Mythili Rao

Associate Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao is an associate producer at WNYC. 

She currently oversees planning and production of The Takeaway's daily editorial content, working to bring diverse, authentic, and authoritative voices to the show's daily coverage of national and international news. 

Before joining WNYC, she worked for CNN's New York Bureau, where she field produced and filed breaking-news stories on everything from Bernie Madoff to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and was part of the network's Peabody-winning coverage of the 2008 elections.

Mythili is also a contributing writer for The Daily Beast, where her reviews regularly appear in the site's National Magazine Award-winning books section. Her reporting and criticism have additionally appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Nation, and Words Without Borders, among others. 

In 2013, she was elected to the board of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA). 

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

My Brother, The Terrorist

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A new documentary tells the story of how an ordinary middle-class white kid became a radical Muslim jihadist that's now serving time in a British prison on a terrorism conviction.

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The Lost Tribe of Coney Island

Monday, October 13, 2014

A new book chronicles the head-hunting Filipino Igorrote tribe, their journey to American in 1905, and how they became the hottest spectacle of the year at Coney Island. 


Another Officer-Involved Shooting Shakes St. Louis

Friday, October 10, 2014

An off-duty police officer in St. Louis, Missouri shot and killed a young black man Wednesday night, inflaming tensions in a community still mourning the death of teenager Michael Brown.

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The 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature Goes To...

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The odds had favored Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. But early this morning, the prize went to the French author Patrick Modiano, called a "Proust of our time" by the Nobel Academy.

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Fears of Ebola Touch Liberians in U.S.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

A Liberian-American immigrant explains how his community both in the United States and abroad has been affected by the deadly Ebola virus.


ISIS Makes Swift Advance on Turkish Border Town

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Turkey has said their forces will not get more deeply involved in the conflict—a position that's frustrating many in Washington.

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After Battlefield, Vet Finds Hope on Football Fields

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Daniel Rodriguez is an Iraq and Afghan war veteran first, and a collegiate football player second.

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Retro Report: MLB Player Curt Flood Paved the Way for Free Agency

Monday, October 06, 2014

The Retro Report team looks back at the 1970 lawsuit filed by St. Louis Cardinals player Curt Flood, who changed the course of professional sports.

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Hong Kong Leaders Open to Talks with Protestors

Friday, October 03, 2014

Hong Kong's Beijing-appointed leader announced that he won't be stepping down, but said he is open to talks with the protesters.


Home-Cooking: A Family Tradition Out of Reach?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A team of sociologists at North Carolina State University found that for low- and middle-income families in America, making a home-cooked meal is easier said than done.

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Former AIG Exec Challenges Bailout

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A real life courtroom drama is playing out this week—the former head of AIG is challenging the legal justification for the government's bailout of his company.

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Our Enduring Obsession with ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Plenty of people are turned off by chainsaw-wielding cannibals massacring innocents. Yet the 1974 classic has inspired thousands of horror movies, comic books, and video games.

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Uighur Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison

Monday, September 29, 2014

With the life sentence handed down to Uighur Leader Ilham Tohti, many say the ethnic minority group has now lost the voice of the movement.

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India's Controversial Leader Gets Rock Star Treatment in U.S.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off a five-day visit to the U.S. with a sold-out appearance at Madison Square Garden. 

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USAID Steps Up to Fight Ebola

Friday, September 26, 2014

Nancy Lindborg, assistant administrator for USAID, describes the multi-pronged approach the agency is taking to curb the spread of the Ebola epidemic. 

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World Acts Together to Face Down ISIS

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The United Nations Security Council voted Wednesday to require countries to block the movements of would-be terrorists within their borders. But how will this measure be implemented?

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The Challenges of a Youth Complicated by Poverty

Thursday, September 25, 2014

One voice argues that in order to help impoverished students, education policy makers need to change some of their assumptions about how school works.

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Transcript: Vandana Shiva & the Anti-GMO Debate

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

On September 23, 2014, Takeaway Host John Hockenberry sat down to interview anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva. A transcript of their conversation appears below.

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Audio Diary: A Doctor's Fight Against Ebola

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Rhode Island emergency medicine physician working to treat Ebola patients in rural Liberia shares the high and low points of his daily work.

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Actor and Marine Benjamin Busch Returns to Iraq

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In 2003, actor Benjamin Busch was a Marine Corps officer assigned to serve as the provisional military mayor of a small Iraqi town. Ten years later, he returns to find it changed.

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