Shumita Basu

Reporter & Host, WNYC News

Shumita Basu appears in the following:

The Best Thing That Happened to You in 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Interview the oldest person and the youngest person at your end-of-the-year gathering and ask them: what's the best thing that happened to you in 2017?

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An NYC Sword Swallower's Fearless Life

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Johnny Fox, who swallowed swords at the Coney Island Freak Show and ran the Freakatorium on the Lower East Side, died at 64 due to liver cancer.

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Your Stories of Thoughtful, Everlasting Gifts

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Some presents stand the test of time. Listeners share their stories of giving or getting gifts, from the super utilitarian to the super sentimental.

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Tell Us About Your Everlasting, Life-Changing Gifts

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Often, when we first get a gift, we don't have a sense of whether it'll change our lives. Listeners use 20/20 hindsight to share enduring, life-changing gifts they've given or gotten.

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Pickle: A Philosophy and Ethics Podcast for Kids

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

WNYC Studios has a new podcast out for kids. It's called "Pickle," and it explores philosophy and ethics. WNYC's Shumita Basu cohosts.

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The Bear Hunt Continues in New Jersey, For Now

Friday, December 08, 2017

This week's bear hunt in New Jersey could be the last, if Governor-elect Phil Murphy makes good on his campaign pledge to end bear hunting.

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A Reckoning in Our Own House: John Hockenberry and Harassment

Monday, December 04, 2017

WNYC's Brooke Gladstone, Jami Floyd, Brian Lehrer and Shumita Basu will be on the radio live tonight at 8pm to talk about sexual harassment allegations at NYPR and across the nation.

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'I'm Pretty, But I'm Smart and Strong, Too'

Friday, December 01, 2017

We've been talking about how we send signals to children about how their looks are valued. So we want to hear from you: How do you respond when other adults call your child "beautiful?"

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Context Matters for the President's Retweets. Except When it Doesn't.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

President Trump has retweeted posts from questionable accounts in the past, but his sharing of anti-Muslim videos from a British fringe group is something else.

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Have Better Conversations With Girls (and Boys Too, While We're At It)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A comment from a listener prompted us to ask for your input in building a list of fun, brain-scratching conversation starters for girls that AREN'T based on looks.

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Your Stories of Calling Out Misogyny

Friday, November 17, 2017

We asked listeners to tell us about a time they confronted someone for their sexist behavior, and one person shared a story about the time he called himself out. 


Rewriting the Masculinity Rulebook Post-Weinstein

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sexual harassment is often framed as a "women's issue," but it's up to men to change the culture. Hear from Michael Kimmel of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities.

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Sexual Harassment Is Out of the Whisper Network. Let's Talk

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Since the Harvey Weinstein exposé, a number of men in powerful positions have been accused of sexual harassment. We're all talking about it. Let's keep the conversation going.

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Remembering New York Suffragettes Who Marched 100 Years Ago

Monday, November 06, 2017

On November 6, 1917, New York passed a state referendum granting suffrage to women. Hear what was happening on the streets of Brooklyn, Chinatown, and Little Italy ahead of the vote.

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The Case to End Daylight Saving

Friday, November 03, 2017

A Massachusetts senator is leading efforts in her state to stop observing Daylight Saving Time, and she wants the rest of the Eastern states to get on board.

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A Halloween Court Battle Over Who Gets to Be Top Banana

Monday, October 30, 2017

Banana costumes have become a Halloween staple. But in a federal court in New Jersey, two companies are warring over who owns the copyright to make banana-shaped suits.


Is 'Feeding the Meter' Actually Illegal?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Our old Morning Edition host, Soterios Johnson, stopped using the phrase after a listener said it referred to paying for a parking spot past the maximum time limit. Is that true?

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Want to Vote in the 2018 Primary? You Have a Week to Register

Friday, October 06, 2017

Next Friday is not only the deadline to register before November's general election. It's also the cutoff to register for a party affiliation for the June 2018 primary. 

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Give Your Eclipse Glasses a Second Life, Somewhere Else in the World

Friday, September 22, 2017

Are your eclipse glasses collecting dust? Astronomers Without Borders is organizing a massive effort to collect, quality check, and send glasses to South America and Asia for 2019.


Beleaguered Brooklyn Megachurch Attracts Pious and Partying Millennials

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Pentacostal megachurch with a global following in the hundreds of thousands, and a questionable background, has been making inroads into Brooklyn.