The Rants And Raves Podcast
Episode 31: Here Come the Pot Lucker

Episode 31: Here Come the Pot Lucker

September 17, 2019

Jessica offends Dana by "insulting her skatabilities," and the girls go down the musical well dropping hits by 90's rappers from the Islands.  A double edged rant from a listener has them contending with loud chewing and people who insist on sitting right next to you when there are plenty of open seats elsewhere.  Dana schools Jessica on how to remove sticky situations with pine resin salve. Jessica admits that she is one of the people Dana is referring to in another listener's rant regarding slow drivers in the fast lane.  What better pot luck dish is there than homemade baked beans?? A teacher asks for help when one of her students is bullied and never expected the outpouring from a community in another state.  Did you know Frances Perkins was responsible for labor laws as we know them today?  Raves this week include a Malawi female chief who is using her newly elected position to save and empower young girls and a school that gives PE credit to students who do yard work for elderly and disabled members of their community.  

 
Episode 30: Balls To The Wall, What’s A Food Hall?

Episode 30: Balls To The Wall, What’s A Food Hall?

September 10, 2019

Dana and Jessica have had a lot of balls thrown at them and they have had enough.  Right away Dana is proud to discuss her love of all things Sasquatch and Jessica wants to know why they have become this season's owl or octopus.  Dana is convinced her house is cursed and Jessica explains to her the magic of a gourmet food hall.  Ride Shares are the main source of grief in this week's rant and Dana had plenty, with the exception of a private jet.  Weirdo of the Week and What the What Corners will leave you spinning, while Kids Are Amazing will melt your heart as a seventh grader donated his county fair earnings to a children's hospital.   Raves this week include Shoes For The Homeless and a listener who started an ongoing shoe drive for them in LA. Also, Cultivate Culinary, a food rescue that repurposes and repackages food into take home meals for children.  

Shoes For the Homeless - https://www.shoesforthehomeless.net/

 

Episode 29: Buzz Off, Buddy - We’re Hangry!

Episode 29: Buzz Off, Buddy - We’re Hangry!

September 3, 2019

Jessica and Dana are both traumatized from unexpected encounters at 7-11 last week and then again after being eaten alive by the mosquito invasion hitting Southern California.  The girls have different ideas of how to treat bug bites.  The important question of when should someone intervene when they witness a person in an uncomfortable or dangerous situation is discussed as well as why do strangers feel ok telling someone to "Smile, you'll look better."  On a lighter note, quite literally, they rant away about people who host a party claiming to serve food and all that is provided is a mere bag of potato chips.  Dana tries to tell Jessica she was at an event that served tabouleh, but insisted it was called peyote.  What the What Corner features an optical illusion t-shirt from Japan and a bear that embodied the Kool Aid Man.  What ingredient should never go in Deviled Eggs?  What jingle do D & J belt out this episode?  Listeners give opinions on a book D and J both bought in Let's Be Thoughtful Corner.  Raves include a boy that was bullied who adopted special puppy in need, and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation teaming up with Donors Choose to fund 162 classrooms affected by recent mass shootings.  

Born This Way Foundation - https://bornthisway.foundation/
Episode 28: Operator? Can You Help Me With This Owl?

Episode 28: Operator? Can You Help Me With This Owl?

August 27, 2019

Straight out of the gate we find out what 70's folk music Jessica does and doesn't like and how the word fusion drives Dana insane when regarding food or music.  If Dana were a cartoon she's be Betty Boop whereas Jessica would be Spike the bulldog from Tom and Jerry.  Eyebrow maintenance, easy or impossible?  D and J have different opinions on this.  Jessica rants about making a trip to a specific store for a specific item only to find it's out of stock, again.  Dana is fired up about gas station etiquette and thinks she can stop vigilantes with poster board and sidewalk chalk.  Weirdo of the Week is a woman who put a cephalopod on her face and Dana assumed it was a kid.  Senior Citizens in Utah set up a table at the local farmers market to dole out free advice.  Raves include: Bitchstix, a line of lip and body balms that donates to retailer nominated non profit organizations that support survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.  Haben Girma, the first blind and deaf person to graduate from Harvard Law School, who is also an author and American disability rights advocate for protection and inclusion for people of all abilities.  

Episode 27: Let Her Rip: Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow

Episode 27: Let Her Rip: Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow

August 20, 2019

Jessica begins with a public service announcement warning us of the dangers of electric scooters. Dana's pet menagerie have become the mascots of our podcast.  Dana has had it with people who don't know what they want to order when they get up to a counter, maybe it's because she can rattle her order off like an auctioneer. Jessica and Dana fall down a vortex of gaseous proportions and have very different ideas about what is acceptable when it comes to relieving yourself.  Just how often does Jessica wake her neighbors and how angry does she get when people walk painfully slow down a sidewalk for no good reason?  Jessica has a bone to pick with Dana's What the What Corner and they both are jealous of the woman who got a surprise phone call in this week's Celeb Corner.  Raves this week go from local to global.  We see the impact of a group coming together as "Harvest Bees" to knock out a season worth of farming for one of their own in need.  Helen Keller International (HKI) is an international foundation combatting the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition.   

Helen Keller International - www.hki.org
Episode 26: Under Where? Don’t Care

Episode 26: Under Where? Don’t Care

August 13, 2019

Dana took a high profile work out class and you will never believe the celeb she got to "work" out with.  What part of your body leads you?  According to Dana, Jessica is ruled by her intense control of her shoulders.  Dana's weird behavior at a party a few weeks ago was confirmed to be true at a wedding this week while she donned her new mint green petticoat.  Jessica rants about overly friendly employees asking too many personal questions when you just want to grab your coffee and go.  Dana rants about people who feel the need to tell you when a sliver of your bra shows but won't give you the courtesy of knowing when your dress is in your underwear.  Corners this week include a man who "accidentally" threw $23,000 into his recycling bin, and a drug king pin in Brazil who tried to escape disguised as his teenage daughter.  Does apple cider vinegar remove the smell of cat urine?  Why should men was their hands before they go to the bathroom?  Raves this week include Fresh Outfitters, a special boutique for Foster Kids to shop for free to get brand new clothing for the first time in their life, and Officers in Indiana offer people to donate supplies to a local animal shelter instead of paying their $25 fine.   

Fresh Outfitters - http://freshoutfitters.org/
Children's Action Network - http://www.childrensactionnetwork.org/
Episode 25: Blown Away

Episode 25: Blown Away

August 6, 2019
Dana and Jessica go from early birds to night owls in their first late night episode and want you to know they will be your vocal piece to shame people.  Dana and her sisters surprise their day with a 70th birthday and present him with a windsock so he can turn his yard into a a runway for flight.  Dana rants out a listener's anger when it comes to group text and emails where some of the recipients "reply all." Jessica rants out another listener's rage over people who call you repeatedly until you pick up the phone.  Shout out to the adorable You Tube page Reptile Admirer, a little boy with a love for lizards and lots of knowledge about caring for them. Oh Wow Corner features Doug Lindsey, a man who while bed ridden for 11 years, discovered his own diagnosis and course of treatment.  The importance of being your own advocate when it comes to your health and knowing when to listen to your body's warning signals.  In Celebrity Corner, Dana talks about the actual celebrities she worked with last week and Jessica talks about the celebrities she saw in restaurants last week. The return of Beverly Hills, 90210 has Jessica so excited that she freaked when she passed the Peach Pit pop up on Melrose.  The ladies discuss the horror of short hair cuts when you can't pull them off.  Raves this week include GiveWell.Org, a website featuring and breaking down the merits of large charity organizations and where your money and donations actually go.  Fall down the rabbit hole with the selfies of a 92 year old Grandmother who discovered photography and takes the most amazing staged self portraits.
 

 

Episode 24: After All That We’ve Been Through, Clean Up After Yourself

Episode 24: After All That We’ve Been Through, Clean Up After Yourself

July 30, 2019

Dana wisely warned us of her whereabouts in case she didn't return from shooting a film in the desert.  The power of a surprise in the mail shows us when you don't know what to do when someone you love is hurting or struggling, a simple message letting them know you are thinking of them goes a long way.  Jessica's husband mesmerizes Canadian children like the Pied Piper when he busts out some tunes on his jaw harp.  Hear how Dana's son reacted to her not allowing him to have water in bed.  Jessica and Dana sing another long lost tune as they try to determine which Robert Downey Junior movie also starred a cute blonde. Rants from listeners this week include the rude and inconsiderate treatment of janitors and housekeepers by those that employ them, and the outrageous behaviors of people on public transport.  What The What Corner features a masseuse who bites her clients.  Kids Are Amazing Corner features two young sisters who read bedtime stories on Facebook Live to increase literacy and for kids who may not have someone to read to them.  Dana raves about the Magic Yarn Project, a magical organization who makes and provides soft yarn wigs for children undergoing cancer treatments in the style of their favorite characters.   Jessica raves about Hilarity For Charity, is a nonprofit movement, led by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, dedicated to raising awareness, inspiring change, and accelerating progress in Alzheimer's care, research and support through the engagement of millenials. 

The Magic Yarn Project - https://themagicyarnproject.com/
Hilarity for Charity - https://hilarityforcharity.org/
Episode 23: Throwing it Waaaaaay Up

Episode 23: Throwing it Waaaaaay Up

July 23, 2019
Dana perfectly describes Jessica's feelings of returning back from calm Canada as "Coming back to LA is like getting on a treadmill that is already running."  The girls discuss the crazy two days of big earthquakes and the differences in how they handle them.  Shout out to all the single parents as Dana has been living as one this summer and it brings a whole new perspective and how it has caused her to forget how to behave around other adults.  Would you take your pets CBD products if they were the only thing around?  Why does Dana's evil cat Cutter insist on spraying only things of major importance?  Dana shares her perils of getting older which mean crying at the drop of a feather and puking when stressed out.  What happened to Jessica on a plane to Toronto that Dana described as biological assault?  A listener rant explains how she is fed up with your every move with your diet and or exercise on social media. Do you love condiments too? Hear what Jessica did in a pinch for food that puts Dana over the edge.  A double whammy Weirdo(s) of the week involve a toilet and 200 dolls, let's just leave it at that.  Two amazing raves this week, both sent in from a listener, and both are in the state of Georgia. 
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue - www.angelsrescue.org
Ahimsa House (Helping Humans and Pets out of Domestic Violence) https://ahimsahouse.org/

 

 

Episode 22: Teen Wolf vs Crocodile Aussies

Episode 22: Teen Wolf vs Crocodile Aussies

July 16, 2019

Why does Jessica keep going to the opera with her husband and not Dana? The Great Wolf Lodge is not a wilderness club but instead a massive indoor water park that Dana braved with her son for 72 hours. Dana teaches us some lessons in pool and hotel etiquette and regales three instances of her scolding other patrons of the Lodge. How did Dana know her suite mate only packed one pair of underwear for her husband? Find out how much wine can fit in an over priced souvenir cup and what foods aren't allowed in the pool area. Jessica incenses Dana again when she let's her know how she spent the weekend relaxing in Laguna Beach while Dana was the target of water blasters and teenage wolf cries. Jessica is fed up with store clerks commenting on and asking questions about what she is purchasing. Find out the cashier's reason for opening and smelling the deodorant she bought. A mash up of corners occurs when Accent Corner meets Mr. Young Corner. Kids are Amazing Corner features a little boy who hand makes bowties for shelter dogs and cats to help them get adopted. Prepare to have your heart explode as we introduce Team Baker, the amazing little boy and his mama and the unbelieveable community that rallies around them as he fights two terminal and rare genetic diseases with a smile that will capture your heart.