TV host, author and attorney Tanya Acker talks to newsmakers, trendsetters, and leaders of every stripe about the forces that drive their decisions and how their choices impact everyone else. How do they move forward in an environment where lies spread faster than truth? How do they see the glass as half full when someone is sucking the liquid out of it with a jumbo straw? When do they know it’s time to take on a battle and when is it time to redirect energy? And how does anyone have any fun in the middle of all this? Join Tanya and her guests as they dig into all.
Tanya talks to Rahsaan Thomas
Tanya and the podcaster, journalist, filmmaker and advocate talk about how he is “proof of concept” about the benefits of opportunity and inclusion. Listen as they discuss justifiable fears; not fearing too much; and how to change lives, communities, and cultures - all while growing the tax base!
Special Re-Release: Zamaan Qureshi On How to Make Social Media Safer
This week the Senate pressed chief executives of Meta, TikTok, X, Snap and Discord over what lawmakers are calling “a crisis in America” -- accusing the tech giants of ignoring the harmful content against children on their respective platforms.
It's a conversation we first had on this program back in November of last year, when Tanya sat down with Zamaan Qureshi (a college student and co-founder of Design It For Us). In this special re-release, Tanya and Zamaan discuss his campaign to make social media safer for young people, and his lawsuit against the SEC.
Original airdate: November 30th, 2023
Special Re-Release: Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer, producer and director Ann Druyan
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.
Maryam Keshavarz On Telling American Stories and Her New Film, The Persian Version
Tanya talks to the filmmaker about her latest film, reclaiming the narrative of what it means to be an American, and why hope always must win.
Special Re-Release: Overcoming Miseducation and Illiteracy (with Oliver James)
For 35 years Oliver James was functionally illiterate - even though he had a high school diploma. Listen to what happened when he decided to stop mimicking life and start living it.
Talking Invisible Beauty with Bethann Hardison and Frédéric Tcheng
Tanya talks to the directors of the film Invisible Beauty, which tells the life story of the groundbreaking Bethann Hardison. From emulating the strength of the Samurai, to insisting that fashion is more than just one type, to reminding us to vote, Bethann’s story is many things all at once.
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!