September 14, 2018

LIVE From LA: Muy muy California

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 imm…

September 11, 2018

Technology v. The People

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…

September 7, 2018

ITT EXTRA: The “Anonymous” Resistance

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 cr…

September 4, 2018

Surviving Hate in the USA

Julio and Maria talk with Arjun Singh Sethi, a civil rights lawyer, writer and law professor who interviewed 13 survivors of hate crimes and edited their testimonies for his new book American Hate: Survivors Speak Out.   ITT Staff Picks

Why …

August 31, 2018

The LGBT Community Is the Fabric of America

In this rebroadcast episode from earlier this year, Maria and Julio are joined by Shelby Chestnut, National Organizing and Policy Strategist with Transgender Law Center, and Verónica Bayetti Flores, freelance writer and co-host of Radio Menea….

August 28, 2018

The Case of Immigration Activist Ravi Ragbir

Back in February, Maria and Julio sat down with immigration activist Ravi Ragbir, who had endured what a federal judge called an “unnecessarily cruel” detainment and was threatened with a scheduled deportation. Since then, Ravi has been grante…

August 24, 2018

The Legacy of the Biggest Immigration Raid

In 2008, ICE agents descended on a small rural town in Iowa for their largest operation in the history of the United States. As a result, the population of Postville was slashed almost in half and its economy collapsed. Maria and Julio talk to…

August 21, 2018

Charlottesville: One Year Later

A year after the tragedy of Charlottesville and just days after the Unite The Right 2 Rally, Julio talks with returning ITT guest Mike German, a former FBI agent who once infiltrated white supremacy groups undercover.   ITT Staff Picks

The A…

August 17, 2018

ITT EXTRA: Debating How to Reunite Immigrant Families 

Maria and Julio talk about the work of Michael Avenatti (Stormy Daniels’ attorney…and future 2020 presidential candidate, maybe?) to reunite immigrant families. His clients are parents who have been deported, and whose kids are still in the …

August 14, 2018

The Chaos Is Real

Maria and Julio catch up with all-star Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root, and Jane Coaston, senior politics reporter at Vox. They talk the latest with conspiracy theories, Paul Manafort’s white male hubris, Unite the Right 2 …

August 10, 2018

ITT EXTRA: This Place Is a Snake Pit

Maria and Julio talk about the role of POC journalism in the Trump era including the latest revelations on the death toll in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria, the National Association of Black Journalists’ latest resolution and the silent…

August 7, 2018

The Antidote to Hate

Maria and Julio catch up with immigration organizers Cristina Jiménez, executive director of United We Dream, and Grecia Lima, national political director of The Center for Community Change. They talk about the latest court decision on DACA, t…

August 3, 2018

ITT EXTRA: The Trumpocalypse

This week, the American Immigration Lawyers Association reported that a migrant toddler died shortly after being released from an ICE detention center in Dilley, Texas. There are 11,000 kids are living in these detention facilities across the …

July 31, 2018

Flexin’ Our Grit Muscles

Maria and Julio talk about the news with two all-stars: Callie Crossley, host of Under the Radar on WGBH Radio, and Gabby Rivera, writer, artist, activist and our resident nerdberger. They discuss midterm elections, the latest on immigration p…

July 27, 2018

ITT EXTRA: Nicaragua’s Crisis Explained

It all started with deadly, violent protests against the Nicaraguan government, but did it really? In this special ITT EXTRA, Julio catches up with Latino USA producer Sayre Quevedo to hear the behind the scenes of his reporting for his latest…

July 24, 2018

#121: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Revolution

Four weeks ago, no one knew her name, but now she gives hope for progressives across the country (and around the world). Julio and Maria talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about why she decided to run for Congress and what the future will bring …

July 20, 2018

Rosa Clemente on Puerto Rico, Me Too and Hip Hop

She was the first Latina to run for vice president with the Green Party in 2008, but Rosa Clemente has long been organizing for political and social change. Maria and Julio talk to Rosa about her organizing work, the rap industrial complex and…

July 17, 2018

#120: Time to Take Comrade Trump Seriously

Julio catches up with all-star guests Raquel Cepeda, filmmaker and author, and Wajahat Ali, TV host and contributor to The New York Times, about all the latest threats to U.S. democracy. They talk about the meeting between Trump and Putin in H…

July 13, 2018

ITT EXTRA: A Neuroscientist’s Warning of Family Separation

We’ve seen the crying and suffering of children being torn apart from their parents at the U.S. border, but what is happening in these kids’ brains and what is the neurological long-term impact of trauma? Maria calls up a badass neuroscientist…

July 10, 2018

#119: The New Battle for Reproductive Rights 

Donald Trump has nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court and many are fearing that this will lead to an overturn of Roe v. Wade. Maria and Julio talk to Tannia Esparza, executive director of t…

July 6, 2018

The Power of Baring Broken Hearts

Pati Navalta Poblete went from being a columnist and journalist to being in the news when her son died due to gun violence in 2014. Maria and Julio speak with Pati about how she has turned her grief into activism and her memoir A Better Place….

July 3, 2018

#118: You Mad? The Politics of American Rage

Maria and Julio meet up at Aspen Ideas Festival with Dr. Brittney Cooper (aka Professor Crunk), associate professor at Rutgers University and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective blog and Dr. Michael Kimmel, founder and director of the …

June 29, 2018

ITT EXTRA: Mexico’s Outrage Election

This Sunday July 1, Mexicans will choose thousands of political positions, from mayors to the new president. Maria and Julio talk with Mexican journalist León Krauze about what to expect from the front-runner and if this election can really ch…

June 26, 2018

#117: It’s a Muslim Ban

While immigrant families are still separated after Trump’s zero tolerance policy, the Supreme Court upheld his travel ban. María and Julio talk with ITT All Star Wajahat Ali, op-ed contributor for The New York Times, about what this decision m…

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