Arun Venugopal

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 GuardianThe 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:

Race, Class, and the United States of Anxiety

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In their new podcast, "The United States of Anxiety," WNYC & The Nation look at polarizing issues in this election. This episode: the politics of being white, male, and working class. 
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Long Island Woman Feels A Trump Presidency Will Rescue America From Its Elites

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Patty Dwyer voted for President Obama eight years ago. This year the 60-year-old respiratory therapist is all in for Donald Trump. She says Trump will unify a nation that has divided into factions.


Episode 4: Down the Rabbit Hole

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The failure to listen, but success to be heard may be the cornerstone driving today's cultural and political climates.

The United States of Anxiety

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

In their new podcast, "The United States of Anxiety," WNYC & The Nation look at polarizing issues in this election season. In this episode: the media and anxiety.
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Episode 3: This Land Is My Land, That Land Is Your Land

Thursday, October 06, 2016

One thing politicians on both sides of the aisle have agreed on is that immigrants seeking legal status should "go to the back of the line." Problem is, that line doesn't exist.

Episode 2: Who Owns the Deed to the American Dream?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Suburbia's current existential crisis comes as no surprise to those who know the history beyond its white picket fences.

As Presidential Debate Comes to Campus, Hofstra Students Weigh in on Election

Friday, September 23, 2016

To get a sense of how young people feel about voting for the first time, WNYC's Arun Venugopal sat down with three Hofstra students.


Episode 1: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Join us as we take our first steps into Long Island to find out if America has truly lost its mind.

Are Artists Abandoning NYC?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Artists are increasingly worried that the nation's capital for art and culture is no longer for them.

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Orlando Attacks Force Muslims to Confront Homophobia

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Increasingly, Muslim leaders are ending their silence on LGBT issues.


A Month Into a Strike, Verizon Workers Are Discouraged

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Union chief Joan Rodriguez is one of thousands of Verizon workers who are on strike, and struggling to stay optimistic.

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Landlord Faces Felony Charges and Civil Suit

Monday, May 09, 2016

Landlord Steven Croman — a mainstay on lists of "Worst Landlords" — has been charged with 20 felonies.

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New York Sees Spike in Diversity on Theater Stages

Monday, May 02, 2016

Stage productions saw a major increase in Asian American representation, but on Broadway, African American and Latino actors languished.


Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and the Power of Black Protest Music

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pop music is making it increasingly difficult to ignore issues of segregation, policing and life in black America.
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Honoring Prince's Life With a Party

Friday, April 22, 2016

WNYC's Arun Venugopal wanted to be with other grieving Prince fans. Instead, he found a celebration.


Charting Migration Through Art and Geography

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bouchra Khalili is telling the story of Europe's migrant crisis at a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.


New York Artists React to the Primary, and Trump

Friday, April 15, 2016

As Tuesday's primary approaches, voters are trying to make sense of the presidential race. Some local artists want to do more than just understand, they want to influence the outcome.
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Cruz, Trump and the Islamophobia Network

Monday, April 11, 2016

The suspicions voiced by leading Republican politicians against Muslims and Islam got their start in New York. 
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Video Webcast: Ayad Akhtar, Rozina Ali and Haroon Moghul Talk Being Muslim in America

Monday, February 29, 2016

Mon, Feb 29, watch a live video stream of our conversation on Muslim identity, faith and culture in America and abroad. WNYC's Arun Venugopal hosts.


Is Political Correctness Destroying America?

Monday, February 29, 2016

Republican presidential candidates have taken aim at political correctness this campaign season. We look at what "PC" means, and why so many people are bothered by it.

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