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Hosted by Stephen Henderson, Created Equal is about the promise of opportunity and the challenge of inequality from the city that built America — Detroit.

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Hosted by Stephen Henderson, Created Equal is about the promise of opportunity and the challenge of inequality from the city that built America — Detroit.

    How current U.S. political dynamics impact the Mackinac Policy Conference

    How current U.S. political dynamics impact the Mackinac Policy Conference

    For the first time in Mackinac Policy Conference history, Senate hopefuls have declined the Detroit Regional Chamber's invitation to debate on the island. Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of DRC, joined "Created Equal" host Stephen Henderson to discuss how changing U.S. political dynamics have altered candidates' campaign strategies.

    • 50 min
    Weekly recap: Wage increases for migrant workers; rise of kids consuming cannabis edibles; more

    Weekly recap: Wage increases for migrant workers; rise of kids consuming cannabis edibles; more

    Today on "Created Equal," we share highlights from this week's episodes, including a new wage increase for migrant workers and how it's putting pressure on Michigan farmers; the concerning rise of children unintentionally consuming cannabis edibles and more.

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    How Detroit's techno culture created space for the Black LGBTQ community

    How Detroit's techno culture created space for the Black LGBTQ community

    Memorial Day weekend in Detroit means Movement — the popular, funky dance festival that celebrates electronic music. On today's episode, we talk with two of the city's cultural icons, Adriel Thornton and Stacey Hotwaxx Hale, about the origins of electronic and House music in Detroit, and how the growth of the music dovetails with the creation of a safe space for the city's Black and queer communities to be expressive.

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    America's 'racial ghosts' and how they influence society

    America's 'racial ghosts' and how they influence society

    Dr. Dionne Powell, a psychoanalyst from New York City, joins the show to discuss the concept of racial ghosts and how it applies to the psychological wellness and treatments for Black Americans. 

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    The concerning rise of kids unintentionally consuming cannabis edibles

    The concerning rise of kids unintentionally consuming cannabis edibles

    Cases of unintentional cannabis use by children ages 4 to 13 grew by 60% in Michigan from 2020 to 2023, the Michigan Poison Center at Wayne State University reports. Robyn Vincent, a reporter for Chalkbeat Detroit who recently wrote about the rise in cannabis poisonings in Detroit schools; and Dr. Varun Vohra, director of the Michigan Poison Center, join the show
    to talk about the dangerous flip-side of the freedom that has come with legal marijuana use in Michigan.

    • 50 min
    Wage increases for migrant workers putting pressure on Michigan farmers

    Wage increases for migrant workers putting pressure on Michigan farmers

    Michigan's robust agriculture industry has come to rely quite a bit on migrant workers and the visas that bring them to our country. But a recent hike in the minimum pay for these workers has sparked a debate about the cost to farms — and potentially consumers — as well as about the pathway to opportunity for migrants. Detroit News reporter Grant Schwab and Gonzalo Peralta, staff attorney for the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, join "Created Equal" to discuss the H-2A Visa Program and its downsides for both Michigan farmers and agriculture workers.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Sean_863 ,

"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.

K. Kirk ,

Greatness!

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!

kaoblues ,

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.

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