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Mythili Rao

Associate Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

South Dakota Pleads for Farm Bill Extension

Friday, December 13, 2013

In October, an early blizzard killed tens of thousands of cattle in South Dakota and Nebraska. Ordinarily after this kind of turmoil farmers can expect disaster relief funding through the Farm Bill—but this year that relief is in limbo. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the importance of the Farm Bill is Gary Cammack, a South Dakota Republican state representative and a rancher who lost more than 100 of his own cows and calves in the storm. 

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Gun Sales on the Rise a Year After Newtown

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary. The desire to prevent a tragedy of this scope from ever taking place again is one shared by many Americans. But a year later gun laws are no stricter, and gun sales are on the rise. Robert Draper, contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, writes about the legislative battle over gun control in this week's magazine.

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What is Your Work Worth?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Our work determines how we spend most of our days, the people we spend our time with, the kind of lifestyle we can afford, and it influences our fundamental sense of who we are. It turns out that what we're paid and how we really feel about our jobs aren't always in sync. Al Gini, a professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University’s School of Business Administration and resident philosopher at WBEZ, has dedicated much of his career to understanding the value of work. He’s also the author of “My Job My Self." 

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The Case Against Nukes, Even in Peacetime

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

About 62 percent of Americans think no nation should have a nuclear arsenal—not even the U.S. Globally, the world's nuclear powers have 17,000 weapons combined—a number that's growing. Joe Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund and author of "Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late." In his new book, he argues that the proliferation of nuclear weapons poses a real threat to us all—even in times of safety and peace. 

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What's in Store for Mary T. Barra at General Motors?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Automaker General Motors tapped a new leader this week. The company’s newest CEO, Mary T. Barra, will be the first woman to lead GM. She inherits a company that’s no longer in big financial trouble, but GM’s biggest challenges are likely to be conceptual. Jaclyn Trop, an automotive reporter for our partner The New York Times based in Detroit, tells The Takeaway what's in store for Barra.

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The 'Invisible' Homeless Children of New York

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Here’s a statistic that might surprise you: The United States has the highest child poverty rate of any developed nation except for Romania. Nearly half of all New Yorkers live below or very close to the poverty line. Children make up a large part of this population—in total there are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York. Andrea Elliot, reporter for our partner The New York Times, profiled one family caught in the shelter system in her five-part series “Invisible Child.”

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Retro Report: The Exxon Valdez Disaster

Monday, December 09, 2013

This week our friends at Retro Report look back at a cold March night in 1989 when the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground off the coast of Southern Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the waters of Prince William Sound and creating one of the worst oil spills in American history. Scott Michels, reporter for Retro Report, joins The Takeaway to examine how the spill happened and what we did and didn't learn from the disaster.

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Eating Healthier on Food Stamps

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Fast food appealing for so many Americans is because it’s often significantly cheaper than fresh, healthy equivalents. A new study offers one model of how to change that. By offering food stamp users a rebate of 30 cents for every dollar of fresh fruits and vegetables they purchased, the researchers were able to incentivize food stamp users to eat more vegetables and fruits by a full 25 percent. Diane Schanzenbach, Associate Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, authored the study.

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The Science of Charitable Giving

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Last year, Giving Tuesday brought $10 million in dollars of donations to charities, though it's a small sum compared to the billions of dollars spent on all other shopping days like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Peter Singer, a bioethics professor at Princeton University, teaches a course on charitable giving and is the author of "The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty." He joins The takeaway to discuss why Americans don't give more.

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Men and Women Have Different Brain Circuitry

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Men and women are different—is this news? According to a new study it is. Using a technique called diffusion tensor imaging, researchers have discovered that the basic circuitry of men and women’s brains is visibly different. Ragini Verma, Associate Professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Radiology, is one of the study's co-authors. She joins The Takeaway to discuss her findings. 

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Can French Troops Tackle Violence in Central African Republic?

Monday, December 02, 2013

In the coming weeks, about 1,000 French soldiers will be taking up new posts in the Central African Republic (CAR). The French government says the violence currently being witnessed in CAR borders on genocide. Hannah McNeish, a freelance journalist just back from the Central African Republic, gives us an update on the sectarian conflict. Author Samuel Laurent is an expert on the lasting legacy of French colonial Africa and critical about his country's response to the crisis.

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Retro Report: The Making of ‘Three Strikes’ Laws

Monday, December 02, 2013

This week our friends at the Retro Report documentary team take us back to 1992 when Kimber Reynolds, the 18-year-old daughter of Fresno wedding photographer Mike Reynolds, was brutally killed in a robbery. Kimber's death prompted the passage of "Three Strikes" legislation. Karen Sughrue, Retro Report producer, joins The Takeaway.

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HealthCare.Gov Site Picks Up Speed

Monday, December 02, 2013

HealthCare.gov can reportedly now handle 800,000 users a day. But with Americans rushing to meet the December 23rd enrollment deadline in order to get coverage by January 1st, administration officials admit the site might become overloaded. Congresswoman Diana DeGette, a Democrat representing Colorado’s 1st district, is among those who have been concerned.

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Pope Francis Criticizes "Tyranny" of Unchecked Capitalism

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

On Tuesday, Pope Francis released an 84-page theological manifesto railing against what he called the “tyranny” of unfettered capitalism. The memo also calls for global leaders to fight poverty.  It’s not often that the leader of a powerful institution stands before those he represents and declares a complete change of focus. Reverend James Bretzke, Professor of Moral Theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry puts Pope Francis's remarks into historical context.  

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Examining Our Changing American Families

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What does your family look like? The quintessential American family has been changing dramatically in recent years. This week, we're talking about those changes and how they will be reflected at your Thanksgiving table. We're asking about your families as our partner The New York Times takes up the question. Natalie Angier is the reporter behind this effort. Andrew Solomon, author of “Far from the Tree,” writes about all kinds of different families and different kinds of love—notably his own composite clan. 

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Why Has the Stock Market Been Climbing?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The NASDAQ reached its highest levels in 13 years this week, breaching the 4,000 mark—and putting the index 33 percent higher than where it was last year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 have already set several records of their own this year. So what’s driving this spike? And what do these climbing stock prices tell us about the broader health of the economy? Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor of Time Magazine, takes a look at the forces pushing our economy and markets.

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Revisiting the Dark and Toxic Tale of Love Canal

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Retro Report documentary team takes us back to 1978, when residents of Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York got some shocking news about the disposal of toxic chemicals in their community: In the 1940s and 50s, Hooker Chemical company had dumped 21,800 tons of toxic waste in the canal. Thirty-five years later, J. P. Olsen, producer for Retro Report, reports on what he found when he went back to the community.

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Gov. Christie Inches Closer to National Spotlight

Friday, November 22, 2013

This week, GOP governors from around the country convened in Scottsdale, Arizona for the annual Republican Governor’s Association Conference—a chance to welcome their new chairman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The meeting is a chance for Gov. Christie to elevate his own profile and hobnob with some of the GOP's biggest donors.  Matt Katz, New Jersey Public Radio reporter has been reporting on this year’s RGA conference.

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A European Perspective on the Recession & Recovery

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Have American financial regulators and investors really learned from the mistakes that set off the financial crisis five years ago? Faisal Islam is the economics editor for Channel 4 News and author of “The Default Line: The Inside Story of People, Banks, and Entire Nations on the Edge.” He says so much of the story behind the financial collapse is one of excessive risk and recklessness. He joins the program to provide the British perspective on global financial crisis and why the story of the collapse is actually a series of portraits rather than a series of ideas.

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The Crash of 2016: Thom Hartmann on the Future of the U.S. Economy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Did we learn from the financial crisis? Thom Hartmann, host of “The Thom Hartmann Program," doesn't think so. Hartmann is the author of a new book titled, “The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America and What We Can Do to Stop It.” In it, he warns that the U.S. economy is on track for another collapse—perhaps more devastating than the last one.

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