Mythili Rao

Takeaway Producer

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

School Lunches Come With a Serving of Politics

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Last year, more than 5 billion school lunches were served to over 30 million students across the country through The National School Lunch Program. In total, more than 224 billion lun...

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'The Onion' For Muslim-Americans?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Meet the founders of The Hummus, a new humor site with a Muslim-American lens and headlines like, “Muslim Daughter Feared Missing  After Father Calls 38 Times Within 5 Minutes” and “C...

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100 Years of the Harmonica

Monday, February 10, 2014

Today marks 100 years since the birth of the man who forever changed the harmonica. Larry Adler, who died in 2001, spent his life transforming the harmonica from a folksy toy for amat...

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Why Romance Novels Sell

Monday, February 10, 2014

The most lucrative position in publishing today belongs not to “literary” fiction or inspirational self-help books.  It’s the $1.4 billion dollar romance novel that's on top in 2014. ...

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Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen and 'Minding Our Business'

Friday, February 07, 2014

As the controversy around Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow continues, it's hard to determine the facts in any particular case of sexual assault. What we know for certain is that many case...

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Is the Tobacco Lobby Losing its Grip?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The biggest drug store in the country, CVS, announced this week that it plans to stop selling cigarettes in all of its stores across the country. What does this move mean for the toba...

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Will True Democracy Ever Come to Egypt?

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Three years ago this month, protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square reached a fever pitch—and the voice of the people was heard. But in the months and years since, Egypt’s future remains in...

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Turns Out Humans Only Feel Four Basic Emotions

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Conventional scientific understanding holds that there are only six classic emotions: Happy, surprised, afraid, disgusted, angry, and sad. That is until now. A new study finds that, i...

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In Search of a Stolen Stradivarius

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Earlier this week, Milwaukee concertmaster Frank Almond was walking to a car after a performance when his 1715 Stradivarius violin was stolen by a thief. A former FBI special agent di...

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Syria: A Diplomatic Dance & the Music of War

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Is America's approach to Syria failing? Nancy Soderberg, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, discusses Syria's future and the Obama administration's agenda. Each morning, Sy...

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The Military's Encyclopedia of Ethical Failures

Monday, February 03, 2014

"The Encyclopedia of Ethical Failures" sounds like a whimsical title for a high-brow novel, but it is actually a very real bureaucratic laundry list of the wrong-doings of government...

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Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb

Friday, January 31, 2014

After the Cold War, MIT Physicist Thomas Neff developed a program to allow Moscow to sell the uranium from its retired weapons and dilute it into fuel for electric utilities in the U....

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Robots and Hollywood: Fact Vs. Fiction

Thursday, January 30, 2014

As scientists and technology companies begin developing robots and incorporating robotics technologies into our every day lives, will our Hollywood understanding ring true in reality?

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Synthetic Food Takes the Hassle Out of Eating

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What if you didn’t have to ever eat to get all the nutrition you need? This dream of never having to deal with the hassle of "food" is what inspired Rob Rhinehart to create a grayish,...

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A Literary Walkabout in Gary Shteyngart's Queens

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It was at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens that he first made his public debut as a writer. We do a walk and talk through some of his favorite neighborhood haunts.


The Messy, Valuable World of Bitcoin

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Today the New York Department of Financial Services begins its first of two days of hearings on digital currencies like Bitcoin. Charlie Herman, economics editor for WNYC, discusses h...

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How to Take the Plunge & Do What You Love

Monday, January 27, 2014

Last week, we discussed this piece of common advice given to young people: "Do what you love." It sounds very simple: Follow your passion, and the money will follow. But is that alway...

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Who Really Gets to Do What They Love?

Friday, January 24, 2014

It's become popular to insist that the key to a successful career is to simply "follow your bliss" straight into a profession that you're truly passionate about. For most people, is i...

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Syria's Peace Talks: A Complicated Patchwork

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Central to the Syrian peace talks is the question of how the international community should deal with President Bashar al-Assad, particularly as the evidence of war crimes continues t...

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A New Chapter for the Voting Rights Act?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced a new bill that takes up some of the issues identified in the Supreme Court’s June decision in Shelby Counter v. Holder. Joining The Ta...