01.16.19 | Just one gay acquaintance can change hearts and minds on LGBTQ rights. The phenomenon is known as “contact theory,” according to the study’s author Daniel DellaPosta, who reported the findings. An article by Lauren Hough on her ten years of being a cable tech reveals a glimpse of the suburban grotesque, and the University of Connecticut is offering a course on the marijuana industry, causing quite a buzz.
01.15.19 | The science is clear. If you move your body a little each day, nourish yourself with real food, allow your mind to take a break and refresh, and if you regularly connect with loved ones and friends you will be both happier and healthier. The IRS is taking a look at the social media profiles of famous “influencers” to catch tax evaders.
01.09.19 | He is the most decorated Olympian of all time. Now retired from swimming, Michael Phelps is concentrating on his next chapter. To stay motivated, he uses this simple daily trick. New rules in the UK on advertising will ban companies from including “gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm” in their ads on TV, radio, websites and in print, and a new cookbook from United lets you make airplane food at home.
01.08.19 | Answering email only twice a day, and using video game music to focus on work tasks are some tips for changing it up in 2019. Martina Navratilova, regarded by many as the greatest female tennis player of all time, is in a ‘transphobic’ row over comments she made recently about women’s sport.
01.02.19 | Tim and John kick off the New Year with a look at some hard and fast rules to think about before starting your own business. But first, a cat gets shipped 700 miles after getting into a box without its owner knowing, and there is a push to make Slinky the official toy of Pennsylvania.
01.01.19 | Tim and John share thoughts on 2019 and explore an article that predicts seven fashion trends we are going to see in the workplace—spotted any of these fashions yet?
12.26.18 | No need to adjust your screen, this week’s #Focus Group is in vintage black and white. Tim and John share some of their favorite toys and advertising from back in the day. Also, enjoy a couple of recent holiday TV ads that hit a high note.
12.25.18 | Merry Christmas! Tim and John share memories of Christmas and their time in Connecticut. They both like the idea of a business entrepreneur who donates his air miles each year to brighten the holiday for those in need. Ho! Ho! Ho!
12.19.18 | White House cuisine is different under the current tenant than it was when President Obama was in office—meatloaf and ice cream are now very popular. A KFC Fire Log that smells like fried chicken caught Tim’s eye, Tyson Beckford celebrates his 48th birthday, and fun gifts from Focus Group listeners.
12.18.18 | Retiring Utah Senator Orrin Hatch calls for compromise and respect for LGBTQ Americans in his farewell address. Where were you the last 40 years Orrin? The UK tries to level the broadband fee consumers pay, and Dean Martin returns to the Billboard Hot 100 after almost 50 years with “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.” What’s your favorite Christmas song? Tim and John share some of their favorites.