Shumita Basu

Reporter & Host, WNYC News

Shumita Basu appears in the following:

Sunken Ships Make Great Reefs Off the New Jersey Coastline

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Jersey's Artificial Reef Program is sinking ships, subway cars and other dense objects with plenty of nooks and crannies to help marine life thrive.

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Your Original Poems, Inspired by Brooklyn

Friday, April 14, 2017

Over the course of National Poetry Month, we're asking you to write an original, tweet-length poem for each of the five boroughs. See Week Two's submissions, inspired by Brooklyn.


The Delightful World of Super-Niche Podcasts

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It's the age of podcasting. Hear are some of the oddest, most niche podcasts out there.

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Your Original Poems, Inspired by the Bronx

Friday, April 07, 2017

In honor of National Poetry Month, we have a borough-by-borough poetry challenge: send us your original, tweet-length poetry inspired by one of the boroughs. First up: the Bronx!


Why I'm Leaving: A Federal Employee Resigns Under Trump

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

A former National Security Council spokesperson talks about why he decided to resign from federal government in the face of the incoming Trump administration.

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Why I'm Staying: A Federal Employee Weighs His Options Under Trump

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

One federal employee who deals with immigration says, despite a widespread spirit of dissent, he plans to work through the abrupt policy changes of the new Trump administration.


Trash Psych 101: What Will it Take to Reduce Litter in the Subway?

Monday, April 03, 2017

Whether it's intentional or accidental, littering is inevitable in subway stations. Hear how the MTA is trying to tackle the problem with brute force and social psychology.

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Your District Wants Your Input on How to Spend $1 Million

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

About three-fifths of New York City Council members are involved in this year's Participatory Budgeting, which lets district residents vote on projects they want to see actualized.

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Giving Voice to the History of American Women

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The new Center for Women's History at the New-York Historical Society revisits topics that everyone knows, but from an often-overlooked female perspective.


Persian New Year Is About Spending Time With Family, But Most Iranians Are Staying Put

Monday, March 20, 2017

Persian New Year is a popular time for Iranians to travel to be with family. But this year, because of President Trump's now-halted travel bans, many people are canceling Nowruz trips.

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A Flurry of Snow Day Poems

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

On a day of mixed snow and sleet, WNYC listeners contribute a mix of original and well-known poetry about snowy weather.

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Trademarking That Signature, Salty-Sweet Play-Doh Smell

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hasbro Inc., which owns Play-Doh, has filed paperwork to trademark the smell of its product. Hear what it takes to trademark non-traditional things, like sounds and scents.

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Not Just 'Other' Anymore in the U.S. Census

Thursday, March 09, 2017

For 2020, the U.S. Census has proposed changes to include more racial and ethnic categories so that fewer people fall into the amorphous “other” category.


Not Just 'Other': How the U.S. Census Is Rethinking the Race Question

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

In the 2010 U.S. Census, "Other" was the third largest race group in the country. Census officials are working on a redesign to better capture race details and nuances.

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In the Heart of Times Square, A Love Note for Immigrants

Friday, February 24, 2017

An art installation in combines data, visuals and New York City's diversity. But you have to be standing in the right place to get the full effect.

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Forget 'Diamonds Are Forever': Millennials Want to Buy Diamonds on Their Own Terms

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The cheesy diamond marketing that worked on past generations isn't flying with today's newly-engaged young couples, who are more student loan-saddled and ethically-conscious than before.

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Snow Removal Report Card: How'd NYC Do?

Friday, February 10, 2017

It costs the city about $1.8 million per inch to clear snow off the roads. Hear more about the snowfall "sweet spot" as the city recovers from a storm that left 14 inches in some areas.


Hundreds of New York Students Stage Walkout to Protest Travel Ban

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Hundreds of high school students in New York walked out of their classes on Tuesday afternoon and gathered in Foley Square to protest President Trump's travel ban.


Two New Yorkers Slapped with the First Fines for Illegal Airbnb Listings

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Two New Yorkers are the first Airbnb hosts to be fined by the city for illegally listing short-term rentals after a law was passed in October.

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A Listener-Sourced #CulturePack for This Political Moment

Thursday, February 02, 2017

We asked listeners: What books/movies/TV/podcasts/etc. are you digging into to better understand this political and cultural moment? See some of the responses.

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