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In The Thick

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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#109: Outrage Over White Rage

Maria and Julio are joined by all-star guest, Wajahat Ali, TV host and contributor to The New York Times, and author/filmmaker Raquel Cepeda. They discuss the latest news from the Michelle Wolf's roast at the White House Correspondents Dinner to the Central American refugee caravan. They also talk about the influence of white rage in shaping the 2016 election and the nation's current politics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

1 May 2018

Rank #1

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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 the movement to divest from companies that are making money out of immigration enforcement. Our friends at Latino Rebels on why The Washington Post’s ‘White, and in the minority’ article is dangerous. The protests after the death of Joey Santos, chronicled by the local publication, Leigh Valley Live. Learn more about Oregon's shameful history as an 'all-white' state.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45mins

7 Aug 2018

Rank #2

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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's story on the two Brazilian boys represented by Amy Maldonado. The next battlefield at the border is in asylum interview rooms, according to Vox. Data shows that parents were targeted by Trump's policy (from Buzzfeed news). Read about the genealogist that Amy mentions who is tracking Republicans' immigrant genealogy, what she calls resistance genealogy.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

3 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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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 PicksWhy does the U.S. fail at gathering hate crime stats? ProPublica explains. HuffPost's story on the tragedy of the Jabara family and the rise of Islamophobia. America Ferrera writes about Jeanette Vizguerra in the latest 100 Most Influential People list from TIME. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32mins

4 Sep 2018

Rank #4

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Individual-1

The Mueller investigation keeps moving forward and the focus is shifting to President Trump. While Individual-1 keeps tweeting, Maria and Julio talk to Amanda Terkel, Washington Bureau Chief at HuffPost and call up All-Star and ITT Russia expert, Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root.  ITT Staff PicksThe story of the undocumented workers at Trump's golf club in New Jersey (from The New York Times).Amanda's story on the power grab in Wisconsin and the legacy of Scott Walker (from HuffPost). From Buzzfeed News: five lessons taken from Robert Mueller's sentencing memo in the Michael Cohen case.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #5

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ITT Sound Off: Debates So White

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 PicksDemocrats are moving fast on impeachment, via VoxWhat an all-white debate stage would mean for the Democratic Party, via The AtlanticThe New York Times and ProPublica's report on McKinsey consulting for ICEFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

6 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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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 on how white nationalists are winning.Unite The Right 2 could be called a failure, but it's not time to claim victory, according to a former NYPD officer.Pop Culture Collab puts the focus on white nationalism, rather than white supremacists, in this essay. 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 rally.  This episode of In The Thick is brought to you by Away, For $20 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/inthethick and use promo code "inthethick" during check-out! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #7

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LIVE From Detroit: 2020 Turnout or Burnout

Detroit in the house! In partnership with WDET, Maria and Julio take a trip to the historic Senate Theatre in Southwest Detroit, Michigan to discuss the 2020 Election. They're joined by Stephen Henderson, host of WDET's Detroit Today and Migdalys Bermudez, immigration attorney with Justice for Our Neighbors-Michigan. In this roundtable, they discuss Super Tuesday results and the POC vote in the Michigan primary, which is coming up on Tuesday, March 10th. Make sure to check In The Thick's social media feeds, for video footage of our incredible opening act, Southwest’s Detroit’s Ballet Folklórico Moyocoyani Izel!ITT Staff Picks:After Warren drops out, Michiganders have a choice: Biden or Sanders, via WDET's Detroit Today with Stephen HendersonThe Great Migration: The first Moving-to-Opportunity Project, via ITT All-Star Brentin Mock for CityLabThe history of Mexican and Mexican American repatriation in Michigan, by community activist, Elena Herrada whose family was deported from Detroit to Mexico See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

6 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15mins

6 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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A Warning Come True

After a week marked by the threat of pipe bombs, a synagogue in Pittsburgh was attacked by an antisemitic domestic terrorist who murdered 11 worshippers. Maria and Julio talk about this tragedy and the role of hate with Brentin Mock, Pittsburgher and staff writer for CityLab and Mike German, fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program. ITT Staff Picks Brentin Mock's point of view on what the neighborhood where it happened means to Pittsburgh and the country, from CityLab.How the attacks on the migrant caravan led to this tragedy, from The Atlantic.American Jews have feared this kind of attack for years, but still kept their doors open, CNN explains why.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

30 Oct 2018

Rank #10

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#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 conversation about ideological violence. How do the media and authorities approach an act of violence when a suspect or victim is white, as opposed to when the suspect or victim is a person of color and/or Muslim? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28mins

27 Mar 2018

Rank #11

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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.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

11mins

13 Apr 2018

Rank #12

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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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

11mins

2 Mar 2018

Rank #13

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Midterms 2018: Young Folks Be Voting

We start our ITT midterm elections countdown with a focus on the younger generation. Julio speaks to Sarah Audelo, executive director of the Alliance for Youth Action and two youth organizers that have been organizing in their communities and are raising their voices this election season: Yatziri Tovar, from Make The Road Action, and Gariyana Williams, from YO Save Our Streets.   ITT Staff Picks FiveThirtyEight's analysis on the young vote in the Midterm Elections. Gen Z activists target youth ahead of midterms with #WhyDoYouVote campaign, from NBC.com. Read the We Are Texas report on the young Latino vote in that state, by Jolt. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

23 Oct 2018

Rank #14

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#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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22mins

7 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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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, they connect the farmworker's movement, with the fight for DACA and the youth movement against gun violence. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

14mins

30 Mar 2018

Rank #16

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ITT EXTRA: Mexico's Outrage Election

This Sunday July 1, Mexicans will choose thousands of political positions, from mayors to the new president. Maria and Julio talk with Mexican journalist León Krauze about what to expect from the front-runner and if this election can really change the future of the country.   Want to read more? Dissent magazine's profile on Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the front-runner. El Universal explains (in English) why voter turnout will be a key factor. The NY Times writes about Mexican disenchanted youth and the power they have in this election. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

29 Jun 2018

Rank #17

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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 reviews Manuel Pastor's latest book, State of Resistance (NY Times).Cristela Alonzo's profile on NPR, from 2012.Judy Reyes talks about her character and representing the LGBTQ community in Claws (Hidden Remote).For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45mins

14 Sep 2018

Rank #18

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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 Hurricane Maria. They discuss the aftermath of both climate change and the federal and local politics. ITT Staff Picks:The recent poll from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Foundation about the impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.Julio’s latest think piece about Trump's lies around Hurricane Maria's death toll, in NBC News. Bianca's personal essay of her experience watching the hurricane destroy her home from afar, in The Orlando Sentinel.Arelis' latest report on the seaside town of Naguabo, Puerto Rico, via The Washington Post. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45mins

20 Sep 2018

Rank #19

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#113: LIVE From Boston, Invisible Latinos

Maria and Julio are joined by Marcela García, columnist and editorial board member with The Boston Globe, and Betty Francisco, founder of FitNation Ventures and Latina Circle, LIVE from The Podcast Garage. Looking at access to educational, economic and political power, they discuss how visible or invisible is the Latino community is in the Boston area.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36mins

29 May 2018

Rank #20