The Rants And Raves Podcast
Episode 14: Shake it Off, “Cart”e Blanche

Episode 14: Shake it Off, “Cart”e Blanche

May 21, 2019

Dana talks about the healing power of not being so hard on yourself and the joy of receiving a positive message at the right time while Jessica drinks her overachieving water.  Jessica loses her mind over people tapping and shaking their foot in public or filming something where cameras were prohibited and how she passive aggressively addressed that at a Paula Cole concert. Dana and Jessica continue to slip British vernacular into their everyday speech and their favorite word seems to be bloody.  Water fountains, yay or nay?  The ladies have strong opinions on this subject.  Don't even think about not putting your cart back in a parking lot or Dana will unleash the Kraken on you. A new "How To" corner is introduced as they discuss gracefully accepting compliments and not being scared to ask for or accept help when needed.  The ladies discuss how sometimes we can become numb to tragedy but sob at joyous moments.  We learn that you should never give Dana or Jessica your Tupperware to take home leftovers as you never see it again.  Raves include photographer Kate T. Parker and her books which highlight the best of girls and boys in modern time and Pearl's Memory Babies who bring dolls and stuffed animals to Alzheimer's patients to evoke the memories of being a parent to a child or pet.  

Kate T. Parker, photographer and author of Strong Is The New Pretty and The Heart Of A Boy - https://katetparker.com/
Pearl's Memory Babies - https://pearlsmemorybabies.com/
Episode 13: Bee-have and Plan Ahead

Episode 13: Bee-have and Plan Ahead

May 16, 2019

Dana and Jessica compare their Easter and Passover experiences and bust into melodies from singing The Four Questions to songs about Jesus.  Who will help with with Jessica's hair halo, Deva Curl or Queen Bey?  A rant from a listener sets off a discussion about why people question others decisions regarding food and drink and how Dana wrote a sketch about that very subject. Find out why Dana's dad told her repeatedly to "just drop it Dana" in regards to why her Mom is picky about bananas. Another rant from a listener involving adult scheduling leads us to a downward spiral of comparing stories of showing up to events the week before or after the occasion. Hear about the amazing world of service dogs for children in school and how they help save and improve their quality of life.  What did Dana need removed from her house that prompted her to contact the guys from Dirty Jobs?  Why is Dana so incensed when Jessica sings the song for Weirdo of the Week that Dana insisted she create on the spot?  Raves include Morgan Freeman's Honey Bee Sanctuary and Hamlet for the Homeless - a non profit serving homeless runaway youth utilizing the study, rehearsal and presentation of Shakespeare as gateways to rehabilitation and stabilization through theater. Shout outs to Michael Reese of Young Story Tellers, The Red Door Playhouse in Atlanta Georgia, and the embroidered stylings of Sweet Salty Stiches.  

Hamlet for the Homeless - https://www.hamlet4homeless.org/
Episode 12: GOT Lyft?

Episode 12: GOT Lyft?

May 7, 2019

Jessica is the only person who has never seen Game of Thrones and meanwhile, Dana posted on social media wishing people Happy GOT day to those who celebrate.  Thanks to a listener, we rant and wonder about why people have shared social media and email accounts with their significant others.  Perhaps they should share a toilet seat too.  Dana tries her best in life, but seems to strike out hard when it comes to taking Lyft  What is wrong with Jessica and Dana that they can't keep a debit card in their wallet instead of in their "pocket." The ladies want to know why people can't pronounce very common words properly.  Dana is obsessed with the instagram page @historycoolkids and after hearing her tell the story of Peter Freuchen, we now know why.  Jessica tells Dana what she has learned about survival from Bear Grylls, but Dana isn't worried since she will have a 10 gallon bucket of mac 'n cheese with a 100 year shelf life when the zombie apocalypse happens.  Why hasn't Dana seen the 'Shape of Water'?!  Raves this week include an airborne animal rescue and a podcast you won't want want to miss sharing a friend's journey of trying to get pregnant via a donor. 

Episode 11: Six Degrees of Separation - From Shelton to Stallone

Episode 11: Six Degrees of Separation - From Shelton to Stallone

April 30, 2019
Dana does the most Hollywood thing you can do with the cast of Clipped.  A discussion ensues about music and what constitutes an instrument as hillbilly.  If you butt in line you are on Dana's poop list, and don't even think about doing it at a Blake Shelton concert.  Jessica mentions a shared communal object revisited by a listener's message and Dana legit puked.  Ever wondered what products are made from animal waste - we got you covered!  Dana introduces what is said to be the latest fashion trend on Parisian Summer runways and Jessica has to explain to her what a Canadian tuxedo is.  Discover Jessica's Six Degrees of Stallone Separation and how that links to Dana's Endless Summer Nights of Richard Marx.  Jessica is again mistaken for Sir thanks to her deep gravely voice and Dana has never heard of Wee Willie Winkie. Raves this week include a group of Middle School boys who intervened to save a life.  How we can all be more eco-friendly by responsibly recycling and in some cases, earn rewards from various companies.  
 
 
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Episode 10: Meat me in Philly, Meatloaf me in LA

Episode 10: Meat me in Philly, Meatloaf me in LA

April 23, 2019

After visiting Philadelphia for the first time, Jessica deems it the most underrated city in America and has the Cheesesteak photos to prove it.  Dana demands Jessica define "mow down" and reveals that a chicken bone was once found in her little sister's pocket.  Living the Life of Riley, who is Riley!?  Why did Dana think Jessica had a secret wedding she wasn't invited to?  The ladies paint a picture of what their Coming Out Debutante Balls would look like now. Go down the rabbit hole with Dana as she recounts losing her purse at a Blake Shelton concert and how Candace Brown tracked it down.  New airport encounters with Jessica leave us wondering why her shoes were mopped in a bathroom.  It gets nostalgic when Dana and Jessica bust into Meatloaf's hit album of the '90's and then weird as hell when one of them says he was hot. Unsolicited pics sent by men and what you can send them back in return. Oh Wow!'s include a heartwarming story and a complete idiot.  We Love This Corner shouts out to listeners messages and suggestions.  Dana has lived in California far too long to have thought Costa Mesa was in Mexico.  Raves this week include: getting out of your comfort zone and getting to know new people and Peach's Neet Feet, part of the amazing Hustle Kindness and Young at Art.  The mission of Peach's Neet Feet is to provide tangible ways to be compassionate and inspire others to engage in acts of kindness.

Hustle Kindness, Peach's Neet Feet and Young at Art - https://hustlekindness.com/

 

 

Episode 9: Seeing Red - Barons and Burlesque

Episode 9: Seeing Red - Barons and Burlesque

April 16, 2019

Dana wouldn't have to put her road rage in check if aggressive people would show some common decency.  The Red Baron flies slow and low over Dana's house and she has the theme song to accompany it.  Jessica deals with the reality of her parents listening to the podcast and reminisces about her Granny who was on Facebook until she was 92.  Dana and Jessica lose their minds over a listener's photo further driving home Jessica's disdain for "Single Communal Shared Objects." Do you know what C - fold towels are or ever heard of Kimberly Clark? Dana doesn't!  The ladies discuss adult entertainment and a particular trip to Romantix in Van Nuys. Dirty food tongs and how they come full circle with Dana's character on Curb Your Enthusiasm.  Jessica's Dad, cleanest man on the planet?  A listener's rant on blowing your nose in public leads to the equally bad practice of horking. A Nurse Practicioner corrects Jessica on the actual benefit of Kegels.  Hear a hilarious and educational voicemail from Jessica's Dad and if Dana knows anything about the Franco Prussian War.  Raves include 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.   Children With Hair Loss, a nonprofit organization that provides human hair replacements to children and young adults who have lost their hair due to a range of illnesses, free of charge.

826 Valencia - https://826valencia.org/
Children With Hair Loss - https://childrenwithhairloss.us/
Episode 8: Ugly Laughs and MC’s

Episode 8: Ugly Laughs and MC’s

April 9, 2019

Dana has been wondering if she is mean to Jessica (lol) and talks about the importance of being vulnerable. While Dana refers to her own laugh as "ugly," a listener wrote in to say that Jessica's laugh sounds like Muttley from Hanna-Barbera. Find out what Dana and her sisters have to paint on each day and help Jessica with her hair halo. Wannabe motorcycle clubs have taken over during Jessica's recent trip to Disneyland and Dana can't keep her hands out of the water at Silver Dollar City. Worried that she says "like" and "ya know" too much, Dana loses it when someone doesn't acknowledge that she is talking, and that someone, is her Dad. Jessica debuts her improvised single "Weirdo of the Week." Dana buys her husband what she calls an easy costume for Halloween and he is not having it for one minute. Jessica states a news headline about Dana's hometown and Dana accuses her of starting fake news. Learn what types of horror lurk at water parks. This week's Rave is Kylie's Kolors, a nail polish company who gives 100% of their proceeds to children fighting childhood cancer and the chance to name their own polish color. Our fave is "Born to Pose" by Ellen Miller.

https://kylieskolors.com/products/born-to-pose

Episode 7: Ghosts From Down Under

Episode 7: Ghosts From Down Under

April 2, 2019

Did you program the voice command on your phone to have a specific accent?  Dana did!  Jessica is a big fan of Crocodile Dundee and wants to get them each an autographed picture of Paul Hogan.  What was Jessica doing on the TV Guide Channel after she was hypnotized?  With hundreds of pictures to choose from, why did a convention have to choose Dana's single most hated picture of herself to promote her appearance at VisionCon?  Jessica gives Dana some sage advice for what to do when unexpectedly ingesting a bug while hiking.  After re-living her "accident" in Dana's chair, Jessica and Dana unexpectedly compare knowledge on the famed Spelunker, Floyd Collins.  While describing her friend's experiences with a Paranormal Investigation Group, Dana is furious that Jessica knows what Mo-Cap is and they fall down the rabbit hole of a Haunted Mansion in San Diego. Raves include the Legal Aid Foundation and Girl Scout Cookies. 

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles - https://lafla.org
 

 

Episode 6: Let’s Conversate Over Popcorn

Episode 6: Let’s Conversate Over Popcorn

March 27, 2019

Dana dated an opera singer in high school and Jessica wants to know if he is a eunuch.  While Dana lets it be known that she hates all incarnations of cauliflower, Jessica tries to sell her on roasting an entire head of it as a steak. The ladies share a nostalgic moment as they attempt to sing the theme song to 3-2-1 Contact and discuss the procedural drama for kids known as The Bloodhound Gang. Is "conversate" legit now a word in the dictionary?! Why do adults mispronounce things like Valentimes day? Or try to say one word in a sentence in the accent of that nationality? Dana and Jessica harken back to the fat free era of the early '90's.  The ladies debate whether store employees should greet you with enthusiasm or aggression. We are introduced to Popcorn Sutton, the man Jessica claims is the father of moonshine in Tennessee. Find out what Dana dropped on a baby while working at Applebee's. Dana explains that her dog doesn't understand commands in English so Jessica teaches her some phrases courtesy of Rick Moranis in the movie Parenthood. Raves this week include Free Museum Days and Dana's favorite inspirational quotes that she plans to turn into a "sad day photo book."

Free U.S. Museums - https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/free-to-see/museums-us/

Episode 5: Hear No Evil

Episode 5: Hear No Evil

March 19, 2019

Dana lets passengers know her car smells like hot plastic and garbage and blames it on a dolly that was put there by her husband. Jessica refers to her beloved Middle School's Shop Class as "Industrial Arts" and Dana comes unhinged.  People who hit and run parked cars infuriate Jessica where as Dana becomes a vigilante in hunting down the perpetrators. Find out what room in Dana's house smells like tantalizing passion fruit and how she feels about talking in public on speaker phone.  Jessica has an issue on a flight and Dana blames her for not just "putting on some headphones." They then become mortal enemies once Dana lets Jessica know how she feels about the new headphones she is using to record the podcast. Though Dana claims their "lives were very different", Jessica brings her back to the reality that they both spent a portion of their childhoods riding around in vans with no seats.  Jessica asks Dana to leave her own house after she discloses what food she eats while watching zit videos. Why don't we have Family Day like the Canadians? Why the hell does Jessica say Je me souviens? Rave of the week is Days for Girls, an organization providing personal hygiene products to females in need.

www.daysforgirls.org