Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the host of Micropolis, WNYC's ongoing examination of race, sexuality and identity. The series has explored such issues as the global skin-lightening market, the problems with ethnic sitcoms and the meaning of turbans.
Arun is a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has appeared on PBS Newshour, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, On the Media and Studio 360, and has been published in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and Salon. His commentary on Indian-American issues has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Post and the Associated Press. He also frequently serves as an emcee and moderator of panel discussions on race, religion and identity issues.
Previously, Venugopal wrote for India Abroad, and served as an editor at the multi-faith website Beliefnet. He lives with his family in Queens.
Arun Venugopal appears in the following:
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The Trump administration's decision to end Temporary Protected Status for 59,000 Haitians forces members of the community to weigh their options.
Friday, November 17, 2017
The decision gives about 59,000 Haitians with Temporary Protected Status — about 5,200 of them in New York State — until July 2019 to leave the U.S.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
It was a racist flyer that caught everyone's attention, one that blared the word TERRORISM right next to an image of Ravi Bhalla's face.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The closing of the news sites DNA Info and Gothamist resulted in more than a hundred lost jobs. But labor organizers think the issue could rally journalists to their side.
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Tens of thousands of immigrants from Central America could find out whether they'll be deported or allowed to remain in the U.S. longer.
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Right before the election, Mayor Bill de Blasio argued that the city was better under his watch, while Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis called his integrity into question.
Friday, November 03, 2017
If Temporary Protected Status expires, the consequences could be profound not only for immigrants, but for the economy.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
The lower Manhattan truck attack claimed the lives of several foreign travelers, but tourists appear to be undaunted by New York.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Tens of thousands of the city's immigrants with Temporary Protected Status could be forced to leave the U.S. in the coming months. The city and community groups are pushing back.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Imam Khalid Latif returned to New York from the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, and urges Americans to overcome their indifference to the crisis in Myanmar.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Why do some New Yorkers fly the Confederate flag?
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
The ultimate symbol of the South isn't hard to find in the North. For some New Yorkers it's a sign of defiance, and for others, a source of tension that can divide a family.
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Several cities including Los Angeles and Austin, Texas have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Some want New York to do the same.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
The New-York Historical Society is betting that immigrants grounded in American history will not only ace their naturalization exam, but become engaged citizens.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Strom Thurmond, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Dukes of Hazzard. They all helped turn a symbol of the South into one that unites disaffected whites across America.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
The Confederate flag, once a symbol of the South, has increasingly come to represent disaffected white people across America.
Friday, August 04, 2017
What started as a monthly party in 1997 became an institution, providing the city's emerging South Asian creative class with a gathering place and an aesthetic that was uniquely theirs.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Jinder Mahal recently shocked the wrestling world by becoming the WWE World Champion. He's the latest in a long line of foreign wrestlers offering a blunt critique of American supremacy.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Advocates for immigrants have come up with a guide so employers know their rights in case immigration officers show up.
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
As we come to celebrate the independence of America on the Fourth of July, we talk about the holiday's past, present, and future.