July 27, 2016

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

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 Hinojo…

July 20, 2016

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

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’s…

July 13, 2016

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

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…

July 6, 2016

#20: The Clash of Immigration and Affirmative Action

  With a nod to punk rockers The Clash, the question of ‘who should stay and who should go’ was at the heart of two decisions at the end of the U.S. Supreme Court session. Who should stay in the America and who should go to college were behind rulings …

June 29, 2016

#19: Police and Communities of Color

  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 …

June 22, 2016

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

This election renews the question of what it means to be an American. How should we define fundamental American values in light of the Orlando murders, the debate over gun rights, and politicians stoking our worst fears? Maria Hinojosa leads a discussi…

June 15, 2016

#17: Orlando: From Personal to Politics

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 discus…

June 8, 2016

#16: Crossing the Line

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…

June 1, 2016

#15: Latino Conservatives

Latino support for Republicans Presidential candidates has been steadily 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 Danie…

May 25, 2016

#14: The Forgotten Asian-American Vote

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 Fu…

May 18, 2016

#13: The Democrats’ Big, Hot Mess

Bernie Sanders’s 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…

May 11, 2016

#12: The Key to a Coalition

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 Hino…

May 4, 2016

#11: Trump: The New GOP Norm?

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 H…

April 27, 2016

#10: Passion vs. Pragmatism

Personality has always played a role
in politics, but this year the frontrunners have two distinct
character traits. Donald Trump has connected with voters through
his passion while Hillary Clinton has succeeded through her
pragmatism. Maria Hinojosa l…

April 20, 2016

#9: Escape from New York

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…

April 15, 2016

BONUS: New York Debate Recap

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 …

April 13, 2016

#8: The New York Narrative

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…

April 6, 2016

#7: Is Ted Cruz Downplaying His Latino Identity?

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, politica…

March 30, 2016

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

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 …

March 23, 2016

#5: Brussels, Cuba and the Western Primaries

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 independ…

March 16, 2016

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

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 leve…

March 2, 2016

#3: Debunking Political Myths After Super Tuesday

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 tha…

February 24, 2016

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

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 edi…

February 11, 2016

#1: After the New Hampshire Primary

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. For information regarding your data privacy, vi…

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