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:

Susan Orlean on the Trail of Tonya Harding

Friday, December 08, 2017

When the news first broke of an attack on the Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan, Susan Orlean went to Tonya Harding’s home town to see what she could find out.

Gagosian Quarterly Talks: Walton Ford and Emma Cline

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Join the acclaimed artist and writer for a conversation hosted by WNYC’s Mythili Rao as they discuss his latest exhibition, the duality of glamour and catastrophe and more.


Barry Blitt’s Rogues’ Gallery of Presidents

Friday, December 01, 2017

The artist Barry Blitt explains why he never tires of drawing Donald Trump    

Erica Jong on Grandparents and Grandchildren

Friday, November 17, 2017

The author of “Fear of Flying” on the importance of grandparents.

Noah Baumbach’s Unhappy Families

Friday, November 17, 2017

The writer and director Noah Baumbach on unhappy families and why they are that way.

Would Everybody Please Stop?

Friday, November 10, 2017

You know that thing you say? Would you stop saying that, please?    

Voter Fraud: A Threat to Democracy, or a Myth?

Friday, November 03, 2017

Research shows that voter fraud barely exists in contemporary voting. But, for some, it’s a threat to democracy that must be stopped at all costs.

Jennifer Egan on Cops and Mobsters

Friday, October 06, 2017

The innovative Jennifer Egan tries something new: an old-fashioned story, complete with mobsters.    

Why Don’t Bankers Go to Jail?

Friday, September 29, 2017

A crime reporter and a business writer compare notes on why financial crime doesn’t get prosecuted more aggressively.

Newly-Discovered Work Brings Mark Twain Into the 21st Century

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A previously undiscovered work by Mark Twain is out today and its adapters' decision to change the race of the main character has drawn objections from several scholars. 


Rocket Man and a Barking Dog Talk War

Friday, September 22, 2017

The growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea make war sound inevitable, but Evan Osnos says that in spite of appearances, neither country has an appetite for war.

Life Lessons from Origami

Friday, September 08, 2017

Who knew origami was a growth industry?

Long a Bastion of Free Speech, U.C. Berkeley’s Commitment Is Tested

Friday, September 08, 2017

In the wake of Charlottesville, tension is high at U.C. Berkeley when skilled provocateurs on the right are invited to the left-leaning campus.

Can the First Amendment and the Second Amendment Coexist?

Friday, September 08, 2017

Legal analyst Dahlia Lithwick on the unresolved clash between the First Amendment and the Second.    

George Strait, on the Record with Kelefa Sanneh

Friday, July 28, 2017

George Strait has so many No. 1 hits that he can’t play them all in a single show. Will he make more?

Maggie Haberman: Gang War in the White House

Friday, July 21, 2017

Maggie Haberman covered Donald Trump years ago for the New York tabloids. Now she has a front-row seat in the White House.      

Etgar Keret’s Second Musical

Friday, July 14, 2017

Etgar Keret has avoided musicals for decades, but he saw the light of “Groundhog Day.”       

An Architect of Obamacare Keeps Fighting the Fight

Friday, July 14, 2017

Ezekiel Emanuel advised the Obama Administration on the A.C.A. Now he’s meeting with a new White House, to try to keep health as the focus of a new health-care bill.  

The Chinese View of Trump

Friday, June 23, 2017

The journalist Zhang Yuanan explains how the Chinese public sees the Trump Administration.  

Trade with China Is a Two-Way Street

Friday, June 23, 2017

Congressman Rick Larsen has been working for years on trade issues involving China. After the collapse of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he laments the lost business opportunities.