Jen Poyant

Executive Producer, Note to Self

Jen Poyant is Executive Producer at WNYC Studios. She overseas editorial content of the Note to Self, 2 Dope Queens and Sooo Many White Guys podcasts.  She also contributes to the development of new shows and pilots at WNYC Studios.  

Prior to her executive producer role, Jen was a Senior Producer for WNYC's national news-analysis magazine show, The Takeaway. Poyant also developed and produced the first Werk It festival, WNYC's 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 house 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:

AI Learns from Us. So It Learns Bias.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

We count on robots to do more and more stuff. Drive cars, water crops, diagnose disease. What happens when the robots are racist? 

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Revealing Selfies. Not Like That.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Your selfies are sharing way more than your smiling face. They’re full of data. Which is being used by stores. And banks. And police. And, well, everyone.

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Spring Cleaning for the Mind

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Got that buzzy, anxious feeling of wanting to know about everything going on? Here's one thing you can do to fight information overload right now.

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Cucked: Defining Manhood the Alt-Right Way

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

How one revolting, racist, sexist word emerged from the dark corners of 4chan and Reddit. And why we should care.

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Deep-Dark-Data-Driven Politics

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The story goes: the Trump campaign hired consultants called Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge uses data to target voters' personalities and emotions. Trump wins. But it's not so simple. 

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The Man Who Invented Facebook Ad Tracking Is Not Sorry

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

After building the social network’s ad system, Antonio García Martínez tried to set his career on fire. Turns out, it takes a lot to get shunned in the Valley.

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Government Secrets Worth Leaking... or Keeping?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

American spies know how to get into our devices—according to Wikileaks. But when are these tactics really making our lives safer?

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Will You Do a Snapchat Streak With Me?

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Because if you don’t, I’ll assume you hate me. What happens when passive aggression, shade and FOMO aren’t a bug—they’re a feature.

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Zapping Your Brain To Bliss

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

New devices promise to chill you out with low-level electric pulses. Turns out, it is possible to over-chill.  

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Can Your Phone Make You Better In Bed?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

No, not by watching porn. By sharing with your partner what turns you on, and weirds you out. Through an app. Of course.

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Privacy, Data Survivalism and a New Tech Ethics

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Technologist Anil Dash on the new ethics of tech. ProPublica’s Julia Angwin on why we’re all losing, and her strategies as a privacy prepper.

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Day 5: Your Personal Terms of Service

Friday, February 10, 2017

It's day five of Note to Self's Privacy Paradox challenge. The last day. We'll draw some conclusions from this week—and some boundaries for the future.

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Day 4: Fifteen Minutes of Anonymity

Thursday, February 09, 2017

It's day four of the Privacy Paradox challenge. The executive producer of The Bachelor explains how we change when we know we’re being watched. And, we all get off the grid. Briefly.

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Day 3: Something To Hide

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

It's not just clicks and likes. Marketers are mining the words you use, your tone and sentence length, to profile you. Today, find out who the Internet thinks you are. 

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Day 2: The Search For Your Identity

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Today, we go from creepy to crappy. Creepy is the feeling that the machines know something. Crappy is, at least, knowing what they know. And taking a step to slow the information flow. 

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Day 1: What Your Phone Knows

Monday, February 06, 2017

Your Privacy Paradox challenges start today.  What does your phone know about you? Too much, probably. Time to take charge. 

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Privacy Paradox: What You Can Do About Your Data Right Now

Monday, January 30, 2017

How can you stay digitally connected without feeling intruded upon? WNYC's five-day plan hopes to take the mystery out of digital privacy and improve lives both online and off.

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Introducing: The Privacy Paradox

Monday, January 30, 2017

What you need to know to take back your digital identity - and maybe even your soul. 

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Saving Big Data From Itself

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Researchers say big data can save the world. But the data has to come from somewhere. And that somewhere is us.

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The Bookie, The Phone Booth, and The FBI

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How one gambler on the Sunset Strip laid the legal groundwork for privacy in the digital age.

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