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:

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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Not Just 'Other': How the U.S. Census Is Rethinking the Race Question

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

In the 2010 U.S. Census, "Other" was the third largest race group in the country. Census officials are working on a redesign to better capture race details and nuances.

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In the Heart of Times Square, A Love Note for Immigrants

Friday, February 24, 2017

An art installation in combines data, visuals and New York City's diversity. But you have to be standing in the right place to get the full effect.

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Forget 'Diamonds Are Forever': Millennials Want to Buy Diamonds on Their Own Terms

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The cheesy diamond marketing that worked on past generations isn't flying with today's newly-engaged young couples, who are more student loan-saddled and ethically-conscious than before.

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Snow Removal Report Card: How'd NYC Do?

Friday, February 10, 2017

It costs the city about $1.8 million per inch to clear snow off the roads. Hear more about the snowfall "sweet spot" as the city recovers from a storm that left 14 inches in some areas.

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Hundreds of New York Students Stage Walkout to Protest Travel Ban

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Hundreds of high school students in New York walked out of their classes on Tuesday afternoon and gathered in Foley Square to protest President Trump's travel ban.

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Two New Yorkers Slapped with the First Fines for Illegal Airbnb Listings

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Two New Yorkers are the first Airbnb hosts to be fined by the city for illegally listing short-term rentals after a law was passed in October.

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A Listener-Sourced #CulturePack for This Political Moment

Thursday, February 02, 2017

We asked listeners: What books/movies/TV/podcasts/etc. are you digging into to better understand this political and cultural moment? See some of the responses.

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Your Calls on Trump's Executive Order Against Sanctuary Cities

Thursday, January 26, 2017

In light of President Trump's recent executive order which would withhold funding from so-called "sanctuary cities," we asked listeners to call in with their thoughts and suggestions.

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What New Yorkers Are Doing at Noon on Inauguration Day

Friday, January 20, 2017

We asked WNYC listeners: What are you doing at noon on Inauguration Day? Here's how they responded.

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Will & Grace Are Coming Back to Tell You What They Think of 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Will & Grace has been green-lit for a 10-episode revival by NBC with all the original starts. WNYC's Shumita Basu talks about the show's significance and where it's headed in 2017.

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This Sandy Hook PSA Has People Feeling Shocked — and Skeptical

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A PSA-style video from the non-profit Sandy Hook Promise has prompted strong reactions across the internet.

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Bars Brace for SantaCon

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Bars in Midtown and the East Village are getting ready for a crowd of Santa-hat-wearing bar crawlers on Saturday.

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New York City Dedicates a New AIDS Memorial

Thursday, December 01, 2016

A new memorial in Greenwich Village commemorates the lives of 100,000 New Yorkers who died of AIDS.

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Pause on Overtime Overhaul Leaves Employers, Workers in Limbo

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Now that a district judge has questioned proposed changes to federal overtime rules, nearly a million New Yorkers are waiting to learn whether they'll get a raise.

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Schneiderman Urges Law Enforcement to Act Swiftly on Hate Crimes

Thursday, November 17, 2016

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says there's a recent uptick in bias crimes.

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