Shumita Basu

Reporter & Host, WNYC News

Shumita Basu appears in the following:

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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Meet the People Who Are Serving Our Country While Living at Home

Monday, May 28, 2018

Ahead of Memorial Day, WNYC spoke to service members who carry out military duties while living their civilian lives here in the New York area.


Exclamation Points Belong in Work Emails! (Disagree? Talk Me Out of It!)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Do exclamation points have a place in professional communications? Listeners weigh in on this low-stakes debate.

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Would New Yorkers Vote for an Atheist?

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Among the 51 New York City Council members and the 3 city-wide positions, not a single elected official openly identifies as an atheist.

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The Ice Cream Truck: Joy or Menace?

Friday, May 04, 2018

Weigh in on this low-stakes debate: Does the sound of the ice cream truck jingle fill you with joy or dread?

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Weekly Music Roundup: Van Morrison, Hatchie, and Bulgarian Womens Voices

Monday, April 30, 2018

New Sounds
Week of April 30: This week, Van Morrison looks back at the '30s; Hatchie looks back at the '80s; and Lisa Gerrard looks to Bulgaria.
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Poetry Challenge: Spring Inspiration

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Listeners share their original poems about spring for the last week of WNYC's National Poetry Month challenge.


'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.


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.


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.


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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