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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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Now displaying: April, 2017
Apr 25, 2017

Donald Trump promised early on to “drain the swamp,” but what is the swamp actually like? What kind of power do lobbyists have, and who is actually a part of those backroom conversations?

Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on the secret power of Washington DC with Jimmy Williams, former lobbyist and host of the political podcast, DecodeDC.

Apr 18, 2017

Donald Trump campaigned on “America First,” but by attacking Syria, he has shown himself to be a president very much involved on the world stage. What is the message he is sending by reversing his promises so dramatically? And has war simply become normalized in the Arab World?

Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on this and more with Zeeshan Aleem, foreign affairs staff writer for Vox.com, and Malak Chabkoun, independent Middle East researcher and writer.

Apr 11, 2017

 

Under Donald Trump, political comedy has often been more hard hitting than straight news. And it’s not just big-name late night hosts carrying the torch. Comedians across the country are rethinking what comedy means during a Trump administration. Is it still just about being funny? Or is it about resistance?

Host Julio Ricardo Varela leads a discussion on this and more with comics Lalo Alcaraz and Elsa Waithe.

Apr 4, 2017

Judge Neil Gorsuch is facing a likely Democratic filibuster on his way to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch is strong in his belief that the Constitution should be read as it was originally intended – but is it fair to the women and communities of color that were ignored or disenfranchised in the 230-year-old document? And will the filibuster work?

Host Julio Ricardo Varela leads a discussion on this and more with Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University, and Cristian Farías, Legal Affairs Reporter for The Huffington Post.

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