Shumita Basu

Host, WNYC

Shumita Basu is a host, producer and reporter in the newsroom.

You'll hear her on Morning Edition, where she responds to the news of the day with a New York/New Jersey angle. Whether she's catching you up on a local story, debunking a partly-true post that's in your news feed, or asking you to call in with your thoughts, her goal is to get you thinking about the role news plays in your day.

Previously Shumita was the social media and digital producer at The Brian Lehrer Show, which involved interacting with the show's highly-engaged, thoughtful audience across all digital platforms on a daily basis. It was, in few words, the best.

Shumita Basu appears in the following:

Is It Ever Okay to Listen to Podcasts at Triple the Speed?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Here's another low-stakes debate: is it ever acceptable to listen to a podcast at double or triple the speed?

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Spoiler Alert: Spoilers Make Things More Enjoyable

Thursday, July 20, 2017

It sounds counterintuitive, but a study from UC San Diego found that most people enjoy a story more when they know how it ends. Where do you stand in this low-stakes debate?

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Freaked Out by Doomsday Climate News? Tell Us Your Proactive Reactions

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A recent New York Magazine cover story said parts of the Earth will be uninhabitable in 80 years. Hear how it's prompting people to reassess their personal impact.

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Should You Give Up Your Subway Seat for a Child?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Here's a (relatively) low-stakes debate: Should adults feel inclined to give up their subway seats for children? Hear some voices from the subway.

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New York Is Experiencing a Blood Supply Shortage

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Only about 2 percent of people in New York and New Jersey donate blood regularly. Hear what's contributing to this summer's low supply and what you can expect if you show up to donate.


93 Years of WNYC (and the Mysticism of Early Radio)

Thursday, July 06, 2017

WNYC is celebrating 93 years on the air! Hear some early sounds of the station.

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Tell Us About Your New York City 'Superpower'

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

What special skill or instinct has this city instilled in you? 

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Competitive Eating, For the Glory and the Gut

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Competitive eating is as American as apple pie...if you're racing to the bottom of the pan. Hear about the official sports league that oversees Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest.


Tell Us About Your Most Memorable Summer Job

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Listeners share their most memorable summer jobs, from making bologna sandwiches for tourists at the Statue of Liberty to milking cows in Poughkeepsie.

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Happy 90th Birthday to the Cyclone at Coney Island!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Richard Hake's story about the iconic roller coaster's 70th anniversary, we retraced his steps to see what's changed, and what hasn't. 


Why Shouldn't the Babadook Be a Queer Icon?

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Babadook, the main character in a 2014 Australian horror film, could be gay. There's no reason to assume the character is straight. Which is why a meme, and queer icon, was born.

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As Powerful Women Gain Recognition, So Do the Men Who Interrupt Them

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

After video of a woman physicist being interrupted by a male panel moderator went viral, New York Public Radio's CEO, Laura Walker, explains why now is the time to be calling this out.

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Using Digital Games — And Empathy — As Teaching Tools

Monday, June 19, 2017

A middle school teacher in New Jersey is using digital games and virtual reality to let his kids experience the humanity on all sides of tough issues like immigration and war.

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Ramadan Brings a Needed Mental 'Detox' for New Jersey Muslims

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Edison, New Jersey is known for its large Indian population. But what's often overlooked is the sizable Muslim population. Hear from some people observing Ramadan.

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Pride Month Posters Appear in MTA Stations

Monday, June 12, 2017

An unofficial campaign mimics MTA service change posters to bring awareness to Pride Month in subway stations.

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Bob Dylan Talks Literary Inspirations in Nobel Lecture

Friday, June 09, 2017

Bob Dylan finally delivered his (mandatory) Nobel lecture on literature, weaving his way through his top three literary inspirations that informed his songwriting.


The Three Types of Commencement Speeches You'll Hear This Year

Monday, June 05, 2017

There's "The Speech That Talks About Politics Without Explicitly Naming the President," "The Cocktail Party Anecdote That Will Never Be Retired," and more.


A Fast-Track to Get Artists Teaching in City Classrooms

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lincoln Center Scholars offers working artists a chance to earn their Master's in Education and state certification while teaching the arts in the city's public schools at the same time.

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Arabic and Hebrew Speakers Can Both Read This Script

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A typeface designer in Israel has developed a new writing system that combines Arabic and Hebrew scripts in a way that allows speakers of both languages to read the same text.

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You're Not Imagining It: Your Allergies Really Are Worse This Year

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Spring is in the air, along with all those pesky allergens. Hear why it's an exceptionally bad season for allergy sufferers, and what climate change has to do with it.

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