Shumita Basu

Reporter & Host, WNYC News

Shumita Basu appears in the following:

Ask a Reporter: The Reason Why You're Voting for a Male and a Female District Leader

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Every assembly district in New York is represented by party district leaders: one male and one female. The reason can be traced back to Eleanor Roosevelt and the League of Women Voters.


Covering the 2018 Midterms: Your Activism, Energy and Questions

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

There's much at stake in September's New York state primary and November's midterm elections. WNYC is here to bring you stories about grassroots activism and to answer your questions.

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The Nationwide Prison Strike Continues in New York

Monday, September 03, 2018

Incarcerated people at several New York prisons are involved in the strike.

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Top Challenges for Young Latina Candidates: Machismo and Money

Friday, August 31, 2018

At a candidate forum moderated by former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Latina candidates for office discussed the barriers they face.

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Why One Bike Commuter Doesn't Wear a Helmet

Thursday, August 23, 2018

She rides her bicycle every single day, multiple times a day. And she never wears a helmet. Hear from one bike commuter who says the emphasis on helmets is missing the point.

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New York City Asks State to Help Investigate Yeshivas

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The city is looking into the Orthodox Jewish private schools, which critics say don't provide enough secular education to meet state standards.

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Cramming for the Midterm Elections (With a Beer in Hand)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Whether driven by optimism or anxiety, people are raising a glass at Caveat, a bar on the Lower East Side that's hosting educational talks in the run-up to the midterm elections.


Molinaro to Staten Island: Let Me Be Your Cuomo Solution

Thursday, August 09, 2018

With all eyes on the Democratic primary battle, Republican Marc Molinaro made his first visit to New York City as a gubernatorial candidate this week — a town hall on Staten Island.

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What's Your Preferred Pronoun?

Thursday, August 02, 2018

A conversation was sparked on Twitter by a WNYC journalist, asking other journos to consider including "What's your preferred pronoun?" in their regular roster of interview questions.

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Your Stories of Secretly Recording Someone

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

We asked listeners if they've ever secretly recorded audio of a conversation with someone without their consent (it's legal in New York and New Jersey). Here are some of your responses.

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'Don't Mess With Librarian Twitter' - An Old Internet Proverb

Thursday, July 26, 2018

A Forbes opinion writer suggested that Amazon should replace public libraries. Library-goers hit back in the most civil way imaginable: with fact-based attacks on Twitter.

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Are There More Lightning Bugs (They're Actually Beetles) in NYC This Summer?

Monday, July 23, 2018

Some New Yorkers say they're seeing more fireflies than usual this summer. WNYC set out to find an explanation.

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Brian Lehrer Will Sell You on Baseball (and Cracker Jacks)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WNYC's Shumita Basu knows next-to-nothing about baseball. Luckily, her colleague Brian Lehrer has been watching from the stands since he was a kid. Let Lehrer get you hooked.

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Gym Etiquette: Are Pointers or Pick-Ups Welcome?

Monday, July 16, 2018

When you go to the gym, you're there to work out. But it's also a community, and people have different expectations for the types of interactions they welcome with fellow gym-goers.

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Breastfeeding in the City: Your Experiences

Thursday, July 12, 2018

New York was the first state in the country to pass a law explicitly protecting the right to breastfeed in public. But laws aside, some new parents still hit barriers when nursing.

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CDs: Digital Skipping-Stone or Lasting Collectible?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Every so often, headlines declare the so-called "death of the CD," and speculative chatter about the future of music kicks up. Hear from a few die-hard advocates of the CD-ROM. 

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You Say VerraZano, I Say VerraZZano

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Recently, the New York State Senate and Assembly unanimously passed a bill to correct the spelling of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. But one historian says the spelling was never wrong.

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Fireworks on Your Block: A Joy or a Nuisance?

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

It's another low-stakes debate: How do you feel about your neighbors setting off fireworks on your block?

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A Puerto Rican Superhero Shows Resilience on a Post-Maria Island

Friday, June 29, 2018

A new comic anthology tells the story of La Borinqueña, an Afro-Latina superhero, who uses her powers and her knack for creating social change to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

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Do Black and White Cookies Even Taste Good, or Is That the Nostalgia Talking?

Friday, June 29, 2018

It's another round of WNYC's low-stakes debates. Tell us: Is the black and white cookie only good because of nostalgia, or is there something to admire in the taste?

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