June 12, 2020

This Is Not a Game

Maria and Julio get into how race and activism show up in sports – historically and in the current Black Lives Matter movement – with Howard Bryant, a senior writer for ESPN and correspondent for NPR’s Weekend Edition. They talk about Bryant’s rec…

June 9, 2020

Systemic Exhaustion

As thousands of protestors fill the streets, Maria and Julio talk about the #BlackLivesMatter movement, performative allyship, and what it means to abolish the police with Karen Attiah, global opinions editor for the Washington Post and ITT All-St…

June 5, 2020

ITT Sound Off: National Uprising

Protests continue across every state in this country, and in countries around the world, in the fight for racial justice for Black lives. Maria and Julio talk about the different ways people have been organizing, the gaslighting they have seen in respo…

June 2, 2020

Palpable Pain

Maria and Julio process this historic moment in the fight for racial justice and defending Black lives with Julieta Martinelli, Futuro Media producer who is on the ground covering the ongoing protests in Atlanta. Then, they dive into conversation …

May 29, 2020

ITT Sound Off: We’re Not Okay

As protests continue in Minneapolis and spread across the country, Maria and Julio talk about anti-black racism and violent policing in the United States. They reflect on the ways in which white supremacy shows up in police interactions, as well as in …

May 26, 2020

Forever Foreign

Maria and Julio are joined by James Boo, showrunner at Self-Evident, a podcast telling Asian America’s stories and Erika Lee, award-winning author and professor of history and Asian American studies at the University of Minnesota. They focus …

May 22, 2020

ITT Sound Off: Lost POC Lives

Maria and Julio discuss how the Latinx community is being affected by the COVID-19 crisis. They highlight the latest Latino USA episode which looks inside a New York City hospital’s ICU. Also, they continue to dive into the cruel, inhumane co…

May 19, 2020

Psychology of a Pandemic

May is Mental Health Awareness month, so Maria and Julio discuss the psychological and emotional toll of living through a global pandemic. They are joined by Dr. Patrice Harris, child and adolescent psychiatrist and president of the American Medic…

May 15, 2020

ITT Sound Off: Epidemic of Violence

Maria and Julio discuss Dr. Anthony Fauci’s and Rick Bright’s congressional testimonies on the pandemic response. They also dive into the Supreme Court’s pending decision around DACA which could strip protections from hundreds of thousands. Finally, th…

May 12, 2020

Learning in Quarantine

This week Maria and Julio are talking about education during the time of this pandemic. They hear from Dr. Elizabeth Farfán-Santos, professor of anthropology at the University of Houston, and Dr. Pedro Noguera, professor of edu…

May 8, 2020

ITT Sound Off: Policing in the Pandemic

The COVID-19 story is a POC story. Maria and Julio work through a devastating news cycle. They talk about policing during the pandemic and the disproportionate brutality toward people of color, the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and the death…

May 5, 2020

The Outskirts of the Outskirts

Maria and Julio talk with Alex Roque, executive director at the Ali Forney Center in New York City and ITT All-Star Imara Jones, creator of TransLash Media about how LGBTQ youth of color are coping during the coronavirus p…

May 1, 2020

ITT Sound Off: For the Workers

Maria and Julio discuss the latest with the sexual assault allegation against the 2020 presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden who appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday to publicly address the allegation. They also cover the historic May Day strik…

April 28, 2020

Spiritual Crisis

This week Maria and Julio focus on how different faith communities are staying connected during the pandemic. They talk with Dawud Walid, a faith leader and executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Ale…

April 24, 2020

ITT Sound Off: Targeting Immigration

On today’s ITT Sound Off, Maria and Julio are fed up. They talk about how the Trump administration continues to lash out at immigrants, and the disproportionate press coverage the President’s tweets receive. They also dive into what is happening in Che…

April 21, 2020

The POC Climate Crisis

This week in honor of Earth Day, we’re taking a break from our daily COVID coverage, and sharing an episode we recorded pre-pandemic. Maria and Julio talk with climate activists Julian Brave NoiseCat and Jennifer Allen about their experiences organizin…

April 17, 2020

ITT Sound Off: Pandemic and the Patriarchy

Maria and Julio break down the pandemic, specifically the white male leadership that has dominated news cycles. They also talk about the tug-of-war between state governors and the Trump administration on when states will reopen. Finally, this week saw …

April 14, 2020

The Cities Are Dying

Maria’s back and feeling better! For today’s roundtable, she and Julio revisit the last two cities In The Thick did live shows in before the pandemic. They chat with ITT All-Stars, Stephen Henderson, host of WDET’s Detroit Today, and R.L. (Ryan) Nave, …

April 10, 2020

ITT Sound Off: The Hardest Hit

Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King talk more about how the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately affecting communities of color. They also discuss the latest with the 2020 Election including, Senator Bernie Sanders’s exiting the race. And, they …

April 7, 2020

Warrior Workers

On today’s show Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King talk about how the worldwide pandemic is taking a toll on the economy and affecting workers throughout the country. They are joined by Jeet Heer, a national affairs correspondent for The Nation, and …

April 3, 2020

ITT Sound Off: Healing in Times of Chaos

We’re so happy and grateful that Maria is feeling better! She and Julio bring you the latest updates on COVID-19, including how state leaders, Congress and the President are responding. They also talk about historically high unemployment, the federal r…

April 1, 2020

There’s Still the Census

Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King talk about how the 2020 political landscape is being affected by the coronavirus pandemic. They also chat with NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang – resident census expert – about how to make sure communities of color aren’t underc…

March 27, 2020

ITT Sound Off: Close to Home

In this week’s ITT Sound Off, Maria and Julio continue reporting remotely, and focus on NYC — home to the headquarters of Futuro Media and the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. They talk about the rapidly evolving scenario in …

March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Q&A

Maria and Julio are joined by power couple, husband and wife: ITT All-Star, Wajahat Ali, contributing Op-Ed writer with The New York Times and CNN commentator, and Dr. Sarah Kureshi, physician at Georgetown Family Medicine. They talk about the med…

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