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.
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?
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
What's with this city, that we endlessly dissect it, glorify it, wonder how exactly we fit into it?
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 -- given to baking cookies for her guests.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The brutal rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi has prompted demonstrations and calls for legal reforms, but not just in India. In the latest Micropolis, Arun Venugopal examines how the uproar is resonating here.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Before immigrating from West Africa to the Bronx, Rouguiatou Tounkara and her husband, Cisse Siaka, lived the kind of lives that remind you just how ferocious racial bigotry is in some parts of the world. Even for Africans living in Africa.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Tonight tens of millions of viewers are expected to tune in for the second presidential debate, which takes place at Hofstra University on Long Island, in a town that rarely makes national headlines.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Taliban shooting of a 14-year old Pakistani girl has generated a worldwide backlash. Malala Yousefzai, an outspoken defender of education for girls, remains in critical condition, and Pakistani New Yorkers are closely following the story.
Monday, October 08, 2012
One hundred and twenty years after it was erected, the landmark statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle has found a new home of sorts.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
When Matt Hogan is not stopping gatecrashers, he’s protecting naked models from illicit backstage photos and keeping the chi flowing around Anna Wintour. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal spent time with a security guard who protects the complex world around the runway.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Around 90,000 attendees filled MetLife stadium on Wednesday for the 12th Siyum Hashas, an event held every seven and a half years for Jewish men who have completed their study of the Talmud. The previous event, held in 2005, was attended by 50,000 people. To see more pictures from the event, go to Micropolis' Tumblr site.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Modesty is central to many women of faith — and Muslims and Orthodox Jews, in particular — and a number of them have struggled to balance religious ideals with physical fitness. Many women say modesty is a way to prevent unwanted attention from men. But some critics say it is a way for men to oppress women.