California bail reform Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
November 27, 2018

How Supporters of Historic California Bail Abolition Bill Became Some of Its Strongest Critics

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 bamboozled—and are now furious.

Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
November 14, 2018

What’s Next for Federal Prison Reform? We May Find Out Soon Enough.

Now that the much-anticipated midterm elections are over, will Congress re-examine a stalled prison-reform compromise bill?

Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
November 8, 2018

Historic Midterms: Huge Wins for Women, LGBT Candidates, Minorities & New Voters in Florida [VIDEO RECAP]

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.

Felony disenfranchisement Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
November 7, 2018

Florida Passes Amendment Restoring Voting Rights to Over 1 Million Residents

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.

Felony disenfranchisement Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
September 26, 2018

Majority of Floridians Favor Felony Voting Rights Amendment

It appears Democrats and Republicans agree that permanently stripping someone’s right to vote is a bad idea.

news-beat-podcast-religion-news-association-winner Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
September 24, 2018

News Beat Podcast Wins High Honors at Religion News Association National Journalism Awards

News Beat podcast earned high honors at Religion News Association’s national awards competition, ranking among top outlets from across the United States.

Silent Knight Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
August 16, 2018

News Beat Artist-In-Residence Silent Knight Named ‘Innocence Ambassador’

The newly forged partnership between Silent Knight and Innocence Project is just the latest collaborative project for the Brooklyn-born rapper.

News Beat - social justice podcast Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
August 13, 2018

Listen to the Complete Second Season of News Beat Podcast — Social Justice Never Sounded So Good

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.

Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
June 19, 2018

Congresswoman Blasts ‘Racist’ Jeff Sessions, Says U.S. Should Apologize for War on Drugs

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 communities.

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June 5, 2018

‘News Beat’ Wins Best Podcast at 2018 New York Press Club Journalism Awards

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 York City and the United States.

Discover Pods News Beat Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
May 17, 2018

‘Discover Pods’ Spotlights News Beat Podcast

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.

Press Freedom rankings Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
April 26, 2018

Report Warns ‘Hatred of Journalism Threatens Democracies’ as U.S. Press Freedom Ranking Falls

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.

BackBeatBehind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
April 19, 2018

Talking MS-13, Immigration & Rebel Diaz’s Revolutionary Music

A discussion about the notorious MS-13 street gang and its origins. Featuring a bonus interview with revolutionary hip-hop duo Rebel Diaz.

Poverty in America BackBeatBehind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
April 6, 2018

A Discussion About Poverty in America

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.

CIA torture Gina Haspel Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
March 21, 2018

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

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

BackBeatBehind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
March 15, 2018

A Discussion About the War on the Freedom of the Press

Why are press freedoms so important? Who are the journalists being murdered? Are dictators now using ‘Fake News’ a la Trump? We discuss.

Guantanamo Bay BackBeatBehind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
February 21, 2018

BackBeat: The Making of ‘America’s Black Hole’

In this episode of BackBeat, the podcast crew digs a little deeper into the controversial legacy of the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba.

Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
February 15, 2018

When It Comes To Mass Shootings, We May Not Have Pulled The Triggers, But Make No Mistake: We’re All Complicit

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 terrorized. And then the country will move on.

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February 7, 2018

BackBeat: Freedom For Sale

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 Behind The Beat: The News Beat Blog
January 19, 2018

Don’t Forget The Muslims

Muslim Americans organized like never before during the presidential election. Despite their efforts, Trump won, and their greatest fears became reality.