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Journalists tell you what you’re missing from the mainstream news. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela, IN THE THICK has the conversations about race, identity and politics few people are discussing or want to discuss.

Journalists tell you what you’re missing from the mainstream news. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela, IN THE THICK has the conversations about race, identity and politics few people are discussing or want to discuss.

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United States

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Journalists tell you what you’re missing from the mainstream news. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela, IN THE THICK has the conversations about race, identity and politics few people are discussing or want to discuss.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Stakes Are High

10/4/2022
Julio is joined by Sabrina Rodríguez, national political reporter for the Washington Post, and Fernanda Santos, editorial director of Futuro Media and contributing columnist for the Washington Post, to discuss the changing political climates around the world, including Brazil’s presidential election. They also discuss voter turnout in the U.S. within communities of color and how to build cross-racial solidarity ahead of the midterms. ITT Staff Picks: “The candidates and their vision for...

ITT Sound Off: Living With Hurricanes

9/30/2022
Julio and guest co-host Renée Graham, opinion columnist at The Boston Globe, discuss the impact of Hurricane Ian in Florida, and recent polling of Latino voters and how it will impact the midterms. They also get into the controversy surrounding retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre, who used state welfare funds to finance his own projects in Mississippi. ITT Staff Picks: There are many reasons people decide to stay put during a hurricane. The Washington Post spoke to some Florida residents...

Duration:00:20:51

Ayotzinapa Cover-Up

9/27/2022
Maria and Julio are joined by Peniley Ramírez, award-winning journalist and executive producer of Investigates and Special Projects for Futuro Unidad Hinojosa, to discuss the aftermath of her decision to publish an unredacted report on the investigation of 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teacher’s College in Mexico. They get into the new revelations found in the report, and the pushback Peniley has received online and from the Mexican government for releasing it. ITT Staff...

Duration:00:33:45

ITT Sound Off: Height of Hypocrisy

9/23/2022
Maria and Julio talk about the latest in the multiple civil and criminal investigations against former President Donald Trump, including a lawsuit from New York Attorney General Letitia James. They also get into the political stunts by Republican governors, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who promised asylum seekers jobs and housing, but sent them to Martha’s Vineyard with neither. ITT Staff Picks: Barb McQuade, a law professor, wrote about why the civil lawsuit from New York AG...

Puerto Rico Five Years Later

9/20/2022
Maria and Julio are joined by Carlos Edill Berríos Polanco, freelance journalist and a contributing writer for Latino Rebels, to discuss Hurricane Fiona’s impact on Puerto Rico and how the island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria five years later. They also talk about the issue of statehood for Puerto Rico, and how artist Bad Bunny is using his platform to raise awareness about corruption on the island. ITT Staff Picks: “Puerto Ricans have been forced to be incredibly resilient...

Duration:00:36:28

The Wheels of Justice

9/16/2022
Maria and Julio are joined by Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and associate editor for The Washington Post. They get into the Justice Department’s investigation into former President Trump and what hopes there are for accountability. They also talk about the increase in threats of violence from the far-right and the role of journalists in framing the coverage of Trump’s actions. And, they discuss President Biden’s calls to defend democracy ahead of the midterms. ITT...

Duration:00:44:36

A Political Flashpoint

9/13/2022
Maria and Julio are joined by Caitlin Dickerson, staff writer for The Atlantic, and Hamed Aleaziz, immigration policy reporter for the LA Times. They unpack immigration policy in the United States, including recent news of the Department of Homeland Security’s roll back of a Trump-era public charge rule. They also discuss how media coverage can impact immigrant communities. ITT Staff Picks: In this investigative piece for The Atlantic, Caitlin Dickerson dives into the history and impact of...

Duration:00:44:46

ITT Sound Off: No Absolute Power

9/9/2022
Maria and Julio react to the news of Queen Elizabeth II passing away, and they reflect on the British empire’s legacy of colonialism and imperialism. They also get into the Justice Department’s investigation of former president Donald Trump and his mishandling of classified documents, and they unpack the decades of neglect and disinvestment that contributed to an ongoing water crisis in the predominantly Black city of Jackson, Mississippi. ITT Staff Picks: Candace McDuffie writes about...

Duration:00:25:12

Birth Care for Every Body

9/6/2022
In this rebroadcast episode from 2021, Maria welcomes Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, a Chicanx midwife and director of the Changing Woman Initiative, and Dr. Rachel Hardeman, a reproductive health equity researcher and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, for a conversation about inequities in birthing healthcare. They discuss how to ground our ideas of parenthood in inclusive frameworks and the path towards reproductive justice. ITT Staff Picks: Elizabeth Weller’s pregnancy...

Duration:00:41:01

The Achilles Heel of Democracy

9/2/2022
In this rebroadcast episode from January, Maria and Julio ring in the new year with Jelani Cobb, staff writer at the New Yorker and dean of the Columbia Journalism School. We listen back to their reflections on the legacy of the Black Lives Matter movement, the attacks on voting rights in the lead-up to the midterm elections, and the state of U.S. democracy. ITT Staff Picks: “Black communities are constantly reminded that while people spoke about their “allyship” for Black Lives Matter,...

Duration:00:37:55

LIVE From Las Vegas: Covering Latino Communities

8/30/2022
It’s ITT’s first live show of 2022! Maria and Julio travel to the NABJ-NAHJ Convention at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada to talk about the complexity of Latino communities and the role of journalists who are reporting on them. They’re joined by Lori Montenegro, Washington D.C. bureau chief for Noticias Telemundo, and Ed O’Keefe, Senior White House & Political Correspondent for CBS News to discuss what is being missed in media coverage of the Latino vote and Latino communities broadly....

Duration:01:01:43

ITT Sound Off: Accomplices Not Allies

8/26/2022
Julio and guest co-host Renée Graham, opinion columnist at The Boston Globe, discuss the release of the affidavit for the search warrant at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. They also unpack this week’s primaries and President Biden’s announcement of a student loan debt relief plan. And, they get into Louisville Metro Police detective Kelly Goodlett pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge in connection to the police killing of Breonna Taylor. ITT Staff Picks: Lexi...

Duration:00:22:36

What About Electoral Power?

8/23/2022
In this special collaboration with Latino USA, Maria and Julio are joined by Sonja Diaz, founding director of the Latino Policy & Politics Institute at UCLA, and Jazmine Ulloa, national politics reporter for the New York Times, to talk about the complexity of Latino voters ahead of the midterm elections. They get into what they are hearing from voters on the ground, and the key races we should be keeping an eye on. ITT Staff Picks: Suzanne Gamboa writes about the “erosion of Latino voter...

Duration:00:42:05

ITT Sound Off: Not in Your Corner

8/19/2022
Julio and guest co-host Renée Graham, opinion columnist at The Boston Globe, get into the latest CDC guidance and the investigations into former President Donald Trump, including the FBI’s search at Mar-a-Lago and the investigation into 2020 election interference in Georgia. They also recap this week’s primaries, from Representative Liz Cheney’s loss in Wyoming to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s run for Congress. This episode was mixed by Rosana Cabán. ITT Staff Picks: “By some...

Duration:00:23:27

FBI Chronicles With Trump

8/16/2022
Julio and guest co-host Terrell Jermaine Starr, journalist and host of the Black Diplomats podcast, are joined by Imani Gandy, senior editor for the Rewire News Group and co-host of the podcast Boom! Lawyered, and Nathalie Baptiste, senior reporter at HuffPost, and they get real. They discuss the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, and the spike in threats of violence toward law enforcement officials. They also get into the latest with abortion access. ITT Staff Picks: “It’s time for MAGA adherents,...

Duration:00:35:42

ITT Sound Off: A White Man’s Diary

8/12/2022
Maria and guest co-host Terrell Jermaine Starr, journalist and host of the Black Diplomats podcast, discuss the investigation into former President Donald Trump, including the FBI’s search at his Mar-a-Lago home and some of the mainstream media coverage on the raid. They also get into the Biden administration’s announcement that they are ending the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols, or Remain in Mexico, policy. This episode was mixed by Rosana Cabán. ITT Staff Picks: “Garland’s...

Duration:00:24:01

Cross-Racial Solidarity

8/9/2022
Maria and Julio talk with Heather McGhee, activist, author and host of the new podcast “The Sum of Us,” produced by Higher Ground and Futuro Studios. They get into Heather’s journey covering multiracial solidarity movements across the United States. They also talk about the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, and the results of Kansas’ ballot initiative on abortion rights. ITT Staff Picks: Ellen Ioanes breaks down how the Inflation Reduction Act will help Americans, for Vox. Rolling...

Duration:00:38:08

Feeding the Climate Monster

8/5/2022
In this rebroadcast episode from 2021, Maria and Julio are joined by Kendra Pierre-Louis, climate reporter with Gimlet, and Dallas Goldtooth, organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. They discuss how communities of color are the most impacted by climate disasters globally, and also how they are at the forefront of pushing for climate justice. ITT Staff Picks: To combat this summer’s heat wave and protect civilians, Congress could pass policy to stop utility shutoffs even if a...

Duration:00:40:34

White Supremacy Unchecked

8/2/2022
Julio and guest co-host Harsha Nahata, producer for In The Thick, are joined by Anoa Changa, a southern-based movement journalist for NewsOne, and Karen Attiah, columnist for The Washington Post. They hear from Maria on her reporting out of North Dakota and discuss multiracial organizing ahead of the midterms. They also get into the harmful narratives around immigration, and how the climate crisis is having a deadly impact in Kentucky. ITT Staff Picks: For Scalawag Magazine, Anoa Changa...

Duration:00:36:33

ITT Sound Off: The Fatigue Is Real

7/29/2022
Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, managing editor at BuzzFeed News, unpack the Monkeypox virus and its impact on the LGBTQ+ community. They also get into the latest on the Justice Department’s investigation into January 6, and the upcoming Black Panther sequel, Wakanda Forever. ITT Staff Picks: There is widespread fear and anxiety about the Monkeypox virus among gay and bisexual men, a community which has been hit the hardest, reports Liam Stack for The New York Times. In this piece...

Duration:00:21:21