Mythili Rao

Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao is a producer at WNYC. 

She leads production of The Takeaway's author interviews, reports on books for the WNYC newsroom, and hosts literary events at the Greene Space and other venues.

At the Takeaway, she additionally helps oversee 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. 

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. 

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.

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

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

The Greene Space

Muslim/American: Storytelling

Thursday, May 28, 2015

7:00 PM

Thurs, May 28 | Join us for a night of storytelling focused on the geographical and spiritual journeys that modern day Muslim Americans take to better understand their faith. 


Ada Lovelace Reborn in Graphic Novel

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mathematician Ada Lovelace never got to complete her life's work, the "Analytical Engine," but her story is being revived in a new graphic novel, with a more happy ending.

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Amit Chaudhuri on 'Odyssesus Abroad' and The Changing Identity of India

Friday, April 17, 2015

Writer Amit Chaudhuri discusses his latest novel, "Odysseus Abroad," and how the cultural inheritance of Indian writers spans multiple continents. 


On The Front Lines of The War Against Boko Haram

Friday, April 17, 2015

VICE News' Kaj Larsen, the only journalist on the front lines of the fight against Boko Haram, discusses Nigeria's campaign against the group with an inside look at fight on the ground.

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ZIP Code Poetry: Listener Spotlight

Thursday, April 16, 2015

We’re asking you to memorialize your ZIP code with a poem. Check out some great listener submissions here.


Modi's Rise From Tea Seller to Prime Minister

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lance Price, author of "The Modi Effect," discusses Indian Prime Ministers Narendra Modi's rise from a humble chai-wallah tea seller to the leader of the world's largest democracy. 


The Road to a Sustainable Future

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

With a crisis on nearly every continent, world governments are negotiating a set of  goals focused on ending extreme poverty, preventable diseases, and curbing climate change. 

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Frida Kahlo's Unpublished Love Letters For Sale

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This Wednesday, a New York auction house will put 25 love letters written by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo up for sale.

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Tales of Toxic Mushrooms and Dirty Bombs in New York

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Two new novels imagine the city experiencing apocalyptic events. 


As World Watches, Obama and Castro Cross Paths

Friday, April 10, 2015

The White House says there are no plans for a one-on-one meeting between Cuban President Raul Castro and President Obama, but the two leaders are both attending a summit in Panama.

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Moral Darwinism: The Surprising Evolution of Human Values

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In his latest book, Ian Morris, a professor of classics at Stanford University, argues that our moral values are actually a function of the ways society organizes itself to get energy.

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Anti-Abortion Laws Flood U.S. State Houses

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A new law in Kansas bans a common second trimester abortion procedure. But in 2015, state legislators have introduced 791 provisions related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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The Pilotless Plane: The Future of Air Travel?

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

In the aftermath of the Germanwings plane crash, some aviation experts say one way to prevent such a tragedy is to do away with pilots altogether.

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Poetry Contest: Write An Ode to Your ZIP Code

Monday, April 06, 2015

We’re asking you to memorialize your federally appointed numerical designation by writing a poem about your ZIP code. 

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Drought: A Dry Pill to Swallow in California

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The state has periodically struggled through dry years over the decades, but this is the first time a governor has ever imposed mandatory restrictions on water usage.

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Battling For Civil Rights in Indiana and Arkansas

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is backtracking on the state's religious freedom law. Now, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson must decide whether to sign a similar bill in his state.

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State Secrets Revealed? H Bomb Architect Moves Forward With Memoir

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Physicist Ken Ford witnessed the hydrogen bomb's creation, an event he tries to shed some light onto in his new memoir. But the U.S. government says his book contains state secrets.

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One Company Wants To Tie The Internet To The Real World

Friday, March 27, 2015

A social media company called Banjo is trying to sort that nebulous cloud of tweets, trends, and posts to geography. The idea is to create an instant snapshot of any place at any time.

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Could The Germanwings Crash Have Been Prevented?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz might have 'hidden' evidence of illness from his employers according to prosecutors in Germany. Pilot and science writer Jeff Wise join us.

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Childless, Proud and Happy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Writer Meghan Daum joins us for an honest conversation about why many adults chose not to have children. 

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