Eric Adams
Jeanna Shepard

In the wake of the George Floyd killing and protests around the world, Eric Adams began interviewing Martha’s Vineyarders, both year-round and seasonal about their experiences with race and racism. A local family therapist raised by a white mother and a Black father, Mr. Adams draws on his own experiences and those of his interview subjects to encourage listeners to shed their old beliefs about race and make room for a new understanding of its impact and implications.

Season 1 of the Shed podcast aired during the summer of 2021. During the summer of 2022, Mr. Adams interviewed another group of Islanders about their experiences. He talked to a corporate executive, a former child actor, a local biracial policeman, a mentor to teenagers, a baker and town leader, and a sports cameraman. The result is a series of stories all connected by a subject not talked about enough: race.

Season 2 of Shed airs on February 16, 2023.

Shed is brought to you by the Vineyard Gazette. It is produced by Eric Adams, Bill Eville, Chris Fischer, Amy Schumer, Jack Ebbey, and the Vineyard Gazette, with audio production by Anthony Esposito and Dana Edelman.




Season 2

Season 2 of Shed features six interviews taped during the summer of 2022. The season aired on Feb. 16, 2023.

Episode 1

Host Eric Adams interviews financial executive Patty Favreau about her life as a Black woman and the challenges of raising biracial children.

Episode 2

Host Eric Adams interviews former child actor and Hollywood director Kevin Hooks about the meaning and impact of his first film, Sounder. 

Episode 3

Host Eric Adams interviews Edgartown police detective Curtis Chandler, a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), about approaching the job with a respect for mental health, addiction and implicit bias.

Episode 4

Host Eric Adams interviews Juli Vanderhoop, a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), about creating Orange Peel Bakery on Martha's Vineyard as a place where diverse cultures can find community.

Episode 5

Host Eric Adams interviews NFL cameraman Andy Italiano about the racism he saw growing up in Syracuse, NY and his decision to approach life with love and compassion.

Episode 6

Host Eric Adams interviews Walt Mimms, director of the Philadelphia-based Neighborhood First Program about mentoring at-risk youth and the healing effects of bringing kids to Martha's Vineyard for a week each summer.