August 7, 2021

Republican governors are blaming immigrants for the surge in COVID-19 cases in their states rather than their lack of mandates. This comes as August 7th marks two years since ICE officials arrested nearly 700 workers in food processing plants across six Mississippi cities. Journalist and Founder of Futuro Media, Maria Hinojosa, joins American Voices with…

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August 3, 2021

We at In The Thick like to highlight what mainstream doesn’t take the time to cover. That’s why it’s so refreshing to visit a very prominent outlet and see the writing of somebody who understands and has been covering immigration for many years: our very own Julio Ricardo Varela. For his latest piece on The…

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July 30, 2021

Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart is joined by the President and CEO of Unidos U.S Janet Murguia and the founder and In The Thick co-host and publisher of Latino Rebels Julio Ricardo Ricardo Varela to discuss immigration reform and President Biden’s push to include DACA and TPS into the reconciliation bill.   Watch the segment below.

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July 14, 2021

We like when our jefa goes on other podcasts and spreads her wisdom and opinions. Gotta give the people what they want right? She went on NPR’s Code Switch and was a guest along with Maria Garcia, host of the Anything for Selena podcast. Maria Garcia and Maria Hinojosa are both Mexican American, both mestiza,…

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July 12, 2021

Mainstream media has a way of dehumanizing people of color and immigrants. There’s no better example than the words many media outlets resort to when describing a migrant’s journey to the U.S.: “Surge. Wave. Flood.” It is that specific language that needs to change if mainstream media is serious about reporting anything related to immigration….

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June 16, 2021

We made it on an Oprah Magazine podcast list! We’re still pinching ourselves. Here’s what Irina Gonzalez had to say about us: “If you’re looking for a daring podcast that doesn’t hesitate to feature difficult conversations, try In the Thick, hosted by award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela. They don’t hold back when…

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June 11, 2021

In The Thick is a podcast about politics, race, and culture, from a POC perspective. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela, the show tells listeners what they’re missing from the mainstream news—tackling the conversations few others are willing to take on. Part of the Futuro Media Group, the podcast began life in…

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April 23, 2021

In The Thick, co-hosted by Maria Hinojosa and Julia Ricardo Varela snags another Webby nomination! This isn’t the first time In The Thick receives a Webby nomination—the podcast was recognized with a nomination in both 2017 and 2018. Congratulations, Maria, Julio and team! Check out the full list here.

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March 26, 2021

A flood. A wave. A surge. What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border is none of those things, but you wouldn’t know it from watching or reading some of the coverage in U.S. media. In recent weeks, the phrases “surge of migrants,” “migrant surge,” “the surge,” “surge at border” and other variations have all appeared in…

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January 21, 2021

We host a wide-ranging discussion of the historic inauguration of President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — the first-ever woman, South Asian and Black vice president — how we got here, and what comes next, with award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa and author and Harvard professor Cornel West. Hinojosa says she had “mixed emotions” watching the…

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January 12, 2021

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly talks with journalist Maria Hinojosa and Texas immigration attorney Efrén Olivares about the Trump administration’s imprint on immigration policy.

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November 19, 2020

Maria Hinojosa, host of PRX’s Latino USA and co-host of In The Thick, discusses her work reporting on the pandemic’s effect on Latino communities and her own bout with the virus.

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November 13, 2020

So, you want to sound like you know what you’re talking about ahead of Biden’s inauguration? It’s T minus 24 hours until the big day and, mercifully, a host of big names in podcasting are gearing up to help you get ahead. In The Thick: for a more diverse perspective A roundtable politics podcast from…

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November 11, 2020

Every four years, the whole world watches as United States citizens vote for the country’s next president. Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, but the process has been one of the most contentious in recent memory, with some outlets questioning whether a peaceful transfer of power — one of the…

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November 10, 2020

The day after the election, I woke up at 4 a.m. to do my first live shot on TV. I had this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach and a deep sense of dread. The media pollsters had overhyped a blue wave that never arrived and the Democrats had failed to learn a…

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November 2, 2020

While it’s likely we won’t know the results of the presidential election until after Election Day, as soon as the polls close Tuesday evening, we’ll at least start getting some preliminary info. You can blame the pandemic for the probable delay, since a lot of voting was done through mail-in ballots. You can still turn…

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October 26, 2020

Yes, that’s right, In The Thick has won a major podcast award! Awarded by Ad Week, a weekly American advertising trade publication, this award cements In The Thick in the politics podcast world, and sets it apart from the homogenous voices in mainstream media, one that fails to reflect the voices of a changing America….

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October 23, 2020

When it rains, it pours! Accolades continue to pile up and this time they come from Vanity Fair! “Hosted by Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela, In The Thick invites journalists of color to discuss stories and perspectives that are often missing from mainstream news sources. Alongside guests like Black Lives matter co-creator Alicia Garza and New York Congressional nominee Jamaal…

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October 22, 2020

Our hard work is being recognized by mainstream media—and this time we got recognition by Teen Vogue! “Entertaining and insightful, The Futuro Media Group’s In The Thick podcast is a necessary addition to everyone’s weekly queue. Bolstered by hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela’s candor and conversational vibe, In The Thick is a bi-weekly conversation on politics, race,…

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September 30, 2020

When it rains, it pours! Just a few days ago we were ecstatic about being included in TIME’s “The Best Politics Podcasts to Help You Make Sense of the 2020 Election.” Today, Cosmopolitan thinks we’re the right amount of hot & brains to make their latest best political podcast list! “In the Thick is one of…

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September 25, 2020

Ever wondered how to manage the never-ending chaos around the 2020 election? We feel you. We are making the best efforts to cover this weird and stressful cycle, with facts and even laughs! This is why we are happy to see mainstream media acknowledge us and our work! We are included in TIME’s “The Best…

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August 21, 2020

The TransLash Podcast, a TransLash Media production by Futuro Studios launched on Thursday. Hosted by ITT All-Star and journalist Imara Jones, an Emmy and Peabody winner, the podcast will air twice a month, offering insights into how current events affect the trans community, all through a trans lens. With anti-trans violence and political backlash at all-time highs, the TransLash Podcast serves as…

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August 19, 2020

Making his debut on The Atlantic, Julio Ricardo Varela highlights the importance of reaching out to the Latino vote, understand that this voting bloc is not a monolith, why the young Latino vote will be crucial in battleground states for the upcoming election. Has Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden done the work to appeal to…

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July 16, 2020

We continue cracking podcast list recommendations! It could be overwhelming to dive into the podcast world, so being recognized and acknowledged is what we’re here for. For their most recent list, Raven + Lily says, “A podcast from award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela, In the Thick tackles race, identity and politics head-on.” “Born out…

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