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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.

    Occupational Segregation

    Occupational Segregation

    Maria and Julio are joined by Chabeli Carrazana, economy reporter at The 19th, and Valerie Wilson, director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and Economy at the Economic Policy Institute, for a discussion on COVID-19’s impact on women in the workforce. They discuss government efforts to curb the growing “shecession” and the pandemic’s toll on mental health for parents and healthcare workers, the majority of whom are women. We also hear from Milagros Cancel, a Puerto Rican mother of three and founder of Comité Timón People and Families Chapter NYC. 


    ITT Staff Picks:
    - In her latest for The 19th, Chabeli Carrazana describes the rise of mental health consultation as a means of lowering sky-high expulsion rates in preschools.
    - “You can’t use food stamps to pay for diapers. You can’t use a housing voucher to gas up your car or pay a babysitter. But parents will be able to use this money on whatever they need to, stabilizing family finances in a way no other program does,” writes Annie Lowrey in this piece on the child tax credit in The Atlantic. 
    - In this piece for Politico, Megan Cassella breaks down the pandemic’s impact on women’s workforce participation, barriers to returning to the labor force, and what the path forward may look like. 


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    • 36 min
    ITT Sound Off: A Study in Greed

    ITT Sound Off: A Study in Greed

    Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, discuss the ruling of DACA as unlawful by a Texas-based federal judge. They also talk about the Tokyo Olympics and the health toll it could take on the city and Japan, and the ongoing coal miners strike in Alabama, which first started in April. 


    ITT Staff Picks:
    - Thousands of prospective DACA recipients are left in limbo yet again because of a federal judge’s recent ruling against the program, reports Isabela Dias for Mother Jones.
    - Health officials and the Japanese public worry that the Tokyo Olympics could become a COVID-19 superspreader event as cases rise throughout the city, Zaheena Rasheed reports for Al Jazeera.
    - For The Nation, Kim Kelly, an independent labor journalist, reports on the historic coal miners strike in Alabama: “A hundred and thirty-one years later, the current members of District 20 are out on an unfair labor practices strike against Warrior Met.”


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    • 18 min
    Courts of the Conquerors

    Courts of the Conquerors

    Julio and Maria are joined by ITT All-Star Jenni Monet, independent investigative journalist and founder of the newsletter Indigenously. They dive deep into the harrowing revelations about former residential schools for Indigenous children in the U.S. and Canada. They also talk about reclaiming Indigenous narratives in the media, and what restorative justice might look like for Indigenous communities.


    ITT Staff Picks:
    - “We did not forget all the children who never returned. We kept their memory alive, never giving up on them,” writes journalist Ruth Hopkins in this piece for Teen Vogue. 
    - In this piece for The Tyee, Katłįà (Catherine) Lafferty analyzes the news media’s role in the dehumanization and oppression of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
    - This piece for National Geographic offers insight into the Lummi Nation’s “Red Road to D.C.” totem pole tour, intended to build awareness around endangered Indigenous sites.


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    • 38 min
    ITT Sound Off: Imperial Overlord

    ITT Sound Off: Imperial Overlord

    ITT Sound Off: Imperial Overlord
    Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, discuss the historic protests in Cuba. We hear from Cuban American journalist Sabrina Rodríguez, an immigration correspondent for Politico, on the Cuban government’s efforts to suppress internet access across the island. They also talk about Texas lawmakers’ battle over voting rights, and the Biden administration's fight against vaccine disinformation. 




    ITT Staff Picks:
    - Sabrina Rodríguez and Marc Caputo unpack politicians’ entreaties for the Biden administration to help restore connectivity to Cuba in this piece for Politico. 
    - Tim Murphy, senior reporter at Mother Jones, wrote about Texas Democrats’ latest move to stop legislation that would limit voting rights and the filibuster: “the act of defying majority rule is both extremely hard and highly visible.”
    - For the New York Times, Apoorva Mandavilli and Benjamin Mueller report on the COVID-19 outbreaks across the country and world due to the surge of the Delta variant.




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    • 19 min
    A Time to Be Bold

    A Time to Be Bold

    Maria is joined by Marcela Hernandez, organizing director with Detention Watch Network, and Mustafa Jumale, co-founder of Black Immigrant Collective, to discuss immigration policy and the intensifying situations in Haiti and Cuba. They unpack the Biden Administration’s immigration proposals, and the ways that anti-Blackness permeates the U.S. immigration system. We also hear from Patrice Lawrence, co-director of the UndocuBlack Network. 


    ITT Staff Picks:
    - For Teen Vogue, Silky Shah, executive director of Detention Watch Network, shares her organization’s strategies for shutting down ICE facilities in local communities. 
    - Rowaida Abdelaziz, reporter for Huffpost, writes about racism Black immigrants face within the immigration system: “[they] are disproportionately detained, receive higher bond costs, and say they face racist treatment within detention centers.”
    - Instead of military intervention, Daniel Larison writes that the the U.S. should provide Haiti with humanitarian aid and assist in the investigation of Jovenel Moïse’s assassination. 


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    • 36 min
    ITT Sound Off: The Forgotten Country

    ITT Sound Off: The Forgotten Country

    Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, discuss the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse and its global implications. We hear from Dánica Coto, an Associated Press correspondent covering the Caribbean, on Moïse’s presidency and the circumstances preceding his assassination. They also dive into the marginalization of Black athletes, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones’ decision to reject tenure, and the New York City primary elections. 


    ITT Staff Picks:
    - This roundup by The Conversation offers essential context for understanding Haiti’s contemporary challenges and the unrest leading up to Jovenel Moïse’s assassination.
    - “The fact that this doesn’t come as a serious concern for the powers at be is as disappointing as it is unsurprising. Black women are routinely punished for being themselves,” writes journalist Ashley Reese in a piece for Jezebel.
    - In this piece for the New York Times, Michael Gold breaks down the historic diversity of New York City’s leading City Council candidates following the primary elections. 


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    • 20 min

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Smart political analysis

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