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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.

    Latino USA: Masks Off With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    Latino USA: Masks Off With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    Last month, in her first in-person interview for Latino USA since the start of the pandemic, Maria sat down with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and we wanted to share this incredible conversation with you. They get into the lasting impact of the January 6 Capitol riot and what it means to recognize and process trauma in the aftermath. They also talk about the coronavirus pandemic, and issues around personal identity and the question of being “Latina” enough. Subscribe to Latino USA wherever you get your podcasts.




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    ITT Sound Off: Root Causes of Migration

    ITT Sound Off: Root Causes of Migration

    Maria and Julio unpack Vice President Kamala Harris’ visits to Guatemala and Mexico, and give the historical context behind her speech on immigration. We hear from Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas, about the U.S.’ involvement in Central America. They also talk about two incidents at high school graduation ceremonies where students were reprimanded for expressing their Mexican heritage.


    ITT Staff Picks:
    - This article from El Faro English explains how Vice President Kamala Harris’ message to migrants “triggered a backlash among human rights defenders and Central America experts.”
    - Sandra Cuffe writes that Vice President Kamala Harris’ pledge “to tackle corruption as a root cause of U.S.-bound migration” offered little optimism, via The Intercept.
    - Latino Rebels reports a missing angle regarding Ever López’s graduation story: how “the ugly side of seeing Latinos going after Latinos was front and center.”


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    • 18 min
    A Stain on Our Conscience

    A Stain on Our Conscience

    Maria and Julio are joined by Middle East political analyst Omar Baddar to unpack the recent events in Palestine and Israel. They give an update on the forced evictions of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, and the situation in Gaza following the bombings and airstrikes last month. They also discuss the impact of social media in documenting what is happening, and the U.S.’ role in Israel. 


    ITT Staff Picks:
    - For Scientific American’s Opinion section, Yasser Abu Jamei writes about the mental health crisis in Gaza and the toll the recent Israeli bombings have had on its people.
    - Haggai Matar, Israeli journalist and political activist, explains Israel’s likely incoming government for +972 Magazine.
    - Journalist Mariam Barghouti discusses the recent violence and reality of living in the West Bank on The Intercept’s Deconstructed podcast with Ryan Grim.


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    • 33 min
    ITT Sound Off: Where Are the Reparations?

    ITT Sound Off: Where Are the Reparations?

    Maria and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, discuss the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. They also dive into recent anti-trans legislation coinciding with the start of Pride Month and give an immigration update about the termination of former President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.


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    ITT Staff Picks:
    - For Poynter, Mark I. Pinsky published an in depth four-part series on how, historically, Southern newspapers played a major role in racial violence.
    - Assistant Professor Veldon Coburn writes about the history behind the remains of 215 Indigenous children recently found in an unmarked mass grave in Canada for this article in The Conversation.
    - This article for The Advocate by reporter Jacob Ogles details what Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recent veto on all LGBTQ programs and projects from the state budget means for the Florida LGBTQ community.


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    • 18 min
    Fight the Food Power

    Fight the Food Power

    Maria and Julio are joined by Karen Washington, an urban farmer and food justice activist, and Adrian Chang, a cook and food writer, for a conversation about the racial history of farming in the United States and the systemic inequities in food access. They also dive into how food can be used to foster meaningful solidarity between communities.


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    ITT Staff Picks:
    - For the San Francisco Chronicle, Soleil Ho writes about cultural appropriation and anti-Asian violence: “The idea that no one cares about crimes against Asians pops up frequently in our communities, adding a slimy layer to the phenomenon of Asian cuisines being extremely popular in the American restaurant scene.”
    - Reporter and host Jamilah King speaks with food justice activist and author of “Queen Sugar,” Natalie Baszile for this episode of The Mother Jones podcast.
    - Bettina Makalintal writes about how statements such as “Love Our people Like You Love Our Food" reinforce problematic narratives around immigrants in this article for Vice. 


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    • 29 min
    ITT Sound Off: Minneapolis, One Year Later

    ITT Sound Off: Minneapolis, One Year Later

    Maria and Julio reflect on one year since the murder of George Floyd. They share highlights from ITT’s first virtual live show of 2021 this week, where they were joined by local Minneapolis journalists Georgia Fort and Tarkor Zehn to talk about police violence, racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. They also discuss race education in schools and mainstream media’s coverage of movements and policing in this country.


    If you missed our ITT Virtual LIVE show, you can still watch it here.


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    ITT Staff Picks:
    - The Associated Press published a profile of George Floyd last year, from his days in high school to his fatal encounter with police last May. 
    - Reflecting on a year after George Floyd’s murder, Mother Jones’ Nathalie Baptiste writes about “the inevitable backlash that occurs after a broad movement for racial justice takes place.”
    - For The New York Times’ Opinion, Talmon Joseph Smith writes about how privilege and capital became warped in the movement for Black lives: “All in all, it seems there was a racial reckoning — it was just disproportionately experienced by privileged Americans.”


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Refreshing to Hear POC Point of View

We tend to ignore the bias of NYT or other media conglomerates because of it’s name and our assumption that it’s “balanced” journalism. I’m looking for the perspective that isn’t being influenced by big corporations and that is grounded in my community. Thank you for all you do!!

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