The Beat with Ari Melber

By Ari Melber, MSNBC

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 Apr 15, 2022
I would give a five star review but I don't understand why play foreign language adds on an english language podcast. I don't know what it is even about as the people that speak that language don't ( for the most part) understand english. I originally gave a one star review and when I checked on it there were three stars. Talk about unethical! I will unsubscribe now.

 Jun 11, 2019

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 Jan 28, 2019
He's so handsome... Oh and damned good at his job.

 Sep 17, 2018
intelligent, detailed, funny, accurate. An absolute must for those interested in all things: trump, russia


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.

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Jan. 6 committee eyes witness tampering amid Trump coup bombshell

MSNBC's Katie Phang fills in for MSNBC's Ari Melber and hosts "The Beat" on Friday, July 1, reporting on the Jan. 6 panels' concern Trump and his allies have been tampering with witnesses, Trump's legal exposure, and abortion restrictions across the nation. Fernand Amandi and Katty Kay join.

Jul 02, 2022
Trump's top White House lawyer subpoenaed

MSNBC's Ari Melber hosts "The Beat" on Thursday, June 30, and reports on the escalating Jan. 6 probe, the Supreme Court's major decisions this past term, women's rights, and the indictment of Donald Trump's top White House lawyer. Anita Hill joins.

Jul 01, 2022
Fallout after aide links Trump to armed rioters

MSNBC's Ari Melber hosts "The Beat" on Wednesday, June 29, and reports on the bombshell evidence revealed in the latest Jan. 6 hearing, the Trump insiders and conservatives now turning on the former president, and Donald Trump's criminal liability. Joan Walsh, Michael Cohen, and Barry Berke, who worked on both Trump impeachment trials, join.

Jun 29, 2022
Bombshell testimony links Trump to armed violence

MSNBC's Ari Melber hosts "The Beat" on Tuesday, June 28, and reports on the bombshell evidence revealed during the latest January 6 hearing and the footage subpoenaed in the Georgia probe into Trump's effort to overturn election results in the state. Michael Steele and Nick Akerman join.

Jun 29, 2022
Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

MSNBC's Ari Melber hosts "The Beat" on Friday, June 24, and reports on the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade. Emily Bazelon, Maya Wiley, and Terry O'Neill join. 

Jun 24, 2022
"Insanity": Trump aides rebuke deranged election plot

MSNBC's Ari Melber hosts "The Beat" on Thursday, June 23, and reports on the latest Jan. 6 public hearing, Donald Trump's bid to put a loyalist in charge of the DOJ, and the trove of footage one filmmaker captured of the Trump family and aides in the months leading up to the insurrection. Neal Katyal and Nick Akerman join. 

Jun 23, 2022
DOJ expands criminal probe into Trump "fake electors" plot

MSNBC's Ari Melber hosts "The Beat" on Wednesday, June 22, and reports on the DOJ's criminal probe into Donald Trump's fake electors plot, the next Jan. 6 public hearing, GOP Senator Johnson's involvement in the coup plot, and the GOP's move away from the religious right. Michael Steele and Chai Komanduri join.

Jun 22, 2022
Trump’s voter fraud plot exposed by Republicans at hearing

MSNBC’s Ari Melber hosts “The Beat” on Tuesday, June 21, and reports on the fourth Jan. 6 public hearing, the new revelations about the plot to deliver fraudulent electors to Mike Pence, and the evidence that Donald Trump coordinated with the RNC to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election. Nick Akerman, Michael Hirschorn, Michelle Goldberg, and Libby Casey join. 

Jun 22, 2022
No authority: Evidence incriminates Trump and lawyer

MSNBC’s Ari Melber hosts “The Beat” on Monday, June 20, and reports on the upcoming Jan. 6 public hearings, the outrage Americans feel after seeing the Jan. 6 committee’s evidence against Donald Trump, and the state of the U.S. economy. Neal Katyal, Jill Wine-Banks, and Dylan Ratigan join.

Jun 20, 2022
Smoking gun: Why Trump lawyer seeking pardon may sink Trump for illegal coup
MSNBC's Ari Melber hosts "The Beat" on Friday, June 17 and reports on the smoking gun evidence that Trump lawyer John Eastman knew his coup plot was illegal and requested a pardon for himself. Also, as the Jan. 6 committee hearings are underway, HBO smash hit show "The Wire" celebrates its 20th anniversary. Stars Lance Reddick and Lawrence Gillian Junior join Ari Melber to discuss the former President’s penchant for “mob” tactics and parallels to "The Wire."
Jun 18, 2022
BONUS: Trump's secret Jan. 6 plot exposed

In this bonus podcast, MSNBC's Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber highlights his coverage of the Jan. 6 probe and his interviews with Trump allies like Peter Navarro and  Boris Epshteyn. Melber also features his conversations with an organizer of the Jan. 6 rally, Michael Cohen, and a witness from the Jan. 6 committee's first public hearing.

Jun 14, 2022
News from Ari: How to Listen to The January 6th Hearings

Ari Melber will be contributing to MSNBC’s special coverage of the January 6th Hearings this month, beginning on Thursday, June 9th. Good news: you can listen to the full hearings, plus the team’s analysis before and after each hearing, as podcasts. The episodes will be dropping into The Rachel Maddow Show feed. Head there now and hit “follow” so you don’t miss a moment:

Jun 09, 2022
BONUS: To end "Roe," GOP-appointed Justice says pregnant women were prosecuted in 1600s

The unprecedented leak of a draft opinion by Justice Alito to overturn abortion rights is stoking nationwide debate, as many advocates and commentators warned GOP-appointed Justices would take this approach despite pledging otherwise at confirmation hearings. Ahead of the Supreme Court's final decision on "Roe," MSNBC's Ari Melber highlights his reporting on the topic, including his breaking coverage of the issue from the steps of the Supreme Court and his interviews on the topic with Margaret Atwood, Cecile Richards, and Samantha Bee. 

Jun 09, 2022
BONUS: Music mogul Scooter Braun and Grammy-winning J Balvin on the music industry and more

In this special bonus podcast, MSNBC's Ari Melber spotlights his interviews with pioneering music manager turned multi-media mogul Scooter Braun and Grammy-winning Colombian artist J Balvin. Braun opens up to Melber about his unique approach to spotting and launching artists, as well as the current state of the music industry. J Balvin, who is managed by Braun, discusses the industry, as well as his album "Jose" and his advocacy for mental health.

May 28, 2022
BONUS: Tucker Carlson’s Debunked Conspiracy Theory Cited By Buffalo Shooting Suspect

In this bonus podcast, MSNBC's Ari Melber highlights some of his coverage of the racist conspiracy theory known as "great replacement theory." The theory is the xenophobic idea that racial and religious minorities will "replace" the white majority. While the theory used to be fringe, it has recently been amplified and repeated by some top conservatives, including Fox News' Tucker Carlson.

May 23, 2022
BONUS: Heat on Clarence and Ginni Thomas over bombshell texts, KBJ's historic confirmation and more

In this bonus podcast, MSNBC's Ari Melber highlights several conversations previously featured on "The Beat" that relate to the Supreme Court. Listeners will hear Melber's conversation with cult expert and mental health professional Dr. Steven Hassan, who discusses Ginni Thomas' relationship with the "cult" of QAnon and her past experience with the so-called cult of Lifespring; Melber's conversation with former Senator Barbara Boxer regarding Ginni Thomas' texts to Trump's Chief of Staff encouraging efforts to overturn the 2020 election; and, finally, Melber's conversation with Maya Wiley and former Senator Carol Moseley Braun about Ketanji Brown Jackson's historic confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Apr 12, 2022
BONUS: 'The answer is racism': Angie Martinez on bias against Black poetry & interviewing Obama & 2Pac

From Barack Obama hailing her as "The Voice of New York" to Snoop and Mary J Blige bringing her backstage at the 2022 Super Bowl, Angie Martinez has built herself into one of the most acclaimed radio hosts and interviewers in American music. The Grammy-nominated Martinez has established herself as an essential stop on rap and pop artists' roads to stardom, which is why she's sat with everyone from 2Pac and Biggie to Drake, Queen Latifah, A$AP Rocky, Cardi B, and Ice Cube. In this in-depth interview with MSNBC anchor and music obsessive Ari Melber, Martinez shares her top 5 MCs recording right now (and presses Melber for his); reflects on the art and politics of 2Pac; explores the double standard and bias against Black poetry in hip hop; the accomplishments and challenges for women in the industry; and shares the best advice she's received about life.

Mar 18, 2022
BONUS: What does the 1st Amendment protect? Floyd Abrams on speech, war, tech & 'canceling'

Republicans in Florida and Texas passed new laws targeting technology companies for banning or "canceling" certain speech -- an uphill battle, as a federal judge blocked the Texas law as unconstitutional. Renowned free speech lawyer Floyd Abrams agrees, saying the new GOP laws violate the First Amendment because media and tech companies have the legal right to decide what to publish. Abrams, the "most sought-after First Amendment litigator of his generation," according to New York Times, speaks out on those laws, free speech in the digital age, reporter's privilege, his litigation against Rudy Giuliani and for Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump's "danger," and a range of legal and political issues in this wide-ranging interview with Ari Melber, who used to practice law with Abrams. 

Mar 08, 2022
BONUS: On Trump, 'Jeen-Yuhs' director breaks with Kanye; talks drive, talent & the retainers with Ari

From rebuking Pres. Bush over Hurrican Katrina, to backing Pres. Trump, to mounting his own brief run for President, Ye (formerly Kanye West) has made himself a controversial, unavoidable part of American politics, music, culture, fashion, social media, and business for decades. Two of his oldest collaborators and friends, Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah, explain their belief and fascination in the artist and billionaire entrepreneur Ye -- even amidst some disagreements over politics, values, and business -- as they unveil one of the most unusual, long-running documentaries ever made, Netflix's "jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy." The new film draws on hundreds of hours of previously unseen footage, 20 years in the making, which began when Simmons decided to devote years to filming a then-unknown music producer. In one of the most extensive, in-depth interviews about the project, Simmons and Ozah talk with MSNBC anchor and music obsessive Ari Melber about Ye; his relationship with them, other artists and his mother Donda - whom they knew well; the complex backstory of the project; the racial dynamics that Ye faced in the industry; their discussions about Drake narrating the film; how anyone can tap the lessons of passion and a "genius" mindset; and, on a lighter note, the way a young Ye's retainers figured into his early years. Ye is a complex artist and person who has proven controversial, maddening, gifted, and inspiring to so many people around the world. This bonus podcast explores some of the reasons for that, with people who have studied his life and work. 

Mar 08, 2022
BONUS: Legend George Clinton on politics, seeing UFOs, and playing funk in his 80s

In this bonus episode, P-Funk legend George Clinton joins MSNBC’s Ari Melber for an extended interview, discussing Cardi B, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and sampling; performing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; art in the COVID era; delaying his retirement; advice on longevity in music and life; and an encounter that informs his belief that there is life beyond earth. The discussion was taped in June 2021, after Clinton played in Central Park in one of the first performances after the pandemic. This bonus episode also includes Melber's Fallback Friday conversations with Clinton. 

Nov 12, 2021
BONUS: J Balvin on vaccines, surviving COVID, truth in music & new album 'Jose'

Grammy-winning Colombian artist J Balvin had an intense 2020 -- battling a severe COVID case that he says "almost killed" him; releasing a new album that went quadruple platinum and made him one of the most streamed artists of the year; beginning work on a new album "Jose" (Sept 2021); and continuing his advocacy for mental health and connecting with his growing global fan base. The Reggaeton icon opens up about all of it in this extensive, in-person interview with MSNBC anchor Ari Melber. 

Oct 22, 2021
BONUS: Gary Vaynerchuk on crypto, hustling, and why his critics are wrong

Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk sits down with MSNBC's Ari Melber in this extensive interview to discuss how he got his start, what it means to be an entrepreneur in the digital age, his thoughts on bitcoin, NFTs, social media -- and why he thinks the establishment will "never" love him. Note: This video contains some adult language.

Oct 20, 2021
BONUS: "Stomach-turning": MAGA riot’s confederate flag rebuked by Fran Lebowitz

Writer Fran Lebowitz applies her iconic candor and wit to the insurrection, voter suppression, feminism, the news media, comedy — and why she says she’s not a pessimist, despite her reputation— in this wide-ranging interview, a new installment of The Summit Series with Ari Melber, featuring discussions with leaders at the summit of their fields. The series debuted in 2021 with Melber’s interview with Bill Gates.

Oct 01, 2021
BONUS: Lil Baby on BLM, the trap, Drake, White House visit and his drawl

In an extensive interview from his Atlanta studio, Lil Baby talks about music, his signature "drawl," his approach to success, the trap, why he rarely orders platinum plaques for his hits and what it meant to make Barack Obama's playlist and meet with Vice President Kamala Harris. The 26-year-old talks with MSNBC anchor and music lover Ari Melber, and answers "lightning round" questions about what he thinks of artists like Drake, Jay Z, Young Thug and Diddy.

Sep 27, 2021
BONUS: Ending the Drug War & corporate robbery with Russ, hip hop's leading DIY artist

In this bonus edition of "The Beat's" podcast, rapper, singer and author Russ discusses music, creativity, business and independent thinking in a wide-ranging discussion for “Mavericks with Ari Melber,” a series of interviews with leading artists, musicians and cultural icons. The two also discuss Russ’s marijuana business and related advocacy; his views on hip hop’s relationship with mafia films; controversies in the music industry from unfair contracts to alleged fake streaming; and several references to Russ’s lyrics also arise over the course of the conversation.

Sep 11, 2021
Bonus: "Strange Fruit": How Black Artists Defied U.S. Racism, Got It Right And Paid The Price

In a special in-depth report, Ari Melber goes through history and examines the way black artists and activists confronted racism and police brutality in their music and their own lives. Melber traces history from the works of Sam Cooke and Billie Holiday to N.W.A and 2Pac, and how many of their messages ring true today. Melber also looks at politicians who attacked these artists, demonizing their music and message. New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries joins for a special conversation on the report.

Jul 12, 2020
BONUS: Playwright Jeremy O. Harris talks to Ari Melber from his lockdown pad in London

In this bonus podcast episode, Playwright Jeremy O. Harris talks with MSNBC's Ari Melber on Instagram live.

May 17, 2020
BONUS: MSNBC's Ari Melber sits down with Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, Vic Mensa

This bonus podcast episode features Ari Melber's extended interviews with 50 Cent and Vic Mensa.

May 10, 2020
BONUS: Coronavirus pandemic in the United States

In this special report, MSNBC’s Ari Melber reports on Gates’ past warnings, his public health work, his repeated efforts to personally lobby Donald Trump on these issues, and potential implications for battling this pandemic – and the next one. Melber also reports on Dr. Fauci becoming a leader in the pandemic response, tips to combat the stress of coronavirus and talks with Grammy-nominated rapper Jeezy, who has released music for his fans to enjoy during the health crisis.

Apr 06, 2020
BONUS: DJ D-Nice and Melissa Etheridge encourage everyone to #StayHome to slow the spread of coronavirus

In this bonus podcast episode, DJ D-Nice joins MSNBC's Ari Melber to discuss his virtual party, "Club Quarantine," that has gone viral during the coronavirus social isolation period, gaining over 100 viewers. D-Nice talks teaming up with Michelle Obama to "party with a purpose."

Grammy and Oscar winning singer Melissa Etheridge tells Ari about her daily concerts she is now streaming on Facebook as a way to improve her “own mental health,” while she also hopes it gives others a “feeling of connection” and an approach to healing during the public crisis.

Mar 31, 2020
BONUS: Coronavirus pandemic

In this bonus podcast episode, medial experts and doctors join MSNBC's Ari Melber to report on the latest impact of the novel coronavirus. Ari also talks to the first coronavirus vaccine patient, from Washington. "Art of the Deal" co-author Tony Schwartz discusses not being overcome by fear during our new reality.

Mar 23, 2020
BONUS: From Trump's desperation to Drake's 'blackness,' Joe Budden opens up in candid interview

In this extensive interview, rapper and new media entrepreneur Joe Budden talks to MSNBC’s Ari Melber about music, politics, race, the danger of secrets and the power of therapy and personal growth. Budden responds to several video clips, ranging from his early days in hip hop to greatest hits from his popular music show “The Joe Budden Podcast.” Melber and Budden also discuss Drake’s musical career, his verse in “Sicko Mode” about Kanye West and other recent comments; Donald Trump’s history as a sometime hip hop socialite and frequently name-checked character in songs; the evolving meaning of the term “For The Culture,” and whether Budden’s role in hi hop now focuses more on being a rapper or a media interviewer.

Feb 02, 2020
BONUS: Ari Melber’s exclusive interviews with Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Dave Chappelle

In this special podcast episode, MSNBC’s Ari Melber sits down with Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) to discuss his favorite artists, some of his provocative lyrics and why Dave Chappelle is one of “his dearest friends for life.” We also dig into the archives from Ari’s 2018 interview with Dave Chappelle and then Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, to discuss why Chappelle decided to endorse a political candidate, followed by a deep analysis of Chappelle’s comedy in the Trump era.

Jan 12, 2020
BONUS: Full House to vote this week on impeaching Trump

MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber hosts "Impeachment: White House in Crisis"

Dec 16, 2019
BONUS: Impeachment Debate with Rep. Jeffries, Maya Wiley, Bush DOJ veteran and more

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE: Ari Melber hosts a live podcast event in NY on the night the House Intelligence probe wrapped up its scheduled impeachment hearings, featuring analysis and debate of the new evidence, road ahead, and legal burden of proof required to vote to impeach the President. Ari is joined by House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries legal experts John Flannery, Maya Wiley, Berit Berger, and John Malcolm.

Nov 22, 2019
BONUS: Ari Melber sits down with legendary group R.E.M. to discuss MONSTER, and secrets to music success without corporate compromises

In this bonus podcast episode, MSNBC's Ari Melber sits down with R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills to reflect on the 25th anniversary of their acclaimed album "Monster." The two also tackle their battles with the music industry, the meaning behind some of their most famous lyrics and their national debut on David Letterman's show.

Nov 10, 2019
BONUS: Experts on if Trump could lead to Trump's removal from office
Nov 05, 2019
BONUS: Growing evidence in impeachment case as new witnesses testify

Ari Melber hosts a special series on MSNBC: 'Trump and Ukraine: The Impeachment Crisis'

Oct 21, 2019
BONUS: Honoring Biggie Smalls with Havoc, Ebro, Hakeem Jeffries, Ari Melber & more

In this special Beat podcast extra, anchor Ari Melber leads discussions to mark the 25th anniversary of "Ready to Die," the classic debut album by The Notorious B.I.G., which revitalized East Coast hip hop.  Ari leads a discussion of Biggie's musical legacy with his collaborator Havoc (Mobb Deep); Lord Finesse, who produced the iconic final track on Ready to Die; and former Editor in Chief of The Source, Kim Osorio. Then Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Hot 97’s Ebro Darden talk to Ari about the wider issues of hip hop, politics and civil rights. Part two of the discussion also includes Jeffries and Darden discussing the potential impeachment of President Trump, how the 2016 Trump campaign stoked racial tensions to get elected, and challenges facing both the Republican and Democratic parties to address racial discrimination in national policy. This is a recording is of a public event in Brooklyn, N.Y., and includes some explicit language.

Oct 06, 2019
BONUS: Ari Melber breaks down the federal case that can stop Trump's immigration plan in its tracks

MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber reports on The Flores Agreement, a decades-old court settlement that is now more important than ever. The case controls how immigrant minors are treated in detention -- and is central to Trump’s family separation crisis.  In this special report, Melber examines how Trump's immigration agenda is thwarted by this Clinton-era case, how Trump actually echoes Obama on the immigration ruling but differs on protecting human rights, and what Congress can do to reform the entire system. 

Sep 22, 2019
Bonus: Mavericks with Ari Melber: Lee Daniels gets emotional over Halle Berry's historic oscar

In this bonus podcast, listen to Ari Melber's exclusive interviews with Hollywood director and producer Lee Daniels for Mavericks with Ari Melber – a series of in-depth conversations with artists, musicians and cultural icons.

Sep 15, 2019
BONUS: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's Jon Batiste explains 'Make Jazz Great Again'

In this bonus episode, MSNBC's Ari Melber talks to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's Jon Batiste to discuss his latest album, Anatomy of Angels: Live at the Village Vanguard. Batiste also opens up on working with Stevie Wonder, taking jazz from the streets of New Orleans to New York and growing up in New Orleans. 

Aug 18, 2019
BONUS: White supremacy and terrorism in America

In this bonus podcast, listen to Ari Melber explore the the relationship between white supremacy and the rise of domestic terrorism in Ameirca

Aug 11, 2019
BONUS: Ari Melber breaks down Mueller's historic testimony with Trump's personal lawyer

In this bonus podcast, listen to Ari Melber breaks down Mueller's historic testimony in front of Congress and discuss the next steps for the President with Trump's personal lawyer. 

Jul 28, 2019
BONUS: Ari Melber talks with fashion icons Dapper Dan and Andre Leon Talley

In this bonus podcast, listen to Ari Melber's exclusive interviews with Dapper Dan and Andre Leon Talley.

Jul 21, 2019
BONUS: Dapper Dan talks to Ari Melber on MSNBC’s "Uncorked"

In this week's episode of "Uncorked," fashion icon Dapper Dan joins Ari Melber to discuss his influence on culture and his new book, "Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir."

Jul 14, 2019
BONUS: Vic Mensa on Trump's relationship with hip hop

Ari talks with Chicago musician Vic Mensa about Trump, child separation, and guns in America. Later, an exclusive discussion of the arch of Donald Trump's relationship with hip hop.

Jun 30, 2019
Uncorked: An Ari Melber Extra featuring George Packer

Award-winning writer George Packer on being backstage with Obama, U.S. diplomacy, and his new book, “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century,” about the controversial career and rocky life of the legendary diplomat.

Jun 23, 2019
BONUS: Nadler on Mueller, Trump open to collusion

This week, Ari interviews House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler about getting Mueller to testify, and Trump admits that he is open to foreign assistance in the 2020 election.

Jun 16, 2019
BONUS: Democrats debate impeachment

This week, the debate about whether Democrats should begin impeachment hearings for Trump is coming to a head as Democrats go on offense against Trump’s stonewalling. Also, a new book delves into the chaos and “psychodrama” of the Trump White House and purports to quote secret memos from within Mueller’s team.

Jun 09, 2019
BONUS: Mueller resigns with historic statement

Special Counsel Robert Mueller resigns from the DOJ speaks publicly for the first time in nearly two years. In his prepared statement, Mueller declares only Congress may “accuse” President Trump of wrongdoing, essentially handing off any next steps to Congress. Mueller also downplays testifying before Congress. Lastly, AG Barr and the Trump administration responds to Mueller’s public statement.

Jun 02, 2019
BONUS: Extended interview with Kamala Harris

Presidential candidate and Senator Kamala Harris is launching a new plan to close the gender wage gap, that would force corporations to prove they are paying equally across genders or face strict fines from the federal government. In a new interview with MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent, Ari Melber, Harris also discusses the Mueller report and Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr, noting Barr “has clearly demonstrated his bias in favor of the President and not in favor of Justice.”
Plus, listen to Harris' first interview on "The Beat", recorded in 2017. 

May 26, 2019
BONUS: Ari Melber's extended interview with 6 members of Wu-Tang Clan

In this extended 2019 interview with Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah, RZA, Masta Killa, U-God, Inspectah Deck and Cappadonna, MSNBC host Ari Melber asks them about their music, their interest in chess and martial arts films, politics in the age of Trump, and how they look at music and life after 25 years together. RZA brings up J. Cole’s middle child to discuss the different generations in hip hop, and several of the artists discuss how music can be a form of therapy for young people who don’t otherwise “have an outlet for anger, frustration, emotions, sadness.” This interview is a digital exclusive that was part of Wu-Tang Clan’s 2019 appearance on “The Beat with Ari Melber,” an MSNBC show coveting news, politics and culture, which included another segment that aired on TV.

May 19, 2019
BONUS: Ari Melber explains the Mueller report

In this bonus podcast episode, listen to Ari Melber's reporting and analysis on the Mueller report, including a special break down of the two paths forward, outlined by Mueller in the Russia probe report and why Mueller may have referred to both the Congressional power of impeachment and the possibility for former Presidents to be indicted. Plus, listen to Ari Melber's interview with former Acting Solicitor General, Neal Katyal, who wrote the DOJ rules governing a Special Counsel and why he believes Trump is worse than Nixon. Then, a break down of how Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr was busted for misleading the public. 

Apr 28, 2019
BONUS: Ari Melber panel at 92Y

Mueller did “not exonerate” Trump, so what should Congress do? CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, ABC’s Sunny Hostin & NBC’s Ari Melber discuss in  rare joint appearance.
Two crucial questions facing the Mueller Report are: How much evidence of obstruction does it detail against Trump, and what – if anything – should Congress do about it? Some of the top legal analysts from several networks tackle these questions in a rare joint appearance hosted by the 92nd Street Y Community Center in Manhattan, held in the crucial period between Mueller finishing the Russia probe and the DOJ releasing a redacted version of his report.  The discussion is divided into four parts: What is known based on Mueller’s indictments; what is known about the report (before its released); what is known based on the conduct of Pres. Trump and A.G. Bill Barr; and how the “narrators” in the press and online have shaped public understanding of the Mueller probe. The event was led by MSNBC Anchor and Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber.  

Apr 14, 2019
BONUS: Jeru The Damaja & Just Blaze

In this exclusive podcast, listen to Ari Melber's interviews with hip hop legends, rapper Jeru the Damaja and producer Just Blaze. Brooklyn rapper Jeru The Damaja talks about coming up with Notorious B.I.G. in the 1990s -- shooting down rumors he was criticizing the late artist in his songs knocking materialistic rap – and lists off his top favorite MCs of all time. Just Blaze discusses his career working with top artists like Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar and more.

Apr 07, 2019
BONUS: Exclusive reporting on Mueller probe

In this bonus podcast episode, listen to MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent, Ari Melber's reporting an analysis from the week Mueller's Russia probe came to an end and Trump's Attorney General Bill Barr released his summary of the report. Former Attorney General Eric Holder tells Melber he believes Barr has handled the report in the "wrong" way. Plus, in an interview on the first working day after Barr's summary was released, Melber interview's President Trump's personal lawyer and presses him on what "no exoneration" means. 

Mar 31, 2019
BONUS: Fmr. SDNY Chiefs say a President can be indicted

In this exclusive extra podcast, listen to Ari Melber's extended interviews with two former U.S. Attorneys for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara and Benito Romano. Plus, in a special report, Melber, examines how despite claims that the Russia probe is a “witch-hunt”, Bob Mueller has proven to be one of the fastest and most effective Special Counsels in U.S. history, racking up indictments at the fastest pace since Watergate.

Mar 24, 2019
BONUS: Ari Melber on the Mueller probe: The system worked

The Mueller probe has ended and Special Counsel Mueller has filed his report with Attorney General Bill Barr. MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent, Ari Melber, breaks down what we know about the report so far and speaks to experts including two Members of Congress to learn more. House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff responds to the news for the first time on "The Beat", telling Melber, AG Barr mus "live up to the commitment to be as transparent as possible" and release the report. Senator Richard Blumenthal says Congress must "subpoena the facts and evidence" including Grand Jury material if necessary. 

Mar 22, 2019
BONUS: Tee Grizzley & exclusive reporting on Stormy Daniels story

In this exclusive bonus podcast, listen to Ari Melber's interview with rapper Tee Grizzley. Plus exclusive reporting from "The Beat" this week, Ari Melber learned House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings is requesting documents from former Fox News reporter Diana Falzone., who alleges the network buried the Stormy Daniels story before the 2016 election.

Mar 17, 2019
BONUS: Extended interviews with Elizabeth Warren & John Turturro

In this exclusive bonus podcast episode, listen to Ari Melber's extended interview with actor John Turturro from HBO's "The Night Of"., a fun interview with designer Isaac Mizrahi and NBC's Craig Melvin. Plus, Melber's extended interview with 2020 Candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Mar 10, 2019
BONUS: The Breakfast Club

In this series of extended special interviews, MSNBC anchor Ari Melber talks to all three Breakfast Club hosts about their favorite and wildest interviews - from Diddy to Dick Gregory - whether hip hop helped Barack Obama become President, how prison impacted Meek Mill and how the hosts try to get interviews subjects to open up. The popular radio show’s hosts also respond to a Fox News attack on Sen. Kamala Harris for a moment from an interview with her, when she discussed smoking pot in college and what type of rap she listens to now. DJ Envy tells MSNBC anchor Ari Melber that the right wing attacks on Harris’s comments were “absolutely, positively lies.”

Mar 03, 2019
BONUS: Extended interview with Andrew McCabe

In a news-making interview with MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe details a secret, never-released letter by Trump linking the firing of James Comey to Russia; explains what he thinks the “worst thing” Trump has done in office; previews the impending Mueller Report; discusses whether Rod Rosenstein wrote a misleading memo to justify Trump firing James Comey and -- under persistent questioning -- McCabe goes farther than he did in his book to acknowledge his own “mistakes” in the Clinton email investigation.

30.10 - Listen to Mother Jones' David Corn's reaction and analysis to the interview.

34.00 - Listen to Ari Melber's analysis of McCabe's firing in 2018, when it happened.

Feb 24, 2019
BONUS: Anti-abortion ruing boomerangs on Sen. Susan Collins

In this bonus episode, listen to Ari Melber report on how the Supreme Court is effectively one vote away from eliminating access to abortion and how Senator Susan Collins, despite claiming to be a “pro-choice moderate” who supports Roe vs. Wade, has voted to confirm three Justices who just voted to limit a key abortion protection.

Feb 17, 2019
BONUS: Nancy Pelosi's viral "clap back"

In this week's exclusive extra, listen to Ari Melber's reporting from Trump's State of the Union and Democrat Stacey Abrams' response. Plus, comedian Sinbad joins to discuss Nancy Pelosi's viral "clap back" during Trump's address!

Feb 10, 2019
BONUS: Extended interview with Royce da 5'9"

0.00 - In this bonus episode, listen to Ari Melber's extended conversation with legendary rapper and hip hop artist, Royce da 5'9", discussing his childhood, hip hop’s historic relationship with Trump, working with Eminem and why he believes his new song “Cocaine” is the “most important” on the album.

9.00 - Catch Ari Melber's break down of a job crisis within the Trump White House: proof that the Trump administration struggles to hire and keep White House employees.

Feb 03, 2019
BONUS: Ari Melber interviews 4 key Mueller witnesses

In this bonus podcast, listen to Ari Melber's entire unprecedented exclusive interview with 4 key witnesses involved in Bob Mueller’s Russia probe. The witnesses – Jerome Corsi, Sam Nunberg, Michael Caputo and Carter Page – are each linked to President Trump, are each directly involved in the Russia probe and have each given testimony to Federal investigators. Topics in the wide-ranging interview included Roger Stone, Trump Tower Moscow, the question of Russian collusion and possible additional indictments.

Jan 27, 2019
BONUS: Women in Congress

In this exclusive podcast episode, listen to Ari Melber's midterms panel with 8 women candidates from both sides of the aisle running for Congress, plus more from his catch up with four of those candidates - three of whom are now starting their first terms in Congress!

Jan 20, 2019
BONUS: The Office that could threaten Trump more than Mueller.

In this bonus episode, listen to Ari Melber's special report on the Federal Office that could pose a bigger threat to Trump's interests than even the Mueller probe. Plus, hear from two people who used to work with Trump, give their insight into his personality and business acumen. Trump's "Art of the Deal" co-author, Tony Schwartz, tells Ari Melber: "As a Dealmaker, he is really one of the worst I've ever come across".

Jan 13, 2019
BONUS: Trump gets destroyed over broken promise that Mexico would fund wall.

In this weekend bonus episode, listen to Ari Melber break down how Trump is violating his own campaign promise by shutting down the Government over border wall funding. Melber walks through how Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall and is now breaking his pledge and trying to pass on the bill to U.S. taxpayers. Melber also walks through how Trump’s entire career was built on selling the hoax of “something for nothing” and this same pattern is now being politicized through the border wall funding battle.

Jan 06, 2019
BONUS: A$AP Ferg on trapping, hustling, drugs and why rap beefs "aren't real"

In a bonus podcast episode, listen to Ari Melber's conversation with rapper A$AP Ferg. Ferg talks to MSNBC anchor Ari Melber about music, trapping, hustling, criminal justice and what many people don’t understand about rap beefs -- including the long-running feud between Drake and Pusha T. He also discusses how artists can best push for criminal justice reform, including addressing reports that Meek Mill considered meeting with the Trump administration about reform. Ferg also opens up about his mother’s advice to avoid drugs.

Following that, stay tuned for a special edition of "Fallback" with SNL's Chris Redd and the Today Show's Craig Melvin, calling out who or what they think needs to fall back for the whole of 2018.

Dec 30, 2018
BONUS: Ari, Maya Wiley, Nick Akerman holiday special

Listen to Ari Melber discuss how the Mueller probe progressed in 2018 and what will be the key issues in 2019 with friends of "The Beat", attorney Maya Wiley and Watergate Prosecutor Nick Akerman. Wiley and Akerman also talk about a whirlwind year of being regular guests on cable news as legal analysts. Wiley dishes on how getting recognized on the street in New York, being followed on Twitter by musician Vince Staples and having Cher call her a "queen" has made her kids respect her more!

Dec 23, 2018
BONUS: House of Cards actor Boris McGiver

In this exclusive extra podcast, listen to Ari Melber's extended interview with House of Cards actor Boris McGiver, where they discuss the latest season of the hit Netflix show, filming a scene with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and his acting process, including working with directors like Steven Spielberg.

Dec 09, 2018
BONUS: Full interview with Mueller witness Jerome Corsi

In this week's bonus episode, listen to Ari Melber's entire blockbuster interview with Jerome Corsi, a key witness in the Mueller probe and an associate of Roger Stone. Corsi admits to Melber that he lied to Congress, that he tried to get stolen Clinton emails back to the Trump campaign in 2016, that he “absolutely” intended to help the Trump campaign by doing so, that he told Roger Stone about John Podesta’s emails and that his lawyers are still communicating with Trump’s legal team “as if” there is a joint legal defense. Ari Melber also presses Corsi on being a leader of the “birther movement” which Ari describes as a “total and complete lie” and asks him whether he is auditioning for a Trump pardon by bringing the subject of pardons up during the interview.

Dec 02, 2018
BONUS: The Mueller probe and the blue wave

In this special podcast extra, listen to some of the biggest Mueller probe stories over the past week. With Democrats taking control of the House after the midterm blue wave, Ari Melber examines how the shift in power could have wider implications for President Trump, his associates and the probe.

Nov 18, 2018
BONUS: Ari Melber and Lawrence O'Donnell on midterm blue wave

Listen to Ari Melber bust the myth of a "divided" electorate in this week's bonus episode, showing how the 2018 midterm election was the largest "blue wave" in 40 years. Lawrence O'Donnell also joins for this week's extra, to discuss America's growing Democracy deficit and how the media should never forgive itself for failing to adequately call out Trump's birther movement as a lie.

Nov 11, 2018
BONUS: Ari, Maya Wiley and Liz Plank at 92nd Street Y

Listen to Ari Melber, Maya Wiley and Liz Plank's full conversation at the 92nd Street Y in New York, where they discussed the upcoming midterm elections, the Russia probe, how media companies cover the Trump administration and more!

Nov 04, 2018
BONUS: Stories you may have missed this week

Ari Melber breaks down some of the most important stories from last week, including a bombshell "New York Times" report about President Trump is using a personal iPhone that has been hacked by Russian and Chinese spies (0.00). Next, is Ari's breakdown of how Obamacare is now apparently so successful, that Republicans are running on parts of it ahead of the midterms, even though they voted to repeal it (7.15). Finally, Ari's interview with lead MC of "The Roots", discussing criminal justice reform (15.15).

Oct 28, 2018
BONUS: Extended interview with Pulitzer Prize winner, Alice Walker

In a podcast exclusive, listen to Ari Melber's extended interview with Pulitzer Prize winning author, Alice Walker. Walker learns for the first time during the interview that hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar quoted her lyrics in the song "Alright" and says she believes President Trump has "an inferiority complex", particularly when it comes to former President Barack Obama.

Oct 21, 2018
BONUS: Extended interview with 50 Cent

This week's special bonus episode features Ari Melber's entire extended interview with legendary hip hop artist, 50 Cent, including more of the discussion that what aired on TV. Plus, a special behind-the-scenes conversation about young artists and his relationship with Tekashi69.

Oct 07, 2018
BONUS: The Brett Kavanaugh hearings

Ari Melber walks through the key points of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process and breaks down what the public learned about Kavanaugh's character in his latest testimony before the Senate.

Sep 30, 2018
BONUS: John Kerry and

Listen to more from Ari Melber's interviews with former Secretary of State, John Kerry and musician from "The Black Eyed Peas".

Sep 23, 2018
BONUS: Why Paul Manafort pleaded guilty and flipped

President Trump’s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, has flipped, pleading guilty in the Mueller probe and agreeing to cooperate fully with prosecutors. Manafort is the highest-ranking former Trump official to plead guilty and was involved in the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians. Listen to the top reporting and analysis from "The Beat" this week, to understand how this story unfolded.

Sep 16, 2018
BONUS: Trump Supreme Court nominee's fiery hearings

Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, faced fiery hearings in Washington D.C. Listen to more of Ari Melber's reporting from Capitol Hill and analysis from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Legal Defense Fund's Sherrilyn Ifill, President of Naral, Ilsye Hogue and NPR's Nina Totenberg

Sep 09, 2018
BONUS: Full extended interview with Sen. Elizabeth Warren

In this week's podcast extra, listen to Ari Melber's full extended interview with Senator Elizabeth Warren, where they discussed Sen. Warren's plan to take on corruption in politics, why she believes the Trump administration is "the most corrupt administration in living memory", what can be done to help Puerto Rico alleviate the debt crisis and the guilty plea and conviction of Trump associates Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort.

Sep 02, 2018
BONUS: Steve Bannon's full interview with Ari Melber

In an exclusive interview, Steve Bannon sits down one-on-one with Ari Melber for his first ever interview on MSNBC. Bannon outlined, among other subjects: his new plans for the midterm elections and why he thinks impeachment is on the ballot; why he is critical of parts of the Trump administration’s economic program; his views of Bob Mueller and the Russia probe; his thoughts on Trump’s gender gap with women voters; and his opinion of the president’s response to the 2017 Charlottesville riot. During the interview, Bannon said for the first time that he has raised over $5 million for his midterm effort, confirmed he did sign an N.D.A. for Trump (but was not paid for it), and that it would be a problem if Donald Trump did know about the Trump Tower meeting in advance.

Aug 18, 2018
BONUS: 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
BONUS: 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
BONUS: ‘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: 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
BONUS: 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
BONUS: 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
BONUS: 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
BONUS: 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