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The Texas Miracle #28: Voter Turnout for What?

On the show: Our journo panel marvels at massive early voting turnout numbers in Texas, plus a hospice chaplain offers tips on dying with style.


This week on the Texas Miracle, the Texas Observer’s weekly compendium of everything you need to know, but maybe wish you didn’t, about the Lone Star State. This week: We’re revisiting one of our all-time favorite interviews — a conversation with a Central Texas hospice chaplain who’ll give us some tips on how to do right something you only get to do once: Die.

As always, we’ll go out to the Texas Tiki Shed to get caught up on the latest and greatest-slash-worst Texas news with everyone’s favorite journalistic trio, Lauren and the Bobbys! That’s Dallas Morning News reporter Lauren McGaughy, the Texas Tribune’s Bobby Blanchard, and Bobby Cervantes of the Houston Chronicle, who’ll take on Texas’ incredible early voting turnout numbers, engage in rampant speculation about the future of American democracy and help our host make a pretty serious dent in a box of wine.

And Observer staffer Patrick Michels, who trawls the pages of small-town newspapers week after week looking for the wildest Texas news, will also stop by the Texas Tiki Shed. (Along with Fizzy the hound dog, who took a particular dislike to yet another clown story.) Patrick brings us strange stories from far-flung Texas, including an account of a hipster snake.

[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!]