Former Texas Governor Rick Perry made his reality television debut on Dancing with the Stars in September.

The Texas Miracle #22: Dancing with the Snark (and Rick Perry)

Rick Perry makes his reality TV debut, an abortion storytelling show travels across Texas, and the latest Sid Miller silliness.


This week on the Texas Miracle podcast, the Observer’s weekly compendium of everything you need to know, but maybe wish you didn’t, about the Lone Star State: We talk to Dallas performer Nicole Stewart, the co-founder of the live storytelling show Oral Fixation. Stewart was in the process of terminating a much-wanted pregnancy at 22 weeks on the day that Wendy Davis stood for her 13-hour filibuster against unconstitutional abortion regulations. Now, Nicole and her husband are helping others sharing their abortion experiences, sweeping abortion stigma out from under the rug with honesty, compassion and even humor.

Plus: former governor Rick Perry has made his reality television debut, and we’ll talk to the world’s foremost Dancing with the Stars expert about Perry’s moves.

And as always, we’ll go out to the Texas Tiki Shed to get caught up on the latest and greatest-slash-worst Texas news, which this week includes walking Texas stereotype Sid Miller’s New York Times debut, a troubling Houston Chronicle investigation into Texas public schools and the Texas climate change “skeptic” who heads up the House Science Committee.

[Editor’s note: There is adult language in this podcast! You can find the Texas Miracle on iTunes and Stitcher. Follow us at @TheTexasMiracle and here on the website for news and updates. Special assignment: We’re taking listener calls about what they learned in Texas public schools’ sex ed classes, so if you’ve got a memorable story about learning the birds and the bees in Texas, leave us a voicemail at 512-981-5936!]