100 episodes

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.

News Beat Morey Creative Studios

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    • 4.9 • 70 Ratings

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.

    American Nightmare: Poverty to Prison Pipeline

    American Nightmare: Poverty to Prison Pipeline

    A staggering percentage of those locked up in America’s mass incarceration crisis—upwards of 20%, or 200,000 folks (!!)—were homeless or in marginal housing leading up to their imprisonment. Forty percent were on welfare. Even more were jobless, especially among the Black community. And far too many were in public housing or foster care prior to even turning 18. This episode examines the devastating link between poverty and incarceration in the United States—what reform advocates dub America’s ‘Poverty to Prison Pipeline.’

    News Beat is a multi-award-winning podcast brought to you by Morey Creative Studios and Manny Faces Media.

    Audio Editor/Sound Designer/Producer/Host:Manny Faces
    Editor-In-Chief/Producer: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor/Producer: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

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    • 25 min
    Racism Kills: Segregation’s Role in Buffalo Massacre

    Racism Kills: Segregation’s Role in Buffalo Massacre

    On May 14, an 18-year-old white supremacist armed with an assault rifle and wearing body armor livestreamed his massacre of 10 Black people at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Ten days later, another 18-year-old slaughtered 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. While investigators scramble for motivations behind the latter, those of the accused mass murderer in the Buffalo shooting are crystal clear: He wanted to kill as many African Americans as possible, and researched Upstate New York neighborhoods, and that particular Tops, to do so. This mini-episode examines how America’s systemic racism played a role. 

    News Beat is a multi-award-winning podcast brought to you by Morey Creative Studios and Manny Faces Media.

    Audio Editor/Sound Designer/Producer/Host:Manny Faces
    Editor-In-Chief/Producer: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor/Producer: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

    Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=EYkdQRkbZ6vNTGfNSGWZjx7_15orqqDl8vkmrAg3TkxLprft1OguFwxlheC3tAkNd-KVPG&country.x=US&locale.x=US

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    • 24 min
    Fusion Centers: Your Shadowy Neighborhood Spy Hubs

    Fusion Centers: Your Shadowy Neighborhood Spy Hubs

    Devised in the wake of the September 11th Terror Attacks and subsequent 9/11 Commission casting much of the blame on the lack of interjurisdictional communication between law enforcement, fusion centers have continued to operate in the shadows and outside the realms of the public eye, and even elected officials, ever since. Yet instead of foreign and domestic terrorists, these multi-million-dollar surveillance hubs monitor and collect data about everyday people exercising their constitutional rights to protest, assemble, speak out—or even simply snap a photo in the proximity of something as ubiquitous as a bridge. There’s at least one fusion center in every state, 80 in all, with hundreds of ancillary support agencies forming a complex network of local and federal law enforcement agencies—and private corporations—stretching every community across America, with dubious results. 

    News Beat is a multi-award-winning podcast brought to you by Morey Creative Studios and Manny Faces Media.

    Audio Editor/Sound Designer/Producer/Host:Manny Faces
    Editor-In-Chief/Producer: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor/Producer: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

    Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=EYkdQRkbZ6vNTGfNSGWZjx7_15orqqDl8vkmrAg3TkxLprft1OguFwxlheC3tAkNd-KVPG&country.x=US&locale.x=US

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    • 39 min
    Radical Caucasian Extremism [2022]

    Radical Caucasian Extremism [2022]

    In 2017, shortly after the deadly "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, we released an episode titled ‘Misunderstanding Terrorism: Exposing Radical Caucasian Extremism’ calling out what the vast majority of mainstream news outlets and then-President Trump wouldn’t, yet what study after study had been warning about for quite some time: It wasn’t foreign Muslims posing the biggest threat to America’s safety—but white, far-right extremists.

    Tragically, this ideology’s death toll continues to climb.  

    We re-released this episode in the wake of the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol to shine extra light on this brutal trend, and we’re sadly doing so again now, following the racially motivated mass murder of 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY.

    News Beat is a multi-award-winning podcast brought to you by Morey Creative Studios and Manny Faces Media.

    Audio Editor/Sound Designer/Producer/Host:Manny Faces
    Editor-In-Chief/Producer: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor/Producer: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

    Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=EYkdQRkbZ6vNTGfNSGWZjx7_15orqqDl8vkmrAg3TkxLprft1OguFwxlheC3tAkNd-KVPG&country.x=US&locale.x=US

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    • 20 min
    The News Beat Cypher: LiKWUiD

    The News Beat Cypher: LiKWUiD

    Long time listeners will certainly recognize LiKWUiD who, as one of News Beat's "Artist in Residence," has been featured on several important episodes delivering compelling, often heart wrenching lyrics that compliment our social justice reporting in a truly powerful way.

    Find out a little bit more about this prolific Hip-Hop artist, DJ, educator and mentor as we welcome LiKWUiD to the News Beat Cypher, in a special cross-feed drop with Hip-Hop Can Save America!.

    News Beat is a multi-award-winning podcast brought to you by Morey Creative Studios and Manny Faces Media.

    Audio Editor/Sound Designer/Producer/Host:Manny Faces
    Editor-In-Chief/Producer: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor/Producer: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

    Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=EYkdQRkbZ6vNTGfNSGWZjx7_15orqqDl8vkmrAg3TkxLprft1OguFwxlheC3tAkNd-KVPG&country.x=US&locale.x=US

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    • 49 min
    MLK's Last Month: Memphis

    MLK's Last Month: Memphis

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. demanded justice and equality—two essential truths which still have not been achieved, more than 50 years since his murder on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Year after year, without fail, politicians, pundits, and corporations bastardize his image and legacy to their own capitalistic agendas—capitalism and its many evils something MLK fought so relentlessly against.

    This year, along with our annual re-release of our inaugural episode ‘MLK: What They Won’t Teach in School,’ we’re dropping this brand new one highlighting his last month and final campaign, supporting the Memphis sanitation strike.

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was sooo much more than what talking heads and (collective groan) car companies purport. Do not confine him to those infamous four syllables, ‘I have a dream.’ Hopefully, these two episodes will help you understand why.

    Photo credit for art: Ernest Withers, St Lawrence University Art Gallery

    News Beat is a Morey Creative Studios production, in association with Manny Faces Media.

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    Producer/Audio Editor: Michael "Manny Faces" Conforti
    Editor-In-Chief: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

     

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

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Excellent

Excellent. Great discussion of important topics. Critical analysis that is much needed. I am very happy to have “discovered” this podcast. Thanks Manny for your great work.

Brexit2016 ,

Second to none

Seriously, equal or better than any podcast I have ever listened to. A unique blend of investigative journalism and original lyricists. Pick any episode. They are all incredible. There is a lot of love and hard work behind these episodes and it shows. Should be required listening.

RC526 ,

A Must Listen for These Challenging Times

Current events aside, News Beat is an education for me, and as a regular listener, this podcast has brought important awareness measures to so many of today's issues. Everything from the guests and topics, to the accompanying original tracks and lyrics, provide a captivating production that you'll want to keep listening for more.

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