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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.




#107: Fighting the Silent Battles (With James McDaniel)

Maria calls up all-star guest, Christina Greer, professor at Fordham University and fellow at NYU's McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, to get an In The Thick take on the latest news. Then, Maria and Julio sit down with actor and artist, James McDaniel, who is best known for his role as Lieutenant Arthur Fancy in the groundbreaking series, NYPD Blue, and has also recently starred in The Deuce and The Night Shift. They chat about all the silent battles he fought from being one...


ITT EXTRA: Strange Times in the USA

Maria and Julio catch up on the week's news. They chat about the saucy details from James Comey's forthcoming memoir; corruption in federal immigration agencies; the fed's raid of President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen; Republicans who are dropping like flies; and, whether the latest attack in Syria will lead the U.S. into another war.


#106: The LGBT Community Is the Fabric of America

After catching up on the latest news from the Syrian conflict to the FBI's raid (not "break-in") of Trump's personal attorney, 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 EXTRA: Don't Let Trump Distract

In this ITT Extra, Maria and Julio highlight three stories you may have missed this week because... Trump: the missing migrant voices from the coverage of the Central American refugee caravan; the conviction of former Bolivian president Gonzalo "Goni" Sánchez de Lozada for the killings of mostly indigenous civilians during the 2003 gas protests; and the latest police shooting of unarmed black man, Saheed Vassell, in Brooklyn.


#105: Are You a Citizen of the United States?

Julio sits down with Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, and In The Thick All-Star guest Sandra Lilley, editor of NBC News-Latino, to discuss the 2020 Census and the newly added citizenship question. While breaking down the Census' problematic history of counting people of color, they highlight the serious and long-term repercussions of undercounting in the upcoming decennial census. We also find out "Where's Maria?" and catch up on the latest...


ITT EXTRA: What Would Dolores Huerta Do?

Maria and Julio give a little history lesson about the complicated legacy of César Chávez. From the conservative trope that Chávez was anti-immigration to Maria meeting Chávez for the first time at a Halloween parade, they talk about the real history of this national figure. They also highlight the activism of Chávez's badass comrade, Dolores Huerta, who is often written out of history, yet is still organizing for social justice at age 87. Reinforcing what we can learn from our history,...


#104: Tribalized and Weaponized

Maria and Julio are joined by two In The Thick All Star guests, Wajahat Ali, TV host and contributor to The New York Times, and Christina Greer, professor at Fordham University and fellow at NYU's McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. They catch up on the weekend's news: the power of youth at the March For Our Lives demonstrations and the Stormy Daniels 60 Minutes interview. The convo also digs into the recent package bombings in Austin and how race is framed in the national...


Trump Can Read Numbers

Maria and Julio catch up on this week's news waterfall: President Trump's last-minute flip-flop on DACA and the spending bill, the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, why Trump is mad about a leaky White House and Sunday's tragic Sacramento police shooting of an unarmed black man, Stephon Clark.


#103: Spring Is Coming?

Winter is ending... we think. Julio and Maria do a little spring cleaning and dig into some of the latest news with Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root, and Justine Calma, fellow at Grist and The Investigative Fund with The Nation Institute. It's been six months since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, so we discuss where the recovery stands, the federal response (or lack of) and the badass Boricua women helping to rebuild the island. We also talk about what to make of the...


Call to Action

Julio and Maria kick back this Friday and catch up on the week's news—from the Pennsylvania special election in a disappearing congressional district to the power of youth walking out of school to protest gun violence. They also chat about courageous women of color, like undocumented immigration activist Maru Mora-Villalpando, who filed a complaint against ICE and Lizbeth Mateo, an attorney and Dream 9 OG who became the first undocumented immigrant appointed to a statewide post in...


#102: The "Other" Boston

Boston is known as a progressive city, but it's also notorious for being one of the most racist cities in the United States. Julio, who's lived in Boston for over 30 years, breaks it down with former mayoral candidate Tito Jackson, Boston Globe reporter Nicole Dungca and artist/activist Eroc Arroyo-Montano. How has Boston's racism impacted the city's POC community—from healthcare to the Red Sox? But before we get into that conversation, Maria and Julio discuss the latest news: Rex...


When Our Fans Call Us Out (ITT FYI)

For this Friday version of ITT FYI, Maria and Julio answer some emails from our listeners, with an assist from Futuro Media's Maya Doig-Acuña, who tells us why we missed some big points in our recent Episode 101 Hollywood show. Also, North Korea, Stormy Daniels and the viral video showing Border Patrol detaining a woman right in the middle of a California street.


#101: Creating Our Own Seat at the Table

With the Oscars claiming inclusion this year, we wondered: are people of color being represented in the entertainment industry? Julio talks with comedian Elsa Waithe and Felix Sanchez, co-founder of The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. We also find out, "Where's Maria?" and catch you up on Sam Nunberg, and the latest on DACA and immigration.


I Just Met a Girl Named Maria (BONUS)

Maria and Julio speak with Mexican-American playwright Nancy Garcia Loza to discuss whitewashing in the theater community. They also talk about her new play "Jets, Sharks, and Beckys," which was inspired by In The Thick! But first, a quick news update on Puerto Rico, Roberta Jacobson, Libby Schaaf, and Jared Kushner.


#100: A Hundred Episodes Later, We FINALLY Talk About Gerrymandering

It's our 100th episode (thank you!) and Maria is reporting around the country for the next few weeks so we ask, "Where is Maria?" before we finally discuss topics you have told us to do for a while now: gerrymandering and other forms of limiting the power to vote. Julio talks with David Daley, senior fellow for FairVote and the author of "Ratfucked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy" and Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration...



Last week, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) President Roger C. Rocha Jr. refused to step down after a letter he sent to President Trump went viral. Then, CEO Brent Wilkes unexpectedly resigned. Julio calls him to find out why. Maria and Julio also discuss the NRA, and the latest about the Hurricane Maria death count in Puerto Rico.


Scandal in the White House

This week, we take a look at two stories that were overlooked. What is going on with the Russia investigation? Then, should White House Chief of Staff John Kelly resign? Maria and Julio are joined by Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root, and Indira Lakshmanan, the Newmark Foundation Chair for Journalism Ethics at Poynter Institute and a columnist for The Boston Globe.


ITT FYI: Code Red

Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, shook the core of many, including all of us here at In The Thick. In this latest ITT FYI, host Julio Ricardo Varela tries to make sense out of America's latest mass shooting with Terrell Jermaine Starr, a reporter for The Root and an In The Thick All-Star. In addition, an update on the DACA debate, while we wonder what will happen next in the Mueller investigation.


#98: My Political Party Is Journalism

Could media across the political spectrum be doing a better job of reporting on politics, immigration and the President? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with MRC Latino's Ken Oliver-Mendez and nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette to discuss the complexities of being a POC journalist under the Trump administration.


SPECIAL REPORT: On the Ground in D.C.

After a brief government shutdown in the early hours Friday morning, President Trump signed a budget bill passed by both Senate and House Republicans and Democrats. The one thing not included in the bill was DACA, which Congress now has until March 5th to legalize. Maria catches up with Julio, who spent the week reporting on the ground in Washington D.C.. We hear from dreamers and advocates during the National Day of Action for the Dream Act. Julio also gets the latest from Capitol Hill...


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