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Mythili Rao

Producer, The New Yorker Radio Hour

Mythili Rao is a producer at WNYC. 

Mythili worked in TV and print before finding her way to radio, chasing breaking news at CNN's New York bureau and writing many, many book reviews. She joined The New Yorker Radio Hour after a short stint at On the Media and a long stint at The Takeaway. She’s also reported on books for the WNYC newsroom and hosted literary live events for the station. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Daily Beast, Newsweek, and on The New Yorker’s website.

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

The Unpublished Letters of Elizabeth Bishop

Friday, January 20, 2017

Elizabeth Bishop’s unpublished letters reveal a lot we didn’t know about the twentieth ­century master. 

Jonathan Blitzer Picks Three

Friday, January 13, 2017

A bolero, a curatorial Twitter feed, and a surrealist cookbook.

Elif Shafak: Why Turkey Looks More and More Like Russia

Friday, January 06, 2017

Terrorist attacks have pushed Turkey’s president to an increasingly authoritarian, repressive government

Newt Gingrich on the Opioid Epidemic and Donald Trump’s Twitter Habit

Friday, January 06, 2017

The “godfather of gridlock” is backing an effort to treat addicts instead of punishing them, but will the Trump Administration share his faith in science?    

Jeanette Winterson’s Christmas Spirit

Friday, December 16, 2016

A provocative novelist celebrates the old-fashioned joys of Christmas.    

Michael Chabon Picks Three

Friday, December 09, 2016

The writer picks a TV show about the Queen, a novel about John Lennon, and an unbeatable recipe for fried chicken.

David Frum: Can the Establishment Strike Back?

Friday, November 18, 2016

David Frum was a “Never Trump” Republican, and he thinks the establishment should fight the President-elect every step of the way.  

Should Journalists Publish Hacked E-Mail?

Friday, November 04, 2016

Hacked e-mails have been a constant in the news this election cycle. Should we be reading “stolen goods”?    

A Trumped-Up High-School Election

Friday, November 04, 2016

Students in a high-school mock election step into Clinton's and Trump’s shoes. Can they play their parts without getting suspended?    

What Would a Trump Presidency Look Like?

Friday, October 21, 2016

 With the American government’s system of checks and balances, how much could a hypothetical President Trump actually accomplish? Short answer: plenty.    

If My Body is a Text

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In a time of racial tension, how do you manage information overload—the storm of news online—when paying attention is painful? This week, two friends find their answer.

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Facing Our Weirdest Selves

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

After exchanging hand-drawn postcards for a year, two data designers discover how compiling and parsing the little things in life can lead to unexpected self-reflection-- and friendship.

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Digging Into Facebook's File on You

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What are Facebook's algorithms saying about you? In a special collaboration, ProPublica invites listeners to take a closer look at the data Facebook has collected on them.

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The Secret to Making Video Games Good for You

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This week, how video games can help you become smarter, happier, and more creative-- if you use them right.

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There Is No 'Off the Record'

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Imagine a future where every word you utter is recorded and saved. It's not that far off. We tested out the transcribed life to see what happens.

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South Korea Sets its Sights on the Nobel Prize in Literature

Friday, March 11, 2016

Can the industrial strategies that have lifted South Korea's economy bring international accolades to its literature?

The Dead Zone Between Christmas and New Year's

Thursday, December 31, 2015

In Norway, the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve is an official holiday: romjul, meaning half-holy. 

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Encryption: The Next Battle for Civil Liberties?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Julian Sanchez, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says diminishing encryption would open up technology to weaknesses that could be “exploited by the bad guys.” 

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Illinois A.G. on the 'Outrage' Against Chicago Police

Monday, December 28, 2015

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the DOJ for an outside, independent investigation into the pattern and practices of the Chicago Police Department.


Manhattan DA Says Encrypted Phones Can Halt Justice

Monday, December 28, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says cell phone and app encryption impedes law enforcement officials' ability to investigate and prosecute crime.

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