Shumita Basu

Reporter & Host, WNYC News

Shumita Basu appears in the following:

For Students Learning English, NYC’s Remote Learning Comes with Steep Barriers

Monday, April 20, 2020

There are 135,000 students classified as English language learners enrolled in New York City public schools. Remote learning is particularly challenging for many of them.

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Your Poetry About What A Month It's Been, Plus A New Prompt

Thursday, April 16, 2020

WNYC invited listeners to write their own poems based on the prompt: "What a Difference a Month Makes." Hear your next prompt for National Poetry Month.

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New York City 12th Graders Want Their Senior Year Back

Thursday, April 09, 2020

This is not how high school seniors imagined taking their victory lap at the end of their high school career. Hear a few different perspectives shared by the class of 2020.

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April Poetry Challenge: Let's Write Through This Moment

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Share your writing in WNYC's weekly poetry challenge. We're hoping it can be whatever you need it to be: a chance to document this moment or to escape from it.

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NYC Public School Students React to Shortened Spring Break Due to Coronavirus

Thursday, April 02, 2020

New York City public schools won’t be observing spring break as scheduled this year. Many students aren’t too happy to hear it.

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New York State Will Allow Birthing Partners In Delivery Rooms Despite Coronavirus Concerns

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he will issue an executive order mandating hospitals to allow one "support person" in labor and delivery rooms.


How Remote Learning Is Going in Low-Tech (or No-Tech) Homes In NYC

Friday, March 27, 2020

As the first week of remote learning for New York City public schools comes to a close, thousands of New York City families struggle to get the devices and wifi they need to keep up. 


New York City Classrooms Go Online

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

WNYC and Chalkbeat are teaming up to cover the shift of nation's largest school district to online learning

Students Call-In on Disrupted Campus Life

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Colleges are beginning to close temporarily or transition online in response to coronavirus.

CUNY And SUNY To Maximize 'Distance Learning' and Reduce In-Person Classes, Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

After days of anxious concern from students and faculty, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says CUNY and SUNY schools will encourage online instruction for the rest of the semester.

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CUNY Public Schools Remain Open, Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

While many private universities in New York are suspending classes or moving online amid COVID-19 concerns, CUNY schools are still directing students and faculty to come to class.

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Adjusting Travel Plans Due To The Coronavirus

Friday, February 28, 2020

Many travelers are reconsidering travel plans due to global outbreaks of COVID-19.


How To Redesign Queens' Bus Network (Step 1: Make People Mad)

Friday, February 07, 2020

Bus routes in Queens have largely stayed the same since the 1940s. The MTA says that’s why it’s drawing a new network. But when it released the first draft, it was met with backlash.

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New York's Sometimes-Accessible Public Transportation

Thursday, February 06, 2020

A first-person account of navigating the city's mass transit with a disability.

Museum Of Chinese In America Gets Good News About Artifacts Feared Destroyed In Fire

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Many artifacts of the Museum of Chinese in America were feared to be destroyed in a recent fire. After searching through rubble, more may be salvageable than previously thought.


Museum of Chinese in America "Shocked" By How Much is Salvageable After Five-Alarm Fire

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

City officials are beginning to asses what may be salvageable from 70 Mulberry Street in Manhattan, after a five-alarm fire tore through the Chinatown building last week.


Advisor for Sen. Cory Booker Gives First Hand Account of Impeachment Hearings

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Matt Platkin left his job to advise Senator Cory Booker during the impeachment proceedings.


Who's More Generous With Giving Up Their Seat: Subway Or Bus Riders?

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

It's a classic New York debate: Who is most deserving of a seat on a crowded subway? And does the calculation change when you're on a bus? We The Commuters asks the riders.

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Head of New York City Transit Andy Byford Resigns

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The head of New York City Transit Andy Byford resigned Thursday after two years, over his diminished role at the MTA. 

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Those Broken Elevators in Grand Central? We Looked Into It.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Several elevators and escalators have been taken out of service for planned work at Grand Central Terminal. We The Commuter looks into your questions about why this work was scheduled.

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