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Meet Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, their weekly broadcast that invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laugh and Learn with entertaining banter and unique voices.
02.14.24 | The haters are starting early this year. Caught My Eye this week deals with Oreo brand cookies coming under fire for their support of PFLAG. A far-right group is threatening to ruin Oreo like they did Bud Light and Target in 2023. Also, in Italy, a statue has been recreated of the emperor Constantine based on unearthed fragments. The statue is large and magnificent. Tim and John also talk about Super Bowl advertising and where some of the ads scored on the USA Today Ad meter. Charles Latham Sholes, inventor of the typewriter and QWERTY keyboard, is our Business Birthday.
02.20.24 | A popular and respected school principal in Oklahoma City is forced to resign for safety reasons when the far-right exposed his side gig as a weekend drag performer. Shane Murnan says to work in education again he would probably have to leave Oklahoma. Then, the gay CEO at Neiman Marcus is accused of only hiring women, gay men, and discriminating against straight white males. Finally, the inventor of Pop-Tarts dies at 96.
02.13.24 | For fans of the movie Saltburn, the estate used for most of the plot is in Northhamptonshire, England. The local tourism board has experienced a huge interest in people wanting to visit to get a look at Drayton House in the English countryside. But first, queer icon, Josephine Baker, is revealed to have been a spy for the allies and flew a supply plane in WW2. Then, a book ban fails in Florida.
02.07.24 | Shop Talk follows a chef, Alana Al-Hatlani as she tries to find the best box brownie mix. Caught My Eye looks at renovating one of the great pyramids of Egypt. Also, tennis greats, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert do not support the WTA holding their final event in Saudi Arabia due to the kingdom’s record on women and LGBTQ rights. John Deere, founder of Deere & Company and the steel-plow for farming, is our Business Birthday.
02.06.24 | Gay bars in Seattle are “raided,” or visited, by the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Control Board last week. Tickets were given to patrons in lewd outfits for showing too much skin. Be careful at the next jockstrap night you plan to attend. Then a Philly restaurant is in trouble for an employment ad looking for a “biological male.” Finally, a passenger on an Aero Mexico flight got tired of waiting on the tarmac so he opened the emergency door and took a wing walk. Passengers were glad he did.