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:

Give Your Eclipse Glasses a Second Life, Somewhere Else in the World

Friday, September 22, 2017

Are your eclipse glasses collecting dust? Astronomers Without Borders is organizing a massive effort to collect, quality check, and send glasses to South America and Asia for 2019.


Beleaguered Brooklyn Megachurch Attracts Pious and Partying Millennials

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Pentacostal megachurch with a global following in the hundreds of thousands, and a questionable background, has been making inroads into Brooklyn.


New Yorkers Say: Keep Your Start-Up Lingo Away From My Bodega

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A new-startup aims to put vending machine-style pantries in buildings to sell non-perishable goods. It's called "Bodega." And many New Yorkers are pretty furious.

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Are Water Bugs the Same as Cockroaches?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Some people use the words "cockroach" and "water bug" interchangeably. But trust us: You definitely don't want a water bug in your house.


Remembering the Brooklyn Bridge Elephant Stampede That Never Happened

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

There's a new memorial in Brooklyn Bridge Park commemorating the Brooklyn Bridge Elephant Stampede of 1929. Only thing is, it didn't happen. Well, not QUITE.

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Doctor's Advice: Take Two Bike Rides and Call Me in the Morning

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A pilot program in Bedford-Stuyvesant lets doctors prescribe patients a free, one-year Citi Bike membership.

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Ground Zero Artifacts Give Towns Across the U.S. a Piece of 9/11 to Memorialize

Monday, September 11, 2017

More than 2,600 artifacts were pulled from the wreckage at the World Trade Center and shipped to communities across the country to create public monuments.

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Communities Nationwide Create Local Monuments With Sept. 11 Artifacts

Monday, September 11, 2017

More than 2,600 artifacts were pulled from the wreckage at the World Trade Center and shipped to communities across the country to create public monuments.


He Covered Sandy for WNYC. Now He's Covering Harvey.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"I've never seen anything like this," says Eddie Robinson, a Houston news anchor and former WNYC host. 

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How Miniskirts Swayed U.S. Military Intervention in Afghanistan

Monday, August 28, 2017

Could a photo of women in miniskirts from 1970s Kabul have influenced President Trump's thoughts on intervention in Afghanistan?

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Miniskirts and Military Intervention: Behind the 1970s Kabul Photo That Swayed Trump

Thursday, August 24, 2017

President Trump was reportedly swayed to prolong the war in Afghanistan after he was shown a picture of 1970s Kabul, with young women in miniskirts.

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The History of Blaming 'Both Sides' and Why Language Matters

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Politicians and leaders have long blamed "extremists on both sides" when speaking about civil rights and race. Princeton historian Kevin Kruse explains the danger of false equivalencies.


Teen Vogue Says You Can Care About Social Justice, Beauty and Celebrities, All at Once

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teen Vogue has emerged as an unlikely voice for strong, nuanced reactions to social and political issues. The magazine's digital editor talks about its response to Charlottesville.


#ThisIsNotUs Is a Cop-Out: Social Media and Charlottesville

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The white supremacist rally and protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, led to the emergence of a Twitter hashtag: #ThisIsNotUs. NPR's Sam Sanders weighs in on why that's problematic.

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The Buttered Roll: Charming New York Institution or Nah?

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

It's time for another low-stakes debate: Does New York have exclusive rights to be proud of the "buttered roll," or should we just get over ourselves?

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Here's Looking at You: Takeaways From Commuter Etiquette Week

Friday, August 04, 2017

Subway dos and don'ts; a '90s rap about standing clear of the doors; a controversial stance on making eye contact; and a case for being allowed to photograph strangers on the train.

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Is It Ever Okay to Take a Picture of a Stranger on the Subway?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Is it acceptable to take a stranger's photo without their permission on the subway, explicitly to post on social media?

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Your 'We the Commuters' Ambassador, Fresh off the MTA Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WNYC appointed a volunteer ambassador to represent We the Commuters at July's MTA board meeting. Hear how it went.

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The Airing of Your MTA Grievances

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The MTA meeting is Wednesday, and our We the Commuters ambassador was there to bring your concerns, questions and comments to the attention of agency board members. 

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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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