Shumita Basu

Host, WNYC

Shumita Basu appears in the following:

The Buttered Roll: Charming New York Institution or Nah?

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

It's time for another low-stakes debate: Does New York have exclusive rights to be proud of the "buttered roll," or should we just get over ourselves?

Comments [3]

Here's Looking at You: Takeaways From Commuter Etiquette Week

Friday, August 04, 2017

Subway dos and don'ts; a '90s rap about standing clear of the doors; a controversial stance on making eye contact; and a case for being allowed to photograph strangers on the train.

Comments [4]

Is It Ever Okay to Take a Picture of a Stranger on the Subway?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Is it acceptable to take a stranger's photo without their permission on the subway, explicitly to post on social media?

Comments [8]

Your 'We the Commuters' Ambassador, Fresh off the MTA Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WNYC appointed a volunteer ambassador to represent We the Commuters at July's MTA board meeting. Hear how it went.

Comments [2]

The Airing of Your MTA Grievances

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The MTA meeting is Wednesday, and our We the Commuters ambassador was there to bring your concerns, questions and comments to the attention of agency board members. 

Comments [2]

Is It Ever Okay to Listen to Podcasts at Triple the Speed?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Here's another low-stakes debate: is it ever acceptable to listen to a podcast at double or triple the speed?

Comments [2]

Spoiler Alert: Spoilers Make Things More Enjoyable

Thursday, July 20, 2017

It sounds counterintuitive, but a study from UC San Diego found that most people enjoy a story more when they know how it ends. Where do you stand in this low-stakes debate?

Comments [1]

Freaked Out by Doomsday Climate News? Tell Us Your Proactive Reactions

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A recent New York Magazine cover story said parts of the Earth will be uninhabitable in 80 years. Hear how it's prompting people to reassess their personal impact.

Comments [1]

Should You Give Up Your Subway Seat for a Child?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Here's a (relatively) low-stakes debate: Should adults feel inclined to give up their subway seats for children? Hear some voices from the subway.

Comments [19]

New York Is Experiencing a Blood Supply Shortage

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Only about 2 percent of people in New York and New Jersey donate blood regularly. Hear what's contributing to this summer's low supply and what you can expect if you show up to donate.


93 Years of WNYC (and the Mysticism of Early Radio)

Thursday, July 06, 2017

WNYC is celebrating 93 years on the air! Hear some early sounds of the station.

Comments [1]

Tell Us About Your New York City 'Superpower'

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

What special skill or instinct has this city instilled in you? 

Comments [3]

Competitive Eating, For the Glory and the Gut

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Competitive eating is as American as apple pie...if you're racing to the bottom of the pan. Hear about the official sports league that oversees Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest.


Tell Us About Your Most Memorable Summer Job

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Listeners share their most memorable summer jobs, from making bologna sandwiches for tourists at the Statue of Liberty to milking cows in Poughkeepsie.

Comments [2]

Happy 90th Birthday to the Cyclone at Coney Island!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Richard Hake's story about the iconic roller coaster's 70th anniversary, we retraced his steps to see what's changed, and what hasn't. 


Why Shouldn't the Babadook Be a Queer Icon?

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Babadook, the main character in a 2014 Australian horror film, could be gay. There's no reason to assume the character is straight. Which is why a meme, and queer icon, was born.

Comments [2]

As Powerful Women Gain Recognition, So Do the Men Who Interrupt Them

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

After video of a woman physicist being interrupted by a male panel moderator went viral, New York Public Radio's CEO, Laura Walker, explains why now is the time to be calling this out.

Comments [5]

Using Digital Games — And Empathy — As Teaching Tools

Monday, June 19, 2017

A middle school teacher in New Jersey is using digital games and virtual reality to let his kids experience the humanity on all sides of tough issues like immigration and war.

Comments [3]

Ramadan Brings a Needed Mental 'Detox' for New Jersey Muslims

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Edison, New Jersey is known for its large Indian population. But what's often overlooked is the sizable Muslim population. Hear from some people observing Ramadan.

Comments [1]

Pride Month Posters Appear in MTA Stations

Monday, June 12, 2017

An unofficial campaign mimics MTA service change posters to bring awareness to Pride Month in subway stations.

Comments [3]