The Rants And Raves Podcast
Episode 52: Once Bitten Twice Shy, Baby Bye Bye Bye

Episode 52: Once Bitten Twice Shy, Baby Bye Bye Bye

February 18, 2020

Dana still doesn't want your butt sitting on anything and fancies herself going to a Vampire Ball.  Jessica binged Cheer on Netflix but Dana wouldn't let her discuss it because she hasn't seen it yet.  Dana tells us how she feels about people leaving perishable foods in the wrong places.  Jessica and Dana get crazy over a "chip clip" debate.  Jessica wants to know why people refuse to replace something when the time has come to get some new basic hardware for your home. OMG Corner is a woman held hostage by her cat in Russia for two days.  Oh Wow Corner is a woman who files for divorce due to her husband's lack of hygiene and we understand why.  Rave #1 is Kaboom, a national non profit who works to ensure all kids get the play they need to thrive and provide safe spaces for teenagers to hang out and be physically active.  Rave #2 is The Humane League, whose mission is to end the abuse of animals raised for food as they continue to get national corporations to enact animal welfare policies.  

Kaboom - https://kaboom.org/

The Humane League - https://thehumaneleague.org/

Episode 51: That’s Gonna Leave A Mark

Episode 51: That’s Gonna Leave A Mark

February 11, 2020

Rotel Dip, Tacos and Pie - Oh my! Dana vacuumed up a lot more than crumbs at the car wash.  When Jessica rants about unnecessary information being shared in group texts, Dana is convinced that those people are liars.  The gals have the pipes to prove that California knows how to party. A call for help is put out on the airwaves after Dana's son points out her young eyebrows and Jessica tells her not to even consider brow tattoos. What The What Corner reveals how you can earn a cash prize with a gator in Indonesia.  Weirdo of the Week is Date Mark, a guy who advertises himself to potential soul mates. When's the last time you saw Angelyne in her little pink Corvette?  Rave #1 is a retired businessman in Toledo who announced he would pay for the college tuition, room and board for the entire graduating class of a local high school and additionally pay for one parent or guardian to go as well.  Rave #2 is Working Wardrobes, a charity that has been helping people with clothing and supplies to get back in the work force since 1990 who recently lost their entire operation in a devastating fire.  

Working Wardrobes - https://workingwardrobes.org/

Episode 50: Planned Parkinghood

Episode 50: Planned Parkinghood

February 4, 2020

One of us booked a tv show, the other - a colonoscopy. A bad mistake at the pharmacy has Jessica wanting you to be your own health advocate.  A listener rant coined "only person in the world syndrome" has Dana telling off the professional Daddy who doesn't follow parking etiquette. Weirdo of the Week is a dude wanting to live out a medieval fantasy against his ex.  Kids Are Amazing Corner features a boy who became the youngest yogi in the U.S. after watching what the practice did for his mother when undergoing treatment for cancer.  Rave #1 is Mending Kids (Dana is hosting their fundraising gala!) They provide free life-saving surgical care to sick children worldwide by deploying volunteer medical teams and educating communities to become medically self sustaining.  Rave #2 is Taking the Reins, an equine based education program for LA's most under resourced urban girls. 

Mending Kids -  https://www.mendingkids.org/

Taking the Reins - https://takingthereins.org/

 

Episode 49: Things Are Getting Nutty Around Here

Episode 49: Things Are Getting Nutty Around Here

January 28, 2020

Dana continues working on her imitation of Jessica as Jessica continues to try and convince Dana to eat her vegan soup.  Rant #1 dives into the world of adult tantrums at retail stores when people have the nerve to return something they know darn well they shouldn't and Jessica isn't having it. Rant #2 takes a look at friends who are always late and Dana admits she is that friend and coins the term "late-y", a lady who is late.  Animals are Amazing Corner features a bug eyed husky who found her furever home thanks to a rescue shelter.  What the What Corner exposes a woman who made a DIY chastity belt for her unfaithful husband to keep him in line.  Rave #1 shares people from all over who found and persued a new passion/career/life calling past the age of 40.  Rave #2 is Baby 2 Baby, a 501-C 3 organization who provides children living in poverty ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing, and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.  

Baby 2 Baby - https://baby2baby.org/

Episode 48: Age Is Just A Number

Episode 48: Age Is Just A Number

January 21, 2020

Dana's first visit to an LA Museum prompts her and Jessica to want to be docents in their old age. The most shocking Corrections Corner yet when Jessica calls herself out on her dismissal of Dana and Springfield Style Cashew Chicken.  Dana is tired of people interrupting when she speaks and don't even think about calling her honey. Jessica has had it with people pretending to be damsels in distress by behaving with Unnecessary Helplessness.  D and J were both latch key kids but wouldn't dream of any one doing that with their kids these days. Weirdo of the Week is a self proclaimed Asparamancer. Oh Wow Corner is Humanae, a photographers exploration of matching skin tones to Pantone colors.  Rave #1 is Scenery Bags, a company repurposing old scenery backdrops from shows and with part of the proceeds, can send underprivileged students to see plays On and Off Broadway.  Rave #2 is Children of the Night, a 24/7 national hotline and Los Angeles based programs for children who are victims of sex trafficking and prostitution.  

Scenery Bags - https://scenerybags.com/

Children of the Night - https://www.childrenofthenight.org/

Episode 47: Up All Night, Sleep All Day

Episode 47: Up All Night, Sleep All Day

January 14, 2020

Sure animals have different names from one language to another, but why were we taught that they sound different in another country? Dana and Jessica surprise each other with nostalgic tunes of elementary school. Jessica dishes on Korean food in Los Angeles and Dana insists that her hometown makes the best Cashew Chicken.  Rants cover uneducated people acting like Know-it-all's on virtually everything, and feeling like you didn't put a dent into your house after spending hours cleaning.  Weirdo of the Week makes a poor choice on where to eat like a king on Christmas in Georgia while squirrels wreak havoc on a Colorado man's truck.  Raves include K9s for Warriors, a non profit matching rescue dogs with those who served in the military and suffer from issues post 9-11.  People around the world are knitting mittens and joey pouches to help the injured animals who have survived Australia's deadly wildfires.  

K9s for Warriors - www.k9sforwarriors.com

Animal Rescue Collective - https://www.facebook.com/arfsncrafts/

 

Episode 46: Shall I Compare Thee 2020

Episode 46: Shall I Compare Thee 2020

January 7, 2020

After comparing movies watched over the holiday break, Dana and Jessica give their top picks from 2019. Dana rants about how we can easily get overwhelmed when comparing our goals and accomplishments with others and what may not be realistic for ourselves.  Jessica rants about party guests who show up with crap food or drink that no one wants and then ask the host what they have available.  This week's Corners include Skeleton Lake, a mysterious graveyard in the Himalayas where scientists determined the cause of a mass death.  Celeste Barber, an Australian comedian who set a goal of fundraising for Australian firefighters and victims, raised way beyond what she ever knew was possible.  Raves include American Girl - Girl of the Year doll "Joss," a competitive cheerleader and surfer from Southern California who wears a hearing aid to assist in her hearing loss.  Warrior Horses, an organization that matches a child with cancer to a horse for them to follow and meet while raising money for cancer research.  Dana and Jessica discuss what an amazing man Fred Rogers was and the magic of the film Won't You Be My Neighbor.

Warrior Horses - https://warriorhorses.org/

Episode 45: Light My Fire, Extinguish The Flames

Episode 45: Light My Fire, Extinguish The Flames

December 31, 2019

It's the last show of the year!  Jack Daniels Steaks vs Oreo Speedwagons gets Dana and Jessica into a tizzy straight away! In modern times, know what your friends and family prefer and or can't have at all before you decide on a meal. Ranting begins about greedy shoppers who buy all of one product and who don't have the decency to finish shopping before they check out and rude people who are impatient and don't respect the parents or children in a school drop off/ pick up line.  Dana reveals horrifying imagery from one of her dreams, what does it mean?! What the What Corners go to the parents who let their toddler wander around a luxury car showroom and ends up scratching multiple cars and the company who introduced a voluntary badge for employees to wear to inform people when they are menstruating.  Jessica quit smoking after years of addiction and encourages you to do the same. You can track your progress on various apps such as Quit Now! A company called Fire Dept. Coffee that gives back to first responders is near and dear to Dana's heart, as her Dad is a retired Fireman. 

QUIT NOW!  - This is an android app for people wanting to quit smoking.  There are many options and they differ depending on iphone or droid. 

Fire Dept. Coffee - https://www.firedeptcoffee.com/ 

Episode 44: Tis The Season, With Good Reason

Episode 44: Tis The Season, With Good Reason

December 17, 2019

Dana and Jessica met up at the mall for some holiday fun and their experience was far beyond their expectations.  From having a blast shopping and looking for cheer, to stumbling on a child receiving their wish presented to them by Macy's and Make A Wish Foundation - follow The Rants and Raves Podcast on social media for videos and pics.  What happened in Dana and Jessica's cars that makes the sensor think there is a passenger when they are riding solo? An all too relatable rant from a listener has Dana fuming over people commenting on your appearance, and Jessica is seething over people who put in zero effort to a White Elephant gift exchange.  Start a new tradition with a book and a bottle swap! Dana brings the What The What Corner and has the nerve to suggest Jessica try sea worms because she is a fancy foodie.  Weirdo of the Week has Jessica petrified over an antique holiday cake. Be Mindful Corner is a listener's take on being an adoptive parent and a child's right to privacy.  Rave #1 is how a community Secret Santa program surprised a hardworking dad and husband to 4 children and an infirmed wife.  Rave #2 is Sackcloth and Ashes, a company who makes Western inspired blankets that for each one that is sold, one is donated to a homeless shelter.  We are going dark next week and will be back with our final episode of the year on December 31st.

Sackcloth and Ashes - https://sackclothandashes.com/

Cost Plus World Market - https://www.worldmarket.com/category/gifts/sackcloth-and-ashes.do

Episode 43: Chocolate Brown Stop Feeling Down

Episode 43: Chocolate Brown Stop Feeling Down

December 10, 2019

Dana and Jessica had very different experiences at the Hollywood Christmas Parade over the years, though the participants have always been lack luster.  Crazy about the holidays, they both welcome and embrace all reasons for the season. They are fed up with this year's epidemic of Poo Emoji Products, and wonder when our society began to celebrate s#&t. No one likes being around someone who is constantly on their phone, so be mindful of that during family/friend time during the upcoming holidays. Kids Are Amazing Corner shows us how "love rules" thanks to the care and organization of a teacher.  What The What Corner features a man who had quite the surprise when he found out why he kept trying to clear his throat.  Dana and Jessica take pride in trying to one up each other with early morning selfies.  Rave #1 is a Non GMO chocolate company putting their money where their mouth is in regards to ethical products and the places 10% of their yearly net proceeds go to.  Rave #2 is the Happiness Lab, a podcast as well as a free online course breaking down the simple secrets to being happier overall in day to day life. 

Endangered Species Chocolate - https://www.chocolatebar.com/
The Happiness Lab - https://www.happinesslab.fm/