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Tim Bennett and John Nash—memorable class clowns in high school, now revolutionary LGBTQ marketing and advertising executives—invite you to share in a friendship that spans 40 plus years. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Entertaining banter, unique voices, and smart content. We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

Tim Bennett and John Nash—memorable class clowns in high school, now revolutionary LGBTQ marketing and advertising executives—invite you to share in a friendship that spans 40 plus years. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Entertaining banter, unique voices, and smart content. We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

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United States

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Tim Bennett and John Nash—memorable class clowns in high school, now revolutionary LGBTQ marketing and advertising executives—invite you to share in a friendship that spans 40 plus years. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Entertaining banter, unique voices, and smart content. We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

Language:

English


Episodes

TFG Unbuttoned: Book Banning Bonanza

9/26/2022
Book banning has gone into overdrive as conservative activists continue their assault on all things LGBTQ and race with a record number of books being banned 2022. Franzia Wine has teamed up with BARK to create matching box wine costumes for you and man’s best friend. Finally, vegan purveyor Beyond Meat’s leader, Doug Ramsey bites off man’s nose in the heat of an argument over a Subaru bumping a Bronco in Arkansas. A vegan and a Subaru head to a Razorbacks Game… Sounds like the start of a...

Duration:00:23:38

Benefit of Doubt

9/23/2022
Shop Talk looks at ways to combat doubt and find your personal and professional attributes that give you strength and confidence. Caught My Eye looks at elective surgery for men who want to be taller. Also Fred Franzia, the guy behind Trader Joe’s Two-Buck Chuck dies. The co-founder of Abercrombie & Fitch, Ezra Fitch, is our Business Birthday. We’re all business. Except when we’re not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein:...

Duration:00:50:33

TFG Unbuttoned: Putin Folly

9/19/2022
After Putin and his troops got their butt-kicked last week by the Ukrainians he was not fazed as he opened a new Ferris wheel in Moscow. “The biggest and nothing like it in Europe,” Putin declared as it broke down the next day. Google wrongly deposits 250K into a user’s bank account. How do you let them know? Finally, a veteran’s old age home in Taiwan rethinks and apologizes for hiring an overzealous stripper for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify:...

Duration:00:22:39

The Secrets of Luck

9/16/2022
Shop Talk looks at luck as being a part of life that we should recognize and accept. Caught My Eye involves a Southwest Airline pilot who did not want to receive NSFW airdropped images and a cruise ship that will be scrapped before its first voyage. The first woman to lead a major airline, Colleen Barrett, is our Business Birthday. We’re all business. Except when we’re not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein:...

Duration:00:49:22

TFG Unbuttoned: Boise Pride Dilemma

9/12/2022
Drag Kids was a costume and lip sync event that was supposed to take place during Boise Pride. Unfortunately, some right-wing extremists felt it was the sexualization of children and companies and organizers had to regroup. Shame on the companies that bowed to the pressure by the Republicans and pulled back their Pride funding. Then, retailers like Gap and Kohl’s are employing a strategy known as “pack and hold.” The plan is to store unsold inventory to sell next year rather than taking huge...

Duration:00:23:51

Bottoms Up

9/9/2022
Shop Talk looks at the “negative lumping effect.” Caught My Eye reveals some of the props that Mark Hamill has collected over the years from the Star Wars movie franchise. Also, a California assisted living facility serves some patients dish soap thinking it was juice. Inventor of the flat-bottom paper bag, Luther Crowell, is our Business Birthday. We’re all business. Except when we’re not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein:...

Duration:00:43:29

TFG Unbuttoned: Girl Down

9/5/2022
Drag Legend, Varla Jean Merman, slipped on a tic-tac and broke her kneecap while performing last week at P-Town’s Crown and Anchor. Varla took it in stride as she was pumped full of morphine for her ride to a hospital in Hyannis. Fox News was critical of Prince Harry’s large gas-guzzling SUV idling in the parking lot waiting for his arrival—but failed to notice that Harry’s huge SUV was an all-electric Audi e-Tron. Finally, next summer in 2024, a visitor center will open in next to The...

Duration:00:22:01

Whip It Good

9/2/2022
Shop Talk looks at the advent of Arizona Tea and a supposedly new trend of Quiet Quitting in the workplace. Caught My Eye warns New Yorkers that if they buy whipped cream, they must be at least 21 and may have to show an ID. Also, a recent study believes that dog and cat owners may take on the behaviors of their pets. Cat owners being more cautious and dog owners having more risky behavior. Bill DeWitt Jr. is our Business Birthday. Happy 81st to Dewitt who owns the St Louis Cardinals, US...

Duration:00:51:59

TFG Unbuttoned: Extra, Extra Don’t Read All About It

8/30/2022
A Grand Island, Nebraska school board has shuttered Saga, the 54-year-old high school newspaper, because it did not like recent content. The staff was reprimanded for using a writer’s preferred pronouns, covering PRIDE, and publishing an editorial against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. So much for teaching free speech. Then, California is placing solar panels over canals to save water and energy. Dubbed Project Nexus, should it succeed in the perceived savings of water and money, expect...

Duration:00:24:34

Food For Thought

8/26/2022
Shop Talk looks at three food related business stories. Caught My Eye looks at a woman who has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court for being denied a FCANCER license plate. Also, a new book was just released about Crazy Eddie, the northeastern electronics giant, who was forever present on TV in the 80’s. James Lick, at one time the “Richest Man in California,” is our Business Birthday. We’re all business. Except when we’re not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify:...

Duration:00:51:18

TFG Unbuttoned: What Goes Up Must Come Down

8/22/2022
Japan wants to increase tax revenue by encouraging the younger generation to drink more. Under a new national campaign, called “Sake Viva!”, the Japanese Government is accepting ideas on how to best launch a marketing campaign to increase alcohol sales and in effect, tax revenue. Cheers! Then, a visitor to Milwaukee gets caught on a draw bridge opening and falls to his death when he could no longer hold on. Finally, a Florida couple is arrested after having sex on the Ferris Wheel at Cedar...

Duration:00:21:57

The Last No Tell Motel in NYC

8/19/2022
Shop Talk covers a prolific vet in Maryland that dispenses pet and home spun quotes and jokes on their sign. Caught My Eye has two stories hotel related. First, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer converts three rooms at a motel in Traverse City with an 80’s vibe that fits the blue-collar brand. Second, The Liberty Inn is for sale. It is New York City’s last “no-tell-motel.” The “boy-wonder” of drugstores, Justin Dart Sr., is our Business Birthday. We’re all business. Except when we’re not. Apple...

Duration:00:51:55

TFG Unbuttoned: Fancy Feast for Dinner

8/15/2022
Anti-LGBTQ hate surged online by 406% following the passage of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, that limits classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity, a new report finds. Hetrification is the act of bachelorette parties taking over gay safe spaces and it is not good according to a recent study. Finally, Fancy Feast cat food brand is sponsoring human dinners in NYC so cat owners can experience the texture, form, and flavor of what their favorite feline is enjoying. Apple...

Duration:00:24:30

Poor Donald

8/12/2022
Shop Talk covers an article from CNN Business regarding an 8-week experiment implementing a 4-day work week. Caught My Eye encourages anyone in San Francisco to go see “The Empire Strips Back” in Chinatown. It is a burlesque performance featuring Star Wars characters. Also, the Candy Funhouse is looking for a Chief Candy Officer or CCO! You must taste 3,500 pieces of candy per month! Leo Fender, famous for the Fender Guitar is our Business Birthday. Finally, John gets an Apple Watch! We’re...

Duration:00:48:23

TFG Unbuttoned: Ivana Gets a Hole In One

8/9/2022
Ivana Trump, Ex-Czech, and mother of Junior, Ivanka, and Erik, is buried in Bedminster at Trump National Golf Course. Apparently, there are tax breaks for designating land or parts of property as a cemetery. (If there is a loophole and a way to avoid taxes the Trumps will find it.) Then, Adam Graham, a Mayor in Oklahoma and one of six LGBTQ elected officials in that state resigned for fear of escalating threats against him. Finally, Hershey walked back an earlier “candy shortage” story this...

Duration:00:23:14

Grandmother’s dying wish will surprise and delight

8/5/2022
Shop Talk covers an article from CNBC that shares 4 common things that parents never did and yet raised highly successful adults. Caught My Eye looks at Coca-Cola’s Sprite brand reboot and a woman in Mexico who erected a penis statue at her grave. Professional housekeeper, and inside trader, Martha Stewart is our Business Birthday. Happy 81st Martha! We’re all business. Except when we’re not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein:...

Duration:00:54:52

TFG Unbuttoned: DeSantis drags us back to 1947

8/2/2022
Florida Governor Rick DeSantis is upset that parents brought their children to a drag brunch in Miami club R House. DeSantis wants to stop this activity and is using a 1947 court ruling that says men who impersonate women in a suggestive way can be considered a public nuisance. Equality Florida is fighting back. Then, Raul Carbajal left his three-month-old Siberian Husky puppy in the car with his mouth taped shut while he gambled at the Bellagio. It was 113 degrees when police rescued the...

Duration:00:25:31

Pat Benatar Fires Her Last Shot

7/29/2022
Shop Talk reveals Ford Motor Company’s plan to lay off 8,000 salaried workers this year as they switch to electric vehicles. Also, has the country gone tip happy? Caught My Eye let us know that the familiar Staten Island mansion from The Godfather is for rent through Airbnb. Also, Pat Benatar says she will no longer sing one of her top selling songs, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.” The Rolling Stones have also stopped singing “Brown Sugar,” but Cher will continue dressing like a Cherokee when...

Duration:00:53:46

TFG Unbuttoned: Walgreens employees find Jesus

7/25/2022
Walgreens has a policy that allows its employees to not sell birth control products, such as condoms, to customers under the guise of moral or religious beliefs—#BoycottWalgreens. Then, a far-right anti-LGBTQ group gets certified as a church to avoid taxes but continues to act like a political action committee. Finally, a woman flying home to Australia failed to declare her chicken foot long Subway sandwich upon arrival and was fined $1,844.00 US by customs enforcement. The Subway Corp. felt...

Duration:00:21:34

The 10 Worst States In America to Live In

7/22/2022
Shop Talk looks at a recent list published through CNBC that identifies the 10 worst states in America based on quality of life, healthcare, and inclusion. Did your state make the list? Caught My Eye profiles Nintendo and their recognition of same-sex marriage despite Japan's ban of such unions. Also, a listener sent in a story about a Montana library’s new logo that is coming under fire for being a nod to a rainbow. We know that’s a call for anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, even though the company who...

Duration:00:53:59