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In the Thick LIVE: A Podcast about Politics from a POC Perspective

This show is SOLD OUT! You may join the waitlist and we will notify you if a ticket becomes available.

Boston’s Latino community makes up 20% of the population and almost half of the city’s public school students. When the city was economically stagnant two decades ago, they were a key driving force to a new wave of economic growth. But have Boston’s Latinos “arrived” or do they continue to live in “another Boston” that keeps them separate from the rest of the city?

In this live recording of the award-winning In the Thick podcast, hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela will lead a lively conversation with Marcela García of the Boston Globe and Betty Francisco, the founder of FitNation Ventures and Latina Circle.


Please join In The Thick and our parent organization Futuro Media before the event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for a reception across the street at the Bus Stop Pub (252 Western Ave.) - we will be announcing some very exciting news!


There are two tickets available: 

  • $15 for the live show only
  • $30 for the pre-show reception and live show

Buy your tickets today! Seating is limited, so we expect them to sell out quickly.


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As Digital Media Director for Futuro Media, Julio (Julito) Ricardo Varela works with all of Futuro’s shows and is a key voice is shaping the company’s digital vision. He is also a frequent contributor to Latino USA,, editor of and co-host (with Maria Hinojosa) of In The Thick.

Before joining Futuro, Julio was digital producer for Al Jazeera America’s “The Stream” and his work has been featured in many global outlets, including the Guardian, ESPN, the New York Times, Quartz, Le Monde, WGBH, WNYC, Face the Nation, MSNBC, Fusion, Univision and Telemundo. He has made numerous national TV appearances for Latino USA and Futuro. A native of Puerto Rico, Julio spent his childhood between San Juan and the Bronx. He was also a contributing reporter at The Boston Globe. Julio graduated cum laude from Harvard College.


As a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, Maria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. To that end, in 2010, she created the Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit organization based in Harlem, NYC with the mission to create multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world. As the Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR, as well as Co-Host of In The Thick, Futuro Media’s new political podcast, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. Hinojosa is also Anchor and Executive Producer of the PBS show America By The Numbers, the first national television series to examine our country’s dramatic demographic shifts, and Humanizing America, a digital video series that deconstructs stereotypes about the American electorate. Hinojosa is also a new contributor to the long running award-winning news program CBS Sunday Morning, and is a frequent guest on MSNBC. 

Hinojosa’s nearly 30-year career as an award-winning journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and anchoring the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. She is the author of two books and has won dozens of awards, including: four Emmys, the John Chancellor Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award. Hinojosa was the first Latina to anchor a PBS FRONTLINE report: “Lost in Detention” which aired in October 2011, explored abuse at immigrant detention facilities, garnering attention from Capitol Hill as well as both the mainstream and Spanish-language media.