Jen Poyant

Senior Producer, The Takeaway

Jen works with The Takeaway’s host John Hockenberry and the show’s crack team of producers to come up with innovative angles on the day’s news.  Her responsibilities on the show include line producing the live show, coordinating the day’s planning for the next day’s broadcast, editing, and planning larger projects.  

Jen helped shepherd the show through a time of transition at The Takeaway, when the show moved to a new, fresh one hour format.

Jen began her radio career at Virginia's NPR member station WVTF.  After she moved to the New York area, she reported for public radio stations in the region, including WBGO, WHYY, and WNYC. She's contributed to NPR news as a feature and spot reporter. Her beats have included the State House in Trenton and the culture and politics of Newark. 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. Jen has served as a production intern for The Leonard Lopate Show and is a senior producer for WNYC's The Takeaway. She holds a Master’s degree in Cultural and Critical Studies from the University of London, Birkbeck College.

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Jen Poyant appears in the following:

So Your Facebook Friend Said Something Racist. Again.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The time is ripe for our step-by-step guide on handling offensive posts on your social media feeds. This works for the Thanksgiving table, too.

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Going Deep on Digital Photo Clutter

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pull out your camera and look at the last picture you've taken. Why did you take it?

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When a School Has a Sexting Scandal

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A small Colorado town discovered that hundreds of students had been taking and sexting nude photographs "like baseball cards," shaking up the parents, police, schools, and football team.

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Is My Phone Eavesdropping On Me?

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Some coincidences seem just a little bit too... coincidental. Author Walter Kirn is on this week to talk about his recent story "If You're Not Paranoid, You're Crazy."

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It's Time to Deal With Your Photo Clutter

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A customized, step-by-step guide for dealing with your digital photo clutter. It'll be fun. Mostly. 

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How to Shake Up Your Echo Chamber

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

We click on things we agree with already. Here are some concrete steps to get out of our comfort zone and expose ourselves to different people, opinions, and voices online.

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Can You Have a Whole Relationship Through Texts?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

If texting someone makes you feel connected, does it matter if there's a real person on the other end?

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Sherry Turkle: 'Even a Silent Phone Disconnects Us'

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

We spend a whole lot of time talking on our phones. But author, professor, and digital-era scholar Sherry Turkle questions whether they're real conversations.

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WiFi, Cancer, and Paranoia

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Science says you really don't need to worry about carcinogens and WiFi. We sort through all of the research with Only Human's Mary Harris.

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Why Google 'Thought' This Black Woman Was a Gorilla

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

This is a story about an incident that happened to 22-year-old web developer Jacky Alciné, the racist slur that caught him off-guard, and the machines behind it.

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The Ad Blocker's Dilemma: Sell Your Soul or Destroy the Internet

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

With the latest iOS update, you can start using ad blockers on your phone. But should you?

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Why Texts From Your Ex Is a Thing

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Creator of 'Texts From Your Ex' Elan Gale on the impulses behind texting with exes, and publishing the screenshots.

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Why Online Shoppers See Different Prices for the Same Item

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Price discrimination, or the "Schmo Tax," is how companies like Amazon post different prices depending on a shopper's zip code or online history. Sound fair?

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Back to School Guide: How to Think About Kids and Tech

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

A round-up of all the big questions we should be asking as the kids head back to school.

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Stop Going on Bad Dates.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tips from a professional online profile ghostwriter. Because, of course, that's a thing.

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LEGO Kits and Your Creative Soul

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The future of creativity, the best ways to brainstorm, and the importance of free-association are all to be found through every techie's favorite toy: LEGO.

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Should You Post Pictures of Your Kids Online?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sure, baby pictures are cute. But does that mean you should post them before a kid is old enough to give consent? We take a deep dive into the different philosophies out there.

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This Is Your Brain on Online Shopping

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Why would anyone buy six sweaters, only to never wear them? We visited Etsy's Usability Lab in search of some answers.

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What Is Our Attention Actually Worth?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tech entrepreneur Tristan Harris imagines technology without constant notifications - and a funding system that incentivizes techies to build it.

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Bored and Brilliant: BOOT CAMP

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A summer version of Bored and Brilliant, designed to get you rethinking your relationship with your smartphone. Works equally well on vacation, or when you WISH you were on vacation.

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