New Episode of Ms.’s On The Issues With Michele Goodwin Podcast: Road to Confirmation: Republicans Preview Midterm Messaging at Jackson Hearings


On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a popular, issues and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests. This is the first podcast from Ms. magazine, a legacy feminist publication. In each bi-weekly episode, host Dr. Michele Goodwin and special guests will tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering feminist concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality. 

A new episode—Road to Confirmation: Republicans Preview Midterm Messaging at Jackson Hearings—is available now on Apple PodcastsSpotify and

In this episode, we’re turning back to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings, and the messaging we saw play out. Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, what were Republican senators signaling? What’s ahead for the First Amendment? Criminal Justice? LGBTQ equality? Are senators signaling the desire to do away with fundamental constitutional protections and why? What issues should we be concerned about?

You can find a full transcript of the episode here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“I have seen the politicization of the Court and of the hearings, and almost really the destruction of the consent function of the Senate with these hearings. It was really uncalled for, unnecessary.” —Jill Wine-Banks

“These were questions that we should be concerned about as Americans with regard to attacks on the rule of law, and not the least to mention as well, criminal justice.”  —Jill Wine-Banks

“It worries me that the Supreme Court is going to be taking up cases that could lead to states not having to provide lawyers for those who cannot afford lawyers.”  —Jill Wine-Banks

“The First Amendment is clearly at risk in many, many ways.”  —Jill Wine-Banks

This episode is the fourth in the “On the Issues” Road to Confirmation series, which follows the nomination and confirmation process of President Biden’s nominee to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Goodwin will take listeners through each step of the confirmation process as it happens in real time, with commentary and analysis from experts.  

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms. Magazine and on She is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. Dr. Goodwin is a prolific author and an elected member of the American Law Institute, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood is described as a “must read.”

About Ms. Magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. magazine has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for nearly 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to share news, analysis, research and strategies for fighting back and moving forward, for shaping the future.


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