Mythili Rao

Associate Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao is an associate producer at WNYC. 

She currently oversees 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. 

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.

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. 

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

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

U.S. Creditors Worry as Oil Prices Dive

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Most Americans are thrilled to pay less at the pump. But the truth is that declining oil prices could post serious problems for the U.S. economy.


Will the Taliban School Attack Spur Real Change?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pakistan is still reeling in shock from a Taliban attack that left at least 140 people dead, nearly all of them children. But will this atrocious attack lead to real change?


The CIA Torture Report Is an Amazon Best-Seller

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

But there's a problem: Amazon readers say the PDF they bought for $2.99 was nearly unreadable. Now an independent publisher is putting out a high quality print version.


Chinese Govt. Makes Millions Selling Cigarettes

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Andrew Martin investigates China's multi-billion dollar tobacco industry—and the rise of cancer—for the latest issue of the magazine.

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Why It's So Hard to Discipline a Police Officer

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WNYC's Robert Lewis managed to get the story about one complaint against an NYPD last year, and it sheds new light on why disciplining police is so difficult.  


Revelations of an Undercover Teacher in North Korea

Monday, December 08, 2014

Suki Kim went undercover in North Korea, posing as an English teacher at the nation's most elite university. Here's what she found.


Round Table: Race & Criminal Justice

Friday, December 05, 2014

The decision not to indict in New York and Ferguson, and the shooting of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, has left the nation grappling with race and criminal justice. 

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Mentally Ill Inmate Set to be Put to Death in Texas

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

On Wednesday at 6 P.M. central, a mentally ill Texas inmate is set to be put to death in a case that tests the legal justification for applying the death penalty to the mentally ill.

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Rebuilding Community Trust in Ferguson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A city reeling from pain is forced to look forward. But how do you build a bridge between officials and a community that is so angry and so disenchanted with their leadership? 


Democracy on Fire in Ferguson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A grand jury that was deliberating the fate of Ferguson officer Darren Wilson decided not to indict him for 18-year-old Michael Brown's shooting death.

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Uncertainty Swirls in Ferguson

Monday, November 24, 2014

In Ferguson, Missouri, the mood is tense ahead of a grand jury decision on whether officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown. 

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The Sixteen-Sided Woman

Monday, November 24, 2014

Shirley Mason, a psychiatric patient whose story was fictionalized in the 1976 movie "Sybil," prompted a spate of multiple personality diagnoses—some fed by hysterics more than truth. 


Better Than Buffy: A Girl Vampire Takes Iran

Friday, November 21, 2014

Part spaghetti western and part horror film, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" is a new movie about an Iranian vampire that takes pride in defying expectations.


Mexico's Dia de la Revolución Turns Into Day of Violent Protest

Friday, November 21, 2014

Yesterday, the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution became a moment of violent national protest—demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and police responded with tear gas.


Forget Eggs—The NYT Gets Grape Salad on Its Face

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Times assigned each state a Thanksgiving recipe—Minnesota unfortunately landed “grape salad.” Why do New Yorkers have such a hard time understanding the food of the Midwest?

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150 Years Later, Atlanta Challenges Civil War 'Myth'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Exactly 150 years after Civil War General William T. Sherman marched from Atlanta to Savannah with some 60,000 troops, some are arguing that history got it wrong. 

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A Dingo Ate Her Baby, and America Found a Punchline

Monday, November 17, 2014

Coroners finally determined, 32 years after the fact, that a dingo did kill Lindy Chamberlain's daughter. But as Retro Report details, more people know the joke rather than the truth.

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Immigration: A Bishop's View from the Border

Thursday, November 13, 2014

As Congress debates immigration reform, Mark Seitz, Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas describes the fears and concerns of young immigrant children grappling with broken families.

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Will the GOP Take on Immigration Reform?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

As lawmakers head back to Washington D.C. today, one item looms over the remainder of this session: The prospect of immigration reform. 

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Secretive Talks Free Two Americans in North Korea

Monday, November 10, 2014

The New York Times' David Sanger has new details about the secretive talks that led to the release of two American prisoners, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, held in North Korea.

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