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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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Love your work on “In The Thick.” Thank you thank you!!

Maria is my hero!🙌🏾🏃🏿‍♀️🙌🏾

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Best source of news we have.

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1052 Ratings
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972
43
9
13
15

1619

By Djm2516 - Aug 30 2019
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Love your work on “In The Thick.” Thank you thank you!!

Maria is my hero!🙌🏾🏃🏿‍♀️🙌🏾

By GracefulCrain - Aug 30 2019
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Best source of news we have.
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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.

Rank #1: Individual-1

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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 Picks
  • The 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.
Dec 11 2018
36 mins
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Rank #2: Hyper Visible and Invisible

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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 discuss how these intersecting identities lead to anti-blackness both within the Muslim community and in the U.S. at large.

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This episode was mixed by Jeanne Montalvo. 

Aug 27 2019
33 mins
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Rank #3: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Revolution

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history this November, when she became the youngest woman ever elected to the United States Congress. In this episode, Maria and Julio are joined the 29-year old Latina from the Bronx for whom “community is a priority.”    ITT Staff Picks:
Nov 23 2018
40 mins
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Rank #4: ITT EXTRA Midterms 2018: The Practice of Freedom

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Just days ahead of the midterms, birthright citizenship is challenged and white supremacist rhetoric continues to plague the country. Maria and Julio talk to Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., a James S. McDonnell Distinguished University professor at Princeton University. They discuss the role POC communities will have in the upcoming election.

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  • This Washington Post article explains the meaning of Roy Moore’s victory in Alabama’s special election for Senate in 2017, winning 63 percent of white women’s vote.

  • From The Cut, how Brian Kemp has promoted voter suppression in Georgia.

  • In Florida, climate change has become a key issue in these Midterms, Buzzfeed explains.

Nov 02 2018
38 mins
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Rank #5: The Legacy of Redlining

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Discrimination and housing segregation in the United States didn't happened by chance. In this episode, our guests Richard Rothstein, author of the book The Color of Law, and Emmanuel Martinez, data reporter for Reveal, explain how redlining still shapes our cities and affects people of color.     ITT Staff Picks:
Feb 19 2019
39 mins
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Rank #6: The Roots of American Racism

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The Mueller report dropped last week and left everyone wondering what's next? Maria and Julio are joined by Tanya Ballard Brown, 2019 Nieman fellow at Harvard University, and Adam Serwer, staff writer at The Atlantic, to unpack the reactions to the report. They also delve into the deep roots of white supremacy in the U.S., and the arrest of the leader of an armed right-wing militia group that’s accused of detaining migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Apr 23 2019
41 mins
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Rank #7: Assimilation Is Not the Answer

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The longest shutdown in U.S. history has ended with the President taking credit for solving a problem that he created and continuing his rhetoric about a non-existent border crisis. Maria and Julio are joined by two All-Stars: Jenni Monet, an independent journalist and tribal member of the Pueblo of Laguna, and Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root. They talk about what has been missing in the coverage of the shutdown, what mainstream media overlooked in the aftermath of the Lincoln Memorial incident and Tom Brokaw's problematic assimilation comment.

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  • A Florida town grapples with a shutdown after a hurricane, from the New York Times.
  • Latino leaders demand more from NBC, Brokaw and Meet the Press for xenophobic comment, from Latino Rebels.
Jan 29 2019
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Rank #8: Venezuela and US Interventionism 

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The crisis in Venezuela escalated over the weekend after the government blocked humanitarian aid at the Colombian border, leading to violence and protests. In this episode, Julio and guest host All-Star Imara Jones talk with guests Eli Lopez, senior editor of global opinions at the Washington Post, and Phil Gunson, senior analyst with the International Crisis Group and writer on Latin America, about the political tension in Venezuela and what role the U.S. plays in it.

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  • Vox explains what went down this weekend at the Venezuelan-Colombian border
  • This episode of the Intercepted podcast delves into the US’ interventionist history, and what it means for the political regime in Venezuela
  • An in-depth look at the humanitarian and economic crisis in Venezuela, explained through charts from the BBC. 
Feb 26 2019
37 mins
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Rank #9: Not a Crisis

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The government shutdown that started three weeks ago is on track to become one of the longest in U.S. history, while the 2020 presidential race is already in sight. Maria and Julio are joined by All-Star Wajahat Ali, a contributor to The New York Times, and ITT's newest All-Star Vann Newkirk, a staff writer at The Atlantic. They unpack the consequences of the shutdown and discuss if the country is ready for a woman or POC presidential candidate.

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Jan 08 2019
42 mins
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Rank #10: 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
47 mins
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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: LIVE From South Texas: Purple State?

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In Texas, 40 percent of the state is Latinx and by 2022 Latinos are expected to be the largest demographic group in Texas, surpassing non-Hispanic white people. Maria and Julio discuss the demographic and political changes that Texas is going through. For this live show from the Borderland, they're joined by Cristina Tzintzún Ramírez, executive director of Jolt, and Efrén Olivares, racial and economic justice program director with the Texas Civil Rights Project.      ITT Staff Picks:
  • As demographics shift, Latinos in Texas are claiming the majority and seeing themselves in the center of the national story, by Michelle García in Guernica's series, Rewriting the West
  • Latino turnout surged in the 2018 Midterms. Then Texas questioned 98,000 voters’ citizenship, by Roque Planas in HuffPost
  • Democrats had historic gains in Texas in 2018. They're setting their sights on even more in 2020, via The Texas Tribune
Mar 05 2019
41 mins
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Rank #13: 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
31 mins
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Rank #14: Elections Worth Fighting For

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From the historic triumph of women candidates across the country to issues of voter suppression, we talk Midterms ITT style. Maria and Julio are joined by ITT All-Star and award-winning journalist Imara Jones, founder of Oria Media and host of The Last Sip.    ITT Staff Picks
Nov 07 2018
41 mins
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Rank #15: Surviving R. Kelly in the Me Too Era

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The recent Lifetime documentary series by dream hampton, "Surviving R. Kelly", brings the R&B legend back to the limelight, now through the testimonies of women of color who survived his abuses and sexual predatory behavior for decades. Maria and Julio are joined by Jamilah Lemieux, writer and media professional who was featured in the docuseries and April Reign, diversity and inclusion advocate, media commentator and the creator of #OscarsSoWhite. They talk about the role of race in R. Kelly’s alleged abuses and how it has been magnified by the Me Too movement.

For anyone in need, you can contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline 24/7 at 800.656.HOPE (4673) who will provide confidential and local support.

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Jan 15 2019
41 mins
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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: 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
40 mins
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Rank #18: 2020 TBD

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Maria and Julio talk with All-Star Jamilah King, race and justice reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, and Andrea González-Ramírez, political reporter with Refinery29. They discuss the larger issues at stake in the Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's blackface scandal, the racist and homophobic attack against Jussie Smollett, and the latest 2020 Democratic candidates to announce their campaigns.

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Feb 05 2019
37 mins
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Rank #19: 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
38 mins
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Rank #20: Card-Carrying White Nationalists 

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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 bookProud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination. They discuss white nationalist groups and how misogyny and white supremacy are the underlying ideals that motivate them.

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Aug 16 2019
37 mins
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