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:

Your Stories of Calling Out Misogyny

Friday, November 17, 2017

We asked listeners to tell us about a time they confronted someone for their sexist behavior, and one person shared a story about the time he called himself out. 


Rewriting the Masculinity Rulebook Post-Weinstein

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sexual harassment is often framed as a "women's issue," but it's up to men to change the culture. Hear from Michael Kimmel of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities.

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Sexual Harassment Is Out of the Whisper Network. Let's Talk

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Since the Harvey Weinstein exposé, a number of men in powerful positions have been accused of sexual harassment. We're all talking about it. Let's keep the conversation going.

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Remembering New York Suffragettes Who Marched 100 Years Ago

Monday, November 06, 2017

On November 6, 1917, New York passed a state referendum granting suffrage to women. Hear what was happening on the streets of Brooklyn, Chinatown, and Little Italy ahead of the vote.

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The Case to End Daylight Saving

Friday, November 03, 2017

A Massachusetts senator is leading efforts in her state to stop observing Daylight Saving Time, and she wants the rest of the Eastern states to get on board.

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A Halloween Court Battle Over Who Gets to Be Top Banana

Monday, October 30, 2017

Banana costumes have become a Halloween staple. But in a federal court in New Jersey, two companies are warring over who owns the copyright to make banana-shaped suits.


Is 'Feeding the Meter' Actually Illegal?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Our old Morning Edition host, Soterios Johnson, stopped using the phrase after a listener said it referred to paying for a parking spot past the maximum time limit. Is that true?

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Want to Vote in the 2018 Primary? You Have a Week to Register

Friday, October 06, 2017

Next Friday is not only the deadline to register before November's general election. It's also the cutoff to register for a party affiliation for the June 2018 primary. 

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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.