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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Jan 31, 2017

A Muslim ban, a constitutional crisis and sanctuary cities in danger. Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a conversation about this crazy week of news with Michelle Wu, President of the Boston City Council, and Angela Maria Kelley, Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Also, a web extra: Click here to listen to our producer Noam’s musical version of W.H. Auden’s 1939 poem, “Refugee Blues."

Jan 24, 2017

Some women of color and some white women did not feel welcome at what may have been the largest single day protest in U.S. history. What is behind this divide, and will it be possible for women to come together as a unified front?

Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with Julianne Hing, contributing writer for The Nation and Farah Stockman, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times.

Jan 17, 2017

How will Ben Carson and Jeff Sessions stack up as part of Trump’s potential cabinet? Should we still be talking about the Russian hacks? And what does the end of “Wet Foot Dry Foot” mean for the future of the Cuban-American community and Latinos in general?

Maria and Julio lead a discussion with Jamilah King, Senior Staff Writer at Mic, and Raul Reyes, contributing writer for NBC News and CNN.

Jan 12, 2017

It's been a crazy week in the political world and we just couldn’t wait until for a new full episode to talk about it, so Julio called In The Thick all-star Wajahat Ali to discuss Donald Trump’s press conference and the Russia allegations that have dominated the news cycle.

Keep an eye out for more mini-episodes like this in the future. For now, we’re calling it In The Thick FYI (ITT FYI).

Jan 10, 2017

Rita Moreno is perhaps the most famous and accomplished Latina actress in history, and she takes Maria and Julio behind the scenes of many of her most recognizable roles, both old and new, touching on issues of representation, accents, and race.

Maria and Julio lead a discussion with Rita about her star-turning role in West Side story and her latest role in the reboot of Norman Lear’s classic show, “One Day at a Time.”

Jan 4, 2017

It’s a new year! And what’s the first week of January all about? RESOLUTIONS. And as you tell your friends how you’re going to starting drinking more water and going to bed earlier, we’re declaring our new years resolution right here and right now: to continue to have those tough and necessary conversations (in addition to taking the stairs more). So hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela kick this year off by talking with Jamil Smith, Senior National Correspondent at MTV News, about how to be better POC: being loud and proud, and practicing what we preach.

We also touch on major stories we’ll be following this year with a conversation about politicians using race to fuel paranoia of immigrants, the declining prison population, and what Hollywood might look like under a Trump administration.