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In The Thick

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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Nov 28, 2016

Fidel Castro has died, but what does this mean for Cuba and its relationship with the US going forward? And what does it mean for Cuba and other US immigrant communities?

Co-hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with journalist Terrell Starr and Guillermo Grenier, Professor of Sociology at Florida International University.

Nov 21, 2016

Since the election, there has been a rise in public Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic behavior across the country, and many are worried that the nomination of Steve Bannon gives legitimacy and power to this behavior. How are Jewish and Muslim communities standing together in the face of hate?

Co-hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, and Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Nov 14, 2016

Protests. Stories of harassment and hate. Calls for national unity. The days after Election Day have been intense. What does it mean for communities of color? And how should journalists responsibly cover this kind of president-elect?

Host Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Jamilah King, Senior Staff Writer at Mic, Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President of The New American Leaders Project, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor at the Futuro Media Group.

Nov 10, 2016

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 with Wajahat Ali, writer, commentator, and host at The Huffington Post, Terrell J. Starr, National Political Correspondent for Fusion, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor at the Futuro Media Group.

Nov 2, 2016

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 discussion on the same topic with Jelani Cobb, Staff Writer for the New Yorker, and Julianne Hing, reporter for The United States of Anxiety. They discuss the dangers of calling someone “illegal” and how violence is often treated differently when it’s committed by white people than when it comes from people of color.

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