New Episode of Ms.’s On The Issues With Michele Goodwin Podcast: Who’s Telling Our Stories? CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Women and Media


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: Who’s Telling Our Stories? CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Women and Media (with Brooke Baldwin)—is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and

Brooke Baldwin is a renowned CNN anchor and author of a new book, HUDDLE: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power, out today. Huddle examines the phenomenon of “huddling,” or what happens when women lean on one another—in the arts, activism, politics, Hollywood and everyday friendships—to lift each other up and to provide empowerment, support, inspiration and the creativity and courage to enact change and solve problems.

This week, Dr. Goodwin asks probing questions related to women, power, and their presence in media.   How do male-dominated newsrooms affect what stories get told?  Have the failures to include women in more visible roles reporting the news—and central behind-the-scenes positions created glass ceilings in media and journalism? How do we break down the barriers to women’s inclusion and promotion within news networks. She takes up these questions and more with Brooke Baldwin.

Dr. Goodwin is joined by, Brooke Baldwin, a veteran journalist, Peabody Award finalist and author of HUDDLE: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power.

Their conversation covered a wide range of topics; you can find a full transcript here, as well as a few excerpts below from Brooke Baldwin:

“I mean I think for so long, women were leaning in, which was totally appropriate at that time, but you know, and myself included, leaning in so hard you like smack your forehead, and you’re fighting one another as you are fighting for that 1 or 2 seats at the table, and now, the idea from all of these women I’ve been speaking with is like let’s just build our own table.”

“You know, 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.”

“I’m sitting there, working on the book, George Floyd is killed, and we all…will never forget hearing him call to his dead mother at the very end as these officers’ knees are on his neck.”

“[Y]ou can always add to the circle, and it becomes more and more powerful, and I think back to the summer, just living in downtown New York and seeing all of these movements and protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, and how could I not talk to these women and feature Black Lives Matter prominently in this book because their story is incredible.” —Brooke Baldwin

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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