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:

Documenting Hate In 2017: A Year In Review

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

ProPublica's Documenting Hate team and 130 other newsrooms tracked hate crimes in 2017. Here's what they learned.

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A Christmas Tale: An Immigrant Cuts Off His Ankle Monitor

Friday, December 22, 2017

Thousands of undocumented immigrants wear ankle monitors while they await immigration court proceedings, but a small number are choosing to cut them off in ceremonial protest.

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Forced to Leave the U.S., Two Haitians Weigh Their Options

Thursday, December 07, 2017

The Trump administration's decision to end TPS for Haitians in the U.S. means the Dejean brothers may need to give up the life they've built for themselves in Brooklyn.

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Haitian New Yorkers Ask Whether They Must Now Leave the U.S.

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. 

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Trump Administration Is Ending Temporary Permits for Haitians

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.

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Why the World Watched the Hoboken Election

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.

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'Union Busting Is Disgusting': Labor Movement Hopes Shutdown of News Sites Is a Pivotal Moment

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.


Immigrants Brace for End of Temporary Protected Status

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.


Mayoral Opponents Make Last-Minute Pleas

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.


The Economic Impact of Ending TPS

Friday, November 03, 2017

If Temporary Protected Status expires, the consequences could be profound not only for immigrants, but for the economy.


Post-Attack, International Tourists Assess New York, and a New Normal

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.


City Puts Immigrants on Alert: Temporary Protected Status Could End

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.


Responding to the Rohingya Crisis

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.


Confederate Flags Near You

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Why do some New Yorkers fly the Confederate flag?

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The Confederate Flag Owners of New York

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.

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Should New York Change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day?

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.

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Immigrants + Art History = Citizenship?

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.


Help Us Map the Confederate Flag

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.

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How Did the Confederate Flag Come North?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Confederate flag, once a symbol of the South, has increasingly come to represent disaffected white people across America.

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After 20 Years, Basement Bhangra Says Bye to New York

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.