Shumita Basu

Host, WNYC

Shumita Basu appears in the following:

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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Don't Joke About Violence in This Election. You Never Know Who's Listening.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

After a 28-year-old guy in a Brooklyn bar joked to a friend about harming Donald Trump, the NYPD showed up and brought him to the precinct for questioning.

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When Brands Go Political: Chobani Backlash and Yuengling Boycotts

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Some beer drinkers are boycotting Yuengling after the CEO endorsed Donald Trump. Chobani is receiving hate mail for employing refugees. Hear what happens when consumers fight back.

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Email Is Evolving — Why Aren't We?

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Hillary Clinton's email usage has repeatedly landed in this election's spotlight. If emails are getting people into hot water so often, why isn't our email etiquette evolving?

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Houdini Séance Attempts to Summon His Spirit to the Upper East Side

Monday, October 31, 2016

Today marks the 90th anniversary of Harry Houdini's death, and an annual séance will take place at a special location this year: the site of Houdini's first apartment in New York City.

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What's Trending on Facebook? Hoaxes, Memes and Your Worst Internet Habits

Friday, October 28, 2016

Why is Facebook's "Trending" section littered with click-bait headlines and false stories? It's a reflection of what we're clicking on, and we're teaching the algorithm some bad lessons.

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Your Stories of Voting in Sandy's Aftermath

Friday, October 28, 2016

Tell us about your voting experience four years ago, in the days following Sandy.

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MoMa Adds Emojis to its Permanent Collection

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has acquired the original set of 176 emojis, designed in 1999 by Shigetaka Kurita, for its permanent collection.

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A Lesson From Friday's Internet Outage: You Should Really Change Your 'Easy' Passwords

Monday, October 24, 2016

Friday's internet outage was a coordinated attack, using devices with "factory setting" passwords to disrupt access to a number of major websites. One takeaway: change those passwords.

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Wonder Woman is Now a UN Ambassador – But What About Those Tiny Shorts?

Friday, October 21, 2016

The United Nations is tapping Wonder Woman as the new face of gender equality and women's empowerment. But some people are protesting against what they consider outdated, sexist imagery.

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The Final Presidential Debate, In Bruce Springsteen's Words

Thursday, October 20, 2016

WNYC live-tweeted during the final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, using only Bruce Springsteen lyrics. Hear the highlights.

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