Arun Venugopal

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

MICROPOLIS: Trayvon Martin and the Threat of Black Manhood

Monday, July 15, 2013

In this episode of Micropolis, we ask whether it's possible for black men to avoid being profiled. For some black men, the answer is yes, but it involves making compromises -- in terms of clothing, language and manner -- that others find detestable. 

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Supreme Court Celebrations at NYC's Gay Pride Parade

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Thousands turned out for the city's annual Gay Pride parade, and the mood was especially buoyant, in light of the Supreme Court's landmark rulings in favor of gay rights. For more pho...

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In a Busy News Week, Some Say the Real Issues are Ignored

Friday, June 28, 2013

Immigration reform, affirmative action, voting rights, gay marriage -- it's been a busy week for lawmakers and jurists, one that will likely reshape the country. But in some pockets of the city, the issues that matter aren't what's necessarily in the headlines.

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MICROPOLIS: Graduation Day at Sing Sing Prison

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

In this Micropolis, we visit Sing Sing on graduation day to meet with some of the men who have tried to turn their lives around while becoming assets to the prison community.

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MICROPOLIS: 'All in the Family' and the Search for a More Perfect Union

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Actress Jean Stapleton, who played the iconic role of Edith Bunker on TV's 'All in the Family,' died on Saturday, at the age of 90. For this latest episode of Micropolis, WNYC's Arun Venugopal examines the impact the show had on his own family -- who immigrated from India just a year before the show premiered, in 1971 -- as well as others trying to make sense of the era.

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MICROPOLIS: Hasidic Supermarkets and the Virtues of Insularity

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New York has more foreign-born residents than any other city in the world: more than L.A. or Hong Kong, and two-and-a-half times as many as London. But in this latest episode of Micropolis, we consider what's lost when people of different cultures and belief systems try to co-exist. In other words, what's the downside of diversity?

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Micropolis: Mapping Love, Hate & Loss in Manhattan

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What's with this city, that we endlessly dissect it, glorify it, wonder how exactly we fit into it?

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Bug Music; Marnie Stern At Home; Musicians And Their Neighbors; Marques Toliver In The Studio

Thursday, May 02, 2013

In this episode: They’re coming… before the 17-year cicadas emerge this spring, we talk with writer, musician, and philosopher David Rothenberg about his book Bug Music, which examines the connection between human music and insect noise.

Plus: Guitarist and songwriter Marnie Stern gives us an inside look into her apartment. And, WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal’s Micropolis series examines musicians who rehearse in their apartments — and the neighbors that live next to them. 

Plus: A profile of this week's Check Ahead artist - the singer and songwriter Joshua James.

Also: The classically trained violinist and songwriter Marques Toliver showcases his compelling hybridized sound, where classical, pop, and R&B meet.

    Examining Peter King's Calls for Muslim Surveillance

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    In the wake of the Boston bombings, Rep. Peter King has called for increased surveillance of the Muslim American community. He argued that monitoring of certain communities is nothing new.


    Micropolis: Images of Addiction in the Bronx

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    In this episode of Micropolis, WNYC's Arun Venugopal ventures into the home of Michael, a transsexual prostitute and heroin addict -- and, as you can hear in the segment above -- give...
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    Micropolis: Musicians Make the Noisiest Neighbors

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

    In this latest episode of Micropolis, we explore the not-so-harmonious side of the New York musician's life, wherein one wrong chord can result in a knock on the door, a volley of abuse, and maybe even... MURDER.

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    Micropolis: Gay Marriage, Bollywood Version

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    To understand just how much America -- and it's ideas about gay rights and other issues -- continue to influence the rest of the world, it's worth watching a movie called English Vinglish, a Bollywood hit from last year, starring Indian screen legend Sridevi. Her character, Shashi, is visiting her sister in the U.S. for a few weeks, and starts taking English-language classes in Manhattan.

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    Micropolis: Director Michel Gondry Takes on Bronx Teens

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    Director Michel Gondry has worked with Bjork, Kanye West and Radiohead, as well as A-list actors like Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, but for his latest project, "The We and the I," he opted to cast a bunch of non-actors: regular kids living in the Bronx.


    Micropolis: Why Are Runway Models Almost Always White?

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

    The industry celebrates designers of color, and the crowds at shows are pretty mixed. As New York Fashion Week begins, we revisit Micropolis' story about the runway's lack of diversity.
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    The Struggle to Reclaim the Word Jihad

    Friday, February 08, 2013

    For many people in the West, the word 'jihad' conjures up images of a violence and terror. WNYC Reporter Arun Venugopal investigates a campaign which aims to remind people that for most in the Islamic world, jihad means 'internal struggle.' Venugopal speaks with Ahmed Rehab, the man behind the campaign, as well as Columbia University Professor Adam Galinsky, and conservative pollster Frank Luntz.

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    Love, Betrayal, Calculus: All on the "Math Warriors" Web Series

    Monday, January 28, 2013

    There are plenty of film and TV productions shot in the 5 boroughs, but only so many that deal with complex mathematical equations or the Monty Hall probability puzzle.

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    It's Official: de Blasio for Mayor

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

    Bill de Blasio threw his hat in the mayoral ring Sunday, officially announcing his candidacy for the 2013 election before a crowd of supporters.

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    Brooklynites Turn Out for Gowanus Canal Cleanup Tutorial

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    More than a hundred Brooklyn residents and business owners attended a public meeting organized by the Environmental Protection Agency to address the proposed Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal.


    Micropolis: Mystery of the Chinese Double Menu

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    Why, in this era of foodie hordes, Instagramming their way across the five boroughs, do some Chinese restaurants in New York City still have double menus?

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    Marking Martin Luther King Jr Day

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

    On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, WNYC visits Morningside Heights to see how the neighborhood is marking the celebration - from bookstore displays to playground conversations.