Shumita Basu

Reporter & Host, WNYC News

Shumita Basu appears in the following:

New York, the Saw-Whet Owls Are Upon Us. Obey Them or Risk Their Wrath.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Nah, these little robin-sized owls are harmless. But New Yorkers are reporting more sightings this season, which means their migration has gone awry.

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New York City Passes New Pay Standards for App-Based Drivers

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The pay standard, which is set to go into effect in January, will increase some drivers' yearly salaries by $9,600.


Newark Artist Leaves Behind a Legacy of Prolific Work

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Jerry Gant, who changed the face of Newark, was ubiquitous. "Wherever you happened to be, you'd run into him," said one friend. "And that's kind of what his art is as well."

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Here's What Local Activists Learned From Working on the Midterms

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

WNYC checked in with grassroots organizers in the area to hear how they're pivoting to think ahead to 2020.

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What We Learned From Talking to You About Civic Participation

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Two reporters set out to talk to those who were highly engaged in the political moment, and others who were looking for ways in. Here are some key takeaways.

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Beyond the Vote: A Night of Civic Inspiration and Music

Monday, November 05, 2018

On the eve of Election Day, get inspired to find new ways to volunteer and step up in our communities. Hosted by WNYC reporters Shumita Basu and Yasmeen Khan.

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Voters Think Out Loud Before Making Up Minds on Midterms

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Dug-in Republicans, determined Dems, and wavering indies. What else did you think we’d find only days before the election?

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Getting Out the Vote, Far From Your Own Backyard

Friday, November 02, 2018

Listeners talk about what they've learned by going door-to-door, asking people to show up to the polls on November 6th. Plus, a non-partisan voter effort in North Carolina.


The New York City Voter Profile: Pumped, Passive or Just Plain Peeved

Friday, November 02, 2018

WNYC sent two reporters to different neighborhoods around New York City. One went to high voter turnout areas; the other to low turnout areas. Hear what they found.

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Arab Organizers in South Brooklyn Say: Yalla, Let's Unseat Marty Golden!

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Arab and Muslim organizers in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, are trying to galvanize their communities to support the Democratic challenger to a longtime Republican state senator.

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Get Out the Vote (Out of Your District)

Friday, October 26, 2018

Are you traveling out of your district (or out of state) for "Get Out the Vote" activities, helping a candidate you can't even vote for? WNYC wants to hear about it.

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'If You Do Not Register, You Cannot Vote'

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday, October 12th, is the deadline for New Yorkers to register to vote in time to participate in the November midterm elections. Listen to this reminder from the WNYC Archives.

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Campaign Workers Unionize to Get Higher Pay, Severance and Even Warmer Offices

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

The Campaign Workers Guild, an independent union formed earlier this year, is bringing candidates to the negotiating table to agree on better working conditions for organizers.


Getting Young People to Vote Is Hard. Getting Them to Register Is Easy.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

On National Voter Registration Day, the New York City Campaign Finance Board led efforts to get more people registered to vote in the November midterms by the Oct. 12 deadline.


So You Got Elected to County Committee. Now Comes the Messy Part.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Newly elected county committee members are getting schooled on local politics in New York City. One lesson: the old guard may not be so thrilled by the new energy and attention.

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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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