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:

Responding to the Rohingya Crisis

Friday, October 13, 2017

Imam Khalid Latif returned to New York from the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, and urges Americans to overcome their indifference to the crisis in Myanmar.


Confederate Flags Near You

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Why do some New Yorkers fly the Confederate flag?

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The Confederate Flag Owners of New York

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The ultimate symbol of the South isn't hard to find in the North. For some New Yorkers it's a sign of defiance, and for others, a source of tension that can divide a family.

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Should New York Change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day?

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Several cities including Los Angeles and Austin, Texas have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Some want New York to do the same.

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Immigrants + Art History = Citizenship?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The New-York Historical Society is betting that immigrants grounded in American history will not only ace their naturalization exam, but become engaged citizens.


Help Us Map the Confederate Flag

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Strom Thurmond, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Dukes of Hazzard. They all helped turn a symbol of the South into one that unites disaffected whites across America.

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How Did the Confederate Flag Come North?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Confederate flag, once a symbol of the South, has increasingly come to represent disaffected white people across America.

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After 20 Years, Basement Bhangra Says Bye to New York

Friday, August 04, 2017

What started as a monthly party in 1997 became an institution, providing the city's emerging South Asian creative class with a gathering place and an aesthetic that was uniquely theirs.


WWE Wrestles With Foreign Stereotypes In The Ring

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Jinder Mahal recently shocked the wrestling world by becoming the WWE World Champion. He's the latest in a long line of foreign wrestlers offering a blunt critique of American supremacy.


When ICE Comes to Your Office

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Advocates for immigrants have come up with a guide so employers know their rights in case immigration officers show up.


America's Fourth: Beyond Pie and BBQs

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

As we come to celebrate the independence of America on the Fourth of July, we talk about the holiday's past, present, and future.   

The State of Hate

Friday, June 30, 2017

We check in on a project called "Documenting Hate," which crowdsources bias and hate incidents through a partnership with dozens of media organizations, including WNYC.


Fifty Years of 'Excuse Me, Are You Jewish?'

Friday, June 30, 2017

In 1967, members of the Chabad movement hit the streets of New York with a simple, provocative question meant to help fellow Jews reclaim their identity. And they're still at it.

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One Man Called Another a Racial Slur. Then They Shook Hands.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

For people who experience or witness bigotry, the perennial question is, do you confront the attacker or walk away?

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A Brooklyn Woman at the Center of the Nation's Culture Wars

Thursday, June 01, 2017

With her commencement speech at CUNY, activist Linda Sarsour has cemented her status as a progressive star and a target of right-wing rage.

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Worried About Being Detained After a Flight? Maybe This App Will Help.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A team of software developers responds to immigrant anxieties by providing lawyerly back-up, just in case. 


Immigrants Now Comprise Half the City's Seniors

Thursday, May 18, 2017

There are a million people over the age of 65 living in the five boroughs, and half are immigrants.


Schools Warned to Be Vigilant Over Immigration Officers

Monday, May 15, 2017

An incident involving a 4th grade student and immigration officers has caused alarm.


Indian Americans Reckon With Reality Of Hate Crimes

Monday, May 15, 2017

Unaccustomed to being targets, they are organizing and marshalling resources after one fateful killing.


Can the MTA Get You to Give Up Your Seat for This Woman? (She Says No Way)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The MTA is giving away "Baby on Board" buttons to pregnant women who ride the subway and could use a seat. Will they work?

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