Tim and John head to Philadelphia with Volkswagen to attend the 2017 Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Summit. Aside from being the first chance to experience the new VW Tiguan and Atlas SUVs, Tim and John were able to experience first hand how large the Out & Equal conference has grown since their last visit to the summit in Los Angeles. It’s great to see so many Fortune 500 companies in attendance supporting LGBT Equality in the workplace. Not to brag, but VW was one of only four auto manufacturers in attendance, and they stole the show with their display adjacent to the conference entrance and registration. Kudos to the VW Team for being very visible and proud! Our guests this week include VW’s own Machelle Williams and Dave Dunlap, along with the Founder and CEO of Out & Equal, Selisse Berry.
Tim and John run through their signature segment, The Random Sample—LGBT news from around the USA and sometimes the globe. Russell Simmons is 60, John finds out where the name R2-D2 originated, and Tim wants a Coy dog. Listener Adrian sent us Cookie Butter Oreos to sample—and The Focus Group gives them a 10! Shop Talk looks at some ways to address uncomfortable conversations with co-workers.
09.27.17 | It’s our first Focus Group Prime Time Special. Comedian and Curtain Call Host Keith Price joins Tim and John to talk about his latest stand-up show and his Fall Broadway Theater picks. John’s Pick that Flick, Tim’s List, and a very special business birthday round out the show. Can you spot the hidden anatomy in some famous cartoons and should a woman be concerned that her boyfriend is on Grindr to “buy weed?”
09.20.17 | If you can still read this the world has yet to end, nurses can’t believe what they see, Sassy Trump reprimands North Korea, Big League Chew is 40, and retailers are closing stores at a record pace. Get your Doomsday Bucket, listen to The Focus Group, and enjoy a Criterion Film tonight. Peter Becker, Criterion Collection President is our guest.
09.13.17 | Tim and John look at LGBT headlines and stories from around the globe, and discuss steps to protect your credit after the Equifax hack. But first, Denny’s craptastic mascot, Milton Hershey’s birthday, and sign language translation fumble.
09.06.17 | Are you happy at work? Our guest on The Focus Group will help answer that question. Tim Bennett and John Nash welcome Dr. Annie McKee to discuss her latest book How To Be Happy At Work. But first driverless pizza delivery, Superman logic, and Trump shaped orange ecstasy pills. All out of this world but somehow related—we suppose. Shop Talk explores the idea that your passion may not be a path to business success.
08.30.17 | Tim and John talk about the end of summer, and make some Labor Day resolutions. But first, they touch on wild animals getting lose at an auto show, Warren Buffet’s odd ways, sole-less shoes, a Dunkin’ Donuts rebrand, KLM’s Pride marketing miscue, and driving while gay. Try to get all of this somewhere else!
08.23.17 | Kim Acquaviva is our guest on The Focus Group. Her new book, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care is the go-to handbook for hospice and palliative care professionals looking to enhance their care delivery or their programs with LGBTQ-inclusive care. But first, Tim and John share what caught their eye and the usual Focus Group banter. Finally, Tim and John share their philosophy on the use of “I.” Join us here or on our YouTube channel.
08.16.17 | Kelly McDonald’s latest book How to Work With and Lead People Not like You, launched Monday, and she joins The Focus Group to share her insights on working with others in a changing environment. Perhaps the White House could use a box of books? What Caught My Eye looks at two gay students who had their yearbook quotes pulled and Tim Gunn offers actionable advice on the best way to offer critique we all could use at home or work.
08.09.17 | The Focus Group this week explores two topics that are ripe for multiple points of view. What’s happening to gay culture and are there benefits of quitting a job? But first, The Million Mom’s boycott a Disney cartoon that features two mommies, a young couple buys up a private street in the Presidio—unbeknownst to the tony San Fran residents, and a town dedicated to cannabis is welcoming all in California.