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Micropolis Live 

Join WNYC’s Micropolis in The Greene Space for a face-to-face encounter with New York City. Hosted by Arun Venugopal, Micropolis examines race, gender, ethnicity and urban life in America, in serious and not-so-serious ways.  

This season, Arun is back with one-of-a-kind conversations, live performances, and his true-to-form dedication to thoughtful perspectives and levity (because, this is quite a moment).


Part of The Greene Space’s ongoing NEXT New York Conversation series. Leadership support is provided by:




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Michael Jackson Now
Wed, March 27 at 7:30pm 


The revelations in the new HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland" might permanently alter your experience of the music and art of Michael Jackson

Join Micropolis host Arun Venugopal for a conversation about Jackson and his legacy and share your own thoughts on the questions so many of us are reckoning with today: Can we separate the art from the artist? Should we? Who is this we that's even deciding what's acceptable? And who are the artists you've cut off based on their transgressions, and who do you continue to enjoy in spite of them?Guests to be announced.

Recently in Micropolis Live: Race and Culture in New York

Micropolis Live: Surviving Solitary

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Watch as former inmates who survived solitary confinement share their experiences in story-slam performances and conversation. Hosted by Arun Venugopal. 


Micropolis: Double Dutch, Beats and Play

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Watch as WNYC's Arun Venugopal explores play with Kyra Gaunt, award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown and National Double Dutch Champs, the Honey Bees.


Micropolis: 377 is Dead. Long Live the Queens.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

India has just overturned its ban on consensual gay sex, and we're marking it with a celebration. Special guests include Bollywood drag queen Lal Batti. WNYC's Arun Venugopal hosts.


Micropolis: Beyond Outrage

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Join Arun Venugopal, Kayhan Irani, Nore Davis, and Elie Mystal for a re-examination of the ways in which humor and wit allow for a more nuanced understanding of human (racial) affairs. 

Video: Micropolis Live - Off Whiteness

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

How can white people be allies to people of color, and why is it so important for all of us – across ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality – to participate in conversations about race?


Video: Micropolis Live - Black Is the New Black

Thursday, June 04, 2015

How are African American men driving fashion trends on a global scale? Hollis King, the legendary Dapper Dan of Harlem and Michaela Angela Davis on the evolution of black men's style.  


Video: Micropolis Live - Funny or Racist?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

When does comedy effectively push our buttons and when is it just plain ugly? WNYC's Arun Venugopal gets real with Desus Nice, Crissle West,  Jeff Yang and Guy Branum.  

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Video: Micropolis - What Has the Obama Era Meant for Young Black Men?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

As we enter the twilight of his presidency, what has the Barack Obama era meant for young black men? A conversation hosted by WNYC's Arun Venugopal.


Video: Micropolis Live - Eat With Your Hands

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Forget the forks, knives and spoons. Arun Venugopal kicked off his live series on food, culture and race by showing us – with the help of guests – how Indian food is meant to be eaten.

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