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.

Shows:

Shumita Basu appears in the following:

Got Rhymes? Give Us Your Best for New Governor Phil Murphy

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Listeners offer up their best two-line rhymes of advice for newly-sworn-in New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

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Teens, Tell Us How You Volunteer!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Teenagers talk about what community service means to them and recommend various volunteering experiences, from community gardening to delivering meals to seniors.

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Your Stories About Pay Inequity

Friday, January 12, 2018

Have you ever disclosed your salary to a coworker in the interest of transparency? Listeners respond with stories about what conversations have been sparked in their workplaces.

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Jersey Girls Don't Pump Gas - But Should They?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Jersey is now the only the state in the country where it's illegal to pump your own gas. Join this low stakes debate: Is it time for the Garden State to embrace self-service?

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Let's Talk About Pay Equity

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Pay equity is having a banner week, from Iceland to the BBC to the Golden Globes. Tell us what conversations you're having with your coworkers about your salaries.

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New York Activists Say 'Time's Up' at the Golden Globes

Monday, January 08, 2018

Several New York activists attended the Golden Globes as guests of actresses, to call attention to their causes and the Time's Up movement to combat sexual harassment.

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When Museums Say 'Pay What You Want,' Should You?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

And are there unwritten rules for locals vs. tourists when it comes to pay-as-you-wish policies at some city museums? Join our debate. Admission is free.

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Are You Cool With Lying to Kids About... "George"?

Friday, December 22, 2017

Why do grown-ups throw truth out the window (or up the chimney) at Christmastime? "George" is our code word for Santa. You may not want to listen to this with little kids around.

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The Best Thing That Happened to You in 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Interview the oldest person and the youngest person at your end-of-the-year gathering and ask them: what's the best thing that happened to you in 2017?

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An NYC Sword Swallower's Fearless Life

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Johnny Fox, who swallowed swords at the Coney Island Freak Show and ran the Freakatorium on the Lower East Side, died at 64 due to liver cancer.

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Your Stories of Thoughtful, Everlasting Gifts

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Some presents stand the test of time. Listeners share their stories of giving or getting gifts, from the super utilitarian to the super sentimental.

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Tell Us About Your Everlasting, Life-Changing Gifts

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Often, when we first get a gift, we don't have a sense of whether it'll change our lives. Listeners use 20/20 hindsight to share enduring, life-changing gifts they've given or gotten.

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Pickle: A Philosophy and Ethics Podcast for Kids

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

WNYC Studios has a new podcast out for kids. It's called "Pickle," and it explores philosophy and ethics. WNYC's Shumita Basu cohosts.

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The Bear Hunt Continues in New Jersey, For Now

Friday, December 08, 2017

This week's bear hunt in New Jersey could be the last, if Governor-elect Phil Murphy makes good on his campaign pledge to end bear hunting.

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A Reckoning in Our Own House: John Hockenberry and Harassment

Monday, December 04, 2017

WNYC's Brooke Gladstone, Jami Floyd, Brian Lehrer and Shumita Basu will be on the radio live tonight at 8pm to talk about sexual harassment allegations at NYPR and across the nation.

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'I'm Pretty, But I'm Smart and Strong, Too'

Friday, December 01, 2017

We've been talking about how we send signals to children about how their looks are valued. So we want to hear from you: How do you respond when other adults call your child "beautiful?"

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Context Matters for the President's Retweets. Except When it Doesn't.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

President Trump has retweeted posts from questionable accounts in the past, but his sharing of anti-Muslim videos from a British fringe group is something else.

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Have Better Conversations With Girls (and Boys Too, While We're At It)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A comment from a listener prompted us to ask for your input in building a list of fun, brain-scratching conversation starters for girls that AREN'T based on looks.

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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. 

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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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