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In The Thick

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Journalists 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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ITT Sound Off: Uvalde

May 26th, 2022


Maria and Julio process the tragic mass shooting that occurred in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, when an 18-year-old man opened fire at an elementary …

The Warfare of Messaging

May 24th, 2022


Maria and Julio are joined by Danielle Moodie and Wajahat Ali, co-hosts of the Democracy-ish podcast. They talk about the latest in immigration news, …

ITT Sound Off: When Will We Wake Up?

May 20th, 2022


Maria and Julio react to the deadly white supremacist attack at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. They talk about the rise in mass shootings rooted …

The Rise of Anti-Asian Hate

May 17th, 2022


Julio is joined by Jason Wu, public defender at the Legal Aid Society's Harlem Community Law Office, and Tiffany Diane Tso, freelance writer, editor, …

The End of Roe

May 13th, 2022


In this rebroadcast episode from 2020, Maria and Julio are joined by Dr. Michele Goodwin, law professor at the University of California, Irvine, host …

Disinformation and Misinformation

May 10th, 2022


In this special collaboration with Latino USA, Maria and Julio are joined by Maria Teresa Kumar, founding president and CEO of Voto Latino, and Jaime …

ITT Sound Off: A Right to Privacy

May 6th, 2022


Maria and Julio share their responses to the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case. They talk about the …

A Lack of Urgency

May 3rd, 2022


Maria and Julio are joined by Tanya Ballard Brown, executive editor at Government Executive, and Vann Newkirk II, senior editor at The Atlantic and …

ITT Sound Off: How Power Works

April 29th, 2022


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, deputy inequality editor at BuzzFeed News, talk about Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter. They also get into the …

The Perpetual Loop of Injustice

April 26th, 2022


Maria and Julio are joined by Jullian Harris-Calvin, director of the Greater Justice New York program at the Vera Institute of Justice, and David …

ITT Sound Off: Deeply Broken Systems

April 22nd, 2022


Maria and guest co-host Jamilah King, deputy inequality editor at BuzzFeed News, discuss a federal judge’s decision to strike down the federal mask mandate on airplanes and public transportation. They also get into the …

Oppressive States

April 19th, 2022


Julio and guest co-host Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and host of the Black Diplomats podcast, are joined by Renée …

ITT Sound Off: Dystopian Adventure

April 15th, 2022


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, deputy inequality editor at BuzzFeed News, discuss the Brooklyn subway shooting and the calls for more policing …

The Great Labor Injustice

April 12th, 2022


Maria and Julio are joined by Ai-jen Poo, co-founder and executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Pablo Alvarado, …

ITT Sound Off: An American Moment

April 8th, 2022


Maria and Julio talk about Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. They also get into the Oklahoma state …

Two Years of COVID-19

April 5th, 2022


Maria and Julio reflect on the last two years of the coronavirus pandemic with guests Umair Irfan, staff writer at Vox covering Covid-19 and climate …

ITT Sound Off: Hoodwinked and Bamboozled

April 1st, 2022


Maria and Julio discuss the news of the Biden administration finally putting an end to Title 42, a Trump-era public health order. They also unpack …

Tough Guy Talk

March 29th, 2022


Maria and Julio are joined by Aisha Mills, political strategist and former host of “Amplified with Aisha” on the Black News Channel, and Dr. Jason …

ITT Sound Off: Saving the Supreme Court

March 25th, 2022


Maria and Julio discuss the uncovered text messages between Mark Meadows and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife Ginni Thomas, revealing new …

Lights, Camera… ¡Acción! A Latino Take on the Oscars

March 22nd, 2022


In The Thick presents an episode from our sister podcast, Latino USA. In this episode, Maria talks with Latino and Latina film critics Clayton Davis, Cristina Escobar, and Jack Rico about Latinos in film this past year. …

ITT Sound Off: War Has No Logic

March 18th, 2022


Julio and Maria discuss Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s address to Congress, and the recent granting of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to …

The Great American Tradition of Fear

March 15th, 2022


Julio and guest co-host Jenni Monet, independent investigative journalist and founder of the newsletter Indigenously, are joined by Karen Attiah, …

ITT Sound Off: Toxic Dude Culture

March 11th, 2022


Maria and Julio talk about Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine, including increasing sanctions from Western governments and private companies. …

A Dispatch From Ukraine

March 9th, 2022


Maria and Julio are joined by ITT All-Star Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and host of the Black Diplomats podcast, to …

ITT Sound Off: The Uninspiring Administration

March 4th, 2022


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, deputy inequality editor at BuzzFeed News, discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and critique Western media …

The Disinformation Cocktail

March 1st, 2022


Maria and Julio are joined by Ayman Mohyeldin, host of the MSNBC show “Ayman” and host of the podcast “American Radical.” They dive into the story of …

ITT Sound Off: The Fog of War

February 25th, 2022


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, deputy inequality editor at Buzzfeed News, discuss the latest on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the role …

Hope in Hopeless Times

February 22nd, 2022


Maria and Julio are joined by ITT All-Star Wajahat Ali, columnist for The Daily Beast, to discuss his new book, “Go Back to Where You Came From: And …

ITT Sound Off: Unchecked American Power

February 19th, 2022


Maria and Julio get into the latest on Russia’s increasing escalation in Ukraine. They also talk about the double standard in the Olympics’ treatment …

Power Concedes Nothing

February 15th, 2022


Maria and Julio are joined by Bree Newsome Bass, artist, writer, activist, and organizer. They talk about where the movement for Black lives stands …

ITT Sound Off: Marginalize Joe Rogan

February 11th, 2022


Maria and Julio get into the latest on COVID-19 and the states lifting mask mandates. They also challenge media narratives comparing the January 6th …

The America We Deserve

February 9th, 2022


Maria is joined by LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, and Dr. Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham …

Death Note — Introducing Ídolo: The Ballad of Chalino Sánchez

February 7th, 2022


From Futuro Studios and Sonoro

Narcocorrido superstar Chalino Sánchez sings to a sold-out crowd for the first time in Sinaloa. It's the best night …

ITT Sound Off: US 'Credibility'

February 4th, 2022


Maria and Julio talk about the Biden administration’s response to a U.S. raid in Syria that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi …

Machinery of Corruption and Impunity

February 2nd, 2022


Maria and Julio are joined by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, senior reporter and producer at Reveal, and Kate Doyle, senior analyst at the National Security …

ITT Sound Off: Politics Is Transactional

January 28th, 2022


Maria and Julio discuss Justice Stephen Breyer’s decision to retire from the U.S. Supreme Court, and President Biden’s commitment to appoint a Black …

America Is Shady

January 25th, 2022


Julio is joined by Danielle Moodie, host of the show Woke AF and co-host of the podcast Democracy-ish, and Nathalie Baptiste, opinion writer for …

ITT Sound Off: American Arc of Injustice

January 21st, 2022


Maria and Julio talk about President Biden’s press conference to mark his first year in office, and they get into the latest on voting rights. They …

Obvious Racism

January 18th, 2022


Maria and Julio are joined by Elie Mystal, justice correspondent at The Nation, for a conversation about the latest on voting rights and the legacy …

ITT Sound Off: Too Little, Too Late

January 14th, 2022


Maria and Julio talk about the latest on federal voting rights legislation, a devastating fire in the Bronx, and give an update on grassroots …

Pandemic in the Time of Capitalism

January 12th, 2022


Maria is joined by Abdullah Shihipar, public health researcher at the People, Place & Health Collective at Brown University, and Jessica Malaty …

ITT Sound Off: A Self-coup

January 7th, 2022


Maria and Julio reflect on the one-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection. They get into President Biden’s remarks this week and what …

The Achilles Heel of Democracy

January 5th, 2022


Maria and Julio are joined by Jelani Cobb, staff writer at the New Yorker and co-editor of the new book “The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from the …

A Lot of Grief and Joy

December 31st, 2021


Happy New Year ITT familia! In this special episode, Maria and Julio reflect back on 2021 and how they found joy throughout a turbulent year. They …

White Supremacy Is Evergreen

December 28th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, historian, writer and professor at Princeton University, and Adam Goodman, professor at the …

A 2021 Holiday Message

December 24th, 2021


Futuro Media is off for winter break, and Maria and Julio want to send all of you, our ITT familia, lots of love, light and appreciation during this …

West Side Story: Why Now?

December 21st, 2021


In The Thick is excited to share a recent episode from Latino Rebels Radio, which gets into the remake of West Side Story from director Steven …

ITT Sound Off: Love and Resistance

December 17th, 2021


Maria and Julio talk about former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s guilty plea for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, as well as the …

Social Disasters

December 15th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Karen Attiah, columnist for The Washington Post, and Aaron Morrison, national race and ethnicity writer for the …

ITT Sound Off: We Don’t Get Ownership

December 10th, 2021


Maria and Julio reflect on conversations around use of the term Latinx, and highlight what’s missing from political outreach and media coverage when …

The US Fails Immigrants

December 8th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Tina Vasquez, senior staff writer for The Counter, and Tanvi Misra, independent immigration reporter. They dive into …

Man in the Arena: The Icon

December 5th, 2021


If you are a fan of In The Thick, you know that our co-host Julio Ricardo Varela is a big Boston sports fan (even known as "The Bronx Judas"). For …

ITT Sound Off: Whiteness Running Amok

December 3rd, 2021


Julio and guest co-host Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and host of the Black Diplomats Podcast, discuss the Michigan …

A Bipartisan Killer

December 1st, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by ITT All-Stars Wajahat Ali, columnist for The Daily Beast, and Jamilah King, deputy inequality editor for Buzzfeed News. …

An Unresolved Past

November 26th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Al Letson, host of Reveal and the new podcast series, “Mississippi Goddamn: The Ballad of Billey Joe.” Billey Joe …

Struggling in Limbo

November 24th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Rowaida Abdelaziz, national reporter for the HuffPost covering immigration and Islamophobia, and Ali Latifi, Kabul …

ITT Sound Off: This Structural Reality

November 19th, 2021


Maria and Julio react to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, and talk about how white supremacy played out in his trial, the trial against Ahmaud Arbery’s …

White Violence on Steroids

November 17th, 2021


Julio is joined by Elie Mystal, justice correspondent at The Nation, and Michael Harriot, senior writer at The Root, to talk about white supremacy …

Nuestro Crossover: Jonathan Jayes-Green

November 12th, 2021


In this crossover episode, ITT airs the second episode of Nuestro, a new podcast from Chuck Rocha, Democratic strategist and former Bernie Sanders campaign adviser.  Nuestro gives space to Latino artists, advocates, …

A Climate of Racial Equity

November 9th, 2021


Julio and guest co-host Jenni Monet, independent investigative journalist and founder of the newsletter Indigenously, are joined by S. Mitra Kalita, …

We Imagine… Us: Re-Imagination Nation

November 5th, 2021


We’re proud to present Re-Imagination Nation, a new series that is part of the We Imagine… Us project by Futuro Unidad Hinojosa, the newest editorial division from Maria Hinojosa and Futuro Media. Re-Imagination Nation …

Get It Together

November 3rd, 2021


Julio and guest co-host Imara Jones, founder and CEO of TransLash Media, are joined by Akela Lacy, politics reporter at The Intercept, and Renée …

ITT Sound Off: We Have Receipts, Joe

October 29th, 2021


Maria and Julio talk about what’s happening with President Biden’s spending bill and the issues within the Democratic Party. They also discuss the …

Take Your Job and Shove It

October 27th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Luis Feliz Leon, writer and educator with Labor Notes, and Lauren Kaori Gurley, labor reporter for Vice Magazine’s …

ITT Sound Off: Criminal Charges

October 22nd, 2021


Maria and Julio get into the Senate confirmation hearing for Chris Magnus, President Biden’s pick to lead Customs and Border Protection. They also …

We Need to Center Humanity

October 19th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by ITT All-Star Imara Jones, creator and producer at TransLash Media, and Kate Sosin, LGBTQ+ reporter at The 19th News, …

ITT Sound Off: The Backlash

October 15th, 2021


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, deputy inequality editor at Buzzfeed News, give an immigration update, including Maria Hinojosa’s reporting in …

Settler Colonialism

October 12th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, historian and author of the new book “Not A ‘Nation of Immigrants’: Settler Colonialism, White …

ITT Sound Off: Media Controversies

October 8th, 2021


Maria and Julio give a brief update on the latest in Congress. Then they get into the outage across Facebook’s platforms this week and the …

The 500th Episode

October 5th, 2021


For this special 500th episode of In The Thick, Maria and Julio reflect on this milestone of centering POC voices. Then, Julio and guest co-host …

ITT Sound Off: The Congress Mess

October 1st, 2021


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, deputy inequality editor at Buzzfeed News, talk about the latest in Congress, including Thursday’s vote to …

The Biased Media Frame

September 28th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Dr. Rashad Richey, political analyst and host of “Indisputable” on The Young Turks Network and Zerlina Maxwell, host of …

ITT Sound Off: Not a Humane System

September 24th, 2021


In this week’s sound off, Maria and Julio dive deep into the violent border enforcement we witnessed in Del Rio, Texas where thousands of Haitian …

Feeding the Climate Monster

September 21st, 2021


Maria and Julio get into the ongoing climate crisis with Kendra Pierre-Louis, producer and senior climate reporter with the Gimlet-Spotify podcast …

ITT Sound Off: Agents of White Supremacy

September 18th, 2021


Maria and Julio talk about the election in California to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. They hear from Jean Guerrero, an opinion columnist for the Los …

Cross-Border Abortion Care

September 14th, 2021


Maria and guest co-host Jamilah King, deputy inequality editor at BuzzFeed News, are joined by Lina-Maria Murillo, assistant professor of gender, women’s and sexuality studies, and history, at the University of Iowa, …

ITT Sound Off: Constant State of Whiplash

September 10th, 2021


Maria and Julio dive deep into the latest news with reproductive rights, including the Texas law that came into effect earlier this month, …

The Lessons of 9/11

September 7th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Rose Arce, journalist and executive producer at Soledad O’Brien Productions, and a former colleague of Maria’s, for an …

14 Years in Guantánamo

September 3rd, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Mansoor Adayfi, a former Guantánamo detainee and author of the new book “Don't Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at …

Right to a Quality Education

August 31st, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Jon Hale, professor at the University of Illinois, and author of the new book, “The Choice We Face: How Segregation, …

Black Power Manifesto

August 27th, 2021


In this rebroadcast episode from earlier this year, Maria and Julio are joined by Charles Blow, columnist for The New York Times and author of "The …

No Census Is Perfect

August 24th, 2021


Julio is joined by Rogelio Sáenz, demographer and professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Hansi Lo Wang, NPR national correspondent …

ITT Sound Off: The Imperialist Template

August 20th, 2021


Maria and Julio get into the latest breaking news from Afghanistan and discuss the role of mainstream media and multiple presidential administrations …

Fighting Vaccine Misinformation

August 17th, 2021


Julio is joined by Dr. Bianka Soria-Olmos, a pediatrician at Cook Children’s Pediatrics, and Dr. Darien Sutton, emergency medicine physician and …

ITT Sound Off: Accountability and Action

August 13th, 2021


Maria and Julio discuss New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation following the state attorney general’s report which corroborated the sexual …

America's Farmworkers

August 10th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Norma Flores López, Chief Programs Officer at Justice for Migrant Women, and Reyna Lopez, Executive Director of …

The History of Reggaeton

August 9th, 2021


This is the true story of the young people from Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico and beyond who beat the odds, refused to be quiet and created an …

ITT Sound Off: Looming Exit

August 6th, 2021


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, get into the latest with the New York Attorney General’s …

Safeguarding Power

August 4th, 2021


Julio and guest co-host Jenni Monet, independent investigative journalist and founder of the newsletter Indigenously, are joined by ITT All-Stars …

ITT Sound Off: Symbol of the Decade

July 30th, 2021


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, discuss the emotional testimonies from the first House select …

Occupational Segregation

July 27th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Chabeli Carrazana, economy reporter at The 19th, and Valerie Wilson, director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and …

ITT Sound Off: A Study in Greed

July 23rd, 2021


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 …

Courts of the Conquerors

July 20th, 2021


Julio and Maria are joined by ITT All-Star Jenni Monet, independent investigative journalist and founder of the newsletter Indigenously. They dive …

ITT Sound Off: Imperial Overlord

July 16th, 2021


ITT Sound Off: Imperial Overlord Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, discuss the historic protests …

A Time to Be Bold

July 13th, 2021


Maria is joined by Marcela Hernandez, organizing director with Detention Watch Network, and Mustafa Jumale, co-founder of Black Immigrant Collective, …

ITT Sound Off: The Forgotten Country

July 9th, 2021


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, discuss the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse and …

A Culture of Silence

July 6th, 2021


In this rebroadcast episode from last summer, Maria and Julio are joined by Pam Campos-Palma, Director of Peace & Security at the Working …

A Fourth of July Message

July 2nd, 2021


While Futuro Media is off for the Fourth of July, Maria and Julio check in with our dearest ITT listeners. They reflect on this past year and what …

Protecting the Trans Community

June 29th, 2021


As Pride Month comes to a close, Maria and Julio are joined by Jorge Gutierrez, an an UndocuQueer activist and executive director of Familia: Trans …

ITT Sound Off: Exhaustion of Bipartisanship

June 25th, 2021


Maria and Julio discuss remarks from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the 38th annual NALEO Conference, and they get into the …

Latinidad Is Canceled

June 22nd, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Alexa Muñoz, a teacher and translator based in Washington Heights, and Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson, assistant professor …

Roots of Cultural Expression

June 18th, 2021


Roots of Cultural Expression Maria and Julio talk with fiber artist and teacher, Bisa Butler, about her quilted portraits that celebrate Black life. …

Latino USA: Masks Off With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

June 15th, 2021


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 …

ITT Sound Off: Root Causes of Migration

June 11th, 2021


Maria and Julio unpack Vice President Kamala Harris’ visits to Guatemala and Mexico, and give the historical context behind her speech on …

A Stain on Our Conscience

June 8th, 2021


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 …

ITT Sound Off: Where Are the Reparations?

June 4th, 2021


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 …

Fight the Food Power

June 1st, 2021


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 …

ITT Sound Off: Minneapolis, One Year Later

May 28th, 2021


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, …

A People’s Victory

May 25th, 2021


One year after the murder of George Floyd, Maria and Julio are joined by Mel Reeves, political organizer and community editor of the Minnesota …

ITT Sound Off: Silenced Voices

May 21st, 2021


Maria and Julio reflect on the toll of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza and the issues with mainstream media’s coverage of this news. They also dive into …

Decarcerating New York City

May 18th, 2021


Julio is joined by Manhattan District Attorney candidate Tahanie Aboushi for a conversation about restorative justice, decriminalizing sex work and …

ITT Sound Off: Crimes of Apartheid

May 14th, 2021


Maria is joined by guest co-host and ITT All-star Jamilah King to discuss the continued violence and attacks against Palestinians by Israeli settlers …

Birth Care for Every Body

May 12th, 2021


Maria is joined by Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, a Chicanx midwife and director of the Changing Woman Initiative, and Dr. Rachel Hardeman, a reproductive health equity researcher and a Tenured Associate Professor at the …

ITT Sound Off: Exporters of Violence

May 7th, 2021


Maria and Julio discuss recent updates on immigration and COVID-19 vaccine equity. They also dive into current global protests in Colombia and East …

A Civil Rights History Lesson

May 4th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Jeanne Theoharis, distinguished professor of political science at Brooklyn College, historian and author of “The …

ITT Sound Off: The First 100 Days

April 30th, 2021


Maria and Julio discuss President Biden’s first address to Congress, marking the first 100 days of his presidency. They also get into U.S. foreign …

Pandemic Immunoprivilege

April 27th, 2021


As COVID-19 vaccines open up for all adults in the United States, Maria and Julio unpack the next phase of the pandemic and its global impact, …

ITT Sound Off: The Fight Continues

April 23rd, 2021


Maria and Julio discuss the verdict of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty on all charges for the murder of George …

Occupiers Of Our Community

April 20th, 2021


As we continue to see police violence throughout the country, Maria and Julio reimagine community safety with guests Victoria Law, freelance …

ITT Sound Off: State Violence

April 16th, 2021


Maria and Julio discuss the heaviness of this week with the latest in acts of racist police violence includingthe police murder of Daunte Wright in …

All About Power

April 13th, 2021


Maria is joined by guest co-host Dr. Christina Greer, associate professor at Fordham University and co-host of the FAQ NYC and What’s In It For Us podcasts, to discuss the #MeToo Movement in light of the sexual …

ITT Sound Off: People Powered

April 9th, 2021


Maria and Julio discuss the latest in federal and state legislation, including President Biden's executive orders on gun control and the anti-trans …

It Was Always White Supremacy

April 6th, 2021


Maria and Julio talk with ITT All-Stars Renée Graham, a columnist for The Boston Globe, and Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished …

ITT Sound Off: Life Sentence of Trauma

April 2nd, 2021


Maria is joined by guest co-host, Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast. They unpack the latest on the Derek Chauvin trial, …

The Other Public Health Crisis

March 30th, 2021


Given the recent mass shootings in Atlanta, Colorado and throughout the nation, Maria and Julio unpack the layers of gun violence in this country, …

ITT Sound Off: We Have to Do Better

March 26th, 2021


Maria and Julio talk about the latest incident of gun violence after a mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado left 10 people dead. They also unpack the …

A History of Hate

March 23rd, 2021


In light of the targeted violence against the Asian community last week in Georgia, Maria and Julio unpack the root causes that led to this tragedy, …

ITT Sound Off: Words Matter

March 19th, 2021


Maria and Julio discuss the aftermath of the tragic violence in Georgia this week which left 8 people dead, the majority of whom were Asian women. …


March 16th, 2021


Maria and Julio get into the science of the coronavirus pandemic with infectious disease epidemiologists Dr. Syra Madad, senior director of NYC …

ITT Sound Off: Colonial Undertones

March 12th, 2021


Maria and Julio discuss President Biden’s first address to the nation, including his promise that every adult American will be eligible for the …

Full Spectrum of Grief

March 9th, 2021


As the one-year mark of quarantine approaches, Maria and Julio hold space for grief and reflection. They talk with Alua Arthur, a death doula and …

ITT Sound Off: Insurrectionists and Their Mothers

March 5th, 2021


Maria and Julio get into the latest with the coronavirus pandemic, including states like Texas and Mississippi that are lifting their mask mandates …

The Terror of Policing

March 2nd, 2021


Maria and Julio welcome two new ITT guests: Josie Duffy Rice, president of The Appeal and host of the podcast "Justice in America," and Michael …

ITT Sound Off: Back to Normal

February 26th, 2021


Maria and Julio unpack the tough week of news from the United States surpassing a half million COVID-19 deaths to the Biden administrations' bombing …

An Anthology of Puerto Rico

February 23rd, 2021


Maria and Julio welcome Alana Casanova-Burgess, reporter and producer for WNYC's "On The Media", and Cristina del Mar Quiles, reporter for the Center …

ITT Sound Off: Texas Forever

February 19th, 2021


In this week's Sound Off, Maria and Julio unpack the latest in Texas as the state and its vulnerable communities have been devastated by a winter …

Black Power Manifesto

February 16th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Charles Blow, columnist for The New York Times and author of the new book, "The Devil You Know: A Black Power …

ITT Sound Off: This Is the Moment

February 12th, 2021


Maria is back to join Julio in her first ITT Sound Off in 2021! They break down the latest with the Senate impeachment trial for former president …

Incarceration and Redemption

February 9th, 2021


Maria and Julio reconnect with David Luis “Suave” Gonzalez, an artist and former juvenile lifer, who they talked to during a 2018 ITT Live show in …

ITT Sound Off: A National Nightmare

February 5th, 2021


To end the week, Julio is joined by guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast. They talk about President Biden's …

Coming Soon: Suave, the Podcast

February 3rd, 2021


ITT has a sneak peek for our listeners of a new podcast that Futuro Studios is producing with PRX: Suave. This podcast follows the story of David …

The Crazy Train

February 2nd, 2021


Maria and Julio break down the week's news with two ITT All-Stars. They are joined by Wajahat Ali, contributing opinion writer for The New York …

ITT Sound Off: Vaccine Chaos

January 29th, 2021


In this week's Sound Off, Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, talk about the latest in impeachment …

Gateway Racism

January 26th, 2021


Maria and Julio are joined by Akela Lacy, who is a politics reporter at The Intercept and returning ITT guest Mike German, who is a fellow with the …

ITT Sound Off: The First Days

January 22nd, 2021


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 …

ITT Crossover: Anything For Selena

January 19th, 2021


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 …

ITT Sound Off: Impeachment 2.0

January 15th, 2021


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, talk about the continued threats of white supremacist violence …


January 12th, 2021


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 …

ITT Sound Off: Capitol Coup

January 8th, 2021


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 …

Seditious Senators

January 6th, 2021


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, …

2020 Reflections

January 1st, 2021


Happy New Year fam! Maria and Julio reflect back on 2020 and how we all found joy and hope amidst the pain and intensity of the past year. They …

Protecting Each Other

December 29th, 2020


To end 2020, Maria and Julio talk with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, epidemiologist and author of "Healing Politics: A Doctor's Journey Into the Heart of our …

Happy Holidays From ITT!

December 25th, 2020


While Futuro Media is off for winter break, Maria and Julio check in to wish our dearest ITT listeners a safe, loving and peaceful holiday. And …

Can’t Deport a Movement

December 22nd, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Alina Das, professor at the New York University School of Law, co-director of the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, and …

ITT Sound Off: Bah Humbug

December 18th, 2020


In the last Sound Off of 2020, Maria and Julio get real about the media. They talk about mainstream coverage of Donald Trump and where the news will …

The Glass House of Immigration

December 16th, 2020


This week we're talking about what immigration policy could look like under the incoming Biden-Harris administration. Maria and Julio are joined by …

ITT Sound Off: Selena

December 12th, 2020


Maria and Julio dive into some of the biggest stories of the week! They give an update on the latest with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. and …

Georgia Spirit

December 9th, 2020


With a January special election for two senate seats approaching, this show is all about Georgia. Maria and Julio welcome Aimée Castenell, southeast …

ITT Sound Off: Reimagining Our Country

December 4th, 2020


Maria and Julio dive into the latest in White House political chaos, including Attorney General William Barr's statement that there was no evidence …

The Fight After

December 1st, 2020


Maria and Julio welcome Zerlina Maxwell, host of "Zerlina" on Peacock, and Nathalie Baptiste, a reporter with Mother Jones. They talk about the …

Revolutionary Love

November 27th, 2020


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 …

Normal Sucked Too

November 24th, 2020


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 …

ITT Sound Off: Political Crises

November 20th, 2020


Maria and Julio give an update on America’s political crisis and discuss Republican efforts to stall the transition. They also talk about the …

Change Will Come

November 18th, 2020


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. …

ITT Sound Off: America Showed Up

November 13th, 2020


Maria and Julio discuss the Republican Party's efforts to undermine the election results. They also give updates on the Biden-Harris transition …

Donny, You're Done

November 11th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Anoa Changa, a freelance journalist based in Atlanta covering movements and electoral justice, and Aída Chávez, a …

ITT Sound Off: Election Week

November 6th, 2020


Maria and Julio discuss the ongoing 2020 election results and the BIPOC vote. They hear from Grecia Lima, national political director for Community …

An Election Day Message

November 3rd, 2020


Join us for our Live Election Night Show tonight at 6pm ET! Maria and Julio will be joined by ITT All-Stars to provide live election analysis and …

ITT Sound Off: FTW

October 30th, 2020


Maria and Julio break down the electorate in the final ITT show before election day. They also hear from Astrid Silva, former ITT guest and …

The Latino Vote

October 27th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Mike Madrid, co-founder of The Lincoln Project and partner at the public relations firm GrassrootsLab, and Lili Gil …

ITT Sound Off: Dazed and Confused

October 23rd, 2020


Maria and Julio unpack the final presidential debate of 2020. They talk about each candidate’s response on immigration policy and the Black Lives …

LIVE From Home: The Final Countdown!

October 20th, 2020


Maria and Julio are back with the second virtual live show of 2020! They’re joined by ITT All-Stars Imara Jones, creator of TransLash Media and host …

ITT Sound Off: Dueling Town Halls

October 16th, 2020


Maria and Julio discuss Biden and Trump’s competing town halls and the start of early voting. They hear from Anoa Changa, an electoral justice …

Coming Soon: Anything For Selena

October 15th, 2020


ITT has a sneak peek for our listeners of a new podcast that Futuro Studios is producing with WBUR: Anything For Selena. Journalist Maria Garcia goes …

Redefining Radical

October 13th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Jamaal Bowman, 2020 Democratic nominee for Congress in New York’s 16th District. They unpack Bowman’s path to running …

ITT Sound Off: Organized Chaos

October 9th, 2020


Maria and Julio discuss the highs and lows of the vice presidential debate. They hear from special guest Tauhid Chappell, an executive board member …

No Ballot Left Behind

October 6th, 2020


Maria and Julio talk with Alicia Garza, special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, co-creator of Black Lives Matter, and …

ITT Sound Off: The Mess

October 2nd, 2020


Maria and Julio unpack the mess of this week from President Trump and the first lady testing positive for COVID-19 to the first 2020 presidential …

The End of Roe

September 29th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Dr. Michele Goodwin, law professor at the University of California, Irvine, host of Ms. Magazine’s On The Issues …

Free the Vote

September 25th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Desmond Meade, the executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and the author of the new upcoming …

Liberation Dreams

September 23rd, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Andrea Valdez, editor-in-chief at The 19th, and Errin Haines, editor-at-large for The 19th. They reflect on the life …

Maria’s Big Book

September 18th, 2020


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 …

LIVE From Home: Here We Go!

September 15th, 2020


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 …

ITT Sound Off: A Nation on Fire

September 11th, 2020


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 …

Unthinkable Trauma

September 8th, 2020


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 …

ITT Sound Off: 2016, the Sequel

September 4th, 2020


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 …

Unforgetting With Roberto Lovato

September 1st, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by journalist Roberto Lovato to talk about his new book Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution …

The Legacy of Berta Cáceres

August 28th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Nina Lakhani, an environmental justice reporter for The Guardian US and author of the new book Who …

A Culture of Silence

August 25th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Pam Campos-Palma, senior political strategist at the Working Families Party, and Gina Peréz, cultural anthropologist …

Goodbye Summer 2020!

August 21st, 2020


Futuro Media is taking a week off! Maria and Julio check in quickly with our dearest ITT fam to say goodbye for now, but don't worry! There will be …

Buckle Up

August 18th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by two ITT All-Stars, Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton …

ITT Sound Off: Kamala

August 14th, 2020


In this week's Sound Off, Maria and Julio discuss the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's vice president pick of Senator Kamala …

A Democracy at Risk

August 11th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by two ITT All-Stars — Tina Vasquez, senior reporter at Prism, and LaTosha Brown, co-founder of the organization, Black …

Healing From COVID-19

August 7th, 2020


In this special ITT episode, Maria shares her story of healing from COVID-19. She reconnects with friend and actress Debi Mazar, who was a guide and support throughout her journey. Then she brings together a group of …

Taking a Knee

August 4th, 2020


Julio is joined by guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, and today they are talking sports. They're joined …

ITT Sound Off: Make Good Trouble

July 31st, 2020


Maria and Julio talk about the politicization of the coronavirus pandemic, including the death of former Republican presidential candidate Herman …

Symbols of White Supremacy

July 28th, 2020


Maria and Julio take on the national conversation about racist Confederate monuments and the push to take them down. They talk with Dr. Keisha Blain, …

ITT Sound Off: The Power of Women

July 24th, 2020


Maria is joined by guest co-host Jamilah King, a reporter and podcast host at Mother Jones. They recap the coronavirus crisis and talk about President Trump sending federal agents to cities across the country. They also …

The Conscience of America

July 22nd, 2020


Julio is joined by guest co-host and ITT All-Star Wajahat Ali. They talk with two ITT All-Stars Andrea González-Ramírez, senior writer at GEN by …

ITT Sound Off: Forced to Be Warriors

July 17th, 2020


In light of Bari Weiss’ resignation from The New York Times, Maria and Julio have an honest conversation about being journalists of color. They also …

America the Buzzkill

July 15th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Alexis Madrigal, staff writer at The Atlantic and co-founder of The Atlantic's COVID Tracking Project. They dig into …

ITT Sound Off: Goya Flop

July 10th, 2020


Maria and Julio dive into Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s visit to the White House. They talk about what the maskless meeting meant …

Nothing to Celebrate

July 7th, 2020


Maria and Julio debrief the news with ITT All-Stars Jenni Monet, an independent journalist and tribal member of the Pueblo of Laguna, and Terrell J. …

Ancestral Power

July 3rd, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by authors and historians Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross to talk about their latest book, A Black Women's History …

Latin America and the Coronavirus

June 30th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Peniley Ramírez, an investigative reporter with Univision, and Gisela Pérez de Acha, a human rights lawyer and …

ITT Sound Off: Organizing in a Pandemic

June 26th, 2020


COVID-19 cases are surging nationwide, and President Trump is unilaterally imposing strict immigration restrictions. Maria and Julio get into that …

Black Trans Resistance

June 23rd, 2020


This year's Pride month lands during a global pandemic and a national uprising to defend Black lives, which means the LGBTQ community of color is on …

ITT Sound Off: Fighting for Freedom

June 19th, 2020


On Juneteenth, Maria and Julio take time to honor and reflect on what today has meant for Black Americans for decades. They hear from Futuro …

A World Without Police

June 16th, 2020


Maria and Julio talk about police and prison abolition with Charlene Carruthers, author and founding member of Black Youth Project 100, and Ejeris …

This Is Not a Game

June 12th, 2020


Maria and Julio get into how race and activism show up in sports - historically and in the current Black Lives Matter movement - with Howard Bryant, …

Systemic Exhaustion

June 9th, 2020


As thousands of protestors fill the streets, Maria and Julio talk about the #BlackLivesMatter movement, performative allyship, and what it means to …

ITT Sound Off: National Uprising

June 5th, 2020


Protests continue across every state in this country, and in countries around the world, in the fight for racial justice for Black lives. Maria and …

Palpable Pain

June 2nd, 2020


Maria and Julio process this historic moment in the fight for racial justice and defending Black lives with Julieta Martinelli, Futuro Media producer …

ITT Sound Off: We're Not Okay

May 29th, 2020


As protests continue in Minneapolis and spread across the country, Maria and Julio talk about anti-black racism and violent policing in the United …

Forever Foreign

May 26th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by James Boo, showrunner at Self-Evident, a podcast telling Asian America’s stories and Erika Lee, award-winning author …

ITT Sound Off: Lost POC Lives

May 22nd, 2020


Maria and Julio discuss how the Latinx community is being affected by the COVID-19 crisis. They highlight the latest Latino USA episode which looks …

Psychology of a Pandemic

May 19th, 2020


May is Mental Health Awareness month, so Maria and Julio discuss the psychological and emotional toll of living through a global pandemic. They are …

ITT Sound Off: Epidemic of Violence

May 15th, 2020


Maria and Julio discuss Dr. Anthony Fauci's and Rick Bright's congressional testimonies on the pandemic response. They also dive into the Supreme …

Learning in Quarantine

May 12th, 2020


This week Maria and Julio are talking about education during the time of this pandemic. They hear from Dr. Elizabeth Farfán-Santos, professor of …

ITT Sound Off: Policing in the Pandemic

May 8th, 2020


The COVID-19 story is a POC story. Maria and Julio work through a devastating news cycle. They talk about policing during the pandemic and the …

The Outskirts of the Outskirts

May 5th, 2020


Maria and Julio talk with Alex Roque, executive director at the Ali Forney Center in New York City and ITT All-Star Imara Jones, creator of TransLash …

ITT Sound Off: For the Workers

May 1st, 2020


Maria and Julio discuss the latest with the sexual assault allegation against the 2020 presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden who appeared on …

Spiritual Crisis

April 28th, 2020


This week Maria and Julio focus on how different faith communities are staying connected during the pandemic. They talk with Dawud Walid, a faith …

ITT Sound Off: Targeting Immigration

April 24th, 2020


On today’s ITT Sound Off, Maria and Julio are fed up. They talk about how the Trump administration continues to lash out at immigrants, and the …

The POC Climate Crisis

April 21st, 2020


This week in honor of Earth Day, we’re taking a break from our daily COVID coverage, and sharing an episode we recorded pre-pandemic. Maria and Julio …

ITT Sound Off: Pandemic and the Patriarchy

April 17th, 2020


Maria and Julio break down the pandemic, specifically the white male leadership that has dominated news cycles. They also talk about the tug-of-war …

The Cities Are Dying

April 14th, 2020


Maria’s back and feeling better! For today’s roundtable, she and Julio revisit the last two cities In The Thick did live shows in before the …

ITT Sound Off: The Hardest Hit

April 10th, 2020


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King talk more about how the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately affecting communities of color. They also …

Warrior Workers

April 7th, 2020


On today’s show Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King talk about how the worldwide pandemic is taking a toll on the economy and affecting workers …

ITT Sound Off: Healing in Times of Chaos

April 3rd, 2020


We're so happy and grateful that Maria is feeling better! She and Julio bring you the latest updates on COVID-19, including how state leaders, …

There’s Still the Census

April 1st, 2020


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King talk about how the 2020 political landscape is being affected by the coronavirus pandemic. They also chat with …

ITT Sound Off: Close to Home

March 27th, 2020


In this week’s ITT Sound Off, Maria and Julio continue reporting remotely, and focus on NYC — home to the headquarters of Futuro Media and the …


March 25th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by power couple, husband and wife: ITT All-Star, Wajahat Ali, contributing Op-Ed writer with The New York Times and CNN …

ITT Sound Off: Life in the Time of Corona

March 20th, 2020


In this week’s ITT Sound Off, Maria and Julio continue to bring you the latest political news while in isolation from their homes. On today’s show, …

COVID Coping

March 17th, 2020


We're all self-isolating, but the show goes on. Maria and Julio are joined by Laura Barrón-López, national political reporter at Politico and ITT …

ITT Sound Off: Protect Thy Neighbor

March 13th, 2020


Maria and Julio bring you this week's ITT Sound Off from a new reality: the coronavirus pandemic. They give us an update about this past Tuesday's …

Weaponizing Coronavirus

March 10th, 2020


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King are joined by ITT All-Star Jamil Smith, senior writer for Rolling Stone magazine, to talk about the latest in …

LIVE From Detroit: 2020 Turnout or Burnout

March 6th, 2020


Detroit in the house! In partnership with WDET, Maria and Julio take a trip to the historic Senate Theatre in Southwest Detroit, Michigan to discuss …

ITT Bonus: Amanda Furdge Live From Jackson

March 4th, 2020


Check out this exclusive live spoken word performance from Amanda Furdge. Born and raised in Jackson, she is a nationally and internationally known spoken word poet and author. As the opening act for our live show in …

Mississippi's Fight to Exist

March 3rd, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Arekia Bennett, executive director of Mississippi Votes, and R.L. Nave, editor-in-chief at Mississippi Today and …

ITT Sound Off: Primaries and Pandemics

February 28th, 2020


In this week's Sound Off, Maria and Julio give us their takes on Tuesday's 10th Democratic Debate in South Carolina. We hear from ITT …

ITT Bonus: Teneia Live From Jackson

February 26th, 2020


Check out this exclusive performance from internationally-touring musician and songwriter Teneia, a Jackson native. As the opening act of our live show in Mississippi, she rocked the historic Alamo Theatre. Thanks to …

LIVE From Jackson: Immigration and 2020

February 26th, 2020


Futuro Media and Mississippi Today present this LIVE In The Thick show from Mississippi! Maria and Julio travel to downtown Jackson at The Alamo …

LIVE From Las Vegas Part II: Nevada's Labor Power

February 21st, 2020


Enjoy part two of ITT's first live show of 2020 from Las Vegas, NV! Maria and Julio travel to Horn Theater at the College of Southern Nevada to …

ITT Bonus: Mariachi in Las Vegas

February 18th, 2020


Check out this exclusive performance by Mariachi Plata, the mariachi band at the College of Southern Nevada. As the opening act of our two-part Las …

LIVE From Las Vegas Part I: POC Vote in Nevada

February 18th, 2020


This is ITT's first live show of 2020 from Las Vegas, NV! Maria and Julio travel to Horn Theater at the College of Southern Nevada to discuss the POC …

ITT Sound Off: Frisks and Stones

February 14th, 2020


In this week's ITT Sound Off, Maria and Julio give us an update on the remaining candidates of the presidential race. Policing and criminal justice …

Debating the New Hampshire Primary

February 10th, 2020


In this special 2020 episode, Maria and Julio discuss the Latino vote ahead of the New Hampshire primary. They give their hot takes on last Friday's …

ITT Sound Off: Tearable Politics

February 7th, 2020


In this week's ITT Sound Off, Maria and Julio discuss the verdict of Trump's impeachment trial -- an acquittal. The President boasted about his …

Caucus Chaos

February 5th, 2020


Monday night's Iowa caucus officially kicked off the 2020 presidential election, but it also had significant delays. Maria and Julio are joined …

ITT Sound Off: American Hurt

January 31st, 2020


In this week's ITT Sound Off, Maria and Julio give us an impeachment trial update highlighting the arguments made by President Trump's defense team. …

A Reckoning of Black Motherhood

January 28th, 2020


Maria and Julio talk with Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, about her latest book Breathe: A …

ITT Sound Off: If You Don't Know, Now You Know

January 24th, 2020


In Maria and Julio's first ITT Sound Off together of 2020, they discuss the ongoing impeachment trial with a focus on POC voices being …

The Basement of Politics

January 22nd, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Paola Ramos, Vice News correspondent, Telemundo contributor and an Emerson Collective fellow. They discuss the …

ITT Sound Off: Deny, Deny, Deny

January 17th, 2020


Julio is joined by our guest co-host, Jamilah King in today's ITT Sound Off. They discuss the ongoing impeachment trial proceedings with a focus on …

The Big White Wave

January 14th, 2020


Julio and guest co-host, Jamilah King, are joined by Verónica Bayetti Flores, co-founder of The Center for Advancing Innovative Policy and co-host of …

ITT Sound Off: Nonstop Disasters

January 10th, 2020


Julio is joined by guest co-host, Jamilah King, for the first Sound Off of 2020! They discuss the latest in climate disasters from the devastating …

Repeating History

January 8th, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Karine Jean-Pierre, chief public affairs officer for MoveOn, author, and political analyst for MSNBC. They discuss …

Whiteness in Crisis: From Thomas Jefferson to Pop Culture

January 3rd, 2020


Maria and Julio are joined by Lauren Michele Jackson, a professor at Northwestern University and author of the new book, White Negroes: When Cornrows …

2019, We Outta Here

December 31st, 2019


Maria and Julio look back at the most unforgettable moments of 2019 for In The Thick, from incredible live shows across the country, to their …

Texas Politics With Cristina Tzintzún Ramírez

December 27th, 2019


Maria and Julio are joined for a second time by Cristina Tzintzún Ramírez who is now running for US Senate in Texas. They discuss her candidacy in a …

Border Brutalism 

December 24th, 2019


Maria and Julio are joined by Greg Grandin, professor of history at New York University and author of the book, The End of the Myth: From the …

ITT Sound Off: Debates of My Childhood

December 20th, 2019


In the final ITT Sound Off of the year, Julio is joined by guest co-host Jamilah King to talk about the impeachment of President Trump as well as …

Malignant Narcissist 

December 18th, 2019


This week Maria and guest co-host Jamilah King welcome Molly Woodstock, journalist and host of the Gender Reveal podcast, and ITT All-Star Imara Jones

ITT Sound Off: Local Cable Access Impeachment

December 13th, 2019


In this ITT Sound Off, Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King talk about the latest in the impeachment proceedings and the Democratic primary race. …

The Racial Hamster Wheel

December 10th, 2019


Maria and Julio welcome two ITT All-Stars, Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., the department chair of African American Studies at Princeton University, and 

ITT Sound Off: Debates So White

December 6th, 2019


Maria and Julio are back with an ITT Sound Off! They give updates on the impeachment inquiry and the 2020 Democratic primary race. They also discuss …

Take Care of Home First

December 3rd, 2019


Maria and Julio are joined by Esther Wang, senior staff writer with Jezebel, and LaTosha Brown, cofounder of Black Voters Matter and 2019 Harvard IOP …


November 29th, 2019


In this episode we get into the issues of wealth when it comes to land/home ownership and the perils of capitalism. Maria and Julio talk with

The Domestic Care Movement

November 26th, 2019


Maria and Julio are joined by Ai-jen Poo, senior advisor to Care in Action, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the …

ITT Sound Off: Smash the Bro-y Macho Quid Pro Quo

November 23rd, 2019


Julio is joined by guest co-host Jamilah King for this week's ITT Sound Off. They discuss highlights of the fifth Democratic debate and how some …

Prop 187: Blue State, Red Country 

November 19th, 2019


In 1994, a ballot measure aimed at targeting undocumented immigrants in California by denying families public services —from barring children from …

ITT Sound Off: Home Is Here

November 15th, 2019


In this week's Sound Off, Maria and Julio talk the latest with the now televised impeachment proceedings and what it all means for our democracy. …

Creating a Better World Through Comedy

November 12th, 2019


Maria and Julio are joined by L.A. based comedian, Charla Lauriston to talk about representation, the importance of comedy and the impact of …

ITT Sound Off: Time To Lawyer Up

November 8th, 2019


In this week's ITT Sound Off, Maria and Julio talk about the results of Tuesday's elections and give an update on the latest with the impeachment …

LIVE From Connecticut: Immigration 

November 5th, 2019


Maria and Julio travel to Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT for a live show to discuss the state's immigrant and Latinx …

ITT Sound Off: Tiptoe Into the Trump Administration

November 1st, 2019


Maria and Julio discuss a major step on the impeachment front that formalizes the inquiry. They also talk about the class disparities that are at the …

Power, Sashay Away

October 29th, 2019


Maria and Julio are joined by All-Stars Wajahat Ali, New York Times contributing Op-Ed writer and CNN commentator and Aisha Moodie-Mills, a political …

ITT Sound Off: Ghost of Chile's Past

October 25th, 2019


Maria and Julio are back with another Sound Off! They discuss the civil unrest in Chile and how history is repeating itself. Plus, the latest in …

LIVE from Connecticut: Addiction in POC Communities 

October 23rd, 2019


Maria and Julio travel to Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT for a live show to discuss addiction and mental health in POC communities. …

ITT Sound Off: Dancing With the Angels

October 18th, 2019


On this week's ITT Sound Off, Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King discuss Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's surprise press conference and …

LIVE From Cambridge: POC Vote in 2020

October 15th, 2019


For this live show from Cambridge, Mass. Maria and Julio discuss 2020 and the POC vote with guests IOP Resident Fellow LaTosha Brown, award-winning …

ITT Sound Off: Only Basketball Questions

October 11th, 2019


In this ITT Sound Off, Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King discuss the pivotal SCOTUS cases that could affect LGBTQ rights for the foreseeable …

ITT Climate 2020 Crossover: Trump Flops With Fossil Fuels

October 8th, 2019


In this crossover episode, ITT airs the second episode of the new podcast, Climate 2020, a podcast that zeroes in on climate change as a top issue of the 2020 presidential election.   Impeachment has thrown a monkey …

ITT Sound Off: Everybody Gets an Impeachment Clause

October 4th, 2019


Maria and Julio are back with another Sound Off! They talk the latest in the impeachment proceedings chaos and how the media should cover …

Impeachable Moments

October 1st, 2019


Maria and Julio are joined by senior reporter at The Root and ITT All-Star Terrell Jermaine Starr to discuss the whistleblower scandal that has …

ITT Radical Imagination Crossover: Open Borders

September 27th, 2019


In this crossover episode, ITT airs the first episode of the new podcast, Radical Imagination, that's produced by our very own Futuro Studios.    The …

Nah, We're Good

September 24th, 2019


Maria and Julio are joined by ITT All-Stars, Feminista Jones, writer and activist, and Jenni Monet, independent journalist and tribal member of the …

ITT Sound Off: Blind Spots

September 20th, 2019


Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King sound off over the week's news about abusive men in power. They talk about the multiple instances of …

Mexican Women Rise Up (Again)

September 17th, 2019


Human rights lawyer and journalist, Gisela Pérez De Acha and journalist with El Universal Mexico, Melissa Amezcua join Maria and Julio to discuss the …

ITT Sound Off: Houston Democratic Debates

September 13th, 2019


In this ITT Sound Off, Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King discuss the third Democratic Debate, which took place in Houston this week. Julio and …

White Men Named Jonathan

September 10th, 2019


Julio welcomes ITT All-Star Jamilah King as guest co-host, along with Andrea González-Ramírez, senior writer for GEN at Medium, and Esther Wang, …

ITT Sound Off: The Dark Side

September 6th, 2019


Maria and Julio are back in the studio to talk about a recent OIG report that establishes the detrimental mental health impacts of family separation …

Undocumented Politics

September 3rd, 2019


  Maria and Julio are joined by Abigail Leslie Andrews, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego to discuss her 

Enemy to the Patriarchy 

August 30th, 2019


Maria and Julio are joined by the journalist and feminist author, Mona Eltahawy to discuss her new book, The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls

Hyper Visible and Invisible

August 27th, 2019


Since Ilhan Omar was elected to Congress, she’s faced consistent attacks from the GOP and Donald Trump, even as far as the president telling her and three other Congresswomen to “go back to their country.” These attacks …

The Comedy of Immigration

August 23rd, 2019


Originally from Benghazi, Libya, Mohanad Elshieky has found in comedy a space to discuss and laugh about immigration, politics and white privilege in …

The Original Sin of 1619  

August 20th, 2019


Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones led a team of black journalists, writers and poets to create The 1619 Project, a deep and thoughtful look into the …

Card-Carrying White Nationalists 

August 16th, 2019


From the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Christchurch, New Zealand, to the Charlottesville car attack in 2017, it’s clear that white nationalists and the “alt-right” are not just living on the dark corners …

United States of White Supremacy 

August 13th, 2019


Maria and Julio are joined by ITT All-Stars, Terrell Jermaine Starr and Jamilah King, to discuss the surge in white supremacist and anti-immigrant …

Michigan, The Other Border

August 9th, 2019


Entirely situated within the 100-mile border zone, Michigan has the second-highest rate of ICE arrests in the country. This has had a huge and detrimental impact on Detroit residents, a city of immigrants. Maria and …

Domestic Terrorism in El Paso

August 6th, 2019


There have been over 250 mass shootings in the U.S., averaging to at least one shooting a day, according to the Gun Violence Archive. After this …

ITT Sound Off: Detroit Debates

August 2nd, 2019


Julio and producer, Nicole Rothwell, traveled to Detroit, MI this week to cover the second round of the Democratic Debates. In this ITT Sound Off …

Ladies First 

July 30th, 2019


To emphasize the significance of black feminism, Maria and Julio talk with Feminista Jones on the release of her latest book, “Reclaiming Our Space: …

ITT Sound Off: Decolonizing the Mind

July 26th, 2019


Maria and Julio discuss this week's news about Puerto Rico. After weeks of massive protests from the people, governor Ricardo Rosselló …

The Cycles of Trauma for Vietnamese Americans

July 23rd, 2019


More than forty years after the Vietnam war, Vietnamese refugees are being deported under Trump's immigration policies. Maria and Julio are joined by 

ITT Sound Off: #RickyRenuncia

July 19th, 2019


Maria and Julio discuss the latest about the ongoing manifestations in Puerto Rico, where the people are demanding that Governor Ricardo Rosselló …

This Is Exhausting 

July 16th, 2019


To catch up on the latest in immigration, Julio and guest co-host Maggie Freleng of Futuro Media chat with immigration attorney Amy Maldonado, and …

Just Go to Jail

July 12th, 2019


This week’s sound-off is packed with all the madness going on in Washington. Futuro Media’s very own Erika Dilday guest co-hosts with Julio to …

LIVE From Chicago: Fighting Violence 

July 9th, 2019


While gun violence has decreased in the city of Chicago over the past two years, the rates of violence are still high and disproportionately so in …

Kings of Deportation 

July 2nd, 2019


Maria and Julio talk with Bill Ong Hing, professor of Law and Migration Studies at the University of San Francisco about his latest bookAmerican …

Too Many White Dudes

June 28th, 2019


The first 2020 Democratic presidential debates took place in Miami this week, and there were some big moments. Climate change, gun violence, …

Celebrate the Pride Way

June 25th, 2019


On the brink of Stonewall’s 50th Anniversary, this year's Pride is historic. In the Thick's, New York Women’s Foundation Ignite Fellow, Nour Saudi, reports on the significance of pride and how the LGBTQ community of …

Fútbol Goddesses

June 21st, 2019


To discuss the Women's World Cup being held in France, Julio is joined by Shireen Ahmed, writer and co-host of the feminist sports podcast, Burn It …

Trust Women

June 18th, 2019


  Maria and Julio are joined by Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood and co-founder of Supermajority, and Yvonne Gutierrez, head …

LIVE from NYC: Immigrants on Screen

June 14th, 2019


For this live show from New York City co-hosted with Alianza HBO and SOMOS Viacom Maria and Julio are joined by Doris Casap, senior vice president …

The Vulgarian in the White House

June 11th, 2019


Maria and Julio are joined by All-Stars Eddie Glaude Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University, and 

LIVE From Chicago: Fighting Hate

June 7th, 2019


Although data on hate crimes is limited and often underreported, we know that hate crimes have been on the rise in the United States since the …

It's Not About the Avocados 

June 4th, 2019


A new DHS report revealed dangerous overcrowding at a detention center in El Paso, Texas. But for immigration reporters who have been following the …

The Roots of Mental Health in Young Latinas

May 31st, 2019


The documentary “Some Girls” tackles the issue of mental health in young Latinas in America. Maria and Julio talk to ITT All-Star Raquel Cepeda, …

Educating for the Status Quo

May 28th, 2019


The debate around the specialized high school admissions test in New York City only reflects a greater issue about inclusion and diversity in schools …

ITT Sound Off: Six Is Too Many

May 24th, 2019


Julio is joined by guest co-host Antonia Cereijido of Latino USA to discuss the tragedy and horror of six migrant children who have died in U.S. …

If I Was a Dragon

May 21st, 2019


We’re talking elections! Whether it’s the 2020 candidates or the series finale of Game of Thrones, white males seem to be at the forefront. Maria and …

ITT Sound Off: Federal Infringement

May 17th, 2019


Maria and Julio discuss Trump’s push for a merit-based immigration plan, after claiming our current legal immigration system is broken. They also …

Warmongering Diplomacy

May 14th, 2019


Amidst the Mueller saga, Trump finds himself facing a number of subpoenas from Congress. Meanwhile in foreign policy, tensions with Iran are …

ITT Sound Off: Bad Parcheesi Game

May 10th, 2019


Another week of the Mueller saga ended with Trump yet again refusing to cooperate with Congress’ investigations on the report. Maria and Julio …

Diabolical America

May 7th, 2019


This week in immigration, Trump announced his plans to appoint Mark Morgan to head ICE, while former White House chief-of-staff John Kelly joined the board of a company that runs detention centers for migrant children. …

ITT Sound Off: War Presidents Win

May 3rd, 2019


Protests in Venezuela have erupted after opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for the support of armed forces to overthrow Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday. …

Census Suppression

April 30th, 2019


Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for whether the Trump administration should add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census, …

ITT Sound Off: Presidential Baggage

April 26th, 2019


Well, he finally did it. Joe Biden announced he was running for president on Thursday, just a day after She the People hosted the first ever policy …

The Roots of American Racism

April 23rd, 2019


The Mueller report dropped last week and left everyone wondering what's next? Maria and Julio are joined by Tanya Ballard Brown, 2019 Nieman fellow …

ITT Sound Off: Corruptly

April 19th, 2019


In this special Mueller report ITT edition, Maria and Julio give their takeaways on the 448-page redacted document by special counsel Robert Mueller …

Infected with MAGA-ism

April 16th, 2019


This week, Trump said he’s considering sending migrants to sanctuary cities. Maria and Julio are joined by two All-Stars, Jenni Monet, independent …

ITT Sound Off: One White Nation, Indivisible 

April 12th, 2019


It's been a busy week in immigration news, from Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation to Trump contradicting his administration's officials when it comes to …

Mexico's #MeToo

April 9th, 2019


Feminists have been organizing against gender violence in Mexico for years. But over the last few weeks, Mexican women have taken to social media to …

ITT Sound Off: Hip-Hop Is Heartbreak

April 5th, 2019


In a historic election on Tuesday, Lori Lightfoot became Chicago’s first black woman and openly gay person elected mayor, but not everyone in the …

Talking in Code

April 2nd, 2019


Special counsel Robert Mueller’s full redacted report is expected to come out mid-April, but what do we make of what we already know? Maria and Julio …

ITT Special Report: Women in Power

March 29th, 2019


As the energy around 2020 grows, conversations about women’s political leadership are taking the lead. In The Thick's NY Women's Foundation fellow

LIVE From South Texas: Borderland Life

March 26th, 2019


Everyone is talking about the border, but no one is really talking about the border: what it is like to live, work and experience the vibrant …

ITT Sound Off: Joe Biden Is No Idris Elba 

March 22nd, 2019


In this “All 2020 Everything” Sound Off, Julio and guest co-host All-Star, Terrell Jermaine Starr talk about the growing speculations of a Joe …

Detained and Forgotten

March 19th, 2019


In Taylor, Texas, a Latino USA and Rewire.News investigation into one of most notorious detention centers, the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, …

ITT Sound Off: White Nationalism's Violent Consequences

March 15th, 2019


A deadly terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday left at least 49 people dead, dozens injured, and the rest of the …

A Big Nothingburger

March 12th, 2019


A new budget plan was released on Monday that includes a proposal of $8.6 billion for construction of the border wall. Meanwhile, the long-awaited …

ITT Sound Off: The Effects of Trauma

March 8th, 2019


This week, four different congressional hearings on immigration took place at the same time. Maria and Julio discuss one where Secretary of Homeland …

ITT Sound Off: White Male Fragility

March 1st, 2019


Maria and Julio talk about Michael Cohen’s testimony with the House Oversight Committee, where he called President Trump a con man, a cheat, and a …

Venezuela and US Interventionism 

February 26th, 2019


The crisis in Venezuela escalated over the weekend after the government blocked humanitarian aid at the Colombian border, leading to violence and …

The Fight to Ban the Box

February 22nd, 2019


No matter if she was trying to find a job or get an education, Leyla Martinez kept finding the same problem: on the application forms, she would have …

The Legacy of Redlining

February 19th, 2019


Discrimination and housing segregation in the United States didn't happened by chance. In this episode, our guests Richard Rothstein, author of the …

ITT Sound Off: We Are You

February 15th, 2019


While President Trump declares a national emergency, Maria and Julio talk about the truth behind this political move, as well as the situation of the …

Wearing the Mask

February 13th, 2019


Two leading Democrats in Virginia have acknowledged that they did blackface in the past and a third Democrat has been accused of sexual abuses. Maria …

ITT Sound Off: Bring the Receipts

February 8th, 2019


Maria and Julio talk about Jeff Bezos’ allegations that David Pecker, the owner of the National Enquirer’s parent company, extorted and blackmailed …

2020 TBD

February 5th, 2019


Maria and Julio talk with All-Star Jamilah King, race and justice reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, and Andrea González-Ramírez, …

A Fronteriza in Congress

February 1st, 2019


Congresswoman Veronica Escobar is one of the first two Latinas from Texas to win a seat in the U.S. Congress that was sworn in a few weeks ago. In an intimate conversation that took place at her office in Washington …

Assimilation Is Not the Answer

January 29th, 2019


The longest shutdown in U.S. history has ended with the President taking credit for solving a problem that he created and continuing his rhetoric …

ITT Sound Off: Eccentric Circles

January 26th, 2019


Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder man, sang a prayer song to make peace between a group of MAGA hat-wearing white Catholic high school …

ITT-AnthroPod Crossover: (W)rap on Immigration

January 22nd, 2019


In this special crossover episode with AnthroPod, Julio moderates a conversation with anthropologist Jason De León and Maria about migration, …

ITT Sound Off: Counter-Narratives

January 18th, 2019


This week William Barr, another immigration hardliner, had his Senate confirmation hearings to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Maria and …

Surviving R. Kelly in the Me Too Era

January 15th, 2019


The recent Lifetime documentary series by dream hampton, "Surviving R. Kelly", brings the R&B legend back to the limelight, now through the …

ITT Sound Off: Shutdown Limbo

January 11th, 2019


The current government shutdown is about to become the longest in U.S. history and it's not only impacting workers, but also the lives of immigrants …

Not a Crisis

January 8th, 2019


The government shutdown that started three weeks ago is on track to become one of the longest in U.S. history, while the 2020 presidential race is …

ITT Sound Off: Let's Do This, 2019

January 4th, 2019


In our first episode of the New Year, Maria and Julio discuss the latest in immigration policy: the deaths of two migrant kids detained by U.S. …

From Migrants to Midterms, Chao 2018

December 31st, 2018


The year 2018 will be remembered for quite a few milestones: migrant children being held in cages, the growth of the #MeToo movement, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez …

LIVE From LA: Muy muy California

December 28th, 2018


For this LIVE In The Thick in Los Angeles, Maria sat down with Judy Reyes from "Scrubs" and "Claws," USC professor and author Manuel Pastor, and one of our ITT All-Stars, comedian Cristela Alonzo, to discuss California …

Felices Holidays!

December 25th, 2018


To our In The Thick listeners:

We're sending a message of love and appreciation to you all. We wish you all felices fiestas and happy holidays. A …

Gabby Rivera: Caring About POC Joy

December 21st, 2018


Maria and Julio sit down with queer Latinx writer Gabby Rivera, who wrote AMERICA, featuring Marvel's first Latina lesbian superhero, America Chavez. …

Black and Undocumented

December 18th, 2018


Many times forgotten, black undocumented immigrants from Latin American, Caribbean or African countries are a growing part of the immigrant …

A Story of Asylum Seekers, 79 Years Ago

December 14th, 2018


In 1939, a ship called the SS St. Louis with 900 Jewish refugees arrived to Cuba, fleeing the Nazi regime. Most of them were sent back home to Europe, where many died in concentration camps. In this episode, Maria and …


December 11th, 2018


The Mueller investigation keeps moving forward and the focus is shifting to President Trump. While Individual-1 keeps tweeting, Maria and Julio talk …

Imara Jones on All Things Politics and Trans Rights

December 7th, 2018


In the United States, deadly violence against the transgender community —in particular, against trans people of color— has been increasing since …

Inside the Briefing Room

December 4th, 2018


Very few people get access into the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, and even fewer journalists of color do. In spite of the …

LIVE From Mexico: From Catcalling to Femicide

November 30th, 2018


Seven women are murdered in Mexico each day. Impunity, narco and state-sponsored violence, plus everyday machismo, are at the root of this. However, …

The American Nightmare

November 27th, 2018


Over the weekend, U.S. Border Patrol agents tear gassed hundreds of migrant children, women and men seeking asylum at the San Ysidro port of entry. …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Revolution

November 23rd, 2018


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history this November, when she became the youngest woman ever elected to the United States Congress. In this episode, …

Supersized Voter Suppression

November 20th, 2018


On this All-Star roundtable, we talk about the midterms (still!) in Florida and Georgia, the latest in immigration news and we take a look at the …

ITT en español: El ejemplo de las periodistas mexicanas

November 16th, 2018


This is a bonus ITT in Spanish.    They investigate narcos, they deal with the pressures of the Mexican government and often face death threats just for doing their jobs. What is it like to be a journalist (and a woman …

ITT EXTRA: Count Every Vote

November 13th, 2018


In the aftermath of 2018’s key midterm elections, Florida and Georgia are still fighting over decisive recounts, while Donald Trump has again slammed …

LIVE From Mexico: More Than a Passage Route

November 9th, 2018


Often Mexico is seen as just a passage route for migrants on their way to the United States, but in this episode, ITT looks at immigration through the eyes of Mexico. This country is becoming a host for migrants and for …

Elections Worth Fighting For

November 7th, 2018


From the historic triumph of women candidates across the country to issues of voter suppression, we talk Midterms ITT style. Maria and Julio are …

ITT EXTRA Midterms 2018: The Practice of Freedom

November 2nd, 2018


Just days ahead of the midterms, birthright citizenship is challenged and white supremacist rhetoric continues to plague the country. Maria and Julio …

A Warning Come True

October 30th, 2018


After a week marked by the threat of pipe bombs, a synagogue in Pittsburgh was attacked by an antisemitic domestic terrorist who murdered 11 …

ITT EXTRA: The Rage Factor

October 26th, 2018


Pipe bombs sent in the mail to journalists and high profile Democrats, the migrant caravan and what this all means for the midterms elections that are rapidly approaching. It's been another intense week and Maria and …

Midterms 2018: Young Folks Be Voting

October 23rd, 2018


We start our ITT midterm elections countdown with a focus on the younger generation. Julio speaks to Sarah Audelo, executive director of the Alliance …

ITT EXTRA: The Enemy of the People Speaks Out

October 19th, 2018


After another chaotic week of U.S. politics, Maria and Julio catch up on the latest. They talk about the Central American migrant caravan, Senator …

Planet Earth's Deadline

October 16th, 2018


We have 12 years left to reverse the effect of climate change, according to the latest report from the United Nations. Maria and Julio talk with 

Love and Race in World War II

October 12th, 2018


In the book Enemies in Love, journalist and Columbia University professor Alexis Clark narrates the romance between an African-American nurse and a …

ITT EXTRA: Out of Many, One!

October 10th, 2018


Maria and Julio talk about the aftermath of the Kavanaugh SCOTUS confirmation, the rise of a populist in Brazil and the conviction of a Chicago …

LIVE From NYC With Jose Antonio Vargas

October 4th, 2018


Maria and Julio talk to In The Thick All-Star Jose Antonio Vargas in this unique, live episode as part of the PEN Out Loud series in New York City. …

Look at Me

October 1st, 2018


By confronting Senator Jeff Flake and telling her story of sexual assault, Ana María Archila has become an icon in the midst of the Kavanaugh …

ITT EXTRA: Heroic Actions

September 28th, 2018


During the nomination process for the next Supreme Court Justice, on Thursday we witnessed courage when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony …

The Hurricane That Never Left Puerto Rico: Part II 

September 25th, 2018


One of the most contentious issues has been determining the number of the people who died because of Hurricane Maria. Julio traveled to San Juan, …

The Hurricane That Never Left Puerto Rico: Part I 

September 20th, 2018


A year ago, Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico. The past 12 months have brought disorganized recovery efforts, an estimated thousands of deaths and an island that refuses to let go of its resiliency. In The Thick is …

The Stolen Sisters

September 18th, 2018


The #MMIWG (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) movement has been gaining momentum in the U.S. and Canada, as Indigenous women call for …

LIVE From LA: Muy muy California

September 14th, 2018


For this LIVE In The Thick in Los Angeles, Maria sat down with Judy Reyes from Scrubs and Claws, USC professor and author Manuel Pastor, and one of our ITT All-Stars, comedian Cristela Alonzo, to discuss California as a …

Technology v. The People

September 11th, 2018


Algorithms, social media and technology are increasingly becoming a risk for communities of color. Maria and Julio talk about zeroes and ones with 

ITT EXTRA: The "Anonymous" Resistance

September 7th, 2018


It's another intense week in Washington, D.C., and Maria and Julio are back to break down the latest. They talk about the chaotic Supreme Court …

Surviving Hate in the USA

September 4th, 2018


Julio and Maria talk with Arjun Singh Sethi, a civil rights lawyer, writer and law professor who interviewed 13 survivors of hate crimes and edited …

The LGBT Community Is the Fabric of America

August 31st, 2018


In this rebroadcast episode from earlier this year, Maria and Julio are joined by Shelby Chestnut, National Organizing and Policy Strategist with …

The Case of Immigration Activist Ravi Ragbir

August 28th, 2018


Back in February, Maria and Julio sat down with immigration activist Ravi Ragbir, who had endured what a federal judge called an "unnecessarily …

The Legacy of the Biggest Immigration Raid

August 24th, 2018


In 2008, ICE agents descended on a small rural town in Iowa for their largest operation in the history of the United States. As a result, the …

Charlottesville: One Year Later

August 21st, 2018


A year after the tragedy of Charlottesville and just days after the Unite The Right 2 Rally, Julio talks with returning ITT guest Mike German, a …

ITT EXTRA: Debating How to Reunite Immigrant Families 

August 17th, 2018


Maria and Julio talk about the work of Michael Avenatti (Stormy Daniels' attorney...and future 2020 presidential candidate, maybe?) to reunite …

The Chaos Is Real

August 14th, 2018


Maria and Julio catch up with all-star Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root, and Jane Coaston, senior politics reporter at Vox. They …

ITT EXTRA: This Place Is a Snake Pit

August 10th, 2018


Maria and Julio talk about the role of POC journalism in the Trump era including the latest revelations on the death toll in Puerto Rico caused by …

The Antidote to Hate

August 7th, 2018


Maria and Julio catch up with immigration organizers Cristina Jiménez, executive director of United We Dream, and Grecia Lima, national political …

ITT EXTRA: The Trumpocalypse

August 3rd, 2018


This week, the American Immigration Lawyers Association reported that a migrant toddler died shortly after being released from an ICE detention center in Dilley, Texas. There are 11,000 kids are living in these …

Flexin' Our Grit Muscles

July 31st, 2018


Maria and Julio talk about the news with two all-stars: Callie Crossley, host of Under the Radar on WGBH Radio, and Gabby Rivera, writer, artist, …

ITT EXTRA: Nicaragua's Crisis Explained

July 27th, 2018


It all started with deadly, violent protests against the Nicaraguan government, but did it really? In this special ITT EXTRA, Julio catches up with …

#121: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Revolution

July 24th, 2018


Four weeks ago, no one knew her name, but now she gives hope for progressives across the country (and around the world). Julio and Maria talk to …

Rosa Clemente on Puerto Rico, Me Too and Hip Hop

July 20th, 2018


She was the first Latina to run for vice president with the Green Party in 2008, but Rosa Clemente has long been organizing for political and social …

#120: Time to Take Comrade Trump Seriously

July 17th, 2018


Julio catches up with all-star guests Raquel Cepeda, filmmaker and author, and Wajahat Ali, TV host and contributor to The New York Times, about all …

ITT EXTRA: A Neuroscientist's Warning of Family Separation

July 13th, 2018


We've seen the crying and suffering of children being torn apart from their parents at the U.S. border, but what is happening in these kids' brains …

#119: The New Battle for Reproductive Rights 

July 10th, 2018


Donald Trump has nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court and many are fearing that this will lead …

The Power of Baring Broken Hearts

July 6th, 2018


Pati Navalta Poblete went from being a columnist and journalist to being in the news when her son died due to gun violence in 2014. Maria and Julio …

#118: You Mad? The Politics of American Rage

July 3rd, 2018


Maria and Julio meet up at Aspen Ideas Festival with Dr. Brittney Cooper (aka Professor Crunk), associate professor at Rutgers University and …

ITT EXTRA: Mexico's Outrage Election

June 29th, 2018


This Sunday July 1, Mexicans will choose thousands of political positions, from mayors to the new president. Maria and Julio talk with Mexican …

#117: It's a Muslim Ban

June 26th, 2018


While immigrant families are still separated after Trump's zero tolerance policy, the Supreme Court upheld his travel ban. María and Julio talk with …

NPR's Lulu García-Navarro and the State of Democracy in Latin America

June 22nd, 2018


She has worked as a correspondent in Israel, Syria and Libya, but Latin America is very much in her heart. Lulu García-Navarro, host of NPR's Weekend …

#116: Undermining Our Own Democracy

June 19th, 2018


  The government keeps defending its policy of separating migrant families at the border and the Supreme Court makes a decision that will impact …

ITT EXTRA: It's Never JUST About Fútbol

June 15th, 2018


Maria and Julio sit down with Alicia Rose DelGallo, editor and co-founder of to discuss fútbol (aka soccer)! They chat about the …

#115: Zero Tolerance

June 12th, 2018


Maria and Julio talk about the damaging effect of separating parents and their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. They are joined by Sandy Santana

ITT EXTRA: Active Dehumanization

June 8th, 2018


In our weekly news roundup, Maria and Julio share the latest about the Hurricane Mara death count in Puerto Rico. They also discuss immigration news …

#114: LIVE From Chicago, the Immigration Detention Machine 

June 5th, 2018


In the final part of In The Thick's LIVE series at DePaul University, Maria and Julio discuss the immigration detention machine. According to the …

Gabby Rivera: Caring About POC Joy

June 1st, 2018


Maria and Julio sit down with queer Latinx writer Gabby Rivera, who wrote AMERICA featuring Marvel's first Latina lesbian superhero, America Chavez. …

#113: LIVE From Boston, Invisible Latinos

May 29th, 2018


Maria and Julio are joined by Marcela García, columnist and editorial board member with The Boston Globe, and Betty Francisco, founder of FitNation …

ITT EXTRA: Propaganda, Politics and Primaries

May 25th, 2018


Maria and Julio check in on the week's news before the long weekend. They chat about President Trump's latest "immigration roundtable" on Long Island …

#112: White Supremacy Fantasy

May 22nd, 2018


Maria and Julio catch their breaths from all the incredible live shows and catch up on some major headlines with all-star Terrell Jermaine Starr, …

ITT EXTRA: Reckless Power

May 18th, 2018


Maria and Julio chat about two headlines from this week—Trump's recent derogatory comments about immigrants and the latest fatal school shooting in …

#111: LIVE From Chicago, Latino Incarceration in the Trump Era 

May 15th, 2018


In part two of In The Thick's LIVE series at DePaul University, Maria and Julio continue the conversation about Latinos and mass incarceration.

ITT EXTRA: Heart-Sinking Sounds

May 11th, 2018


Maria and Julio find pieces of hope and joy amidst heart-sinking sounds of the latest news, from DACA to undocumented journalists being detained by …

#110: LIVE From Chicago, Suave's Story 

May 7th, 2018


Maria and Julio recently hosted an In The Thick LIVE show from DePaul University series on Latinos and Mass Incarceration. For the first …

ITT Extra: The White Mayors' Club

May 4th, 2018


After a busy week of live shows in Chicago, Maria and Julio catch up on the week's two biggest headlines: anti-austerity protests in Puerto Rico and …

#109: Outrage Over White Rage

May 1st, 2018


Maria and Julio are joined by all-star guest, Wajahat Ali, TV host and contributor to The New York Times, and author/filmmaker Raquel Cepeda. They …

ITT EXTRA: Cosby, An American Betrayal  

April 27th, 2018


Maria and Julio are joined by Futuro Media's Executive Director, Erika Dilday, to process and discuss the Bill Cosby guilty verdict for sexual …

#108: Latinos in Politics Are Slick

April 24th, 2018


After catching up on the news, Maria and Julio discuss the future of the Latino community and what it means for political movements and democracy. …

Saving Our Sons

April 20th, 2018


With Maria away traveling, Julio sits down with Futuro Media’s Executive Director, Erika Dilday, for a special In The Thick conversation. As this …

#107: Fighting the Silent Battles (With James McDaniel)

April 17th, 2018


Maria calls up all-star guest, Christina Greer, professor at Fordham University and fellow at NYU's McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and …

ITT EXTRA: Strange Times in the USA

April 13th, 2018


Maria and Julio catch up on the week's news. They chat about the saucy details from James Comey's forthcoming memoir; corruption in federal …

#106: The LGBT Community Is the Fabric of America

April 10th, 2018


In this episode of In The Thick, Maria and Julio are joined by Shelby Chestnut, National Organizing and Policy Strategist with Transgender Law …

ITT EXTRA: Don't Let Trump Distract

April 6th, 2018


In this ITT Extra, Maria and Julio highlight three stories you may have missed this week because... Trump: the missing migrant voices from the …

#105: Are You a Citizen of the United States?

April 3rd, 2018


Julio sits down with Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, and In The Thick All-Star guest Sandra Lilley, …

ITT EXTRA: What Would Dolores Huerta Do?

March 30th, 2018


Maria and Julio give a little history lesson about the complicated legacy of César Chávez. From the conservative trope that Chávez was …

#104: Tribalized and Weaponized

March 27th, 2018


Maria and Julio are joined by two In The Thick All Star guests, Wajahat Ali, TV host and contributor to The New York Times, and Christina Greer, …

Trump Can Read Numbers

March 23rd, 2018


Maria and Julio catch up on this week's news waterfall: President Trump's last-minute flip-flop on DACA and the spending bill, the Facebook-Cambridge …

#103: Spring Is Coming?

March 20th, 2018


Winter is ending... we think. Julio and Maria do a little spring cleaning and dig into some of the latest news with Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior …

Call to Action

March 16th, 2018


Julio and Maria kick back this Friday and catch up on the week's news—from the Pennsylvania special election in a disappearing congressional district …

#102: The 'Other' Boston

March 13th, 2018


Boston is known as a progressive city, but it's also notorious for being one of the most racist cities in the United States. Julio, who's lived in …

When Our Fans Call Us Out (ITT FYI)

March 9th, 2018


For this Friday version of ITT FYI, Maria and Julio answer some emails from our listeners, with an assist from Futuro Media's Maya Doig-Acuña, who …

#101: Creating Our Own Seat at the Table

March 7th, 2018


With the Oscars claiming inclusion this year, we wondered: are people of color being represented in the entertainment industry? Julio talks with …

I Just Met a Girl Named Maria (BONUS)

March 2nd, 2018


Maria and Julio speak with Mexican-American playwright Nancy Garcia Loza to discuss whitewashing in the theater community. They also talk about her …

#100: A Hundred Episodes Later, We FINALLY Talk About Gerrymandering

February 27th, 2018


It's our 100th episode (thank you!) and Maria is reporting around the country for the next few weeks so we ask, "Where is Maria?" before we finally …


February 23rd, 2018


Last week, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) President Roger C. Rocha Jr. refused to step down after a letter he sent to President …

#99: Scandal in the White House

February 21st, 2018


This week, we take a look at two stories that were overlooked. What is going on with the Russia investigation? Then, should White House Chief of …

ITT FYI: Code Red

February 16th, 2018


Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, shook the core of many, including all of us here at In The Thick. …

#98: My Political Party Is Journalism

February 13th, 2018


Could media across the political spectrum be doing a better job of reporting on politics, immigration and the President? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and …

SPECIAL REPORT: On the Ground in D.C.

February 9th, 2018


After a brief government shutdown in the early hours Friday morning, President Trump signed a bipartisan budget bill passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The one thing not included in the bill was …

#97: The Case of Immigration Activist Ravi Ragbir

February 6th, 2018


After what a federal judge called an "unnecessarily cruel" detainment, immigration activist Ravi Ragbir is scheduled for deportation this Saturday, …

The Super Bowl of Politics: Trump's 1st SOTU (Bonus)

January 31st, 2018


President Trump gave his first State of the Union speech Tuesday night, and between bringing up MS-13 and statements like "Americans are dreamers …

#96: A 21st Century Civil Rights Moment

January 30th, 2018


In February, schools will participate in the national Black Lives Matter week of action. Teachers will discuss racial issues, and schools around the …

ITT FYI: Is Trump's New DACA Framework DOA?

January 26th, 2018


The Trump team unveiled new immigration framework with a path to citizenship for DACA in exchange for $25 billion for the border wall and sweeping changes to the legal immigration system. We spoke with Buzzfeed's White …

#95: Dealing With DACA and the Women's Movement

January 23rd, 2018


On Monday, the Senate Democrats agreed to a short-term spending bill ending the three-day government shutdown and stalling a DACA resolution. Hosts …

#94: DACA Updates and Presidential Lawsuits

January 16th, 2018


The future of DACA is one of this week's top political stories, and we check in with Cristina Jiménez, executive director of United We Dream, to …

ITT FYI: “Shithole Countries”

January 12th, 2018


After President Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and countries in Africa as “shithole countries,” we ask: Could this have legal implications for …

#93: Salvadorans Must Go

January 9th, 2018


On Monday, The Trump administration announced the end of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador. 200,000 Salvadorans who have been living and working here legally for decades will now have to leave. What does …

#92: Power Moves

January 3rd, 2018


Our first show of 2018 asks: With everything that’s been going on in our government, do we still feel hopeful? Can change really happen, and if so, …

ENCORE #90: It's Not as Simple as Sexual Harassment

December 26th, 2017


In The Thick is taking a moment to wish you all a Happy New Year. We will be back with a new episode next week, but in the meantime, here's an encore …

#74: The Inner Workings of MS-13

December 19th, 2017


Last Friday, President Trump said, "To any member of MS-13 listening, I have a message for you. We will find you, we will arrest you, we will jail you, we will throw you the hell out of the country." With MS-13 back in …

#91: Latino Whiteness (And a Visit to Alabama)

December 13th, 2017


After a Senate race in Alabama that was divided sharply on the lines of race, we discuss the issue of whiteness. Will the United States really become a majority POC country by 2055, or will more Latinos begin to see …

#90: It's Not as Simple as Sexual Harassment

December 7th, 2017


Allegations of sexual harassment have rocked public media newsrooms this week, with WNYC hosts John Hockenberry, Leonard Lopate, and Jonathan …

#89: Liberal Racism

November 28th, 2017


When do liberal values cross over into racism? After the New York Times published a piece that some say humanizes a white nationalist, host Julio …

#88: #WomenOfColorToo

November 21st, 2017


With all the reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault, why are we hearing from so few women of color in mainstream conversations? And why is …

#87: Will the Next Black President Be a Republican?

November 14th, 2017


It's easier than we think for a black candidate to win Republican votes. According to Theodore Johnson, a fellow at New America, Republican voters can be a huge base for POC candidates—all it takes is a little change in …

BONUS: POC Strike Back

November 8th, 2017


A wave of POC candidates are swept into office in the 2017 election. One year after President Trump's victory, we ask, will this new wave last?

#86: Do Progressives Take Communities of Color for Granted?

November 7th, 2017


In this special collaborative episode with Thinking Cap, the podcast from the Center for American Progress, we ask progressives, "What have you done …

#85: Mueller Drops the First Hammer

October 31st, 2017


Paul Manafort indicted, Rick Gates indicted, and George Papadopoulos pleads guilty to lying to the FBI. What does this mean for the Trump …

#84: Undocumented and Unafraid (Live Show at NYU)

October 24th, 2017


In this special live show recorded at New York University, Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on DACA, the DREAM Act, …

#83: Puerto Rico, 28 Days Later

October 17th, 2017


It’s been four weeks since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, and the island is still in crisis. 82% of the island is still without power …

#82: Indigenous Peoples Day

October 9th, 2017


Across the U.S., cities and states are starting to call the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day. Los Angeles just …

BONUS: Puerto Rico After the Storm

October 6th, 2017


In The Thick brings you a special bonus episode from our sister podcast, Latino USA, checking in on Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. In The Thick …

#81: They’re Watching Us

October 3rd, 2017


With all the news of the past week, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the hack of Equifax released sensitive data of almost 150 million people. And in today’s social media-obsessed world, it’s easy to forget that …

#80: Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Future of Latino Activism

September 26th, 2017


The worst hurricane in almost a century leaves Puerto Rico devastated. A series of earthquakes hits Mexico City. A new travel ban, and an NFL protest. Plus, an in depth discussion on the future of Latino activism with …

#79: Anti-Semitism Is the Core of White Nationalism

September 19th, 2017


It's not just Charlottesville. Public acts of anti-Semitism are on the rise across the country, and they're directly linked to the rise in white nationalism. In order to understand the threat posed by white nationalism, …

#78: It's Not Activism, It's Journalism

September 12th, 2017


Joy Reid, the host of AM Joy on MSNBC, has been called biased or even activist, but in the age of Trump, what do terms like that really mean? And do …

#77: The End of DACA

September 5th, 2017


On Tuesday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. No new DACA applications will …

#76: Margaret Cho Solves Racism

August 29th, 2017


Last week, the Arizona GOP used a picture of Margaret Cho and the cast from her 90’s TV show “All-American Girl” on its website, with the caption, “Asian Americans.” Let’s just say Cho wasn’t exactly happy about it, …

#75: White Supremacy Is an American Value

August 22nd, 2017


After Charlottesville, many have said something along the lines of, "This is un-American," or "This isn't what this country is all about." But White Supremacy isn't just a fringe movement. It's a founding principle of …

#41: Undercover With White Supremacists

August 15th, 2017


After this weekend's violence at a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, In The Thick takes a look back at an episode we originally …

#74: The Inner Workings of MS-13

August 8th, 2017


MS-13, the Los Angeles-founded international gang, is all over the news. But why is President Trump drawing attention to MS-13 now? And what is it …

#73: The Naivete of Hope

August 1st, 2017



In this chaotic political moment, where does hope fit in? Should we be optimistic about our country’s possibilities for improvement? And does how …

#72: Will the Real Democrats Please Stand Up?

July 25th, 2017


Under the Trump presidency, the Democrats have found themselves in a moment of truth. Will they embrace the populist wing led by Bernie Sanders and …

#71: The Venezuelephant in the Room

July 18th, 2017


Almost 100 people have died in near-daily protests against the Venezuelan government over the last few months. Still, in the U.S. we're only hearing a trickle of news, and when we do, the narratives are often overly …

#70: Nobody Puts Donald in a Corner

July 11th, 2017


With his first major appearance alongside the most powerful world leaders at the G-20, how did President Trump do? How do other countries see the …

#69: ITT Live: Immigrants, Crime, and the Culture War

July 3rd, 2017


How did immigration become about national security when the facts don’t back up this connection? And how do you respond to these accusations when the conversation isn’t about what’s true? When it’s about something …

#68: Fear Itself

June 27th, 2017


Based on President Trump’s rhetoric with the wall and the Muslim ban, you would think that terrorism is a huge safety issue for the U.S. But how much …

#67: Suspect Is a White Male

June 20th, 2017


After the Virginia shooting, the media was quick to humanize the shooter, who was a white, male, Bernie supporter. Obviously, this isn’t how it …

#66: Can Puerto Rico Beat the System?

June 13th, 2017


Puerto Rico voted overwhelmingly for Statehood on Sunday, but with only 23% turnout. Many Puerto Ricans boycotted the vote because they continue to be overlooked by the U.S. government. So, what’s the best way forward? …

ITT FYI: The Comey Hearing

June 8th, 2017


Former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday morning, and we couldn't wait until our normal Tuesday …

#65: Environmental Racism

June 6th, 2017


The decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement has major implications for the entire world, but President Trump’s choice reflects a deeper, …

#64: Texas Immigration Battle Goes National

May 30th, 2017


Demonstrators filled the Texas House of Representatives on Monday to protest Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which Governor Abbott signed into law earlier this month. The law bans sanctuary cities in Texas, and it gives …

#63: Intelligence Failures

May 23rd, 2017



News about the FBI has been accelerating over the last week, but there’s still so much we don’t know. Who is responsible for the intelligence failures, the Trump administration, the FBI, or someone else entirely? And …

BONUS: ITT Live - Latino, Chicano, Tejano, Who Decides?

May 19th, 2017


Leading up to the 2016 election, we heard so much about the "sleeping giant" of the Latino vote. So, did the giant wake up? And, more broadly, what does the term Latino mean today to a community that is so diverse? 

#62: ITT Live: Do Trump and Bannon Care About POC?

May 16th, 2017


The media often portrays Donald Trump and Steve Bannon as explicitly anti-Latino and anti-POC. But does this reflect what they really believe? Does …

#61: Bipartisan Violence

May 9th, 2017


In the last few weeks, protests have been turning violent across the country. But who is starting the violence? Those on the far-left, far-right, or …

#60: Newsrooms So White

May 2nd, 2017


NPR’s recently released diversity numbers showed little improvement in 2016, and many other outlets have declined to even release their numbers. So why is it so hard to create a diverse newsroom? Hosts Maria Hinojosa …

#59: The Power of the Swamp

April 25th, 2017


Donald Trump promised early on to “drain the swamp,” but what is the swamp actually like? What kind of power do lobbyists have, and who is actually a …

#58: Normalizing War in the Arab World

April 18th, 2017


Donald Trump campaigned on “America First,” but by attacking Syria, he has shown himself to be a president very much involved on the world stage. …

#57: …So Trump Walks Into a Bar

April 11th, 2017



Under Donald Trump, political comedy has often been more hard hitting than straight news. And it’s not just big-name late night hosts carrying the …

#56: And Justice for Some

April 4th, 2017


Judge Neil Gorsuch is facing a likely Democratic filibuster on his way to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch is strong in his belief that the Constitution …

#55: Busting Immigration Myths

March 28th, 2017


After the failure of the health care bill, the Trump administration immediately shifted the focus back to immigration, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlining federal sanctions to sanctuary cities at a White House …

#54: White Russians

March 21st, 2017


After the first hearing on the Russia allegations, we look at some of the unseen implications of the hacking scandal. Would Americans care more if we …

#53: Health Care and Communities of Color

March 14th, 2017


Lost in the current debate over health care are the consistent health disparities between communities of color and white communities. What are …

#52: Donald Trump: Resist or Cooperate?

March 7th, 2017


Last year, he called Donald Trump a “buffoon" on cable news. Now, he’s working with him. Is Javier Palomarez trying to change the Trump Administration from the inside? And if so, when does resistance from the inside …

#51: Getting Into GET OUT (With Lakeith Stanfield and Jay Smooth)

February 28th, 2017

51: Getting Into GET OUT (With Special Guests Lakeith Stanfield and Jay Smooth)

When was the last time you sat in a movie theater cowering in fear, …

#50: Work Your Class Off

February 21st, 2017


So… we need to talk about class. In a lot of ways, this election was about the forgotten working class, but how should we talk about class and its …

#49: From A to Xenophobia

February 14th, 2017


Immigration raids across the country, a new movement coming from the White House against legal immigration, and a repeated accusation of voter …

ITT FYI: Raids Under Trump?

February 10th, 2017


After several days of reported immigration raids and publicized deportations, Julio called up Adolfo Flores, Latino affairs and breaking news …

#48: The Language of Fear

February 7th, 2017


Over the past few weeks, the Trump administration has used a particular kind of coded language. It may not be obvious at first, but take a look at …

#47: "It's Crackling Out There"

January 31st, 2017


A Muslim ban, a constitutional crisis and sanctuary cities in danger. Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a conversation about this crazy …

#46: Whose March Is It Anyway?

January 24th, 2017


Some women of color and some white women did not feel welcome at what may have been the largest single day protest in U.S. history. What is behind …

#45: Own Our Hypocrisy

January 17th, 2017


How will Ben Carson and Jeff Sessions stack up as part of Trump’s potential cabinet? Should we still be talking about the Russian hacks? And what …

BONUS: Zombie Godzilla (ITT FYI)

January 12th, 2017


It's been a crazy week in the political world and we just couldn’t wait until for a new full episode to talk about it, so Julio called In The Thick …

#44: The Many Accents of Rita Moreno

January 10th, 2017


Rita Moreno is perhaps the most famous and accomplished Latina actress in history, and she takes Maria and Julio behind the scenes of many of her …

#43: Back to the Future

January 4th, 2017


It’s a new year! And what’s the first week of January all about? RESOLUTIONS. And as you tell your friends how you’re going to starting drinking more water and going to bed earlier, we’re declaring our new years …

#42: Hari Kondabolu Won’t Back Down

December 12th, 2016


Hari Kondabolu is an outspoken, passionate, darkly funny comedian and the co-host of the podcast Politically Re-Active. In this discussion, co-hosts …

#41: Undercover With White Supremacists

December 5th, 2016


With all the media attention about white supremacy and the alt-right, one former FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the white supremacist movement wants to tell this country that we have it all wrong.

In this …

#40: Will History Absolve Fidel Castro?

November 28th, 2016


Fidel Castro has died, but what does this mean for Cuba and its relationship with the US going forward? And what does it mean for Cuba and other US …

#39: A Jewish-Muslim Alliance

November 21st, 2016


Since the election, there has been a rise in public Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic behavior across the country, and many are worried that the nomination of Steve Bannon gives legitimacy and power to this behavior. How …

#38: Picking Up the Pieces After Election Day

November 14th, 2016


Protests. Stories of harassment and hate. Calls for national unity. The days after Election Day have been intense. What does it mean for communities …

#37: President Trump

November 10th, 2016


Donald Trump has won the election, and many are worried what tomorrow, next week, and next year will look like. Communities of color are suddenly …

#36: A Bouquet of Bigotry

November 2nd, 2016


After appearing on MSNBC this weekend, Maria Hinojosa went viral—for explaining why language is important when talking about undocumented immigrants. …

#35: Fair and Unbalanced?

October 26th, 2016


This election season, it’s been hard to break out of Donald Trump’s orbit. The last few weeks, we’ve been dissecting all of Trump’s mistakes, so this week, we take on Hillary Clinton, specifically her stance on criminal …

#34: The Master Debaters

October 20th, 2016


We’ve at last hit the final presidential debate. While this time around there were less personal digs and more focus on policy, we still didn’t …

BONUS: Fear and Violence in 2016

October 17th, 2016


In advance of our final post-debate episode this coming Thursday, we decided to check in on the current state of the election. And it’s not pretty. …

#33: The Debate We Deserve?

October 10th, 2016


What led to the circus that was Sunday night’s debate, and how does that reflect on us as a country? Also, what did we miss by having white moderators who may not have the life experience to reflect on issues that are …

#32: "That Mexican Thing"

October 5th, 2016


Vice presidential debates are supposed to be undercards to the their presidential counterparts, but did Governor Mike Pence’s call to not whip out “that Mexican thing” cause more problems for Donald Trump with voters of …

#31: With Debated Breath

September 27th, 2016


It was THE most anticipated political event of the election season: the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. For this …

#30: Why Is the US Afraid of Immigrants?

September 21st, 2016


After last weekend's attack in New York City, the country is once again intensely focused on immigration. Much of this debate stems from fear, but for such an emotional issue, how much can facts really do to change …

#29: Sickness and Sexism

September 14th, 2016


Hillary Clinton faced a storm of criticism about her health this week, but how much of this is due to sexism? And Donald Trump continues to push the …

#28: Of Taco Trucks and American Flags

September 7th, 2016


Last week, Donald Trump visited Mexico and an African-American church in Detroit, but was he really addressing people of color, or were these …

#27: It's All in the Clips

August 24th, 2016


We’re off next week, so we decided to look back at some of our favorite In The Thick moments over the last few months. Maria Hinojosa and Julio …

#26: Puerto Rico, You Lovely Island

August 17th, 2016


This week, tennis player Monica Puig won Puerto Rico’s first ever gold medal—which has led many to wonder, why does Puerto Rico have its own …

#25: It's Not Racist to Report on Race

August 10th, 2016


Building a wall to stop immigration. Police killing black men. A politician banning Muslims. As America erupts over race and ethnicity, many …

#24: What Is a "Good" Person of Color?

August 3rd, 2016


While Democrats are patting themselves on the back after Khizr Khan’s speech, does their embrace actually go deeper than the surface? Is the …

BONUS: Let's Play Two at the DNC

July 28th, 2016


We recorded so much great material in our week at the DNC that we decided to make a bonus DNC episode. Maria Hinojosa talks with four prominent …

#23: Live from the 2-1-5: On The Road at the DNC

July 27th, 2016


Weeks ago, no one could have predicted such intrigue at the Democratic National Convention. But beyond Wikileaks and the strident support for Bernie …

#22: Hello Cleveland: On the Road at the RNC

July 20th, 2016


This week, In The Thick is in Cleveland covering the 2016 Republican National Convention. How do prominent conservative Latinos feel about Trump as …

#21: Law and Order: IS It Black and White?

July 13th, 2016


With the recent tragedies in Baton Rogue, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, the topic of race and policing has dominated the national dialogue. Are we …

#20: The Clash of Immigration and Affirmative Action

July 6th, 2016



With a nod to punk rockers The Clash, the question of 'who should stay and who should go' was at the heart of two decisions at the end of the U.S. …

#19: Police and Communities of Color

June 29th, 2016



Politicians often talk about race when it serves their agendas. Recently the racial spotlight has been on police departments, especially in …

#18: “So, You Call Yourself an American?”

June 22nd, 2016


This election renews the question of what it means to be an American. How should we define fundamental American values in light of the Orlando …

#17: Orlando: From Personal to Politics

June 15th, 2016


Many were Latinos, Latinas, and members of the LGBTQ community. But in the initial days after the Orlando terror attack, more attention was given to the potential tie to ISIS than to the victims' intersectional …

#16: Crossing the Line

June 8th, 2016


This week Hillary Clinton crosses a finish line that not all Democrats feel she’s reached, while Donald Trump crosses a different line that is challenging Republican support. Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Jason …

#15: Latino Conservatives

June 1st, 2016


Latino support for Republicans Presidential candidates has been steadily falling, slipping from 40% support in 2004 to 27% in 2012. But could …

#14: The Forgotten Asian-American Vote

May 25th, 2016


In 1992, George Bush won the Asian-American vote by 24%, but in 2008, Barack Obama won it by 47%. With the potential to help both parties, why are …

#13: The Democrats’ Big, Hot Mess

May 18th, 2016


Bernie Sanders’s surprising string of success raises questions of Hillary Clinton’s vulnerability now and in November. Listen in as Julio Ricardo …

#12: The Key to a Coalition

May 11th, 2016


The passion behind each Presidential campaign ranges from the revolution of Bernie Sanders to the populism of Donald Trump to the prospect of the …

#11: Trump: The New GOP Norm?

May 4th, 2016


A funny thing happened on the road to the nomination for President: Donald Trump became the new brand of the Republican Party. Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with independent journalist Wajahat Ali, Amanda Terkel, …

#10: Passion vs. Pragmatism

April 27th, 2016


Personality has always played a role in politics, but this year the frontrunners have two distinct character traits. Donald Trump has connected with …

#9: Escape from New York

April 20th, 2016


The New York presidential primary resulted in lopsided victories for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But questions remain over disenfranchised …

BONUS: New York Debate Recap

April 15th, 2016


Surprise! We’ve got a special post-debate mini-episode for you. We sent our producer Noam Hassenfeld to the Democratic debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yards, and he’s here to tell us about his experience. Noam and guest …

#8: The New York Narrative

April 13th, 2016


Bernie Sanders has won 7 of the last 8 contests. So on the eve of the New York primary, has the media been slow in changing its narrative that Hillary Clinton has the nomination all wrapped up? Maria Hinojosa leads a …

#7: Is Ted Cruz Downplaying His Latino Identity?

April 6th, 2016


Republican Ted Cruz is riding a wave after his resounding victory in the Wisconsin Primary. But in order to appeal to his base of supporters, has Cruz been downplaying his Latino heritage? Maria Hinojosa leads a …

#6: The Sanders Swing Vote—Young People of Color

March 30th, 2016


Bernie Sanders is riding a wave of momentum after sweeping three contests. Is there an unspoken swing vote —young people of color— behind Sanders' …

#5: Brussels, Cuba and the Western Primaries

March 23rd, 2016


The Presidential campaigns compete with big world events: the terrorist attacks in Brussels and President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. 

Futuro …

#4: Staying Objective in Donald Trump's New Political Landscape

March 16th, 2016


At what point is the political media's coverage of the Donald Trump campaign unbiased? Should Cokie Roberts' stance about objectivity be taken into …

#3: Debunking Political Myths After Super Tuesday

March 2nd, 2016


The Super Tuesday results are in and the clear winners are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. What else came out of Super Tuesday? Trump's position on …

#2: With Four Contests Down, Will It Be Trump vs. Hillary?

February 24th, 2016


This week on In The Thick, Maria Hinojosa is joined by Basil Smikle, Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party, Tarini Parti, …

#1: After the New Hampshire Primary

February 11th, 2016


It's the day after the New Hampshire primary. What will happen now? Joining Maria Hinojosa are Suzanne Gamboa of NBC News, Izzy Ortega of Opportunity …

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