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11: MARIA HINOJOSA | Reporting with Heart & Authenticity

For 25 years, MARIA HINOJOSA has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. She was the first Latina ever hired by CNN and NPR in the 1980s, and she’s been blazing a trail of authentic humanizing storytelling about the most vulnerable communities in our country throughout her career.

Maria launched The Futuro Media Group in 2010 with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism that gives voice to the voiceless by telling stories that are overlooked or under reported by traditional media. She has been covering the issues of identity, immigration, gangs, and family separations at the border for the past decade.

As the anchor and executive producer of the long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA, and as anchor of the Emmy Award-winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza, she has informed millions of Americans about the fastest growing group in our country.

In this conversation, Maria shares her journey to journalism and her identity, how she evolved from reporter/storyteller to game-changing media company CEO, the current media landscape especially when it comes to Latinos and immigrants more broadly, and what new possibilities she sees coming out of this crisis moment in our history.

8: MANAR WAHEED | People, Power & People Power

MANAR WAHEED has spent her adult life fighting for the most vulnerable among us – survivors of violence, immigrants, Muslims, undocumented Americans, and now she’s fighting for ALL of us.

As Legislative & Advocacy Counsel of ACLU National, Manar is literally on the front lines of challenging Donald Trump’s ongoing destruction of our federal government, and Constitutional rights and protections. Her journey is one focused on protecting people, building power and harnessing people power to meet this moment.

In this conversation, Manar shares some incredible stories and powerful learnings from her time:

  • growing up in Texarkana, TX as the child of immigrants who came from humble beginnings in Pakistan
  • working with domestic violence survivors through undergrad, law school, and the beginning of her legal career
  • advocating with the government and in local communities for the rights of South Asians in America in the aftermath of 9/11
  • serving in the Obama White House Domestic Policy Council where she helped develop and implement President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and helped dismantle a national Muslim registry program created after 9/11
  • joining the de facto leader of the resistance to the Trump administration, the ACLU

Since election day, the ACLU has been mounting some of the most prominent legal challenges to the Trump administration. They’re fighting hard on more than 60 critical issues threatening fundamental rights, and they’ve scored a string of major victories.

For 98 years, the ACLU has defended our Constitution in the courts. Now, they’re coupling that legal power with People Power — and taking their fight to the streets with grassroots action to resist the Trump administration’s assault on our communities.

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6: HASAN MINHAJ | Comedy = Medicine for Thinking

HASAN MINHAJ is one of the biggest Muslim pioneers of American pop culture in the past decade.

From his scathing sketches on “The Daily Show” to his biting, on-point critiques of media and Hollywood at the 2016 Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner & 2017 the White House Correspondents Dinner to his upcoming weekly Netflix late night show, Hasan is becoming a household name with his hilarious, ultra-informed comedy that is both political and personal. Plus, his incredible Netflix special “Homecoming King” just won a Peabody Award, which recognizes excellence in storytelling.

In this conversation, we get personal as he traces his comedy steps, examine the palpable shift in Hollywood’s appetite for Muslims since Trump took office and do some predicting about what’s coming next.

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5: AMANDA LITMAN | Run for Something, Do it Local

As the head of email marketing director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, AMANDA LITMAN had every right to shut down and unplug after her candidate’s shocking loss to Donald Trump. But instead, just three months later on Inauguration Day, she helped launch an organization called Run for Something, to encourage and support millennials to run for state and local office.

Since then, over 17,000 millennials have signed up. In 2017, Run for Something endorsed 72 first-time candidates in 14 states — and 35 won. In the first few rounds of primaries which have taken place so far, more than a dozen Run for Something candidates have advanced to the general election in November. Plus, their endorsed candidates are nearly half women and/or people of color, and are poised to change the face of public service as we know it.

In this conversation, Edina and Amanda talk about her journey, working for the Obama and Clinton campaigns, what she’s learning about the new candidates and new voters of America, and her predictions for the election season ahead.

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