A few days before she won an academy award for 12 Years A Slave, actress Lupita Nyong'o read a letter from a fan at the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. The letter detailed a personal concern about the lightness of her skin tone and reignited a conversation that has gone on for centuries. Arun Venugopal, host of the WNYC series Micropolis, takes a closer look at the multibillion dollar, global industry of skin whitening.
Arun Venugopal speaks with Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli about music, memories and the good and bad of gentrification.
Could it be that your family knows better than you when it comes to your love life?
Alvin Entzminger, an ex-con and a long-time Central Harlem resident, shows you what you're overloooking.
In the ‘60’s and 70’s "Black is Beautiful" became a rallying cry for African Americans. Yet within the South Asian community, lightening products are a multi-billion dollar industry promising complexions and "whitish" skin tone.
Reporter Arun Venugopal talks to Amber Ruffin, writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers, about how comedy is subverting racial stereotypes.
WNYC's veteran political reporter previews her new podcast about the big questions and hard choices most of us prefer not to talk about. Hear her first two interviews, and give us your ideas for future topics.
This week Alec sits down with writer and director James Toback who makes movies on his own terms. His films include The Gambler, The Pick-up Artist, Love & Money, Black and White.
This week Alec sits down with film director Chris Columbus – who has brought to the screen some of the biggest American family films in the last 20 years: Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, and Mrs. Doubtfire.
This week, Alec sits down with Danny Bennett, to talk about the thirty years he’s spent managing the career of his dad, Tony Bennett. As Danny says, “I don’t just handle a career, I manage a legacy.”
"That's what PETA is all about," says the organization's VP. "We are here to show you things you really don't want to see."
This week Alec sits down with pitcher Dwight Gooden whose blistering fastball and notoriously deceptive curve ball earned him the Rookie of the Year Award in 1984. He was 19 years old. Gooden’s outstanding first three years in Major League Baseball were replaced by very public battles with alcohol and cocaine which he struggled with for much of his professional career.
This week Alec sits down with Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Josh Fox to talk about his new film Gasland Part II, which premieres this week on HBO. Both Gasland Part II, and its predecessor, Gasland, explore the impact of hydraulic fracking on everyday Americans.
Lily is a smart single woman, a beauty in demand on the party circuit. But Lily is nearing thirty, and struggling to manage money, friendships, and romance. In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton examined the dangerous compromises facing a woman who wants ...
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"It was a fascinating career. I am absolutely glad I’m done," says the former New York City Commissioner of Correction and Probation.
“I slept in my dressing room.” The legendary actor on her first big film, Singin' in the Rain.