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:

Play Video Games for Your Mental Health

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

You judge the person playing Candy Crush. Even when it’s you. But that mental fist pump from leveling up has real value. How to stop judging and use games for a strategic reset.

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Talking to Myself

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Replika app chats with you, learns from you, and reflects you back. Your AI self gets pretty real. #realtalkbot

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I Didn’t See Your Text

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

And other fibs we tell our friends, family and lovers. Psychotherapist Esther Perel is back to call us on our bullsh*t.

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Ghosting, Simmering and Icing with Esther Perel

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Remember being dumped? Now, technology lets us delay, deflect, and disappear. Renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel is here to help us fall in love better.

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Eavesdropping On Epiphany

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

How (and why) a week of boredom sparked a brilliant breakthrough for one college student. And the link between single-tasking and innovation.

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Save the Planet! Part 1: I'm Gonna Take My Clothes Off

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

This week, five episodes for five ways we can do better by the planet. First: warm up, strip down. Rethink the air conditioner.
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Save the Planet! Part 2: Whale Poop

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Giant whale turds. A permanent shade over the sun. One is flashier, but that's the danger of it. This is poopier oceans vs. the climate change quick fix.
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Escape From Yahoo!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The hacks, the Verizon sale, the uncool factor. This week, the tech loyalties we keep when maybe we shouldn’t.

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Your Mailman Is a Drug Dealer. He Just Doesn’t Know It.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We visit the Dark Web, where you can get heroin, fentanyl and oxycontin shipped right to your door. This week, the link between online drug markets and America’s opioid crisis.

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Should We Post Photos of Our Kids Online?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A third of kids are online before they’re born, thanks to sonogram images posted to Facebook. Is there a downside to all the kid photos we share?

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When Was the Last Time You Peed Without Your Phone?

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Yeah, it’s been a while for us too. So let’s reset. It’s the Bored and Brilliant bootcamp: three quick challenges to make space for brilliance in our accelerating world.

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We See Ourselves in Black Mirror

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Black Mirror is a tweaked reflection of technology’s worst consequences - a "sarcastic version of the present." So of course we love it. This week, we talk to its genius creators.

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Preview: Sen. Ron Wyden of the Senate Intelligence Committee

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Today, Sen. Wyden hears testimony from former FBI Director James Comey. Next week, he’ll be on N2S. Here’s a sneak peek at our chat about cybersecurity and your digital rights. 
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Meet the Humans Who Protect Your Eyes

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

People upload every kind of image (un)imaginable. Content moderators look at all the awful stuff, so you don’t have to. They toil in obscurity. Why aren’t they held up as heroes?

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What We Learned from Grandpa’s FBI File

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Our producer discovered an FBI file on her grandfather. What if they compiled a file on you? Here's how they'd do it. 

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Taking the Lead Episode 1: The Pain Point

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Our award winning series about work/life balance, and how Silicon Valley reacts to two Brooklyn moms with one big tech idea. This is episode one.
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Why Are So Many Bots Following Manoush?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bot armies are taking aim at our democracies, from last November to Brexit to this weekend’s French election. But what do they want with Manoush?

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Parents Just Don’t Understand, Tech Edition

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Uh, mom, the eggplant emoji is not about food. And the crying-laughing emoji is not appropriate for funerals. It’s time for some family tech therapy. With a professional.

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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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