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News Beat

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 from mainstream media outlets.
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Nov 16, 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 Silent Knight, this powerful episode explores the ongoing climate crisis and the people who are fighting for our collective future.

 

 

Nov 11, 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 on a reform agenda and he intends on dramatically reimagining the DA position in his hometown, much like Larry Krasner in Philadelphia. If you haven’t already, make sure to listen to the full episode, “Restorative Justice: Healing Instead of Incarceration.”

Oct 23, 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 form of community service, or in a face to face meeting, or any number of other acts of redress that those affected see as fit.


This isn’t a radical, new approach, but a centuries-old practice, that many say empowers victims and paves the road for true healing.

Oct 22, 2019

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

If you’ve been following us from the beginning, you’ll know that we cover complex and often underreported issues. Last season, we shed light on the negative consequences of the colonization of Puerto Rico, prison rape in the #metoo era, Rosa Parks’ lifelong, militant pursuit of justice, and reforms underway in California, which we produced in partnership with The Marshall Project.

We've got new episodes for you right around the corner. Here’s a bit of what you can expect.

Jul 2, 2019

In this special bonus episode, we examine whether recent criminal justice reform laws are strong enough to significantly reduce jail and prison populations in the United States. 2019 has been particularly prolific in terms of new laws passed, yet some experts warn more needs to be done to dismantle mass incarceration. Also, we address poverty in America and the battle over felony disenfranchisement in Florida.

News Beat is a Morey Creative Studios production: www.MoreyCreative.com

News Beat is produced and engineered by Michael “Manny Faces” Conforti: www.MannyFaces.com

News Beat Executive Producer is Jed Morey
Editor in Chief: Christopher Twarowski
Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
Cover Art Design: Jeff Main

Jun 4, 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 moving people from state prisons to county jails, reducing prison sentences for certain crimes, and creating resources to help people reenter society. Crime in California is now at historic lows. Yet some reforms have been met with resistance from law enforcement organizations and “tough-on-crime” politicians concerned these initiatives will endanger public safety. While there’s still a lot to be done concerning criminal justice reform, California has presented itself as a model for the rest of the nation.

This is a special podcast collaboration with The Marshall Project, a New York City-based nonprofit news organization dedicated to covering, and creating and sustaining a sense of national urgency about, the U.S. criminal justice system.

News Beat is a Morey Creative Studios production: www.MoreyCreative.com

News Beat is produced and engineered by Michael “Manny Faces” Conforti: www.MannyFaces.com

News Beat Executive Producer is Jed Morey
Editor in Chief: Christopher Twarowski
Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
Cover Art Design: Jeff Main

 

Mar 14, 2019

Tens of thousands each year, and hundreds of thousands collectively, are shackled with electronic monitors—devices that track a person’s every move. In most cases, these are attached to those on parole. In others, courts may even choose to lock them onto a person’s body as a condition of pretrial release. Critics of e-carceration are warning the increased use of this technology could be the beginning of a future where more people will be incarcerated inside their homes than within traditional penitentiaries, effectively undermining the movement to decarcerate jails and prisons and dismantle mass incarceration, and transforming communities into digital prisons.

News Beat is a Morey Creative Studios production: www.MoreyCreative.com

News Beat is produced and engineered by Michael “Manny Faces” Conforti: www.MannyFaces.com

News Beat Executive Producer is Jed Morey
Editor in Chief: Christopher Twarowski
Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
Cover Art Design: Jeff Main

Feb 21, 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 smartphones provide real-time access to posts and stories authored by anyone with a mere Wi-Fi connection? This episode examines the current state of journalism, featuring insights from a wide range of writers and editors spanning the media spectrum.

News Beat is a Morey Creative Studios production: www.MoreyCreative.com

News Beat is produced and engineered by Michael “Manny Faces” Conforti: www.MannyFaces.com

News Beat Executive Producer is Jed Morey
Editor in Chief: Christopher Twarowski
Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
Cover Art Design: Jeff Main

Feb 1, 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, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Civil Rights Movement. As transformative a moment as it was, this singular act has come to define the entirety of her dynamic and multidimensional life—much in the same way the first four syllables of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech have come to replace the civil rights leader’s radical legacy. The truth is that Rosa Parks lived an entire life of activism, beginning as a child.

News Beat is a Morey Creative Studios production: www.MoreyCreative.com

News Beat is produced and engineered by Michael “Manny Faces” Conforti: www.MannyFaces.com

News Beat Executive Producer is Jed Morey
Editor in Chief: Christopher Twarowski
Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
Cover Art Design: Jeff Main

Jan 15, 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 cornerstone of his public perception. Along with Pastor Roger C. Williams of the First Baptist Church of Glen Cove, NY, Larry Hamm, of the People's Organization for Progress, hip-hop artist Silent Knight, and King’s own words, listeners learn of MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign, which he believed would be his true legacy. More than likely, it was this that got him killed.

News Beat is a Morey Creative Studios production: www.MoreyCreative.com

News Beat is produced and engineered by Michael “Manny Faces” Conforti: www.MannyFaces.com

News Beat Executive Producer is Jed Morey
Editor in Chief: Christopher Twarowski
Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
Cover Art Design: Jeff Main

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