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The Futuro Media Group presents a new political podcast from the perspective of a changing America. Hosted by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, IN THE THICK will follow the election season and present new voices and points of view.

The Futuro Media Group presents a new political podcast from the perspective of a changing America. Hosted by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, IN THE THICK will follow the election season and present new voices and points of view.
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The Futuro Media Group presents a new political podcast from the perspective of a changing America. Hosted by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, IN THE THICK will follow the election season and present new voices and points of view.




The Legacy of Redlining

Discrimination and housing segregation in the United States didn't happened by chance. In this episode, our guests Richard Rothstein, author of the book The Color of Law, and Emmanuel Martinez, data reporter for Reveal, explain how redlining still shapes our cities and affects people of color. ITT Staff Picks: Reveal's award-winning investigative series Keep Out, which Emmanuel co-reported for, explores how housing discrimination still happens through banks and loans. Richard...


ITT Sound Off: We Are You

While President Trump declares a national emergency, Maria and Julio talk about the truth behind this political move, as well as the situation of the rapper 21 Savage, who was detained by ICE. They also discuss the controversy we've seen around Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. ITT Staff Picks: Vox explainsFrom The Nation:This opinion piece


Wearing the Mask

Two leading Democrats in Virginia have acknowledged that they did blackface in the past and a third Democrat has been accused of sexual abuses. Maria and Julio try to understand this mess (and more) with two All-Stars: journalist and Columbia professor Alexis Clark, and Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University. ITT Staff Picks: Vox explains The Intercept Trump's rally in El Paso —and Beto's response — is a preview of every...


ITT Sound Off: Bring the Receipts

Maria and Julio talk about Jeff Bezos’ allegations that David Pecker, the owner of the National Enquirer’s parent company, extorted and blackmailed him. They also talk about why the State of the Union address was hard to watch and the City of Nogales vote against the concertina wire on the border fence. ITT Staff Picks: condemn concertina wire on border fencewrote a blog postvia The Atlantic


2020 TBD

Maria and Julio talk with All-Star Jamilah King, race and justice reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, and Andrea González-Ramírez, political reporter with Refinery29. They discuss the larger issues at stake in the Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's blackface scandal, the racist and homophobic attack against Jussie Smollett, and the latest 2020 Democratic candidates to announce their campaigns. ITT Staff Picks: Kamala Harris’ campaign will force democrats to decide where they...


A Fronteriza in Congress

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar is one of the first two Latinas from Texas to win a seat in the U.S. Congress that was sworn in a few weeks ago. In an intimate conversation that took place at her office in Washington D.C., Julio and Rep. Escobar talk about the border community of El Paso, the hospitality that has always characterized its people and what it means for her to be a woman of color in a predominantly white and male Congress. ITT Staff Picks: El Paso TimesMother JonesThe...


Assimilation Is Not the Answer

The longest shutdown in U.S. history has ended with the President taking credit for solving a problem that he created and continuing his rhetoric about a non-existent border crisis. Maria and Julio are joined by two All-Stars: Jenni Monet, an independent journalist and tribal member of the Pueblo of Laguna, and Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root. They talk about what has been missing in the coverage of the shutdown, what mainstream media overlooked in the aftermath of the...


ITT Sound Off: Eccentric Circles

Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder man, sang a prayer song to make peace between a group of MAGA hat-wearing white Catholic high school students and members of the Black Hebrew Israelites. Maria and Julio talk about the aftermath and the context in which the video of the confrontation occurred. They also discuss the arrest and indictment of one of President Trump's top aides, Roger Stone and the unfolding political crisis in Venezuela and the involvement of the U.S. government. ITT...


ITT-AnthroPod Crossover: (W)rap on Immigration

In this special crossover episode with AnthroPod, Julio moderates a conversation with anthropologist Jason De León and Maria about migration, writing, and teaching. “(W)Rap on: Immigration” is the second episode of the (W)Rap On series at AnthroPod, which brings anthropologists into conversation with artists, activists, and scholars from other disciplines and perspectives. The series is loosely inspired by James Baldwin and Margaret Mead’s 1970 conversation Rap on Race, and was conceived...


ITT Sound Off: Counter-Narratives

This week William Barr, another immigration hardliner, had his Senate confirmation hearings to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Maria and Julio talk about a new report that shows that thousands more children than originally reported, may have been separated from their relatives under the Trump administration's Zero Tolerance policy and the importance of thoughtful immigration coverage during these times. ITT wants to hear from you! We're headed to the Rio Grande valley in Texas,...


Surviving R. Kelly in the Me Too Era

The recent Lifetime documentary series by dream hampton, "Surviving R. Kelly", brings the R&B legend back to the limelight, now through the testimonies of women of color who survived his abuses and sexual predatory behavior for decades. Maria and Julio are joined by Jamilah Lemieux, writer and media professional who was featured in the docuseries and April Reign, diversity and inclusion advocate, media commentator and the creator of #OscarsSoWhite. They talk about the role of race in R....


ITT Sound Off: Shutdown Limbo

The current government shutdown is about to become the longest in U.S. history and it's not only impacting workers, but also the lives of immigrants and asylum seekers. Maria and Julio talk about the shutdown and the rhetoric that for decades has backed the implementation of anti-immigration policies, supported by leaders of both political parties and the mainstream media. ITT Staff Picks: the chaos of Trump’s shutdownimmigration rates with a surge in crime ratesviolating a law


Not a Crisis

The government shutdown that started three weeks ago is on track to become one of the longest in U.S. history, while the 2020 presidential race is already in sight. Maria and Julio are joined by All-Star Wajahat Ali, a contributor to The New York Times, and ITT's newest All-Star Vann Newkirk, a staff writer at The Atlantic. They unpack the consequences of the shutdown and discuss if the country is ready for a woman or POC presidential candidate. ITT Staff Picks: Democrats’ 2020mpact 38...


ITT Sound Off: Let's Do This, 2019

In our first episode of the New Year, Maria and Julio discuss the latest in immigration policy: the deaths of two migrant kids detained by U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the southern border. They also talk about the urgency of a more objective —and more humane— media coverage on immigration issues and take a look at the challenges that lay ahead for the new and most diverse Congress to be sworn in. ITT Staff Picks: Trump administration's lack of an effective policyan old video of her...


From Migrants to Midterms, Chao 2018

The year 2018 will be remembered for quite a few milestones: migrant children being held in cages, the growth of the #MeToo movement, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez becoming the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress. Maria and Julio take a look back at the most unforgettable moments of 2018 for In The Thick, and they discuss why POC voices are needed now, more than ever. ITT 2018 Picks: ITT EXTRA Midterms 2018: The Practice...


LIVE From LA: Muy muy California

For this LIVE In The Thick in Los Angeles, Maria sat down with Judy Reyes from "Scrubs" and "Claws," USC professor and author Manuel Pastor, and one of our ITT All-Stars, comedian Cristela Alonzo, to discuss California as a leader in promoting immigrant rights, diversity, and social justice. ITT Staff Picks James Fallows reviewsState of Resistance profile on NPRtalks about her character


Felices Holidays!

To our In The Thick listeners: We're sending a message of love and appreciation to you all. We wish you all felices fiestas and happy holidays. A special thank you note to all the POC journalists, particularly to women journalists of color, who continue to push forward for truth and democracy. Peace and love, Maria y Julio


Gabby Rivera: Caring About POC Joy

Maria and Julio sit down with queer Latinx writer Gabby Rivera, who wrote AMERICA, featuring Marvel's first Latina lesbian superhero, America Chavez. They chat about why representation matters, celebrating POC joy and how Maria may just be Gabby's madrina.


Black and Undocumented

Many times forgotten, black undocumented immigrants from Latin American, Caribbean or African countries are a growing part of the immigrant community. Maria and Julio speak to Jonathan Jayes-Green, co-founder and director of the UndocuBlack Network, to understand the complexities of this population and how they are organizing to fight back and support each other. ITT Staff Picks: 'Double Punishment' The Hill's op-edCenter for American Progress


A Story of Asylum Seekers, 79 Years Ago

In 1939, a ship called the SS St. Louis with 900 Jewish refugees arrived to Cuba, fleeing the Nazi regime. Most of them were sent back home to Europe, where many died in concentration camps. In this episode, Maria and Julio talk to Armando Lucas Correa, editor-in-chief of People en Español and author of the book The German Girl, a fictional story based on what happened with those refugees from the St. Louis. ITT Staff Picks: The story of the SS St. Louis,NPR's Morning Edition Publisher...