The Beat with Ari Melber

By Ari Melber, MSNBC

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Ari Melber delivers the biggest political and news stories of the day, with interviews and original reporting from around the nation. An Emmy-winning journalist, attorney and former Senate staffer, Melber cuts through the spin and the noise to tell you what's really happening. Real news, every night. 

Episode Date
Rep. Swalwell: Trump firing Sessions would lead to impeachment

Paul Manafort’s defense team rested their case without calling a single witness (0.00). New reports reveal Mueller is looking beyond collusion and into Stone’s threats to Randy Credico, a political activist once described as Stone’s intermediary with Wikileaks (16.00). Rep. Eric Swalwell tells Ari Melber that the “deafening silence from Republicans” is allowing Trump to “continue to obstruct” the Mueller probe (24.05) and a billionaire Democrat donor makes a new push to mobilize millennials ahead of the 2018 midterm elections (32.45). Plus, people with opposing political views, Vox Media's Liz Plank and Trump campaign board member Madison Gesiotto, join Ari Melber to discuss how dating culture has changed in the Trump era (37.50).

Aug 15, 2018
Reality TV Executive: Omarosa-Trump fight is like a “hip hop beef”

Former top White House aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman releases secret recordings of President Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly from her time in the Trump administration and claims White House staffers help Trump lie “every day” (0.00). Donald Trump has a new defense of the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting, saying if there was follow up he wasn't in on it (16.25) and Mueller's prosecutors rest their case against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort (24.30). . In a Special Report on the ongoing attacks, Ari Melber breaks down how current 2018 online attacks are morphing into dangerous forms and having real-world consequences ahead of the 2018 midterm elections (32.00). Plus, the FBI quietly fires agent Peter Strzok (39.25).

Aug 14, 2018
Bonus episode: Julian Assange associate Randy Credico's journey to a Mueller probe subpoena

This week "The Beat" reported exclusively that Special Counsel Mueller planned to subpoena Julian Assange associate, Randy Credico. In today's podcast bonus episode, Ari Melber examines Credico's news-making appearances on the show, from describing Mueller's agents confronting him in New York, to revealing that Julian Assange was "ready" to meet with Rep. Adam Schiff.

Aug 12, 2018
Black Lives Matter Leader Calls out Media Coverage on Charlottesville anniversary

Trump’s lawyers, Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow are interviewing themselves in the media, moonlighting as guest hosts on Sean Hannity’s radio show (0.00). A witness in the Mueller probe, Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller, is held in contempt for refusing to comply with a Grand Jury subpoena (17.40). Black Lives Matter co-founder, Patrisse Cullors and activist DeRay McKesson join Ari Melber to discuss the one year anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville Virginia, where white nationalists and counter-protestors clashed violently (25.10). Host of “Tabatha takes over”, Tabatha Coffey and former Executive Editor of The New York Times, Howell Raines, join Ari Melber for Fallback Friday (33.10). Patt Morrison blasts Trump for being "practically Orwellian" (39.25) and former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault-Newman makes an explosive claim: she says the Trump campaign offered her hush money (42.00),

Aug 11, 2018
Extra extended interview: Trump "Art of the Deal" co-author, Tony Schwartz

In this bonus episode, listen exclusively to Ari Melber's extended interviews with Trump's "Art of the Deal" co-author Tony Schwartz, recorded as part of a new series on the show called "State of Mind", where we dig into deeper issues of emotion, mental health and happiness particularly as they intersect with politics.

Aug 05, 2018
Exclusive: ‘The Beat’ anniversary special with Michael Avenatti and Liz Plank

Ari Melber reflects on the first year of ‘The Beat’ on MSNBC with regular guests and friends of the show, Attorney Michael Avenatti and Vox Media’s Liz Plank. Michael Avenatti goes into more detail about his relationship with the media, why he is following Donald Trump’s lead in communicating with people through social media and why he’s not ruling out running for office. Liz Plank also comments on how both Democrats and the media must look to the success of candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in a New York primary and the particular way they use social media to reach voters.   

Jul 29, 2018
Bonus episode: Ex-Fox analyst Ret. Col. Ralph Peters calls Trump a "slave" of Putin

In this bonus episode, listen to two interviews with Ret. Col. Ralph Peters, who has worked against the Russian military and who quit Fox News over its coverage of President Trump. Peters explains why he views Trump's actions at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin as "treason" and examines the impact Fox News has had on being a "propaganda machine" for Trump.

Jul 22, 2018
Exclusive: Michael Avenatti extended interview

In a podcast exclusive, hear an extended version of Ari Melber's latest interview with lawyer Michael Avenatti, including his response to Michael Cohen hiring Clinton loyalist, Lanny Davis as his lawyer. Plus, hear more from a previous interview, where Michael Avenatti first discussed his view that Michael Cohen would flip.

Jul 15, 2018
Exclusive extra: Law & Order star Sam Waterston talks to Ari Melber about defending Mueller

In this podcast exclusive, hear Ari Melber's extended conversation with Law & Order star Sam Waterston, where they discussed Waterston's campaign to defend Special counsel Mueller and the Russia probe, how he's following in his father's footsteps by launching the effort and how he channelled what people want out of the justice system in the way he played his role.

Jul 01, 2018
Special episode: Dave Chappelle talks to Ari Melber about why he’s getting into politics for the first time

Comedian Dave Chappelle is getting personally involved in politics for the first time in his career, by endorsing his friend and candidate for Governor of Maryland, Ben Jealous. Chappelle and Jealous join Ari Melber to discuss Trump, Chappelle’s Emmy award-winning SNL monologue and why he’s endorsing a candidate for the first time.

Jun 24, 2018
Exclusive: Ari talks NFL protests, racism in the Trump era & music in an extended discussion with Hot 97 DJs Ebro Darden, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez

In a special edition of “The Beat” Ari Melber speaks with hosts from Hot 97, the no. 1 hip hop radio in New York. The hosts debate the biggest stories in politics and hip hop, including Trump’s obsession with rap artists and how hip hop music responds to American issues like gun violence and criminal justice. Ebro breaks down the controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national album, noting the acceptance of black men using “their bodies to entertain" but not to advocate for their communities.  

Jun 17, 2018