The Daily Beat

Premiere DateJul 24, 2013
Categories Culture Politics Talk
00:00 The Daily Beat Intro
00:37 Top Story
01:23 Heliotropes Early in the Morning Radio
05:30 World News
06:26 PROMO
06:41 In Other News
07:50 Yellowbirds The Ceiling
12:53 Finish

You’ve just tuned in to The Daily Beat!

The Daily Beat is a daily news podcast inspired by the power of social media to spark social change. Tune in Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. as BTR’s social media director, DJ Jen, culls the “Twitterverse” and “blogosphere” to bring you the top stories regarding social justice and human rights issues.

Not to mention, we’ll also feature some of BTR’s top tracks.

Don’t miss a beat!


Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Personal data briefly exposed at NYC bike share.”

The article reads:

Operators of New York City’s bike-sharing program say a software glitch accidentally revealed personal and financial information of more than 1,000 of its account holders.

The Citi Bike program notified affected members of the problem in a July 19 letter, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reviewed the letter. The breach occurred on April 15 and involved data including credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates.


Today The Raw Story published a Reuters article titled “Bribery keeps Chinese public hospitals running.”

The article reads:

Bribery is the lubricant that helps keep China’s public hospitals running, and the health system would struggle to function without illegal payments to poorly paid doctors and administrators, say medical practitioners and industry experts.

They say government policies are partly to blame for a system in which doctors and other staff expect to be paid extra fees to perform operations and take kickbacks from pharmaceutical firms and medical-equipment suppliers.

The profession’s ugly underbelly was exposed last week when police accused British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline of bribing officials and doctors for six years to boost sales and the price of its medicines. GSK has called the developments “shameful” and on Monday said some of its Chinese executives appeared to have broken the law.


Today Think Progress published an article titled “Conservatives Gear Up For War To Keep Top Women’s Rights Attorney Off The Bench.”

The article’s author Ian Millhiser writes:

… beyond Justice Ginsburg herself, few lawyers have done more to advance the cause of women’s equality than Nina Pillard — and few lawyers have been as successful in their efforts to do so. By confirming Pillard to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Senate will ensure that the two women’s perspective as leading advocates for women’s justice will not be absent from the bench on the day the elderly Ginsburg retires.

That is, of course, if Pillard is confirmed. On the eve of her confirmation hearing, the influential Family Research Council warned of Pillard’s “militant feminism” and proclaimed that “America can’t afford to give a lifetime appointment to a radical ideologue!”