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Arun Venugopal

Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the host of Micropolis, WNYC's ongoing examination of race, sexuality and identity. The series has explored such issues as the global skin-lightening market, the problems with ethnic sitcoms and the meaning of turbans.

Arun is a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has appeared on PBS Newshour, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, On the Media and Studio 360, and has been published in The GuardianThe Wall Street Journal and Salon. His commentary on Indian-American issues has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Post and the Associated Press. He also frequently serves as an emcee and moderator of panel discussions on race, religion and identity issues.

Previously, Venugopal wrote for India Abroad, and served as an editor at the multi-faith website Beliefnet. He lives with his family in Queens.

Micropolis

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

Video Webcast: Ayad Akhtar, Rozina Ali and Haroon Moghul Talk Being Muslim in America

Monday, February 29, 2016

Mon, Feb 29, watch a live video stream of our conversation on Muslim identity, faith and culture in America and abroad. WNYC's Arun Venugopal hosts.

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The Cultural Appropriation Debate, Starring Beyoncé & Coldplay

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

When is it okay to borrow from another culture, and when does the simple act of, say, wearing a kimono or Indian tribal clothing become offensive, a sort of identity theft? 
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New York City is Diverse. Its Culture Sector is Not: Report

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The report, commissioned by the city's Department of Cultural Affairs, concludes that the cultural sector is much less diverse than the city itself.

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Rape Reports and The Cosby Effect

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Outreach and destigmatization, as well as accusations against Bill Cosby, have prompted more rape victims to come forward.

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Crime Continues to Inch Downward: NYPD

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Overall, major crime dropped slightly, even as policing tactics evolve. Some New Yorkers are welcoming one big difference: a decrease in the number of summonses.

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U.S. Muslims Say Mosques Are the Antidote to Radicalization

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

In the wake of the Paris attacks, American mosques are under renewed scrutiny, with Donald Trump calling for some mosques to be closed or placed under surveillance.

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Can This Man Make Gentrification Work for Everyone?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ed Brown, who lives in a high-rise just blocks away from the public housing projects he grew up in, is trying to make changes in his Brooklyn neighborhood that benefit all residents.

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Muslim Parenting in an Age of Terror

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Beyond all the usual demands of child rearing, Muslim parents in America have their own set of problems. Especially in the wake of the Paris attacks.
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New Yorkers Gather to Commemorate Terrorism Victims

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Vigils were held in Brooklyn and Queens Sunday night to honor victims of the attacks in Paris, Lebanon and Kenya.

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Protesters to SNL: #DumpTrump

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Demonstrators say Donald Trump shouldn't be the guest host of Saturday Night Live.

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Some Newark Residents Shrug over President's Planned Visit

Monday, November 02, 2015

President Obama is set to talk about criminal justice reform in Newark on Monday, but it's a topic that hasn't resonated yet with some of those you meet on the street.

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What Europe's Refugee Crisis Says About America

Thursday, October 15, 2015

These days, the people who seem to believe most in America haven't necessarily stepped foot in this country.
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Palestinian Flag Now Flies at the United Nations

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Despite intense opposition from the United States, the Palestinian flag went up at the United Nations.

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Carey Gabay, Aide to Governor Cuomo, Dies

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Gabay was shot during West Indian Day parade celebrations in Brooklyn.

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Calls Grow for U.S. to Welcome More Syrian Refugees

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Obama administration is under increasing pressure to welcome more people who are fleeing Syria's civil war.

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Serena Williams Shows Grace Under Fire, On and Off the Court

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Serena Williams has been great for years. So why is she now iconic?
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Ask Trump’s Millions of Devotees if He’s a ‘Mere Jester’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Donald Trump burst onto the national scene in the 80s as the epitome of swagger and self-promotion. His 15 minutes has turned into a serious presidential candidacy. How did this happen?

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The Long, Winding Path of Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Supreme Court could make same-sex marriage the law of the land, but for years the issue wasn't on the radar of most gay and lesbian activists.

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Do White People Have a Role in a 'National Conversation on Race?'

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

As the U.S. continues to grapple with its troubled racial past, what role do whites have to play in the nation's ongoing racial dialogue?

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Rapacious Gypsy Moths, Now in a Tree Near You

Monday, June 15, 2015

Gypsy moths have been spreading across the country for more than a century, and they're now targeting trees along the Hudson.

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