The Janus Adams Show

Janus Adams

THE JANUS ADAMS SHOW, a weekly public radio program, is show about race and courage.

The show airs and streams live Saturdays at 12:00 noon ET on WJFF -- www.WJFFradio.org.

All Episodes

The Janus Adams Show with guest, DENISE WOODS: voice, speech, and dialect coach to Hollywood's A-Listers; author of "THE POWER OF VOICE: A Guide to Making Yourself Heard."

Nov 15

52 min 6 sec

THE JANUS ADAMS SHOW: #DangerousWomen. What happens when a male congressman feels so threatened by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez―a powerful woman doing the job she was elected to do―that he verbally assaults her in the most sexist and racist of terms.

Oct 16

52 min 7 sec

From 1917 to 1923, there were 25 White Supremacist race massacres across the United States. There was also a determination by Blacks to rise from the ashes. Director, writer and producer DAWN PORTER brings the 1921 Tulsa Massacre into sharper focus and context with her film, "RISE AGAIN: Tulsa and The Red Summer."

Jul 10

52 min 2 sec

"Dear America, my wish for you on your birthday is..." © Janus Adams 2021 Excerpted from my forthcoming memoir for the July 4th edition of "Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper."

Jul 4

7 min 6 sec

With his #1 New York Times bestseller "HOW THE WORD IS PASSED: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America," CLINT SMITH takes us to the marrow of who we are as a nation, what we’ve done, where we’ve been, what must change, why, and—if we listen we are brave enough to take the journey—how.

Jul 3

51 min 53 sec

Throughout American history to the twenty-first century, regardless of the laws, court decisions, and changing political environment, the Second has consistently meant this: That the second a Black person exercises this right, the second they pick up a gun to protect themselves (or the second that they don't), their life may be snatched away in that single, fatal second. "When I wrote that," says Carol Anderson — author of THE SECOND: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America — "I wrote it from the heart." This week on the show, author and historian, Dr. Carol Anderson — Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University — on her latest book, THE SECOND, and her New York Times bestsellers, ONE PERSON, NO VOTE and WHITE RAGE.

Jun 14

52 min 6 sec

As Republican-led states pass laws to shun and victimize transgender children, this special Mother's Day edition of the show welcomes JODIE PATTERSON -- activist mom and advocate for the rights of non-gender-conforming people and their families. She's on a mission to keep her transgender son -- every child--healthy, happy, unscathed by bigotry and alive! For the beauty of her storytelling and the power of her message, her books are truly groundbreaking -- THE BOLD WORLD: A Memoir of Family and Transformation, for adult readers; and her newest book, BORN READY: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope, for young readers. A social activist and entrepreneur, this mother of five children -- two of whom are gender non-conforming(one transgender and another genderqueer)was named Family Circle magazine’s "Most Influential Mom in 2018." She works closely with a number of gender/family/human rights organizations and is the chair of the board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign.

May 9

51 min 43 sec

The verdict is in on Derek Chauvin’s obvious guilt for murdering GEORGE FLOYD, but the jury is out on whether America has the courage to change. With more than 40 Black and Brown people killed by police during the span on the trial, will we—as Americans—renounce state-sanctioned violence against Black and Brown citizens? Do we have the courage and conscience to change policies that exonerate most police officers before they even stand trial? Will Congress enact the "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act?" Can People of Color ever feel safe in America? In the wake of THE VERDICT, where do we go from here? Guest: IRVING L. JOYNER, Esq. Professor of Law and life-long activist in the freedom fight. As victim, witness, ally and advocate, he’s been there.

Apr 25

52 min 3 sec

In these hyper-political times, what can we learn from other countries and their heads of state? What do their stories tell us about our own? Dr. EWART BROWN, MD is author of the memoir, “WHOM SHALL I FEAR? Pushing the Politics of Change.” A physician turned politician; his precipitous and contentious rise elected him PREMIER of BERMUDA. Serving from 2006-10, his signature slogan, “Doc delivers” and progressive agenda pushed against longstanding inequities in a Caribbean nation still under British colonial rule. From his support for Bermuda’s largest labor union and secret negotiations with President Barack Obama’s White House to provide asylum to four innocent Chinese Muslim Uighurs wrongfully detained at Guantanamo; encounters with music legend Bob Marley, Black Power! Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Toure), Rev. Al Sharpton, and the Congressional Black Caucus, to the tragedy of his sons’ incarceration. WHOM SHALL I FEAR? It’s a provocative, defiant title—and mantra—for an extraordinary personal, professional, and political journey.

Apr 10

42 min 31 sec

With headlines and history being made in Minneapolis, police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of citizen George Floyd. So is the American legal system--and America itself. Do we believe in JUSTICE or JUST US? Is an African American man (Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Eric Garner, Elijah McClain), woman (Sandra Bland, Eleanor Bumpers), or child (Michael Brown, Tamir Rice) safe at the hands of police and legal systems nationwide? That’s the question. This week on the show: the filmmakers of "American Trial: The Eric Garner Story" — Roee Messinger, director; Ralph Richardson, co-executive producer —and Esaw Snipes, the widow of Eric Garner. http://bit.ly/ja-garner #law #lawandorder #lawenforcement #veterans #legal #politics #society #defundthepolice #BLM #blmmovement #humanrights #civilrights #votingrights #BlackHistory #BlackLivesMatter #EricGarner #ElijahMcClain #TamirRice

Apr 5

52 min 6 sec

KARLA FC HOLLOWAY -- scholar, nonfiction author, Duke University Professor of English and Professor of Law -- reads from her debut mystery novel, A DEATH IN HARLEM. It's 1927: Harlem Renaissance heyday, Sugar Hill, and Harlem's newly-assigned first Black police detective, Weldon Haynie Thomas, is on the case.

Mar 29

52 min 6 sec

The American Sustainable Business Council has produced a new report: "Creating An Economic System That Works for All." What's surprising isn't that it talks about business or buyouts, economics and the environment--especially in the wake of COVID--but because it's opening line is unequivocal: "There is no going back." Getting down to business, among its talking points are: reparations, universal basic income. and universal Pre-K. Really?! GUESTS: Jeffrey Hollender, CEO & Chief Inspired Protagonist, ASBC; and MaryAnne Howland, Chair, Race & Equity Working Group, ASBC

Mar 16

52 min 4 sec

DR. JANUS ADAMS celebrates the launch of the SISTER DAYS MOTHER/DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB with a reading from her book, SISTER DAYS: 365 Inspired Moments in African American Women's History

Feb 14

5 min 26 sec

Guest: ERIN HATTON--author of "COERCED: Work Under Threat of Punishment"--takes a surprising look at our American way of work.

Feb 4

52 min 2 sec

Guest: JULIAN AGYEMAN--scholar, author, educator--re-imagines cities for a brave new world of “Belonging and Becoming.”

Jan 11

52 min 1 sec

Author Janus Adams reads "Going Home"--her story of history, healing, and hope. This personal essay was published in Essence Magazine (2000). It was reprinted in the anthology, "MENDING THE WORLD: Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers" (2002), edited by Rosemarie Robotham. Preface by Maya Angelou. Forward by Pearl Cleage.

Nov 2020

9 min 16 sec

We did it! 154 million Americans voted. Democracy won. At the top of the ticket, President-elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. How did it happen? On the show: two everyday people who put their boots-on-the-ground to turn ideal into reality: KRISTINA "Krissy" SMITH, owner and proprietor of The Callicoon Theater; DAYNA HALPRIN, chef, community organizer, president of the Sullivan County Young Democrats.

Nov 2020

52 min 5 sec

We did it! 154 million Americans voted. Democracy won. At the top of the ticket, President-elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. How did it happen? On the show: two everyday people who put their boots-on-the-ground to turn ideal into reality: KRISTINA "Krissy" SMITH, owner and proprietor of The Callicoon Theater; DAYNA HALPRIN, chef, community organizer, president of the Sullivan County Young Democrats.

Nov 2020

57 sec

In eight powerful case studies ranging from the slave trade to fossil fuels, INDUSTRIAL-STRENGTH DENIAL asks the essential question—how far will industry leaders go to protect their bottom line?

Nov 2020

52 min 2 sec

In the wake of the police murder of George Floyd and demonstrations worldwide, local government officials host a "Listening Town Hall." and get an earful when a mother challenges the two-year wrongful and malicious arrest and prosecution of her minor daughters.

Oct 2020

51 min 41 sec

Congressman Ritchie Torres PROMO by Janus Adams

Oct 2020

31 sec

When Congressman John Lewis died in the summer of 2020, he left us a message: “Together, you can redeem the soul of our nation.” His OpEd was published in The New York Times on the day of his funeral. He also left behind an amazing documentary, "JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE." Guests: the film's director, DAWN PORTER, and producer, LAURA MICHALCHYSHYN,

Oct 2020

51 min 52 sec

An inspired video catches my eye online. It’s rich with the activity and energy of scientific research. A woman narrates. She’s a scientist. I’m impressed. “And so,” she says, “we need to understand the basics and that’s what really gives rise to the ability to rationally engineer; to determine our own destiny.” Determine our own destiny. Wow. And there on the video, not one person of any color other than white in sight. Really? This week on THE JANUS ADAMS SHOW: “ #ScienceMatters . . . Mindsets too!” Guests: Dr. Irma McClaurin, PhD -- Biocultural Anthropologist. Poet. Former President of Shaw University and E. Mgavi Brathwaite -- Bioinformatics Specialist. Bioinformatics Program Director at the NYU Tandom School of Engineering.

Jul 2020

52 min

In Callicoon, New York -- a tiny 99.9% White upstate farm town of less than 3,000 residents -- a crowd of 500 demonstrators gathers to protest the police murder of George Floyd and too many others. How did that happen? Organizers and participants join in "demonstrating" the COURAGE TO CHANGE.

Jul 2020

52 min 20 sec

You don't have to be a father to be a dad. And you don't have to be a boy or Black to need (and appreciate) a Black Mitzvah. MaryAnne Howland, author of the book, “WARRIOR RISING: How Four Men Helped a Boy on His Journey to Manhood” joins us for this timely and unique Father's Day tribute.

Jun 2020

51 min 39 sec

You don't have to be a father to be a dad. And you don't have to be a boy or Black to need (and appreciate) a Black Mitzvah. MaryAnne Howland, author of the book, “WARRIOR RISING: How Four Men Helped a Boy on His Journey to Manhood” joins us for this timely and unique Father's Day tribute.

Jun 2020

57 sec

An inspired video catches my eye online. It’s rich with the activity and energy of scientific research. A woman narrates. She’s a scientist. I’m impressed. “And so,” she says, “we need to understand the basics and that’s what really gives rise to the ability to rationally engineer; to determine our own destiny.” Determine our own destiny. Wow. And there on the video, not one person of any color other than white in sight. Really? This week on THE JANUS ADAMS SHOW: “ #ScienceMatters . . . Mindsets too!” Guests: Dr. Irma McClaurin, PhD -- Biocultural Anthropologist. Poet. Former President of Shaw University and E. Mgavi Brathwaite -- Bioinformatics Specialist. Bioinformatics Program Director at the NYU Tandom School of Engineering.

Jun 2020

31 sec

With the horrific events of recent weeks, the life-endangerments and murders of unarmed African American men by White vigilantes, dog-walkers, and police, we dedicate this special edition of "The Janus Adams Show" to the memories of Armaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Eric Garner. Featured on the program: Roee Messinger (Director), Ralph Richardson (Co-Executive Producers) of AMERICAN TRIAL: THE STORY OF ERIC GARNER. Special Guest: Esaw Snipes-Garner, widow of Eric Garner.

Jun 2020

48 min 37 sec

American Reckoning: a special broadcast (PROMO) by Janus Adams

Jun 2020

59 sec

"When power corrupts, poetry cleanses." I happened upon that 1963 quote from President John F. Kennedy and thought you'd want to hear it, too. As the COVID19 crisis winds on, how are you facing the challenges and opportunities? On this show, eleven artists, activists, and politicians offer cleansing fuel for thought. #WordsMatter.

May 2020

52 min 39 sec

"When power corrupts, poetry cleanses." I happened upon that 1963 quote from President John F. Kennedy and thought you'd want to hear it, too. As the COVID19 crisis winds on, how are you facing the challenges and opportunities? On this show, eleven artists, activists, and politicians offer cleansing fuel for thought. #WordsMatter.

May 2020

57 sec

Malaika Adero -- one of publishing’s select few African American and most successful editors -- turns author with her new book, "A Black Woman Did That: 42 Boundary-Breaking, Bar-Raising, World-Changing Women." And, did we mention their achievements (and Malaika's): against hair-raising odds?

May 2020

52 min

Malaika Adero -- one of publishing’s select few African American and most successful editors -- turns author with her new book, "A Black Woman Did That: 42 Boundary-Breaking, Bar-Raising, World-Changing Women." And, did we mention their achievements (and Malaika's): against hair-raising odds?

May 2020

59 sec

A man of Dutch ancestry, who dates the history of his family in America to 1665, is researching his family history. He happens upon a name, then a photo--"The Osterhouts"--by Harlem Renaissance lion James Van Der Zee. These Osterhouts are Black. He’s White. What? Who? Wow! This week on The Janus Adams Show, "Who Did the Shirt on the Line Belong To?" Out guest: conceptual artist, writer, family ancestry researcher, bearer of amazing surprises--Mike Osterhout

Apr 2020

51 min 57 sec

For centuries Handel’s Messiah has inspired people the world over. Even today, audiences jump to their feet – called to exaltation – by the opening chords of The Hallelujah Chorus. Then, in 1992, in a stunning re-imagining, an all-star chorus the likes of which was never assembled before or since, recorded A Soulful Celebration; bringing hundreds of years of Black music history to bear on Handel’s masterpiece. Guest: Darryl Tookes, member of that historic all-star chorus.

Dec 2019

52 min 4 sec

In May of 2019, Dr. Donald P. Christian, president of SUNY New Paltz, phoned Janus Adams: "Would you be interested in returning to campus for this year's Distinguished Speaker lecture in conversation with Ilyasah Shabazz?" "I don't think you know what you've just done," said Janus. Nor could she know -- or imagine -- what an inspired pairing this event would prove to be. To Be Or Not To Be" An Intergenerational Fireside Chat with Ilyasah Shabazz --author, educator, fellow New Paltz alumnae, and daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz.

Dec 2019

52 min 22 sec

On this episode of THE JANUS ADAMS SHOW: ROAR AND SOAR! What do our words—and how we use them— say about who we are? Guest: Dr. NEYOOXET GREYMORNING PhD, member of the ARAPAHO Nation, on the power of words, language, and the golden eagle.

Nov 2019

51 min 52 sec

Why this special edition of The Janus Adams Show? Because -- as a young public radio host, producer, and soon-to-be-NPR correspondent -- Janus co-anchored the Watergate Hearings in the Senate and the Nixon Impeachment proceedings in the House. And why was she uniquely positioned for the task? More about that on this inter-generational look at impeachment then and now. Guest: WJFF Program Director Jason Dole

Nov 2019

52 min 1 sec

For two decades, author, daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson, and creator of the "Breaking Barriers" baseball-themed educational program (Major League Baseball), has been helping millions of children find their voices. Now, with her latest young adult book, CHILD OF THE DREAM: A MEMOIR OF 1963 she writes--and speaks--about the year she found her voice as a young teen. A year that changed her life, it would also change the nation with tragic yet empowering consequences.

Oct 2019

51 min 59 sec

"About the Latter End of August" is a Janus Adams project commemorating 1619 and celebrating 400 years of the African American Experience. In thirty daily posts, we embark upon a journey of conscience and commitment; making pilgrimage from History to Healing and Hope. DAY 29: "From History to Healing" features Dr. Karinn Glover, Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Sep 2019

9 min 56 sec

"I know what you're all thinking: what does one wear to a slave quarter sleepover?" On the show: REMEMBERING TO KNOW. On Juneteenth (the African-American holiday celebrating the end of slavery), five writers spend the night in a cellar kitchen where enslaved people were once held enchained by the town of New Paltz's colonial-era founding families.

Aug 2019

1 min

ABOUT THE LATTER END OF AUGUST is an original JANUS ADAMS series commemorating the arrival of the first Africans bound for slavery in America "about the latter end of August" 1619; and celebrating 400 years of the African American Experience. A month-long weekly radio series and thirty daily posts confront American history’s myths, inconvenient truths, and delightful surprises. What happened, why it matters, and where do we go from here? With courage and conscience, we make pilgrimage from History to Healing and Hope.

Aug 2019

1 min

Go back where we came from? Amazingly--confounding notions of progress on race- and gender-equity--that’s the conversation today! This week on the show—in honor of the first Women’s Rights Convention July 19-20, 1848—we’re at the Susan B. Anthony Home and Museum in Rochester, NY. This show is the fifth in our series in partnership I Love New York traveling the "Path Through History" to upstate New York. Anthony—the most visible 19th e. women’s rights activist, had her own thoughts on “going back”—even back then! Deborah L. Hughes—President of the Anthony Home—makes the connection this week on The Janus Adams Show.

Jul 2019

51 min 57 sec

This Independence Day weekend on THE JANUS ADAMS SHOW, our #PledgeWeek public radio special: #WeThePeople in order to form a more perfect union, Move To Amend the Constitution of the United States. A discussion of the proposed 28th Amendment with our guest, co-convenor of MoveToAmend.org, Leesa "George" Friday.

Jul 2019

42 min 21 sec

Where do human rights activism and patriotism meet? In 19th century America, that place was uniquely Waterloo, New York. For this special edition of "The Janus Adams Show," Seneca County Historian Walter Gable is our guest and guide on a “Path Through History.” This program is Part 5 in a special series produced in cooperation with “I Love New York.”

May 2019

58 sec

Happy Mother’s Day! A podcast in tribute and remembrance from The Janus Adams Show. For the women of my family – and yours – here’s a clip from my radio show in honor of my grandmother, Myra Carlisle Landsmark and her identical twin sister Mabel Carlisle Walters (pictured above). The pianist performing the spiritual, “Balm in Gilead,” is my grandmother’s eldest daughter—my aunt, Marjorie Landsmark DeLewis. At the time of this recording (made at home on her trusty old audiocassette recorder) she was 89.

May 2019

10 min 24 sec

Adventure into the world of publishing with Max Rodriguez--visionary founder of QBR: The Black Book Review. Founded in 1992, QBR is home to the Video Book Channel and the nation's premier African American celebration of books: the Harlem Book Fair--now an annual event on CSPAN's BookTV.

Apr 2019

51 min 46 sec

Adventure into the world of publishing with Max Rodriguez--visionary founder of QBR: The Black Book Review. Founded in 1992, QBR is home to the Video Book Channel and the nation's premier African American celebration of books: the Harlem Book Fair--now an annual event on CSPAN's BookTV.

Apr 2019

1 min

A special PLEDGE BREAK edition of "The Janus Adams Show," WJFF Radio Catskill, Program Director Jason Dole joins Janus for a conversation on this week's show. Check it out: https://bit.ly/2Jkax54 "Thank You, Dr. King" commemorates the assassination 4/4/1968. Where were you when and where are we now? Guests -- Mark Colvson, Ted Landsmark, Irma McClaurin -- recall the man, the times, and their own life's journey since.

Mar 2019

10 min 58 sec

It was the question that defined an era: What will you do for the rights of Black people in America? Here are the extraordinary answers of nine women, as profiled by Janet Dewart Bell, who put their lives on the line for freedom--and would not be talked or terrorized out of it. Guest: activist, award-winning television and radio producer, and author of the book, "LIGHTING THE FIRES OF FREEDOM: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement." 2019 NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author.

Mar 2019

52 min