Mythili Rao

Associate Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

Lessons in Revitalizing Cities

Monday, March 04, 2013

With Detroit falling deeper into debt and the local government helpless to respond, governor Rick Snyder declared a financial emergency in the city on Friday. The next step is to appoint an emergency manager who will be tasked with turning Motown around.

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Diet Advice Abounds, But Are We Getting Healthier?

Friday, March 01, 2013

Even if you're relatively secure about your health and waistline, it's been impossible to completely miss the buzz around the major diet trends of recent years. But is all this nutrition advice actually making us healthier?

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Cold War Musical Envoy and Piano Legend Van Cliburn Dies at 78

Thursday, February 28, 2013

It was 1958. In the midst of the Cold War, the inaugural Tchaikovsky International Competition took place in Moscow. Amid a climate of fear and mutual suspicion between Americans and Russians, a 23-year-old Texan named Van Cliburn performed a breath-taking rendition of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

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The Secret Process of Picking a Pope

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pope Benedict the sixteenth gives up the papacy today, leaving the world's 1.1 billion Catholics without a religious leader. How will the next one be chosen?

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Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement About 'Failing Up'

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Supreme Court fight over the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is just the latest struggle in a battle over civil rights that stretches back more than a century in this country. It's a struggle marked with many victories, big and small — and many failures along the way, too.


The Fight to Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural America

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Federal stimulus programs have poured more than $7 billion into reaching rural areas, but at least 19 million Americans still lack high-speed internet access. One of those communities still trying to get reliable broadband access is Silverton, Colorado.

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Malian Musician Fatoumata Diawara Gives Voice to Women in Debut Album

Monday, February 25, 2013

In the West, music can offer the chance to escape and liberate oneself from the present troubles of life. But in Mali, Islamic extremists have been cracking down on music and the country's rich traditions and history associated with musical freedoms.

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Forget Organ Donation, Scientists Are Now Printing Body Parts

Monday, February 25, 2013

3D printing is a dynamic new technology that promises to revolutionize how we manufacture and create things. Still in its early stages of development, it’s already being used to make chocolate, guns, and even body parts. How does it work and where does it go from here? Lawrence Bonasser is a professor of biomedical engineering at Cornell. Max Lobovsky is the founder of FormLabs, a start-up company that is creating a more affordable professional 3D printer.

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Why the Allegations Against Pistorius Represent an Opportunity for South Africa

Friday, February 22, 2013

In South Africa,  the drama surrounding Oscar Pistorius — the first runner with prosthetic legs to compete alongside able-bodied sprinters in the Olympics — continues. Here's why his case could provide the impetus to finally reform the country's relationship with domestic violence.


Your Stories of the Rejection Letters That Changed Your Life — Or Didn't

Friday, February 22, 2013

As part of our ongoing series on the value of letter-writing, we asked you to tell us about letters that have brought bad news — and whether those letters changed your life.

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Debunking the Corrupting Effects of Comic Books

Thursday, February 21, 2013

It was 1954 and Dr. Fredric Wertham was testifying before Congress. "Are there any bad effects of comic books?  I may say here on this subject there is practically no controversy," he said. "Anybody who has studied them and seen them knows that some of them have bad effects."

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Your Stories of Near Death Experiences

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Anything can happen. That's the essential spark that makes life — surprising. We've been asking you for your stories about your near death experiences. Cindy in Portland shared the story about a close call on the way to work. Kyle in Brooklyn encountered a bear while camping. And Aaron fell asleep behind the wheel while working several jobs. Those are just a few of the close calls you shared with us.


Why We Cherish Letters

Monday, February 18, 2013

Listeners have been calling, emailing and texting us with stories about their most cherished letters -- missives from parents, grandparents, lovers and friends that have changed your lives. Letters don't just detail personal lives; they chronicle history too.  Nowhere is that more evident than in the thousand-some letters exchanged between John Adams and his wife Abigail. Margaret Hogan, Managing Editor of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society and Coeditor of "My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams" shares some of the highlights of their exchange on this President's Day.

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Minimum Wage Proposal Divides Business Owners, Economists

Friday, February 15, 2013

Will an increase in the minimum wage, as President Obama is proposing, help or hurt workers and the economy? A small business owner says it'll make it harder for him to hire, but an economist says that raising the minimum wage won't increase unemployment.

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The Hundred-Year-Old Modern Art Show That Changed Everything

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Next week marks the 100th anniversary of the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art. Better known as the Armory Show, it was the first large exhibition of modern art in America. It was also the first time many New Yorkers found themselves face-to-face with the work of artists like Duchamp, Seurat, and Picasso.

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Why Working Less Leads to Getting More Done

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

More than a third of American workers regularly eat lunch at their desks, and more than half plan on doing work while they're on vacation. But Tony Schwartz, author of "Be Excellent at Anything" says we're doing it all wrong — and that the trick to getting more out of work is to do less.

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Six Word Memoirs of Love and Loss

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Listener Rees Shad from Carmel, New York ("Distinct possibility this is a dream") explains why he keeps waiting to wake up.

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Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Struggles to Return to Civilian Life

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

How can a national hero be left with so few options to reintegrate into civilian life? Howard Wasdin, former Navy SEAL sniper, explains that the issues facing elite Navy SEALs aren't all that different from those facing ordinary veterans.

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How to Coordinate a Wide-Scale Manhunt

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The manhunt continues for Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer accused of killing three people in California. The Los Angeles Police Department has promised a $1 million reward for leads on Dorner's whereabouts, but conducting a wide-scale manhunt for a potentially dangerous fugitive has its complications.


What's Your Six Word Story of Love or Loss?

Friday, February 08, 2013

As Valentine’s Day nears, we’re asking you for your biggest stories of love and loss. But there’s a catch: We want you to tell your story in just six words.

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