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. The Tanya Acker Show is about recognizing that we're bigger than our problems. It's about looking at truth; fighting better and smarter with each other; brainstorming ideas; knowing that bad things are fixable; and having more fun. We hope you'll listen in as Tanya and her guests explore a wide range of topics - from fighting frivolous lawsuits to ensuring meaningful criminal justice reform to breaking bread with political opponents without breaking glass in each other's faces. Early guests include Anthony Daniels, Alabama House Minority leader (and the first African-American to hold the job); Lecia Brooks, historical consultant on BlacKKKlansman and expert on voting rights; Lawyers Paul Derby, Michael Trope on fighting frivolous lawsuits; Former prosecutor David Kettel on crying wolf to the police. Listen to The Tanya Acker Show - where we'll get real and not just mad, where we look for ways to fix what troubles us, and where we remember to have a little fun from time to time, too.
Re-Release: The Day that Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Showed Up
Happy holidays! This week we're re-releasing Tanya's talk with the legendary songwriters and music producers about their new album, Volume One.
A Conversation About Justice: Tanya talks to Hot Bench’s Judge Michael Corriero
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.
The Rage of Innocence: Tanya talks to Professor Kristin Henning
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.
Dance as Conversation with Jamila Glass
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.
How Danielle Walker Made Food Her Medicine
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.
The Meaning of Money
Tanya talks to author, educator and wealth justice activist Chloe McKenzie about money and our relationship to it.
I love this podcast. I love hearing about situations and experiences that I’ve never had and learning of people I’d never heard of and their perspective on the world and their craft. I’ve cried multiple times during multiple episodes and then turned around and laughed during the same episode. Miss Tanya and her guests are so charismatic and intelligent. It’s a great listen.
Smart and well worth the listen!
From Professor Peter Schuck to Ann Druyan to Mo’Kelly, a great listen as Tanya conducts conversations with experts in their field about life, politics and current events. Smartly conducted and well thought out with purpose and enthusiasm.
Full Fledged Fan
I started the night by intending to listen to the Petri Hawkins-Byrd episode only. Here I am at my sixth episode. Tanya has a way of making topics, that can sometimes be very dry, feel refreshing and interesting. What I love most is her way of looking at the them as an average citizen, but that has an incredibly strong legal mind. I’m definitely going to order her book!