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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.




Mexican Women Rise Up (Again)

Human rights lawyer and journalist, Gisela Pérez De Acha and journalist with El Universal Mexico, Melissa Amezcua join Maria and Julio to discuss the recent wave of feminist protests in Mexico. They talk about the gender-based violence that provoked the demonstrations and how the AMLO administration has fallen short of their duty to protect women. They also speak about the new details that have emerged from a recent New York Times essay that calls out Justice Brett Kavanaugh for sexual...


ITT Sound Off: Houston Democratic Debates

In this ITT Sound Off, Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King discuss the third Democratic Debate, which took place in Houston this week. Julio and Jamilah talk through Biden's confusing response to a question about the legacy of slavery in the United States, the reaction to an intense moment between Biden and Castro, and how the candidates successfully and unsuccessfully addressed issues from healthcare to gun violence. ITT Staff Picks VoxThe RootMother Jones


White Men Named Jonathan

Julio welcomes ITT All-Star Jamilah King as guest co-host, along with Andrea González-Ramírez, senior writer for GEN at Medium, and Esther Wang, staff writer at Jezebel. They discuss Elizabeth Warren’s notable performance at the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention, the third Republican to announce his 2020 candidacy, and Trump’s push to meet with the Taliban at Camp David. They also talk about criticism surrounding Jonathan Franzen’s recent New Yorker article about climate change,...


ITT Sound Off: The Dark Side

Maria and Julio are back in the studio to talk about a recent OIG report that establishes the detrimental mental health impacts of family separation and conditions in detention facilities on migrant children. They also discuss CNN’s climate crisis town hall with 2020 candidates, the devastation in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian, and an ongoing story from this week about ICE agents opening fire while attempting to apprehend a man near Nashville. ITT Staff Picks Roll Call Vox Al...


Undocumented Politics

Maria and Julio are joined by Abigail Leslie Andrews, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego to discuss her latest book, Undocumented Politics: Place, Gender and the Pathways of Mexican Migrants. They talk about political engagement within undocumented communities and the dehumanizing impact of forced displacement and deportation of immigrants that she's witnessed through her work as co-director of the Mexican Migration Field Research Program at...


Enemy to the Patriarchy

Maria and Julio are joined by the journalist and feminist author, Mona Eltahawy to discuss her new book, The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls. They also talk about #MeToo, the power of fighting back, feminist activism through hashtags on social media and the importance of women’s voice in defying the patriarchy. ITT Staff Picks: MonaTimeCNNQahera This episode was mixed by Jeanne Montalvo.


Hyper Visible and Invisible

Since Ilhan Omar was elected to Congress, she’s faced consistent attacks from the GOP and Donald Trump, even as far as the president telling her and three other Congresswomen to “go back to their country.” These attacks illustrate the greater struggle of being a black Muslim woman in this country today. Maria and Julio are joined by Shamira Ibrahim, culture writer on race, identity, and politics, and Margari Hill, co-founder and executive director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, to...


The Comedy of Immigration

Originally from Benghazi, Libya, Mohanad Elshieky has found in comedy a space to discuss and laugh about immigration, politics and white privilege in the United States. Maria and Julio talk with him about Hollywood, bidets and his encounter with immigration officers in a Greyhound. ITT Staff Picks: Mohanad's TEDx talk on being an immigrant and using humor to connect with people.“They Kept Repeating the Word ‘Illegals.'” -- The Willamette Week's article on Mohanad's encounter with the...


The Original Sin of 1619

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones led a team of black journalists, writers and poets to create The 1619 Project, a deep and thoughtful look into the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in this country. But a lot of the response has been predictably critical. Maria and Julio are joined by ITT All-Stars, Wajahat Ali, New York Times contributing op-ed writer and contributor with CNN, and Dr. Eddie Glaude, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University, to...


Card-Carrying White Nationalists

From the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Christchurch, New Zealand, to the Charlottesville car attack in 2017, it’s clear that white nationalists and the “alt-right” are not just living on the dark corners of the internet, but actually carry out deadly violence in the world. Maria and Julio talk with Alexandra Minna Stern, professor in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, about her latest book, Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is...


United States of White Supremacy

Maria and Julio are joined by ITT All-Stars, Terrell Jermaine Starr and Jamilah King, to discuss the surge in white supremacist and anti-immigrant violence instilled by the current administration, following the recent shootings in Texas, Ohio and California. They also talk about the latest state-sponsored attacks on the immigrant community: last week's largest single-state immigration raid in US history in Mississippi and USCIS’ announcements on cutting down immigrant benefits from all...


Michigan, The Other Border

Entirely situated within the 100-mile border zone, Michigan has the second-highest rate of ICE arrests in the country. This has had a huge and detrimental impact on Detroit residents, a city of immigrants. Maria and Julio are joined by Serena Maria Daniels, immigration reporter and co-founder of Tostada Magazine, and Sarah Rahal, breaking news and immigration reporter with the Detroit News, to discuss the impact ICE and CBP have had on Michigan’s POC and immigrant communities. ITT Staff...


Domestic Terrorism in El Paso

There have been over 250 mass shootings in the U.S., averaging to at least one shooting a day, according to the Gun Violence Archive. After this weekend's two mass shootings, Maria and Julio are joined by award-winning journalist Bob Moore, and Cynthia Pompa, Advocacy Manager of the Border Rights Center at ACLU of Texas, to discuss the devastating impact of white supremacy and domestic terrorism in the Borderland. They also talk to Representative Veronica Escobar of Texas’ 16th Congressional...


ITT Sound Off: Detroit Debates

Julio and producer, Nicole Rothwell, traveled to Detroit, MI this week to cover the second round of the Democratic Debates. In this ITT Sound Off #DemDebate edition, Maria and Julio discuss the highlights from how well (or not) the 2020 candidates covered racial justice, immigration and healthcare to what was missed completely. ITT Staff Picks: CNNVox'svia Jason Johnson of The Root


Ladies First

To emphasize the significance of black feminism, Maria and Julio talk with Feminista Jones on the release of her latest book, “Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World From the Tweets to the Streets.” They also talk about the influence of hip hop on women's sexual liberation, the importance of mental and spiritual health, and black women speaking out on their experiences with sexual abuse in the #MeToo era. ITT Staff Picks: The difference between White allyship and...


ITT Sound Off: Decolonizing the Mind

Maria and Julio discuss this week's news about Puerto Rico. After weeks of massive protests from the people, governor Ricardo Rosselló finally announced his resignation. They also talk about Robert Mueller’s testimony and the Trump Administration’s bringing back the death penalty. ITT Staff Picks: The GuardianVoxRewire News


The Cycles of Trauma for Vietnamese Americans

More than forty years after the Vietnam war, Vietnamese refugees are being deported under Trump's immigration policies. Maria and Julio are joined by James Boo, documentary filmmaker and managing producer of the podcast Self Evident: Asia America's Stories, and Phi Nguyen, litigation director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice. They discuss the historical context of the Vietnamese immigrant community and the political and civic engagement of Vietnamese Americans. ITT Staff Picks: Check...


ITT Sound Off: #RickyRenuncia

Maria and Julio discuss the latest about the ongoing manifestations in Puerto Rico, where the people are demanding that Governor Ricardo Rosselló resigns after the leaked text messages scandal. They also talk about Trump’s racist tweets urging “The Squad” to go back to their countries, and the tourist deaths of U.S. Citizens in the Dominican Republic. ITT Staff Picks: Washington PostBrittany Packnett’sCNN


This Is Exhausting

To catch up on the latest in immigration, Julio and guest co-host Maggie Freleng of Futuro Media chat with immigration attorney Amy Maldonado, and the Professor of Law and Migration Studies at the University of San Francisco, Bill Ong Hing. They talk about the threat of ICE raids, the complicity of big corporations supporting detention centers and the current conditions in these facilities. ITT Staff Picks: NPR's CodeSwitchViceThe Atlantic's


Just Go to Jail

This week’s sound-off is packed with all the madness going on in Washington. Futuro Media’s very own Erika Dilday guest co-hosts with Julio to breakdown the latest on: Alex Acosta’s resignation after facing backlash for Jeffrey Epstein’s secret plea deal, the administration’s insufficient reasoning behind the citizenship question on the Census, and the importance of Kamala Harris as a 2020 candidate. ITT Staff Picks: Read The Miami Herald's investigation, Perversion of Justice, that...