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Journalists of color 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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Journalists of color 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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In The Thick

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Journalists of color 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.

Census Suppression

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Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for whether the Trump administration should add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census, effectively changing the way people in the United States would be counted. Maria and Julio are joined by Dorian Warren, president of the Center for Community Change, and Hansi Lo Wang, NPR national correspondent, to discuss the Supreme Court case and how this question would impact POC and immigrant communities.

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Apr 30 2019

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Infected with MAGA-ism

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This week, Trump said he’s considering sending migrants to sanctuary cities. Maria and Julio are joined by two All-Stars, Jenni Monet, independent journalist and tribal member of the Pueblo of Laguna, and Brentin Mock, staff writer for City Lab, to discuss Trump's latest use of immigrants as political pawns. They also talk about the burning of three black churches in Louisiana, the latest attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar, and how the U.S. justice system impacts people of color.

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Apr 16 2019

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The Roots of Mental Health in Young Latinas

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The documentary “Some Girls” tackles the issue of mental health in young Latinas in America. Maria and Julio talk to ITT All-Star Raquel Cepeda, author and documentarian, about her film and how mental health is connected to beauty standards and cultural identity.

This episode was mixed by Jeanne Montalvo.

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May 31 2019

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Diabolical America

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This week in immigration, Trump announced his plans to appoint Mark Morgan to head ICE, while former White House chief-of-staff John Kelly joined the board of a company that runs detention centers for migrant children. Maria and Julio are joined by Andrea González-Ramírez, senior news and politics writer with Refinery29, and All-Star Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter with The Root, to discuss. Plus, they talk Trump’s phone call with Putin, and the latest 2020 update.

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May 07 2019

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If I Was a Dragon

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We’re talking elections! Whether it’s the 2020 candidates or the series finale of Game of Thrones, white males seem to be at the forefront. Maria and Julio are joined by Astead Herndon, national political reporter with The New York Times, and Brittany Packnett, activist and co-host of Pod Save The People, to discuss how the candidates approach POC voters, the notion of electability, and how similar issues of race, gender, and politics played out in the final season of Game of Thrones.

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May 21 2019

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Talking in Code

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s full redacted report is expected to come out mid-April, but what do we make of what we already know? Maria and Julio discuss this and more with Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer with the Washington Post, and All-Star Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter with The Root. They also get into Trump’s plans to cut aid to three Central American countries and Lucy Flores’ account of an inappropriate moment with Joe Biden.

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Apr 02 2019

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ITT Sound Off: One White Nation, Indivisible 

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It's been a busy week in immigration news, from Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation to Trump contradicting his administration's officials when it comes to his zero tolerance policy. Maria and Julio make sense of the latest in border politics. They also discuss how the coverage of Attorney General William Barr's testimony reflects white male privilege in the media, and the complexities of Julian Assange's sudden arrest in London.

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Apr 12 2019

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Prop 187: Blue State, Red Country 

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In 1994, a ballot measure aimed at targeting undocumented immigrants in California by denying families public services —from barring children from public schools to access to non-emergency public health care— was passed 59 percent to 41 percent, but never implemented. That was Proposition 187. Maria and Julio are joined by Gustavo Arellano, L.A. Times reporter and host of the “This Is California: The Battle of 187” podcast, and Gerardo Correa, president of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, to discuss the experiences of living through Prop. 187 and the impact it had on breeding a new generation of Latino activists.    ITT Staff Picks: 
  • Check out The Battle of Prop 187 podcast, a collaboration between Futuro Studios and the Los Angeles Times, which explores how a ballot measure targeting immigrants changed California politics forever. 
  • Pete Wilson still defending Prop. 187 and fighting for a better place in history, Gustavo's latest with the Los Angeles Times
  • From The Sacramento Bee, an immigrant's take on how Prop. 187 motivated him to become an active voter. 

Nov 19 2019

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LIVE From South Texas: Borderland Life

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Everyone is talking about the border, but no one is really talking about the border: what it is like to live, work and experience the vibrant day-to-day life around it. We don’t hear about the particular culture, uniqueness or challenges of this locale that go beyond the wall and immigration. Join In The Thick for the live show with co-hosts, Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela and guests Beatrix Lestrange, dragtivist and community organizer and Derick Garcia, Local NBC 23 News Lower Valley reporter.   ITT Staff Picks:
  • In the Rio Grande Valley, drag performer, Beatrix Lestrange finds a platform for safe sex activism, a profile by Remezcla
  • RGV residents celebrate dual cultural histories that flow beyond borders, via Texas Public Radio
  • How crossing the bridge to Matamoros got complicated, from The New York Times

Mar 26 2019

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The Original Sin of 1619  

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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 discuss the significance of this project and its response. They also talk about the Antifa movement and Israel’s decision to ban Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting.   Help In The Thick grow by telling our advertisers a bit about you as a member of the ITT community! Take this QUICK survey

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Aug 20 2019

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Too Many White Dudes

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The first 2020 Democratic presidential debates took place in Miami this week, and there were some big moments. Climate change, gun violence, immigration reform and healthcare were the reigning topics of discussion among candidates. In this exciting late-night hot take, In The Thick’s New York Women’s Foundation IGNITE fellow, Nour Saudi, joins Julio and All-Star Jamilah King, to talk all things from their biggest takeaways to the highlights of the first round of the debates. 

ITT Staff Picks 
  • The winners and losers of night two of the Democratic debate via USA Today
  • Slate’s piece discussing all the times Spanish has been used at political debates.
  • The two-night deliberation misses out on major topics, one of them being Puerto Rico- via NBC News

Jun 28 2019

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ITT Sound Off: Smash the Bro-y Macho Quid Pro Quo

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Julio is joined by guest co-host Jamilah King for this week's ITT Sound Off. They discuss highlights of the fifth Democratic debate and how some candidates have been talking about immigration. Plus, they give the latest on the public impeachment inquiry.    ITT Staff Picks:
  • Coming out of this debate, the Democratic primary is still anyone's race, via Vox
  • Black voters don't trust Pete Buttigeig and this is why, via The Daily Beast
  • From Slate: Why Did ASAP Rocky Keep Coming Up at the Impeachment Hearing?

Nov 23 2019

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ITT Sound Off: Joe Biden Is No Idris Elba 

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In this “All 2020 Everything” Sound Off, Julio and guest co-host All-Star, Terrell Jermaine Starr talk about the growing speculations of a Joe Biden-Stacey Abrams ticket, and the issue of reparations that almost every Democratic candidate has been addressing. They also share which story they can't shake off this week.  

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Mar 22 2019

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This Is Exhausting 

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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. 

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  • Listen to NPR's CodeSwitch episode: America’s Concentration Camp 
  • A Prestigious ad agency scores a huge contact to make Border Patrol look "cool" via Vice
  • Read The Atlantic's piece on Department of Justice lawyer Sarah Fabian claiming toothbrushes are not required for immigrant children.

Jul 16 2019

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Ladies First 

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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. 

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  • The difference between White allyship and advocacy, via Vice
  • The purpose of the #YouOkSis movement being stolen by white people, via The Grio
  • Beyond Saviors: Black Women, Black Feminism and Building Better Political Discourse, from Ms. Magazine

Jul 30 2019

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It's Not About the Avocados 

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A new DHS report revealed dangerous overcrowding at a detention center in El Paso, Texas. But for immigration reporters who have been following the issue closely, this wasn’t really a surprise. Julio and guest co-host Tina Vasquez, senior immigration reporter for Rewire.News, are joined by Tanvi Misra, immigration reporter for CQ-Roll Call, and Fernanda Echavarri, immigration reporter for Mother Jones, to discuss the latest with immigration and the border. Plus, they talk about how their own reporting highlights how Trump's policies are really impacting communities on the ground.

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Jun 04 2019

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Mexican Women Rise Up (Again)

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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 misconduct (in addition to The Times' correction controversy).   ITT Staff Picks: 

Sep 17 2019

43mins

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The Comedy of Immigration

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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. 

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This episode was mixed by Jeanne Montalvo. 

Aug 23 2019

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United States of White Supremacy 

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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 federal agencies.

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  • ITT All-Star, Lulu Garcia-Navarro's article on the erasure of Latinos by the media after the El Paso shooting, via the Atlantic
  • Why white supremacist violence is rising today — and how it echoes some of the darkest moments of our past, via Vox
  • Gene Demby's latest for NPR's Code Switch that we mentioned, and an article from The New Republic that discusses the history of immigration in the U.S., including the 1875 Page Act and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 that Maria discusses

Aug 13 2019

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Domestic Terrorism in El Paso

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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 District in El Paso to see how the community is coping.

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  • Julio's latest with NBC News discussing Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric
  • The El Paso shooter may not be charged as a terrorist via Buzzfeed News
  • The victims of the weekend's mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, via Buzzfeed News

Aug 06 2019

41mins

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The Racial Hamster Wheel

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Maria and Julio welcome two ITT All-Stars, Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., the department chair of African American Studies at Princeton University, and Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root. They talk about the latest with impeachment and the 2020 Democratic primary, and how Nikki Haley's comments on the Confederate flag being "hijacked by Dylann Roof" are only a manifestation of genteel racism. They also follow up from Friday's Sound Off conversation about the ProPublica video showing Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez's last moments of life, since we now know that his family traumatically saw the video for the first time as a result of the news reports and social media posts.    ITT Staff Picks: 
  • 'I Don’t Trust Anyone at All.' Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Speaks Out on Trump, Putin and a Divided Europe, via Time
  • Read Terrell's latest for The Root, Kamala Harris Wasn't Allowed to Fail Up Like a White Boy
  • Carlos’ Story: We cannot re-traumatize immigrants and asylum-seekers in trying to expose Border Patrol violence, via the Texas Civil Rights Project
This episode was mixed by Leah Shaw. 

Dec 10 2019

46mins

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ITT Sound Off: Debates So White

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Maria and Julio are back with an ITT Sound Off! They give updates on the impeachment inquiry and the 2020 Democratic primary race. They also discuss the latest reporting on immigration and border detention facilities.    ITT Staff Picks

Dec 06 2019

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Take Care of Home First

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Maria and Julio are joined by Esther Wang, senior staff writer with Jezebel, and LaTosha Brown, cofounder of Black Voters Matter and 2019 Harvard IOP Fellow, to talk about Mayor Pete Buttigieg's struggle with Black and Latino support, and how that's an extension of his poor track record with those exact constituencies in South Bend, Indiana. They also discuss how at the backdrop of the impeachment inquiry is not only the President with a number of sexual assault allegations against him, but also men in his administration who are also facing similar allegations.    Staff Picks:  
  • Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF, Michael Harriot's piece for The Root that Esther mentions in the roundtable 
    • Read the follow up article of what happened when Pete Buttigieg called the author of the above piece, also via The Root
  • Read Esther's latest for Jezebel: I Spent a Week Interrogating My Dislike of Pete Buttigieg and These Are My Findings
  • Multiple Women Recall Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation by Gordon Sondland, via ProPublica
This episode was mixed by Leah Shaw. 

Dec 03 2019

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Homewreckers

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In this episode we get into the issues of wealth when it comes to land/home ownership and the perils of capitalism. Maria and Julio talk with Aaron Glantz, senior reporter with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting about his new book, "Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream." They discuss the mortgage crisis, the history of land ownership and wealth transfer and how this has impacted communities of color.    ITT Staff Picks:
  • Profiting off pain: Trump confidant cashed in on housing crisis, Aaron's piece for Reveal
  • Two histories of financiers profiting from real estate while homeowners go belly ep, The New York Times' review of Aaron's book and of Aaron's Bingeworthy book recommendation, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's “Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership.”
  • Read about how this all connects back to land ownership for Indigenous communities in APM Reports and Minnesota Public Radio's Uprooted report: The 1950's plan to erase Indian Country

This episode was mixed by Leah Shaw.

Nov 29 2019

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The Domestic Care Movement

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Maria and Julio are joined by Ai-jen Poo, senior advisor to Care in Action, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the co-director of Caring Across Generations, and Alexsis Rodgers, Care in Action's Virginia state director, to discuss the history of the domestic care movement, and how its legacy of slavery and racism impacts labor rights to this day. Plus, they also talk about the ways in which domestic care advocates are making strides to endorse women of color candidates in Virginia and what that means for the 2020 election cycle. 

ITT Staff Picks: 
  • The new labor movement fighting for domestic workers' rights via The New York Times
  • From In These Times: The deep historical roots of American domestic worker organizing.
  • The legacy of Fahari Jeffers, co-founder of the United Domestic Workers Union, via Latino Rebels.  

Nov 26 2019

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ITT Sound Off: Smash the Bro-y Macho Quid Pro Quo

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Julio is joined by guest co-host Jamilah King for this week's ITT Sound Off. They discuss highlights of the fifth Democratic debate and how some candidates have been talking about immigration. Plus, they give the latest on the public impeachment inquiry.    ITT Staff Picks:
  • Coming out of this debate, the Democratic primary is still anyone's race, via Vox
  • Black voters don't trust Pete Buttigeig and this is why, via The Daily Beast
  • From Slate: Why Did ASAP Rocky Keep Coming Up at the Impeachment Hearing?

Nov 23 2019

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Prop 187: Blue State, Red Country 

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In 1994, a ballot measure aimed at targeting undocumented immigrants in California by denying families public services —from barring children from public schools to access to non-emergency public health care— was passed 59 percent to 41 percent, but never implemented. That was Proposition 187. Maria and Julio are joined by Gustavo Arellano, L.A. Times reporter and host of the “This Is California: The Battle of 187” podcast, and Gerardo Correa, president of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, to discuss the experiences of living through Prop. 187 and the impact it had on breeding a new generation of Latino activists.    ITT Staff Picks: 
  • Check out The Battle of Prop 187 podcast, a collaboration between Futuro Studios and the Los Angeles Times, which explores how a ballot measure targeting immigrants changed California politics forever. 
  • Pete Wilson still defending Prop. 187 and fighting for a better place in history, Gustavo's latest with the Los Angeles Times
  • From The Sacramento Bee, an immigrant's take on how Prop. 187 motivated him to become an active voter. 

Nov 19 2019

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ITT Sound Off: Home Is Here

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In this week's Sound Off, Maria and Julio talk the latest with the now televised impeachment proceedings and what it all means for our democracy. They also discuss the complexities and history of political turmoil in Bolivia with Evo Morales now seeking political asylum in Mexico amidst the ongoing protests and many outcrying this as a coup. Maria and Julio end with an update on immigration and the related SCOTUS cases.    ITT Staff Picks:
  • 3 ways the Supreme Court could decide DACA’s fate, via Vox
  • The crisis in Bolivia fits no easy political narrative, analysis by The Washington Post
  • The Root's Black Person’s Guide to the Trump impeachment hearings

Nov 15 2019

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Creating a Better World Through Comedy

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Maria and Julio are joined by L.A. based comedian, Charla Lauriston to talk about representation, the importance of comedy and the impact of political satire. Originally from Haiti, Charla has written for shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Comedy Central’s Why? W/ Hannibal Buress, and TBS’s The Last OG and she co-hosts the new podcast The Secret Lives of Black Women.      ITT Staff Picks: This episode was mixed by Leah Shaw. 

Nov 12 2019

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ITT Sound Off: Time To Lawyer Up

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In this week's ITT Sound Off, Maria and Julio talk about the results of Tuesday's elections and give an update on the latest with the impeachment proceedings. They also discuss the recent massacre of LeBaron family members in northern Mexico. ITT Staff Picks:
  • What impeachment could mean for the 2020 election, via FiveThirtyEight
  • The Virginia elections show (again) that women are "electable", via Vox
  • How Mexico became home to communities of Mormons, via The Washington Post

Nov 08 2019

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LIVE From Connecticut: Immigration 

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Maria and Julio travel to Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT for a live show to discuss the state's immigrant and Latinx communities. Connecticut provides many protections to the over 100,000 undocumented immigrants, but the community still faces discrimination. Our ITT hosts are joined by guests Charles Venator-Santiago, associate professor with the Department of Political Science and El Instituto at University of Connecticut; Kica Matos, director of the Center on Immigration and Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice; and Lucas Codognolla, executive director of Connecticut Students for a Dream.   ITT Staff Picks: 

Thanks to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund who made this live show possible. 

Nov 05 2019

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ITT Sound Off: Tiptoe Into the Trump Administration

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Maria and Julio discuss a major step on the impeachment front that formalizes the inquiry. They also talk about the class disparities that are at the undercurrent of the wildfires raging in California, and cover the latest in immigration hearings.   ITT Staff Picks:
  • Trump has received a formal invitation to be impeached, via The New York Times
  • Read Brittny Mejia's article about the domestic workers working through the California wildfires, via The Los Angeles Times
  • Listen to the full exchange between Representative Wasserman Schultz and Ken Cuccinelli, from RealClearPolitics

Nov 01 2019

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Power, Sashay Away

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Maria and Julio are joined by All-Stars Wajahat Ali, New York Times contributing Op-Ed writer and CNN commentator and Aisha Moodie-Mills, a political strategist and CNN commentator. They talk about the latest in the impeachment proceedings and the 2020 election. But they also discuss international news from the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as a result of the U.S. special forces operation to the various uprisings happening around the world from Lebanon to Chile.    ITT Staff Picks:

Oct 29 2019

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ITT Sound Off: Ghost of Chile's Past

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Maria and Julio are back with another Sound Off! They discuss the civil unrest in Chile and how history is repeating itself. Plus, the latest in Trump impeachment coverage, and a new ACLU report that sheds light on how many children have been separated from their families at the US-Mexico border.

ITT Staff Picks:
  • The latest on what's happening in Chile, via Latino Rebels
  • How Trump's "lynching" comment was strategic racism, from Salon
  • Read more about the ICE lawsuit from Connecticut, via AP

Oct 25 2019

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LIVE from Connecticut: Addiction in POC Communities 

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Maria and Julio travel to Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT for a live show to discuss addiction and mental health in POC communities. They're joined by guests Kelvin Young, sound healer and certified recovery coach, Kenyatta Thompson, senior community organizer at Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice, and Taylor Ford, statewide youth and family coordinator with FAVOR, Inc. The overdose epidemic is often treated as an issue within white communities - who do make up a majority of opioid overdose victims - but a CDC report released earlier this year found that black and Latino individuals are overdosing and dying increasingly faster than white individuals. In Connecticut, where the Oxycontin-maker Purdue Pharma was based, 93 percent of overdoses in the state are caused by opioids, making it ground zero for the epidemic. In this episode, they talk about the underlying roots of addiction and mental health issues in communities of color.    ITT Staff Picks:
  • New drug laws could worsen the opioid crisis. Connecticut can do better, Kenyatta's co-authored OpEd in the Hartford Courant
  • To Address Addiction, Confront Racism in Our Health and Justice Systems, via Filter
  • From Vox: You can’t overdose on fentanyl by touching it. The myth that you can, however, is genuinely dangerous.
Thanks to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund who made this live show possible.  This episode was mixed by Leah Shaw. 

Oct 23 2019

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ITT Sound Off: Dancing With the Angels

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On this week's ITT Sound Off, Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King discuss Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's surprise press conference and the Freudian slip that has everyone talking. They also discuss the fourth Democratic debates and the undercurrent of respectability politics with white versus POC 2020 candidates. And in Fort Worth, Texas, another fatal police shooting of a black person in their own apartment comes to light.   ITT Staff Picks:

Oct 18 2019

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LIVE From Cambridge: POC Vote in 2020

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For this live show from Cambridge, Mass. Maria and Julio discuss 2020 and the POC vote with guests IOP Resident Fellow LaTosha Brown, award-winning organizer and co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, and Renée Graham, associate editor and columnist with The Boston Globe. The 2018 midterms were the highest turnout rate for a midterm election in recent history, with voters of color turning out in greater numbers than in 2014, according to a Pew Research Center. And in 2020 voters of color will make up a third of all eligible voters, the largest breakdown yet with the Latino community in particular becoming the biggest POC demographic. But this is more than numbers, POC communities are historically underreported in media coverage during election season and often overlooked by candidates. We discuss the POC vote in 2020 and civic engagement among communities color beyond this election cycle. 

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Oct 15 2019

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ITT Sound Off: Only Basketball Questions

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In this ITT Sound Off, Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King discuss the pivotal SCOTUS cases that could affect LGBTQ rights for the foreseeable future. Plus this week, CNN and the Human Rights Campaign hosted the Power of Our Pride Equality town hall where 2020 hopefuls answered questions on LGBTQ issues. Then, we turn to the latest news on the impeachment front and what's going on with China, the NBA and free speech.   ITT Staff Picks:
  • What you need to know about 2020 Democratic candidates' LGBTQ+ policy proposals, via them
  • Keep up with what's happening in Hong Kong, via MTV News
  • Two Guilliani associates have been arrested in connection with Ukraine, Via The Wall Street Journal

Oct 11 2019

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ITT Climate 2020 Crossover: Trump Flops With Fossil Fuels

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In this crossover episode, ITT airs the second episode of the new podcast, Climate 2020, a podcast that zeroes in on climate change as a top issue of the 2020 presidential election.   Impeachment has thrown a monkey wrench into the news cycle -- and the scandal has a climate change link. Hosts of Climate 2020, journalist David Gelber and executive director of Climate Nexus, Jeff Nesbit talk with Ben Lefebvre, energy reporter at Politico, and Leah Stokes, climate and energy politics researcher and professor of political science at University of California Santa Barbara, about the disconnect between voters and congress on climate change.    Subscribe to Climate 2020, wherever you get your podcasts. 

Oct 08 2019

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ITT Sound Off: Everybody Gets an Impeachment Clause

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Maria and Julio are back with another Sound Off! They talk the latest in the impeachment proceedings chaos and how the media should cover authoritarianism. They also give an immigration update and discuss the conviction and sentencing of Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who shot and killed her black neighbor, Botham Shem Jean, last September.    ITT Staff Picks:
  • Botham Jean, Amber Guyger and the Delusion of Forgiveness, via The Root
  • From The Intercept: Trump Attacked the Women of Color Who Led the Push for Impeachment. Then CNN Erased Them. 
  • The Trump administration plans to collect DNA samples from some undocumented immigrants who are being detained, via Buzzfeed News

Oct 04 2019

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