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Rank #86 in Politics category

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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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Call it for what it is

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ITT is doing the people’s work. One of the only reliable news media, calling it for what it is.

My go-to source for news analysis

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These are the perspectives I'd been looking for.

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1096 Ratings
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Call it for what it is

By mcgshiba - Oct 30 2019
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ITT is doing the people’s work. One of the only reliable news media, calling it for what it is.

My go-to source for news analysis

By Evshoop - Oct 04 2019
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These are the perspectives I'd been looking for.
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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: 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

35mins

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Rank #2: 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

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Rank #3: 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

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Rank #4: Mexico's #MeToo

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Feminists have been organizing against gender violence in Mexico for years. But over the last few weeks, Mexican women have taken to social media to call out abusive men in creative industries, starting a new wave of #MeToo. Maria and Julio are joined by Peniley Ramírez, investigative reporter with Univision and columnist with El Heraldo de Mexico, and Emily Corona, freelance journalist and digital intern at Futuro Media, to discuss how the #MeToo movement in Mexico is growing. 

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Apr 09 2019

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Rank #5: Kings of Deportation 

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Maria and Julio talk with Bill Ong Hing, professor of Law and Migration Studies at the University of San Francisco about his latest bookAmerican Presidents, Deportations, and Human Rights Violations from Carter to Trump. They discuss the history of anti-immigrant policies in the United States and why Bill is hopeful for immigration reform come 2021.    ITT Staff Picks:
  • The largest mass deportation in U.S. history, via The History Channel
  • Struggles for the rights of women, immigrants and black Americans defined the US in 1919, which holds striking parallels to today, from The Nation
  • The U.S. immigration system may have reached a breaking point, from The New York Times

This episode was mixed by Jeanne Montalvo. 

Jul 02 2019

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Rank #6: 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

42mins

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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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

42mins

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Rank #9: 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. 

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  • 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

27mins

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Rank #10: Educating for the Status Quo

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The debate around the specialized high school admissions test in New York City only reflects a greater issue about inclusion and diversity in schools nationwide. Maria and Julio are joined by Reema Amin, reporter at Chalkbeat NY, and Maria Bautista, campaigns director at the Alliance for Quality Education, to discuss how schools are leaving out POC students and the role access plays in education.

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This episode was mixed by Jeanne Montalvo. 

May 28 2019

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Rank #11: 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

41mins

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Rank #12: Trust Women

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Maria and Julio are joined by Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood and co-founder of Supermajority, and Yvonne Gutierrez, head of community engagement at Supermajority, for a conversation about gender equity. They talk about the current state of reproductive rights in our country, their new group that's working to mobilize women to be politically active, and their thoughts on the 2020 race.    ITT Staff Picks:

Jun 18 2019

38mins

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Rank #13: Taking Back the Immigrant Narrative           

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Julio and guest co-host ITT fellow, Nour Saudi, talk to Chimene Suleyman, writer and co-editor of The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America. They discuss the common immigrant experience, what makes an immigrant “good,” and how literature can be a form of political activism in the age of Trump.

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This episode was mixed by Jeanne Montalvo. 

Jul 05 2019

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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: Detained and Forgotten

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In Taylor, Texas, a Latino USA and Rewire.News investigation into one of most notorious detention centers, the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, revealed a long and extensive pattern of sexual abuse and harassment. Julio and Maria are joined by Maggie Freleng, producer at Latino USA, and Tina Vasquez, senior immigration reporter at Rewire.News, to discuss the piece they reported with Maria about one of the darkest corners of our immigration policy.

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Mar 19 2019

43mins

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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: 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.

ITT Staff Picks:

  • 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

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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: 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 #20: 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

47mins

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