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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:

Rejected by Religion, Saved by God

Friday, December 19, 2014

When Kedar Powell came out as gay, his religious father sent him away. But his deep faith sustained (and perhaps saved) him, even through homelessness.
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Religious Huckster or Humanitarian?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hector the Inventor says he escaped death three times due to divine intervention, so now he's selling homemade inventions—like an "advanced baby walker"—so he can aid the poor.
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Why Christmas Might Be For Everyone Now

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Listeners: do you celebrate Christmas while not actually being Christian? Arun Venugopal, WNYC reporter, talks on the unique holiday while we take your phone calls.

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A Girl with Down Syndrome Takes Her Place in the Community

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hema Ramaswamy has Down syndrome, but that didn’t stop her from rigorously studying Indian classical dance for years, and giving a grueling solo performance before hundreds. 
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PR Expert to Muslims: Face Your Haters

Monday, December 15, 2014

As the Western world continues to grapple with the perceived threats of extremist Islam, American Muslims weigh in.
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A War on Christmas? Not in New York City

Monday, December 15, 2014

In multicultural New York City, even non-Christians get a kick out of the holiday spirit.  Micropolis talks to Aasif Mandvi, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and Hasidic Jews from Borough Park.
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The Hare Krishnas Are Back, Thanks to Occupy Wall Street

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hare Krishnas were once seen as aggressive, in-your-face zealots. After practically vanishing from the streets of New York, they've returned — in a kinder, gentler incarnation. 
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Sharpton on "High Alert" for Ferguson Decision

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rev. Al Sharpton says demonstrators in 21 cities will hold vigils to pressure the DOJ to open a criminal investigation into Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown.

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Transgender Women at Rikers Get Separate Housing

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Transgender women entering Rikers Island will be housed in separate facilities, in order to reduce violence.

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NY Immigration Advocates Urge Obama to Act Now

Sunday, November 16, 2014

President Obama is expected to enact immigration reforms without congressional input, and advocates for immigrants are urging him to follow through.

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How Hema Ramaswamy Found Healing Through Traditional Indian Dance

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Down Syndrome and two major surgeries couldn't stop Hema Ramaswamy, who turned to classical Indian dance as a form of artistic and physical healing.

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Redefining Muslim Messaging

Friday, November 07, 2014

WNYC's Arun Venugopal explores the social media strategies of western Muslims in the age of ISIS.

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Modi Operandi

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal and Hunter history professor Manu Bhagavan discuss Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the U.S.

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Indian Prime Minister Holds Court at Madison Square Garden

Monday, September 29, 2014

After being banned from the U.S. for 10 years, the Indian Prime Minister made a triumphant touchdown in New York, addressing thousands of supporters at Madison Square Garden.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Visits NY After 10-Year Ban

Friday, September 26, 2014

For many of his supporters, Modi's visit is seen as vindication after accusations that his administration allowed hundreds of Muslims to die at the hands of Hindus.

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Columbia University Students, President Meet Over Sexual Assault Concerns

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Student leaders gave Columbia University President Lee Bollinger three weeks to respond to their demands about the university's sexual assault policies.

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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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