Top Ten Most Memorable Moments from the First Year of “On The Issues with Michele Goodwin”

Did you know that Ms.’s podcast “On the Issues with Michele Goodwin” has been reporting, rebelling and telling it like it is for one whole year? 

We’ve covered a lot of ground over the past year, from interviewing the lawmakers representing you in statehouses and D.C.; to delving into a summer of resistance against police brutality; to hearing the perspectives of feminists on the front lines of changing culture—finding silver linings all along the way.

Here are our top ten moments from the year:

10. Rep. Katie Porter recalls calling out former HUD Secretary Ben Carson for confusing foreclosure language with a cookie:

Katie Porter: [I] also [would] like you to get back to me, if you don’t mind, to explain the disparity in REO rates. Do you know what an REO is?

Ben Carson: An Oreo?

Katie Porter: No, not an Oreo–an REO. REO.

Ben Carson: Yeah, real estate.

Katie Porter: What’s the O stand for?

Ben Carson: The organization.

Katie Porter: Owned. Real estate owned. That’s what happens when a property goes to foreclosure. We call it an REO.

(Listen to episode 2: Rebuilding America from the Ground Up to learn more about how feminists in government are tackling the major challenges facing the U.S. today)

9. Kristen Clark—recently confirmed to lead the Civil Rights division of the DOJ!—breaks down how voter suppression is a tool of white supremacy:

(Listen to episode 14: “Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired”—Voting Rights and Voter Suppression to learn more about how voter suppression has played a major role in shaping today’s political landscape)

8. LA Supervisor Janice Hahn tells a tale of racist city policy—and how she and her all-women colleagues on the LA Board of Supervisors are trying to right historical wrongs:

(Hear more from the Fab Five in episode 35: Meet the Badass All-Women LA Board of Supervisors)

7. Rep. Katie Porter joins us again to delve into how being a single mom shaped her experience as a congressperson—and highlights just how important it is to have single moms represented in the halls of government.

(Listen to episode 33: Messages to Mom: We Have Your Back to learn more about how moms are essentially the American social safety net—and how government can better work to support them.)

6. Nan Aron breaks down just how dangerous the slate of Trump-appointed judges could be:

(Listen to episode 11: Trump Stacked the Courts. Now What? to learn what can we do to bring balance back to the U.S. judicial system in the wake of Trump’s record number of conservative judge appointments)

5. In our inaugural “15 Minutes of Feminism” segment, Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards breaks down Breonna Taylor’s impact, a year after the Louisville Police took her life:

(Listen to episode 34: Fifteen Minutes of Feminism: Who Killed Breonna Taylor?, where we revisit the story of Breonna Taylor, and honor her life and her profound impact over the past year)

4. Tamara Ware highlights the power of guaranteed income for single mothers like herself:

(Listen to episode 33: Messages to Mom: We Have Your Back to hear more of her story, and check out our essay series in collaboration with Magnolia Mother’s Trust for more stories from mothers whose lives have been changed by guaranteed income!)

3. Brooke Baldwin, former CNN anchor, calls the media establishment out for what it is—dominated by the patriarchy:

“The most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men. My bosses, my executives, are men. The person who oversees CNN dayside is a man, and my executive producer for 10 years is a man. So I have been surrounded by a lot of men.”

(Listen to episode 29: Who’s Telling Our Stories? to hear more from Brooke about how women can go farther together when they support each other)

2. Rep. Barbara Lee shares her experience of going to Mexico to get an abortion—and how Roe v. Wade changed everything for people seeking abortions in the U.S.:


(Listen to episode 6: Women’s Political Leadership—We Have Her Back to learn more about how Helms amendment and the Global Gag Rule are hurting reproductive rights worldwide)

1. Anita Pointer of the iconic Pointer Sisters graces us with a serenade!

(Listen to episode 36: I’m So Excited…Celebrating Juneteenth with the Pointer Sisters to hear more about how the Pointer Sisters became music icons, their social activism, and more)

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Oliver Haug is a social media editor and podcast producer with Ms. magazine. They are also a freelance journalist, focusing on LGBTQ+ issues and sexual politics. Their writing has previously appeared in Bitch Magazine, VICE,, the New York Times' newsletter "The Edit," and elsewhere. You can read more of their work at, and follow them on Twitter @cohaug.