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 Guardian, 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 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.
Arun Venugopal appears in the following:
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Pop music is making it increasingly difficult to ignore issues of segregation, policing and life in black America.
Friday, April 22, 2016
WNYC's Arun Venugopal wanted to be with other grieving Prince fans. Instead, he found a celebration.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Bouchra Khalili is telling the story of Europe's migrant crisis at a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.
Friday, April 15, 2016
As Tuesday's primary approaches, voters are trying to make sense of the presidential race. Some local artists want to do more than just understand, they want to influence the outcome.
Monday, April 11, 2016
The suspicions voiced by leading Republican politicians against Muslims and Islam got their start in New York.
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.
Monday, February 29, 2016
Republican presidential candidates have taken aim at political correctness this campaign season. We look at what "PC" means, and why so many people are bothered by it.
Friday, February 26, 2016
At its heart, the campaign challenges the enormous wealth and cultural clout that's concentrated in Hollywood's most exclusive preserves.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
It's been a punchline for decades, but among some politicians, political correctness is now Public Enemy #1, and not entirely without reason.
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?
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.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Outreach and destigmatization, as well as accusations against Bill Cosby, have prompted more rape victims to come forward.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Vigils were held in Brooklyn and Queens Sunday night to honor victims of the attacks in Paris, Lebanon and Kenya.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Demonstrators say Donald Trump shouldn't be the guest host of Saturday Night Live.
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.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
These days, the people who seem to believe most in America haven't necessarily stepped foot in this country.