02.06.18 | Tim and John quarterback the Super Bowl advertising and reveal their hits and misses. The Alabama Senate votes to stop issuing marriage licenses in favor of just filing a record of your union with the state. Does it matter? Join The Focus Group: Unbuttoned every Tuesday, for a no holds barred dive into politics, pop culture, and whatever else comes to mind.
01.31.18 | Stuart Elliott has spent more than three decades covering advertising, marketing and media. He is best known as the advertising columnist of The New York Times, and joins Tim and John to talk about the Super Bowl ads. But first, cannabis caught our eye—from a major employer no longer screening for it, to how much it’s taxed when you buy it.
01.24.18 | Tim and John are joined by Christianna Silva, a Staff Writer at Newsweek who focuses on civil rights, with a particular look at LGBT issues. She talks about the billions of dollars lost to states due to LGBT discrimination, and how states that foster diversity might be better fits for the new Amazon HQ. A photographers take on sexist ads from decades past, and some surprising facts about plastic straws caught our eye this week.
01.17.18 | Tim and John learn about the “Pittsburgh Potty,” discover a delivery service called GoPuff, and celebrate the Business Birthday of the man who invented the cardboard egg carton. Shop Talk covers the mistakes not to make on the job search in 2018, and do you have a personal brand?
01.10.18 | This week Tim and John look at new marketing programs from McDonald’s and Ikea. Roy Disney is our Business Birthday and Shop Talk explores business buzzwords that make you sound stupid. Mark Vogler, from Out In The Vineyard, updates us on what’s in store for this summer’s events. GayTravel.com has Awarded Gay Wine Weekend the Best Event of the Summer and we agree. Mark introduces us to The Velvet Mafia and how LGBT networking finally got him selected for an eight week Antarctica program with the National Science Foundation.
01.03.18 | Tim and John kick off 2018 with two important articles related to career and LGBT advancement. But first, maybe the Whitehouse is a dump, and Apple’s retail mis-step in Chicago caught the eye of the Focus Group.
12.27.17 | Best selling author of How to Work With and Lead People Not Like You Kelly McDonald joins The Focus Group to talk about the year that was, and the trends in business for 2018. As one of the country’s top speakers, Kelly offers a unique perspective on the postitive changes organizations are making in the work place.
12.20.17 | A gay, married, interracial Santa book that people love or hate, John’s Star Wars snowglobe, and LGBT Stories you may have missed are just a few of the topics covered on this edition of The Focus Group. Caught My Eye explores a cash stealing cat and a radio reporter who lost his voice. The Random Sample advises against careless hooking up through apps, and takes a look at gender neutral clothing.
12.13.17 | Theater Ambassador and host of the podcast Curtain Call joins us to share his theater picks should you find yourself in NYC this holiday season. But first, Venezuela is selling knock-offs of familiar brands, a freelance writer tricks Trip Advisor and his shed is named best restaurant in London, and Shop Talk explores a sporty manager that wants everyone to share her love of sport—or they will get dinged on their performance review.
12.06.17 | Tim and John welcome Career Coach Michael Mellen to the show as we steam toward 2018. Happy Birthday to Irv Robbins of Baskin-Robbins fame. We are still the only show in the universe that celebrates Business Birthdays. Why are there 31 flavors and what was the 31st? Shop Talk explores a gay governed Palm Springs, don’t hang mistletoe at the Holiday Party, and China has a bike disposal problem.