Shumita Basu

Reporter & Host, WNYC News

Shumita Basu appears in the following:

When Pageants and Protesters Converged on the Atlantic City Boardwalk

Friday, March 30, 2018

Outside the 1968 Miss America pageant, a feminist group gathered to protest. But just a few blocks away, another protest was taking place: The Black Miss America pageant. 


Advice From a Teen: Listen to Us, Support Our Activism

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Em Odesser is a senior at Hastings High School and the editor-in-chief of an entirely teen-run magazine. She has thoughts on how to keep the momentum of the March for Our Lives going.

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The First Inductee to Our Masculinity Vision Board: Mr. Rogers

Friday, March 16, 2018

With the 50th anniversary of "Mister Rogers Neighborhood," we're acknowledging his role in teaching boys what it means to be a man. It has nothing to do with sweaters.

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'Ghost Tracks' Drift Into View at New Jersey Shore

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

When there's a big storm, like the three nor'easters that hit our area recently, shifting sands at the southern end of the Jersey Shore reveal a set of old, gnarled train tracks.

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Well Aren't You Just the Cutest Bunch of Accomplished Women Pilots!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

In this 1965 interview from the WNYC archives, a group of women pilots calls for more women in commercial cockpits. In the present day, their numbers aren't looking much better.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A changing climate is affecting the way snowflakes form. Researchers are trying to figure out its potential impacts.


President's Former Senior Adviser Pleads Guilty to Federal Conspiracy Charges

Friday, February 23, 2018

WNYC's Andrea Bernstein explains what the guilty plea means.


Where New York and New Jersey Lawmakers Stand on Gun Control

Friday, February 23, 2018

Gun legislation is taking center stage in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Seneca Village: NYC's First Settlement of Black Landowners

Thursday, February 22, 2018

On the west side of what's now Central Park, a community of mostly African Americans formed in 1825. Here's how they lost that land and the rights that came with it.

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Civilian Complaint Review Board Takes On Sexual Harassment and Assault By Police

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The standing policy for years had been for the board to pass those cases off to the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau.


#FirstGenSexTalk: Where the Parents Come In

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault asked young people what messaging they've received about sex and relationships. Many said: We wish our parents would talk to us more.


Meet Your Local Olympic Athletes

Friday, February 09, 2018

There are 20 athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics from New Jersey and New York. Get to know your local Olympians before you cheer them on!


#FirstGenSexTalk: Challenging Stereotypes

Thursday, February 08, 2018

We spoke with American teens whose parents immigrated from South Asia and the Caribbean about how their families expect them to handle situations around sex and sexual assault.

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#FirstGenSexTalk: Your Stories of Growing Up with Immigrant Parents

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

All week, listeners have been sharing their stories about growing up in America with immigrant parents, and the conversations they've had about sex, consent and relationships.


How First-Generation New Yorkers Handle Street Harassment

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

We're collecting stories about how people who grew up in America with immigrant parents have discussed street harassment with their parents.


Immigrant Parents, American Kids, and "The Sex Talk"

Monday, February 05, 2018

Immigrant communities are commonly underserved by traditional "sex ed" messaging, which often lacks cultural literacy. Hear young people talk about getting - or not getting - "The Talk."

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When Women in Construction Are Harassed on the Worksite

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

We heard from a few listeners who work in construction about how gender dynamics and harassment play out on work sites. But we want to hear from more of you. Leave a voicemail or tweet!


Got Rhymes? Give Us Your Best for New Governor Phil Murphy

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Listeners offer up their best two-line rhymes of advice for newly-sworn-in New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

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Teens, Tell Us How You Volunteer!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Teenagers talk about what community service means to them and recommend various volunteering experiences, from community gardening to delivering meals to seniors.


Your Stories About Pay Inequity

Friday, January 12, 2018

Have you ever disclosed your salary to a coworker in the interest of transparency? Listeners respond with stories about what conversations have been sparked in their workplaces.