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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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Jul 27, 2016

Weeks ago, no one could have predicted such intrigue at the Democratic National Convention. But beyond Wikileaks and the strident support for Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton faces a skeptical public whose enthusiasm for her is in question. Maria Hinojosa takes the show to the DNC in Philadelphia for a lively conversation with Jamil Smith, Senior National Correspondent at MTV News, Michele Jawando, Vice President for Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.

Jul 20, 2016

This week, In The Thick is in Cleveland covering the 2016 Republican National Convention. How do prominent conservative Latinos feel about Trump as their nominee? What can Trump do to gain their full support? And what does the future hold for the GOP's relationship with communities of color? Maria Hinojosa speaks with Daniel Garza, Executive Director of the Libre Initiative, Bettina Inclán, a Republican consultant and the former Director for Hispanic Outreach at the Republican National Committee, Jamil Smith, Senior National Correspondent at MTV News, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor for the Futuro Media Group.

Jul 13, 2016

With the recent tragedies in Baton Rogue, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, the topic of race and policing has dominated the national dialogue. Are we asking too much of police? Can we move forward to create more trust between police and communities of color? And will Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton impact progress on police reform? Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Tracey Meares, Professor at Yale Law School and former member of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Terrell Jermaine Starr, National Political Correspondent for Fusion, and Zak Cheney Rice, Senior Staff Writer at Mic.

Jul 6, 2016

 

With a nod to punk rockers The Clash, the question of 'who should stay and who should go' was at the heart of two decisions at the end of the U.S. Supreme Court session. Who should stay in the America and who should go to college were behind rulings on immigration and affirmative action. Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Debo Adegbile, lawyer and former Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, professor at the University of Texas Center for Mexican American and Latino Studies, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor for the Futuro Media Group.

Jun 29, 2016

 

Politicians often talk about race when it serves their agendas. Recently the racial spotlight has been on police departments, especially in Baltimore and Oakland, where events have damaged trust in both forces. Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion from the Aspen Ideas Festival with former Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor and DeRay Mckesson, activist, co-creator of Campaign Zero and a prominent member of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jun 22, 2016

This election renews the question of what it means to be an American. How should we define fundamental American values in light of the Orlando murders, the debate over gun rights, and politicians stoking our worst fears? Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Wajahat Ali, attorney, playwright and commentator, Verónica Bayetti Flores, freelance writer, and co-host of Radio Menea, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor for the Futuro Media Group.

Jun 15, 2016

Many were Latinos, Latinas, and members of the LGBTQ community. But in the initial days after the Orlando terror attack, more attention was given to the potential tie to ISIS than to the victims' intersectional identities. Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Verónica Bayetti Flores, freelance writer and co-host of Radio Menea, Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.

Jun 8, 2016

This week Hillary Clinton crosses a finish line that not all Democrats feel she’s reached, while Donald Trump crosses a different line that is challenging Republican support. Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Jason Johnson, Politics Editor for The Root and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.

Jun 1, 2016

Latino support for Republicans Presidential candidates has been steadily falling, slipping from 40% support in 2004 to 27% in 2012. But could conservative Latinos stop this decline and help Donald Trump win? Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Daniel Garza, Executive Director of the Libre Initiative, Angela Maria Kelley, Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.

May 25, 2016

In 1992, George Bush won the Asian-American vote by 24%, but in 2008, Barack Obama won it by 47%. With the potential to help both parties, why are these voters largely being ignored this election year? Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group, leads a discussion with Boston City Council President Michelle Wu, and Jeff Yang, featured contributor at CNN.

May 18, 2016

Bernie Sanders’s surprising string of success raises questions of Hillary Clinton’s vulnerability now and in November. Listen in as Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group, leads a discussion with Daniella Gibbs Léger, Senior Vice President for Communications and Strategy at the Center for American Progress and Tarini Parti, Capitol Hill Reporter for BuzzFeed News.

May 11, 2016

The passion behind each Presidential campaign ranges from the revolution of Bernie Sanders to the populism of Donald Trump to the prospect of the first woman President in Hillary Clinton. But is there a way for one campaign to break through? Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Tara Houska, Native American Advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, Jason Johnson, Politics Editor for The Root, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.

May 4, 2016

A funny thing happened on the road to the nomination for President: Donald Trump became the new brand of the Republican Party. Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with independent journalist Wajahat Ali, Amanda Terkel, Senior Political Reporter for the Huffington Post, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group. 

Apr 27, 2016

Personality has always played a role in politics, but this year the frontrunners have two distinct character traits. Donald Trump has connected with voters through his passion while Hillary Clinton has succeeded through her pragmatism. Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Liz Llorente, Politics Editor/Senior Reporter for Fox News Latino; Darren Sands, Political Reporter for BuzzFeed News; and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.

Apr 20, 2016

The New York presidential primary resulted in lopsided victories for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But questions remain over disenfranchised voters and rules that prevented millions from casting a ballot. Join Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group, as he dissects the election with Basil Smikle, Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party and Hadas Gold, Media Reporter for Politico.

Apr 15, 2016

Surprise! We’ve got a special post-debate mini-episode for you. We sent our producer Noam Hassenfeld to the Democratic debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yards, and he’s here to tell us about his experience. Noam and guest host Julio Ricardo Varela recap the debate, highlighting several important moments, including Clinton’s reliance on Obama, the candidates’ foreign policies, and the lack of discussion of communities of color.

Apr 13, 2016

Bernie Sanders has won 7 of the last 8 contests. So on the eve of the New York primary, has the media been slow in changing its narrative that Hillary Clinton has the nomination all wrapped up? Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Adrian Carrasquillo, Political Reporter and Editor of Latino coverage for BuzzFeed News; Jane Coaston, Political Reporter for MTV News; and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.

Apr 6, 2016

Republican Ted Cruz is riding a wave after his resounding victory in the Wisconsin Primary. But in order to appeal to his base of supporters, has Cruz been downplaying his Latino heritage? Maria Hinojosa leads a discussion with Bettina Inclán, political strategist and former Director of Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee, Tim Mak, Senior Correspondent for The Daily Beast, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Political Editor with the Futuro Media Group.

Mar 30, 2016

Bernie Sanders is riding a wave of momentum after sweeping three contests. Is there an unspoken swing vote —young people of color— behind Sanders' success? Futuro Media Group’s Julio Ricardo Varela leads a lively discussion with Boston Globe editorial writer Marcela García and Basil Smikle, Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party.

Mar 23, 2016

The Presidential campaigns compete with big world events: the terrorist attacks in Brussels and President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. 

Futuro Media Group’s Julio Ricardo Varela leads a lively discussion with NBC Latino’s Suzanne Gamboa and independent journalist Wajahat Ali.

Mar 16, 2016

At what point is the political media's coverage of the Donald Trump campaign unbiased? Should Cokie Roberts' stance about objectivity be taken into consideration during this political season, where anti-Mexican and anti-Muslim rhetoric has reached levels no one expected? Host Maria Hinojosa leads the discussion with political writer and columnist Wajahat Ali, Hadas Gold of POLITICO and Julio Ricardo Varela of the Futuro Media Group.

Mar 2, 2016
The Super Tuesday results are in and the clear winners are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. What else came out of Super Tuesday? Trump's position on Planned Parenthood, Marco Rubio wins a participation trophy and Bernie Sanders may not actually be that far behind. Listen to host Maria Hinojosa talk Super Tuesday with Amanda Terkel, senior political reporter for Huffington Post, Darren Sands, political reporter for BuzzFeed News, and Julio Ricardo Varela, political editor at the Futuro Media Group.
Feb 24, 2016
This week on In The Thick, Maria Hinojosa is joined by Basil Smikle, Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party, Tarini Parti, BuzzFeed reporter covering Capitol Hill, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Futuro Media Group's resident political editor. Listen to their predictions on Party nominations, VP selections and the Latino Vote in advance of Super Tuesday. We get our guests to speculate on whether the vote will be Trump versus Hillary in November and what strategies they'd use if they were in charge.
Feb 11, 2016

It's the day after the New Hampshire primary. What will happen now? Joining Maria Hinojosa are Suzanne Gamboa of NBC News, Izzy Ortega of Opportunity Lives and Julio Ricardo Varela of Futuro Media Group.

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