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Julio Ricardo Varela

Host of In The Thick
Julio Ricardo Varela is the digital media director for Futuro Media, a frequent contributor to Latino USA, editor at LatinoUSA.org and co-host of the In The Thick Podcast.
Recent episodes featuring Julio Ricardo Varela
Creating a Better World Through Comedy
In The Thick
Maria and Julio are joined by L.A. based comedian, Charla Lauriston to talk about representation, the importance of comedy and the impact of political satire. Originally from Haiti, Charla has written for shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Comedy Central’s Why? W/ Hannibal Buress, and TBS’s The Last OG and she co-hosts the new podcast The Secret Lives of Black Women.      ITT Staff Picks: A review of The Secret Lives of Black Women via The New York Times The 2019 Diversity Report: Women & POC Make Progress But Are Still Largely Underrepresented, via Women and Hollywood Charla Lauriston answers 9 weird questions in a Bustle interview This episode was mixed by Leah Shaw. 
ITT Sound Off: Time To Lawyer Up
In The Thick
In this week's ITT Sound Off, Maria and Julio talk about the results of Tuesday's elections and give an update on the latest with the impeachment proceedings. They also discuss the recent massacre of LeBaron family members in northern Mexico. ITT Staff Picks: What impeachment could mean for the 2020 election, via FiveThirtyEight The Virginia elections show (again) that women are "electable", via Vox How Mexico became home to communities of Mormons, via The Washington Post
LIVE From Connecticut: Immigration 
In The Thick
Maria and Julio travel to Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT for a live show to discuss the state's immigrant and Latinx communities. Connecticut provides many protections to the over 100,000 undocumented immigrants, but the community still faces discrimination. Our ITT hosts are joined by guests Charles Venator-Santiago, associate professor with the Department of Political Science and El Instituto at University of Connecticut; Kica Matos, director of the Center on Immigration and Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice; and Lucas Codognolla, executive director of Connecticut Students for a Dream.   ITT Staff Picks:  Two years after Hurricane Maria: Charles' UConn team examines response to influx of Puerto Rican evacuees, via WNPR Fate of CT’s undocumented youth in hands of U.S. Supreme Court, from The CT Mirror The Immigrant Legal Resource Center's report on local authorities engagement with federal immigration enforcement across the country Thanks to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund who made this live show possible. 
ITT Sound Off: Tiptoe Into the Trump Administration
In The Thick
Maria and Julio discuss a major step on the impeachment front that formalizes the inquiry. They also talk about the class disparities that are at the undercurrent of the wildfires raging in California, and cover the latest in immigration hearings.   ITT Staff Picks: Trump has received a formal invitation to be impeached, via The New York Times Read Brittny Mejia's article about the domestic workers working through the California wildfires, via The Los Angeles Times Listen to the full exchange between Representative Wasserman Schultz and Ken Cuccinelli, from RealClearPolitics  
Power, Sashay Away
In The Thick
Maria and Julio are joined by All-Stars Wajahat Ali, New York Times contributing Op-Ed writer and CNN commentator and Aisha Moodie-Mills, a political strategist and CNN commentator. They talk about the latest in the impeachment proceedings and the 2020 election. But they also discuss international news from the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as a result of the U.S. special forces operation to the various uprisings happening around the world from Lebanon to Chile.    ITT Staff Picks: Why Chile’s protests started with a subway fare hike, co-authored by ITT familia Juan Pablo Garnham for City Lab From The Daily Beast: Baghdadi is dead. The War on Terror will create another. How the GOP is suppressing the student vote, via The New York Times
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5 days, 17 hours