Felony disenfranchisement is a hallmark of Jim Crow. A recent court ruling will make it nearly impossible for thousands in Florida to vote this November.
The far majority of recent racial justice demonstrations were non-violent, says researchers.
COVID-19 is ripping through jails and prisons, with catastrophic consequences for the many mentally ill incarcerated within the world's largest prison state.
The Postal Service has long been a source of stable employment for Black Americans, as we document in this special bonus podcast.
Millions of people with felony convictions are barred from voting. Washington, D.C., wrestling with systemic racism, took a step toward greater inclusion by restoring these critical rights.
Those calling for justice argue that Black women historically receive far less attention than men who've been killed by law enforcement.
Racist tropes about Black women developed during the slave era persist today.
A veteran of the 1967 Newark Rebellion discusses George Floyd's death, the culture of police brutality, and whether the recent mass movement can produce change.
In 2018, Floridians approved the restoration of voting rights to people with felony convictions. A law decried as a "poll tax" was ruled unconstitutional.
A career public defender is now on the other side of the law. We speak to Boudin about embracing reforms as district attorney of a prominent U.S. city, and combating COVID-19.
Failing to significantly reduce jail populations could result in 100,000 more deaths than currently projected, a new ACLU report says.
The coronavirus pandemic is spreading across the country. Experts warn that jails and prisons are especially vulnerable to an outbreak.
Famed First Amendment attorney James Goodale discusses the criminalization of journalism and the U.S. government's crackdown on whistleblowers.
New York's bail reform law goes into effect in January. This special podcast explains what this law does and how it will impact New Yorkers.
In this special podcast we examine bail reform in New York and discuss revelations from the "Afghanistan Papers"--a secret history of the war.
Chesa Boudin, progressive candidate for San Francisco DA featured on our Restorative Justice episode, wins.
News Beat podcast examines critical issues related to America's broken criminal justice system.
Last year, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment restoring rights to 1.4 million people. For many, a new law may stand in the way.
From New York to Colorado and states in between, lawmakers are tackling criminal justice reform. Experts, however, warn that not enough is being done.
News Beat podcast clinched top prizes at the Long Island chapter of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) awards recognizing journalistic excellence.
News Beat podcast joins forces with Pulitzer Prize-winning criminal justice news outlet The Marshall Project to highlight California's mass incarceration reforms.
California passed a law abolishing money bail. (Hurray.) It also grants sweeping powers to judges to lock up defendants at will, indiscriminately, however. (?!?!) Grassroots prison reform groups were
Now that the much-anticipated midterm elections are over, will Congress re-examine a stalled prison-reform compromise bill?
Yes, we know, the Democrats took back the House. But the 2018 election was historic in many other ways. Social justice was also on the ballot.
Florida is one of four states that permanently bars ex-felons from voting, and its disenfranchisement law is one of the nation’s most stringent.
It appears Democrats and Republicans agree that permanently stripping someone's right to vote is a bad idea.
News Beat podcast earned high honors at Religion News Association's national awards competition, ranking among top outlets from across the United States.
The newly forged partnership between Silent Knight and Innocence Project is just the latest collaborative project for the Brooklyn-born rapper.
News Beat is a social justice podcast melding journalism with hip-hop. Season 2 included episodes on money bail, youth prisons, MS-13 & much, much more.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman puts forth resolution calling on Congress to apologize for United States' ineffective war on drugs and make reparations to those crushed by policies targeting minority commu
News Beat clinched top honors in the Podcast category at New York Press Club's annual awards competition recognizing outstanding journalism in print, broadcast and online by media outlets across New Y
Podcast discoverability site ‘Discover Pods’ is spotlighting News Beat, featuring a profile of our podcast and Q&A with Executive Producer Jed Morey on its main scroll and in a review post.
The United States’ press freedom ranking fell for the second consecutive year, marking a disturbing trend for a nation that purports to be the beacon of human rights and free speech.
A discussion about the notorious MS-13 street gang and its origins. Featuring a bonus interview with revolutionary hip-hop duo Rebel Diaz.
PODCAST: America has a poverty crisis that's impacting at least 40 million Americans, not counting the 64 million people who earn less than $15 an hour. We discuss.
We talk to two former government insiders who warn about Haspel, who led a secret prisoner black site and covered up illegal torture.
Why are press freedoms so important? Who are the journalists being murdered? Are dictators now using 'Fake News' a la Trump? We discuss.
In this episode of BackBeat, the podcast crew digs a little deeper into the controversial legacy of the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba.
Sadly, the country yet again has to confront a deadly shooting. There will be memorials, and necessary news coverage about how students and teachers acted with bravery while their school was being ter
On this episode of BackBeat, the guys examine the injustices of America's cash bail system, which helps inflates the world's largest prison system.
Muslim Americans organized like never before during the presidential election. Despite their efforts, Trump won, and their greatest fears became reality.
In season one, News Beat chronicled everything from the war on drugs, never-ending illegal wars, whistleblowing, Jihad, and right-wing extremism.
The guys examine the disparity in extremism coverage in the media and the overall perception about which groups are most dangerous.
The News Beat team took to Facebook Live to discuss how this new podcast challenges conventional narratives through journalism and music.
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The team elaborates on the Chelsea Manning leaks and expands on how the government, and some in the media, tried to obscure the revelations.
Although the "WISE Up: Knowledge Ends Extremism" report has been in the works for several years, in some ways, it’s more accurately 16 years in the making.
The news beat podcast team dissects disparity in exoneration compensation laws across the U.S. and the inspiration for the "Exonerated and Broke" episode.
This paradigm of how people consume news and information and the manner in which its circulated to friends and family shifted a long time ago.
There’s no question that outward political acts, or even something as small as engaging in conversation about topics unrelated to an athlete’s profession, is almost universally considered blasphemous
It’s an incredible spectacle, really, to watch the corporate media and their favorite talking heads explore this notion of Trump’s so-called independence. This, only a month after Trump failed to issu
News Beat is fueled by journalism, expert voices, progressive issues & music. Our producer Manny Faces explains why hip-hop is our genre of choice.
Under the circumstances of which Manning has spent the last seven years of her life it’s equally mind-numbing and inspiring to witness her very public and incredibly honest transformation.
A behind-the-scenes examination of our latest News Beat episode: Hijacking Jihad - Reclaiming Islam's 'Personal Struggle'
BackBeat is our way of giving listeners some behind-the-scenes audio ear candy about each News Beat episode.
Tick-Tock. Bannons' out and Trump's days are numbered. Trumpism is a cancer and the best way to fight cancer is to starve the tumor.
News Beat, political & cultural podcast that fuses journalism & music, announces first Artist in Residence, recording & performing artist, Silent Knight.
In the brief moment the door between our nations opened a crack, a flood of hope, optimism and cash flooded in. The genie is officially out of the bottle and the most interesting days are ahead. The y
The system that gave us Trump—the very same that may one day contribute to his downfall—is itself part of an infected establishment.
I got an insane crash course on the origins of hip-hop and how so many of the expressions of this art form rose from the ashes of neoliberal policies.
Ironic that the most powerful court in the land decided to hear the travel ban case just days after the supposedly non-Islamophobic administration broke with two-decade-old tradition and decided again
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