November 10, 2016

#37: President Trump

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 …

November 2, 2016

#36: A Bouquet of Bigotry

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 talks with Julio Ricardo Varela about her appearance, and Julio leads a …

October 26, 2016

#35: Fair and Unbalanced?

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 …

October 20, 2016

#34: The Master Debaters

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 immig…

October 17, 2016

BONUS: Fear and Violence in 2016

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…

October 10, 2016

#33: The Debate We Deserve?

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?…

October 5, 2016

#32: “That Mexican Thing”

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 lead…

September 27, 2016

#31: With Debated Breath

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 …

September 21, 2016

#30: Why Is the US Afraid of Immigrants?

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…

September 14, 2016

#29: Sickness and Sexism

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…

September 7, 2016

#28: Of Taco Trucks and American Flags

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 that he connects with communities of color?…

August 24, 2016

#27: It’s All in the Clips

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…

August 17, 2016

#26: Puerto Rico, You Lovely Island

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 alm…

August 10, 2016

#25: It’s Not Racist to Report on Race

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 lea…

August 3, 2016

#24: What Is a “Good” Person of Color?

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 D…

July 28, 2016

BONUS: Let’s Play Two at the DNC

We recorded so much great material in our week at the DNC that we decided to make a bonus DNC episode. Maria Hinojosa talks with four prominent politicians, advisors, and activists of color: Bill Richardson, former US Energy Secretary and New Mexico Go…

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…

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