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Mythili Rao

Associate Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

Obama Promises Financial Aid as Syria's Crisis Deepens

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

As the crisis in Syria deepens, President Obama has offered over $150 million in financial aid. Ahmed Shiyab, a researcher from Syrian Refugees based in Jordan and Amr Al Azm, member of the Syrian opposition and a professor at Shawnee State University, explain how the crisis is deepening.

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This Is How Undocumented Immigrants Define Immigration Reform

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Congress and the White House unveil their comprehensive immigration plans this week, and the hopes of 11 million people hang in the balance. What are their hopes? Are they they optimistic? Anxious? And what’s at stake?

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Why Guantánamo Shouldn't Be Closed — Yet

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

As a Human Rights Watch Advocate and attorney for the Department of Justice, Jennifer Daskal pushed for the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to be closed. However, she now thinks that closing the facility immediately may not be the best option. Daskal, now a fellow and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center, explains how her perspective has evolved.

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Clinton Testifies at Capitol Hill on Benghazi Attacks

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hillary Clinton is set to testify on Benghazi today in front of the Senate foreign relations committee and the House foreign affairs committee. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, is watching the hearings.

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The Unofficial, Crowd-Sourced Inaugural Poem

Monday, January 21, 2013

Last week, noted poet Kwame Dawes started our our crowd-sourced inaugural poem project with these lines: Say "nation." In the wake of quarrels, say "hope." And you took it from there, sending us hundreds of suggestions for lines to be included in the poem via Facebook, Twitter, and more.

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A People's Poem for the Inaguration: Poets Respond

Friday, January 18, 2013

Poet Kwame Dawes started off a poem for us earlier this week, and we've been sorting through nearly 200 responses in search of the perfect people's poem. Elizabeth Alexander read the poem at President Obama's 2009 inauguration.

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President Lyndon Johnson's Legacy Ahead of Barack Obama's Second Inaugural

Friday, January 18, 2013

As we think about the formality of the upcoming inaugeration on Monday we remember a time in American history, fifty years ago, when a momentous transfer of power occurred without any forethought, without ritual, and without inauguration at all. Lyndon B. Johnson library director Mark UpdeGrove has the story.

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Foreclosure Filings Fell Three Percent in 2012

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Housing industry analyst RealtyTrac released its 2012 Year-End Foreclosure Market Report today. In it is a bit of good news: There was a three percent drop in foreclosure filings in 2012 compared to 2011. So what can we expect for 2013? Daren Blomquist, president of RealtyTrac, explains what this year's report indicates for the future.

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How to Crowd-Source a Story

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The presidential inauguration is less than a week away. But if you don’t have tickets to an inaugural ball or you’re not planning to be out there watching the swearing-in in Washington, don’t worry, we’ve still got a way for you to be part of the occasion. Willy Chyr, founder of Collabowriters, a website that’s crowd-sourcing a novel, shares his advice for curating a crowd-sourced story.

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Helping Veterans Recover from 'Moral Injury' After War

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

When Rita Brock’s father returned from serving in the Vietnam War, he became cold, controlling and very angry. Rita was just a teenager at the time and it was hard to understand why her father had changed. Many years later, after training as a theologian, Rita began to understand that her father's battle scars were not just physical. That revelation led her to develop a training program for clergy members  to counsel veterans through the moral injuries of war. Michael Yandell, an Iraq War veteran, is a at Rita's divinity school.

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How Mass Shooters (and Everyone Else) Get Guns

Monday, January 14, 2013

In 2010, according to the Department of Justice, around 80,000 Americans were denied guns because they lied or provided inaccurate information about their criminal histories during a background-check, but just 44 of those people were charged of committing a crime. Could this present a new avenue for the Obama administration's attempt at fighting gun violence? Reporter Anne Mostue of WGBH explains.

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Rape Kits Mishandled at NYC Lab

Friday, January 11, 2013

The New York City Medical Examiner has announced that the office is reviewing more than 800 rape kits, cases were handled by a former lab technician who made a series of incorrect reports over the course of ten years, from 2001 to 2011. Lawrence Kobilinsky, forensic scientist and chair of the science department at John Jay College, discusses the science of DNA analysis. Erin Murphy, professor of at New York University School of Law, explains the legal issues at stake.

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Texas County Moves to Tighten Restrictions on Gun Shows

Thursday, January 10, 2013

As the gun control debate heightens in coming weeks, one policy could be taking center stage: the gun show loophole, which allows people to purchase firearms at gun shows without a background check. Travis County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt is leading the charge to outlaw gun shows.

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'If Only I'd Had a Gun'

Thursday, January 10, 2013

More than twenty years ago, Suzanna Gratia Hupp witnessed the death of her parents at the hands of a gunman at a Luby's cafeteria in Killeen Texas. Since then, she's remained vocal on the topic of gun control and pushed for laws allowing concealed handguns as a legislator in the Texas House of Representatives.

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Men Dominate President Obama's Second-Term Cabinet Picks

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

It's the season for a changing of the guard in Washington. Among the new faces being nominated by President Obama, there's no one of color nor any women. Marie Wilson, founder of the White House Project, a New York-based nonprofit group, has spent her career advocating for women’s leadership in the highest echelons of government.

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Iran's 'Surgical' Online Censorship

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Iran is beginning to employ an online surveillance tactic known as "surgical censorship" which allows citizens free, though monitored, use of social media. Megan Garber, a staff writer at The Atlantic, explains the advantages techniques like this hold for a dictatorship.

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The Iranian Government's Army of Spies

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

According to a new report, Iran’s spy agency, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, is the most powerful and well-funded government agency in the country. Noah Shachtman, contributing editor for Wired Magazine and editor of its national security blog “Danger Room” explains how the MOIS became so powerful and what it uses its influence for.

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Why the Kilogram Is Getting Heavier

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Inside a vault maintained by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in France rests a cylindrical chunk of metal known as the kilogram standard, but it turns out that the "standard" is gaining weight. Physicist Richard Davis explains why.

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Google C.E.O. Travels to North Korea

Monday, January 07, 2013

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea today. He's in the country as part of a private delegation led by Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico. Karin Lee, the executive director of the National Committee on North Korea, explains what Schmidt and Richardson will be doing.

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Violence Against Women in U.S. and Abroad

Friday, January 04, 2013

In the wake of a brutal gang rape in New Delhi, Western commentators have criticized the way Indian society handles cases involving violence against women. Researcher and writer Emer O'Toole agrees that Indian law enforcement and the country's judicial system should take this opportunity to examine the adjudication of rape cases, and how victims are treated in the press and in the street -- but that the West needs to do the same. 

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