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Mythili Rao

Takeaway Producer

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:

Digging Into Facebook's File on You

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What are Facebook's algorithms saying about you? In a special collaboration, ProPublica invites listeners to take a closer look at the data Facebook has collected on them.

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The Secret to Making Video Games Good for You

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This week, how video games can help you become smarter, happier, and more creative-- if you use them right.

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There Is No 'Off the Record'

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Imagine a future where every word you utter is recorded and saved. It's not that far off. We tested out the transcribed life to see what happens.

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South Korea Sets its Sights on the Nobel Prize in Literature

Friday, March 11, 2016

Can the industrial strategies that have lifted South Korea's economy bring international accolades to its literature?

The Dead Zone Between Christmas and New Year's

Thursday, December 31, 2015

In Norway, the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve is an official holiday: romjul, meaning half-holy. 

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Encryption: The Next Battle for Civil Liberties?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Julian Sanchez, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says diminishing encryption would open up technology to weaknesses that could be “exploited by the bad guys.” 

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Illinois A.G. on the 'Outrage' Against Chicago Police

Monday, December 28, 2015

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the DOJ for an outside, independent investigation into the pattern and practices of the Chicago Police Department.

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Manhattan DA Says Encrypted Phones Can Halt Justice

Monday, December 28, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says cell phone and app encryption impedes law enforcement officials' ability to investigate and prosecute crime.

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A Brief History of the Christmas Card

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In the digital era, it may surprise you to learn that Americans still purchase approximately 1.6 billion Christmas cards each year.

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Mapping the Pungent History of 'Brooklyn's Curious Canal'

Friday, December 18, 2015

A new book by a New York City tour guide examines how the Gowanus has been an essential — and frequently controversial — part of Brooklyn's history for more than two centuries.

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To Shave or Not to Shave? The Hairy History of Beards in Politics

Friday, December 18, 2015

The decades-long absence of beards in politics has made House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to sport a full face of hair a high-profile one.

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Abby Wambach Says 'Forget Me,' But Her Historic Legacy Won't Quit

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Abby Wambach has scored more goals in her soccer career than any other man or woman in the history of the sport. On Wednesday night, she played her last professional soccer game.

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The Sinai Peninsula: A Land of Tourism and Terrorism

Thursday, December 17, 2015

For all its diplomatic and geopolitical importance, inside the Sinai Peninsula, decades of misrule have created a region that is uniquely isolated.

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A Journey Through Jamaica's Violent History

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

With "A Brief History of Seven Killings," author Marlon James became the first Jamaican author to win the Man Booker prize in its 47 year history.   

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Following the Money on Tax Inversions

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hedrick Smith of Reclaim the American Dream says it's time to connect the dots between corporate campaign finance contributions and corporate tax inversions.

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The Making of 'The Book of the Year'

Friday, December 11, 2015

Even before its release, Garth Risk Hallberg's debut novel, "City on Fire" was marked for success.

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The Great 'Meltdown': Why The Middle Class Isn’t What it Used to Be

Friday, December 11, 2015

For the first time since the 1970s, the number of people in the lowest and highest income classes outnumber the middle class in the U.S.

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Rebuilding Detroit After Bankruptcy

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A year after exiting bankruptcy, Detroit's finances are in much better shape—but there's still a long road ahead to a full recovery. 

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The Laquan McDonald Case: What the DOJ is Looking For

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department announced a broad civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department's practices. 

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Why It's Time to Treat Violence 'Like a Disease'

Friday, December 04, 2015

Another week of mass shootings has brought a familiar routine. One doctor argues that we can stop the spread of violence by using the methods associated with disease control.

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