Mythili Rao

Producer, The New Yorker Radio Hour

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

The Reverend William Barber: Politics Needs Religion

Friday, June 02, 2017

William J. Barber II, a pastor and political activist, wants our politics to get religion again. But conservative Christians, he thinks, are deeply confused about Christ’s teachings.    

In the Near Future, Environmental Regulation Leads to All-Out War

Friday, May 26, 2017

Omar El Akkad’s new novel plots a very bleak trajectory for the path our nation is on: civil war.

Sarah Larson Finds Hope in Vintage

Friday, May 12, 2017

Three pop-culture gems from the nineteen-seventies and eighties to help you recover from news overload. 

A “Naïve” President Goes Abroad

Friday, May 12, 2017

Robin Wright, a veteran reporter of Middle East politics, finds the President’s ambitious foreign-policy goals naïve. 

Jeffrey Toobin on the Comey Crisis

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jeffrey Toobin sees the 2018 elections as the only remedy for an overreach of executive power in the firing of James Comey.

Jeff Zucker, The Apprentice, and The President

Friday, April 28, 2017

As an NBC executive, Jeff Zucker helped make Donald Trump. Now Trump might like to unmake Zucker, who runs the President’s favored punching bag, CNN. 

My Father and the Strike of 1981

Friday, April 21, 2017

A poet remembers his father’s role in the air-traffic-controller strike, which had devastating effects on organized labor.

What the Ancient Greeks Can Teach Us about the Realities of War

Friday, April 14, 2017

A conversation about Sophocles in the aftermath of the Iraq and Afghan wars.    

Motion Graphics

Friday, March 31, 2017

Joe Williams, who records under the moniker Motion Graphics, creates music that sounds like the Internet.

Writing About Life in Prison

Friday, March 24, 2017

What a writers’ workshop for prisoners can tell us about life behind bars.

The Comma Queen Steps Down

Friday, February 24, 2017

Mary Norris, The New Yorker’s “Comma Queen,” is ready for someone else to worry about punctuation.

The A-Cappella Comeback

Friday, February 03, 2017

A cappella is the dorkiest thing in the world, the a-cappella composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez says.

Politics at the Oscars

Friday, February 03, 2017

From Marlon Brando to Halle Berry to Michael Moore, entertainers have used the Oscars to make statements. This year’s ceremony might be a doozy of even greater proportions.  

An Immigrant Doctor on the Immigration Ban

Friday, February 03, 2017

Trump’s executive order on immigration is intended to prevent terrorists from entering the country. But it’s also keeping physicians out.

The Unpublished Letters of Elizabeth Bishop

Friday, January 20, 2017

Elizabeth Bishop’s unpublished letters reveal a lot we didn’t know about the twentieth ­century master. 

Jonathan Blitzer Picks Three

Friday, January 13, 2017

A bolero, a curatorial Twitter feed, and a surrealist cookbook.

Elif Shafak: Why Turkey Looks More and More Like Russia

Friday, January 06, 2017

Terrorist attacks have pushed Turkey’s president to an increasingly authoritarian, repressive government

Newt Gingrich on the Opioid Epidemic and Donald Trump’s Twitter Habit

Friday, January 06, 2017

The “godfather of gridlock” is backing an effort to treat addicts instead of punishing them, but will the Trump Administration share his faith in science?    

Jeanette Winterson’s Christmas Spirit

Friday, December 16, 2016

A provocative novelist celebrates the old-fashioned joys of Christmas.    

Michael Chabon Picks Three

Friday, December 09, 2016

The writer picks a TV show about the Queen, a novel about John Lennon, and an unbeatable recipe for fried chicken.