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:

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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The Four Tendencies: How to Feed Good Habits

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Are you an upholder, a questioner, an obliger or a rebel? Figuring out your cognitive house might be the key to changing your bad tech habits for good.

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New Year. Same Old You.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Can we start fresh when every step, nap, and calorie are measured? If even a hard-core coder fails at a tech-enabled diet, maybe we need a new way to optimize our quantified selves.

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Go Ahead. Miss Out.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

FOMO is real. And it's amplified during the holiday season when party glam shots and scrumptious food pics are everywhere. So let's embrace a little JOMO (Joy of Missing Out) instead.

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Messages From the Beyond

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How one mom battling cancer is setting up messages for her kids to get after she's gone. And what her kids think about this digital legacy. 

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Meet the Textalyzer... and Our Next Big Project

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

If police smell booze on you behind the wheel, you'll be handed a breathalyzer. But how do they measure clicks and swipes? Plus, a sneak peek at our next big listener project. 

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Distracted Is the New Drunk

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Back in the ‘90s, primetime shows made us all care about drunk driving. Now, we need to stop texting on the road. But we don't watch TV like we used to. So who’s the new influencer? 

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Tech Under Trump

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What data do the feds have on us? Should we encrypt everything? How do we make a tinfoil hat again? This week, privacy and social media in the Trump era. 

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Shaking Up Your Echo Chamber. For Democracy.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

We click on things we agree with already. Here are concrete steps to get out of our comfort zone and find new people, opinions, and voices online. With minimal ick factor. 

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Your Facebook Friend Said Something Racist: Thanksgiving Edition

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Don't throw a turkey leg. Don't go ALL CAPS rage over racism on Twitter. This Thanksgiving, when the conversation makes your blood boil, take some deep breaths and just LARA.

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Drop Your Phone, Make Your Bed, Says Gretchen Rubin

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Note to Self listeners are struggling to find joy on the internet after this election. 'Happier' host Gretchen Rubin has advice.

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A Post-Election Note to You

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

The nation is divided, and we're all processing. So, we curated a list of 7 episodes from the archive for your post-election reality. 

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Do You Really Want to Live Forever?

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Americans voted. Now we can think way, way beyond 2016. The failed 2016 presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan (convincingly) explains why you might live forever and vote for him in 2040.

Mindfulness on Demand

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Can't afford a personal guru? No worries. Chade-Meng Tan, Silicon Valley's mindfulness coach, is making meditation accessible and he's got tips to incorporate it into our everyday lives.

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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.

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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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