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Memorable class clowns in high school. Revolutionary LGBT marketing and advertising executives. Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laugh and Learn with entertaining banter, unique voices and smart content. The marketing and advertising duo turned radio personalities are best known for creating Subaru of America’s award-winning 15-year advertising effort to the LGBT consumer. Their efforts forever changed the way corporate leaders viewed the LGBT market, and ultimately, gay Americans. The Focus Group is a weekly live-to-tape program dedicated to business, career, the consumer culture, and marketing from an LGBT point of view. Popular segments such as Shop Talk, What Caught My Eye, and long form guest interviews will are an important part of the program. The Focus Group with Tim Bennett and John Nash: We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

Memorable class clowns in high school. Revolutionary LGBT marketing and advertising executives. Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laugh and Learn with entertaining banter, unique voices and smart content. The marketing and advertising duo turned radio personalities are best known for creating Subaru of America’s award-winning 15-year advertising effort to the LGBT consumer. Their efforts forever changed the way corporate leaders viewed the LGBT market, and ultimately, gay Americans. The Focus Group is a weekly live-to-tape program dedicated to business, career, the consumer culture, and marketing from an LGBT point of view. Popular segments such as Shop Talk, What Caught My Eye, and long form guest interviews will are an important part of the program. The Focus Group with Tim Bennett and John Nash: We’re all business. Except when we’re not.
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Memorable class clowns in high school. Revolutionary LGBT marketing and advertising executives. Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laugh and Learn with entertaining banter, unique voices and smart content. The marketing and advertising duo turned radio personalities are best known for creating Subaru of America’s award-winning 15-year advertising effort to the LGBT consumer. Their efforts forever changed the way corporate leaders viewed the LGBT market, and ultimately, gay Americans. The Focus Group is a weekly live-to-tape program dedicated to business, career, the consumer culture, and marketing from an LGBT point of view. Popular segments such as Shop Talk, What Caught My Eye, and long form guest interviews will are an important part of the program. The Focus Group with Tim Bennett and John Nash: We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

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Episodes

Life lessons from Barbara Bush

4/21/2018
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Tim and John reflect on the life of Barbara Bush, and share some of her wisdom. But first, an ingenious student brings a record player to a physics exam where smart phones were not allowed, to hear his tunes. And a man in Britain claims a nerve medication made him gay. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and...

Duration:01:01:12

TFG Unbuttoned: China censors LGBT content and the EPA weakens MPG standards

4/17/2018
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Gay-themed content has been scrubbed from Sina Weibo, one of China’s largest social media platforms, and the Beijing International Film Festival this week removed gay-themed “Call Me By Your Name,” which had previously been announced as part of its selection. A recent EPA regulatory rollback might make U.S. carmakers wish they had never asked for weaker standards. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play:...

Duration:00:23:29

Mondo Guerra wants you to Dine Out for Life on April 26th

4/14/2018
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Project Runway Alum and HIV/AIDS Activist Mondo Guerra joins The Focus Group this week to talk about his work with Dining Out for Life-among all his other activities. But first, Tim and John share what caught their eye and who is Masaru Ibuka? Shop Talk explores four words to avoid in interviews. See if you agree. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play:...

Duration:01:06:42

TFG Unbuttoned: Challenging financial times for LGBTQ rights groups

4/10/2018
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LGBTQ rights group GetEQUAL is shutting down, and PFLAG is facing funding challenges. Over the past few years, several national and local LGBTQ organizations have shut their doors. In 2010, less than 3% of LGBT adults in the U.S. gave money to any national LGBT organizations. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook:...

Duration:00:22:33

Sampling Chambong cocktails with Chef Michael Greco

4/7/2018
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Tim and John discuss Carnival Cruise Lines stance against the repeal of same-sex marriage in Bermuda on Shop Talk. An Amish wax works and an app that scams phone scammers caught our eye. And Chef Michael Greco, Owner of Giullietta's on Carmine St. in NYC shares a fun new way to drink bubbly—the Chambong. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW...

Duration:01:05:44

TFG Unbuttoned: UFO's Hong Kong's leading lady in LGBTQ rights, and More!

4/3/2018
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On this week's Unbuttoned, we are talking about the Hong Kong business mogul and lesbian trailblazer that is changing Asia's perception of gay. We also talk about UFO's, Liberace, and China's retaliation against the US embargo. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/focusgroupradio Twitter:...

Duration:00:20:02

The Focus Group celebrates its 10th Anniversary

3/31/2018
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Tim and John celebrate 10 years of hosting The Focus Group with a look back at memorable early moments, favorite guests, and fun VW Road Trip destinations. Brian Roman and the AdMark 360 LGBT Business Spotlight showcases Tinia Pina, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Re-Nuble, Inc., a waste-to-resource company headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. And Roland Siebelink's Scale Up Ally helps founding teams grow big but not corporate. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple...

Duration:01:07:34

TFG Unbuttoned: Two underreported stories that affect the LGBT community

3/27/2018
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Facebook is now blocking ads targeted to LGBT users, and Craigslist has shut down their personals section. Both stories have been under the radar but will have an outsized impact on the LGBT community. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/focusgroupradio Twitter: www.twitter.com/focusgroupradio Instagram:...

Duration:00:21:32

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

3/24/2018
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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. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher:...

Duration:01:08:40

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

3/20/2018
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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." iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook:...

Duration:00:20:54

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

3/17/2018
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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. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube:...

Duration:01:06:34

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

3/9/2018
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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. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google...

Duration:01:02:51

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

3/6/2018
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While Trump threatened a Trade War, Olympian Gus Kenworthy reminds us that homophobia has not gone anywhere, as evidence by the hateful comments on his YouTube and Twitter feeds. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/focusgroupradio Twitter: www.twitter.com/focusgroupradio Instagram: www.instagram.com/focusgroupradio

Duration:00:20:16

Matt Skallerud and the #ILoveGay Influencer Spotlight

3/3/2018
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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. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher:...

Duration:01:09:06

Should young LGBTQ people care about their history?

2/27/2018
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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. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/focusgroupradio Twitter:...

Duration:00:18:42

The Trans Military Ban And A Decline In LGBT Acceptance

2/24/2018
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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. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio:...

Duration:01:07:39

TFG Unbuttoned: The Future Is Us

2/20/2018
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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. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/focusgroupradio Twitter: www.twitter.com/focusgroupradio...

Duration:00:20:04

Valentine's Day with The Bear Naked Chef

2/17/2018
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Tim and John welcome Adrian De Berardinis—The Bear Naked Chef—for the very first Focus Group cooking show. Adrian prepares a Prosecco and Pomegranate cocktail, followed by Pappardelle with Bacon and Peas. George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., inventor of the Ferris Wheel, has a Business Birthday, and Tim puzzles over how often certain clothes items should be cleaned. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play:...

Duration:00:58:25

TFG Unbuttoned: The Obama Portraits, The Olympics, and The Cure For Baldness

2/13/2018
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Tim and John give their thoughts on the Obama portraits, and how it was odd that the sitting President and First Lady were absent... They also talk about gay Olympians vs Vice President Mike Pence and Pence's terrible track record of hiring White House staff. Lastly, the guys talk about the breakthrough cure for baldness which is fast-food french fries! iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube:...

Duration:00:21:01

Can your passion pay your bills?

2/10/2018
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Tim and John discuss the role of first impressions and how to steer them in the right direction, and wonder if passion puts food on the table. John Deere celebrates a Business Birthday, and a version of Monopoly for cheaters catches our eye. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook:...

Duration:01:09:53

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