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Abandoning The Left: Why Democrats Can't Save Us

11/15/2018
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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...

Duration:00:31:25

Law & Disorder: Progressive Prosecutors Hope to Dismantle Mass Incarceration, One County at a Time

10/30/2018
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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

Duration:00:23:44

Black Ops: COINTELPRO & The U.S. Government’s Ongoing Demonization of Black Activism

10/18/2018
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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...

Duration:00:27:05

The Truth About Puerto Rico: A U.S. Colony

10/8/2018
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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...

Duration:00:25:38

Season Three Trailer

10/1/2018
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The third season of the award-winning News Beat podcast is set to drop. Here's a quick look at some of the upcoming episodes, including topics such as the immigration crisis, prison abolition, the threat of sexual assault facing incarcerated women, and how the government spies on its citizens. 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:...

Duration:00:03:45

Trump’s Muslim Ban: Tearing Apart Families

8/2/2018
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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...

Duration:00:26:40

The Real Voter Fraud

7/3/2018
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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...

Duration:00:34:52

Criminalizing Protest

6/14/2018
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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...

Duration:00:34:49

America: Even More 'Separate and Unequal'

5/16/2018
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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...

Duration:00:24:16

BackBeat Episode Breakdown: Youth Prisons

5/11/2018
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The News Beat crew expands on the information presented in the full Youth Prisons: Juvenile Detention’s Racial Disparity, Rampant Violence & Lasting Damage episode. Join News Beat's producer and host, Manny Faces, editor in chief Chris Twarowski in this BackBeat episode.

Duration:00:36:55

Youth Prisons

4/30/2018
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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...

Duration:00:21:51

BackBeat Episode Breakdown: MS-13 plus Rebel Diaz Interview

4/19/2018
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The News Beat crew expands on the information presented in the full MS-13: Made in the USA episode, which explores the origins of the murderous gang which is being used as something of a scapegoat for the immigration policies of the Trump administration. This episode's featured musical guests were revolutionary hip-hop duo Rebel Diaz, with a special appearance from El Savadorian rap artist, Cruz Kontrol. Rebel Diaz are no stranger to social justice and immigrant issues. These children of...

Duration:01:08:59

MS-13: Made in the U.S.A.

4/9/2018
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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...

Duration:00:25:26

BackBeat Episode Breakdown: Poverty in America

4/6/2018
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This BackBeat episode provides additional background and insight regarding our episode, "Land of the Rich, Home of the Poor: America's Poverty Crisis." Listen to the full episode first, then join us here for an in-depth discussion about the issue. You'll hear from News Beat host/producer Manny Faces, editor-in-chief Christopher Twarowski and managing editor Rashed Mian.

Duration:00:46:29

Poverty in America: Land of the Rich, Home of the Poor

3/21/2018
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The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, and by certain fiscal parameters, the wealthiest. It's richest citizens own roughly 40 percent of the world's wealth. Yet, about 40 million Americans are living in poverty, and about 20 million are mired in extreme poverty, scraping by on less than $2 a day. At the same time that the top 1 percent are increasing their vast fortunes, the income inequality gap is ever-widening, and the middle class is dissolving. For tens of...

Duration:00:23:06

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

3/21/2018
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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...

Duration:00:50:37

BackBeat: A Discussion about the War on the Freedom of the Press

3/15/2018
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This BackBeat episode provides additional background and insight regarding our episode, "Enemy of the American People: The U.S. Government's War on Journalism and Press Freedom." Listen to the full episode first, then join us here for an in-depth discussion about the issue. You'll hear from News Beat producer and host Michael Conforti, AKA Manny Faces, editor-in-chief Christopher Twarowski and managing editor Rashed Mian.

Duration:00:50:08

Freedom of the Press: Trump's War on Journalists

3/1/2018
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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

Duration:00:25:46

BackBeat Episode Breakdown: America's Black Hole

2/21/2018
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This BackBeat episode provides additional background and insight regarding our episode, "America's Black Hole: Indefinite Detention, Torture at Terror at Guantanamo Bay." Listen to the full episode first, then join us here for an in-depth discussion about the issue. You'll hear from News Beat producer Michael Conforti, AKA Manny Faces, editor-in-chief Christopher Twarowski and managing editor Rashed Mian.

Duration:00:50:20

Guantanamo Bay: America's Black Hole

2/9/2018
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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

Duration:00:24:29