Season Three 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.
The conversations were conducted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson on the radio program, Detroit Today, in the WDET studios on Wayne State University’s campus 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.
Beverly Daniel Tatum, "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?
Psychologist and author of “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?” Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum discusses her groundbreaking 1997 book with Henderson in the context of this moment of cultural and racial reckoning. They talk about how young people internalize race, systemic racism through suburban communities and the importance of cross racial friendships.
Latino USA's Maria Hinojosa On Her Memoir, "Once I Was You"
Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa talks about immigrating to America, growing up in Chicago, and the process of writing about past trauma.
Eddie Glaude, “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own"
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University and the author of the new book “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own.” He and Stephen Henderson discuss “the efficiency of American exceptionalism as an ideology.”
S3 Ep 10: Poet Caroline Williams Randall
Award-winning poet and activist Caroline Randall Williams talks with Stephen Henderson about her work and what gives her hope during this dark time in American history.
S3 Ep 9: Jerald Walker, author of How To Make A Slave
Writing Professor and Author Jerald Walker discusses his poignant collection of essays called “How To Make A Slave," which is a finalist for a National Book Award. In the book, Walker reflects on growing up on Chicago's Southside, what it means to depict Black American life with authenticity and what he hopes to teach his children about the complex joy of the African-American experience.
S3 EP 8: JM Holmes, How Are You Going to Save Yourself
JM Holmes, author of the collection of short stories How Are You Going to Save Yourself, talks with Stephen Henderson about the roles of race and gender in his writing.
"Code Switch" for adult minds
"Created Equal" is wonderfully produced and touches on difficult topics with finesse. Though there are only a handful of episodes out, they have all been fantastic and I have high hopes for future shows. This is some of the most sophisticated and informative storytelling about the intersections of race, inequality and injustice: perfect for the current turn of American politics. Also, the sound and music are phenomenal.
I love a good story to set up the facts that are being presented and this podcast did just that! The music is phenomenal and the show is perfectly scored to keep you intrigued and thinking about what's next. Definitely looking forward to more episodes!
Keep it up guys!
I'm listening to 'The Kiss' now, and am really impressed. Please keep up the good work. This is such an important issue that needs to be dealt with in depth, as it appears you guys are preparing to do. There's no better time I can think of for a podcast like this than now.