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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 from mainstream media outlets.
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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

 

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

Dec 20, 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 the United States was a very real issue being discussed among academics and politicians alike. This was before the passage of sweeping policies and laws targeting impoverished black and brown communities, a resurgence of the racist war on drugs, and Clinton-era criminal justice policies that collectively transformed America into the world's largest prison state. The prison abolition movement is alive and well, and those who ascribe to its principals are still hoping for drastic change.

News Beat: Social Justice Never Sounded So Good

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted by Manny Faces: www.MannyFaces.com

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

Nov 29, 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 listening?

News Beat: Social Justice Never Sounded So Good

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted by Manny Faces: www.MannyFaces.com

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

Nov 15, 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, Glen Ford and Richard D. Wolff, and lyrical contribution from Rebel Diaz. Distributed in partnership with Left Forum.

News Beat: Social Justice Never Sounded So Good

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted by Manny Faces: www.MannyFaces.com

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

Oct 30, 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 a Morey Creative Studios production: www.MoreyCreative.com

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted by Manny Faces: www.MannyFaces.com

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

Oct 18, 2018

The U.S. government has a long and sordid history of surveilling, infiltrating, and disrupting peaceful political and social movements it deems threatening, or adverse to the status quo. Perhaps most infamous was a secret FBI-led program codenamed COINTELPRO (‘Counter Intelligence Program’), initiated in the ‘50s against such civil and human rights icons as Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, and many others. While purportedly shut down in 1971, its sinister tactics and spirit are very much alive today, deployed against modern-day activists and groups, including Black Lives Matter, environmentalists, Muslims, and indigenous rights groups. Recently, African Americans seeking social equality have been dubbed “Black Identity Extremists.”

News Beat: Social Justice Never Sounded So Good

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted by Manny Faces: www.MannyFaces.com

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

Oct 8, 2018

The United States invaded Puerto Rico in 1898, and as colonists, Puerto Ricans—since 1917, "U.S. citizens"—have endured atrocities ranging from assassinations and bombings to covert mass sterilizations and incarcerations, and the island for decades has been used as a testing ground for experimental weapons and pharmaceuticals, while also serving as a triple-tax-free paradise for U.S. corporations, hedge funds and Wall Street, who've enslaved an entire people, all but seized their nation out from beneath them, and are fighting tooth and nail for more. Puerto Ricans can't vote for U.S. president, can't import/export goods unless via U.S. ships, and don't control their own destiny, Congress does. Historically, any attempts at independence have been crushed by force, and its proponents massacred. Yes, U.S. colonialism decimated Puerto Rico long before Hurricane Maria, and its legacy of physical, psychological and socioeconomic destruction resonates on through today.

News Beat: Social Justice Never Sounded So Good

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted by Manny Faces: www.MannyFaces.com

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

Aug 2, 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 Iranian-supported Houthi rebels. Amal is a 26-year-old woman who fled the destruction, only to have her once-approved visa to the United States revoked. Her and her husband's story is just one of countless tragedies created by U.S. President Donald Trump's self-professed Muslim Ban barring families from five Muslim-majority countries from ever reuniting—even to escape near-certain annihilation.

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted by Manny Faces: www.MannyFaces.com

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

Jul 3, 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. Nearly all states have mechanisms in place amounting to civil death sentences for those who served their time and were released back into society, but remain oppressed by a system that refuses to abolish Civil War-era policies. Florida is home to a quarter of the voting-revoked population, with nearly 1.7 million former offenders stripped of their rights. It’s one of the rare barriers to voting that intersects with America’s broken criminal justice system—a system that disproportionately incarcerates black and brown citizens at higher rates than whites. As a result, one in 13 disenfranchised voters are black. Meanwhile, efforts are underway across the country to do away with these discriminatory laws, which literally prevent millions of U.S. citizens from exercising their right to participate in the democratic process.

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted by Manny Faces: 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 14, 2018

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

Across the United States, more than 60 anti-protest bills have been proposed in the last two years. While the far majority haven't been passed, there's a clear attempt by local governments to suppress dissent amid massive waves of discontent since President Trump took office. Not only that, peaceful demonstrators are being confronted by militarized police forces equipped with military tanks, water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets, drones, and more.

At a time of intense debate about racist policies, killings of unarmed citizens and anger over immigration raids, Americans' right to protest is under direct assault from the powers that be.

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted by Manny Faces: www.MannyFaces.com

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

May 16, 2018

In 1968, an 11-member panel appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson was instructed to examine the causes of the multiple uprisings in African-American communities in 1967, and recommend solutions. The "Kerner Commission" did just that, in a 426-page report released in early 1968. Much of the problem, the report stated, was African-American frustration over a lack of economic opportunity, due to white racism. It then detailed multiple potential solutions to help avoid its ominous prediction that “our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.”

This year, the Kerner Report's 50th anniversary, new research shows that civil rights gains since that time have either stalled or even reversed.

This episode examines what the Kerner Report sought to change, and why that change hasn't happened.

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted by Manny Faces: www.MannyFaces.com

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

Apr 30, 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 inside mirror those of adult prisons. There’s rampant violence and abuse, both physical and psychological. Kids are placed in solitary confinement and even hog-tied by guards. And just as with the United States’ adult prison population, it’s African American children and kids of color who are locked up at a grossly disproportionate rate than whites.

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted by Manny Faces: www.MannyFaces.com

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

Apr 9, 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 transnational gang known primarily for its brutal slayings. But what's often lost in the discussion is the fact that the United States inadvertently helped create MS-13 after providing millions to El Savador's oppressive right-wing regime during its civil war in the '80s. A refugee crisis ensued, causing thousands of young Salvadorans to flee to America. Many were penniless and found themselves hanging out in the streets of Los Angeles, where the gang was born.

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted 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 21, 2018

A News Beat BONUS EPISODE

Just as soon as Trump selected Gina Haspel to lead the CIA, pending a Senate confirmation hearing, her critics condemned the president’s decision, saying Haspel’s role in the CIA’s brutal torture and rendition program disqualifies her for the position. Of course, Mike Pompeo, her predecessor at the agency if she is indeed confirmed, had endorsed torture in the past, just as Trump did on the campaign trail.

We talk to two former government insiders who warn about Haspel, who led a secret prisoner "black site" and covered up illegal torture.

Mar 1, 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?

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted 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 9, 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 Hole."

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted 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 25, 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 crushed the poor and forced potentially innocent people to confess to crimes they did not commit, transforming the so-called "Land of the Free" into the world's biggest prison state, and deceivingly inflating conviction rates to grease the campaign coffers of political parties and the power elites.

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

News Beat is produced, engineered and hosted 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 8, 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 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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