Created Equal: The Kiss (Episode 1)

Created Equal is a series of six 20-minute podcasts that explores the impact of inequality through history. Co-hosted by Pulitzer prize-winning commentator and Injustice Watch contributing editor Stephen Henderson and award-winning audio producer/journalist Laura Weber-Davis, the episodes also are being aired on Detroit’s WDET.

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One year ago, InjusticeWatch.org was launched to try to fill the growing need for independent, data-driven journalism. Over the course of that year, with the support of our donors, we have demonstrated repeatedly why what we do is so different and vital. For instance, later today, we are launching another in our ongoing reports exposing the problems of the Cook County Circuit Court bail system — work that highlights one of our most important qualities: the ability to focus formidable resources to drill down into complex problems and expose hidden systemic injustices. This study of arbitrariness in the court system took weeks of work by a team of 14 reporters, fellows and interns — all working together to dig deep into the system. That is the kind of in-depth investigative reporting that too many news organizations have given up even trying, because it is costly.

Behind the wall: A podcast

One year after the police video of the shooting of Laquan McDonald was made public, the divide between the community and its police force remains a significant obstacle to reform. To better understand the job of policing on Chicago’s streets, we enlisted two people whose work we admire. Writer and teacher Francine J. Sanders had a past life investigating allegations of police misconduct as a civilian investigator for the old Office of Professional Standards, where she learned much about good and bad policing. Read her full piece here. Robert Andersson, the creative audio journalist who founded and is executive producer of Awful Grace Radio specializes in long form audio without narration.

Behind the wall

One year after the police video of the shooting of Laquan McDonald was made public, the divide between the community and its police force remains a significant obstacle to reform. Three former officers talk about difficulties and challenges on the force.