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, February 02, 2016
When is it okay to borrow from another culture, and when does the simple act of, say, wearing a kimono or Indian tribal clothing become offensive, a sort of identity theft?
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The report, commissioned by the city's Department of Cultural Affairs, concludes that the cultural sector is much less diverse than the city itself.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Outreach and destigmatization, as well as accusations against Bill Cosby, have prompted more rape victims to come forward.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Overall, major crime dropped slightly, even as policing tactics evolve. Some New Yorkers are welcoming one big difference: a decrease in the number of summonses.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
In the wake of the Paris attacks, American mosques are under renewed scrutiny, with Donald Trump calling for some mosques to be closed or placed under surveillance.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Ed Brown, who lives in a high-rise just blocks away from the public housing projects he grew up in, is trying to make changes in his Brooklyn neighborhood that benefit all residents.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Beyond all the usual demands of child rearing, Muslim parents in America have their own set of problems. Especially in the wake of the Paris attacks.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Vigils were held in Brooklyn and Queens Sunday night to honor victims of the attacks in Paris, Lebanon and Kenya.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Demonstrators say Donald Trump shouldn't be the guest host of Saturday Night Live.
Monday, November 02, 2015
President Obama is set to talk about criminal justice reform in Newark on Monday, but it's a topic that hasn't resonated yet with some of those you meet on the street.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
These days, the people who seem to believe most in America haven't necessarily stepped foot in this country.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Despite intense opposition from the United States, the Palestinian flag went up at the United Nations.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Gabay was shot during West Indian Day parade celebrations in Brooklyn.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
The Obama administration is under increasing pressure to welcome more people who are fleeing Syria's civil war.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Serena Williams has been great for years. So why is she now iconic?
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Donald Trump burst onto the national scene in the 80s as the epitome of swagger and self-promotion. His 15 minutes has turned into a serious presidential candidacy. How did this happen?
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Supreme Court could make same-sex marriage the law of the land, but for years the issue wasn't on the radar of most gay and lesbian activists.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
As the U.S. continues to grapple with its troubled racial past, what role do whites have to play in the nation's ongoing racial dialogue?
Monday, June 15, 2015
Gypsy moths have been spreading across the country for more than a century, and they're now targeting trees along the Hudson.
Monday, June 15, 2015
WNYC's Arun Venugopal and Crissle West, co-host of comedy podcast The Read, follow up on his live their live event "Funny or Racist?" event with more on comedy in a multicultural age.