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The advertising pivot

07.15.20 | Shop Talk looks at how advertisers have crafted their consumer messaging during the event. Thanks to our Fort Worth listener for the topic! But first, Caught My Eye looks at chatter in the Trader Joe’s Line and the complications of the word “master” in real estate and other uses are revealed. Maggie Lena Walker, an African American businesswoman and the first woman to charter and run a bank in the United States is our Business Birthday.

TFG Unbuttoned: Use your coins

07.14.20 | Lunch in NYC and dinner in London? Supersonic travel plans a comeback with Denver based Boom Supersonic. If all goes as planned, passenger flights can begin as soon as the second half of the decade. Then, currency requires circulation which is not happening. This is creating a coin shortage. What can you do? Finally, a British woman is convicted of scamming a million dollars worth of benefits over 15 years by claiming she was blind and disabled.

Money and Life lessons people learn too late in life

07.08.20 | Shop Talk this week explores a father’s letter to his kid: The 9 money and life lessons most people learn too late in life. But first, Legos and hotdogs Caught our Eye and the inventor of Cocoa-Cola is our Business Birthday. Our partner Deep Discount is celebrating Ultraman Day, July 10th, with a Blu-Ray Exclusive of the series with never before released content.

TFG Unbuttoned: Now is a great time to add to your skillset

07.07.20 | Mark Cuban of Shark Tank fame thinks the number one interview question asked in this new era will be: What did you do with your time during the pandemic? He suggests learning or honing your skillset to get a jump on the competition in the job market. But first, Walmart plans to create 160 drive-in theaters in its parking lots across the USA. Then, Away, the famed luggage/travel brand tackles a leadership issue that we believe has yet to surface fully.

The Stonewall Inn gets a jolt

07.01.20 | The iconic Stonewall Inn in NYC recently received some financial support from The Gill Foundation to help with operating costs. It is so important to be visible and maintain historic landmarks like The Stonewall Inn, so thank you to The Gill Foundation. But first, Wally Amos of chocolate chip cookie fame is our Business Birthday and John revisits some comedy albums from another time. Tim wonders what space smells like and promises John a new cologne, Eau de Space.

TFG Unbuttoned: Good to know

06.30.20 | Systemic racism bleeds into parts of our culture without many of us being aware. Case in point, NPR covered a story about the 100 plus-year-old jingle of the ice cream truck. Then, Eskimo Pies are getting a new name and Wal-Mart comes under fire for co-opting Black Lives Matter.

The Business of Pride

06.24.20 | Shop Talk this week looks at how June Pride Celebrations have had to pivot in our world of social distancing. Virtual Prides anyone? Also, companies are trying to navigate their support as parades and other gatherings are canceled. But first, The Pomodoro Technique and an iconic bus removal are the subjects of Caught My Eye. Chuck Taylor of Converse High Top Fame is our Business Birthday.

TFG Unbuttoned: It’s never too late to come out

06.23.20 | A 90-year-old man in Colorado finally comes out of the closet and is enjoying making up for lost time with help from his lesbian daughter. But first, a wife becomes irate during a flight when she discovers her husband is having an affair—causing it to be diverted, and many airlines are foregoing alcohol as people begin to fly again.

Good news from DC

06.17.20 | The Supreme Court rules that the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination. Robotic pets and an LL Bean scam catch the eye of Tim and John. Tory Burch is our Business Birthday, and Shop Talk explores how lavender became a color of LGBTQ resistance. Oh, and try Magic Spoon cereal—it’s a hit with us and our families!

TFG Unbuttoned: Invasion of the chipmunks

06.16.20 | A bumper crop of nuts and warmer than usual winter has created a chipmunk explosion in the northern US. But first, colleges are rescinding admission to students who posted racist comments on social media and gay marriage has contributed billions into the US economy since marriage equality became law in 2015.

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