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.

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Shumita Basu appears in the following:

'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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Cafeteria Rangers Are Learning How to Reduce School Waste

Monday, April 23, 2018

Cafeteria Culture, an environmental education nonprofit, is showing kids how to sort their lunchroom trash to teach them about their impact on the environment.

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Poetry Challenge: Showing Your Bodega Some Poetry-Month Love

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Listeners share their original poems about bodegas for WNYC's poetry month challenge.

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Your Stir-Crazy, Waiting-for-Spring Coping Mechanisms

Monday, April 16, 2018

Is this unseasonably cool spring weather making you impatient for sunny skies and moderate temperatures? Tell us how you're coping.

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Teens Say: Get Out the Youth Vote for Participatory Budgeting

Thursday, April 12, 2018

This week, New Yorkers are voting on how they'd like to see city money spent on projects in their districts through Participatory Budgeting. And voters can be as young as 11 years old.

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Is Pay Transparency a 'Thing' in Your Workplace?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April 10th is Equal Pay Day, a reminder of the gender wage gap between the average American man and woman.

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Poetry Challenge: An Ode to Your Commute

Monday, April 09, 2018

Listeners submit their own original poetry about their commute, whether it's by rail, wheel, foot or ferry.

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Write Us a Poem About Your Commute

Thursday, April 05, 2018

April is National Poetry Month, and WNYC has a series of week-long poetry assignments to keep you occupied all month long. First up: write us a poem about your commute.

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New York City's Optimism and Resistance After Brown vs. Board

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

The 1954 Supreme Court ruling inspired optimism in many black and Puerto Rican parents, who were concerned about segregated schools. But it didn't bring the change they hoped for.

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When Pageants and Protesters Converged on the Atlantic City Boardwalk

Friday, March 30, 2018

Outside the 1968 Miss America pageant, a feminist group gathered to protest. But just a few blocks away, another protest was taking place: The Black Miss America pageant. 

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Advice From a Teen: Listen to Us, Support Our Activism

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Em Odesser is a senior at Hastings High School and the editor-in-chief of an entirely teen-run magazine. She has thoughts on how to keep the momentum of the March for Our Lives going.

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The First Inductee to Our Masculinity Vision Board: Mr. Rogers

Friday, March 16, 2018

With the 50th anniversary of "Mister Rogers Neighborhood," we're acknowledging his role in teaching boys what it means to be a man. It has nothing to do with sweaters.

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'Ghost Tracks' Drift Into View at New Jersey Shore

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

When there's a big storm, like the three nor'easters that hit our area recently, shifting sands at the southern end of the Jersey Shore reveal a set of old, gnarled train tracks.

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Well Aren't You Just the Cutest Bunch of Accomplished Women Pilots!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

In this 1965 interview from the WNYC archives, a group of women pilots calls for more women in commercial cockpits. In the present day, their numbers aren't looking much better.

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Snowmelt

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A changing climate is affecting the way snowflakes form. Researchers are trying to figure out its potential impacts.

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President's Former Senior Adviser Pleads Guilty to Federal Conspiracy Charges

Friday, February 23, 2018

WNYC's Andrea Bernstein explains what the guilty plea means.

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Where New York and New Jersey Lawmakers Stand on Gun Control

Friday, February 23, 2018

Gun legislation is taking center stage in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Seneca Village: NYC's First Settlement of Black Landowners

Thursday, February 22, 2018

On the west side of what's now Central Park, a community of mostly African Americans formed in 1825. Here's how they lost that land and the rights that came with it.

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Civilian Complaint Review Board Takes On Sexual Harassment and Assault By Police

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The standing policy for years had been for the board to pass those cases off to the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau.

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#FirstGenSexTalk: Where the Parents Come In

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault asked young people what messaging they've received about sex and relationships. Many said: We wish our parents would talk to us more.

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