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A Paris sex doll brothel caught Tim’s eye, and John hates human miniaturization stories

03.21.18 |  Nor’easter number four did not stop The Focus Group, Tim was able to join the show live from Philadelphia via Skype. A Paris sex doll brothel and a garden scale on the Home Depot site that seems to be measuring weed—or perhaps Kale chips—caught our eye. Shop Talk looks at a science-backed 21-day program to be happier, healthier, and more successful.

TFG Unbuttoned: Learning a second language is going out of style

03.20.18 | Tim and John look at the accelerating trend of schools not teaching or promoting the learning of a second language. People in different countries are teaching themselves Spanish by watching popular subtitled telenovelas, or English via “Full House” and “Family Matters.”

A planned LGBT retirement complex in Palm Springs, and great American companies that might disappear

03.14.18 | Tim and John talk to reporter Amy DiPierro from The Desert Sun about a planned LGBT-friendly retirement complex in Palm Springs. Not one but four business birthdays, a look at some great American companies that might disappear soon, and one cent makes a big difference in a suit against Southwest Airlines.

TFG Unbuttoned: Death With Dignity

03.13.18 | Married for 66 years and both terminally ill, an Oregon couple dies together under the state’s “Death With Dignity” law. Living & Dying: A Love Story, is a 45-minute documentary that details the background of the Emericks’ final decision and their resolve in carrying it out.

Canned cocktails, killer beach umbrellas, and luck has more to do with wealth than smarts

03.08.18 | The Focus Group Happy Hour Special kicks off with canned vodka and soda cocktails, which received a thumbs up. Wind-blown objects can maim or kill, and house cats share the same killer tendencies as their larger cousins. New research looks at the link between luck and wealth—hard work and smarts may not have much to do with being rich.

TFG Unbuttoned: Gus Kenworthy reminds us that homophobia has not gone anywhere

03.05.18 | While Trump threatened a Trade War, Olympian Gus Kenworthy reminds us that homophobia has not gone anywhere, as evidenced by the hateful comments on his YouTube and Twitter feeds.

Matt Skallerud and the #ILoveGay Influencer Spotlight

02.28.18 | The #ILoveGay Influencer Spotlight with Matt Skallerud from Pink Banana Media kicks off. The term “influencers” is always evolving, and Matt will showcase what kinds of influencers are succeeding today, and what digital platforms they use most. Hand-painted 1950s style refrigerators for $50K each, and some gross kids toys from the Toy Fair caught our eye.

TFG Unbuttoned: Should young LGBTQ people care about their history?

02.27.18 | Tim and John share their views on an opinion piece written for Attitude.Co.UK entitled Young queer people shouldn’t be obligated to care about LGBT history, by Dylan Jones. With LGBT rights under fire around the USA everyday, yes, LGBT history is important.

The trans military ban and a decline in LGBT acceptance

02.21.18 | Tim and John look at LGBT headlines from around the country on the Random Sample. The Secretary of the Army learns that service members are more concerned about their food and pay rather than serving with trans troops. GLAAD finds that acceptance for the LGBT community has dropped for the first time since they started the survey. But first, Captain Crunch, Christmas lights, and wet suits caught our eye.

TFG Unbuttoned: The Future Is Us

02.19.18 | Tim and John reflect on the latest national travesty that feels all too familiar. But Tim and John talk about why Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida feels like it might be a turning point for our country.

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