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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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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 -- given to baking cookies for her guests.

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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.

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India's Rape Case Prompts an American Dialogue

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.

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A Santa State of Mind

Monday, December 24, 2012

Some hefty men dress up as Santa Claus because it’s a nice way to make a little extra cash,  this time of year. But for others it's more a state of mind. 

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Micropolis: Before the Curtain Rises

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Before they hit the stage, Broadway actors can often be found cocooned in their makeup rooms. But, what exactly do they do in there?

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Micropolis: Dinner with West Africans

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.

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Micropolis: Mormons in the City

Monday, November 05, 2012

Lisa Higbee loves President Obama. She loves Mitt Romney too — so much so that she composed a song that she played for me in her Inwood apartment.

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Micropolis: For a Night, Hempstead Stands at the Corner of Obama and Romney

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.

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Micropolis: Taliban Attack of Girl Sparks Concern Among Pakistani New Yorkers

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.

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A Room With A View: Discovering Columbus Exhibit at Columbus Circle

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.

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Micropolis: NYC Street Workout Goes Global

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Is Street Calisthenics the most extreme workout in New York? That’s what some (highly-ripped) practitioners claim, although boot campers and P90Xers may vehemently disagree.

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Meet the Guardians of Fashion Week: Behind the Scenes With a NYFW Security Guard

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. 

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Thousands Fill MetLife Stadium to Study the Talmud

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.

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Micropolis: Dinner With ... Monroe Yoder

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

There are 24,000 restaurants in New York City, but more than 3 million households turning out an extraordinary range of meals on any given night.

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Is There Too Much Sex in Sports? Religious Leaders Weigh In

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.

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