The Rants And Raves Podcast
Episode 127: Goldfinger Praline Eater

Episode 127: Goldfinger Praline Eater

December 14, 2021

From spilling paint to movie screenings, Dana and Jessica embrace their creative sides.  Companies having the audacity to not bring back their yearly season items has Jessica fuming.  A loose lid gives Dana the Midas Touch and she is not sure how she feels about it.  Weirdo of the Week is a 45 year old woman who posed as her 22 year old daughter and no one noticed for a ridiculous amount of time.  Animal Instincts Corner reveals the shocking lengths contestants will go to in order to ensure a win in the Saudi Camel Pageant.  Rave #1 is Planting Hope LA, a mobile plant studio with handmade concrete vessels who give a portion of all sales to the JA Clermont Foundation helping children in Haiti with essential services needed to attend school and provide food.  Rave #2 is Alternative Gifts International, an organization that partners with various charitable initiatives across the world to give a gift in someone's name.  

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Episode 126: Some Things Will Never Change

Episode 126: Some Things Will Never Change

December 7, 2021

Christmas lights and acting in airplane flights are just the thing Dana and Jessica have in common this week.  Dana wants someone to explain why men don't like to capture their wives in photographs, and when the do, It's from all the wrong angles.  Jessica is ready to throw someone down if they don't properly tend to the tops of their condiment bottles.  Weirdo of the Week is a man in Italy who attempted to get away with armed robbery with a health worker.  Oh Wow Corner is the Doctor who has spent 20 years researching stem cells and diabetes and may have just cracked the code on that.  Rant #1 is Native-Land, a website with a map of North America covering every place in the continent and what indigenous peoples lived in that specific region.  Rant #2 is HTX Art, a converted school bus that brings art to children who need it most started by a mom who wanted to share the power of art.  

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Episode 125: Gobble Wobble Bobble

Episode 125: Gobble Wobble Bobble

November 30, 2021

Dana celebrated Thanksgiving early with children while Jessica celebrated late with New Phone Who Dis.  Jessica made her annual trip to the Hollywood Christmas Parade and wants to know how it is possible to get worse each year!? Dana then breaks it down with an experience of her own.  Ewwwwww, No Corner is Canada's own Tiger Tail Ice Cream.  What the What Corner touches on the broken toilet situation on the current Space X shuttle.  Rave #1 is Staples Give Back to Schools Box, filled with 19 school essentials to be donated to students and schools in need for $5 when you check out at their stores.  Rave #2 is One Simple Wish, an organization that matches donors with foster kids to fulfill a dream gift for Christmas. 

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Episode 124: Sleepy Red Head And Green Eyed Lady

Episode 124: Sleepy Red Head And Green Eyed Lady

November 16, 2021

Dana is getting to know the difference between a good night's sleep and the last three decades while Jessica is sneezing her life away with fall allergies.  Dana questions how and why a certain actress is playing an icon in an upcoming biopic.  Jessica is infuriated by the laissez faire way restaurants are treating herbs as a garnish.  Excuse Me Corner takes a relaxing trip in a bus to promote sleep.  Oh Wow Corner is a boss we wish we all had right now granting the gift of a lifetime to the entire company.  Rave #1 is how to donate food this Holiday Season through the suggestions of Feeding America.  Rave #2 is the Parks Project, a collaborative effort made possible through donating a percentage of sales through products made by a number of companies to support our National Parks.  

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Episode 123: Fries And Tortillas Are Too Good To Go

Episode 123: Fries And Tortillas Are Too Good To Go

November 9, 2021

Jessica is gobsmacked that restaurants trick customers into paying more by failing to mention there is an up-charge for certain choices. Dana takes a listener's rant to heart and offers some advice towards sharing household responsibilities. Weirdo of the Week is a lost hiker who didn't answer calls from a search and rescue party.  Animal Instincts is a tiny bat who strangely won the top bird honors in New Zealand. Rave #1 is By Humankind, personal hygiene products designed to reduce single-use plastic waste in your daily routine. Rave #2 is Too Good To Go, a mobile app that connects customers to restaurants and stores that have unsold food surplus. 

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Episode122: Hungry Hungry Hippos

Episode122: Hungry Hungry Hippos

November 2, 2021

Jessica and Dana unknowingly pass each other like two ships in the night while checking out Halloween decorated homes.  Dana is confused and annoyed by how many individual streaming services there now are.  Jessica is furious over a new business in her neighborhood whose name does not match the merchandise. Kids Are Amazing Corner is a young man who created a braille printer out of Legos.  Animal Instincts Corner has Jessica confusing Pablo Escobars Cocaine Hippos with the Alligators in Romancing the Stone. Rave #1 is Don't Eat the Homies, a street wear company who gives 10% of their proceeds to various rescue and animal charities.  Rave #2 is Dads on Duty, a group of fathers who volunteer their time at their local high school to offer positive support and ensure no fighting amongst the students.  

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Episode 121: Smoke On The Water

Episode 121: Smoke On The Water

October 26, 2021

Jessica tries to explain vegan sushi to Dana who is trying to comprehend the concept after her first few nights of real adult sleep.  A listener asks how people can be so rude as to smoke while going through a drive through, and Dana is fuming over the what she is calling the Middle Finger Epidemic. Excuse Me Corner is a literal mini jacuzzi for men's nether regions and Weirdo of the Week is a man unaware that he is part of his own search rescue.  Rave #1 is Becca's Closet, a national non profit that donates formal dresses to high school students as well as scholarships for underserved students.  Rave #2 is 'Ween Dream, a non profit that gives free Halloween costumes to kids in need across America.  

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Episode 120: Sprinkles and Space Aliens

Episode 120: Sprinkles and Space Aliens

October 19, 2021

Dana and Jessica were reunited in person at a friend's birthday party and it was just the fun they needed. After returning to her first in person event since Covid, Dana has come to realize she hates the smell of people. Jessica was charged for something she didn't want or ever intend to buy and now she is stuck with it. What the What Corner takes us down the rabbit hole of Sprinklegate. Celebrity Corner has a renowned space scientist trying to convince a pop star that aliens don't have feelings.  Rave #1 is Mable Toothbrushes, biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes who donate a brush to a child for each one purchased.  Rave #2 is Meal Train, a website that takes all the guessing out of people organizing food to be delivered when friends and family are in need.  

Episode 119:  Save the Ocean, Save the Tatas

Episode 119: Save the Ocean, Save the Tatas

October 12, 2021

While Jessica was solving puzzles, Dana fell head first into another cultish documentary.  Jessica is enraged by the recent oil spill in Southern California and wants to know when we will put an end to this.  Dana empathizes with a listener's driving woes, especially at a 4 way stop.  Animal Instincts Corner is an endangered bird who has sunk her claws into her caregiver.  What the What Corner involves people cheating on an exam, to become teachers of all things.  Rave #1 is Christopher Robinson and his line of clothing and housewares at Target and how he included adaptive clothing into the collection.  Rave #2 is the Susan G. Komen Foundation, whose mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

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Episode 118: Camp, Escape, Cross The Bridge

Episode 118: Camp, Escape, Cross The Bridge

October 5, 2021

Jessica recounts how beautiful it is in Yosemite while Dana warns everyone of the dangers of camping.  Dana rants about something close to her heart and informs us of tactics people use to manipulate and gaslight.  Jessica has had it with big box stores not knowing what kind of products they carry in store and incorrect quantities on their websites.  Excuuuuuuuse Me Corner gives a whole new meaning to the title Escape Artist.  What the What Corner is a fossil found in Egypt of an ancient whale species that once had 4 legs.  Rave #1 is Bookshop, an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.  Rave #2 is S #SaveLACougars, a group dedicated to conservation, education and fundraising for the wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon.

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