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Mythili Rao

Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

ROUND-TABLE: Is The Zimmerman Ruling About Race or the Justice System?

Monday, July 15, 2013

What is the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman story really about? Does it show the strength of our justice system and belief in our institutions, or the weakness of those institutions? Or is it just about race? The Takeaway hosts a round-table discussion with Rich Benjamin, author of “Searching for Whitopia” and senior fellow at Demos; Avis Jones-DeWeever, host of the nationally-syndicated radio show, Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever; and Republican strategist Ron Christie, to get at heart of these issues.

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Dissecting the Zimmerman Verdict's Impact on Race, Justice and Families

Monday, July 15, 2013

With the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, the ruling has brought up questions of our expectations of security, the right to a trial and the judgement of a jury. Sherrilyn Ifil, University of Maryland law professor and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, discusses the legal aspects of the verdict. Lamar Tyler, founder of Black And Married With Kids.com, and Christy Oglesby, quality assurance manager for CNN and mother of a 13-year-old-son, join The Takeaway to discuss the impacts of the verdict for families of color.

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Egypt and Predictions for the Future of the Muslim Brotherhood

Monday, July 15, 2013

U.S. authorities have called on Egyptian's interim leadership to release Morsi and to discontinue with their arbitrary arrests. But Morsi's supporters say the Obama administration's criticism of the arrests and violence against Muslim Brotherhood supporters amounts to lip service. Robin Wright, distinguished scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington, weighs in.

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The Man Who Made Millions Selling Fake Bomb Detectors

Friday, July 12, 2013

In May, British businessman James McCormick was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the sale of fake "bomb-detectors." The gadget he sold was based on a fake golf-ball finder and is actually entirely unable to detect bombs—or anything else for that matter. Adam Higgenbotham, Bloomberg Businessweek reporter writes about McCormick's rise and fall in the latest issue of the magazine. He joins The Takeaway to discuss McCormick's scheme and why it took so long for the law to catch up with him.

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NSA Revelations Present Business, Ethical Challenges in Silicon Valley

Friday, July 12, 2013

Yesterday, The Guardian released a report showing the extent to which Microsoft worked with the NSA to make data from Outlook, Hotmail and Skype accessible. They highlight the complicated business and ethical problems in Silicon Valley. Steve Blank, author of "The Secret History of Silicon Valley," joins us to explain Microsoft's role in circumventing the encryption process.

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To Maintain Influence, Should the U.S. Be Doing More in Egypt?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have offered large financial aid packages in a move to stabilize the uncertain interim government there in Egypt—and it sends a strong signal of influence in the region. The United States is waiting, but should it be doing more? And behind the scenes, is it doing more? P.J. Crowley, a former Department of State spokesperson, joins The Takeaway to discuss what kind of diplomacy could be happening behind closed doors. He’s currently professor at George Washington University.

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Do The Positions of Obama's FBI Nominee Deserve More Scrutiny?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The legality of waterboarding, the role of state-sponsored surveillance and the importance of whistle-blowers—those were just a few of the major questions thrown at James Comey before a Senate Judiciary Committee. Comey is President Obama's pick to lead the FBI. Former FBI Agent and Division Counsel Coleen Rowley thinks some of Comey's past positions deserve more scrutiny. 

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The Super-Rich Look to Cultivate the Serengeti of Montana

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Since its inception, American Prairie Reserve has raised $60 million from well-known, ultra-rich donors in an effort to create a national park in Montana that would be about the size of the state of Connecticut, exceeding Yellowstone by a million acres. Pete Geddes is one of the managing directors of the American Prairie Reserve. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the group's efforts and how this privately-backed nature sanctuary would function.

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The Next Policy Steps for the U.S. in Egypt

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Connected to the question of what policy steps America should take next in Egypt is the question of what—if anything—the United States could have done differently to forestall the current turmoil in the first place. Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University, joins The Takeaway to discuss the current crisis and his predictions for the future.

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Egypt: Is This a Coup or a Popular Revolution?

Friday, July 05, 2013

In the days following the ouster of Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, a mix of celebrations in support of the change, and demonstrations against it, have filled the streets. Joining us to discuss the situation on the ground and the way forward for Egypt is Mona Makram-Ebeid, a political science professor at the American University in Cairo and a former member of parliament in Egypt—a position she resigned on Saturday. Also on the program is Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center.

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Egyptian-Americans Weigh in on Nation's New Chapter

Thursday, July 04, 2013

For Egyptian-Americans, the definitions and ideas of freedom and independence are being tested as Egypt embarks on a new chapter. To reflect on this future, The Takeaway welcomes three Egyptian-Americans. Nancy Yousef is a professor of English at Baruch College. Sarah McGowan is an Egyptian-American who was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, and Ahmed Soliman is a 37-year-old Egyptian-American attorney born in New York.

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Senator Angus King Leaning Towards Treason On Snowden

Friday, June 28, 2013

While Edward Snowden waits for his application for asylum in Ecuador to be processed, we bring the story back to American soil. Why was the leak such a big deal, and how can we maintain both security and privacy in its wake? Senator Angus King sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee and joins us to discuss how lawmakers intend to move forward. 

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The Changing Demographics of American Communities

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

If Congress were to come up with a new formula in the wake of the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision, what factors would it take into account? On today's show, we examine the regions that look almost nothing like they did in 1965, and what places might change even more in the next five to 10 years. To help walk us through this we welcome Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities project.

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NSA Leaker Thomas Drake on Snowden's Case

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What might have happened if the former defense contractor Ed Snowden had decided to stay here and taken up his complaint within the official chain of command? It's what former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake, one of Snowden's idols, did. After 9/11, Drake became uncomfortable about the agency’s top-secret counterterrorism programs. He grew to believe that the NSA’s actions, which included warrantless wiretapping “subverted the Constitution.” He joins us today to discuss Snowden and his NSA concerns.

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Idaho Town Rallies To Bring Home P.O.W. Bowe Bergdahl

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is the only American prisoner of war still being held captive by the Taliban. Last weekend, in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho, hundreds of people gathered to show solidarity and rally to support Bergdahl and his family. Colonel Tim Marsano, public affairs officer for the Idaho National Guard who acts as media liaison for the Bergdahl family, joins us on the program to discuss how the town is responding and the family's hope.

The end of June marks the four year mark of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's capture while serving in Afghanistan. 
Bergdahl is the only American prisoner of war still being held captive by the Taliban. 
Recent reports indicate that the Taliban has offered a deal to trade Bergadahl over to the U.S if the government releases five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. 
Last weekend, in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho hundreds of people gathered to show solidarity rally to support Bowe and his family called “Bring Home Bowe.

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U.S. Cracks Down on Leaks With Insider Threat Program

Monday, June 24, 2013

From the Peace Corps to the Social Security administration, the Obama administration wants to stop leaks. According to a Department of Defense Strategy memo obtained by McClatchy reporters, there's a new initiative called the Insider Threat Program. To discuss this we're joined by Kel McClanahan, an attorney specializing in national security law and information law, along with Marisa Taylor, reporter for McClatchy who reported on the Insider Threat Program.

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Number of Displaced Surge as Conflict in Syria Continues

Friday, June 21, 2013

Throughout Syria's two-year civil war, more than 5.75 million Syrians have been displaced. While many have fled to neighboring countries, a staggering 4.25 million remain in Syria. Increasing aid to these internally displaced Syrians is vital to regional stability, according to our guest Megan Bradley, fellow at the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement.

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MLK's Original 'I Have A Dream' Speech

Friday, June 21, 2013

We all know Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it turns out August 1963 wasn't the first time that King delivered that speech. A few months earlier, on June 23, Dr. King led more than 100,000 people in a march through Detroit, where he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech for the first time. Journalist Tony Brown witnessed the original "Dream" speech, and Brown coordinated Dr. King’s 1963 Freedom Walk in Detroit.

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Drought in New Mexico Town Leaves a Village Without Water

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Magdaelna, a village in Socorro County New Mexico has a small population of around 1000 people. This month, the town ran out of water. Residents only had 24 hours of notice before the tap water was turned off. Fronteras reporter Monica Ortiz Uribe went to Magdalena and got a chance to speak to the locals about the drought. She joins us today from Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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P is for Prison: Sesame Street and Overpopulation in America's Jails

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

One in twenty-eight children in America has a parent behind bars. And now, for the first time, a muppet does too. Last week, the beloved children's program Sesame Street announced a new initiative entitled "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration." Mike Riggs, an associate editor at Reason magazine, blogged about the topic last week, writing "Congratulations, America, on making it almost normal to have a parent in prison or jail."

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