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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.

    Revolutionary Love

    Revolutionary Love

    Maria and Julio are joined by Valarie Kaur, renowned Sikh activist, civil rights lawyer, and author of the new book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love. They reflect on Valarie’s activist roots and her experience writing her book. They also discuss America’s history of state-sanctioned violence against communities of color and explore how revolutionary love is a force for justice and a feminist intervention. 


    ITT Staff Picks:


    - “Through the entire American story, white Christianity has served as the central source of moral legitimacy for a society explicitly built to value the lives of white people over Black people.” Robert P. Jones asks white Christians to confront their faith’s legacy of white supremacy for The Atlantic.  
    - Alicia Garza writes about her experience as a Black woman organizer for her new book The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, via the Guardian.
    - Valarie Kaur delivers a ‘Sikh prayer for America’ to the Metropolitan AME Church via The Washington Post.
    
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    • 32 min
    Normal Sucked Too

    Normal Sucked Too

    Maria and Julio are joined by co-hosts of ITT's cousin podcast, Politically Re-Active: W. Kamau Bell, stand-up comedian and host and executive producer of the CNN docu-series United Shades of America, and comedian and writer Hari Kondabolu. They unpack the mainstream media’s post-election narrative and COVID-19 inequities. They also dive into the FBI’s 2019 Hate Crime Data and talk about comedy as a tool for social change. 


    This episode was mixed by Rosana Cabán.


    ITT Staff Picks:
    - Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, writes that the Biden administration should not take Black voters for granted in an article for Jezebel. 
    - “Our reality is clear: Organized, violent, white supremacist groups and the broad constellation of structural white supremacy will continue to be a problem in America.” Nicole Froio writes about America’s future of white supremacist violence for Bitch Media. 
    - In an article for The Atlantic, Alexis C. Madrigal and Whet Moser look at how many more Americans will die from COVID-19 before the vaccines begin to roll out.


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    • 36 min
    ITT Sound Off: Political Crises

    ITT Sound Off: Political Crises

    Maria and Julio give an update on America’s political crisis and discuss Republican efforts to stall the transition. They also talk about the political crisis in Peru and hear from special guest Ana Lucía Mosquera Rosado about what organizing in Peru looks like. Plus, they look at the latest with the COVID-19 pandemic. 


    ITT Staff Picks:


    - “Trump’s Attempts to Overturn the Election Are Unparalleled in U.S. History,” writes David E. Sanger for The New York Times. 
    - In the latest podcast for Latino Rebels, Julio sits down with Peruvian journalists Diego Jesús Bartesaghi Mena and Fiorella Gil Mena to unpack the Peruvian political crisis.  
    - The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic shares five takeaways from this week's data.


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    • 19 min
    Change Will Come

    Change Will Come

    Julio is joined by guest co-host Jamilah King. They talk with ITT All-Stars Andrea González-Ramírez, senior writer at GEN by Medium, and Dr. Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University and co-host of the podcast FAQ NYC, on the Biden-Harris transition, their upcoming administration's policies, and Puerto Rico’s election results. They also discuss the latest on the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. 


    ITT Staff Picks:


    - “By pushing for Puerto Rican statehood to benefit themselves, mainland liberals are making Puerto Rico a political pawn once again.” In his latest for NBC News, Julio Ricardo-Varela explains why white liberals must let the people of Puerto Rico decide on statehood. 
    - “The most precious resource the U.S. health-care system has in the struggle against COVID-19 isn’t some miracle drug. It’s the expertise of its health-care workers—and they are exhausted.” Ed Yong writes about how the third pandemic surge is pushing health-care workers to the limit for The Atlantic.
    - “Organizations that have worked relentlessly for months to turn out the vote for Biden did not even take a weekend off to celebrate. Instead, they immediately unveiled detailed plans outlining all the executive actions a Biden-Harris administration could take within its first 100 days: from immediate student debt relief, to generous “people’s bailouts” as part of its Covid-19 response, to the highly detailed “Frontlines Climate Justice Executive Action Platform,” backed by a coalition of powerful groups and published by the think tank Demos.” writes Naomi Klein for The Intercept.


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    • 44 min
    ITT Sound Off: America Showed Up

    ITT Sound Off: America Showed Up

    Maria and Julio discuss the Republican Party's efforts to undermine the election results. They also give updates on the Biden-Harris transition process and the country’s COVID-19 surge. 


    ITT Staff Picks

    - “There’s no saving America’s soul. There's no restoring the soul. There's no fighting for the soul of America. There’s no uniting the souls of America. There is only fighting off the other soul of America,” writes Ibram X. Kendi for The Atlantic. 
    - In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin writes that Republicans may never have the nerve to stand up to Trump. 
    - Elena Moore examines the initiatives and actions that President-elect Joe Biden plans to implement during his first 100 days of office via NPR. 


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    • 17 min
    Donny, You're Done

    Donny, You're Done

    Maria and Julio are joined by Anoa Changa, a freelance journalist based in Atlanta covering movements and electoral justice, and Aída Chávez, a journalist at The Intercept covering Congress and the impact of public policy on diverse communities. They talk about the 2020 election results and the Black, Indigenous, and Latinx voters who turned out at record numbers. They also look at what’s next in a Biden-Harris administration and how the dangers of white supremacy and Trumpism are not over.


    ITT Staff Picks:

    - "Particularly in Maricopa County, a long-running organizing campaign against Sheriff Joe Arpaio pulled together a political constituency with its own motivations, community, and sense of identity," writes Aída Chavez and Ryan Grim for The Intercept.
    - In her latest for Scalawag Magazine, Anoa Changa writes about the importance of local action and organizing — beyond the election — in continuing to fight state-run voter suppression and police brutality.
    - "We’ve always organized and fought back for a greater purpose. We’ve never had a choice to trust the nation’s institutions, and instead, organizers from the Black South challenged their white supermacist structure and ideology in every era," writes Taylor Crumpton about the Black radical tradition in the South for Teen Vogue.


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    • 34 min

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1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

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Cutting Through

I was a fan of Latino USA and finally checked this out. Much more conversational and the hosts are direct, I love it. Entertaining and thoughtful addition to my podcast rotation.

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So needed!

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Breath of fresh air

I love listening to ITT. I feel like often people think that if it’s a POC show that means it will cover issues that are not main stream. that is both true and false. ITT centers non white voices and covers what everyone else is covering and then some. Give it a listen. You’ll be hooked.

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