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:

Palestinian Flag Now Flies at the United Nations

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Despite intense opposition from the United States, the Palestinian flag went up at the United Nations.


Carey Gabay, Aide to Governor Cuomo, Dies

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Gabay was shot during West Indian Day parade celebrations in Brooklyn.


Calls Grow for U.S. to Welcome More Syrian Refugees

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Obama administration is under increasing pressure to welcome more people who are fleeing Syria's civil war.

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Serena Williams Shows Grace Under Fire, On and Off the Court

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Serena Williams has been great for years. So why is she now iconic?
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Ask Trump’s Millions of Devotees if He’s a ‘Mere Jester’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Donald Trump burst onto the national scene in the 80s as the epitome of swagger and self-promotion. His 15 minutes has turned into a serious presidential candidacy. How did this happen?

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The Long, Winding Path of Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Supreme Court could make same-sex marriage the law of the land, but for years the issue wasn't on the radar of most gay and lesbian activists.

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Do White People Have a Role in a 'National Conversation on Race?'

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

As the U.S. continues to grapple with its troubled racial past, what role do whites have to play in the nation's ongoing racial dialogue?

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Rapacious Gypsy Moths, Now in a Tree Near You

Monday, June 15, 2015

Gypsy moths have been spreading across the country for more than a century, and they're now targeting trees along the Hudson.


The Line Between Funny and Racist

Monday, June 15, 2015

WNYC's Arun Venugopal and Crissle West, co-host of comedy podcast The Read, follow up on his live their live event "Funny or Racist?" event with more on comedy in a multicultural age.

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Parade-Goers Voice Support for Israel, Condemn Antisemitism

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Celebrate Israel Parade drew Jews from around the world, including some who worry about growing antisemitism in Europe.

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Crane Drops Load on Madison Ave, Injuring 10

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Officials said a cable may have snapped on a crane as it was hoisting a large mechanical unit 28 stories above ground.


Long-Delayed LaGuardia Overhaul Moves Forward

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Port Authority picked a developer to rebuild the airport's decaying main terminal, long a punching bag for politicians and travelers alike.

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Funny or Racist? You Decide

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WNYC's Arun Venugopal previews tonight's Greene Space event "Micropolis Live: Funny or Racist?" with listeners weighing in on when comedy crosses a line.

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New York's Irish Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Same-Sex Marriage

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Many Irish New Yorkers supported the Irish referendum that approved of same-sex marriage in Ireland.


How Extensive is Pamela Geller's Influence Beyond New York?

Monday, May 04, 2015

Geller, who led protests against Park 51 here in New York, organized a contest outside of Dallas, Texas to draw cartoons of the prophet Muhammed.

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Museums as White Spaces

Monday, May 04, 2015

Are museums intimidating to minorities? First Lady Michelle Obama says yes.

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First Person: New Yorkers on Being 12

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Twelve is an age when the world starts opening up. Hear these students sound off on topics like bullying, social media, discipline, dating and friendships. It's not easy being 12. 
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Being 12: The Most Awkward, Essential Year of Our Lives

Monday, March 09, 2015

Between childhood and adulthood, there’s 12. It's an age when New York City kids start taking control of who they are and where they're headed.
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'Fresh Off the Boat' and the Burden of the Ethnic Sitcom

Monday, February 09, 2015

Arriving on a wave of publicity and expectations, it's the first Asian-American sitcom in 20 years. What took so long?
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For an Entire Hour, Gramercy Park Opens to the Masses

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Gramercy Park, normally gated, opens to the public for an hour on Christmas Eve.