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In The Thick

Futuro Media
457 episodes
Journalists of color tell you what you’re missing from the mainstream news. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela, IN THE THICK has the conversations about race, identity and politics few people are discussing or want to discuss.

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

Birth Care for Every Body

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 University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, for a conversation about in…

ITT Sound Off: Exporters of Violence

Maria and Julio discuss recent updates on immigration and COVID-19 vaccine equity. They also dive into current global protests in Colombia and East Jerusalem, where civilians have been met with extreme police violence.  SAVE THE DATE: Our next virtual LIVE ITT show is on Wednesday, May 26th at 7pm…

A Civil Rights History Lesson

Maria and Julio are joined by Jeanne Theoharis , distinguished professor of political science at Brooklyn College, historian and author of “ The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks ” and co-editor of the new book “ Julian Bond’s Time To Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement .” They…

ITT Sound Off: The First 100 Days

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 policy in Central America, and give a COVID update, including the ongoing crisis in India. We also hear from Lorella Praeli , co-president of Communit…

Pandemic Immunoprivilege

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, including vaccination equity and immunoprivilege. For this discussion, they’re joined by Dr. Keisha Ray , bioethicist at McGovern Medical School at Univers…

ITT Sound Off: The Fight Continues

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 Floyd. They unpack the ongoing police violence and the collective work needed to protect Black communities and end this state violence. They also give…

Occupiers Of Our Community

As we continue to see police violence throughout the country, Maria and Julio reimagine community safety with guests Victoria Law , freelance journalist and author of the new book, “ Prisons Make Us Safe: and 20 Other Myths About Mass Incarceration ,” and Joshua Briond , abolitionist and co-host …

ITT Sound Off: State Violence

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 Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, which happened this past Sunday. We hear from Kandace Montgomery of Black Visions , a Black-led community organization bas…

All About Power

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 harassment allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. They talk with Jos…

ITT Sound Off: People Powered

Maria and Julio discuss the latest in federal and state legislation, including President Biden's executive orders on gun control and the anti-trans bills that have been introduced in states across the country. They also talk about the COVID-19 relief fund for undocumented immigrants in New York, wh…

It Was Always White Supremacy

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 University Professor at Princeton University, about the murder trial for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. They also get into the sec…

ITT Sound Off: Life Sentence of Trauma

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, which began this week, and talk about the powerful and heartbreaking testimonies of those who were witnesses to George Floyd's murder. They also give a…

The Other Public Health Crisis

Given the recent mass shootings in Atlanta, Colorado and throughout the nation, Maria and Julio unpack the layers of gun violence in this country, from the impact it has on communities of color to its roots causes, including toxic masculinity and white supremacy. They speak with  Manisha Sinha , au…

ITT Sound Off: We Have to Do Better

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 latest in immigration news, including President Biden's first ever news conference of his presidency. Finally, they look at the fight for voting rights…

A History of Hate

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, including a history of racism toward AAPI communities and racialized misogyny against Asian women. They speak with  Sung Yeon Choimorrow , executive d…

ITT Sound Off: Words Matter

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. They get into the need for mainstream media and authorities to call this casualty what it is: a hate crime. They also unpack the latest on immigration, …

Pandemic-Proofing

Maria and Julio get into the science of the coronavirus pandemic with infectious disease epidemiologists  Dr. Syra Madad , senior director of NYC Health & Hospitals’ Special Pathogens Program, and  Jessica Malaty Rivera , science communication lead for The COVID Tracking Project. They talk about wh…

ITT Sound Off: Colonial Undertones

Maria and Julio discuss President Biden’s first address to the nation, including his promise that every adult American will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine come May 1. They also unpack the latest on immigration and the need for media coverage to include the historical context of U.S. foreign p…

Full Spectrum of Grief

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 founder of Going With Grace, and Sarah Chavez , a death positive activist and executive director of The Order of the Good Death. They process a year o…

ITT Sound Off: Insurrectionists and Their Mothers

Maria and Julio get into the latest with the coronavirus pandemic, including states like Texas and Mississippi that are lifting their mask mandates and moving to reopen. They also dive into the Senate hearing on the Capitol attack, and reflect on how mainstream media has been covering the insurrect…

The Terror of Policing

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 Harriot , a senior writer at The Root. They talk about the latest in criminal justice, including the federal and state cases for the murder of George Fl…

ITT Sound Off: Back to Normal

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 of Syria. They also talk about the continued detention of migrant children, and Maria and Julio call for a radical reimagining of immigration. Finally…

An Anthology of Puerto Rico

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 for Investigative Journalism (Centro de Periodismo Investigativo) to talk about Puerto Rico and  "La Brega,"  a new seven-part bilingual podcast …

ITT Sound Off: Texas Forever

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 storm and freezing temperatures. They also talk about the official announcement of Biden's immigration bill that would grant an 8-year pathway to citizen…

Black Power Manifesto

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 Manifesto."  They talk about Black political power and Charles' call for a reversal of the Great Migration to create Black regionalism in the South. They al…

ITT Sound Off: This Is the Moment

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 Donald Trump and process just how horrifying the attack at the Capitol on Jan. 6th was. Maria and Julio also discuss the devastating reaches of white sup…

Incarceration and Redemption

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 Chicago.  Maria reflects on meeting Suave over 20 years ago, and how their journalist-source relationship has evolved since. And, Suave talks about h…

ITT Sound Off: A National Nightmare

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 latest executive orders on immigration and the confirmation of Alejandro Mayorkas as the Secretary of Homeland Security. They also get into what's hap…

Coming Soon: Suave, the Podcast

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 Luis “Suave” Gonzalez, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole as a teenager. This podcast is close to ITT co-host Maria Hinojosa's heart. S…

The Crazy Train

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 Times, and  Jenni Monet , founder of the newsletter  Indigenously . They talk about how white supremacy shows up among members of Congress, Biden's initi…