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:

Watching Reindeer Cross the Norwegian Tundra, Minute by Minute

Monday, May 15, 2017

You probably know about live bird cameras around New York City. But in Norway, they've taken live-streaming to a whole new level. Hear about their most recent and most ambitious project.

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Come for a Haircut, Stay for Captain Underpants

Thursday, May 11, 2017

One educator in Harlem is bringing kid-size bookshelves to barbershops in an effort to make positive, social reading spaces for young black boys.

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A Better Way to Get Kids in Libraries: Stop Fining Them

Monday, May 08, 2017

New York Public Library President Tony Marx is looking for creative ways to waive fines for kids while still holding them accountable.

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Your #NYcityverse Poems About the Five Boroughs

Friday, April 28, 2017

April was National Poetry Month. WNYC asked listeners to write tweet-length original poems about the five boroughs; listen to several submissions, read by the poets themselves!

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Your Original Poems, Inspired by Queens

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

National Poetry Month is coming to an end, and throughout the month, we've invited your original poems about the five boroughs. See Week Five's submissions for Queens.

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Your Original Poems, Inspired by Manhattan

Friday, April 21, 2017

For National Poetry Month, we're asking you to write an original, tweet-length poem for each of the five boroughs. See Week Four's submissions for Manhattan.

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Your Original Poems, Inspired by Staten Island

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's National Poetry Month, so we're asking you to write an original, tweet-length poem for each of the five boroughs. See Week Three's submissions for Staten Island.

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Sunken Ships Make Great Reefs Off the New Jersey Coastline

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Jersey's Artificial Reef Program is sinking ships, subway cars and other dense objects with plenty of nooks and crannies to help marine life thrive.

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Your Original Poems, Inspired by Brooklyn

Friday, April 14, 2017

Over the course of National Poetry Month, we're asking you to write an original, tweet-length poem for each of the five boroughs. See Week Two's submissions, inspired by Brooklyn.

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The Delightful World of Super-Niche Podcasts

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It's the age of podcasting. Hear are some of the oddest, most niche podcasts out there.

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Your Original Poems, Inspired by the Bronx

Friday, April 07, 2017

In honor of National Poetry Month, we have a borough-by-borough poetry challenge: send us your original, tweet-length poetry inspired by one of the boroughs. First up: the Bronx!

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Why I'm Leaving: A Federal Employee Resigns Under Trump

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

A former National Security Council spokesperson talks about why he decided to resign from federal government in the face of the incoming Trump administration.

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Why I'm Staying: A Federal Employee Weighs His Options Under Trump

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

One federal employee who deals with immigration says, despite a widespread spirit of dissent, he plans to work through the abrupt policy changes of the new Trump administration.

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Trash Psych 101: What Will it Take to Reduce Litter in the Subway?

Monday, April 03, 2017

Whether it's intentional or accidental, littering is inevitable in subway stations. Hear how the MTA is trying to tackle the problem with brute force and social psychology.

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Your District Wants Your Input on How to Spend $1 Million

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

About three-fifths of New York City Council members are involved in this year's Participatory Budgeting, which lets district residents vote on projects they want to see actualized.

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Giving Voice to the History of American Women

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The new Center for Women's History at the New-York Historical Society revisits topics that everyone knows, but from an often-overlooked female perspective.

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Persian New Year Is About Spending Time With Family, But Most Iranians Are Staying Put

Monday, March 20, 2017

Persian New Year is a popular time for Iranians to travel to be with family. But this year, because of President Trump's now-halted travel bans, many people are canceling Nowruz trips.

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A Flurry of Snow Day Poems

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

On a day of mixed snow and sleet, WNYC listeners contribute a mix of original and well-known poetry about snowy weather.

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Trademarking That Signature, Salty-Sweet Play-Doh Smell

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hasbro Inc., which owns Play-Doh, has filed paperwork to trademark the smell of its product. Hear what it takes to trademark non-traditional things, like sounds and scents.

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Not Just 'Other' Anymore in the U.S. Census

Thursday, March 09, 2017

For 2020, the U.S. Census has proposed changes to include more racial and ethnic categories so that fewer people fall into the amorphous “other” category.

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