The Rants And Raves Podcast
Episode 42: Jingles All The Way

Episode 42: Jingles All The Way

December 3, 2019

Dana wants to skat whereas Jessica likes bands more like Ratt.  Why does Dana think things are constantly flying out of her face and that she has a slobbering problem? What does Jessica mean when she says she prefers something dry over wet that puts Dana over the edge?  6 months later, Jessica has finally agreed to start using her new profesh headphones much to Dana's surprise.  The girls agree on what constitutes too early as far as holiday decor goes after a Texas family was asked by their HOA to take down an inflatable snowman.  Dana and Jessica take you down the rabbit hole of classic holiday commercial jingles.  What The What Corner talks about the sad truth of why virginity pills were created.  A new Golden Oldies Corner features a couple's 72 Anniversary photo shoot aptly timed.  Jessica and Dana have a scent-sational argument over her latest candle purchase.   Rave #1 is Empower Her, a nonprofit organization founded with a specific mission - to empower, support and connect girls and young women who have experienced the loss of their mothers.  Rave #2 is Hero Bags, a Go Fund Me started by an 8 year old boy who wanted to help homeless veterans by giving them bags of essentials and a thank you note for their service.  

Episode 41: Rooster, Toad, Turtle

Episode 41: Rooster, Toad, Turtle

November 26, 2019

Can I get an "Amen!"?  Jessica is finally using professional head phones and it is sending Dana into orbit as she reveals each sound she can finally hear.  Dana snuggles up at the movies while life imitates art and Jessica judged The Improv Cup, a competition for charity. What kind of bird are you picturing when your neighbor says they got some new birds?  Dana and Jessica weigh in on a listener's rant about losing and gaining weight and how other people react to it.  An adorable tissue pack turns out to be petrified paper and proof that you get what you pay for.  Animals Corner features an aristocrat amphibian.  Guilty As Charged Corner shares messages from listeners who admit to doing the very things we rant about.  Shout outs to Keep Baking Baker and Welcome to the Fam Podcast for inspiring us and walking the walk.  Rave #1 is The Painted Turtle, a charity under the Serious Fun Network umbrella, a nationwide nonprofit founded by Paul Newman, that provides camp experiences to seriously ill children and family completely free of charge.  Rave #2 is EarthHero, an eco friendly online marketplace that has done the research on sustainable companies that are helping reduce our impact on the planet to make shopping sustainably, easy.  

Serious Fun Children's Network - https://seriousfunnetwork.org/
The Painted Turtle - https://www.thepaintedturtle.org/
Episode 40: Heavenly Creatures

Episode 40: Heavenly Creatures

November 19, 2019

Don't ever make Jessica laugh when she is drinking a beverage or offer Dana guacamole. 

Last week Dana returned to NBC's The Good Place, and was a guest on Episode 47 of The Good Place: The Podcast.  Meanwhile, Jessica thought BTS (behind the scenes) meant "Back to School" up until last week. Mr. Young Corner returns and Dana lets Jessica know she thinks she would have dated her dad in another life. Rants include people insisting to back up into a parking space and people who make animalistic/orgasmic noises while exercising.  Kids Are Amazing Corner features a 9 year old artist who is now getting paid to do what he loves most.  What the What Corner is a shocking tale of a woman running into her "dead" boyfriend in a restaurant a couple of years later.  Dana raves about nurses in Florida who are making warm and waterproof sleeping bags for the homeless out of wrappers from sterilized instruments at their hospital.  Jessica raves about a cause very close to her heart that honors a childhood friend's late daughter by having people donate books to an underserved school in Atlanta.  
Donors Choose : Helping Teachers Bring Their Classroom Dreams to Life.  
Episode 39: Monster Energy vs Energy Vampires

Episode 39: Monster Energy vs Energy Vampires

November 12, 2019

Dana is double fisting caffeinated beverages while explaining her need to do some deep nesting.  Simmer down, she's not pregnant.  Jessica wants you to support your local farmers and be sure to try the Thanksgiving balls at Porto's bakery.  Rant #1 - strangers or people you aren't close with dumping their life problems on you, literally every time you see them.  Dana admits to recently letting Jessica drown in this exact scenario when they were out together. Rant #2 questions why every size bag is now available with wheels, even lunch bags.  Why does Dana have a thing with 13 suitcases or say she would still wear Bath and Body Works Apple if she could?  Why does Jessica have a Plant Nanny?  What the What Corner is a happy lottery accident and a new emotional corner about a woman who texts her late father's number for years to finally receive an unexpected reply.  A shared love for all prison themed shows, Jessica's dad sends her an article that became a rave.  Uzo Aduba partnered with Global Citizen to work towards getting her parents native country Nigeria up to par with clean water and sanitation by 2025.  After guesting on an episode of Take Me To Coffee Podcast, Dana shares the I'll Be There Project which inspires and commits acts of kindness after it's creator Chun Rosenkranz wanted to pay it forward after he was shown love while serving time in prison.  

Global Citizen - https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/water-and-sanitation-crisis-sub-saharan-africa/

ACTIVATE - The Global Citizen Movement - https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/connect/activate/episode6/

I'll Be There Project - https://www.facebook.com/illbethereproject/

Episode 38: Trick or Treat, Smell My…

Episode 38: Trick or Treat, Smell My…

November 5, 2019

A post Halloween late night recording session has Dana baffled by Jessica's fear of certain costumes and what she thinks has gone too far.  What did Jessica's husband present to Dana that made her act like she had won the lottery? An amazing day performing with Young Storytellers has Dana inspired by this upcoming generation's ideals and attitudes.  Rants this week span from scam phone calls for mortgages and student loans to fanciful language for food descriptions.  We learn where Jessica's own knack for fanciful language comes from when she explains what Wordly Wise is to Dana.  Hometown Hero corner features a cop who buys a mother in need the very thing he was going to ticket her for not having.  I Can't Corner features a woman who is confident in her own Scents-abilities.  Raves include a website with various modules on self help, anxiety and depression from a Norweigan clinical psychologist and Project Linus, a non profit making and providing new handmade blankets for children in need by volunteer blanketeers.  

Episode 37: Get Your Motor Runnin’ on Sound Waves, Your Life May Depend On It Muah, Hahahahahaha

Episode 37: Get Your Motor Runnin’ on Sound Waves, Your Life May Depend On It Muah, Hahahahahaha

October 29, 2019

If you don't have the energy to carve a pumpkin, Dana and Jessica agree it's cool to just paint them or draw a face with a sharpie. Dana went back to her "quiet place" and discovered a creature released from a home aquarium lurking in the pond. Jessica rants about people who rev their engines and wants to know if they think they are macho or a turn-on to women. Dana rants about how crazy Halloween Haunted Rides, Houses, etc, have gotten out of control with what happens in them and having to sign waivers so you can't sue them while Jessica reminisces the good and bad of the holiday tunes of yesteryear. Dana showed the power of kindness to a stranger who was hurt in an accident. Kids Are Amazing Corner features high school students in the Philippines who invented an inexpensive way to produce electricity from sound waves and the Weirdo of the Week made an engagement ring out of a year of "clippings." Our first rave is 82 year old Daphne Neville who raises rescued otters and has championed to bring back the population within England's rivers.  With fires raging across California, our second rave is the CSFA, California's oldest and largest firefighters association who has posted links on their site to help firefighters who have currently lost their homes in these recent wildfires. 

www.CSFA.nethttps://www.csfa.net/CSFA/CalFF/articles/Donation_Funds_for_Firefighters_Who_Have_Lost_Their_Homes_During_the_Recent_and_Tragic_NorCal_Fires.aspx

Episode 36: Up And Away, Don’t You Heat Up Those Leftovers Today

Episode 36: Up And Away, Don’t You Heat Up Those Leftovers Today

October 22, 2019

Dana takes Jessica to a wilderness reserve tucked in the outskirts of the city for an afternoon surprise and inspiration. Another unfortunate biological assault ensued when Dana violently sneezed into Jessica's face. Dana rants about elevator etiquette and not letting people off before you get on. Jessica rants about people who are oblivious to olfactory offenses when it comes to pungent food in close quarters with others. When it comes to deodorant, they know aluminum is bad, but are willing to take that risk so they don't smell putrid. OMG Corner is a woman who can't close her eyes after botched surgery. Weirdo of the Week is a woman who tried to pass off a baggie of meth as a bow clipped into her hair. Raves include a local Haunted House who asks for food donations as the price of admission and collected 600 meals last year. A little boy dresses as a police officer and goes around a nursing home handing out tickets to the residents for "being too cute" and offers them a hug. 

Episode 35: Smell Down and Shut Up

Episode 35: Smell Down and Shut Up

October 15, 2019
From Willy Wonka-esque adults booze tours to magic shows and castles is how Jessica and Dana spent their week. A rant about people who talk and or film while in any kind of theater, causes Dana to relive the night she just needed to escape at the movies and ended up putting her underwear somewhere else and when Jessica screamed at an entire theater to shut the F up. Rant #2 breaks down the reality of people wearing too much fragrance, and Dana knows someone who touts a "secret signature scent."  Jessica knows about perfume turning to powdery musk and the 80's classic Opium that you could taste.  Kids Are Amazing Corner is Joshua Beckford, a child prodigy who began attending Oxford at 6 years old. Hero Of The Week is a postal worker who found two missing children.  Rave #1 is the Appalachian Bee Collective, retraining out of work coal miners how to become beekeepers who can keep and tend to hives for a new career.  Rave #2 is DeAngelo Williams, a former NFL player who has paid for over 500 women to have mammograms. The first Rants and Raves live taping is Oct 18 and Dana is doing a charity benefit breast cancer Oct 19 for A Cause For Entertainment and they are auctioning her boob drawing! 
 
SBSK Video- https://youtu.be/1nKqG908r2chttps://youtu.be/1nKqG908r2c
Appalachian Bee Keeping Collective - https://appheadwaters.org/beekeeping/
DeAngelo Williams Foundation - https://deangelowilliams34.org/
Cause For Entertainment - https://causeforentertainment.com/
Episode 34: Phone Tap and Temperature Snap

Episode 34: Phone Tap and Temperature Snap

October 8, 2019

Why did Dana leave Jessica hanging during their opening jingle?  Jessica loves tap dancing so much but Dana blames big boobs on not wanting to take adult classes with her.  Dana  rants about calling any customer service line for support only to be put on hold when leaving your number for a return call during peak hours.  Why are Jessica and Dana so enamored with prison shows?  Who does Dana picture in her mind when reading historical fiction novels? Jessica rants about why she has such an issue saying no to people, especially strangers.  Weirdo of the Week involves roadkill cuisine and Celebrity Corner is one celeb giving another a tattoo.  Raves include a 92 year old who volunteers at a nursing home and Greta Thunberg, a young woman challenging the world in regards to climate change.   

Episode 33: Super Glued Lips and Ride Share Tips

Episode 33: Super Glued Lips and Ride Share Tips

October 1, 2019

Jessica bought a cheeky sign for a gift exchange at an improv festival and Dana approached a man holding a pen because she thought it was a lizard.  Dana demonstrates how to "yell" at someone by motioning to them through hand movements in the rear view mirror.  A listener from La Belle Provence provides a rant close to Jessica's heart, bar soap in a powder room for guests.  Dana rants over a listener's intense hatred for Fanny packs and the fact that hipsters are wearing them across their chests instead.  Travel back to jolly old England with talks of chastity belts and how they were locked.  Find out how Jessica really feels about celebrity children taking over their deceased parents' acts.  What is Gordon Ramsey's favorite food that Dana has never heard of?  A listener provides a follow up with tips to prevent unpleasant ride share experiences.  Raves include a single dad who has worked with disabled and special needs people since he was 14 and adopted a toddler with Down Syndrome who was passed over by 20 families.  Rave #2 is Paws of Honor, providing veterinary care and products to retired military and law enforcement dogs in the D.C. area so the burden is not on the officers/handlers/owners once the dogs hae been decommissioned.