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:

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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Never-Published Steinbeck Story Surfaces

Friday, November 07, 2014

A lost story by the literary great will be published for the first time today in The Strand magazine.

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Star-Studded Cast Brings Industrial Disaster to the Big Screen

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The events leading up to 1984 industrial accident are fictionalized in "Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain," a new film which stars Kal Penn, Martin Sheen, and Mischa Barton.

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Voters Gave Themselves a Pay Hike

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Working class Americans secured large victories during the 2014 midterms, with four red state Republican strongholds voting to raise the state minimum wages over the next few years.

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Biking & Ebola: Nurse Starts National Debate

Friday, October 31, 2014

There's likely to be a legal fight about nurse Kaci Hickox's choice to emerge from quarantine for a bike ride in Maine. But was her decision unethical?

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Ukrainian Voters Send Pro-European Message

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Now that more than half the votes have been counted in Ukraine's parliamentary elections, it appears that voters have sent a clear message about the country's future.  


What it Takes to Be a Marine Corps Sniper

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Of all the roles a member of the armed forces can play on the battlefield, perhaps none is as terrifying as that of a sniper. Two Marine Corps snipers reflect on their jobs. 

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The Innovative and Creative Power of ADHD

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A University of Pennsylvania psychologist argues that we should consider people with ADHD to be highly imaginative people rather than people with a learning disability. 

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My Brother, The Terrorist

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A new documentary tells the story of how an ordinary middle-class white kid became a radical Muslim jihadist who is now serving time in a British prison on a terrorism conviction.

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