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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:

'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. 

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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.

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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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The Sixth Mass Extinction is Here

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

According to new research, a "mass extinction"—the sixth of its kind in Earth's 4.5 billion year history—is currently underway. 

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The First Ladies of Space

Friday, June 19, 2015

Think "Mad Men" in space, or "Real Housewives" meets NASA—a new ABC show called "The Astronaut Wives Club" follows the spouses of astronauts in the 1960s.

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Charleston & The Fight Against Domestic Terrorism

Friday, June 19, 2015

The mass murder of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina is a crime that combines some of our nation's worst collective nightmares. 

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Facial Recognition: Who Owns Your Face?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

There are no real guidelines for how, where, and when facial recognition technology should be used.

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Cardinals Investigated for Hacking Astros

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

On Tuesday, the FBI announced that it is investigating whether St. Louis Cardinals officials hacked into the computer databases of their rivals, the Houston Astros.  

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Rachel Dolezal and America's Complicated History of 'Passing'

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"Passing" is usually a term used to describe a black person presenting themselves as white, but American history has no shortage of examples of white people passing as black, too. 

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The Magna Carta Turns 800

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Magna Carta had a huge influence on founding documents from around the world, including our very own Constitution and Bill of Rights.

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LeVar Burton Wants You to Read This Summer

Thursday, June 11, 2015

When it comes to summer reading, the stakes are real. Summertime is when students can either build on or lose the skills they develop during the school year. 

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The Jihadi Poets of ISIS

Thursday, June 11, 2015

If you want to understand ISIS, you might want to pick up a book of jihadi poetry. 

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When an Internet Lynch Mob Decides You're Guilty

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Social media has the power to do great good, and to cause unimaginable harm. In the span of just a few weeks, one family experienced both. 

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McKinney, TX Was the 'Best Place to Live in America' Until it Wasn't

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This past fall, Money Magazine named the town of McKinney, Texas the number one best place to live. But a different picture has emerged after a viral video was shared online this week.

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Relapsing For a Roof Over Your Head

Friday, June 05, 2015

In New York City, some homes for recovering drug users tell people they must relapse and re-enroll in treatment programs in order to stay in facilities. 

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FDA Panel Backs ‘Viagra for Women’

Thursday, June 04, 2015

A new Viagra-like "pink pill" to enhance female arousal aims to give women a desire-enhancing drug of their own. But just how effective will it be?

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What Blatter's Resignation Means for the World Cup

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is resigning from his position after 40 years with the group and 17 years as the head of the organization.

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Best Restaurants List Stirs Up Controversy

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

This year's list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants has some new picks, but all the same controversy that's accompanied it in recent years.

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