Mythili Rao

Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

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. 


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.


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.


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.


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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Ambivalence Among Iranian Voters Ahead of Elections

Friday, June 14, 2013

Four years ago this week, Iranians took to the streets of Tehran in protest of the presidential elections. This year, the mood and sounds of the city are very different. Reza Marashi is Research Director at the National Iranian American Council. He explains whether there is any real choice in this election. Reese Erlich, correspondent for GlobalPost is in Tehran, gives an update on the situation there.


How Much Did Congress Know About N.S.A. Surveillance?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

According to President Obama, even if you didn't know about the N.S.A.'s phone-and-Internet data collection programs your Congressman did. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich has been making the rounds on the Hill to find out who knew and who says they didn't know about the program.


Deported Immigrants Struggle to Stay Connected to American Children

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

For families that decide to leave Mexico and take their chances in the United States, there is a calculation to be made: What is the price of pursing a dream? As we discovered earlier this month in the little town of Malinalco, about an hour outside of Mexico City, it is a cost that seems to be borne unfairly by the children of migrant families. Jill Replogle from KPBS San Diego's Fronteras Desk says children caught in the system enter a legal limbo where it can be almost impossible for parents to put their families back together again.

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Where are the Cicadas?

Monday, June 10, 2013

The cicada "Swarmaggedon" has so far not lived up to its hype. Where are the scary looking creatures? And why do they only come out every 17 years? Dr. Gene Kritsky is the Chair of Biology at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati and the Editor of American Entomologist.


Is the U.S. Now Syria's Only Hope?

Monday, June 10, 2013

New figures from the United Nations estimate that by the end of the year, more than 10 million Syrians will need some kind of aid. That’s half the country’s population. The UN says it needs $5 billion to provide assistance to the growing number of Syrian refugees. Lyse Doucet, chief international correspondent for the BBC, discusses the latest developments in Syria and the growing appeals for humanitarian aid.

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Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike Drags into its 5th Month

Friday, June 07, 2013

Less than a month ago President Obama reiterated his desire to close the Guantanmo Bay detention facility in a televised speech, specifically addressing the hunger strike that is now in its 5th month. "Look at the current situation, where we are force-feeding detainees who are being held on a hunger strike," he said, speaking from the National Defense University. "Is this who we are?" Carol Rosenberg, reporter for The Miami Herald, says there seems to be no end in sight.