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:

Negotiating with North Korea

Friday, June 09, 2017

An expert on North Korea thinks that the Trump Administration’s response to Pyongyang’s aggression is “not yet coherent.”  

Should Psychiatrists Diagnose Trump?

Friday, June 02, 2017

Psychiatry’s professional code forbids the diagnosis of public figures (like Presidents) from afar. Some doctors would like to scrap that rule. 

Paul Theroux’s Darkest Travel Book Is Set at Home

Friday, June 02, 2017

In “Mother Land,” the travel writer Paul Theroux describes a small nation under despotic rule: his family.

The Reverend William Barber: Politics Needs Religion

Friday, June 02, 2017

William J. Barber II, a pastor and political activist, wants our politics to get religion again. But conservative Christians, he thinks, are deeply confused about Christ’s teachings.    

In the Near Future, Environmental Regulation Leads to All-Out War

Friday, May 26, 2017

Omar El Akkad’s new novel plots a very bleak trajectory for the path our nation is on: civil war.

Sarah Larson Finds Hope in Vintage

Friday, May 12, 2017

Three pop-culture gems from the nineteen-seventies and eighties to help you recover from news overload. 

A “Naïve” President Goes Abroad

Friday, May 12, 2017

Robin Wright, a veteran reporter of Middle East politics, finds the President’s ambitious foreign-policy goals naïve. 

Jeffrey Toobin on the Comey Crisis

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jeffrey Toobin sees the 2018 elections as the only remedy for an overreach of executive power in the firing of James Comey.

Jeff Zucker, The Apprentice, and The President

Friday, April 28, 2017

As an NBC executive, Jeff Zucker helped make Donald Trump. Now Trump might like to unmake Zucker, who runs the President’s favored punching bag, CNN. 

My Father and the Strike of 1981

Friday, April 21, 2017

A poet remembers his father’s role in the air-traffic-controller strike, which had devastating effects on organized labor.

What the Ancient Greeks Can Teach Us about the Realities of War

Friday, April 14, 2017

A conversation about Sophocles in the aftermath of the Iraq and Afghan wars.    

Motion Graphics

Friday, March 31, 2017

Joe Williams, who records under the moniker Motion Graphics, creates music that sounds like the Internet.

Writing About Life in Prison

Friday, March 24, 2017

What a writers’ workshop for prisoners can tell us about life behind bars.

The Comma Queen Steps Down

Friday, February 24, 2017

Mary Norris, The New Yorker’s “Comma Queen,” is ready for someone else to worry about punctuation.

The A-Cappella Comeback

Friday, February 03, 2017

A cappella is the dorkiest thing in the world, the a-cappella composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez says.

Politics at the Oscars

Friday, February 03, 2017

From Marlon Brando to Halle Berry to Michael Moore, entertainers have used the Oscars to make statements. This year’s ceremony might be a doozy of even greater proportions.  

An Immigrant Doctor on the Immigration Ban

Friday, February 03, 2017

Trump’s executive order on immigration is intended to prevent terrorists from entering the country. But it’s also keeping physicians out.

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