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Arun Venugopal

Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .

Previously, Venugopal wrote for India Abroad, the largest English-language paper serving the Indian diaspora, and served as an editor at the multi-faith website Beliefnet. He has appeared on PBS Newshour, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, On the Media and Studio 360, and has been published in The 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 lives with his family in Queens.

Micropolis

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

At Columbia, Tension Rises Over Sexual Assault

Friday, September 05, 2014

Columbia University students receive more sexual violence education than ever before. But Emma Sulkowicz and other survivors of assault say serial rapists remain free to roam campus. 

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Race and Friendship: The Role of Segregation

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A recent survey finds that 75 percent of white Americans have no non-white friends. We look at the role historically segregated housing plays.

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Suburbs and Segregation

Monday, August 25, 2014

WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal and Slate's Jamelle Bouie explore the suburban racial divide. 

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Micropolis: Ferguson, a Suburb Like Any Other

Monday, August 25, 2014

Michael Brown's death has focused worldwide attention on Ferguson, Missouri. But the racial divisions that surfaced in this St. Louis suburb are common to suburbs across America.
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Brooklyn Palestinians on Gaza Conflict: 'We're not Cowards'

Friday, July 25, 2014

After a late-night encounter outside a mosque, Palestinians in Bay Ridge are bracing for more tensions.

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How to Find Deliciousness in Your Kids' Table Scraps

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Eating off children's plates is part of the everyday dining experience for parents. But can you find hidden gems? Watch Dan Pashman's video guide to what's edible and what's just too gross.

NYC Iraqis: Some Shrug at Crisis, Others Want to Fight

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Some are desensitized to the escalating conflict; others are calling their imams wondering if they should go to war.

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Watch: How to Curse Like a World Cup Fan

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

We talk to World Cup obsessives from Japan, Cameroon, Brazil, Mexico, Croatia and Greece about how they cheer (and drink, and curse) their team. 

 

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Making Comedy Out of Slavery and Prison Life

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Two young, African-American playwrights are making satire out of heavy topics. "We cry and laugh with the same muscle," says Marcus Gardley.

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Local Religious Leaders Divided Over Supreme Court Prayer Decision

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Supreme Court says that prayers before town meetings are Constitutional.

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Rent Guidelines Board Proposes Historic Rent Freeze

Monday, May 05, 2014

Tenants cheer a preliminary vote that could freeze rent for some apartments for the first time in the history of New York City's Rent Guidelines Board.

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Ex-Cop Accused of Anti-Semitic Vandalism

Sunday, May 04, 2014

The alleged vandal was caught on a security camera.

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Sterling's Lifetime Ban: Sports Fans React

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The punishment meted out for the Clippers owner was the talk of bar-goers around Madison Square Garden.

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Grimm Vows to Fight Federal Charges 'Tooth and Nail'

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Staten Island Republican allegedly engaged in a scheme to underreport wages for workers at a restaurant he operated, including some who were in the country illegally. He is also accused of concealing more than $1 million in sales and wages between 2007 and 2010.

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Queens Man Dies at 'Dangerous' Richmond Hill Intersection

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A nearby resident, who says he has seen a number of collisions in the area, says people know not to jaywalk across Atlantic Avenue.

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Sherpas Gather to Honor Everest Victims

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A prayer vigil in Elmhurst, Queens took place more than a week after a fatal avalanche.

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Fear For Sherpas' Future Grows With Each Climbing Tragedy

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sherpas have a great reputation as the world's best climbers. But when something goes wrong up in the mountains, it deeply affects the small ethnic group and its communities around the world.

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NYC Sherpas Mourn Those Killed on Everest

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The largest community of Sherpas in America resides in Queens. For many of them, climbing dangerous mountains brings both glory and the constant fear of death.

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The Dark Side of Fair Skin

Friday, April 11, 2014

A few days before she won an academy award for 12 Years A Slave, actress Lupita Nyong'o read a letter from a fan at the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. The letter detailed a personal concern about the lightness of her skin tone and reignited a conversation that has gone on for centuries. Arun Venugopal, host of the WNYC series Micropolis, takes a closer look at the multibillion dollar, global industry of skin whitening. 

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Is Everything More Delicious When You Eat With Your Hands?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

An Indian-American reporter recalls the deep shame he felt as a kid eating Indian food with his hands. But his daughter reminds him of the true joy of hand-eating, and he decides to try it in public.

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