New Episode of “On The Issues with Michele Goodwin” Features Representative Katie Porter and Ambassador & Fmr. Senator Carol Moseley Braun as Guests


On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a new 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.

In a brand new episode, Professor Goodwin is joined in conversation by two incredible guests: Congress Member Katie Porter and Ambassador & Former Senator Carol Moseley Braun.

The episode is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and

In this one-hour episode, Dr. Goodwin, Ambassador Moseley Braun and Representative Porter discuss what it will take to rebuild America after the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic collapse. They dive into the widespread and ongoing demands to address racial inequality and police violence. And they explore the need for a government that looks like the people, as well as how to begin to ensure that our representative bodies—the House and Senate included—actually represent the American public.

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

“I was the first Black woman ever to serve the United States Senate. Now, that’s not a credit to me. If anything, that’s a reflection of the fact that it took the United States that long to get around to finding a Black woman that could serve in the Senate.” —Ambassador & Fmr. Senator Carol Moseley Braun, On the Issues with Michele Goodwin, Episode 2

“I am conscious of all of the single parents out there, many who don’t have flexible hours, who don’t have some of the control over their schedule, whose children are younger than mine, who may be living in neighborhoods that are not as safe as mine, and what it means in this pandemic that we have put education at the bottom of the priority pile. And that really concerns me.” —Representative Katie Porter, On the Issues with Michele Goodwin, Episode 2

“If you look at data from the World Economic Forum, the United States ranks something around 75th in the world in terms of women’s representation in the highest electoral bodies in a nation. We’re woefully behind. We can’t be satisfied with where we are. Fortunately, in 2018, there were so many more women who were elected to Congress, but it’s still a fight. And it’s not just there [in Congress], but it’s in our courts.” —Host Michele Goodwin, On the Issues with Michele Goodwin, Episode 2

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 create the feminism of the future.


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