12.04.19 | A listener letter from Don G. leads Tim and John to differ in a discussion regarding thin light type versus big bold type. Robert Adler, inventor of the TV wireless remote is our Business Birthday. Hawthorne men’s grooming products continue to keep Tim and John looking neat and clean. MarketWatch has a calculator to input the cost of your streaming services and detail what the money could do over time having been spent differently.
12.03.19 | One Japanese company is offering its non-smokers an extra six days of vacation annually to account for those who take smoking breaks. We like it. UPS employees go undetected for a decade smuggling drugs and a Catholic priest in Michigan not only denied communion to a legally married 62-year member of the church, but apparently has the support of the Bishop. Oh yeah, it’s because of her legal marriage to a woman.
11.27.19 | A trend in the UK is finding more people foregoing giving things for Christmas and switching to baked goods and experiences instead. While we thought it was about commercialization, the reason these people site is the huge amount of waste that goes into the holiday such as paper, cardboard, and plastic. Then gender reveal parties gone wrong and Timex brings back the digital watch, and Deep Discount features “All About Eve” and “Now Voyager” from the Criterion Collection—two movies you need in your library.
11.26.19 | A dog in Florida supposedly placed a running auto in reverse and rode around in circles for almost an hour. Cute story, but we think the owner got out of the car without putting it in park and blamed the dog. But first, the census is coming and citizenship questions trump LGBT identification while Chik-Fil-A sends mixed messages about anti-LGBTQ donations.
11.20.19 | A neighborhood association in Texas sends a letter to a homeowner asking them to remove their Christmas yard decorations until closer to the season—the family decorated the yard November 1st. Too soon? Pen inventor Lewis Waterman is our Business Birthday and George Takei has a beef with a former Star Trek colleague. Don from Alabama calls in to sing the praises of Rocket City, aka Huntsville. Tim and John still plan a road trip someday to see the sites.
11.19.19 | Taking micro-steps to instill good habits can be successful according to founder of the HuffPost. But first, LGBTQ acceptance across the globe grew in the usual places and decreased, or stayed static, in the usual suspects. The only bright spot was Nepal in terms of acceptance. Renault creates a 2-minute lesbian themed ad that some criticize for being hetero normative. You can watch the spot on our Facebook page—FocusGroupRadio.
11.13.19 | Robert Norris, who portrayed the iconic Marlboro Man in commercials, died this week. Did you know that Marlboro was originally targeted to women before the rugged reboot in the 50′s? Speaking of icons and women, check out our story on Smarties. LL Bean founder Leon Leonwood Bean is our Business Birthday, and online grocery pickers are clogging the isles and “annoying” regular shoppers.
11.12.19 | Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova speaks out against celebrating player Margaret Court for her anti-LGBTQ views. Kudos to Martina for continuing to speak her truth. Then, an unruly passenger grabs another by the crotch on a flight from Charlotte to Salt Lake City, and a former ISIS bride wants to return to the USA.
11.06.19 | For the first time in decades, vinyl albums will outsell CDs in 2019. Get yourself a turntable and spin that vinyl you have saved at home! Last year’s top selling vinyl artist was The Beatles followed by Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Bowie, Queen, and Hendrix. A woman texts her dead father every day for the last 4 years and finally gets a response, and Costco keeps rotisserie chickens at $4.99.
11.05.19 | The Kentucky Supreme Court rules on a technicality in favor of a printer who refused to create t-shirts for a Pride event, and Ex-gays descend upon D.C. to lobby against LGBTQ rights. Then, designer Zac Posen abruptly closes up shop. You may know Zac from his time as a judge on Project Runway and as the head of creative for women at Brooks Brothers.