Shumita Basu

Host, WNYC

Shumita Basu is a host, producer and reporter in the newsroom. You can follow her on Twitter @shubasu.

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:

Molinaro to Staten Island: Let Me Be Your Cuomo Solution

Thursday, August 09, 2018

With all eyes on the Democratic primary battle, Republican Marc Molinaro made his first visit to New York City as a gubernatorial candidate this week — a town hall on Staten Island.

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What's Your Preferred Pronoun?

Thursday, August 02, 2018

A conversation was sparked on Twitter by a WNYC journalist, asking other journos to consider including "What's your preferred pronoun?" in their regular roster of interview questions.

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Your Stories of Secretly Recording Someone

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

We asked listeners if they've ever secretly recorded audio of a conversation with someone without their consent (it's legal in New York and New Jersey). Here are some of your responses.

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'Don't Mess With Librarian Twitter' - An Old Internet Proverb

Thursday, July 26, 2018

A Forbes opinion writer suggested that Amazon should replace public libraries. Library-goers hit back in the most civil way imaginable: with fact-based attacks on Twitter.

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Are There More Lightning Bugs (They're Actually Beetles) in NYC This Summer?

Monday, July 23, 2018

Some New Yorkers say they're seeing more fireflies than usual this summer. WNYC set out to find an explanation.

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Brian Lehrer Will Sell You on Baseball (and Cracker Jacks)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WNYC's Shumita Basu knows next-to-nothing about baseball. Luckily, her colleague Brian Lehrer has been watching from the stands since he was a kid. Let Lehrer get you hooked.

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Gym Etiquette: Are Pointers or Pick-Ups Welcome?

Monday, July 16, 2018

When you go to the gym, you're there to work out. But it's also a community, and people have different expectations for the types of interactions they welcome with fellow gym-goers.

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Breastfeeding in the City: Your Experiences

Thursday, July 12, 2018

New York was the first state in the country to pass a law explicitly protecting the right to breastfeed in public. But laws aside, some new parents still hit barriers when nursing.

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CDs: Digital Skipping-Stone or Lasting Collectible?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Every so often, headlines declare the so-called "death of the CD," and speculative chatter about the future of music kicks up. Hear from a few die-hard advocates of the CD-ROM. 

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You Say VerraZano, I Say VerraZZano

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Recently, the New York State Senate and Assembly unanimously passed a bill to correct the spelling of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. But one historian says the spelling was never wrong.

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Fireworks on Your Block: A Joy or a Nuisance?

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

It's another low-stakes debate: How do you feel about your neighbors setting off fireworks on your block?

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A Puerto Rican Superhero Shows Resilience on a Post-Maria Island

Friday, June 29, 2018

A new comic anthology tells the story of La Borinqueña, an Afro-Latina superhero, who uses her powers and her knack for creating social change to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.


Do Black and White Cookies Even Taste Good, or Is That the Nostalgia Talking?

Friday, June 29, 2018

It's another round of WNYC's low-stakes debates. Tell us: Is the black and white cookie only good because of nostalgia, or is there something to admire in the taste?

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Meet the People Who Are Serving Our Country While Living at Home

Monday, May 28, 2018

Ahead of Memorial Day, WNYC spoke to service members who carry out military duties while living their civilian lives here in the New York area.


Exclamation Points Belong in Work Emails! (Disagree? Talk Me Out of It!)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Do exclamation points have a place in professional communications? Listeners weigh in on this low-stakes debate.

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Would New Yorkers Vote for an Atheist?

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Among the 51 New York City Council members and the 3 city-wide positions, not a single elected official openly identifies as an atheist.

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The Ice Cream Truck: Joy or Menace?

Friday, May 04, 2018

Weigh in on this low-stakes debate: Does the sound of the ice cream truck jingle fill you with joy or dread?

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Weekly Music Roundup: Van Morrison, Hatchie, and Bulgarian Womens Voices

Monday, April 30, 2018

New Sounds
Week of April 30: This week, Van Morrison looks back at the '30s; Hatchie looks back at the '80s; and Lisa Gerrard looks to Bulgaria.
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Poetry Challenge: Spring Inspiration

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Listeners share their original poems about spring for the last week of WNYC's National Poetry Month challenge.


'In a World Where Movies Challenge Conventional Beauty Standards...'

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Amy Schumer's new movie, "I Feel Pretty," is hitting a sour note for some viewers. Hear why, and propose your own made-up movie tagline for a film that challenges beauty norms.

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