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. 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, 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:

Radio Drama Humanizes Syrian Refugee Crisis

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Syrian refugee crisis may be overshadowed by politics in the U.S., but it is front and center in a new English version of a popular Arabic radio soap opera.

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The Political Cost of a Climate of Fear

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fear isn't just a rhetorical tactic used in politics. It can also be a real driver of policy—and that is what we should be truly afraid of.

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Never-Published William Faulkner Play Surfaces

Friday, November 20, 2015

"Twixt Cup and Lip" was recently discovered in the library at the University of Virginia.


The World Bombs Syria

Thursday, November 19, 2015

In the wake of the Paris attacks, Russia, France, Britain, and the U.S. have all increased airstrikes in Syria, and Raqqa in particular. 


Meet the Space Archaeologist Using Satellites to Save Ancient Ruins

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Earlier this week, TED announced that its 2016 Ted Prize will be going to Sarah Parcak, a "satellite archaeologist" at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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What It's Like to Be Interviewed by The President

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

President Obama recently sat down with writer Marilynne Robinson for a conversation about the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist's life and work.  

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A Short History of Charlie Brown, Lucy, and The Football

Friday, November 06, 2015

If there's one "Peanuts" moment that's seared in all of our minds, it's the one that appears after Lucy has yanked away Charlie Brown's football. Falling backwards, he cries "AUGH!"

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The Early Political Education of Bernie Sanders

Thursday, November 05, 2015

This fall, Vermont Public Radio has its focus on Bernie Sanders. But even in his home state, the road to the presidency hasn’t been easy. One VPR reporter dives into Bernie's history.


Community Leaders Criticize FBI Tool to Identify Extremists

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

A new FBI program called "Don't Be a Puppet" was designed to help fight radicalization, but community activists who reviewed it worry it will contribute to stigmatization. 


Diversity: A Buzz Word With No Meaning?

Friday, October 30, 2015

"Diversity" is something that's talked a lot about in American workplaces. But in the absence of real change, many say it's nothing more than a feel good word.

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Red Web: Struggling for Internet Freedom in Russia

Friday, October 30, 2015

Vladimir Putin's attempts to control who uses the internet is documented in "Red Web," a new book by journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan. 


The Bitter Truth About Nutrition Science

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

When it comes to nutrition science, there actually hasn't been any "new" breakthroughs in a very long time.

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Meat and Cancer: Will Americans Change Their Eating Habits?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A new report finds that red meat can cause cancer. Food authors Maureen Ogle and Mark Bittman share two very different reactions to the news.

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Canada to Withdraw From U.S. Fight Against ISIS

Friday, October 23, 2015

Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau has pledged to pull Canada out of the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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Who's Torching Black Churches in St. Louis?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A series of fires at seven predominantly black churches in the St. Louis region have once again stirred an area that's become a national focal point for issues of racial tension.

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A Better Way to Treat Schizophrenia

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A new study published this week in the American Journal of Psychiatry concludes that less medication and more talk therapy is, in fact, a better method of treatment for schizophrenics.

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Banned Books Week: A Celebration of Dirty & Offensive Books

Friday, October 02, 2015

What's the most offensive book you've ever read? Here, librarians discuss the most banned books in the country.

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Massey CEO on Trial in Mine Disaster

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship faces criminal charges from the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine explosion that killed 29 people. His trial begins tomorrow.  


A Former Rikers Worker Calls Solitary Confinement Torture

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mary Buser, who spent a decade working as a mental health professional at Rikers Island, says that solitary confinement was wrongfully and indiscriminately used to punish inmates.


What We Got Wrong About Columbine

Monday, September 28, 2015

Original news reports of the Columbine high school massacre described the two shooters as asocial members of the "Trench Coat Mafia." But years of research debunks that explanation.

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