Shumita Basu

Host, WNYC

Shumita Basu appears in the following:

Bob Dylan Talks Literary Inspirations in Nobel Lecture

Friday, June 09, 2017

Bob Dylan finally delivered his (mandatory) Nobel lecture on literature, weaving his way through his top three literary inspirations that informed his songwriting.


The Three Types of Commencement Speeches You'll Hear This Year

Monday, June 05, 2017

There's "The Speech That Talks About Politics Without Explicitly Naming the President," "The Cocktail Party Anecdote That Will Never Be Retired," and more.


A Fast-Track to Get Artists Teaching in City Classrooms

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lincoln Center Scholars offers working artists a chance to earn their Master's in Education and state certification while teaching the arts in the city's public schools at the same time.

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Arabic and Hebrew Speakers Can Both Read This Script

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A typeface designer in Israel has developed a new writing system that combines Arabic and Hebrew scripts in a way that allows speakers of both languages to read the same text.

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You're Not Imagining It: Your Allergies Really Are Worse This Year

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Spring is in the air, along with all those pesky allergens. Hear why it's an exceptionally bad season for allergy sufferers, and what climate change has to do with it.

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A Garden Is Bobbing off the Banks of Brooklyn

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Swale is part public park, part public art. The edible and medicinal floating garden invites people to find their sea legs and their green thumb at the same time.

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Watching Reindeer Cross the Norwegian Tundra, Minute by Minute

Monday, May 15, 2017

You probably know about live bird cameras around New York City. But in Norway, they've taken live-streaming to a whole new level. Hear about their most recent and most ambitious project.


Come for a Haircut, Stay for Captain Underpants

Thursday, May 11, 2017

One educator in Harlem is bringing kid-size bookshelves to barbershops in an effort to make positive, social reading spaces for young black boys.

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A Better Way to Get Kids in Libraries: Stop Fining Them

Monday, May 08, 2017

New York Public Library President Tony Marx is looking for creative ways to waive fines for kids while still holding them accountable.

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Your #NYcityverse Poems About the Five Boroughs

Friday, April 28, 2017

April was National Poetry Month. WNYC asked listeners to write tweet-length original poems about the five boroughs; listen to several submissions, read by the poets themselves!


Your Original Poems, Inspired by Queens

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

National Poetry Month is coming to an end, and throughout the month, we've invited your original poems about the five boroughs. See Week Five's submissions for Queens.

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Your Original Poems, Inspired by Manhattan

Friday, April 21, 2017

For National Poetry Month, we're asking you to write an original, tweet-length poem for each of the five boroughs. See Week Four's submissions for Manhattan.


Your Original Poems, Inspired by Staten Island

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's National Poetry Month, so we're asking you to write an original, tweet-length poem for each of the five boroughs. See Week Three's submissions for Staten Island.

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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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