02.12.20 | Can you rescind a job offer if a poor reference comes in late? Do you have the 7 traits of an entrepreneur? Find out on this week’s Shop Talk. But first, ride with Lance Armstrong for a hefty fee, and West Virginia is encouraging Virginia counties to secede to WV now that Democrats have control in the statehouse. VEXIT! Sam Blanc, founder of Roto-Rooter, is our Business Birthday.
02.11.20 | Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is set to sign the Virginia Values Act, a sweeping LGBTQ anti-discrimination law that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s pre-existing civil rights protections, banning discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Elections matter. Please vote! Also, a British Airways 747 breaks the subsonic trans-Atlantic speed record, and an Uber driver does the wrong thing, and Trumpers add to the Iowa Caucus mess by jamming phone lines.
02.05.20 | Shop Talk this week looks at a Harvard research study that confirms men who schmooze men in the workplace are more likely to get promoted. But first, we quarterback the Super Bowl ads and conclude that digital media has ruined the fun of tuning in to the live broadcast. Ever wonder how Ruth’s Chris Steak House got its name? Learn the origin during our Business Birthday honoring Ruth Fertel.
02.04.20 | For as long as we can remember there has been discussion about whether one color egg taste better or is better for you. Studies show an egg is an egg with negligible difference between white versus brown. But first, a small town in New York State rallies around a harassed trans neighbor who received threatening letters from a group of bigots who also killed her cat. Then, 23 and Me has layoffs as fewer people are buying the DNA test kits.
01.29.20 | Business Professor and author Dr. Wayne Baker, from the University of Michigan, is our guest. His latest book, All You have to do is Ask…How to master the most important skill for success, proves that asking for help in business or personal life can lead to success. But first, the father of the laser printer dies, and U-Haul won’t hire smokers anymore.
01.28.20 | In a game of he said, Gritty said, The Philadelphia Flyers googly-eyed Cousin It looking orange mascot is accused of assaulting a 13-year-old fan after said fan was tapping on Gritty’s head. Lots of accusations and no proof. But first, The HRC 2020 Corporate Equality Index is released and Harry Hamlin claims his role as a gay man in the 1982 motion picture “Making Love” excluded him from working on pictures ever again. We agree with Hamlin that the movie was way before its time and Hollywood still has a level of homophobia.
01.21.20 | Wendy Williams made fun of having a cleft lip, and now Cher wants her fired from TV. Then, a state senator in Arizona wants to ban the word homosexuality and not teach sex education in public school below the 7th grade. Tennessee soon joins 9 other states in limiting, or banning, LGBTQ people from adopting children. Finally, the Trump Admin wants to roll back the healthy lunch guidelines advocated by First Lady Michelle Obama.
01.15.20 | Sloped toilets get workers back on the job in the UK, and a list of things people put in their bodies in 2019—and that’s just Caught Your Eye! Pierre du Pont is our Business Birthday and the Boys in the Booth promise to wear the International Male Step-In Onesie in an upcoming show—stay tuned. Steve Jobs logic is revisited in Shop Talk and makes us all think.
01.14.20 | A new advert from the Chinese e-commerce website Tmall that includes a same-sex couple, has won widespread praise and been hailed as a small but significant win for China’s LGBT community. Google Maps Street View has an unexpected and positive affect on some families, and Batman actor, Burt Ward, was told to tone down the bulge.