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.


Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

Finding Parallels Between the Holocaust and the Present

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A series of monumental photos of Holocaust survivors at the Museum of Jewish Heritage comes with an implicit warning: Fascism is never too far away.


The Wealthiest of Ethnic Groups Grapples With Hate

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The murder of an Indian-American engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, has jarred the Indian American community and prompted it to question its place in American society.

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Immigrant Communities Alarmed By Recent Arrests And Deportations

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

News stories about immigrants being rounded up have many communities on edge. The concern is exacerbated by unfounded rumors on social media and fake news.


As Federal Agents Detain New Yorkers, Unease in Immigrant Communities

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mayor de Blasio's office says it's received "credible reports" of immigration enforcement activity in several New York City neighborhoods.


Trump's Orders Spawn Fake Alerts—and Fear—for Immigrants

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

As an appeals court prepares to rule on the president's travel ban for seven Muslim-majority nations, misinformation is generating fear in many immigrant communities.


The Great, Big, Philosophical Slumber Party

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How to make sense of the current political turmoil? An overnight marathon of art and philosophy (and beer) tries to offer some answers.


WNYC to DC: Anger, not Optimism, Marks Inauguration

Friday, January 20, 2017

The final installment of WNYC's road trip to the inauguration finds our reporters in a dystopic Washington. 


The Trump Time Capsule: Supporters Share Their Hopes

Friday, January 20, 2017

Listeners who voted for Donald Trump share their hopes for the next four years.

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WNYC to DC: Donald Trump 'Understands Me'

Thursday, January 19, 2017

WNYC’s road trip to the inauguration continues in Maryland, where reporters Arun Venugopal and Matt Katz drop by local hangouts to talk Russia and Trump.

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WNYC to DC: 'Look, It's Not the End of the World'

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Day Two on the road to DC includes a stop at Planned Parenthood in the working-class suburbs of Philadelphia and a visit to the country's oldest African Methodist Episcopal church. 

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When Outside Art Became In: Obama's Cultural Legacy

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

For eight years, the president surrounded himself with artists and activists of color. It was extremely glamorous, and yes, threatening.

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WNYC to DC: 'This Is the Real America'

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WNYC is taking a road-trip to D.C. and talking to voters about the incoming Trump administration. First stop: Arab and Indian communities in New Jersey.

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Introducing America's Newest Citizens

Friday, December 23, 2016

Twenty kids gathered in Brooklyn to receive U.S. citizenship certificates, as well as gingerbread fortune cookies.


A Peek at the City's Newest Subway Line

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Second Avenue Subway will open on Jan. 1 — even if, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday, "we have to push the train down the track." But you can see the 96th St. station right now.


State Says Hudson River Cleanup Falls Far Short of Goals

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The state is now pushing the EPA to assume control of the cleanup.


A New Way of Tracking Hate Crimes

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Hate Index was developed by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

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Supper Clubs for the Trump Era

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Brooklyn councilman wants New Yorkers to join with immigrant neighbors over food, while learning about their rights.


What Should You Do if You Witness a Bias Attack?

Monday, December 05, 2016

Hate crimes and bias attacks are up sharply in the city. So how should New Yorkers respond if they see one?

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Trump Succeeded in Regions Hit Hardest by the Drug Epidemic: Study

Monday, December 05, 2016

White Americans worst affected by the nation's opioid and heroin epidemic were most likely to vote for Donald Trump, according to a new study out of Penn State.

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The Supreme Court Case that Could Seriously Impact a Trump Presidency

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A case that's wound its way through the legal system since the 9/11 era lands in the Supreme Court just as Donald Trump enters office.