Arun Venugopal

Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal is a reporter who focuses on issues of race and immigration. He also serves as a regular host of the station's Midday 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. He lives with his family in Queens.

Read Arun's latest reporting on Gothamist.

 

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

Storming of the Gates: Prisoners' Right To "True Religious Freedom"

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Prison officials didn’t recognize the Nation of Islam as a religious group. The Attica Uprising of 1971 changed that. 

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How A Cotton Sack, Passed Down Over Generations, Tells A Larger Story About Slavery

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

In her new book, All That She Carried, historian Tiya Miles tells the story of an enslaved woman who, upon hearing her child was to be sold off, hastily packed her a bag with a few personal items.

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The Supreme Court Ended Biden Administration's Eviction Moratorium

Monday, August 30, 2021

Last week, the Supreme Court put an end to the Biden administration’s eviction moratorium, a decision that could impact hundreds of thousands of renters nationwide.

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"This Land" Tackles Potential Threat to the Indian Child Welfare Act

Monday, August 30, 2021

This month marks the season two debut of the award-winning, documentary podcast “This Land” which is produced by Crooked Media.

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What Resettlement Looks Like for Afghan Refugees

Monday, August 30, 2021

Amid the chaotic evacuation of U.S. troops and allies from Afghanistan, refugee agencies have started the complicated resettlement process for recent Afghan arrivals. 

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Why Are Some Covid Variants More Racialized than Others?

Friday, August 13, 2021

One has been called the 'Kung-flu' and 'the China virus,' but the 'Indian variant' quietly became the delta variant. 

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American Scholars of India Confront a Rise in Threats

Monday, July 19, 2021

Even scholars who live thousands of miles from India say their scholarship, or their defense of minority rights in India, puts them at risk.

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Why We Must Vote

Monday, June 21, 2021

New York City faces a consequential election. We look at the history of our local election laws. Plus, the mastermind behind new voting restrictions nationally.

Black-Asian Relations Present Frictions and New Possibilities

Monday, June 14, 2021

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Black Lives Matter has prompted an outpouring of support from Asian-Americans. But recent attacks against Asian Americans have prompted some in the community to call for more police.

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A New Report Examines the Growing Indian-American Population

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

The community is the second-largest immigrant group in America.

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Biden Turns to Public Defenders for Federal Court Openings

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Observers say Eunice Lee's nomination to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals represents a historic shift

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Author Imbolo Mbue Explores The Politics Of Oil In 'How Beautiful We Were'

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Mbue's novel was inspired in part by her own experiences growing up in Cameroon. Set in a fictional African village in the 1980s, it follows a group of villagers who take on an American oil company.

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City's Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Bitta Mostofi Ends Tenure

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Mostofi oversaw New York City immigrant affairs when communities reeled from the policies of the Trump administration. 

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The Politics of Poverty

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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For a long time, Americans have convinced themselves that poverty is something that happens elsewhere. The pandemic has made it much harder to do that.

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Broadway Stars Bring Pandemic Joy By Way Of The Singing Telegram

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Broadway has been dark for quite some time due to the pandemic. Some out of work Broadway actors are using singing telegrams to earn some cash and make use of their talents.

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Singing Telegrams For Those Who Just Need a Song

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

"A Generous Act: Singing Telegrams" allows accomplished performers to practice their art, even as Broadway remains dark.

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Poet Hanif Abdurraqib On The Intersection Of Black Excellence, Joy And Pain

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

What do Soul Train and Whitney Houston tell us about race in America? In his book, A Little Devil in America, the culture critic traces the history of Black performance through moments in pop culture.

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Immigrants Struggle with Language Barriers to Vaccination

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Some New Yorkers say signing up for a vaccine isn't easy if you don't speak English.

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Anti-Asian Hate Crimes & Harassment

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Arun Venugopal on the rise in hate crimes against people of Asian descent in NYC & across the country.

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The Missing History of Asian America

Monday, March 22, 2021

We’ve been here before: A time of national stress, Asian Americans made into scapegoats, and violence follows. The community saw it coming. So why didn’t everybody else?