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:

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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A Civics Video Game Shows What it Takes to Play 'President'

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A free, online video game from iCivics, founded by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, lets kids model a presidential campaign, from fundraising to stumping to Election Night.

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Your Hopeful, Anxious, Questioning #ElectionTexts

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Whether you're celebrating or protesting, Trump's win has elicited strong reactions from people. And a lot of those reactions are happening in text messages and group chats.

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Make Your Birth Control Plans Now, Before Trump's Transition

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Women on social media are echoing one piece of advice: Make a plan for birth control. Trump has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would shift costs back to women.

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Newark's New Archbishop Is a Lot Like Pope Francis

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Pope Francis has named Joseph Tobin, the current archbishop of Indianapolis, as the new archbishop of Newark. Hear more about the surprising move.

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Don't Get Scammed: There's No Such Thing as 'Text to Vote'

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

A friendly reminder as you head to the polls today: There's no way to vote online or by text.

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Mapping New York City's Excessively Loud Sounds

Monday, November 07, 2016

Jackhammers. Barking dogs. Car alarms. "Excessive" noise levels affect nearly all New Yorkers. Now, researchers are placing microphones around town to track the noise and affect policy.

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Saying Goodbye, and Thanks, to a 600-Year-Old Oak Tree

Friday, November 04, 2016

Arborists estimate the ancient white oak in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is around 600 years old. But now it's dying, and the town is coming to terms with giving it an honorable send-off.

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