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Maria and Julio discuss the latest about the ongoing manifestations in Puerto Rico, where the people are demanding that Governor Ricardo Rosselló resigns after the leaked text messages scandal. They also talk about Trump’s racist tweets urging “The Squad” to go back to their countries, and the tourist deaths of U.S. Citizens in the Dominican Republic.    

To catch up on the latest in immigration, Julio and guest co-host Maggie Freleng of Futuro Media chat with immigration attorney Amy Maldonado, and the Professor of Law and Migration Studies at the University of San Francisco, Bill Ong Hing. They talk about the threat of ICE raids, the complicity of big corporations supporting detention centers and the current conditions in these facilities.    

This week’s sound-off is packed with all the madness going on in Washington. Futuro Media’s very own Erika Dilday guest co-hosts with Julio to breakdown the latest on: Alex Acosta’s resignation after facing backlash for Jeffrey Epstein’s secret plea deal, the administration’s insufficient reasoning behind the citizenship question on the Census, and the importance of Kamala Harris as a 2020 candidate.
   

While gun violence has decreased in the city of Chicago over the past two years, the rates of violence are still high and disproportionately so in certain neighborhoods. In the United States as a whole, 2018 marked the deadliest year for gun violence in the past 50 years. But violence is not limited to guns, it takes the form of police brutality, economic injustice, segregation and gentrification. Amidst this violence, youth of color have been organizing to change Chicago and cities across the country to become more peaceful and just places. For this LIVE In The Thick show at DePaul University, Maria and Julio are joined by guests Edna Chavez, national activist and member of Community Coalition and Cosette Hampton, leader with BYP100 Chicago Chapter. Special thanks to spoken word artist, Assata Lewis for sharing her powerful words in this live show.    

Julio and guest co-host ITT fellow, Nour Saudi, talk to Chimene Suleyman, writer and co-editor of The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America. They discuss the common immigrant experience, what makes an immigrant “good,” and how literature can be a form of political activism in the age of Trump.    

Maria and Julio talk with Bill Ong Hing, professor of Law and Migration Studies at the University of San Francisco about his latest book, American Presidents, Deportations, and Human Rights Violations from Carter to Trump. They discuss the history of anti-immigrant policies in the United States and why Bill is hopeful for immigration reform come 2021.    

The first 2020 Democratic presidential debates took place in Miami this week, and there were some big moments. Climate change, gun violence, immigration reform and healthcare were the reigning topics of discussion among candidates. In this exciting late-night hot take, In The Thick’s New York Women’s Foundation IGNITE fellow, Nour Saudi, joins Julio and All-Star Jamilah King, to talk all things from their biggest takeaways to the highlights of the first round of the debates.    

On the brink of Stonewall’s 50th Anniversary, this year's Pride is historic. In the Thick's, New York Women’s Foundation Ignite Fellow, Nour Saudi, reports on the significance of pride and how the LGBTQ community of color is continuing to organize, in the city where the Stonewall rebellion originally took place. Despite commemorating Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera’s accomplishments for the LGBTQ community, targeted violence has been on the rise since the election of Donald Trump. This year has devastated the community with at least ten murders of trans women of color. In addition, the deaths of the trans women of color, Layleen Polanco and Johana Medina, are of grave concern and answers are being demanded. As New York City prepares to host Worldwide Pride Day, the community grieves the losses and demands justice for all the fallen lives.    

To discuss the Women's World Cup being held in France, Julio is joined by Shireen Ahmed, writer and co-host of the feminist sports podcast, Burn It All Down. They talk about the media coverage, issues of representation and access in the sport including FIFA corruption and pay equity, plus they shout out the Cup's key players and their stellar moments.    

Maria and Julio are joined by Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood and co-founder of Supermajority, and Yvonne Gutierrez, head of community engagement at Supermajority, for a conversation about gender equity. They talk about the current state of reproductive rights in our country, their new group that's working to mobilize women to be politically active, and their thoughts on the 2020 race.    

For this live show from New York City co-hosted with Alianza HBO and SOMOS Viacom Maria and Julio are joined by Doris Casap, senior vice president of HBO film programming and Erica Soto Lamb, vice president of social impact for Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land, as well as Jessica Leonardo, production assistant at HBO. They discuss how immigrants are represented in entertainment and how the industry in changing to better represent diverse communities.    

Maria and Julio are joined by All-Stars Eddie Glaude Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University, and Christina Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, to discuss the Mexico-US immigration debate and its impact on migrants. They also talk about the increasing number of black trans women deaths across the country and particularly in Dallas, Ava DuVernay's new series, "When They See Us", and whether age matters in the 2020 presidential race.    

Although data on hate crimes is limited and often underreported, we know that hate crimes have been on the rise in the United States since the election of Donald Trump, in particular hate that targets people of color, religious minorities and the LGBT community. Chicago is one of over two dozen cities that experienced a decade-high number of hate crimes in 2018. For this LIVE In The Thick show at DePaul University, Maria and Julio are joined by two guests who organize against this very hate, Isabella Gomez, actress from Netflix's One Day at a Time and LGBT activist, and Ugo Okere, former alderman candidate for the 40th Ward in Chicago and organizer with Chicago DSA.    

A new DHS report revealed dangerous overcrowding at a detention center in El Paso, Texas. But for immigration reporters who have been following the issue closely, this wasn’t really a surprise. Julio and guest co-host Tina Vasquez, senior immigration reporter for Rewire.News, are joined by Tanvi Misra, immigration reporter for CQ-Roll Call, and Fernanda Echavarri, immigration reporter for Mother Jones, to discuss the latest with immigration and the border. Plus, they talk about how their own reporting highlights how Trump's policies are really impacting communities on the ground.    

The documentary “Some Girls” tackles the issue of mental health in young Latinas in America. Maria and Julio talk to ITT All-Star Raquel Cepeda, author and documentarian, about her film and how mental health is connected to beauty standards and cultural identity    

The debate around the specialized high school admissions test in New York City only reflects a greater issue about inclusion and diversity in schools nationwide. Maria and Julio are joined by Reema Amin, reporter at Chalkbeat NY, and Maria Bautista, campaigns director at the Alliance for Quality Education, to discuss how schools are leaving out POC students and the role access plays in education.    

Julio is joined by guest co-host Antonia Cereijido of Latino USA to discuss the tragedy and horror of six migrant children who have died in U.S. custody in the last eight months. Meanwhile, most 2020 presidential candidates have no comprehensive immigration reform plan with the exception of Julián Castro. This week, Castro went on Late Night With Seth Meyers to talk about his plan and to call out Democrats' lack of action on this issue. They also discuss the latest collaboration between another 2020 candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who called out Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for his shady corporate dealings.    

We’re talking elections! Whether it’s the 2020 candidates or the series finale of Game of Thrones, white males seem to be at the forefront. Maria and Julio are joined by Astead Herndon, national political reporter with The New York Times, and Brittany Packnett, activist and co-host of Pod Save The People, to discuss how the candidates approach POC voters, the notion of electability, and how similar issues of race, gender, and politics played out in the final season of Game of Thrones.    

Maria and Julio discuss Trump’s push for a merit-based immigration plan, after claiming our current legal immigration system is broken. They also talk about Alabama banning abortion outright, following the recent wave of anti-abortion legislation in the country, racial profiling in policing and the dangers of facial recognition technology.

We also say, "nos vemos" to our dear senior producer, Juan Pablo Garnham, who is headed to Texas to report on cities across the state for the Texas Tribune. Gracias por todo, JP!    

Amidst the Mueller saga, Trump finds himself facing a number of subpoenas from Congress. Meanwhile in foreign policy, tensions with Iran are escalating, and Trump is going all-in on the trade war with China, after raising U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. This is happening while one million Uighur Muslims are being held in internment camps in Xinjiang. Julio is joined by Melissa Etehad, foreign affairs reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and All-Star Vann Newkirk, staff writer at The Atlantic, to discuss.    

Another week of the Mueller saga ended with Trump yet again refusing to cooperate with Congress’ investigations on the report. Maria and Julio discuss the congressional hearing held on Wednesday, plus Trump’s repeated lies about Puerto Rico and another tragic school shooting in Colorado.    

This week in immigration, Trump announced his plans to appoint Mark Morgan to head ICE, while former White House chief-of-staff John Kelly joined the board of a company that runs detention centers for migrant children. Maria and Julio are joined by Andrea González-Ramírez, senior news and politics writer with Refinery29, and All-Star Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter with The Root, to discuss. Plus, they talk Trump’s phone call with Putin, and the latest 2020 update.    

Protests in Venezuela have erupted after opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for the support of armed forces to overthrow Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Attorney General William Barr testified in front of the Senate about his handling of the Mueller report, and the Trump administration’s immigration policies left two more migrant children dead this week. Maria and guest co-host All-Star Imara Jones sound off on the latest news of the week.    

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for whether the Trump administration should add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census, effectively changing the way people in the United States would be counted. Maria and Julio are joined by Dorian Warren, president of the Center for Community Change, and Hansi Lo Wang, NPR national correspondent, to discuss the Supreme Court case and how this question would impact POC and immigrant communities.    

Well, he finally did it. Joe Biden announced he was running for president on Thursday, just a day after She the People hosted the first ever policy forum dedicated to women of color in Houston, TX, where many of the 2020 candidates spoke. Maria and Julio discuss the latest with the campaign trail, plus what stories they can't let go of this week.    

The Mueller report dropped last week and left everyone wondering what's next? Maria and Julio are joined by Tanya Ballard Brown, 2019 Nieman fellow at Harvard University, and Adam Serwer, staff writer at The Atlantic, to unpack the reactions to the report. They also delve into the deep roots of white supremacy in the U.S., and the arrest of the leader of an armed right-wing militia group that’s accused of detaining migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.    

In this special Mueller report ITT edition, Maria and Julio give their takeaways on the 448-page redacted document by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election. They discuss Attorney General William Barr’s defense of Trump, the obstruction of justice during the investigation, and whether Russian interference will influence future elections in the United States.    

This week, Trump said he’s considering sending migrants to sanctuary cities. Maria and Julio are joined by two All-Stars, Jenni Monet, independent journalist and tribal member of the Pueblo of Laguna, and Brentin Mock, staff writer for City Lab, to discuss Trump's latest use of immigrants as political pawns. They also talk about the burning of three black churches in Louisiana, the latest attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar, and how the U.S. justice system impacts people of color.    

It's been a busy week in immigration news, from Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation to Trump contradicting his administration's officials when it comes to his zero tolerance policy. Maria and Julio make sense of the latest in border politics. They also discuss how the coverage of Attorney General William Barr's testimony reflects white male privilege in the media, and the complexities of Julian Assange's sudden arrest in London.    

Feminists have been organizing against gender violence in Mexico for years. But over the last few weeks, Mexican women have taken to social media to call out abusive men in creative industries, starting a new wave of #MeToo. Maria and Julio are joined by Peniley Ramírez, investigative reporter with Univision and columnist with El Heraldo de Mexico, and Emily Corona, freelance journalist and digital intern at Futuro Media, to discuss how the #MeToo movement in Mexico is growing.    

In a historic election on Tuesday, Lori Lightfoot became Chicago’s first black woman and openly gay person elected mayor, but not everyone in the community is celebrating. Julio and guest co-host All-Star Jamilah King discuss this, plus the media rhetoric around Puerto Rico and how Nipsey Hussle’s murder marked a tragic moment in hip-hop.    

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s full redacted report is expected to come out mid-April, but what do we make of what we already know? Maria and Julio discuss this and more with Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer with the Washington Post, and All-Star Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter with The Root. They also get into Trump’s plans to cut aid to three Central American countries and Lucy Flores’ account of an inappropriate moment with Joe Biden.    

As the energy around 2020 grows, conversations about women’s political leadership are taking the lead. In The Thick's NY Women's Foundation fellow Nour Saudi reports from a panel organized by the Metro New York chapter of UN Women on what the future of politics looks like for women of color, and where New York City falls short. We also hear from Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke and Erin Vilardi, founder of VoteRunLead.    

Everyone is talking about the border, but no one is really talking about the border: what it is like to live, work and experience the vibrant day-to-day life around it. We don’t hear about the particular culture, uniqueness or challenges of this locale that go beyond the wall and immigration. Join In The Thick for the live show with co-hosts, Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela and guests Beatrix Lestrange, dragtivist and community organizer and Derick Garcia, Local NBC 23 News Lower Valley reporter.    

In this “All 2020 Everything” Sound Off, Julio and guest co-host All-Star, Terrell Jermaine Starr talk about the growing speculations of a Joe Biden-Stacey Abrams ticket, and the issue of reparations that almost every Democratic candidate has been addressing. They also share which story they can't shake off this week.    

In Taylor, Texas, a Latino USA and Rewire.News investigation into one of most notorious detention centers, the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, revealed a long and extensive pattern of sexual abuse and harassment. Julio and Maria are joined by Maggie Freleng, producer at Latino USA, and Tina Vasquez, senior immigration reporter at Rewire.News, to discuss the piece they reported with Maria about one of the darkest corners of our immigration policy.    

A deadly terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday left at least 49 people dead, dozens injured, and the rest of the world shaken. Julio is joined by guest co-host Antonia Cereijido of Latino USA, to discuss this tragedy, plus Beto O’Rourke’s announcement of his 2020 candidacy and how the college admissions scandal is just another part of the problem of racism in higher education.
   

A new budget plan was released on Monday that includes a proposal of $8.6 billion for construction of the border wall. Meanwhile, the long-awaited Robert Mueller report could be published any day, and a new House resolution was passed that broadly condemns hate. Maria and Julio are joined by All-Star Callie Crossley, host of WGBH’s Under the Radar, and Aisha Moodie Mills, political strategist and fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, to discuss these latest issues, plus their thoughts on the 2020 Democratic candidates.
   

This week, four different congressional hearings on immigration took place at the same time. Maria and Julio discuss one where Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen testified that she was unaware of the long-lasting effects family separation has on migrant children. They also talk about R. Kelly’s interview with Gayle King, and how to grapple with sexual abuse allegations against celebrity idols.    

In Texas, 40 percent of the state is Latinx and by 2022 Latinos are expected to be the largest demographic group in Texas, surpassing non-Hispanic white people. Maria and Julio discuss the demographic and political changes that Texas is going through. For this live show from the Borderland, they're joined by Cristina Tzintzún Ramírez, executive director of Jolt, and Efrén Olivares, racial and economic justice program director with the Texas Civil Rights Project.    

Maria and Julio talk about Michael Cohen’s testimony with the House Oversight Committee, where he called President Trump a con man, a cheat, and a racist. They also discuss the latest report that revealed an increase in complaints of sexual abuse against children in immigration detention centers under the Trump administration's Zero Tolerance policy    

The crisis in Venezuela escalated over the weekend after the government blocked humanitarian aid at the Colombian border, leading to violence and protests. In this episode, Julio and guest host All-Star Imara Jones talk with guests Eli Lopez, senior editor of global opinions at the Washington Post, and Phil Gunson, senior analyst with the International Crisis Group and writer on Latin America, about the political tension in Venezuela and what role the U.S. plays in it.    

No matter if she was trying to find a job or get an education, Leyla Martinez kept finding the same problem: on the application forms, she would have to declare that she had a past conviction. Maria and Julio talk to Leyla about her experience, how she got to graduate from Columbia and why she founded the Beyond the Box initiative.    

Discrimination and housing segregation in the United States didn't happened by chance. In this episode, our guests Richard Rothstein, author of the book The Color of Law, and Emmanuel Martinez, data reporter for Reveal, explain how redlining still shapes our cities and affects people of color.    

While President Trump declares a national emergency, Maria and Julio talk about the truth behind this political move, as well as the situation of the rapper 21 Savage, who was detained by ICE. They also discuss the controversy we've seen around Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.  

Two leading Democrats in Virginia have acknowledged that they did blackface in the past and a third Democrat has been accused of sexual abuses. Maria and Julio try to understand this mess (and more) with two All-Stars: journalist and Columbia professor Alexis Clark, and Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University.    

Maria and Julio talk with All-Star Jamilah King, race and justice reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, and Andrea González-Ramírez, political reporter with Refinery29. They discuss the larger issues at stake in the Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's blackface scandal, the racist and homophobic attack against Jussie Smollett, and the latest 2020 Democratic candidates to announce their campaigns.    

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar is one of the first two Latinas from Texas to win a seat in the U.S. Congress that was sworn in a few weeks ago. In an intimate conversation that took place at her office in Washington D.C., Julio and Rep. Escobar talk about the border community of El Paso, the hospitality that has always characterized its people and what it means for her to be a woman of color in a predominantly white and male Congress.    

The longest shutdown in U.S. history has ended with the President taking credit for solving a problem that he created and continuing his rhetoric about a non-existent border crisis. Maria and Julio are joined by two All-Stars: Jenni Monet, an independent journalist and tribal member of the Pueblo of Laguna, and Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root. They talk about what has been missing in the coverage of the shutdown, what mainstream media overlooked in the aftermath of the Lincoln Memorial incident and Tom Brokaw's problematic assimilation comment.    

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

“(W)Rap on: Immigration” is the second episode of the (W)Rap On series at AnthroPod, which brings anthropologists into conversation with artists, activists, and scholars from other disciplines and perspectives. The series is loosely inspired by James Baldwin and Margaret Mead’s 1970 conversation Rap on Race, and was conceived by Hilary Leathem in collaboration with AnthroPod.    

The recent Lifetime documentary series by dream hampton, "Surviving R. Kelly", brings the R&B legend back to the limelight, now through the testimonies of women of color who survived his abuses and sexual predatory behavior for decades. Maria and Julio are joined by Jamilah Lemieux, writer and media professional who was featured in the docuseries and April Reign, diversity and inclusion advocate, media commentator and the creator of #OscarsSoWhite. They talk about the role of race in R. Kelly’s alleged abuses and how it has been magnified by the Me Too movement.    

The current government shutdown is about to become the longest in U.S. history and it's not only impacting workers, but also the lives of immigrants and asylum seekers. Maria and Julio talk about the shutdown and the rhetoric that for decades has backed the implementation of anti-immigration policies, supported by leaders of both political parties and the mainstream media.    

The government shutdown that started three weeks ago is on track to become one of the longest in U.S. history, while the 2020 presidential race is already in sight. Maria and Julio are joined by All-Star Wajahat Ali, a contributor to The New York Times, and ITT's newest All-Star Vann Newkirk, a staff writer at The Atlantic. They unpack the consequences of the shutdown and discuss if the country is ready for a woman or POC presidential candidate.    

In our first episode of the New Year, Maria and Julio discuss the latest in immigration policy: the deaths of two migrant kids detained by U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the southern border. They also talk about the urgency of a more objective —and more humane— media coverage on immigration issues and take a look at the challenges that lay ahead for the new and most diverse Congress to be sworn in.    

The year 2018 will be remembered for quite a few milestones: migrant children being held in cages, the growth of the #MeToo movement, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez becoming the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress. Maria and Julio take a look back at the most unforgettable moments of 2018 for In The Thick, and they discuss why POC voices are needed now, more than ever.  

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

Maria and Julio sit down with queer Latinx writer Gabby Rivera, who wrote AMERICA, featuring Marvel's first Latina lesbian superhero, America Chavez. They chat about why representation matters, celebrating POC joy and how Maria may just be Gabby's madrina.    

Many times forgotten, black undocumented immigrants from Latin American, Caribbean or African countries are a growing part of the immigrant community. Maria and Julio speak to Jonathan Jayes-Green, co-founder and director of the UndocuBlack Network, to understand the complexities of this population and how they are organizing to fight back and support each other.    

In 1939, a ship called the SS St. Louis with 900 Jewish refugees arrived to Cuba, fleeing the Nazi regime. Most of them were sent back home to Europe, where many died in concentration camps. In this episode, Maria and Julio talk to Armando Lucas Correa, editor-in-chief of People en Español and author of the book The German Girl, a fictional story based on what happened with those refugees from the St. Louis.    

The Mueller investigation keeps moving forward and the focus is shifting to President Trump. While Individual-1 keeps tweeting, Maria and Julio talk to Amanda Terkel, Washington Bureau Chief at HuffPost and call up All-Star and ITT Russia expert, Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root.

In the United States, deadly violence against the transgender community —in particular, against trans people of color— has been increasing since 2016. To talk about this issue, and to get wonky about politics too, Maria and Julio are joined by All-Star Imara Jones, founder and president of Oria Media, host of The Last Sip and a Voqal fellow.    

Very few people get access into the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, and even fewer journalists of color do. In spite of the systematic attacks journalists of color—and in particular, black women journalists— receive from government officials and the President himself, they have a responsibility to report for their communities.

Maria and Julio are joined by two journalists who live this reality in the briefing room: April Ryan with American Urban Radio Networks and CNN political analyst, and NPR’s White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe. They talk about the behind-the-scenes of covering the Trump administration from within the White House walls.    

Seven women are murdered in Mexico each day. Impunity, narco and state-sponsored violence, plus everyday machismo, are at the root of this. However, Mexican women are mobilizing to fight for their lives and each other. Maria and Julio discuss if Mexico can change its culture to end this gender violence. For this live show, they're joined by Gabriela Warkentin, host of W Radio and contributing writer with El País, and Catalina Ruiz Navarro, columnist of several media outlets.    

Over the weekend, U.S. Border Patrol agents tear gassed hundreds of migrant children, women and men seeking asylum at the San Ysidro port of entry. In part one, Maria and Julio talk with Buzzfeed News' Adolfo Flores, reporting on the ground at the border. In part two, we talk about about the racially charged senate runoff in Mississippi with Chellese Hall, co-host of the Red Flag podcast.    

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history this November, when she became the youngest woman ever elected to the United States Congress. In this episode, Maria and Julio are joined the 29-year old Latina from the Bronx for whom “community is a priority.”    

On this All-Star roundtable, we talk about the midterms (still!) in Florida and Georgia, the latest in immigration news and we take a look at the tragic California wildfires. Maria and Julio are joined by two In The Thick All-Stars: independent journalist Jenni Monet and contributor to The New York Times Wajahat Ali.    

This is a bonus ITT in Spanish.

They investigate narcos, they deal with the pressures of the Mexican government and often face death threats just for doing their jobs. What is it like to be a journalist (and a woman journalist) in Mexico? In our first episode in Spanish, Julio and Maria talked to reporters Nayeli Roldán from Animal Político and Peniley Ramírez from Univision, in Mexico City.

Investigan a los narcos, soportan las presiones del gobierno mexicano y muchas veces tienen que enfrentar amenazas contra sus vidas. ¿Cómo es ser periodista en México? En nuestro primer episodio en español, Julio y Maria conversaron en Ciudad de México con Nayeli Roldán de Animal Político y Peniley Ramírez de Univision.

In the aftermath of 2018’s key midterm elections, Florida and Georgia are still fighting over decisive recounts, while Donald Trump has again slammed members of the press. Maria and Julio call up all-star Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root, to talk about the need of a collective response to address the President’s repeated attacks targeting women and journalists of color.    

Often Mexico is seen as just a passage route for migrants on their way to the United States, but in this episode, ITT looks at immigration through the eyes of Mexico. This country is becoming a host for migrants, and for years has followed the lead of militarized immigration policy of its neighbor to the north. For the LIVE In The Thick from Mexico City, Maria and Julio talk about immigration in Mexico from the Central American migrant caravan to repatriated deportees with Eunice Rendón, coordinator of the Agenda Migrante collective, and Maggie Loredo, co-founder of the deportees organization Otros Dreams en Acción. This episode was mixed by Jeanne Montalvo.    

From the historic triumph of women candidates across the country to issues of voter suppression, we talk Midterms ITT style. Maria and Julio are joined by ITT All-Star and award-winning journalist Imara Jones, founder of Oria Media and host of The Last Sip.    

Just days ahead of the midterms, birthright citizenship is challenged and white supremacist rhetoric continues to plague the country. Maria and Julio talk to Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., a James S. McDonnell Distinguished University professor at Princeton University. They discuss the role POC communities will have in the upcoming election.    

After a week marked by the threat of pipe bombs, a synagogue in Pittsburgh was attacked by an antisemitic domestic terrorist who murdered 11 worshippers. Maria and Julio talk about this tragedy and the role of hate with Brentin Mock, Pittsburgher and staff writer for CityLab and Mike German, fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program.    

Pipe bombs sent in the mail to journalists and high profile Democrats, the migrant caravan and what this all means for the midterms elections that are rapidly approaching. It's been another intense week and Maria and Julio talk all about it with one of our ITT All-Stars, Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter for The Root.    

We start our ITT midterm elections countdown with a focus on the younger generation. Julio speaks to Sarah Audelo, executive director of the Alliance for Youth Action and two youth organizers that have been organizing in their communities and are raising their voices this election season: Yatziri Tovar, from Make The Road Action, and Gariyana Williams, from Youth Organization to Save Our Streets or YO S.O.S.    

After another chaotic week of U.S. politics, Maria and Julio catch up on the latest. They talk about the Central American migrant caravan, Senator Elizabeth Warren's DNA test to prove her Native American heritage and the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the dangers that journalists are facing worldwide.    

We have 12 years left to reverse the effect of climate change, according to the latest report from the United Nations. Maria and Julio talk with Justine Calma from Grist and award-winning writer Meera Subramanian about this new data and the consequences of climate change for communities of color.    

In the book Enemies in Love, journalist and Columbia University professor Alexis Clark narrates the romance between an African-American nurse and a German prisoner of war during WWII. Maria and Julio talk to Alexis about how the challenges of this era are still relevant today.    

Maria and Julio talk about the aftermath of the Kavanaugh SCOTUS confirmation, the rise of a populist in Brazil and the conviction of a Chicago police officer for shooting and killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald four years ago.    

Maria and Julio talk to In The Thick All-Star Jose Antonio Vargas in this unique, live episode as part of the PEN Out Loud series in New York City. In a very intimate conversation about mental health and the immigrant community, Maria, Julio and Jose Antonio get personal. The live audience also shared their experiences, anxieties and advice. This show was possible thanks to collaboration with PEN America and The Strand bookstore.    

By confronting Senator Jeff Flake and telling her story of sexual assault, Ana María Archila has become an icon in the midst of the Kavanaugh nomination debate. Maria and Julio talk to Archila about the behind the scenes of her action in Capitol Hill and discuss her next steps.    

During the nomination process for the next Supreme Court Justice, on Thursday we witnessed courage when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony against Brett Kavanaugh. Maria and Julio reflect on what this moment meant for women and all victims of sexual abuse in the country.    

One of the most contentious issues has been determining the number of the people who died because of Hurricane Maria. Julio traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the anniversary of the tragedy to speak with Omaya Sosa, investigative reporter and co-founder of the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, the media institution that has been leading the reporting on the death count on the ground for the past year.    

A year ago, Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico. The past 12 months have brought disorganized recovery efforts, an estimated thousands of deaths and an island that refuses to let go of its resiliency. In The Thick is dedicating a two-part special series to honor this tragic anniversary. In Part 1, Maria and Julio talk to two Puerto Rican journalists: Arelis Hernández, from The Washington Post, and Bianca Padró Ocasio, from The Orlando Sentinel, who've both been covering the impact of Hurricane Maria. They discuss the aftermath of both climate change and the federal and local politics.    

The #MMIWG (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) movement has been gaining momentum in the U.S. and Canada, as Indigenous women call for an end to targeted violence. Maria and Julio speak about this widespread issue with Annita Lucchesi, a Southern Cheyenne cartographer who has built the largest database of missing and murdered Indigenous women, and Jenni Monet, an independent journalist and tribal member of the Pueblo of Laguna.    

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

Algorithms, social media and technology are increasingly becoming a risk for communities of color. Maria and Julio talk about zeroes and ones with Surya Mattu, researcher with The MIT Center for Civic Media, and Jazmine Ulloa, reporter for the Los Angeles Times.    

It's another intense week in Washington, D.C., and Maria and Julio are back to break down the latest. They talk about the chaotic Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, what the end of the Flores Agreement means for minors crossing the border and, of course, the New York Times op-ed on resistance within the White House.