Jen Poyant

Executive Producer, Note to Self

Jen Poyant is Executive Producer at WNYC Studios. 

She oversees editorial content of the Note to Self, 2 Dope Queens and Sooo Many White Guys podcasts.  She also contributes to the development of new shows and pilots at WNYC Studios.  

Prior to her executive producer role, Jen was a Senior Producer for WNYC's national news-analysis magazine show, The Takeaway. Poyant also developed and produced the first Werk It festival, WNYC's first ever women's podcast festival.

Jen has served as interim executive producer for WNYC's Peabody award-winning local flagship news and politics program The Brian Lehrer show, and has worked on the station's daily cultural call-in program, The Leonard Lopate show. She's also contributed to WNYC's Radio Rookies, feature and spot reporting for NPR. She has served as a state house reporter in Trenton, New Jersey for NPR member stations WHHY and WBGO, and as a reporter for WVTF in Roanoke, Virginia.   During her time covering New Jersey, Jen was awarded the New Jersey Associated Press First Place Award for Best Sports Feature, Best Spot News Coverage, Best Public Service, and Best Newscast with WBGO’s Andrew Meyer. 

Before pursuing a career in broadcasting, Jen taught English at a public high school and a school for the blind in Kumamoto, Japan. She holds an Masters Degree in Cultural and Critical Studies at the University of London, Birkbeck College and a BA in English and Art History from Virginia Tech. 

Jen Poyant appears in the following:

Have Dating Apps Killed Romance?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

“I walked into this bar. Every single guy was on their phone, on dating apps. Every single one.”


Help Us Collect Political Ads on Facebook

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Let’s build a database of political Facebook ads. Just in case someone buys thousands of ads to sway an election. Here’s how.

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Meet an Online Emotional Escort

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

We all need someone to tell (or text) our stories to. Even if they’re paid to text back.

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How to Find the Right Amount of Screen Time

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Enjoy screens. Not too much. Mostly together. Anya Kamenetz shows us how to do screen time right.

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Dear Manoush: The Advice Episode

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

You send us a lot of questions about managing tech-life. This week, Manoush has the answers.

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Dan Harris Knows All Your Excuses for Not Meditating

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

People have a lot of excuses for not meditating. Eight, in fact. Dan Harris knows them all. And he can help.

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Search Inside Yourself For Peace and Joy

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Create some calm as the year ends. It starts with one deep breath, led by Google employee 107. 

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Look Into the Future with Black Mirror

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The creators of Netflix’s hit Black Mirror on predicting the future, Twitter as a massive role-playing game, and nostalgia for meh. 

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Alexa, Is Amazon Taking Over The World?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The tradeoffs we don’t see when we shop on Amazon. Why the answer isn’t to cancel your Prime. And yes, I bring Alexa’s new camera into my bedroom.

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"You Deserve to Die" and Other Fun Conversation Starters

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

People say mean things to Dylan Marron online. He takes that as an invitation to call them up and make friends.

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Let’s Check The Tape

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Some objects listening to us: Siri. Alexa. Google Home. With so many recordings, the transcribed life isn’t far off. For better or for worse.  


The Lawsuit that Could Shine a Light on Cambridge Analytica

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How a single American’s quest for his own digital marketing profile may show us all how our data travels the world. And may even end up in the hands of foreign governments.

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Revisiting Cambridge Analytica’s Role in the Presidential Election

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

From March, the first chapter in our look at Cambridge Analytica. We asked the controversial digital marketing firm what services they provided for Trump.
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It’s Not Over Nyet

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time to consider how online interference moves into the physical world. The second of our spy handbook for our data-rich era.

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Spy Terms of the Internyet

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Russian spy tactics have gotten an upgrade since the Cold War. This week, how they work now.

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Nyet Just a Conspiracy Theory?

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

If talking about democracy getting hacked feels like old news, it’s time to take a fresh look. 


Where Do I Go Now?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

There was a time humans were guided by stars, not satellite. Now you can beam into robots, or turn on GPS. But when we put ourselves on autopilot we may lose our minds.

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Play Video Games for Your Mental Health

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

You judge the person playing Candy Crush. Even when it’s you. But that mental fist pump from leveling up has real value. How to stop judging and use games for a strategic reset.

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Talking to Myself

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Replika app chats with you, learns from you, and reflects you back. Your AI self gets pretty real. #realtalkbot

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I Didn’t See Your Text

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

And other fibs we tell our friends, family and lovers. Psychotherapist Esther Perel is back to call us on our bullsh*t.

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