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.

Micropolis

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

Worried About Being Detained After a Flight? Maybe This App Will Help.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A team of software developers responds to immigrant anxieties by providing lawyerly back-up, just in case. 

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Immigrants Now Comprise Half the City's Seniors

Thursday, May 18, 2017

There are a million people over the age of 65 living in the five boroughs, and half are immigrants.

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Schools Warned to Be Vigilant Over Immigration Officers

Monday, May 15, 2017

An incident involving a 4th grade student and immigration officers has caused alarm.

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Indian Americans Reckon With Reality Of Hate Crimes

Monday, May 15, 2017

Unaccustomed to being targets, they are organizing and marshalling resources after one fateful killing.

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Can the MTA Get You to Give Up Your Seat for This Woman? (She Says No Way)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The MTA is giving away "Baby on Board" buttons to pregnant women who ride the subway and could use a seat. Will they work?

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After Indian Immigrant Was Shot Dead, Indian-Americans Rethink Kansas Life

Sunday, May 14, 2017

After being encouraged to emigrate during the cold war, when America was hungry for people with tech skills, some Indian-Americans no longer feel welcome and are rethinking life in the U.S.

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Culture Wars: Dealing With A Changing America

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The new podcast "The United States of Anxiety: Culture Wars" examines the people who have been battling to shape America’s political culture for decades.

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Whose Kansas Is it Anyway?

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

In the first episode of "Culture Wars," WNYC travels to Kansas, the site of a February killing that's changing the relationship between America and its South Asian community.

Finding Parallels Between the Holocaust and the Present

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A series of monumental photos of Holocaust survivors at the Museum of Jewish Heritage comes with an implicit warning: Fascism is never too far away.

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The Wealthiest of Ethnic Groups Grapples With Hate

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The murder of an Indian-American engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, has jarred the Indian American community and prompted it to question its place in American society.

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Immigrant Communities Alarmed By Recent Arrests And Deportations

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

News stories about immigrants being rounded up have many communities on edge. The concern is exacerbated by unfounded rumors on social media and fake news.

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As Federal Agents Detain New Yorkers, Unease in Immigrant Communities

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mayor de Blasio's office says it's received "credible reports" of immigration enforcement activity in several New York City neighborhoods.

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Trump's Orders Spawn Fake Alerts—and Fear—for Immigrants

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

As an appeals court prepares to rule on the president's travel ban for seven Muslim-majority nations, misinformation is generating fear in many immigrant communities.

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The Great, Big, Philosophical Slumber Party

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How to make sense of the current political turmoil? An overnight marathon of art and philosophy (and beer) tries to offer some answers.

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WNYC to DC: Anger, not Optimism, Marks Inauguration

Friday, January 20, 2017

The final installment of WNYC's road trip to the inauguration finds our reporters in a dystopic Washington. 

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The Trump Time Capsule: Supporters Share Their Hopes

Friday, January 20, 2017

Listeners who voted for Donald Trump share their hopes for the next four years.

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WNYC to DC: Donald Trump 'Understands Me'

Thursday, January 19, 2017

WNYC’s road trip to the inauguration continues in Maryland, where reporters Arun Venugopal and Matt Katz drop by local hangouts to talk Russia and Trump.

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WNYC to DC: 'Look, It's Not the End of the World'

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Day Two on the road to DC includes a stop at Planned Parenthood in the working-class suburbs of Philadelphia and a visit to the country's oldest African Methodist Episcopal church. 

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When Outside Art Became In: Obama's Cultural Legacy

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

For eight years, the president surrounded himself with artists and activists of color. It was extremely glamorous, and yes, threatening.

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WNYC to DC: 'This Is the Real America'

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WNYC is taking a road-trip to D.C. and talking to voters about the incoming Trump administration. First stop: Arab and Indian communities in New Jersey.

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