Arun Venugopal is the host and creator of Micropolis, a series produced by WNYC about race, gender and ethnicity. The series is wide-ranging in its approach, examining the meaning of turbans in post-9/11 America, the $20 billion global skin-lightener market and the pros and cons of ethnic enclaves. He is a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and On the Media.
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 Journaland 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.
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