In the guest chair: 

Julissa Sabino, Horizon Theater

During the first hour of the show, Dana was joined by Julissa Sabino an actor with Horizon Theatre. Julissa dished on Horizon Theatre’s newest show and even sang a few notes on the show!

The Toxic Avenger, winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, is a hot toxic love story and laugh-out-loud musical that has it all—an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two guys who play…well, everyone else…bullies, mobsters, old ladies, and stiletto-wearing back-up singers.  The show runs now through March 13th!

Tope Awotona, Dana Barrett & Adam Levin

Tope Awotona, the CEO of Calendly, and Adam Levin, the author of SWIPED – How to protect yourself in a world full of scammers, fishers, and identity thieves, joined Dana for hour two.

Tope shared the news on all things Calendly, explaining their focus on corporate workers who have busy calendars and discussing how they determine what features to add.

Adam Levin talked with Dana about the Apple/FBI controversy and discussed how to protect yourself from having your identity stolen.

In the national headlines:

  • The biggest names in technology rallied behind Apple Thursday. Google parent Alphabet Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Facebook are expected to make legal filings supporting Apple and raising the stakes in the standoff with the FBI.
    • Apple CEO Tim Cook says the court should not be deciding this matter – congress should.
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is responding forcefully after incidents in which employees crossed out “Black Lives Matter” and wrote “All Lives Matter” on the walls of the company’s Menlo Park, Calif., campus.
  • On release of preliminary fourth-quarter results yesterday, Restoration Hardware stock lost half its value and responded by blaming everyone and their mother.
  • Oprah Winfrey loves bread and she’s losing weight with Weight Watchers– but her loss was supposed to be the company’s gain. It’s not. Shares in the company were down almost 25%, in late-trading Thurs. Revenue fell 21% in the quarter ended Jan. 2 as its membership rolls continued to shrink. It was the 12th straight quarter that revenue declined at Weight Watchers. Active subscribers, a closely watched metric among investors, dropped 4.8% to 2.4 million.

In the local headlines:

  • More people standing opposition to HB 757 – the so called First Amendment Defense Act. Salesforce Inc. CEO Marc Benioff, who threatened to pull employees out of Indiana after that state proposed similar legislation, is now threatening to scale back in Georgia.
    • Also insiders in the entertainment industry have now said that if the measure passes there will be a significant impact to the movie business here in the state.
  • The Atlanta Regional Commission board has approved a long-range plan that includes an $85.1 billion investment in the region’s transportation system. The plan includes more toll roads, widening major roads, improvements to some interchanges AND expansion of transit.
  • A proposed statewide referendum on legalizing casino gambling in Georgia is moving forward. A committee in the state House of Representatives unanimously approved a constitutional amendment calling for the statewide vote this fall as well on the matter.