Undocumented Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Fought to Tell His Story

“I emailed David Remnick, got him on the phone, and I could instantly tell he had no idea what I was talking about.”

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Episode Notes

This week, host June Thomas talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. In the interview, Jose discusses the origins of a piece he wrote for the New York Times Magazine titled “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” He also talks about his organization, Define American, which aims to influence how immigrants are depicted on TV, in movies, and on the national stage broadly.

After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler talk about which groups are still not represented adequately on TV and in movies.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Jose lists his favorite books about immigration and citizenship.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.


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