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Past Shows

Make It Work!

10.12.22 | The Focus Group will be back next week with some shiny new content. This week, we take a trip back to the SiriusXM days, with an in-studio visit by Tim Gunn. Wikipedia says, “he is an American author, academic, and television personality.” Tim and John would add, he’s exactly what you’ve seen on Project Runway—a true gentleman and an amazing mentor. He even got to handle Tim’s List during his visit.

TFG Unbuttoned: A visit with Dick Cavett

10.11.22 | Unbuttoned is on hiatus this week, which is the perfect time to visit a favorite past guest interview—the legendary Dick Cavett. Host of “The Dick Cavett Show” on ABC from 1968 to 1975 and on public television from 1977 to 1982, he is also the co-author of four books, has appeared on Broadway, and has made guest appearances in movies and TV shows. His latest book is, “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks.” Enjoy the conversation!

Lessons from Steve Jobs

10.05.22 | Shop Talk discusses the business acumen of former Apple leader, Steve Jobs. Caught My Eye discovers that a newscaster covering Hurricane Ian used a reservoir tip condom to protect her mic from the elements. Also, as of January 1, 2023, jaywalking will no longer be a crime in California. Famed moonshiner, Popcorn Sutton, is our Business Birthday.

TFG Unbuttoned: The color purple

10.04.22 | Candy company, M&M, is introducing a limited-edition purple peanut character. They are denying that it has anything to do with the controversy surrounding the changes they made to the green character. We wonder who is that invested in what the various characters look like and what they are wearing. Then, NFL fans get introduced to Boy Butter, a gay centric lubricant. Finally, a manure statue of climate change denier Senator Johnson of Wisconsin is traveling around the state to bring attention to the issue.

Passion versus Effort

09.28.22 | Shop Talk discusses Mark Cuban’s worst career advice. Caught My Eye covers a mistake at Honda where workers in Ohio were overpaid for bonuses and now Honda—worth $42 billion—wants their money back. Also, a woman in Ireland swallows 55 batteries and needs surgery to remove them. Thomas Crapper of plumbing fame is our Business Birthday.

TFG Unbuttoned: Book Banning Bonanza

09.27.22 | Book banning has gone into overdrive as conservative activists continue their assault on all things LGBTQ and race with a record number of books being banned 2022. Franzia Wine has teamed up with BARK to create matching box wine costumes for you and man’s best friend. Finally, vegan purveyor Beyond Meat’s leader, Doug Ramsey bites off man’s nose in the heat of an argument over a Subaru bumping a Bronco in Arkansas. A vegan and a Subaru head to a Razorbacks Game… Sounds like the start of a good joke—stay tuned!

Benefit of Doubt

09.21.22 | Shop Talk looks at ways to combat doubt and find your personal and professional attributes that give you strength and confidence. Caught My Eye looks at elective surgery for men who want to be taller. Also Fred Franzia, the guy behind Trader Joe’s Two-Buck Chuck dies. The co-founder of Abercrombie & Fitch, Ezra Fitch, is our Business Birthday.

TFG Unbuttoned: Putin Folly

09.20.22 | After Putin and his troops got their butt-kicked last week by the Ukrainians he was not fazed as he opened a new Ferris wheel in Moscow. “The biggest and nothing like it in Europe,” Putin declared as it broke down the next day. Google wrongly deposits 250K into a user’s bank account. How do you let them know? Finally, a veteran’s old age home in Taiwan rethinks and apologizes for hiring an overzealous stripper for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The secrets of luck

09.14.22 | Shop Talk looks at luck as being a part of life that we should recognize and accept. Caught My Eye involves a Southwest Airline pilot who did not want to receive NSFW airdropped images and a cruise ship that will be scrapped before its first voyage. The first woman to lead a major airline, Colleen Barrett, is our Business Birthday.

TFG Unbuttoned: Boise Pride Dilemma

09.13.22 | Drag Kids was a costume and lip sync event that was supposed to take place during Boise Pride. Unfortunately, some right-wing extremists felt it was the sexualization of children and companies and organizers had to regroup. Shame on the companies that bowed to the pressure by the Republicans and pulled back their Pride funding. Then, retailers like Gap and Kohl’s are employing a strategy known as “pack and hold.” The plan is to store unsold inventory to sell next year rather than taking huge discounts or write-offs. Finally, a large Roman phallus is uncovered in Spain.

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