The Tanya Acker Show
You may know Tanya Acker as one of three judges on CBS Television Distribution's Emmy-nominated HOT BENCH.
But long before HOT BENCH, Tanya was delving into problems in the corridors of the public and private sectors with some of the country's top minds. Look a problem in the eye and figure out how to fix it - social media dislikes and cathartic rants can only get us so far.
Tanya talks to the author of Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres, about the significance of musical genres; our fandom and our tastes; and some of music’s most powerful moments.
39 min 24 sec
Happy holidays! This week we're re-releasing Tanya's talk with the legendary songwriters and music producers about their new album, Volume One.
29 min 32 sec
Tanya talks to her Hot Bench co-host about his 28-years on the New York bench, his successful efforts to create systems for rehabilitating juvenile offenders, and how his own upbringing inspired a passion for justice and fairness.
1 hr 1 min
Tanya talks to the author of The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth about how the fear of Black children creates racial disparities in the criminal justice system; how we can (and must) do better; and why everyone should care.
42 min 13 sec
Tanya talks to Jamila Glass. Tanya talks to the series choreographer of Dear White People and artistic director of the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company about communicating through the art of dance, following passions, and kicking imposter syndrome to the curb as often as possible.
32 min 16 sec
Tanya talks to the New York Times bestselling author and self-trained chef about how her approach to food laid the groundwork for her journey to wellness, and why healthy/delicious cuisine is the new black.
31 min 12 sec
Tanya talks to author, educator and wealth justice activist Chloe McKenzie about money and our relationship to it.
37 min 6 sec
This week, we present a rerelease of Tanya's talk with Dr. Sherril Rieux (an actual physician as opposed to the Facebook variety). They discuss the basis for vaccine hesitancy in certain communities and why people should get vaccinated now. Come back next Wednesday for new episodes of The Tanya Acker Show!
27 min 8 sec
Tanya talks to the 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist about Olympic tragedy and triumph; the 2021 Games; and mental and physical wellness.
40 min 19 sec
Tanya talks to Washington Post reporter DeNeen L. Brown about her film, Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten; her reporting about the Black Wall Street massacre that led to the film; and why telling true stories still matters.
35 min 26 sec
Tanya talks to the legendary songwriters and music producers about their new album, Volume One.
26 min 55 sec
Tanya talks to Seth David Radwell, author of American Schism: How the Two Enlightenments Hold the Secret to Healing Our Nation, about the disunity that is a part of the nation’s DNA and how to keep the breach from breaking us apart.
34 min 21 sec
Tanya talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian, Jon Meacham, about the rise of misinformation in the American political mainstream and his new podcast, Fate of Fact.
39 min 20 sec
Tanya talks to Moe Vela about prospects for bipartisanship; how to move forward when times are dark; and growing American Dreams on his new show, "Unicorn Hunters."
33 min 48 sec
Tanya talks to Dr. Sherril Rieux (an actual physician as opposed to the Facebook variety) about the basis for vaccine hesitancy in certain communities and why people should get vaccinated now
27 min 1 sec
Tanya talks to Linda and George Meyers about turning their passion for fun and travel into their business, Cook in Tuscany.
32 min 9 sec
Tanya talks to the 25-yr Judge Judy veteran and Hot Bench veteran about grilling litigants when the grilling is over, and how Texans pay it forward.
30 min 49 sec
Tanya talks Cancel Culture with Robby Soave, a senior editor at Reason. Who gets cancelled and when do we care? Do they deserve it and who gets forgiven? Is forgiveness even possible in the age of the Internet?
42 min 50 sec
Yoruba Richen, whose movie “How It Feels To Be Free” (PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel) tells the story of six African-American icons: Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier, all of whom insisted on owning their artistic spaces on their own terms, and who are the forerunners for the opportunities that so many of us have today.
33 min 5 sec
Tanya talks to Dr. Nzinga Harrison, host of the In Recovery podcast and Co-Founder of Eleanor Health, about staying mentally healthy when the world seems to be going nuts.
36 min 15 sec
Freedom is about the ability to move. In this episode, Tanya talks to Dr. Gretchen Sorin about how African-Americans dismantled barriers to their freedom of movement, and created their own pathways to realizing the American Dream.
30 min 44 sec
Tanya interviews the Emmy-winning director of the Netflix documentary, Crack: Cocaine, Corruption and Conspiracy, about his compelling reexamination of the 1980’s epidemic.
23 min 50 sec
Tanya talks to Peter Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale University and nationally renowned legal scholar, about the many constitutional dramas we’ve just lived.
35 min 40 sec
Tanya talks to National Security Analyst and former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem about domestic terrorism, the Biden/Harris Inauguration, and our shared path forward.
38 min 37 sec
Tanya talks to Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, about the Supreme Court, the Trump Lawsuits and free speech.
25 min 20 sec
Tanya talks to the hosts of Pod Is A Woman about the attack on the Capitol by domestic terrorists, the atmosphere that led up to it, and where we go from here.
41 min 11 sec
Tanya talks to Alabama Representatives Mike Ball (R) and Anthony Daniels (D) about compromise in the Age of Anger; the Georgia elections; and what they think their respective parties must do.
49 min 28 sec
Tanya Talks to Sheriff-Elect Charmaine McGuffey, the first woman and the first openly LGBTQ sheriff in Hamilton County, Ohio.
25 min 28 sec
Tanya talks to Ann Druyan about space, love, facts, and voting. Plus, how to come back when people laugh at you for being smart and curious. And also, VOTE.
46 min 16 sec
Tanya talks to Josh Mankiewicz about Dateline’s success; respecting the stories of crime victims; and how the news business has changed over the past 45 years.
34 min 34 sec
In Part 3 of our interview with David Kennerly, Tanya talks to the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer about his experiences with the nation’s political leaders. To watch our video interview, accompanied by David's photography, visit www.tanyaackershow.com.
48 min 3 sec
In Part 2, Tanya talks to the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer about his experiences as a wartime photographer in Vietnam, a conflict that provoked bitter division among Americans.
19 min 53 sec
Tanya talks to Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins about justice, holding the system accountable, rejecting false choices, and keeping communities safe.
49 min 43 sec
In Part 1, Tanya talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer David Kennerly about some of the key moments in American cultural and political history that he has captured on camera.
31 min 34 sec
My new book, “Make Your Case: Finding Your Win in Civil Court”, is now available wherever you do your reading! For more visit: www.tanyaackershow.com
2 min 57 sec
Tanya talks to Javier Alberto Botero, co-director and lead producer of the new HBO film about Russian interference in the 2016 election and its implications for 2020.
44 min 21 sec
Tanya talks to Philip Felgner, Ph.D, Director of the Vaccine Research and Development Center at the University of California Irvine.
21 min 41 sec
Tanya talks to David Smick about his new film Stars and Strife, available on Starz, which explores America’s culture of hate.
48 min 10 sec
Tanya talks to Nick Turner, President of the Vera Institute of Justice, about public safety and criminal justice reform.
46 min 40 sec
Tanya talks to Mo’Kelly, host of the 3-time award-winning Mo’Kelly Show (heard on the #1 news/talk station in America, KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles and also on iHeartRadio) about racism, gaslighting, the dangers of a fact-free world and how to carry on and win when someone comes at you sideways.
37 min 47 sec
Tanya talks to Heather Gerken, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, about students making change; what "rule of law" means; and how vampires make for happy families. http://knit.audio/podcast-advertising (via Knit)
26 min 11 sec
From deceased billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's child support battle, to Roman Polanski's travails with the government, to a knock down, drag out fight over Winnie-the-Pooh, Tanya talks to three power lawyers about how bad court can get and how they responded when the other side didn't play fairly. With Attorneys Paul Derby, Chad Hummel and Michael Trope.
49 min 15 sec
Tanya talks to Sarah Van Patten, principal dancer with the San Francisco ballet, whose pregnancy didn't keep her from lighting up the stage and living her art.
31 min 38 sec
Join Tanya for a conversation with Officer Petri Hawkins Byrd, bailiff on the three-time Emmy Award-winning Judge Judy program. Tanya and Officer Byrd talk about his path to working with Judge Judy; his commitment to working with kids and building stronger relationships between law enforcement and the African-American community; and some little-known historical heroes who can motivate and inspire us all.
35 min 50 sec
Tanya speaks to Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels, the youngest and first African-American House Minority Leader in Alabama history. Representative Daniels discusses the backstory behind some of our political theatrics; why we should spend more money educating kids instead of jailing them; and how to keep American democracy healthy.
20 min 57 sec
Tanya speaks with her former professor and now Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale University, Peter H. Schuck, regarding President Trump's use of The National Emergency Act of 1976 in an attempt to fund a border wall.
18 min 35 sec