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:

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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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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