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.
10.30.19 | Happy Halloween! We take a look at the most popular candy in each state and metro area. Milk Duds for Philly? But first, Lady Gaga leaves a Valentino gown in a hotel room and some workers lift props from the World of Disney to sell online. We need Judge Judy to decide, who owns the Gaga gown and are the Disney workers guilty of theft. The 97-pound weakling if our Business Birthday and who knew there was a connection to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Boo!
10.29.19 | Having a positive outlook, focused on gratitude when you wake up, will do wonders for putting you on track for a great day. But first, a Catholic School fires a straight ally for expressing support for LGBTQ peers, and LGBTQ affirming senior housing is taking root across the USA.
10.23.19 | The Focus Group discusses using Latin phrases to make us sound smarter—not sure we’re sold on the idea. But first, the pitfalls and tactics of the Facebook birthday post and a labor shortage for skilled workers such as plumbers pushes salaries into the 6 figures. During our Deep Discount segment, we preview Jennifer Aniston’s first movie role. Can you guess the flick?
10.22.19 | Adult temper tantrums seem like the norm now—especially in DC. How should or do you respond? The IRS admits it is easier to audit poor people and blames Congress for lack of needed funding to audit the wealthy. Finally, Dennis and Judy Shepard send a letter to AG Barr calling out the Trump Administrations hypocrisy related to treatment of LGBTQ Americans. The Shepard’s son, Matthew, was killed in a horrific hate crime in 1998 and they have been staunch supporters of LGBTQ rights.
10.16.19 | The traditional suit is going the way of the powdered wig—new generations have no reference to the once standard dress for men at work. When was the last time you wore a suit? But first, the changes in the college admissions game, pasta straws save the environment, and Pleasant Hanes is our Business Birthday. Oh, and MyBox makes a return visit!