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Let's stop flipping out and start flipping legislative seats! A weekly conversation between three progressive activists in Texas. Segments include: "Political F*ck, Marry, Kill," interviews with special guests, and "Did Y'all Know?" fun facts. Plus, we'll offer some simple, straightforward "Sh*t To Do" to turn Texas blue. Hosted by Rouser: Becky Bullard, Ashley Cheng and Kristen Gunn.

Let's stop flipping out and start flipping legislative seats! A weekly conversation between three progressive activists in Texas. Segments include: "Political F*ck, Marry, Kill," interviews with special guests, and "Did Y'all Know?" fun facts. Plus, we'll offer some simple, straightforward "Sh*t To Do" to turn Texas blue. Hosted by Rouser: Becky Bullard, Ashley Cheng and Kristen Gunn.
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Let's stop flipping out and start flipping legislative seats! A weekly conversation between three progressive activists in Texas. Segments include: "Political F*ck, Marry, Kill," interviews with special guests, and "Did Y'all Know?" fun facts. Plus, we'll offer some simple, straightforward "Sh*t To Do" to turn Texas blue. Hosted by Rouser: Becky Bullard, Ashley Cheng and Kristen Gunn.

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Episodes

"Politics Is Personal" Series: "Change their hearts, not our parts" - Alicia Roth Weigel on becoming an intersex advocate

10/11/2019
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Welcome to a special “Politics Is Personal” episode. We're sharing the stories of our favorite Texas activists and what happens when normals like us are compelled to "do more than nothing." On this episode, we talk with intersex-y advocate Alicia Roth Weigel, who shares what it felt like to hide the fact that she was intersex for most of her life. Plus, she discusses the challenges of dating as an intersex person and helps us understand the differences between sex, sexuality, and gender....

Duration:00:43:00

"Politics Is Personal" Series: Abie Ikhinmwin on finding herself homeless in Austin

10/4/2019
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Welcome to a special “Politics Is Personal” episode. We're sharing the stories of our favorite Texas activists and what happens when normals like us are compelled to "do more than nothing." On this episode, we talk with community advocate Abie Ikhinmwin, who shares her experience as an Austinite who found herself homeless. There have been a lot of conversations locally and nationally lately about the topic of homelessness, but not enough of those conversations have included the true...

Duration:00:37:36

Politics & comedy with "Over the Lege" creator Stephanie Chiarello | Climate Strike while the ire is hot | Standing up for transwomen & LGBTQ+ asylum seekers

9/27/2019
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We get a preview of the hilarious political comedy show based on the stranger-than-fiction antics of the Texas legislature, "Over the Lege," from its creator Stephanie Chiarello. Plus, we fall hard for all the Climate Strikers leading the charge against climate change. We learn about good things happening for women in Texas prisons and how we can keep bad things from happening to transwomen.

Duration:01:02:27

"Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15" | Abstinence only? F*ck that | Cheerful persistence with Glenaan O'Neil, founder of the Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project | We're #SickOfItTX aren't you?

9/20/2019
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We snuck a special guest into the studio to help us out with FMK this week... Ed Scruggs of Texas Gun Sense is back to explain "red flag laws" and "mandatory buy-backs." As Beto would say, "Hell yes!" to those. And a big "f*ck no" to teaching nothin' but abstinence in Texas schools. The incredible folks at the Texas Freedom Network are looking out for all the peens and vags (and everything in between), and they tell us how to help. Our new friend Glenaan O'Neil of the Lone Star Victims...

Duration:01:01:09

Abortion AF! with Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show | Arnold Schwarzenegger & Eric Holder awkwardly hold hands against gerrymandering | RIP Texas polling locations

9/13/2019
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Abortion rights activist and comedy goddess Lizz Winstead (co-creator and original head writer of The Daily Show!) fangirls with us over Molly Ivins and stresses humor as an important tool of the revolution. We marry all you beautiful souls who showed up to speak out against gerrymandering this week, but we mourn the loss of far too many polling locations in Texas. Also, something weird is going on with Arnold Schwarzenegger & Eric Holder...

Duration:00:58:34

People who are homeless are *people*... we talk to community activist Chris Harris | "Those pesky nudes!" | Climate crisis existential crisis | Call ya gov'na

9/6/2019
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We talk about some things you can do for the environment beyond swearing off straws. Plus, some things you can do about gun violence beyond what our lawmakers have done (aka nothing). Oh, and we discuss some things you can do about homelessness besides posting angrily in NextDoor about how you don't like seeing people who are experiencing homelessness. Big thanks to community activist Chris Harris for laying it all out for us!

Duration:01:03:06

"My mom and I aren't talking." Pro tips on conversation w/o polarization from Karen Gross of Citizen Discourse | HBD Ann Richards! | U Visas are an FU to the El Paso shooter | Rs are up to some dirty tricks

8/30/2019
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How do we have productive conversations about politics with people who disagree with us? Especially with the people closest to us? We invited founder of Citizen Discourse, Karen Gross, to give us some tips. Plus, happy birthday to the matron saint of The Rabble, Ann Richards! And we learn about some dirty tricks Texas Republicans are pulling to try and hang onto power.

Duration:01:03:38

Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez on her U.S. Senate run vs Cornyn | Hitler lurved the U.S. Border Patrol (surprise) | Toothbrushes! Toothbrushes? | Austin's budget dollahs make us hollah

8/23/2019
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“Republicans [in Texas] don’t govern with a mandate; they govern with a minority of voters participating.” Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez aims to excite new voters in her U.S. Senate run. She also talks about why running as the mom of a 2-year-old is an asset and not a disadvantage, and lessons learned from Beto's Senate race. Plus, we learn about dark connections between El Paso and Nazi Germany, shifting demographics in Texas, and some marriage-worthy stuff the Austin city council is up to.

Duration:00:45:06

Mucho amor for Latinx Texans | It ain't easy being #GreenShirtGuy | Are Hitler comparisons fair? Immigration law legend Carlos Spector weighs in | We need a Plan B for sh*tty city councilmen

8/16/2019
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We made a mistake last week. We failed to put enough focus on the real story of the El Paso shooting -- that it was the largest massacre of Latinx people in modern American history. This week, we try to make it right. We shout out orgs building Latinx power in Texas, speak with El Paso attorney and legend of immigration law Carlos Spector, and highlight brave Latinx Texans who aren't taking any mierda. Plus, learn how showing up to city council meetings can make you internet famous! (a la...

Duration:00:52:49

We <3 El Paso + clap back at NRA talking points with Ed Scruggs of TX Gun Sense | #Texodus! (& surprise guest Kim Olson) | Rooting out police racism with the Plain View Project

8/9/2019
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We're heartbroken and outraged along with El Paso and the rest of Texas this week. We're desperate to know what to do about this gun violence epidemic, so we sat down with Ed Scruggs, president of Texas Gun Sense, to learn comebacks to some of these NRA talking points we hear our crazy uncles spouting. We also talk white supremacy, police racism in Galveston, and some good news, too -- the #Texodus of Republicans from Congress and some wonderful things our listeners did for our "Politics Is...

Duration:00:58:24

"Politics Is Personal" Series: Diana Earl of Moms Demand Action on becoming an "actionist" & being a person of color in mostly white "progressive" spaces

8/2/2019
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This is the third episode in a special series we’re calling “Politics Is Personal.” We're sharing the stories of our favorite Texas activists and what happens when normals like us are compelled to "do more than nothing." On this episode, we talk with gun violence prevention warrior Diana Earl, the Texas Survivor Membership Lead for Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action. Diana shares about the tragic event that brought her into the fight against gun violence and her advice to people who...

Duration:00:31:57

"Politics Is Personal" Series: Immigration Attorney and Activist Pooja Sethi on defeating shyness by harnessing the power of show tunes to fight oppression

7/26/2019
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This is the second episode of a special series we’re calling, “Politics Is Personal.” We're sharing the stories of our favorite Texas activists and what happens when normals like us are compelled to "do more than nothing." We hear from Pooja Sethi, an Austin immigration attorney and activist, on her meet cute with social justice work. From Little Orphan Annie to Annie's List, we talk immigration rights, racism in America and the "go back to your country" vibes brought on by the...

Duration:00:42:15

"Politics Is Personal" Series: Ann Finch of Team Brownsville on finding purpose at the border

7/19/2019
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This is the first episode of a special series we’re calling, “Politics Is Personal.” We're sharing the stories of our favorite Texas activists and what happens when normals like us are compelled to "do more than nothing." This ep, we hear a fascinating personal account of what it's really like at the border, from the eyes of a sweet, newly widowed TX grandma named Ann Finch. In only a year's time, she went from a desperate need to do SOMEthing to carrying bags of toilet seats and pulling...

Duration:00:35:43

Gina Ortiz Jones throws shade at Will Hurd re: kids at the border | Psst, you might not get in trouble for pot RN | Republicans hate healthcare | Jen Ramos, #1 Young Democrat in TX

7/12/2019
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Trigger warning: In this episode, we discuss some personal experiences with attempted suicide during our FMK segment. If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please PLEASE please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention hotline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ Plus, shero Gina Ortiz Jones throws shade at Will Hurd for not showing up for the kids at the border. We also learn about why a whole bunch of Texas counties aren't prosecuting possession of "the Devil's...

Duration:00:58:19

Happy birthday, USA! Let's do democracy: register voters, help your precinct chair (or become one!), get yoself to the Dem Convention. With Brittany Switzer of the Texas Dems.

7/5/2019
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We love America so hard it hurts! In our 4th of July week ep, we talk about good ways to do democracy... like starting right in your neighborhood by becoming a precinct chair, registering high school students, or joining the Meme Army (whaaa!). Also, register2vote.org is the next best thing to online voter registration, and their new map tool helps you funnel voter reg funding to your neighborhood or anywhere you want for only $1/voter!

Duration:00:44:26

The babies at the border and how you can help them with special guest TX Rep. Mary González and guest host Cheasty Anderson

6/28/2019
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If all you can think about this week are the babies at the border who have no toothbrushes, soap, or even diapers, this is the episode for you. We were desperate to understand what was happening to child migrants and how we could help, so we made an episode all about just that. Plus, in a surreal twist of fate, Becky's pansexual stan Texas State Rep. Mary González (who inspired her to come out on last week's pod) represents the district where the Clint facility is (the one in the news this...

Duration:01:08:57

Pride Special! | Becky comes out | Erica Nix, Briona Jenkins & Charlie Bonner do FMK the queer way | Save the drag queens | Gay bunnies

6/21/2019
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GAY RIGHTS! In this special Pride episode of The Rabble, three of our queer heroes, ahem QUEEROS, take over "Political F*ck, Marry, Kill" -- all the love to Erica Nix (Workout! with Erica Nix), Bri Jenkins (Out Youth and the Queer For It pod), and Charlie Bonner (MOVE Texas and also the best parts of the Internet, generally). Plus our very own Becky comes out! (surprised face emoji)

Duration:00:55:54

Pod Bless Texas/The Rabble Crossover Episode! | "Never have I ever" with Kendall Scudder and Lillian Salerno | We salivate over Whataburger shoes

6/14/2019
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Like that time ALF landed on Gilligan's Island, we beamed ourselves up to the Big D for the Texas politics podcast mash-up of the millennium: The Rabble meets Pod Bless Texas! We got to know our new friends Lillian Salerno and Kendall Scudder over a bottle (or 3) of champagne and a revealing game of "Never have I ever." Plus, we join in the fun of everyone's favorite Pod Bless Texas segment, "OBSESSED!"

Duration:01:09:00

Awkward Ted Cruz/John Cornyn 3-way F | Supermajority co-founder & shero Jess Morales Rocketto! | TX ain't "The Friendly State" for homeless folks

6/7/2019
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The ladies of Rouser discover MATH foreplay. Tr*mp tries to take away avocado toast from millennials, and we’re shocked at which Texans actually stood up to him. We find out Barbara Jordan and Ladybird Johnson were the coolest besties-with-a-cause ever. Plus, we're obsessed with Supermajority co-founder Jess Morales Rocketto, who shares with us how (spoiler alert!) women are going to save democracy.

Duration:01:00:58

Drunk (recent) history: 86th TX lege edition | We learn why "vote blue no matter who" is B.S. | Max Lars, Chief of Staff for the TX House Dem "Freshman of the Year "

5/31/2019
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We drinking game-ify our wrap-up of the 86th TX lege, so pour yourself a local craft beer (that you can now take home from the brewery, thanks to one of our highly fuck-able bills!) and join us. Plus, we get to talk with Max Lars, one of the 13 African American chiefs of staff who served in this legislative session -- the most in Texas history. Oh, and? He was the one running the office of the Texas House Democratic Caucus's "Freshman of the Year," John Bucy. Fire emoji Plus, we learn how to...

Duration:01:06:46