Jen Poyant

Executive Producer, Note to Self

Jen Poyant is Executive Producer of WNYC Studio's Note to Self podcast and radio program, hosted by Manoush Zomorodi.  

Before taking over leadership of the Note to Self radio's brand, Jen was a Senior Producer for WNYC's national news-analysis magazine show, The Takeaway. Poyant also planned and produced New York Public Radio's Werk It festival, the first ever women's podcast festival.

Jen has served as interim executive producer for WNYC's Peabody award-winning local flagship news and politics program The Brian Lehrer show, and has worked on the station's daily cultural call-in program, The Leonard Lopate show. She's also contributed to WNYC's Radio Rookies, feature and spot reporting for NPR. She has served as a state reporter in Trenton, New Jersey for NPR member stations WHHY and WBGO, and as a reporter for WVTF in Roanoke, Virginia.   During her time covering New Jersey, Jen was awarded the New Jersey Associated Press First Place Award for Best Sports Feature, Best Spot News Coverage, Best Public Service, and Best Newscast with WBGO’s Andrew Meyer. 

Before pursuing a career in broadcasting, Jen taught English at a public high school and a school for the blind in Kumamoto, Japan. She holds an Masters Degree in Cultural and Critical Studies at the University of London, Birkbeck College and a BA in English and Art History from Virginia Tech. 

Jen Poyant appears in the following:

Come and Sit with Marina Abramović

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sure, legendary performance artist, Marina Abramović, got 750,000 people to wait in line at MoMA just to sit across a table from her. But can she get us ALL to count lentils?  

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Bonus: Marina Abramović’s Method Blew Our Minds

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How Marina Abramović, the world’s most famous performance artist, got Manoush and producer Jen Poyant to sit in silence for 30 minutes before a performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations.


If My Body is a Text

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In a time of racial tension, how do you manage information overload—the storm of news online—when paying attention is painful? This week, two friends find their answer.

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When Silicon Valley Takes on Elementary School

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Visit a school in Brooklyn where the cushions are cozy and every child is optimized. Think Montessori 2.0... and the future of education if one former Google executive gets it right.

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Facing Our Weirdest Selves

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

After exchanging hand-drawn postcards for a year, two data designers discover how compiling and parsing the little things in life can lead to unexpected self-reflection-- and friendship.

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Digging Into Facebook's File on You

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What are Facebook's algorithms saying about you? In a special collaboration, ProPublica invites listeners to take a closer look at the data Facebook has collected on them.

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Bonus: Chelsea Clinton Talks Global Equality and Breastfeeding

Monday, September 26, 2016

In this bonus mini-episode, Chelsea Clinton tells Manoush why she's frustrated by the gender gap in tech. Plus, the art of juggling a new baby and a hectic campaign schedule.

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The Secret to Making Video Games Good for You

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This week, how video games can help you become smarter, happier, and more creative-- if you use them right.

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There Is No 'Off the Record'

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Imagine a future where every word you utter is recorded and saved. It's not that far off. We tested out the transcribed life to see what happens.

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Sext Education: Teens, Photos, and the Law

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

What's the worst that can happen to teenagers in love who send each other racy pictures? Felonies. Grownups just don't know how to deal with digital courtship. Here's one couple's story.

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Blind Kids, Touchscreen Phones, and the End of Braille?

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Touchscreen phones work so well for blind people that Braille may become obsolete. But advocates worry this could render the next generation "functionally illiterate."

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The Thing About Texts From Your Ex

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

It turns out, reading through hundreds of thousands of other people's emotionally loaded conversations gives you some pretty profound insight into relationships, technology, and privacy.

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Should We Post Pictures of Our Children Online?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Nearly 92 percent of kids in the U.S. have some digital presence by the age of two. But there are risks to having your child's face all over the internet. Where should we draw the line?

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The One Thing You Can Actually Do to Fight Surveillance

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Security technologist Bruce Schneier, author of “Data and Goliath,” says you should stop feeling guilty about skimming the Terms of Service. Get mad instead.

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Is My Phone Listening in On Me?

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

As you're enjoying this classic episode from our archive, featuring author Walter Kirn on phone privacy, please take our survey, and let us know how we can make Note to Self even better!

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Taking the Lead Bonus: Andrew Moravcsik

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hear Manoush’s extended interview with author, academic and lead father Andy Moravcsik about why (and how) more men can take on greater responsibilities at home.

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Taking the Lead Episode 4: The Partnership

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

In the final chapter of our series on women and work, a conversation with one power couple about why the work/life balance debate is really about men and their role as caretakers.

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Taking the Lead Episode 3: The Pressure

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Running low on funds, Rachael and Leslie join a startup accelerator to compete for a cash prize. After months of preparation, their final pitch includes a surprise strategy.


Taking the Lead Episode 2: The Paradox

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Back from Palo Alto, Rachael and Leslie test their app on 20 Brooklyn moms. But while Leslie is ready to trade in her blazer for a hoodie, Rachael considers 'leaning out.'

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Taking the Lead Episode 1: The Pain Point

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Meet Rachael and Leslie, two working moms with a tech idea to solve the work/life balance problem and help more women 'lean in.'

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