Futuro Media’s In The Thick Hosts Live Show at Three Rivers Community College and ECSU

In The Thick​ travels to Connecticut this month  for two live shows. ​The roundtable podcast is hosted by award-winning journalists, ​Maria Hinojosa​ and ​Julio Ricardo  Varela​, and it covers politics, race and culture from the perspective of people of color (POC). ​ In The Thick ​ has hosted  a number of live shows around the country and world, from Chicago to Mexico City to Los Angeles.  

“Connecticut is undergoing a demographic transformation, with Latinos making up the largest and fastest growing  marginalized group in the state. This will have a serious impact on everything—immigration, education, physical  and mental health care,” stated Futuro Media executive director Erika Dilday, “​ In The Thick ​ travels to Connecticut  to speak with local organizers and professors to deeply analyze how these changes affect all of Connecticut.” 

In Connecticut, they will first travel to Three Rivers Community College in Norwich on Wednesday, October 16 to  host a live show about addiction and mental health in POC communities in Connecticut and nationally. Guests  include ​Kelvin Young​, sound healer and certified recovery coach, ​Kenyatta Thompson​, senior community organizer at  Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice and Taylor Ford, statewide youth and family coordinator with FAVOR, Inc.  This event is free and open to the public. For more details and to RSVP, visit  ittlivefromctmentalhealth.eventbrite.com​. 

On Tuesday, October 22 ​ In The Thick ​ will be at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic to host a  second live show about immigration and the Latino community with an emphasis on undocumented youth  movements. Guests include ​Charles Venator-Santiago​, associate professor with the Department of Political Science  and El Instituto at University of Connecticut and director of the Puerto Rico Citizenship Archives Project and the  Puerto Rico Status Archives Project; ​Kica Matos​, director of the Center on Immigration and Justice at the Vera  Institute of Justice and an attorney; and ​Lucas Codognolla​, executive director of Connecticut Students for a Dream.  This event is free and open to the public. For more details and to RSVP, visit ​ittlivefromctimmigration.eventbrite.com​.  Before the two live shows, digital media director and ​ In The Thick ​ co-host, Julio Ricardo Varela, along with ​ In The Thick​ producer, Nicole Rothwell, will facilitate a podcasting and storytelling workshop for students at each institution.  These workshops are to empower local community members to tell their own community’s stories and equip them  with the foundational audio storytelling skillset to do so. These live tapings of ​ In The Thick ​ and podcast workshops are made possible through support from the Community  Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. 

About In the Thick
Futuro Media’s ​ In The Thick ​ is a twice-weekly roundtable podcast hosted by award-winning journalists, ​Maria  Hinojosa​ and ​Julio Ricardo Varela​, that discusses politics, race and culture from a POC perspective. It is a 2018  Webby honoree and was nominated for a 2017 best interview show by the Webbys. ​ In The Thic k ​ has interviewed  guests like Congresswoman ​Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez​, comedian ​Mohanad Elshieky​, the former president of Planned  Parenthood and co-founder of Supermajority ​Cecile Richards​, activist and co-host of ​ Pod Save The People ​ ​Brittany  Packnett​, and many more.   Subscribe to ​ In The Thick ​ on ​Apple Podcasts​, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. For more information on ​ In The   Thick​ , visit ​inthethick.org​.