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:

'Beats of Antonov' and the Music of a Sudan in Crisis

Friday, July 31, 2015

A new documentary about Sudan, “Beats Of The Antonov,” follows musicians who use music to lift the spirits of a war-torn people. 


Mapping a Road Trip Through Literature

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Planning a road trip this summer? Why not take the path already taken by your favorite novelists?

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What The New Dr. Seuss Book Teaches Us

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

​This week, readers get to experience a never-before-published Dr. Seuss creation. Check out photos from the book, "What Pet Should I Get," and hear from Dr. Seuss's former art director.

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Roundtable: Building a Better Future in Africa

Thursday, July 23, 2015

As President Obama heads to Kenya, The Takeaway sits down with a roundtable of African writers who think deeply about the future of their countries and their relationship with the West.

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Why Your Greek Tragedy References Are All Wrong

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The news out of Greece has been terrible, and so have the headlines. It seems no media outlet can quite resist the opportunity to (wrongly) make some reference to Greek tragedy.

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English Teacher: I'm Still Proud I Named my Son Atticus

Monday, July 20, 2015

One English teacher reflects on her literary journey with "To Kill A Mockingbird," naming her son “Atticus,” and now confronting the dark side of the character in “Go Set a Watchman.”


Oreo: A Comeback Story

Friday, July 17, 2015

“Oreo,” Fran Ross’s 1974 novel about a biracial teen’s search for her father, was a misfit for its times.  More than 40 years later, are audiences finally ready for this satirical tale?


Students Learn Better When Schools Keep Libraries

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Studies have shown that students who attend schools with libraries score better on reading and writing tests than students whose schools don't have libraries.  

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NYT Sports Editor Defends Serena Williams Coverage

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The day before Serena Williams competed for—and won—her sixth Wimbledon title, a New York Times story on the body images of Williams and her rivals set off an avalanche of criticism.

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Atticus Finch as a Racist: Listeners React

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

With the knowledge that Atticus Finch is racist in Harper Lee's new book, "Go Set a Watchman," we asked listeners their thoughts on the new book. 


As Talks Drag On, American Prisoners In Iran In Limbo

Friday, July 10, 2015

A big question mark hangs over the fates of four Americans being held in Iran.

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New Rules Take Aim at Segregated Neighborhoods

Thursday, July 09, 2015

The Obama administration has announced new housing policies designed to promote racial integration across the country.

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Frustration Unites Greece And Germany

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Greece's new finance minister arrived for an emergency meeting in Brussels with no specific proposal in hand as businesses back home languish.

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Tetris Could Help Patients Cope With PTSD

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Could Tetris be used to help people cope with PTSD? New evidence suggests that playing video games after traumatic events could be a useful form of therapy.

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While Airstrikes Resume Against ISIS, Experts Call For Peace Talks

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The US stepped up airstrikes in Syria and Iraq this past weekend as part of a renewed effort to combat the so-called Islamic State.  But is the strategy working?


'Why Information Grows': A Physicist's Approach to Economics

Monday, July 06, 2015

A physicist argues it's not just labor and products, but information and energy that ultimately drive economic growth. 


Reconciling with a Confederate Heritage

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The renewed debate over the Confederate flag's place in modern America has made one Confederate soldier's great-grandson think hard about what he might say to his ancestors.

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What It Means to Be Muslim in America

Thursday, July 02, 2015

What does it mean to be Muslim-American? Three Muslim-Americans New Yorkers recently explored this question at an event at WNYC's Greene Space.

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Greeks Grapple With a Life Marred by Crisis

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Peter Charitopoulos moved to the U.S. from Greece with his family in 2011 after austerity measures made it impossible to find work in Greece.


When Terrorists Are at The Negotiating Table

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Publicly engaging with a "terrorist" can be a politically risky move. But the consequences for failing to engage are often even greater. 

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