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.