The Rants And Raves Podcast
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. 

Episode 21: Wax On, Whistle Off

Episode 21: Wax On, Whistle Off

July 9, 2019
When you go in for a mani pedi and the nail tech asks you if you're sure you don't want any waxing today, aka The Wolf Man Special.  Dana tries to sell Jessica on a product whose ingredient list is more akin to Pad Thai.  Dana wants to know why so many options for curvy ladies involve sleeveless clothing and Jessica couldn't agree more.  Hear how City sanctioned swim lessons involve a traumatizing swim suit classification by color based on size, as if people need another complex surrounding their body types.  Find out what actor Jessica would have had to play against if she had been cast from a film audition that would have required her to go full frontal nude.  Jessica hates people who whistle and calls out Andrew Bird as the King Whistler.  Dana blows Jessica's mind when she can accurately sing every word of the Pointer Sisters' Automatic. The ladies have had it with ridiculous and unrealistic online videos including body shapers that make it look like all of your fat has magically disappeared.  Raves this week include a non verbal high school senior who was selected by his class to deliver a speech at graduation and was able to do so with speech therapy and voice assistance technology from Minneapolis Transition Plus Program.  Shop Sweet Tee Love, a fun and positive tshirt line who donates 5% of all proceeds to Pug Nation LA.
Episode 20: Hand, Foot, and Mouth

Episode 20: Hand, Foot, and Mouth

July 2, 2019

Dana and Jessica have a night filled with Rosé and the kind of sandwich you can only eat once a year.  Dana goes back to The Good Place and the red fox is reunited with the silver fox once again.  Jessica wants to know why servers remove your drink glass when there is still liquid to be enjoyed and recounts how she herself was not cut out for waiting tables.  Dana is on par with a listener who witnessed a man opening condiment packets at a restaurant with his nail clippers.  Dana hates feet and is appalled that Jessica thinks it's ok to ask her husband to ever touch her feet, all the while her own hubs would love to oblige.  Do you say scissor or scissors?  Inquiring minds want to know! Stranger Thing's David Harbor makes a high schooler's dream come in this week's Celebrity Corner and we learn about Skye Brown, the youngest skateboarder in contention for a place on the British Summer Olympic Team. Raves this week include a listener who inspires us weekly with her acts of kindness and teaching kids etiquette and manners to help them navigate through life, and Medi Teddy, a company started by a child who wanted to help put a smile on other children's faces who are undergoing IV treatments.  

Medi Teddy - https://www.medi-teddy.org/

 

 

Episode 19: Stop, Squat and Roll

Episode 19: Stop, Squat and Roll

June 25, 2019

After a screening of the Goonies at Hollywood Forever, Dana and Jessica go down the rabbit hole of their favorite crushes from childhood.  Mackenzie or Sean?  Haim or Feldman? Hear them hash out which '80s sitcom had the best theme song.  Dana and Jessica are in pain in different areas from laughing so much and it causes Jessica to question if she has a medical condition.  People not picking up waste, both from humans and animals, sends Dana over the edge.  Random tv and movie reviews ensue and the girls can't decipher the correct names for anyone.  Jessica has had it with people not holding a door open and when you do it for others, a clown car of people pile in or out.  Help Wanted Corner is introduced as we see if any of our listeners will want to be paid by Nasa to stay in bed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to test artificial gravity.  Dana and Jessica add multiple words to the list of those they do not pronounce the same.  Japan has a national pillow fighting championship and the contestants span from age 9 - 75. We learn about the plogging movement from a listener who started doing it on her own before she even realized it was a thing people were doing in Sweden and the impact it can have on the environment as well as your work out.  Raves are rounded out with the story of a 90 year old retired veterinarian who makes wheel chairs for disabled animals. 

Episode 18: Pleased to “See”-at You

Episode 18: Pleased to “See”-at You

June 18, 2019

A surprise package from a listener arrives to help Jessica tame the beast that is her hair.  Jessica wants to know why does one person take up an entire large table at a cafe leaving you and your friends with nowhere to sit?  Hear some techniques of how to deal with that through our rant of rudeness which spills into movie theaters that are half empty and the people who sit down right next to you. Dana's rant is about remembering but she appropriately couldn't remember what her rant was at first.  Jessica gets a glimpse of herself in the future when Dana imitates her mother in law telling a story with 10 side stories that make her unable to get to the original point.  Mr. Young Corner returns with some recorded voice messages from Jessica's dad.  Hear how Dana was a Highlander in high school, an all female drum corps complete with a baton twirler and Majorette.  That Sucks! Corner involves a food display mistakenly being given to a customer instead of the real food she ordered. Raves this week include Best Buddies International and Stella's Wish Foundation.  

Best Buddies is a non profit 501 C organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  https://www.bestbuddies.org/
Episode 17: You Say Tomato, I Say Toh-mah-to

Episode 17: You Say Tomato, I Say Toh-mah-to

June 11, 2019

Jessica and Dana discuss the magic of adult sleep away camp and their experiences at Camp Improv Utopia, a non profit who gives money back to arts communities in need while providing a creative, safe and inclusive environment for performers from around the world through a weekend of camping, activities and master classes.  How did Dana swing a private boat tour while teaching on the east coast? Dana hates abbreviations, so why does she refer to them as abreevs?  Jessica shares some of her arts and crafts creations, or as she loves to tell Dana "A's and C's."  Dana shares her intense disdain for tomatoes, whereas Jessica can't get enough of them.  Weird food combinations and food of the 80's stir up quite a tizzy in these two.  Jessica wants to know why strangers sometimes can't take a social cue when entering an important conversation that has nothing to do with them. The ladies introduce "Accent Corner" as they take a stab at Jamaican phrases from a book recently given to Jessica.  You think Dana goes nuts that Jessica remembers the Weirdo of the Week song?  Wait until you hear her sing all 50 states in alphabetical order.  Shame on You Corner leads us to highlight the hero and not the charlatan.  How would you feel if a burglar broke in and deep cleaned your home, Dana and Jessica would be fine with it.  Raves this week include "Unseen Art," bringing a 3D version of masterpiece art work to the blind.  Thanks to a listener for sharing 4Ocean, a group responsible for removing millions of pounds of trash from the ocean through the sale of their recycled material bracelets. 

Episode 16: Heart and Soul, Returns No More

Episode 16: Heart and Soul, Returns No More

June 4, 2019

Dana shares her amazing experience as a featured guest of Vision Con and the wonderful people she met throughout the weekend that deeply touched her and her family in many ways.  The ladies discuss what really matters in the world of entertainment and making real human connections.  Find out what a MOJO tasting is, Dana knows!  Jessica reads a listener's rant regarding people returning perishable food and they share some return stories of their own retail experiences.  What did Dana do to a customer's clothes?  What did Jessica fling back onto customer once she pulled it out of the bag?  Dana has strong feelings about a rant from a listener regarding text etiquette.  Oops My Bad! Corner is something Jessica and Dana both agree to doing.  A new Corrections Corner comes to us courtesy of two different listeners, and they're both for Jessica.  Raves this week: Sesame Street's newest character Karli, a new muppet in foster care.  Fire and Soul, a company with a story that moved Dana beyond words, who is "spreading the light, one candle at a time."

 
Episode 15: Line Up, Cut Up, Stand Up

Episode 15: Line Up, Cut Up, Stand Up

May 28, 2019

In this episode, Dana and Jessica ask 'Why does popularity ruin everything?  Dana tells us how fun the live music and bar is at a grocery store during happy hour and drank the quinoa vodka to prove it.  A misunderstanding over where to wait in line has Dana fuming and Jessica finally decides to call some people out for line cutting at a tiki bar. Dana calls Jessica a genius thanks to her extensive knowledge of senseless trivia. Find out what Dana forgot to take off before she went into an audition. Jessica has some strong opinions about who should and shouldn't perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions.  Dana can't even deal with the let down of Taylor Swift's big reveal after a year of teasers. Listeners are introduced to "Do Ya Do It?" Corner as Dana and Jessica share the ASMR and time lapsed food videos that really satisfy. Dana claims she's "allergic to Cajun" when Jessica tries to get her to try a vegan Cajun restaurant.  This week's raves include Mauria Stonestreet and her work with Building Hope for Autism and Kheris Rogers, who at 10 years old turned getting teased into a movement inspired by her grandmother's phrase  Flexin' in Your Complexion, that landed her at NY Fashion week. 

Building Hope For Autism-https://www.facebook.com/buildinghopeforautism/

Flexin' in My Complexion - https://www.flexininmycomplexion.com/
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/