Premiere Episode of “On The Issues with Michele Goodwin”—the First Podcast from Ms. Magazine—Launches Today


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.

The premiere episode launched today and is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and

In this first episode, “Policing in America: A Tale of Race, Sex and Violence,” host Dr. Goodwin is joined in conversation by Laura Goodman, who served in criminal justice for 35 years as a police officer, sergeant and deputy chief of police in major metropolitan police departments; Deirdre Fishel, director and producer of the documentary film, Women in Blue; Anne Li Kringen, assistant dean and associate professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven; and Song Richardson, dean and chancellor’s professor at University of California, Irvine School of Law.

In the one-hour premiere episode, Dr. Goodwin and her guests tackle an issue that is critically important in this current moment: ending police violence in the United States—and centering women in this discussion. Together, they explore critical questions about the roles of race and sex in policing, as well as why it matters that there are so few women in law enforcement across the country. They also take on police unions and the hazing that women officers experience.

“I’m excited to be working with Ms. magazine to elevate content that so many listeners are hungry for and to give serious, sustained attention to how we rebuild America and advance the promise of equality,” said Michele Goodwin, host of On the Issues with Michele Goodwin.

“We’ve considered podcasting many times over the past few years, but it never seemed like the right time or the perfect topic,” Kathy Spillar, executive producer and Ms. executive editor, said. “But when Dr. Goodwin approached our team with the idea for a new issues and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests—we were thrilled to jump into the world of podcasting with her. As you’ve come to expect from Ms., On the Issues is going to be a show that reports, rebels, and tells it like it is. We could not be more excited to bring a unique, feminist perspective to listeners around the globe.”

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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