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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.

    ITT Sound Off: The First Days

    ITT Sound Off: The First Days

    Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, break down President Joe Biden's first days. They cover some of the highlights from Inauguration Day, and unpack the slew of executive orders he introduced.


    ITT Staff Picks:
    - "This new American government is the exact same as the old American government except for three new senators and a commander-in-chief who served in the old American government 44 of the past 48 years." Michael Harriot writes about what still hasn't changed, via The Root.
    - "Decades of Federal Policies Turned Local Police On Immigrant Communities. Here’s How Biden Can Stop That." Alina Das writes for The Appeal.
    - "An incremental plan that shuts down a pipeline or two while letting others continue to pump poison is not justice," writes Brian Kahn in this piece for Gizmodo.


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    • 18 min
    ITT Crossover: Anything For Selena

    ITT Crossover: Anything For Selena

    We're taking a little break from the news to share something that our colleagues at Futuro Studios and WBUR have been working hard on. Listen to the first episode of "Anything For Selena," where host Maria Garcia takes us on an intimate journey to understand the cultural significance of Mexican American pop singer Selena Quintanilla's legacy. In episode one, Maria Garcia talks about growing up along the U.S.-Mexico border and how Selena helped her navigate the feeling of being torn between two identities. 


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    • 30 min
    ITT Sound Off: Impeachment 2.0

    ITT Sound Off: Impeachment 2.0

    Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, talk about the continued threats of white supremacist violence leading up to next week's inauguration and the escalating COVID-19 crisis. They also hear from New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez about Trump's second impeachment and the urgent need for COVID-19 relief — especially for communities of color.


    ITT Staff Picks: 
    - Michael Harriot writes for The Root about the "six of the most infamous white insurrections."  
    - "Black people have learned to always anticipate white supremacist abuse, because our existence here has been, until the last 55 years or so, one of apartheid (it still is, frankly). We exist in a perpetual state of organizing our lives around and anticipating white violence and backlash," writes Soraya Nadia McDonald in this piece for The Undefeated.
    - Jack Healy reports for The New York Times about the high rates of death from the coronavirus among tribal elders, and how this is creating a "cultural crisis" in Indigenous communities as they try to preserve knowledge, language, and traditions.


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    • 19 min
    Whitelash

    Whitelash

    Maria and Julio are back to process last week's events, including the white supremacist violence at the U.S. Capitol. They are joined by ITT All-Star and contributing opinion writer at The New York Times, Wajahat Ali, and national politics reporter for The Boston Globe, Jazmine Ulloa, who was reporting from the Capitol building at the time of the attack. They also hear from Azadeh Shahshahani who is the legal and advocacy director at Project South and co-counsel on a class action lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Dr. Mahendraa Amin for the forced hysterectomies of immigrant women at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. 


    ITT Staff Picks: 

    - "Lawmakers, national security experts, and political analysts said one thing is clear: The nation stands at a critical and fragile moment," writes Jazmine Ulloa in her recent piece for The Boston Globe.
    - In this piece for VICE News, Reina Sultan talked with five people arrested at Black Lives Matter protests across the country about their reactions to the violence that unfolded at the Capitol.
    - Omar Wasow, Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, shares this Twitter thread on how the attack on the Capitol was "mob justice" and is "rooted in our long history of racial authoritarianism."


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    • 36 min
    ITT Sound Off: Capitol Coup

    ITT Sound Off: Capitol Coup

    We are back with the first Sound Off of 2021! Julio is joined by guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter at Mother Jones and host of The Mother Jones Podcast. They process this week's events, including the mob attack by Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol and the Georgia runoff elections. 


    ITT Staff Picks: 
    - In his latest for The Atlantic, ITT All-Star Adam Serwer writes, "But in fact, multiracial democracy in America is young and fragile, just a few generations old, and the insistence by a largely white political party that the victories of its multiracial counterpart are illegitimate is deeply familiar."
    - Derecka Purnell writes that this week's events in Washington D.C. reveal "how power works in the United States, and for whom" in this piece for The Guardian.
    - Astead Herndon and Rick Rojas write about how much President-elect Joe Biden owes Black voters "who have long been the backbone of the Democratic Party" in this piece for The New York Times.


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    • 19 min
    Seditious Senators

    Seditious Senators

    Maria and Julio ring in the new year with two ITT All-Stars! They're joined by Renée Graham, columnist for The Boston Globe, and Terrell J. Starr, senior reporter at The Root and host of the Black Diplomats podcast, to talk about the latest in politics. They get into Donald Trump's ongoing attempts to interfere with the election ahead of the Georgia Senate runoffs, along with the GOP senators aiding his efforts. They also dig into the latest with the coronavirus pandemic and the recent waves of violence in this country. 


    This episode was mixed by Rosana Cabán.


    ITT Staff Picks:
    - Don't miss Terrell J. Starr's latest for The Root on the upcoming Georgia runoffs, where he digs into the impact of these elections.
    - "A poster boy for failing up, he does not want to alienate the 74 million-plus people who voted for Trump. If he runs in 2024, he knows he’ll need them," writes Renee Graham on Mike Pence in her latest opinion piece for The Boston Globe.
    - This piece from The New Yorker digs into the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic throughout 2020.


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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

hazelbnr ,

Another Fan

White, female, boomer on board and grateful for these voices of the present and future.

Heard about In The Thick podcast on DECONSTRUCTED podcast.

Appreciate the work that goes into putting together a podcast of this nature.

mayeveee ,

Essential Listing for 2020 and Beyond

This podcast is one of the very few that makes me feel heard and seen. Maria and Julio dig deep into topics and ideas that live rent free in my brain. They are so honest, unapologetic, and funny, while still keeping the show beautifully produced. Thank you so much to the Futuro team. You have no idea how grateful I am for all of your work!!!

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As a Latinx who is part of the LGBTQ community, I find myself searching for podcasts that include topics that affect people like myself. This podcasts does a great job of just that.

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