Created Equal

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What do you get when you team a Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator with an artistic audio producer and journalist who are committed to examining the issues of race, gender and other forms of inequality in American society? 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 explores modern-day inequality through a historical lens. Each episode fuses the macro-level insights of our hosts and subject matter experts with creative, human-driven storytelling that explores the impact and origins of various forms of inequity that we are grappling with today. These anecdotes from U.S. history serve as touchstones for both the greatness and weakness of our country.

Music plays a leading role in each episode, not only setting the scene of the central story, but driving the narrative and creating an emotional pathway for the listener to enter and connect with the subjects at its core. All of the music heard in the podcast is composed by or in partnership with Detroit artists to provide this additional layer of context.


Stephen Henderson

is a nationally respected Detroit journalist. Henderson is the Managing Director of Opinion and Community Engagement at The Detroit Free Press and received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and National Association of Black Journalists Journalist of the Year in 2014. He currently hosts WDET’s daily talk show, Detroit Today. Stephen is also the host of Detroit Public Television’s American Black Journal and co-host of their weekly public affairs program MI Week. He was previously an editor for the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and Lexington Herald-Leader, and spent five years covering the U.S. Supreme Court for Knight Ridder Newspapers.


Laura Weber Davis

is an award-winning reporter and the lead producer and occasional co-host of WDET’s Detroit Today. She holds a Masters in Journalism from the University of Southern California. Weber-Davis has a passion for both history and sound-rich storytelling. She previously led WDET’s highly impactful multimedia series examining Detroit’s food economy, produced in partnership with WNYC. Laura is a former editor of The Smoking Section, a hip-hop, and urban culture blog, and her passion for music is evident in her sound-rich features. In 2013, Laura followed a team of young Detroit poets to the Brave New Voices slam competition in Chicago, collaborating with each poet on a series of illustrative radio stories that showcased their work.


Sam Beaubien

is a producer/engineer at WDET and an accomplished musical composer and performer. Beaubien is the founder of the band Will Sessions and has worked with nationally acclaimed artists including Eminem, Mayer Hawthorne, and George Clinton. His work has been featured in national advertising for a range of clients including Chrysler, Ford, and Gillette.


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Stephen Henderson
Host, Detroit Today
Laura Weber-Davis
Producer, Detroit Today & Created Equal