Created Equal Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Stephen Henderson and Laura Weber Davis and produced by WDET in Detroit, Created Equal pulls apart the strings of inequality that run through the American experience and seeks to answer the question: How did we arrive at this moment in history?
Created Equal

Created Equal

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Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Stephen Henderson and Laura Weber Davis and produced by WDET in Detroit, Created Equal pulls apart the strings of inequality that run through the American experience and seeks to answer the question: How did we arrive at this moment in history?

Most Recent Episodes

Created Equal Season 3 Preview with Stephen Henderson

Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson, Season 3 of the podcast Created Equal explores "Writers on Race, from Ralph Ellison to Colson Whitehead," and features some of the most important voices in literature as well as the national conversation on racial inequities. Recorded throughout the pandemic and civil unrest of 2020. Each episode consists of a conversation between Henderson and one writer exploring the role of their work in the conversation about race in America.

S2E15: "What the Eyes Don't See" author Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and State Senator Jim Anani...

Stephen Henderson is joined by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and State Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich of Flint (p. 194) at a live event at the Detroit Public Library. They share their personal stories during the Flint Water Crisis and discuss the challenges and obstacles that still exist in Flint.

S2E15: "What the Eyes Don't See" author Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and State Senator Jim Anani...

S2E14: Dr. Janet Stout

Dr. Stout is a Legionella expert and director of the Special Pathogens Laboratory in Pittsburgh. She helped directly tie the deadly outbreak of Legionnaires Disease in Flint to the switch to Flint River Water in the city's drinking water system. Stout was hired by McLaren to assist the hospital in defending itself against a $100-million lawsuit and against state claims that its failings caused what the state calls the "largest healthcare-associated Legionnaires' outbreak known" in the United States.

S2E13: Ron Fonger

Created Equal, Season 2: Ron Fonger is a longtime reporter with MLive and The Flint Journal. He's been writing about Flint since the city started using the Flint River as the city's water source in April 2014. He's written more than 500 articles regarding The Flint Water Crisis.

S2E12: Dimple Chaudhary and Eric Schwartz

Created Equal, Season 2: Dimple Chaudhary and Eric Schwartz Dimple Chaudhary is senior attorney and managing litigator at the National Resources Defense Council. She is the lead counsel in cases against both Flint and Pittsburgh for their lead water crisis. Eric Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Marketing at The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan He is one of the researchers that developed an algorithm to determine what neighborhoods most likely have lead pipes in Flint.

S2E11 Lindsey Smith p. 273

Lindsey Smith is Michigan Radio's Investigative Reporter. Her 2015 documentary about the Flint water crisis, Not Safe to Drink, won the station a national Edward R. Murrow Award, an Alfred I. duPont - Columbia University Award, and a Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Award.

S2E10 Melissa Mays

Melissa Mays is a mother-of-three-turned-activist after her and her sons became greatly impacted by the lead in Flint's water and now takes 18 separate prescriptions to stay alive. She is the founder of Water You Fighting For and filed one of the first lawsuits to force Michigan to replace lead-infected water lines in the City of Flint.

S2E9 Marc Edwards - p.63

Marc Edwards, a civil engineer and University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech conducted the research confirming that lead was poisoning Flint's water. His work on the "Lead Crisis" in DC led to publication of a landmark paper documenting harm to DC's children resulting from government agency negligence. He also created the Flint Water Study, an independent research team from Virginia Tech (VT) that volunteers their time, resources and expertise to help resolve scientific uncertainties associated with drinking water issues being reported in the City of Flint.

S2E8 Virg Bernero - p.178

Virg Bernero was the 51st Mayor of Lansing and is currently CEO of Bernero Hannan LLC. Bernero put pressure on the Lansing Board of Water & Light to remove lead lines. Lansing is one of two cities in the county to completely have all lead lines removed.

S2E7: Jiquanda Johnson

Flint-area native with more than 16 years of experience in journalism including print, television and digital media. She has worked for The Detroit News, NBC25, Fox and MLive Media Group/The Flint Journal, where she covered the city of Flint. Jiquanda discovered that the community needed a news publication focused only on Flint, Mich so she launched Flint Beat on March 13, 2017 to fill that need.

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