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  • Journalists of color tell you what you’re missing from the mainstream news. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela, IN THE THICK has the conversations about race, identity and politics few people are discussing or want to discuss.
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Episodes
  • ITT Sound Off: The First Days

    Jan 22 2021

    Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, break down President Joe Biden's first days. They cover some of the highlights from Inauguration Day, and unpack the slew of executive orders he introduced.


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    • "This new American government is the exact same as the old American government except for three new senators and a commander-in-chief who served in the old American government 44 of the past 48 years." Michael Harriot writes about what still hasn't changed, via The Root.
    • "Decades of Federal Policies Turned Local Police On Immigrant Communities. Here’s How Biden Can Stop That." Alina Das writes for The Appeal.
    • "An incremental plan that shuts down a pipeline or two while letting others continue to pump poison is not justice," writes Brian Kahn in this piece for Gizmodo.


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    19 mins
  • ITT Crossover: Anything For Selena

    Jan 19 2021

    We're taking a little break from the news to share something that our colleagues at Futuro Studios and WBUR have been working hard on. Listen to the first episode of "Anything For Selena," where host Maria Garcia takes us on an intimate journey to understand the cultural significance of Mexican American pop singer Selena Quintanilla's legacy. In episode one, Maria Garcia talks about growing up along the U.S.-Mexico border and how Selena helped her navigate the feeling of being torn between two identities. 


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    31 mins
  • ITT Sound Off: Impeachment 2.0

    Jan 15 2021

    Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, talk about the continued threats of white supremacist violence leading up to next week's inauguration and the escalating COVID-19 crisis. They also hear from New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez about Trump's second impeachment and the urgent need for COVID-19 relief — especially for communities of color.


    ITT Staff Picks: 

    • Michael Harriot writes for The Root about the "six of the most infamous white insurrections."  
    • "Black people have learned to always anticipate white supremacist abuse, because our existence here has been, until the last 55 years or so, one of apartheid (it still is, frankly). We exist in a perpetual state of organizing our lives around and anticipating white violence and backlash," writes Soraya Nadia McDonald in this piece for The Undefeated.
    • Jack Healy reports for The New York Times about the high rates of death from the coronavirus among tribal elders, and how this is creating a "cultural crisis" in Indigenous communities as they try to preserve knowledge, language, and traditions.


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    20 mins

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