New Fifteen Minutes of Feminism episode of Ms.’s On the Issues Podcast—The Trump Indictments: Unpacking the E. Jean Carroll Litigation


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—Fifteen Minutes of Feminism—The Trump Indictments: Unpacking the E. Jean Carroll Litigation (with Moira Donegan)—is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and

This week, On the Issues is launching a special new series following the litigation and criminal charges that have been levied at the former president Donald Trump: The Trump Indictments. Last week, a New York jury ruled that columnist E. Jean Carroll was sexually assaulted and defamed by the former president, and awarded her five million dollars in damages.

This case is also far from the only litigation faced by the former president—Trump is also the subject of several ongoing investigations, including one case dealing with his 2016 hush-money scheme for which he was indicted last month, a federal investigation into his role in the January 6 insurrection, and more. In this episode, Dr. Goodwin is joined by The Guardian columnist Moira Donegan to dive into the Carroll verdict, and its implications for the larger case against former president Trump.

A full transcript of the episode may be found here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“On the one hand, this was not a very ambiguous case. You know, Carroll did a wonderful job of establishing a real pattern of behavior. There are, of course, 26 women now who have publicly accused Donald Trump of some kind of sexual misconduct.” —Moira Donegan

“It’s interesting, because Donald Trump lies so habitually. You know, he lies as often as he speaks, and there has been kind of an imperviousness to the truth for Donald Trump.” —Moira Donegan

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is executive producer with Ms. Studios, as well as 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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