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In The Thick

Journalists 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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ITT Sound Off: Height of Hypocrisy
Maria and Julio talk about the latest in the multiple civil and criminal investigations against former President Donald Trump, including a lawsuit from New York Attorney General Letitia James. They also get into the political stunts by Republican governors, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who promised asylum seekers jobs and housing, but sent them to Martha’s Vineyard with neither. ITT Staff Picks:  Barb McQuade, a law professor, wrote about why the civil lawsuit from New York AG Letitia James could be “the legal action that finally holds the former president accountable,” in this piece for Time magazine.  “For months, Border Patrol and ICE have been releasing immigrants with documents incorrectly listing their future residences as addresses to nonprofits or churches. These immigrants and asylum-seekers, most of them from Venezuela, then show up to random buildings confused and unsure of what to do next,” reports Adolfo Flores in this piece for Buzzfeed News.  To fly migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Gov. Ron DeSantis contracted Vertol Systems, an aviation firm that has donated exclusively to Republican causes in the past, reports Ken Klippenstein in this piece for The Intercept. Photo credit: AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell
21:40 09/23/2022
Puerto Rico Five Years Later
Maria and Julio are joined by Carlos Edill Berríos Polanco, freelance journalist and a contributing writer for Latino Rebels, to discuss Hurricane Fiona’s impact on Puerto Rico and how the island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria five years later. They also talk about the issue of statehood for Puerto Rico, and how artist Bad Bunny is using his platform to raise awareness about corruption on the island.  ITT Staff Picks:  “Puerto Ricans have been forced to be incredibly resilient against a multipronged battering of natural and man-made disasters, but there’s only so much they can take without the necessary resources,” writes Carlos Edill Berríos Polanco, for Latino Rebels.  For The Cut, Bindu Bansinath shares four resources for people who want to help Puerto Rico.  Julio writes about the colonial reality of Puerto Rico and how Bad Bunny is uplifting the island in his latest music video, for MSNBC Opinion.  Photo credit: AP Photo/Alejandro Granadillo
35:03 09/20/2022
The Wheels of Justice
Maria and Julio are joined by Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and associate editor for The Washington Post. They get into the Justice Department’s investigation into former President Trump and what hopes there are for accountability. They also talk about the increase in threats of violence from the far-right and the role of journalists in framing the coverage of Trump’s actions. And, they discuss President Biden’s calls to defend democracy ahead of the midterms. ITT Staff Picks: “In fact, LGBTQ Americans are under political and cultural attack all over the country,” writes Jonathan Capehart in this op-ed for The Washington Post. Jon Allsop writes about the media coverage of President Biden’s prime-time address on the state of U.S. democracy, for the Columbia Journalism Review.  Mark Follman writes about how violent threats have surged since former President Donald Trump claimed the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago was a partisan conspiracy, in this piece for Mother Jones.  Photo credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File
42:12 09/16/2022
A Political Flashpoint
Maria and Julio are joined by Caitlin Dickerson, staff writer for The Atlantic, and Hamed Aleaziz, immigration policy reporter for the LA Times. They unpack immigration policy in the United States, including recent news of the Department of Homeland Security’s roll back of a Trump-era public charge rule. They also discuss how media coverage can impact immigrant communities. ITT Staff Picks: In this investigative piece for The Atlantic, Caitlin Dickerson dives into the history and impact of the former Trump administration’s family separation policy. “Dramas playing out at the border are often the most attention-grabbing signs of immigration enforcement. How immigrants are treated in the interior of the country is less visible but equally telling,” writes Hamed Aleaziz for the Los Angeles Times. Surveillance tactics by the Department of Homeland Security are increasingly being used against U.S. citizens, reports Gaby Del Valle for The Nation. Photo credit: AP Photo/Eugene Garcia, File
42:16 09/14/2022
ITT Sound Off: No Absolute Power
Maria and Julio react to the news of Queen Elizabeth II passing away, and they reflect on the British empire’s legacy of colonialism and imperialism. They also get into the Justice Department’s investigation of former president Donald Trump and his mishandling of classified documents, and they unpack the decades of neglect and disinvestment that contributed to an ongoing water crisis in the predominantly Black city of Jackson, Mississippi. ITT Staff Picks: Candace McDuffie writes about Black Twitter’s response to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in this article for The Root. “This opinion is an affront to anyone who believes that all Americans, whether a pauper or a former president, are subject to the same laws,” writes Ian Millhiser in explaining how Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon’s order could delay a Justice Department investigation in this piece for Vox.  “The entire city of more than 150,000 was without safe drinking water, with no end in sight. Many residents here say they adapted long ago to catastrophic government failure,” Emmanuel Felton writes about the failing water system and ongoing water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi for The Washington Post.  Photo credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool, File
22:45 09/09/2022
Birth Care for Every Body
In this rebroadcast episode from 2021, Maria welcomes Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, a Chicanx midwife and director of the Changing Woman Initiative, and Dr. Rachel Hardeman, a reproductive health equity researcher and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, for a conversation about inequities in birthing healthcare. They discuss how to ground our ideas of parenthood in inclusive frameworks and the path towards reproductive justice. ITT Staff Picks: Elizabeth Weller’s pregnancy turned into a medical nightmare under Texas’ anti-abortion law which went into effect in September 2021. Carrie Feibel talks with Elizabeth about how the law impacted her medical care in this piece for NPR.  “Each year, thousands of people experience unexpected pregnancy complications — cardiovascular issues, hypertension, diabetes — and about 700 die, making pregnancy and childbirth among the leading causes of death for all teenage girls and women 15 to 44 years old,” writes Akilah Johnson in this piece for the Washington Post. “If no abortions were to occur nation-wide maternal mortality rates would increase by 24 percent overall and a staggering 39 percent for Black women,” writes Jessica Washington in this piece for The Root. Photo credit: AP Photo/Darren Hauck This episode originally aired in May 2021.
39:32 09/06/2022
The Achilles Heel of Democracy
In this rebroadcast episode from January, Maria and Julio ring in the new year with Jelani Cobb, staff writer at the New Yorker and dean of the Columbia Journalism School. We listen back to their reflections on the legacy of the Black Lives Matter movement, the attacks on voting rights in the lead-up to the midterm elections, and the state of U.S. democracy. ITT Staff Picks: “Black communities are constantly reminded that while people spoke about their “allyship” for Black Lives Matter, they were not prepared to become accomplices in this fight,” writes Mari Faines in this piece for Inkstick. The Supreme Court recently sided with Black voters who challenged Georgia’s election rules, reports Samira Asma-Sadeque for The Guardian. The American system is dysfunctional and dying, which will most likely lead to a deep democratic breakdown, writes Brian Klaas for The Atlantic. Photo credit: AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File This episode originally aired in January 2022.
36:26 09/02/2022
LIVE From Las Vegas: Covering Latino Communities
It’s ITT’s first live show of 2022! Maria and Julio travel to the NABJ-NAHJ Convention at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada to talk about the complexity of Latino communities and the role of journalists who are reporting on them. They’re joined by Lori Montenegro, Washington D.C. bureau chief for Noticias Telemundo, and Ed O’Keefe, Senior White House & Political Correspondent for CBS News to discuss what is being missed in media coverage of the Latino vote and Latino communities broadly. We also hear from other journalists at the convention about what issues are most important to the communities they cover across the country. ITT Staff Picks: “A main driver of democracy’s decline in the United States is Latinophobia,” writes Jean Guerrero in this opinion piece for the LA Times. For Nieman Lab, Hanaa’ Tameez spoke with 12 journalists in diversity-focused roles about their experiences and the reckoning the news industry still has left to face. After the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, Latinos and Latinas approached abortion access with a new sense of urgency, reports Nicole Acevedo for NBC News. Photo credit: Courtesy of Jesus J. Montero Thank you to the Walton Family Foundation who made this live show possible.
60:11 08/30/2022
ITT Sound Off: Accomplices Not Allies
Julio and guest co-host Renée Graham, opinion columnist at The Boston Globe, discuss the release of the affidavit for the search warrant at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. They also unpack this week’s primaries and President Biden’s announcement of a student loan debt relief plan. And, they get into Louisville Metro Police detective Kelly Goodlett pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge in connection to the police killing of Breonna Taylor. ITT Staff Picks: Lexi McMenamin interviews Maxwell Alejandro Frost, the Democratic nominee for congressional representative of Florida’s 10th district, in this piece for Teen Vogue. Nadra Nittle writes about how women, especially women of color, have high student debt burdens in this piece for 19th news.  “For me, Goodlett’s guilty plea is bittersweet. This case will follow me the rest of my life. I have to live as a witness to Bre’s horrific and tragic death,” writes Kenneth Walker, boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, in this opinion piece for The Washington Post.  Photo credit: AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File
21:09 08/26/2022
What About Electoral Power?
In this special collaboration with Latino USA, Maria and Julio are joined by Sonja Diaz, founding director of the Latino Policy & Politics Institute at UCLA, and Jazmine Ulloa, national politics reporter for the New York Times, to talk about the complexity of Latino voters ahead of the midterm elections. They get into what they are hearing from voters on the ground, and the key races we should be keeping an eye on. ITT Staff Picks: Suzanne Gamboa writes about the “erosion of Latino voter support” for Republicans following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, for NBC Latino. In this piece for The Atlantic, Ronald Brownstein examines whether we’re seeing a lasting realignment of Latinos toward the Republican Party. “But what is most striking is that Ms. Flores won by shunning moderates, embracing the far right and wearing her support for Donald J. Trump on her sleeve — more Marjorie Taylor Greene than Kay Bailey Hutchison,” writes Jennifer Medina in this piece for The New York Times.  Photo credit: AP Photo/Eric Gray, File
40:35 08/23/2022
ITT Sound Off: Not in Your Corner
Julio and guest co-host Renée Graham, opinion columnist at The Boston Globe, get into the latest CDC guidance and the investigations into former President Donald Trump, including the FBI’s search at Mar-a-Lago and the investigation into 2020 election interference in Georgia. They also recap this week’s primaries, from Representative Liz Cheney’s loss in Wyoming to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s run for Congress. This episode was mixed by Rosana Cabán. ITT Staff Picks: “By some estimates, roughly three-quarters of the country harbors at least some immunity to recent variants. But those tools and others remain disproportionately available to the socioeconomically privileged,” writes Katherine J. Wu about the coronavirus pandemic’s “soft closing” in this piece for The Atlantic. “Nobody from Trump to Tucker would be able to threaten American democracy without the willingness of white conservative voters to trash everything to keep themselves in power,” writes Elie Mystal, justice correspondent for The Nation in this piece.  Aaron Rupar and Noah Berlatsky write about how Trump is an ongoing danger and will continue to commit crimes if he is not held accountable, in this piece for Public Notice. Photo credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File
21:59 08/19/2022
FBI Chronicles With Trump
Julio and guest co-host Terrell Jermaine Starr, journalist and host of the Black Diplomats podcast, are joined by Imani Gandy, senior editor for the Rewire News Group and co-host of the podcast Boom! Lawyered, and Nathalie Baptiste, senior reporter at HuffPost, and they get real. They discuss the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, and the spike in threats of violence toward law enforcement officials. They also get into the latest with abortion access. ITT Staff Picks: “It’s time for MAGA adherents, who seem unmoved by the threat they pose to democracy, to consider the threat they pose to themselves,” writes Frank Figliuzzi for MSNBC Opinion. For the Rewire News Group, Imani Gandy writes about the devastating consequences of our post-Roe reality, including doctors waiting until pregnant people are on the brink of death before helping them. Trans folks have largely been left out of the conversation after the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, but they’ll be among the most directly affected, reports Hallie Lieberman for Buzzfeed News. Photo credit: AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura
34:12 08/16/2022
ITT Sound Off: A White Man’s Diary
Maria and guest co-host Terrell Jermaine Starr, journalist and host of the Black Diplomats podcast, discuss the investigation into former President Donald Trump, including the FBI’s search at his Mar-a-Lago home and some of the mainstream media coverage on the raid. They also get into the Biden administration’s announcement that they are ending the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols, or Remain in Mexico, policy.   This episode was mixed by Rosana Cabán. ITT Staff Picks: “Garland’s address was succinct, to the point, and did what needed to be done before he left the stage,” writes Hayes Brown in this opinion piece for MSNBC. “The Post’s decision to privilege Republican lies and false accusations of the supposed politicization of the DOJ also undermines other reporting from the same newspaper,” writes Eric Kleefeld for Media Matters. For BuzFeed News, Adolfo Flores reports on the Biden Administration’s plan to wind down the “Remain in Mexico” policy and the devastating impact it has had on migrants and refugees. Photo credit: AP Photo/Jon Elswick
22:33 08/12/2022
Cross-Racial Solidarity
Maria and Julio talk with Heather McGhee, activist, author and host of the new podcast “The Sum of Us,” produced by Higher Ground and Futuro Studios. They get into Heather’s journey covering multiracial solidarity movements across the United States. They also talk about the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, and the results of Kansas’ ballot initiative on abortion rights. ITT Staff Picks: Ellen Ioanes breaks down how the Inflation Reduction Act will help Americans, for Vox. Rolling Stone spoke with organizer Ashley All on how the pro-abortion movement won in Kansas, and how to carry that momentum to other states. Decades of research show that Black and brown communities are on the front lines of environmental harms, writes Alejandra Borunda for National Geographic. Photo courtesy of Futuro Studios
36:37 08/09/2022
Feeding the Climate Monster
In this rebroadcast episode from 2021, Maria and Julio are joined by Kendra Pierre-Louis, climate reporter with Gimlet, and Dallas Goldtooth, organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. They discuss how communities of color are the most impacted by climate disasters globally, and also how they are at the forefront of pushing for climate justice. ITT Staff Picks: To combat this summer’s heat wave and protect civilians, Congress could pass policy to stop utility shutoffs even if a customer has missed a payment, reports Rebecca Leber for Vox. For Truthout, Leanna First-Arai reports about the bridge between racial justice, climate justice and the labor movement. “Record-breaking temperatures can quickly become a health risk for the largely Black and Brown incarcerated population, particularly in the South,” reports Trone Dowd for VICE. Photo credit: AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File This episode originally aired in September 2021.
39:03 08/05/2022
White Supremacy Unchecked
Julio and guest co-host Harsha Nahata, producer for In The Thick, are joined by Anoa Changa, a southern-based movement journalist for NewsOne, and Karen Attiah, columnist for The Washington Post. They hear from Maria on her reporting out of North Dakota and discuss multiracial organizing ahead of the midterms. They also get into the harmful narratives around immigration, and how the climate crisis is having a deadly impact in Kentucky. ITT Staff Picks: For Scalawag Magazine, Anoa Changa interviewed the young organizers behind Mississippi Votes about their work in mobilizing the community. “The hardest hit areas of eastern Kentucky received between 8 and 10 1/2 inches of rain over 48 hours, and the degradation of the land wrought by coal mining might have altered the landscape enough to help push rivers and creeks to crest at record levels,” via Associated Press in Politico. “We live in a culture that sees rest as weakness and working as strength. And our country’s public health will continue to suffer for it,” writes Karen Attiah for The Washington Post. Photo credit: AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File
35:15 08/02/2022
ITT Sound Off: The Fatigue Is Real
Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, managing editor at BuzzFeed News, unpack the Monkeypox virus and its impact on the LGBTQ+ community. They also get into the latest on the Justice Department’s investigation into January 6, and the upcoming Black Panther sequel, Wakanda Forever.  ITT Staff Picks: There is widespread fear and anxiety about the Monkeypox virus among gay and bisexual men, a community which has been hit the hardest, reports Liam Stack for The New York Times.  In this piece for Politico, Betsy Woodruff Swan, Kyle Cheney and Josh Gerstein write about the growing list of criminal and civil investigations aimed at former President Trump for his role in trying to overturn the 2020 election, and in the violence at the Capitol on January 6th.  César Delgado writes about the Mesoamerican and Indigenous influences in Wakanda Forever, the sequel to Black Panther, in this piece for Latino Rebels. Photo credit: Oliver Contreras/Pool via AP
20:35 07/29/2022
The Party/Voter Disconnect
Julio is joined by Wajahat Ali, Daily Beast columnist, author and co-host of the podcast Democracy-ISH, and Christian Paz, senior politics reporter at Vox. They get into the midterms and what both parties are doing to rally voters. They also talk about January 6 and the ongoing investigations into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. And, they talk about the record-breaking heat waves around the world, and the devastating impacts of the climate crisis. ITT Staff Picks: “Finally, the modern right-wing movement can never apologize, own up to its mistakes, or back down. Humility, grace, and decency are perceived by the base as signs of weakness. Instead, they ratchet up the lie, amp up the terror, and add more villains,” writes Wajahat Ali in this piece for The Daily Beast.  “Chen isn’t like other Republicans running in races around the country this year. His experience has been firmly in the party’s moderate establishment, television punditry, and, more recently, academia,” writes Christian Paz in this piece for Vox. Joan Greve writes about how even though some Republicans are more open to engaging on climate policy, their proposals are not meeting the urgency of the moment, in this piece for Mother Jones.  Photo credit: AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell
42:30 07/26/2022
ITT Sound Off: Attempted Coup
Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, managing editor at BuzzFeed News, talk about the final January 6 hearing of the summer, the bills passed in the House to protect same-sex marriage and the right to contraception, and the recent racist attacks against South Texas Representative Mayra Flores. This episode was mixed by Rosana Cabán. ITT Staff Picks: Trump’s “idleness, the committee sought to prove, should not be confused with ineffectiveness. It was complicity,” writes Jim Newell in his breakdown of the final January 6 hearing of the summer, for Slate. Orion Rummler reports for The 19th on how the Respect for Marriage Act would protect same-sex marriage if the landmark Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges is overturned. “It’s time for Democrats and so-called liberals to stop being smug when it comes to Latino voters and instead start earning the respect,” writes Julio in this opinion piece for MSNBC about the racist attacks against Rep. Mayra Flores. Photo credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File
18:49 07/22/2022
The Outrage Continues
Julio is joined by Errin Haines, editor at large for The 19th, and Elie Mystal, justice correspondent and columnist for The Nation. They discuss the Supreme Court and the impact of their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. They also get into a new Texas House Committee report, which found systemic failures in law enforcement’s response to the mass shooting in Uvalde. And, they unpack the January 6th hearings.  This episode was mixed by Rosana Cabán.  ITT Staff Picks: For The 19th, Shefali Luthra reports about how states that still protect abortion after Roe v. Wade was overturned have seen a massive spike in people out of state seeking care.  The gunman responsible for the mass shooting in Uvalde had already shown troubling signs, including earning the nickname “school shooter,” reports Perla Trevizo for The Texas Tribune and ProPublica.  “Even if investigations into Trump and his inner circle are expanded…the momentous decision about whether to charge Trump with a crime is months away, if not longer,” report Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney, for Politico.  Photo credit: Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File
39:00 07/19/2022
ITT Sound Off: A Messy Mideast Trip
Maria and guest co-host Jamilah King, managing editor at BuzzFeed News, discuss President Biden’s trip to the Middle East, including his visit to Israel and his meeting in Saudi Arabia with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They also get into the latest January 6th hearing, and the recent protests in Uvalde, Texas.  This episode was mixed by Rosana Cabán. ITT Staff Picks: “Rather than announcing any major initiatives, Biden, who is on a four-day trip to Israel, the occupied West Bank, and Saudi Arabia, seems more like he is headed into the region in search of an exit from it,” writes Murtaza Hussain for The Intercept.   The seventh January 6th hearing focused on confirming that former President Donald Trump was at the center of the attempted coup, writes John Nichols for The Nation.  Al Tompkins reports on why KVUE and the Austin-American Statesman decided to release video footage of law enforcement’s response to the mass shootings in Uvalde, for Poynter. Photo credit: Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP
18:34 07/15/2022
The Politics of COVID-19
In this special collaboration with Latino USA, Maria and Julio are joined by Carlos Odio, co-founder of EquisLabs, and Tanzina Vega, award-winning journalist, to talk about the lasting impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on Latino communities across the United States ahead of the 2022 midterms. They get into the immense losses experienced by Black, Indigenous, and Latino communities from COVID-19, and reflect on how the pandemic’s impact on the economy could affect voter turnout. ITT Staff Picks: A new medical journal study found that life expectancy for California’s Latinos fell six years, more than other populations during the pandemic, reports Jeanne Kuang for CalMatters. David Byler answers the question, “if Democrats fail to make up ground — or lose more — with Latino voters, where would it hurt most?” in this opinion piece for the Washington Post. Democrats should be worried about losing Latino support—and not just in the obvious places, writes Geraldo Cadava, in this piece for the Atlantic. Photo credit: AP Photo/Eduardo Muñoz Alvarez, File
38:41 07/12/2022
ITT Sound Off: Institutional Trauma
Maria and Julio reflect on the mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, that killed at least seven people. They also get into the police killing of 25-year-old Jayland Walker, in Akron, Ohio. And, they remember the 53 migrants who died after a tractor-trailer crash in San Antonio, Texas. This episode was mixed by Rosana Cabán. ITT Staff Picks: “I was sure that pundits, writers, the media and our political leaders would note that many of the parade attendees came from the neighboring Latino community, that the population of Highland Park itself is half Jewish…But that’s not what I saw,” writes Elad Nehorai, who grew up in Highland Park, in this piece for Forward. In this piece for The New Republic, Maya Wiley writes about the difference in media narratives and police response toward Jayland Walker compared to the 21-year-old Highland Park shooter. Kimberly Rocío López writes about how the Guatemalan village of Tzucubal is mourning two of their children, Pascual Melvin Guachiac Sipac, age 13, and Juan Wilmer Tulul Tepaz, age 14, who died in a tractor-trailer crash in San Antonio, Texas in this piece for Plaza Pública. Photo credit: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh
22:25 07/08/2022
Rejecting Assimilation
Maria and Julio are joined by Julissa Arce, immigration rights advocate and author of the new book “You Sound Like A White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation.” They discuss the issues of assimilation in the United States and the complexities of Latino identity. They also get into the history of racism against Latinos in this country, and why it’s important to learn that history. This episode was mixed by Leah Shaw Dameron. ITT Staff Picks: “Sounding like a gringa didn’t make me American, and it didn’t give me the privileges of one,” writes Julissa in this published excerpt of her book, in Literary Hub. For The 74, Jo Napolitano writes about the policies and rhetoric by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that target undocumented folks, and what this means in light of the recent mass shooting in Uvalde. The spectrum of skin tones within the Latino community can affect how they are treated in the United States, even by other Latinos, reports Rachel Hatzipanagos for the Washington Post. Photo credit: Aly Honore
31:46 07/05/2022
A Pivotal Moment in American Labor
Maria and Julio are joined by Kim Kelly, author and labor journalist, to talk about her new book, "Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor". They get into the history of labor organizing in the United States and how women of color and Black and brown workers have been at the forefront of these movements. They talk about the current labor movement in the U.S. and the multiple strikes and efforts to unionize across industries, including Kim’s personal experience with unions in media companies. ITT Staff Picks: In this piece for the Washington Post, Rebecca Tan writes about how young LGBTQ workers have been taking a leadership role in unionizing Starbucks stores across the country. “In the new environment, businesses facing worker uprisings are attempting to co-opt the language of social justice movements and embrace trends around self-growth and positive lifestyles to counter demands for unionization,” writes Lee Fang in this piece for The Intercept.  Sharon Zhang reports about Chipotle workers’ efforts to form the company’s first-ever union at a branch in August, Maine, in this piece for Truthout.  Photo credit: AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez
37:07 07/01/2022
A Post-Roe Reality
Maria and Julio are joined by Kimberly Atkins Stohr, senior opinion writer for The Boston Globe and The Emancipator, and Jessica Mason Pieklo, senior vice president of Rewire News Group and co-host of the podcast Boom! Lawyered. They unpack the Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade and how this will affect people throughout the country. They also get into other recent decisions and discuss how Democrats should be responding.  ITT Staff Picks: In their latest episode of Boom! Lawyered, co-hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy react to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. For The Boston Globe, writer Kimberly Atkins Stohr unpacks Justice Stephen Breyer’s dissenting opinion to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down New York’s concealed carry law. “The Supreme Court made this decision today and, unfortunately, your geographical location affects your autonomy,” the administrator of one Texas abortion clinic said she told waiting patients, in this piece by Chabeli Carrazana for The 19th. Photo credit: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File
38:55 06/28/2022
ITT Sound Off: Havoc on Our Democracy
Maria and guest co-host Christina Greer, political scientist, professor at Fordham University and co-host of the FAQ NYC podcast, talk about the latest on the House Committee’s January 6 hearings. They also discuss new details on the law enforcement’s response to the mass shooting in Uvalde. Plus, Maria shares her thoughts on the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. ITT Staff Picks: For The 19th, reporter Shefali Luthra explains how the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will impact abortion rights around the country. Witnesses at the January 6th hearings are testifying about what it’s like to be targeted by Trump’s machine of hate-mongering and harassment, writes Evan Osnos for The New Yorker. “Now, after a long procession of funerals, the collective grief here is turning into collective rage,” write Silvia Foster-Frau and Teo Armus in this piece on a group of mothers and activists in Uvalde, for The Washington Post Photo credit: AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe
25:15 06/24/2022
Raising Antiracist Leaders
Maria and Julio are joined by Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, for a conversation about his new book “How to Raise an Antiracist.” They discuss the evolution of his antiracist scholarship, the rise in mass shootings and white supremacist attacks, and how Black and brown communities can work together in solidarity. This episode was mixed by Rosana Cabán. ITT Staff Picks: Jaden Edison writes about how descendants of formerly enslaved people are using the Juneteenth holiday to educate younger generations, in this article for the Texas Tribune.  “As Americans celebrate Juneteenth this year, it is difficult not to wonder how much more free — truly free — Black Americans are today than they were on Juneteenth 1922, or even Juneteenth 1865,” writes Sean Collins in this article for Vox.  Nicole Carr investigates how a Black public school educator was targeted by white parents in Georgia in this collaboration from ProPublica and Frontline. Photo credit: Stephen Voss
32:21 06/21/2022
ITT Sound Off: Obvious Criminality
Maria and Julio discuss the latest House committee hearing on the January 6 attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol. They also get into a commemorative coin that’s been circulating, which shows Border Patrol agents chasing Haitian migrants on horseback, and they reflect on the 10 year anniversary of DACA. Finally, they unpack the special election in South Texas, where Republican Mayra Flores won the congressional seat. ITT Staff Picks: “If the coins are connected to Border Patrol agents, they could become the latest example of what immigrant advocates have said is a prevalence of offensive humor within the ranks, after Facebook posts making fun of dead migrants and lawmakers surfaced in 2019,” reports Hamed Aleaziz for the LA Times. Rommel H. Ojeda at Documented spoke to Dreamers who share that they are in a state of anxiety because of DACA’s uncertainty, and that the program is not enough. Mayra Flores’ win in South Texas’ 34th congressional district shows how Republicans have been working to flip the region, reports Patrick Svitek for The Texas Tribune. Photo credit: AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File
20:48 06/17/2022
The American Myth
Maria and Julio are joined by Josiah Neville Bates, staff writer at TIME, and Gisela Pérez de Acha, an investigative reporter with UC Berkeley who focuses on extremism, to unpack the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. They talk about what a meaningful response might look like, the nuances of gun control legislation in Black and brown communities, and the intersection of policing and gun violence. Plus, we hear from Meg Juarez, whose father Luis Juarez was killed in the El Paso mass shooting in 2016, and Gregory Jackson Jr., a gun violence survivor and executive director of the Community Justice Action Fund. This episode was mixed by Rosana Cabán. ITT Staff Picks: “When people of color are involved in acts of gun violence, the assumption is we are to blame. We are living in the wrong neighborhood, or the violence was the result of criminal activity. However, it is our communities that are most affected and harmed by these tragedies,” writes Gregory Jackson Jr. in this piece for The Guardian. For The 19th, reporter Nadra Nittle chronicles the efforts of young women activists of color, who have become major leaders in the fight against gun violence. In his latest piece for TIME, Josiah Neville Bates writes about 11-year-old Miah Cerrillo’s testimony before Congress after surviving the shooting at Robb elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Photo credit: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncell
39:09 06/14/2022