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 reporter at The Root, and Justine Calma, fellow at Grist and The Investigative Fund with The Nation Institute. It's been six months since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, so we discuss where the recovery stands, the federal response (or lack of) and the badass Boricua women helping to rebuild the island. We also talk about what to make of the latest Trump saga, including the Russia investigation and of course, Stormy Daniels.
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 to the power of youth walking out of school to protest gun violence. They also chat about courageous women of color, like undocumented immigration activist Maru Mora-Villalpando, who filed a complaint against ICE and Lizbeth Mateo, an attorney and Dream 9 OG who became the first undocumented immigrant appointed to a statewide post in California. And they discuss the tragic assassination of Marielle Franco, a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman.
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 Boston for over 30 years, breaks it down with former mayoral candidate Tito Jackson, Boston Globe reporter Nicole Dungca and artist/activist Eroc Arroyo-Montano. How has Boston's racism impacted the city's POC community—from healthcare to the Red Sox? But before we get into that conversation, Maria and Julio discuss the latest news: Rex Tillerson getting fired by President Trump and Russia, Russia, Russia.
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 tells us why we missed some big points in our recent Episode 101 Hollywood show. Also, North Korea, Stormy Daniels and the viral video showing Border Patrol detaining a woman right in the middle of a California street.
With the Oscars claiming inclusion this year, we wondered: are people of color being represented in the entertainment industry? Julio talks with comedian Elsa Waithe and Felix Sanchez, co-founder of The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. We also find out, "Where's Maria?" and catch you up on Sam Nunberg, and the latest on DACA and immigration.
Maria and Julio speak with Mexican-American playwright Nancy Garcia Loza to discuss whitewashing in the theater community. They also talk about her new play "Jets, Sharks, and Beckys," which was inspired by In The Thick! But first, a quick news update on Puerto Rico, Roberta Jacobson, Libby Schaaf, and Jared Kushner.
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 discuss topics you have told us to do for a while now: gerrymandering and other forms of limiting the power to vote. Julio talks with David Daley, senior fellow for FairVote and the author of "Ratfucked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy" and Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy, about how communities of color can be better represented electorally.
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 Trump went viral. Then, CEO Brent Wilkes unexpectedly resigned. Julio calls him to find out why. Maria and Julio also discuss the NRA, and the latest about the Hurricane Maria death count in Puerto Rico.
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 Staff John Kelly resign? Maria and Julio are joined by Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root, and Indira Lakshmanan, the Newmark Foundation Chair for Journalism Ethics at Poynter Institute and a columnist for The Boston Globe.
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. In this latest ITT FYI, host Julio Ricardo Varela tries to make sense out of America's latest mass shooting with Terrell Jermaine Starr, a reporter for The Root and an In The Thick All-Star. In addition, an update on the DACA debate, while we wonder what will happen next in the Mueller investigation.
Could media across the political spectrum be doing a better job of reporting on politics, immigration and the President? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with MRC Latino's Ken Oliver-Mendez and nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette to discuss the complexities of being a POC journalist under the Trump administration.
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 DACA, which Congress now has until March 5th to legalize. Maria catches up with Julio, who spent the week reporting on the ground in Washington D.C.. We hear from dreamers and advocates during the National Day of Action for the Dream Act. Julio also gets the latest from Capitol Hill from Cristina Jiménez, executive director of United We Dream, and Camila DeChalus, immigration reporter with CQ Roll Call.
After what a federal judge called an "unnecessarily cruel" detainment, immigration activist Ravi Ragbir is scheduled for deportation this Saturday, February 10th. This is following the recent detention and deportation of several other nationally prominent immigration activists. Are they being targeted by ICE? Maria and Julio speak with Ravi and Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the NYCLU.
President Trump gave his first State of the Union speech Tuesday night, and between bringing up MS-13 and statements like "Americans are dreamers too," immigration was a major underlying theme. Join Maria and Julio as they share their thoughts.
In February, schools will participate in the national Black Lives Matter week of action. Teachers will discuss racial issues, and schools around the country will fly Black Lives Matter flags. So, how is race discussed in America's education system, and what does it mean for students of color? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela talk with Tracey Wilson, creator of the course “U.S. History through the African-American Experience” and Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director with the New York State Alliance for Quality Education.
But before that conversation, Maria and Julio speak with In The Thick All-Star Wajahat Ali to discuss "The Memo," the Russia investigation, and the Cleveland Indians.
And don't forget: we plan to release a special State of the Union episode on Wednesday, January 31!
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 House correspondent Tarini Parti to get the latest.
On Monday, the Senate Democrats agreed to a short-term spending bill ending the three-day government shutdown and stalling a DACA resolution. Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela check in with Suzanne Gamboa, senior writer with NBC News, to discuss the latest. Also, this past weekend marked the first anniversary of the Women's March. We spoke with Jamilah King, race and justice reporter at Mother Jones, and Mónica Ramírez, deputy director for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement to discuss the future of women's movements.
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 discuss the latest from Capitol Hill. Then, Maria and Julio speak with attorney Jameel Jaffer of the Knight First Amendment Institute about why his group is suing President Trump for blocking critics on Twitter.
After President Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and countries in Africa as “shithole countries,” we ask: Could this have legal implications for the president? Maria and Julio have a quick convo about it.
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 the administration have to gain by doing this now? Plus a discussion on Michael Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury," and a check-in on Oprah 2020.
Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with Wajahat Ali, TV host and contributor to the New York Times, and Ed O’Keefe, congressional reporter for the Washington Post.
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, how? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela talk with Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, about power and whether in the end, Americans feel powerless under the current administration. But before Eric joins the show, Maria and Julio reflect on the first few days of the year—from Trump's Korea tweets to Steve Bannon's latest comments.
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 presentation of one of our most popular shows of 2017.
Allegations of sexual harassment rocked public media newsrooms in December, with WNYC hosts John Hockenberry, Leonard Lopate, and Jonathan Schwartz all accused of inappropriate conduct. But the difficulty of being a woman (and specifically a woman of color) goes way deeper than just dealing with sexual harassment. It's an entire culture. Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a conversation about this and more with Celeste Headlee, host of On Second Thought from Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Callie Crossley, host of Under the Radar on WGBH Radio in Boston.
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 the news, we wanted to share a rebroadcast of an episode we did earlier this year. Why is Trump drawing attention to MS-13 now? And what is it really like on the inside? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with former MS-13 member and current director of Homies Unidos Denver, Gerardo Lopez.
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 themselves as white? Maria Hinojosa discusses this question with Richard Alba, professor of sociology at the City University of New York, Cristina Mora, professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-host Julio Ricardo Varela. Plus, a conversation about Doug Jones' election victory over Roy Moore.
Allegations of sexual harassment rocked public media newsrooms this week, with WNYC hosts John Hockenberry, Leonard Lopate, and Jonathan Schwartz all accused of inappropriate conduct. But the difficulty of being a woman (and specifically a woman of color) goes way deeper than just dealing with sexual harassment. It's an entire culture. Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a conversation about this and more with Celeste Headlee, host of On Second Thought from Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Callie Crossley, host of Under the Radar on WGBH Radio in Boston.
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 Ricardo Varela leads a conversation about these questions with Jamilah King, race and justice reporter at Mother Jones, and Terrell Starr, senior reporter at The Root. Plus a conversation about Lena Dunham and "hipster racism."
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 it that when they do speak up, they are either ignored or attacked? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela talk about this and more with Jamilah Lemieux, Vice President of News and Men's Programming for iOne Digital, and Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University.
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 strategy. Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela talk with Theodore Johnson about this and more. Plus a check-in with Tarini Parti of Buzzfeed News about recent developments with Republican candidate for senator Roy Moore.
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? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela chat about this and more with In The Thick all-star Wajahat Ali.
In this special collaborative episode with Thinking Cap, the podcast from the Center for American Progress, we ask progressives, "What have you done for us lately?" Should progressives be doing more to reach out and specifically appeal to communities of color? Plus, a conversation on the recent shooting in Texas and the connection between domestic assault and toxic masculinity. In The Thick hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a conversation on this and more with Michele Jawando and Igor Volsky, hosts of Thinking Cap.
Paul Manafort indicted, Rick Gates indicted, and George Papadopoulos pleads guilty to lying to the FBI. What does this mean for the Trump administration? And what comes next? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on this and more with Cristian Farías, Legal Journalist for New York Magazine, and Ruben Navarrette, nationally syndicated columnist.
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, and the future for undocumented immigrants with Cristina Jiménez, Executive Director of United We Dream (who was recently named a MacArthur Genius), and Sandra Lilley, Managing Editor of NBC Latino. Plus, we hear from Viviana Gonzalez, a student at NYU and co-director of Policy for the NYU Dream Team, an NYU organization that supports and advocates for undocumented students and their families.
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 and 35% is still without clean water. Host Julio Ricardo Varela checks in with two reporters who recently returned from Puerto Rico, Frances Robles of the New York Times and Andrés Caballero of Latino USA. They talk about their experiences on the island, the people they spoke with, and their thoughts about Puerto Rico’s future.
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 officially changed the name, following in the footsteps of Minneapolis, Seattle, Alaska, and Oregon. Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a conversation about the importance of this change with Mitch O’Farrell, council member of LA’s 13th district, and Chrissie Castro, vice chairwoman of the Los Angeles Native American Indian Commission.
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 co-host Julio Ricardo Varela has been intensely reporting on the hurricane, so he sat down with co-host Maria Hinojosa to dispel some myths about what's happening on the island today. We hear from the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Roselló, about her take on the devastation. And we get a sense of what Puerto Rico feels like now from Latino USA producer Andrés Caballero, who is on the ground reporting.
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 information can be found, passed around, and used against you. Host Julio Ricardo Varela leads a discussion about the dangers of being POC online with Baratunde Thurston, comedian and writer, and Jamilah Lemiuex, Vice President of News and Men's Programming for Interactive One. Plus, Julio checks in with Maria about the shooting in Las Vegas and an update on the crisis in Puerto Rico.
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. Hosts Maria and Julio go over the last week's never-ending news cycle. Plus, an in depth discussion on the future of Latino activism with Janet Murguia, President of UnidosUS, and Marisa Franco, Director of Mijente and the Not1More Deportation Campaign.
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, we need to examine its anti-Semitic roots. Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with Eric Ward, Executive Director of the Western State Center, and Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Executive Director of T’ruah, The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Plus, a quick check-in with Washington Post congressional reporter Ed O'Keefe about the recent DACA news.
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 journalists of color have unique responsibilities to stand up right now? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with Joy Reid. Plus, a conversation about what's been missing in the coverage of Hurricane Irma.
On Tuesday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of DACA. No new DACA applications will be accepted, current DACA holders have one month to renew (under certain circumstances), and over the next 6 months, DACA will start to be phased out. Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela bring on comedian and actress Cristela Alonzo to process this news, and to think about how to possibly start moving forward.
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, saying of the GOP, “They deserve a dodgeball to the face.” On this special end-of-summer episode of In The Thick, Cho joins Maria and Julio to talk about the current political climate, her new tour, her upcoming show on TNT, and how Asian-Americans fit into the racial dynamic of the U.S. Oh, and also swingers.
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 the U.S. Host Julio Ricardo Varela leads a discussion with Jamilah King, race and justice reporter at Mother Jones, and Chenjerai Kumanyika, professor at the Rutgers department of journalism and media studies.
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 published in December, 2016. In this episode, hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela talk with Mike German, a former FBI agent who infiltrated the white supremacist movement. German talks about his experiences undercover, and how the media is missing the real story.
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 really like on the inside? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with former MS-13 member and current director of Homies Unidos Denver, Gerardo Lopez. Plus, a check-in with columnist Ruben Navarrette on the RAISE Act and affirmative action.
In this chaotic political moment, where does hope fit in? Should we be optimistic about our country’s possibilities for improvement? Or are we in need of a healthy dose of realism? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on this and more with journalist Jamil Smith, and Matthew Dowd, Chief Political Analyst for ABC News.
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 Elizabeth Warren? Or will they finally begin to represent their true, core base—communities of color? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on this and more with journalist Jane Coaston, and Vanessa Williams, staff writer for The Washington Post.
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 simplistic. Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion about this complicated, long simmering conflict with Mariana Atencio, national correspondent for NBC News, and Juan Forero, South America Bureau Chief at the Wall Street Journal.
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 U.S. now that Trump is the president? And does "America First," really just mean "whiteness first"? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on this and more with Terrell Starr, senior reporter at Foxtrot Alpha, and Tarini Parti, Capitol Hill reporter for BuzzFeed News.
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 deeper? In this live recording of In The Thick at the Aspen Ideas Festival, hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a conversation with Wajahat Ali, writer, video essayist, and contributor to the New York Times, and Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist, immigrant rights activist and founder of Define American.
Based on President Trump’s rhetoric with the wall and the travel ban, you might think that terrorism is a huge safety issue for the U.S. But how much of a danger does it really pose? Americans are much more scared of terrorism than they should be, and 24 hour cable news is a major reason why. Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion about this and more with Carlos Maza, video journalist for Vox.com.
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 always goes down. So, when is violence just about the action, and when is it about the identity of the perpetrator? And how much should identity and politics matter when it comes to violence? Host Julio Ricardo Varela leads a discussion on this and more with Farah Stockman, reporter for the New York Times and Marcela Garcia, editorial writer for the Boston Globe and co-host of the new weekend edition of WGBH’s Boston Public Radio.
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? Working within the system? Or breaking it? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with Sandra Lilley, Managing Editor of NBC Latino, and Frances Robles, reporter for the New York Times.
Former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday morning, and we couldn't wait until our normal Tuesday drop date. For this In The Thick FYI, Maria and Julio called up Tarini Parti, Capitol Hill reporter for Buzzfeed News to get an update on the unfolding situation in DC.
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, largely unseen problem -- how environmental issues disproportionately affect communities of color in the U.S. Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on this and more with Terrell Starr, senior reporter at Foxtrot Alpha and Tara Houska, National Campaigns Director for Honor the Earth.
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 police officers broad authority to question people’s immigration status. The protest escalated to the point that two state representatives each claimed their lives were threatened by the other.
What does this law actually allow police to do, why is it provoking such outrage now, and what does it mean for the future of Texas — and the rest of the country?
Host Julio Ricardo Varela leads a discussion with Delia Garza, Austin City Council Member for District 2, and Roque Planas, National Reporter for The Huffington Post.
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 over the last few weeks? The Trump administration, the FBI, or someone else entirely? And how should we judge the last few weeks stand when considering the history of the FBI? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with former FBI agent Mike German. Plus, a check-in with Wajahat Ali about the terror attack in Manchester and President Trump’s Middle East trip.
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? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on this and more with Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, professor at the University of Texas and Ray Salazar, teacher and journalist based in Chicago.
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 it matter? Or should we simply judge Trump and Bannon on their actions and policies alone? In this first ever live recording of In The Thick, hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with Steve Cortes, contributor to Fox News and an informal advisor to President Trump, and Esther Cepeda, featured opinion columnist at the Washington Post. Plus, Julio and Maria call up Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post to go over the latest on Donald Trump, James Comey, and Russia.
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 both? And what does the police response tell us about what the U.S. might become? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on this and more with Farah Stockman, reporter for the New York Times, and Mike German, former FBI agent, who worked as an undercover agent among white supremacists.
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 and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with reporter Farai Chideya and writer Jeff Yang on what newsrooms miss when they aren’t diverse, and why diversity in newsrooms is more crucial now than ever.
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 part of those backroom conversations? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on the secret power of Washington DC with Jimmy Williams, former lobbyist and the host of the political podcast, DecodeDC.
Donald Trump campaigned “America First,” but by attacking Syria, he has shown himself to be a president very much involved on the world stage. What is the message he is sending by reversing his promises so dramatically? And has war simply become normalized in the Arab World? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on this and more with Zeeshan Aleem, foreign affairs staff writer for Vox, and Malak Chabkoun, independent Middle East researcher and writer.
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 torch. Comedians across the country are rethinking what comedy means during a Trump administration. Is it still just about being funny? Or is it about resistance? Host Julio Ricardo Varela leads a discussion on this and more with comics Lalo Alcaraz and Elsa Waithe.
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 should be read as it was intended hundreds of years ago, but is that fair to the women and communities of color that were ignored or disenfranchised in the constitution? And will the filibuster work? Host Julio Ricardo Varela leads a discussion on this and more with Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University, and Cristian Farías, Legal Affairs Reporter for The Huffington Post.
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 press briefing. Is this new focus about creating real reform, or is it just a distraction? Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela bust some of the most crucial myths on immigration with help from Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst from the Cato Institute, and Erika Andiola, former Press Secretary for Bernie Sanders, and current Political Director for Our Revolution.
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 had been hacked by Mexico? By Iran? Is Russia getting off easy because of its whiteness? Julio Ricardo Varela leads a discussion on this and more with Terrell Starr, senior reporter at Foxtrot Alpha, and Tarini Parti, Capitol Hill reporter for BuzzFeed News.
Lost within the current debate over health care are the consistent health disparities between communities of color and white communities. What are these disparities under the ACA, and how might they be made worse under the new health bill, the AHCA? Host Julio Ricardo Varela leads a discussion with Callie Crossley, the host of Under the Radar on WGBH Radio, and Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Director of Health Equity at Families USA, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health advocacy organization.
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 become cooperation? Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela discuss this and more with Javier Palomarez, President of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and advisor to the National Diversity Coalition For Trump.
When was the last time you sat in a movie theater cowering in fear, then the next minute you’re laughing — and the whole time you’re getting schooled about racial fear in a “post-racial America.” For us, at In The Thick, it was this past weekend, when we saw Get Out, the #1 movie in the U.S.
We sat down with Lakeith Stanfield of Get Out (and FX’s Atlanta) and viral social commentator/video blogger Jay Smooth to tackle the movie’s perception of white liberals, the theme of co-opting black bodies, and the relationship of fear and humor.
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 relationship to race? And how are the two interconnected?
Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with comedian Cristela Alonzo and rapper Victor “KOOL A.D.” Vazquez.
Immigration raids across the country, a new movement coming from the White House against legal immigration, and a repeated accusation of voter fraud — again, blaming undocumented immigrants. Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on this and more with Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University, and Thanu Yakupitiyage, Senior Communications Manager at the New York Immigration Coalition.
After several days of reported immigration raids and publicized deportations, Julio called up Adolfo Flores, Latino affairs and breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News to talk about the last few days and the feeling on the ground in LA. This is our second In The Thick FYI (ITT FYI) — keep an eye out for more of these to come
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 phrases like “America First,” “American Carnage,” and the proposal to change the government program, “Countering Violent Extremism," to "Countering Islamic Extremism.” This language fosters fear of specific groups, including many communities of color. Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela discuss this and more with Jelani Cobb, Staff Writer for the New Yorker and Leslie Sanchez, contributor for CBS News.
A Muslim ban, a constitutional crisis and sanctuary cities in danger. Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a conversation about this crazy week of news with Michelle Wu, President of the Boston City Council, and Angela Maria Kelley, Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
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 this divide, and will it be possible for women to come together as a unified front? Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with Julianne Hing, contributing writer for The Nation and Farah Stockman, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times.
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 does the end of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” mean for the future of the Cuban-American community and Latinos in general? Maria and Julio lead a discussion with Jamilah King, Senior Staff Writer at Mic, and Raul Reyes, contributing writer for NBC News and CNN.
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 all-star Wajahat Ali to discuss Donald Trump’s press conference and the Russia allegations that have dominated the news cycle. Keep an eye out for more mini-episodes like this in the future. For now, we’re calling it In The Thick FYI (ITT FYI).
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 most recognizable roles, both old and new, touching on issues of representation, accents, and race. Maria and Julio lead a discussion with Rita about her star-turning role in West Side story and her latest role in the reboot of Norman Lear’s classic show, “One Day at a Time.”
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 resolution right here and right now: to continue to have those tough and necessary conversations (in addition to taking the stairs more). So hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela kick this year off by talking with Jamil Smith, Senior National Correspondent at MTV News, about how to be better POC: being loud and proud, and practicing what we preach.
We also touch on major stories we’ll be following this year with a conversation about politicians using race to fuel paranoia of immigrants, the declining prison population, and what Hollywood might look like under a Trump administration.
Hari Kondabolu is an outspoken, passionate, darkly funny comedian and the co-host of the podcast Politically Re-Active. In this discussion, co-hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela talk with Hari about the craziest stories of 2016, what we got wrong, and whether Donald Trump will cancel our podcasts.
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 extended In The Thick, co-hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela talk with Mike German about his experiences undercover, and how the media is missing the real story.
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 immigrant communities? Co-hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with journalist Terrell Starr and Guillermo Grenier, Professor of Sociology at Florida International University.
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 are Jewish and Muslim communities standing together in the face of hate? Co-hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, and Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Protests. Stories of harassment and hate. Calls for national unity. The days after Election Day have been intense. What does it mean for communities of color? And how should journalists responsibly cover this kind of president-elect? Host Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Jamilah King, Senior Staff Writer at Mic, Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President of The New American Leaders Project, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor at the Futuro Media Group.
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 fearing an uptick in racial violence and anti-immigrant sentiment. Host Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Wajahat Ali, writer, commentator, and host at The Huffington Post, Terrell J. Starr, National Political Correspondent for Fusion, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor at the Futuro Media Group.
After appearing on MSNBC this weekend, Maria Hinojosa went viral—for explaining why language is important when talking about undocumented immigrants. On this week’s episode, Maria speaks with Julio Ricardo Varela about her appearance, and Julio leads a discussion on the same topic with Jelani Cobb, Staff Writer for the New Yorker, and Julianne Hing, reporter for The United States of Anxiety. They discuss the dangers of calling someone “illegal” and how violence is often treated differently when it’s committed by white people than when it comes from people of color.
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 justice reform. We also respond to some viewer criticism and discuss how we can cover this election as responsible journalists. Julio Ricardo Varela leads a discussion with Sandra Lilley, Managing Editor of NBC Latino, Aaron Morrison, Senior Staff Writer at Mic.com, and Maria Hinojosa.
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 escape the debate without some trending soundbites (cue “hambres”). And we finally got a discussion on immigration... sort of. But that’s where we fill the void. Julio Ricardo Varela leads a discussion about deportation, trojan horses, and rigged elections with Lauren Victoria Burke, writer for NBC News and The Root, and Angela Maria Kelley, Executive Director at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
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. Donald Trump is facing 16 accusations of sexual assault or sexual harassment, and he is stoking the fear of the electorate with claims that the election could be rigged. Maria Hinojosa discusses this and more with Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor for the Futuro Media Group.
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 important to communities of color? Host Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Jamilah Lemieux, Vice President of News and Men's Programming for Interactive One, Wajahat Ali, attorney, playwright, and commentator, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor for the Futuro Media Group.
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 color? Julio Ricardo Varela leads a conversation about immigration, terrorism, and implicit bias with Aaron Morrison, Senior Staff Writer at Mic.com, Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President of The New American Leaders Project, and Maria Hinojosa, President of the Futuro Media Group, joining In The Thick for the first time as a guest.
It was THE most anticipated political event of the election season: the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. For this special early week release show, we ask: what were the debate’s best moments? What were the worst? Did facts even matter? And after so much talk about building a wall, where was a conversation on immigration? Host Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Fusion’s Political Correspondent Terrell Starr, Radio Menea co-host Verónica Bayetti Flores and the Futuro Media Group’s Political Editor Julio Ricardo Varela.
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 people’s minds? And with Donald Trump facing so much criticism on his immigration policy, do Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Democrats really deserve a pass?
Julio Ricardo Varela leads a conversation with Kai Wright, Features Editor of The Nation and host of the upcoming podcast, The United States of Anxiety, and Liz Llorente, Politics Editor for Fox News Latino.
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 limits of what he can say, but are people even noticing?
Julio Ricardo Varela leads a conversation with Daniella Leger, Senior Vice President for Communications and Strategy at the Center for American Progress, and Jessica Byrd, founder of Three Point Strategies, a consulting firm focused on electing people of color.
Last week, Donald Trump visited Mexico and an African-American church in Detroit, but was he really addressing people of color, or were these speeches simply dog whistles designed to show white voters that he connects with communities of color? Also, quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to silently protest the National Anthem. We ask: “What does the American flag really mean?”
Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Jamil Smith, Senior National Correspondent at MTV News, Jamilah King, Senior Staff Writer at Mic, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor at the Futuro Media Group.
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 Ricardo Varela break down their favorite clips, and--now with hindsight--they also discuss how these moments fit with the current political climate.
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 Olympians, if it’s part of the US?
In short: it’s complicated.
Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion about the almost unbelievably complex relationship between Puerto Rico and the US with guests Sandra Lilley, Managing Editor of NBC Latino, Natascha Otero, a leader of South Florida’s chapter of the National Puerto Rican Agenda, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor for the Futuro Media Group.
Building a wall to stop immigration. Police killing black men. A politician banning Muslims. As America erupts over race and ethnicity, many reporters of color feel it’s their obligation to lead the conversation dividing the country. Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor at the Futuro Media Group.
While Democrats are patting themselves on the back after Khizr Khan’s speech, does their embrace actually go deeper than the surface? Is the Democratic Party actually doing as good a job with communities of color as prominent Democrats claim? And has Donald Trump finally gone over the line? Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Linda Sarsour, prominent civil rights activist, Terrell J. Starr, National Political Correspondent for Fusion, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor for the Futuro Media Group.
We recorded so much great material in our week at the DNC that we decide to make a bonus DNC episode. Maria Hinojosa talks with four prominent politicians, advisors, and activists of color: Bill Richardson, former U.S. Energy Secretary and New Mexico Governor; Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader and co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association; Bill Velazquez, National Director of Latino outreach for the Bernie Sanders campaign; and Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist and immigration rights leader.
Weeks ago, no one could have predicted such intrigue at the Democratic National Convention. But beyond Wikileaks and the strident support for Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton faces a skeptical public whose enthusiasm for her is in question. Maria Hinojosa takes the show to the DNC in Philadelphia for a lively conversation with Jamil Smith, Senior National Correspondent at MTV News, Michele Jawando, Vice President for Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.
This week, In The Thick is in Cleveland covering the 2016 Republican National Convention. How do prominent conservative Latinos feel about Trump as their nominee? What can Trump do to gain their full support? And what does the future hold for the GOP and communities of color in general? Maria Hinojosa speaks with Daniel Garza, Executive Director of the Libre Initiative, Bettina Inclán, a Republican consultant and the former Director for Hispanic Outreach at the Republican National Committee, Jamil Smith, Senior National Correspondent at MTV News, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor for the Futuro Media Group.
With the recent tragedies in Baton Rogue, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, the topic of race and policing has dominated the national dialogue. Are we asking too much of police? Can we move forward to create more trust between police and communities of color? And will Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton impact progress on police reform? Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Tracey Meares, Professor at Yale Law School and former member of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Terrell Jermaine Starr, National Political Correspondent for Fusion, and Zak Cheney Rice, Senior Staff Writer at Mic.
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 to the end the U.S. Supreme Court session. Who should stay in the America and who should go to college were behind rulings on immigration and affirmative action. Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Debo Adegbilem, lawyer and former Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, professor at the University of Texas Center for Mexican American and Latino Studies, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor for the Futuro Media Group.
Politicians often talk about race when it serves their agendas. Recently the racial spotlight has been on police departments, especially in Baltimore and Oakland, where events have damaged trust in both forces. Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion from the Aspen Idea Festival with former Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor and DeRay Mckesson, activist, co-creator of Campaign Zero and a prominent member of the Black Lives Matter movement.
This election renews the question of what it means to be an American. How should we define American values in light of the Orlando murders, the debate over gun rights, and politicians stoking our worst fears? Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Wajahat Ali, attorney, playwright and commentator, Veronica Bayetti Flores, freelance writer, and co-host of Radio Menea, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor for The Futuro Media Group.
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 identities. Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Verónica Bayetti Flores, freelance writer and co-host of Radio Menea, Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.
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 Johnson, Politics Editor for The Root and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.
Latino support for Republican Presidential candidates has been free falling, slipping from 40% support in 2004 to 27% in 2012. But could conservative Latinos stop this decline and help Donald Trump win? Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Daniel Garza, Executive Director of the Libre Initiative, Angela Maria Kelley, Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.
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 these voters largely being ignored this election year? Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group, leads a discussion with Boston City Council President Michelle Wu and Jeff Yang, featured contributor at CNN.
Bernie Sanders’ surprising string of success raises questions of Hillary Clinton’s vulnerability now and in November. Listen in as Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group, leads a discussion with Daniella Gibbs Léger, Senior Vice President for Communications and Strategy at the Center for American Progress and Tarini Parti, Capitol Hill Reporter for BuzzFeed News.
The passion behind each Presidential campaign ranges from the revolution of Bernie Sanders to the populism of Donald Trump to the prospect of the first woman President in Hillary Clinton. But is there a way for one campaign to break through? Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Tara Houska, Native American Advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, Jason Johnson, Politics Editor for The Root, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.
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, Senior Political Reporter for the Huffington Post, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.
The New York presidential primary resulted in lopsided victories for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But questions remain over disenfranchised voters and rules that prevented millions from casting a ballot. Join Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group, as he dissects the election with Basil Smikle, Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party and Hadas Gold, Media Reporter for Politico.
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 host Julio Ricardo Varela recap the debate, highlighting several important moments, including Clinton’s reliance on Obama, the candidates’ foreign policies, and the lack of discussion of communities of color.
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 discussion with Adrian Carrasquillo, Political Reporter and Editor of Latino coverage for BuzzFeed News; Jane Coaston, Political Reporter for MTV News; and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.
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 discussion with Bettina Inclán, political strategist and former Director of Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee, Tim Mak, Senior Correspondent for The Daily Beast, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.
Bernie Sanders is riding a wave of momentum after sweeping three contests. Is there an unspoken swing vote —young people of color— behind Sanders' success? Futuro Media Group’s Julio Ricardo Varela leads a lively discussion with Boston Globe editorial writer Marcela García and Basil Smikle, Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party.
The Presidential campaigns compete with big world events: the terrorist attacks in Brussels and President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. Futuro Media Group’s Julio Ricardo Varela leads a lively discussion with NBC Latino’s Suzanne Gamboa and independent journalist Wajahat Ali.
At what point is the political media's coverage of the Donald Trump campaign unbiased? Should Cokie Roberts' stance about objectivity be taken into consideration during this political season, where anti-Mexican and anti-Muslim rhetoric has reached levels no one expected? Host Maria Hinojosa leads the discussion with political writer and columnist Wajahat Ali, Hadas Gold of POLITICO and Julio Ricardo Varela of the Futuro Media Group.
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 Planned Parenthood, Marco Rubio wins a participation trophy and Bernie Sanders may not actually be that far behind. Listen to host Maria Hinojosa talk Super Tuesday with Amanda Terkel, senior political reporter for Huffington Post, Darren Sands, political reporter for BuzzFeed News, and Julio Ricardo Varela, political editor at the Futuro Media Group.
This week on In The Thick, Maria Hinojosa is joined by Basil Smikle, Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party, Tarini Parti, BuzzFeed reporter covering Capitol Hill, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Futuro Media Group's resident political editor. Listen to their predictions on Party nominations, VP selections and the Latino Vote in advance of Super Tuesday. We get our guests to speculate on whether the vote will be Trump versus Hillary in November and what strategies they'd use if they were in charge.
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 Lives and Julio Ricardo Varela of Futuro Media Group.