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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 Hurricane That Never Left Puerto Rico: Part I

A year ago, Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico. The past 12 months have brought disorganized recovery efforts, an estimated thousands of deaths and an island that refuses to let go of its resiliency. In The Thick is dedicating a two-part special series to honor this tragic anniversary. In Part 1, Maria and Julio talk to two Puerto Rican journalists: Arelis Hernández, from The Washington Post, and Bianca Padró Ocasio, from The Orlando Sentinel, who've both been covering the impact of...


The Stolen Sisters

The #MMIWG (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) movement has been gaining momentum in the U.S. and Canada, as Indigenous women call for an end to targeted violence. Maria and Julio speak about this widespread issue with Annita Lucchesi, a Southern Cheyenne cartographer who has built the largest database of missing and murdered Indigenous women, and Jenni Monet, an independent journalist and tribal member of the Pueblo of Laguna. ITT Staff Picks The InterceptAnnita...


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


Technology v. The People

Algorithms, social media and technology are increasingly becoming a risk for communities of color. Maria and Julio talk about zeroes and ones with Surya Mattu, researcher with The MIT Center for Civic Media, and Jazmine Ulloa, reporter for the Los Angeles Times. ITT Staff Picks Jazmine's latestProPublica's investigationthe activistsA new in-depth piece


ITT EXTRA: The "Anonymous" Resistance

It's another intense week in Washington, D.C., and Maria and Julio are back to break down the latest. They talk about the chaotic Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, what the end of the Flores Agreement means for minors crossing the border and, of course, the New York Times op-ed on resistance within the White House. ITT Staff Picks the NYT's piece asks The AtlanticFrom Slate


Surviving Hate in the USA

Julio and Maria talk with Arjun Singh Sethi, a civil rights lawyer, writer and law professor who interviewed 13 survivors of hate crimes and edited their testimonies for his new book American Hate: Survivors Speak Out. ITT Staff Picks ProPublica explains. HuffPost's story 100 Most Influential People list


The LGBT Community Is the Fabric of America

In this rebroadcast episode from earlier this year, Maria and Julio are joined by Shelby Chestnut, National Organizing and Policy Strategist with Transgender Law Center, and Verónica Bayetti Flores, freelance writer and co-host of Radio Menea. They discuss the LGBT rights movement and how the media can do a better job of covering the LGBT community. ITT Staff Picks: Latino USA's InterviewLGBT candidates running in midtermsby Rewire.News


The Case of Immigration Activist Ravi Ragbir

Back in February, Maria and Julio sat down with immigration activist Ravi Ragbir, who had endured what a federal judge called an "unnecessarily cruel" detainment and was threatened with a scheduled deportation. Since then, Ravi has been granted a stay from a New Jersey judge. But earlier this month, he was back in court in New York, fighting to be granted a second stay in hopes of preventing his new scheduled deportation date, September 7, 2018. With the recent updates to Ravi's case, In...


The Legacy of the Biggest Immigration Raid

In 2008, ICE agents descended on a small rural town in Iowa for their largest operation in the history of the United States. As a result, the population of Postville was slashed almost in half and its economy collapsed. Maria and Julio talk to Almudena Toral and Ronny Rojas, two of the journalists behind a new documentary from Univision detailing the aftermath of the raid. ITT Staff Picks at the Univision site This American Life asked this report from the Center for American Progress


Charlottesville: One Year Later

A year after the tragedy of Charlottesville and just days after the Unite The Right 2 Rally, Julio talks with returning ITT guest Mike German, a former FBI agent who once infiltrated white supremacy groups undercover. ITT Staff Picks The Atlantic according to a former NYPD officer puts the focus on white nationalism Wired's 2011 report on the FBI's racial profiling mapping tool. Check out last year's rebroadcast of Mike's original interview with ITT following the Unite The Right 2017...


ITT EXTRA: Debating How to Reunite Immigrant Families

Maria and Julio talk about the work of Michael Avenatti (Stormy Daniels' attorney...and future 2020 presidential candidate, maybe?) to reunite immigrant families. His clients are parents who have been deported, and whose kids are still in the U.S., so his approach is to send the kids back to their home countries to be reunited. This is a controversial strategy that has been criticized by many long-time immigration lawyers. They also call up immigration attorney, Amy Maldonado, for her...


The Chaos Is Real

Maria and Julio catch up with all-star Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root, and Jane Coaston, senior politics reporter at Vox. They talk the latest with conspiracy theories, Paul Manafort's white male hubris, Unite the Right 2 and how Omarosa's drama could threaten cybersecurity. ITT Staff Picks: latest for Voxcoverage of the Paul Manafort trialby Franklin Foer in The Atlanticthe study Julio mentions


ITT EXTRA: This Place Is a Snake Pit

Maria and Julio talk about the role of POC journalism in the Trump era including the latest revelations on the death toll in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria, the National Association of Black Journalists' latest resolution and the silent departure of one of the few Latinx in The White House. Want more? read this New York Times obituary of Ida B. Wells statement of the National Association of Black Journalists read this interview with Helen Aguirre Ferré,


The Antidote to Hate

Maria and Julio catch up with immigration organizers Cristina Jiménez, executive director of United We Dream, and Grecia Lima, national political director of The Center for Community Change. They talk about the latest court decision on DACA, the recent white supremacist rally in Portland and The Washington Post's problematic coverage of white minorities in rural Pennsylvania. Want more? The Nation explains Our friends at Latino Rebels The protests after the death of Joey...


ITT EXTRA: The Trumpocalypse

This week, the American Immigration Lawyers Association reported that a migrant toddler died shortly after being released from an ICE detention center in Dilley, Texas. There are 11,000 kids are living in these detention facilities across the country. Maria and Julio talk with immigration attorney, Amy Maldonado about the immigration detention centers and what she calls our immigration "kangaroo courts." Want more? The Intercept'saccording to Vox.parents were targeted by Trump's...


Flexin' Our Grit Muscles

Maria and Julio talk about the news with two all-stars: Callie Crossley, host of Under the Radar on WGBH Radio, and Gabby Rivera, writer, artist, activist and our resident nerdberger. They discuss midterm elections, the latest on immigration policy and the spike of racist hate crimes in the United States. Want more? migrant parents were forced to sign papersCould Democrats Be Thwarted againListen this Latino USA episode


ITT EXTRA: Nicaragua's Crisis Explained

It all started with deadly, violent protests against the Nicaraguan government, but did it really? In this special ITT EXTRA, Julio catches up with Latino USA producer Sayre Quevedo to hear the behind the scenes of his reporting for his latest explainer. Want to read more? BBCThe Washington Post The New York Times


#121: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Revolution

Four weeks ago, no one knew her name, but now she gives hope for progressives across the country (and around the world). Julio and Maria talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about why she decided to run for Congress and what the future will bring for her and the Democratic Party. Want to read more? Are Alexandria's endorsements of Democratic insurgents paying off?How some Democrats are rethinking their own party.that 60% Puerto Ricans were denied FEMA aid and why


Rosa Clemente on Puerto Rico, Me Too and Hip Hop

She was the first Latina to run for vice president with the Green Party in 2008, but Rosa Clemente has long been organizing for political and social change. Maria and Julio talk to Rosa about her organizing work, the rap industrial complex and her independent reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Want to read/watch more? talks to Rolling StonePuerto Rising,the full video referenced in the episode


#120: Time to Take Comrade Trump Seriously

Julio catches up with all-star guests Raquel Cepeda, filmmaker and author, and Wajahat Ali, TV host and contributor to The New York Times, about all the latest threats to U.S. democracy. They talk about the meeting between Trump and Putin in Helsinki, the rise of the Abolish ICE movement and what might happen with the new SCOTUS nominee. We also find out "Where's Maria?" who was –literally– on the road reporting. Want to read more? The NY Times explains according to The Atlantic....