celebrity performances, singing and dancing, and plenty of glitter. The Powell family fully embraced the party atmosphere. Then, agency giant FCB claims it is resigning their Nivea Cream marketing duties after someone on the Nivea team said, “we don’t do gay.” Tim and John have their own take on the kerfuffle. Finally, we take a look at brands that stubbed their toe trying to reach the LGBTQ consumer in June.
07.03.19 | Tim Bennett and John T. Nash look at cannabis friendly hotels in states where it’s legal, an all-you-can-eat offer that bankrupts a Chinese hot pot restaurant in just two weeks, and Leona Helmsley, aka the Queen of Mean celebrates a Business Birthday. Fun facts about the 4th of July, and the tough questions Apple asks during interviews round out the holiday broadcast.
07.02.19 | Unbuttoned wraps up June Pride with Barclay’s Bank getting pushback for changing their APP in support of Pride, Millennials appear to be less accepting of LGBTQ people than their older peers, and Mastercard allows trans people to use whatever name they choose on a new True Name credit card. It’s July already…Christmas decorations can’t be far behind as retailers move on to the next calendar opportunity to make money.
06.26.19 | Some of the cities may come as a surprise, but these are the best places to retire for LGBT seniors according to Senior Advice. The show kicks off with a Pride care package filled with new Oreo flavors from a listener in Texas. Hell, Michigan is bought by a gay man and renamed Gay Hell, and snarky text messages sent to ex’s caught our eye.
06.25.19 | A married same sex couple received a heartwarming note from a teenager who is moving out of the area. The note thanked them for flying the rainbow flag on their residence and credited that visibility with giving the teenager the courage to come out. Joe and Jill Biden visit the Stonewall Inn in honor of World Pride and buy the patrons a round of drinks. And the President of the University of Central Arkansas had a sign in front of the campus library featuring this quote from Lady Gaga removed: “Being gay is like glitter, it never goes away.”
06.19.19 | Tim had a frustrating travel day in to the studio and John played along. Musical tastes can dictate bedroom performance and traffic circles create “tornaders.” Lou Pearlman is the Business Birthday and what’s it like for a white girl to grow up named LaKiesha?