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News Beat

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A social justice podcast combining hard-hitting journalism and interviews with hip-hop music and original lyrics from independent artists. Each episode delves into an important issue with an alternative take to widely accepted narratives, arming listeners with knowledge and insight they won't hear f… read more

100 Episodes | 2017 - 2022

GOP Election Crime Hysteria & Larry Krasner Impeachment

November 17th, 2022


Republicans, who have long used crime to win elections, are now determined to remove democratically elected progressive prosecutors from office. …

Exposed: The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Big Lie (Part Two)

September 28th, 2022


In a follow up to our “Big Lie” episode, we report on the congressional hearings on fossil fuel disinformation that you likely didn’t see in the …

Climate Propaganda: The Fossil Fuel Industry's Big Lie

September 8th, 2022


What did the fossil fuel industry know about climate change and when did it know it?

Turns out, these giant corporations were aware of the harmful …

MMIWG2S: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls & Two-Spirit People

August 13th, 2022


Bernadette Smith scours the depths of the Red River in Manitoba for her missing sister and other women and children murdered and dumped in its murky waters. Duana Johnson comforts families of those who’ve vanished from …

Ukraine War: Proxies, Profits & Propaganda

July 21st, 2022


Ukraine is at the center of a proxy war between decades-long rivals and two competing economic systems, and opportunistic weapons manufacturers are cashing in. We provide a much-needed historical perspective about the …

American Nightmare: Poverty to Prison Pipeline

June 23rd, 2022


A staggering percentage of those locked up in America’s mass incarceration crisis—upwards of 20%, or 200,000 folks (!!)—were homeless or in marginal …

Racism Kills: Segregation’s Role in Buffalo Massacre

June 2nd, 2022


On May 14, an 18-year-old white supremacist armed with an assault rifle and wearing body armor livestreamed his massacre of 10 Black people at a Tops …

Fusion Centers: Your Shadowy Neighborhood Spy Hubs

May 19th, 2022


Devised in the wake of the September 11th Terror Attacks and subsequent 9/11 Commission casting much of the blame on the lack of interjurisdictional communication between law enforcement, fusion centers have continued …

Radical Caucasian Extremism [2022]

May 17th, 2022


In 2017, shortly after the deadly "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, we released an episode titled ‘Misunderstanding Terrorism: Exposing Radical Caucasian Extremism’ calling out what the vast majority …

The News Beat Cypher: LiKWUiD

May 15th, 2022


Long time listeners will certainly recognize LiKWUiD who, as one of News Beat's "Artist in Residence," has been featured on several important episodes delivering compelling, often heart wrenching lyrics that compliment …

MLK's Last Month: Memphis

January 17th, 2022


The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. demanded justice and equality—two essential truths which still have not been achieved, more than 50 years since his murder on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Year after …

MLK: What They Won't Teach In School [2022]

January 13th, 2022


Like we always do at this time of year, we present an important, alternative look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, examining how the civil rights icon was so much more than simply the “I Have a Dream” soundbite, …

Disaster Capitalism: Making Money From Misery

December 29th, 2021


When disaster strikes, who profits? That’s the question Australian-based reporter Antony Loewenstein has been investigating for years. “Disaster capitalism” was first coined by renowned journalist and author Naomi Klein …

Grifter's Paradise: Capitalism's Destruction of Afghanistan

December 2nd, 2021


America's longest war has one clear winner: Corporations. Has the war in Afghanistan become the biggest scam of our lifetime?

News Beat is a …

From Slave Patrols to Ahmaud Arbery: The Racist Legacy of Citizen's Arrest Laws

November 18th, 2021


Surprise, surprise. Modern day citizen’s arrest laws across the United States have their roots in Civil War-era laws designed to punish slaves. In this episode, one of the foremost experts on citizen’s arrest laws …

Carceral Con Job: The Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Swindle

November 4th, 2021


Beware the false messiahs of meaningful criminal justice reform, the so-called bipartisan coalition championing initiatives that purport to make a …

CAUTION: Misleading Crime Stats

October 21st, 2021


Since last spring, politicians, right-wing pundits, the media, and so-called “centrist” Democrats have weaponized the rise in violent crimes, …

The News Beat Cypher: Silent Knight

October 13th, 2021


Long time listeners know Silent Knight, his voice and his profound work -- not only as News Beat's "Artist in Residence," but as a solo artist, …

RACIST AI: Facial Recognition & Wrongful Arrests

October 6th, 2021


Law enforcement is increasingly using facial recognition, AI and other technologies despite numerous studies and real world examples of such tech …

#SayHerName: Confronting 400 Years of State Violence Against Black Women [2021]

September 15th, 2021


This episode was honored as Best Podcast at the 2021 New York Press Club Journalism Awards. We dedicate the win to the many voices -- both heard, and unheard -- represented in this episode.

The 2020 rebellions sparked …

The True Origins of the War on Drugs

June 17th, 2021


If you pay attention to mainstream media, you’d notice that many outlets are recognizing June 17, 2021 as the 50th anniversary of the “war on drugs.”

Actually, the racist and deadly drug war goes back much further than …

Justice Severed: Plead Guilty Or Else

April 28th, 2021


Guilty pleas have become the dominant way in which prosecutors in America secure convictions. In some cases, 99 percent of cases in various jurisdictions end in a plea bargain. While plea bargaining has been a function …

Law & Order vs. Reform in L.A.

March 17th, 2021


Reform candidates are increasingly winning district attorney elections in the United States. The movement represents a  direct challenge to the decades-long tough-on-crime era, characterized by punitive sentencing laws, …

A Special Episode From Our Friends at UNFTR

February 22nd, 2021


As we work to deliver you more compelling social-justice-meets-music-and-lyrics episodes of News Beat proper, we want to put you on to another incredible podcast in our production universe, Unf*cking the Republic. This …

MLK: What They Won't Teach In School [2021]

January 15th, 2021


Like we always do at this time of year, we present an alternative look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, examining how the civil rights icon was so much more than simply the “I Have a Dream” soundbite, which has …

Radical Caucasian Extremism

January 9th, 2021


January 6, 2021 was a dark day in the history of this nation. What we all witnessed at the U.S. Capitol was a full-on assault on democracy, incited …

America's Reckoning: Is A Change Gonna Come?

December 3rd, 2020


This is a special episode in collaboration with Color Of Change, the largest online racial justice organization in the country.

With uprisings …

Voter Suppression in the Era of a Weakened Voting Rights Act

October 26th, 2020


In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively gutted the historic Voting Rights Act, making it easier for states to suppress the vote by enacting voter …

Slavery & Genocide: How Indigenous People Remember Christopher Columbus (in 6 minutes)

October 12th, 2020


Symbols of pride for Italian Americans, painful reminders of historical injustices and brutal atrocities for indigenous peoples—statues of …

NYPD Accused of International Human Rights Violations For Violent Crackdown on Protest

October 9th, 2020


Human Rights Watch, an international nongovernmental organization, released a report accusing the NYPD of serious international human rights …

UPDATE: Federal Court Strikes Blow to Voting Rights in Florida

September 21st, 2020


A federal appeals court earlier this month affirmed a controversial Florida law requiring people with felony convictions to pay court fees in order to have their voting rights restored. With less than 50 days until the …

Death Sentence: COVID-19 Cases Are Soaring in Jails & Prisons

August 28th, 2020


The warnings were clear: COVID-19 would spread like wildfire in jails and prisons. It has. The top COVID-19 clusters across America are …

Return To Sender: Saving the USPS is a Racial Justice Issue

August 21st, 2020


Black Americans have long relied on the Postal Service as a source of stable employment, with our guest tracing this history back to the legal end of slavery. Amid the uproar over recent efforts to undermine the USPS, …

#SayHerName: Confronting 400 Years of State Violence Against Black Women

July 2nd, 2020


The 2020 rebellions have sparked renewed discussions surrounding a host of racial issues, including police brutality toward black men. Advocates …

Black Ops: COINTELPRO & The U.S. Government's Ongoing Demonization of Black Activism [2020]

June 19th, 2020


In commemoration of this year’s Juneteenth, as countless people flood the streets all across this country calling for justice, equality, and an end …

Defund Police: What It Means & How It Would Really Work

June 16th, 2020


In the wake of the police slaying of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protesters have not only flooded the streets, but they're actively pushing reforms …

Criminalizing Protest [2020]

June 8th, 2020


Anti-racism protesters nationwide have been met with chemical agents and aggressive force by police at demonstrations sparked by the modern-day …

Why The 2020 Anti-Racism Uprisings Feel Different

June 5th, 2020


In recent days, commentators have compared the mass demonstrations taking place in cities and neighborhoods across the country to the waves of …

Why We Riot

May 28th, 2020


Our compelling, award-winning examination of the factors that exist when overly-oppressed and tormented communities have finally had enough, and, much like the incidents that lay at the foundation of our democracy, are …

[BONUS] Exclusive: San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin Talks Bail, Sentencing Reforms & COVID-19

May 1st, 2020


A career public defender is now on the other side of the law. We speak to San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin about embracing reforms as district attorney of a prominent U.S. city, and combating COVID-19.

News …

Redlining & Climate Change: A Deadly Combination

April 27th, 2020


The areas victimized by racist federal housing policies in the 1930s are now among the most vulnerable to the severe impacts of climate change, …

How Racism Fuels Higher Coronavirus Death Rates

April 22nd, 2020


While the coronavirus has indiscriminately ravaged communities across the nation, African Americans are dying at disproportionately higher rates, according to preliminary data. Those who study racial health disparities …

Coronavirus Behind Bars: Florida Jails + Effects of Visitation Bans

April 10th, 2020


As part of our continuing coronavirus coverage, we examine the threat the virus poses to correctional facilities in Florida, which acted much later than other states to enact bans on nonessential workers. In the second …

Coronavirus Behind Bars: Crisis In New York

April 8th, 2020


On March 13, the foremost expert on healthcare in correctional settings appeared on this podcast and warned of a “perilous and looming threat” inside these facilities. Rikers Island now has more than 200 coronavirus …

When Epidemics Collide: Coronavirus, Criminal Justice & Poverty

March 24th, 2020


As the coronavirus pandemic exposes long-standing inequities in the United States, advocates say marginalized communities are going to suffer the worst from the consequences of a broken economy, neglect, and a decaying …

Expert Warns Of ‘Perilous’ Coronavirus Threat In Jails & Prisons

March 13th, 2020


One of the foremost experts on correctional health services warned of a “very perilous and looming threat” inside American correctional facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. [BONUS EPISODE]

Support the show: …

Espionage Act & The Battle For The Free Press

February 19th, 2020

Intended to prosecute actual spies during wartime, the Espionage Act has been the U.S. government’s weapon of choice against antiwar critics and whistleblowers—and is now being deployed against a publisher, setting a …

MLK 2020: What They Won't Teach In School

January 17th, 2020


In this episode, we take an alternative look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, examining how the civil rights icon was so much more than simply the “I Have a Dream” soundbite, which has become known as the …

BONUS: Breaking Down the US-Iran Conflict

January 10th, 2020

The US assassination of Qassim Solemani has ignited a new wave of tension with Iran. Let's figure out how we arrived at this critical juncture …

Exonerated and Broke

December 24th, 2019


Consider this: Alan Newton served more than 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit before DNA analysis proved him innocent and he was …

BONUS: New York Bail Reform and the Afghanistan Papers

December 23rd, 2019


In this special bonus episode, Editors Rashed Mian and Christopher Twarowski examine the impact of bail on New Yorkers and the potential impact new reforms will have on the state.

Next, experts will discuss recent …

Why We Riot

December 17th, 2019


Just like Home Alone and Die Hard, 'tis the season to enjoy a couple of classic blasts from the News Beat past. Today, we’re bringing you our first big award-winning episode, Why We Riot. It’s a compelling examination …

Mentally Ill and Incarcerated

December 3rd, 2019

If we were to ask you to name the largest mental health facilities in the country, what would you say? We'll save you the trouble. The answer: jails. …

Climate Justice: The Youth-Led Movement to Save Our Future

November 16th, 2019


From the expert voice of Naomi Klein, to the voices of teenagers taking part in the global climate strike, to incendiary lyrics from hip-hop artist …

BONUS: Restorative Justice Advocate Wins Pivotal DA Race

November 11th, 2019


UPDATE: Chesa Boudin, the deputy public defender in San Francisco, was officially elected district attorney in a hotly contested race for the hugely important seat. Boudin is among a number of DA candidates who have run …

Restorative Justice: Healing Instead of Incarceration

October 23rd, 2019


This episode introduces the concept of restorative justice, in which crime victims actually have a say in the punishment handed down to their offenders. So instead of universal prison time, atonement might come in the …

New Episodes - Trailer

October 22nd, 2019


Our multiple award-winning, groundbreaking format brings together the worlds of social justice journalism, music, and original lyrical contributions …

Are New Criminal Justice Reform Laws Enough?

July 2nd, 2019


In this special bonus episode, we examine whether recent criminal justice reform laws are strong enough to significantly reduce jail and prison …

California: Epicenter of Mass Incarceration Reform

June 4th, 2019


Since a U.S. Supreme Court-imposed mandate in 2011, the Golden State has sought to address prison overcrowding through myriad reforms, including by …

E-Carceration: Are Digital Prisons the Future?

March 14th, 2019


Tens of thousands each year, and hundreds of thousands collectively, are shackled with electronic monitors—devices that track a person’s every move. …

The Truth Hurts: Journalism’s Battle for Justice in the Digital Disinformation Age

February 21st, 2019


How is the Fourth Estate, perhaps the single-most important defender of the public, faring in the ongoing digital revolution, where the internet and …

Rosa Parks: What You Didn't Learn In School

February 1st, 2019


History remembers Rosa Parks as a tired, middle-aged woman who stood up to racism and segregation in the South by literally sitting down and refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger when ordered, …

MLK 2019: What They Won't Teach In School

January 15th, 2019


In this episode, we take an alternative look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, examining how the civil rights icon was so much more than simply the “I Have a Dream” soundbite, which has become known as the …

Is Prison Abolition Possible?

December 20th, 2018


Prison abolition may appear to be a radical conception, but it wasn't always that way. In fact, in the '60s and '70s, the idea of prison abolition in …

Abused and Alone: Prison Rape in the #MeToo Era

November 29th, 2018


In an era when women comprise the fastest-growing prison population in the U.S., those incarcerated are screaming #MeToo, too. But is anyone …

Abandoning The Left: Why Democrats Can't Save Us

November 15th, 2018


In the age of Trump, Democrats parade as democracy's saviors yet serve same corporate overlords as the GOP, abandoning progressive left ideals & the people. Episode features interviews with Jill Stein, Chris Hedges, …

Law & Disorder: Progressive Prosecutors Hope to Dismantle Mass Incarceration, One County at a Time

October 30th, 2018


A new wave of progressive prosecutors hopes to reform the criminal 'injustice' system & dismantle mass incarceration by sweeping the midterm elections.

News Beat: Social Justice Never Sounded So Good

News Beat is …

Black Ops: COINTELPRO & The U.S. Government’s Ongoing Demonization of Black Activism

October 18th, 2018


The U.S. government has a long and sordid history of surveilling, infiltrating, and disrupting peaceful political and social movements it deems …

The Truth About Puerto Rico: A U.S. Colony

October 8th, 2018


The United States invaded Puerto Rico in 1898, and as colonists, Puerto Ricans—since 1917, "U.S. citizens"—have endured atrocities ranging from …

Season Three Trailer

October 1st, 2018


The third season of the award-winning News Beat podcast is set to drop. Here's a quick look at some of the upcoming episodes, including topics such …

Trump’s Muslim Ban: Tearing Apart Families

August 2nd, 2018


Twenty-two million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen due to the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign there against …

The Real Voter Fraud

July 3rd, 2018


More than 6 million Americans are barred from voting due to Jim Crow-era laws that strip citizens' voting rights following a felony conviction. …

Criminalizing Protest

June 14th, 2018


All around the United States, peaceful protesters are being met with armed resistance from local authorities, and restrictive anti-protest laws …

America: Even More 'Separate and Unequal'

May 16th, 2018


In 1968, an 11-member panel appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson was instructed to examine the causes of the multiple uprisings in …

BackBeat Episode Breakdown: Youth Prisons

May 11th, 2018


The News Beat crew expands on the information presented in the full Youth Prisons: Juvenile Detention’s Racial Disparity, Rampant Violence & …

Youth Prisons: Juvenile Detention’s Racial Disparity, Rampant Violence & Lasting Damage

April 30th, 2018


There are tens of thousands of kids incarcerated across the United States within youth prisons, which are often outdated, antiquated, and dilapidated former military prisons dating back to the Civil War. Conditions …

BackBeat Episode Breakdown: MS-13 plus Rebel Diaz Interview

April 19th, 2018


The News Beat crew expands on the information presented in the full MS-13: Made in the USA episode, which explores the origins of the murderous gang …

MS-13: Made in the U.S.A.

April 9th, 2018


The United States under President Donald Trump is fully committed to an all-out assault on immigrants. Much of Trump's ire is directed at MS-13, the …

BackBeat Episode Breakdown: Poverty in America

April 6th, 2018


This BackBeat episode provides additional background and insight regarding our episode, "Land of the Rich, Home of the Poor: America's Poverty …

Land of the Rich, Home of the Poor: America's Poverty Crisis

March 21st, 2018


The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, and by certain fiscal parameters, the wealthiest. It's richest citizens own roughly 40 percent of the world's wealth. Yet, about 40 million Americans are …

Gina Haspel Covered Up Torture. Now She Might Run The CIA.

March 21st, 2018



Just as soon as Trump selected Gina Haspel to lead the CIA, pending a Senate confirmation hearing, her critics condemned …

BackBeat: A Discussion about the War on the Freedom of the Press

March 15th, 2018


This BackBeat episode provides additional background and insight regarding our episode, "Enemy of the American People: The U.S. Government's War on …

Enemy of the American People

March 1st, 2018


Obama had his "War on Whistleblowers." Trump unflinchingly attacks the media. There's also been arrests of reporters. How "free" is the free press?

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BackBeat Episode Breakdown: America's Black Hole

February 21st, 2018


This BackBeat episode provides additional background and insight regarding our episode, "America's Black Hole: Indefinite Detention, Torture at …

America's Black Hole: Indefinite Detention, Torture & Terror at Guantanamo Bay

February 9th, 2018


Obama and Bush said Guantanamo Bay needs to close. Trump wants to keep it open. This is the story of a prison that has become known as a legal "Black …

BackBeat Episode Breakdown: Freedom For Sale

February 7th, 2018


This BackBeat provides background, insight and added information regarding our episode, "Freedom For Sale: How Money Bail Crushes America's Poor and …

Money Bail: Freedom for Sale

January 25th, 2018


More than 400,000 people toil in U.S. jails annually because they can't pay bail. So why in the "Land of the Free" does freedom come at a debilitating cost?

Learn how the money bail system in the United States has …

BackBeat Episode Breakdown: Why We Riot, MLK & Season Two

January 24th, 2018


This special BackBeat episode introduces our second season opener, our acclaimed episode, MLK: What They Won't Teach You In School, giving a bit of …

MLK: What They Won't Teach In School

January 8th, 2018


In this episode, we take an alternative look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, examining how the civil rights icon was so much more than simply the “I Have a Dream” soundbite, which has become known as the …

Why We Riot

December 18th, 2017


Dr. King once said: “A riot is the language of the unheard.” Indeed, nowadays, a riot is often the language of the continually oppressed, unheard citizens who are still not afforded the same general rights as their …

BackBeat: Episode breakdown - Radical Caucasian Extremism

December 11th, 2017


On this episode of BackBeat, the team elaborates how the threat of right-wing radical extremism is often overshadowed by the fear of radical Islamist extremism, even though the statistics show that radical caucasian …

Radical Caucasian Extremism

November 30th, 2017


In an era in which Islamic terror is covered wall-to-wall, it is actually right-wing zealots that have carried out even more attacks in the United States since 9/11.

News Beat is an MP Studios production, a division …

BackBeat: Behind the Scenes of "AUMF: America's Illegal Perpetual War"

November 24th, 2017


On this episode of BackBeat, the team elaborates on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, and how this one sentence, passed almost unanimously by Congress, has continued to allow America to engage in …

AUMF: The Latest Weapon in America's Illegal Perpetual War

November 16th, 2017


The U.S. Constitution dictates Congress as the sole governmental body possessing the power to declare war, yet it hasn't done so since World War II. …

BackBeat: The Making of "Chelsea Manning: Collateral Murder Cover-Up"

November 10th, 2017


On this episode of BackBeat, the team elaborates on the Chelsea Manning leaks from seven years ago and discuss why her revelations remain relevant today.

You'll hear from Michael Conforti, AKA Manny Faces, Christopher …

Chelsea Manning: Collateral Murder Cover-Up

November 2nd, 2017


Chelsea Manning is perhaps the most important whistleblower in history. Yet she and her revelations remain largely distorted, misunderstood and covered up, obscured by US government- and mainstream media-manufactured …

BackBeat Special Edition: 'Hijacking Jihad' Follow-up

November 1st, 2017


A years-long project spearheaded by Daisy Khan, one of the leading Muslim American advocates in the United States culminated last week in the release …

BackBeat: The Making of "Exonerated and Broke"

October 5th, 2017

On this episode of BackBeat, the team discusses the inspiration for the episode Exonerated and Broke, providing more insight on the fight for …

Exonerated and Broke

September 26th, 2017


Consider this: Alan Newton served more than 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit before DNA analysis proved him innocent and he was …

BackBeat 003: Hijacking JIhad

August 31st, 2017

On this episode of BackBeat, the team discusses the inspiration for the episode “Hijacking Jihad: Reclaiming ‘Islam’s Personal Struggle’” and how reporting on the meaning of Jihad has given them a more nuanced view of …
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