In The Thick

Futuro Media and PRX

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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Our Editor's Take

The In The Thick podcast is a public radio podcast that wants to make a difference. Award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela produce and host the show. They cover the stories "that are missing from the mainstream news." The two travel far and wide, speaking with those affected and marginalized. From current events to diverse perspectives on news and issues, listeners stay informed. The hosts interview activists, journalists, and thought leaders on race, politics, and culture. The pair's real talk afterward enlightens even more.

In The Thick explores issues such as immigration and identity. The hosts address difficult issues like gun violence from the victims' perspective. The podcast covers stories from all parts of the country and worldwide events. The hosts challenge traditional narratives with fresh perspectives, analysis, and commentary. They offer a platform for those without. Fans find the podcast thought-provoking and laud it as an agent of change.

Podcast cohost Hinojosa and Varela team up to explore a wide variety of issues. One episode discusses Black and Asian solidarity in the US. The hosts interview thought leaders on race and identity. They study allyship in those communities, historical and present. Another podcast episode examined diversity within the Latino community. Topics include the Indigenous experience and the value of cultural diversity. A top-rated episode explored how climate change impacts marginalized communities more than others.

Listeners laud the depth the podcast offers over mainstream news. The hosts commented on the first anniversary of the Uvalde Texas school shooting. They discussed their interview with the only responding Uvalde pediatrician. Hinojosa talked about the people she met while helping make a documentary on the tragedy. She shared stories of a child survivor whose family she befriended. Like all episodes, In The Thick again went beyond basic coverage. The podcast further offered victims and families a platform for change.

In The Thick airs once a week. Episodes are usually around 45-60 minutes in length. The podcast began in 2016, so listeners can enjoy a backlog of enlightening episodes.

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