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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.

    Maria’s Big Book

    Maria’s Big Book

    Julio is joined by guest co-host and ITT All-Star Terrell Jermaine Starr to talk with our very own Maria Hinojosa about her newly released book, Once I was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America. They dive into the history of U.S. immigration policy— drawing parallels to the dehumanization of Black and Indigenous people. They also discuss Maria’s path to recognizing her mission as a journalist, from launching Futuro Media to writing her book. 

    ITT Staff Picks

    - “Hinojosa’s book is as much a manifesto as it is a memoir,” writes Fernanda Santos in a recent book review for The New York Times.
    - In Tina Vasquez's latest for Prism, the women being detained by ICE who were allegedly given unwanted hysterectomies also disclose mistreatment from the whistleblower.
    - In a piece for The Atlantic, Yascha Mounk writes about the coming election crisis, and “how millions of Americans will likely believe that their candidate was robbed.”

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    • 27 min
    LIVE From Home: Here We Go!

    LIVE From Home: Here We Go!

    It's ITT's first virtual live show of 2020 from...home! Maria and Julio are back to kick off the rest of the 2020 live show tour, this time virtually, to talk about the state of the country ahead of the election. They're joined by ITT All Stars Jamilah King, reporter and host of The Mother Jones podcast and Wajahat Ali, contributing opinion writer with The New York Times. They discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and the movement to defend Black lives and how this is all impacting the upcoming presidential election. They dig deep into what it will take to create systemic change in this country, and look at the role POC voters will play. 


    ITT Staff Picks:

    - "White people have gentrified Black Lives Matter. It’s a problem." writes Erin B. Logan for the Los Angeles Times.
    - "If a new president, and a new Congress, do not act before the American people’s demand for justice gives way to complacency or is eclipsed by backlash, the next opportunity will be long in coming," warns Adam Serwer in The Atlantic.
    - ITT All-Star Andrea González-Ramírez breaks down Trump's loyal Latino base, via GEN by Medium.

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    • 42 min
    ITT Sound Off: A Nation on Fire

    ITT Sound Off: A Nation on Fire

    In this week's Sound Off, Maria and Julio take a moment to reflect on 9/11 and its impacts that are still felt 19 years later. They talk about journalist Bob Woodward's revelations that he had been holding on to since February, that President Trump knew about the severity of the coronavirus early on. They also discuss the latest polling with Latino voters and the tragic fires that have been spreading across West Coast states. 


    ITT Staff Picks:


    - "What if the real story about the Trump era is less about Trump and more about the people who surround and protect him?" asks Jennifer Szalai in this New York Times book review of Bob Woodward's "Rage".
    - Young Latinos Plan to Vote in Unprecedented Numbers, New Study by Telemundo and BuzzFeed Finds, via Latino Rebels.
    - The Former Prisoners Fighting California’s Wildfires, via The Marshall Project.


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    • 18 min
    Unthinkable Trauma

    Unthinkable Trauma

    Maria and Julio talk with Jacob Soboroff, a correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC and author of the New York Times bestseller Separated: Inside an American Tragedy. They dive into the history of ripping parents and children from each other at the U.S. border, the unfathomable trauma that ensues, and how the Trump administration has systematically pursued a policy of family separation.


    ITT Staff Picks: 

    - Dara Lind and Lomi Kriel report for ProPublica about thousands of migrant children who have been expelled from the U.S. by the Trump administration under the pretext of COVID-19.
    - Evgenia Peretz writes, "The Millers’ respective issues dovetail in a single phenomenon: harm to immigrant communities and people of color" in this analysis of what has shaped Stephen Miller's politics and the influence his wife and him have on White House policy for Vanity Fair.
    - Julia Ainsley and Jacob Soboroff write that an inspector general report confirms migrant children were left waiting in vans for hours, sometimes overnight, while waiting to be reunited with their parents for NBC News.


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    • 35 min
    ITT Sound Off: 2016, the Sequel

    ITT Sound Off: 2016, the Sequel

    Maria and Julio are back from summer break with another Sound Off! They unpack all the latest news, from violence at protests to the continued police brutality against Black lives, including the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin and the brutal murder of Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York. They also give a 2020 election update and talk about how mail-in voting can increase turnout in November.


    Also! RSVP for our first LIVE virtual ITT show! All-Stars Jamilah King and Wajahat Ali will join Maria and Julio this upcoming Wednesday at 7:30pm ET to talk all things 2020 and politics. More info here: bit.ly/LIVEfromHome.


    ITT Staff Picks:

    - Michael Forest Reinoehl was suspected of killing a supporter of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer. Just before Reinoel was killed by police officers, he told Vice News he acted in self-defense.
    - In light of Trump's and Biden's visits, Kenosha residents say they're wary of becoming the backdrop for the 2020 presidential campaign, via The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 
    - Listen to NAHJ President Hugo Balta's statement about the lack of Latino moderators in the upcoming presidential debates, via Latino Rebels.


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    • 19 min
    Unforgetting With Roberto Lovato

    Unforgetting With Roberto Lovato

    Maria and Julio are joined by journalist Roberto Lovato to talk about his new book Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas They discuss the cycle of violence throughout El Salvador's history, from revolutions to the rise of gangs in Los Angeles, and how the United States has played a role in all of it.


    ITT Staff Picks:

    - Listen to Roberto Lovato discuss Unforgetting on "Civic", the San Francisco Public Press's radio program. 
    - This piece looks into how the United States has been deeply involved in creating devastation in El Salvador, via The Nation. 
    - Roberto Lovato argues against "imaginary borders" and the media coverage that doesn't treat them that way, in this piece for Columbia Journalism Review.


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    • 33 min

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Politics with a “Latin Beat!”

A view from the other side which gets scant coverage in main street media. The hosts are not just knowledgeable, but entertaining!

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