About This Podcast

If Hamilton and 60 Minutes gave birth to a podcast, it would be News Beat. 

The News Beat Podcast is a short-form educational and political news podcast focused on social justice and civil liberties issues, that melds the worlds of journalism and music.

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We elevate journalistic storytelling through interviews with experts, thought leaders, academics and activists, coupled with original verses from musicians and independent hip-hop artists to foster a deeper connection with listeners and deliver an alternative narrative on some of the most pressing issues, events and people shaping our world.

Morey Creative Studios, longtime publisher of the award-winning Long Island Press, launched News Beat to continue the mission of truth-telling and journalistic integrity that guided the Press for its nearly 15 years of publication. News Beat utilizes verse, beats, and audio to educate, inform, and inspire our readers and listeners—interacting with the public on a whole new level in the process.

News Beat combines all the facets of Morey Creative Studios—content production, inbound marketing and alternative news perspective—and embodies our ideals and our strengths as a company: collaboration, storytelling, alternative news, history and education.

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With News Beat, you’ll no longer simply read the news; you’ll hear it, and you’ll literally feel it. Most importantly, News Beat presents an alternative take to widely accepted narratives on its featured topics, arming listeners with important knowledge and insights that they likely wouldn’t hear from mainstream media—provoking thought, spurring questions, and challenging long-held beliefs. News Beat episodes clock in at roughly 20 minutes each—far less than the average podcast length of 35 minutes, and yet long enough to listen to in their entirety during the commute to work.

Think how “Schoolhouse Rock” broke down educational barriers by leveraging an original score in a televised cartoon format, and more recently, how “Hamilton” has brought history to life through hip-hop and theater.

The host and producer of News Beat is Michael “Manny Faces” Conforti, hip-hop journalist, DJ, producer and lecturer, founder of New York hip-hop publication Birthplace Magazine and hip-hop non-profit The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy. News Beat’s Executive Producer is Morey Creative Studios President Jed Morey. Its editor in chief is Christopher Twarowski. Rashed Mian is News Beat’s managing editor.

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The News Beat Team

Jed Morey

Jed Morey

Executive Producer

Manny Faces

Manny Faces

News Beat Host & Producer

Christopher Twarowski

Christopher Twarowski

Editor in Chief

Rashed Mian

Rashed Mian

Managing Editor

Silent Knight

Silent Knight

Recording Artist

LiKWUiD

LiKWUiD

Recording Artist

Contributors

Leah Pope

Leah Pope

Senior Research Fellow, The Policing Program

John Snook

John Snook

Executive Director, Treatment Advocacy Center

Dr. Homer Venters

Dr. Homer Venters

Senior Health and Justice Fellow, COCHS

Napoleon Da Legend

Napoleon Da Legend

Recording Artist

Danielle Sered

Danielle Sered

Executive Director

Rachel Barkow

Rachel Barkow

Vice Dean and Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy

Chesa Boudin

Chesa Boudin

San Francisco District Attorney

Mia Bird

Mia Bird

Research Fellow

Abbie VanSickle

Abbie VanSickle

Journalist

Michael Tubbs

Michael Tubbs

Mayor of Stockton, California

Myaisha Hayes

Myaisha Hayes

Campaign Strategies Director

James Kilgore

James Kilgore

Research Scholar

Stephanie Lacambra

Stephanie Lacambra

Data Privacy Counsel

The Band Called FUSE

The Band Called FUSE

Recording Artists

Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Editor

Abby Martin

Abby Martin

Independent Journalist

Shanita Hubbard

Shanita Hubbard

Writer & Author

Chris Faraone

Chris Faraone

Journalist & Editor

Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan

Journalist

Jeanne Theoharis

Jeanne Theoharis

Author & Distinguished Professor of Political Science

Yolanda Jack

Yolanda Jack

Public Programs Coordinator

Osyris Antham

Osyris Antham

Recording Artist

Mariame Kaba

Mariame Kaba

Abolitionist, Organizer & Educator

Joshua Dubler

Joshua Dubler

Associate Professor of Religion

Victoria Law

Victoria Law

Freelance Journalist

Kathy Morse

Kathy Morse

Activist

Linda McFarlane

Linda McFarlane

Deputy Executive Directors at Just Detention International

Rebel Diaz

Rebel Diaz

Recording Artist

Dr. Jill Stein

Dr. Jill Stein

Presidential Candidate

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist

Richard Wolff

Richard Wolff

Econimist, Professor & Co-Founder of Democracy At Work

Glen Ford

Glen Ford

Journlist & Activist

Arisha Hatch

Arisha Hatch

Managing Director of Campaigns

Mark Haase

Mark Haase

Justice Advocate

Brianna Brown

Brianna Brown

Co Deputy Director, Dallas

Steven Renderos

Steven Renderos

Executive Director

Michael German

Michael German

Fellow

Intikana

Intikana

Recording Artist

Rosa Clemente

Rosa Clemente

Organizer, Political Commentator & Journalist

Nelson Denis

Nelson Denis

Writer & Film Director

Ed Morales

Ed Morales

Journalist & Author

Ibraham Qatabi

Ibraham Qatabi

Senior Legal Worker

Dr. Debbie Almontaser

Dr. Debbie Almontaser

Educator & Community Leader

Mohammed Alobahy

Mohammed Alobahy

Yemeni American

Desmond Meade

Desmond Meade

President

Nicole Porter

Nicole Porter

Manager of The Sentencing Project's Sentencing Program

Sean Morales-Doyle

Sean Morales-Doyle

Counsel

Eryn Wise

Eryn Wise

Youth Voice Amplifier

Vera Eidelman

Vera Eidelman

William J. Brennan Fellow

Alice Speri

Alice Speri

Journalist

Fred Harris

Fred Harris

Former U.S. Senator

Dorothy Stoneman

Dorothy Stoneman

Founder & CEO

Rev. Michael McBride

Rev. Michael McBride

Director

Mishi Faruqee

Mishi Faruqee

National Field Director

James Williams

James Williams

Field Organizer

Hernan Carvente Martinez

Hernan Carvente Martinez

National Youth Partnership Strategist

Cruz Kontrol

Cruz Kontrol

Salvadoran Hip-Hop Artist

Ray Bonner

Ray Bonner

Investigative Reporter

Jose Miguel Cruz

Jose Miguel Cruz

Director of Research

Patrick Young

Patrick Young

Immigration Attorney

Philip Alston

Philip Alston

United Nations Special Rapporteur

Liz Theoharis

Liz Theoharis

Director of the Kairos Center and Co-Chair Poor People's Campaign

Premilla Nadasen

Premilla Nadasen

Professor of History

John Kiriakou

John Kiriakou

CIA Whistleblower

Barrett Brown

Barrett Brown

Independent Journalist

Margaux Ewen

Margaux Ewen

Executive Director

Trevor Timm

Trevor Timm

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Mark Fallon

Mark Fallon

Former U.S. Department of Defense Official

 Pardiss Kebriaei

Pardiss Kebriaei

Senior Staff Attorney

Shelby Sullivan-Bennis

Shelby Sullivan-Bennis

Staff Attorney

Rabbi Darkside

Rabbi Darkside

Recording Artist

Bryce Covert

Bryce Covert

Independent Journalist

Peter Goldberg

Peter Goldberg

Executive Director

Sam Brooke

Sam Brooke

Deputy Legal Director

Terrence Bogans

Terrence Bogans

Director of Bail Operations

Larry Hamm

Larry Hamm

Political Activist

Rev. Roger C. Williams

Rev. Roger C. Williams

Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Glen Cove

Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West

Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University

Elizabeth Nix

Elizabeth Nix

Associate Professor

Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan

Journalist, News Host

Sammy Rangel & Tony McAleer

Sammy Rangel & Tony McAleer

Co-Founders of Anti-Hate Nonprofit

Greg Tannen

Greg Tannen

Musician & Writer

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

Former U.S. Army Captain

Elizabeth Beavers

Elizabeth Beavers

Attorney & Analyst

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Journalist

Alan Newton

Alan Newton

Exoneree

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown

Policy Director

Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon

Staff Writer & Senior Research Fellow

Kayem

Kayem

Recording Artist

Hussein Rashid

Hussein Rashid

Professor of Religious Studies

Daisy Khan

Daisy Khan

Executive Director

Murtaza Hussain

Murtaza Hussain

Journalist

Johann Hari

Johann Hari

Author

Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz

Author

Alex Clermont

Alex Clermont

Creative Writer

Carrie DeCell

Carrie DeCell

Staff Attorney, Knight First Amendment Institute

James Goodale

James Goodale

Former Vice President and General Counsel for The New York Times

Peter Sterne

Peter Sterne

Managing Editor, U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

Vivek Shandas

Vivek Shandas

Professor of Urban Studies and Planning

Cate Mingoya

Cate Mingoya

Director of Capacity Building

Bruce Mitchell

Bruce Mitchell

Senior Research Analyst

Aileza Durana

Aileza Durana

Narrative Change Liaison, Eviction Lab

Maria Morris

Maria Morris

Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Prison Project

Alice Fontier

Alice Fontier

Managing Director of the Criminal Practice at The Bronx Defenders

Katie Schaffer

Katie Schaffer

Director of Organizing and Advocacy at Center for Community Alternatives