Arun Venugopal

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal is a senior reporter for the WNYC Race & Justice Unit who focuses on issues of race and bias in our region. His reporting also tackles the topics of immigration, faith, and inequality. Arun serves as the regular fill-in host of the station's "U.S. of Anxiety" program.

Arun was the creator and host of Micropolis, a series about race and identity. He is a contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has appeared on PBS Newshour, On the Media and Studio 360, and has been published in The GuardianThe Wall Street Journal and Salon. He also frequently serves as an emcee and moderator of panel discussions on race, religion, and identity issues and has been a guest host of NPR's "Fresh Air." He lives with his family in Queens.

Find Arun's latest reporting on Gothamist.

 

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

NY-10 Debate Recap; Congestion Pricing; Avoiding Travel Woes; Spotted Lanternflies

Thursday, August 11, 2022

NY-10 Debate Recap; Congestion Pricing Details; Avoiding Travel Woes; What We Now Know About Spotted Lanternflies

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Welcome to Freedom

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Three Black women in Georgia set out to build a Black utopia. What will it take for the dream to become a reality?

India's Democracy is in Crisis

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Long considered the largest democracy in the world, India's majority-Hindu government is intensifying antagonism towards Muslims and journalists, calling democratic freedom into question

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A Never-Before-Seen Look at Our Universe

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

NASA is releasing the first new photos taken by the Webb Telescope today, which hold the deepest and highest-resolution views of the universe ever captured.

20 Weeks of War in Ukraine

Monday, July 11, 2022

Today marks the 20th week of Russia’s war on Ukraine. We’ll check in on some recent developments with a reporter who’s been on the front lines.

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'Legacy of Violence' documents the dark side of the British Empire

Monday, July 11, 2022

By by 1920, the British Empire covered 24% of the Earth's land mass. Historian Caroline Elkins says British rulers portrayed themselves as benevolent, but used systematic violence to maintain control.

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Movies to See and Skip at the 2022 Summer Box Office

Monday, July 11, 2022

The Takeaway turns to film critics Rafer Guzman and Alison Willmore for their recommendations on what to see and what to skip at the movies this summer.

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Brittney Griner's Guilty Plea

Monday, July 11, 2022

Wrongfully-detained WNBA star Brittney Griner recently pled guilty to drug charges in a Russian court—what does it mean for her case?

What’s Going On With the Economy and High Inflation?

Monday, July 11, 2022

The American economy has been experiencing high inflation the past few months. We spoke to an economist who walked us through what it means for you. 

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Fossil Fuels in the EU; Noncitizen Voting in NYC; Moving Abroad; SCOTUS Update

Thursday, June 30, 2022

EU Moves to Ban Fossil Fuels; Noncitizen Voting is Illegal in NYC; Moving Out; SCOTUS Update

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A journalist revisits her parents' activism in 'They Said They Wanted Revolution'

Monday, June 06, 2022

Neda Toloui-Semnani shares the story of her parents, two Iranian students who met at Berkeley in 1969 and later, in Iran, worked to build a more democratic nation. Her father was executed in 1983.

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Freed from a double-life sentence, a long-imprisoned New Yorker urges Albany to find relief for others

Friday, May 20, 2022

Gregory Mingo served nearly four decades behind bars for crimes he said he did not commit, before receiving a rare commutation.

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A Historic Upper West Side Church Faces Demolition

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The West Park Presbyterian Church is a landmarked building from the late 1800s, but it's now falling apart.

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Ukrainians Displaced by War Are Arriving in New York

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Hundreds of Ukrainians displaced by war have arrived in New York, and the city is working to embrace them.

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A cycle of violence keeps homelessness top of mind in Chinatown

Friday, March 18, 2022

The shooting deaths of homeless New Yorkers takes place against a backdrop of opposition to homeless facilities in Asian neighborhoods.

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50 Years Since 'The Godfather'

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

On March 15th, 1972, "The Godfather" premiered in theaters in New York City.

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'Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family'

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Bengali American author Madhushree Ghosh explores concepts such as identity and belonging as a South East Asian immigrant in her new food memoir.

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Listening Party: The Dip, 'Sticking With It'

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Seattle-based soul and blues band The Dip have a new album out.

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Institutional Racism on the College Campus in 'Master'

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

A new film uses elements of horror to shed light on the insidious nature of institutional racism on elite college campuses.

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Supporters of reparations say it's New York's turn

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

As the movement for reparations gains traction in California and Boston, supporters hope the same will be true in New York.

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