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Mythili Rao

Associate Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

Super Computer Watson 'Enrolls' in College Classes

Friday, February 08, 2013

This semester, the know-it-all supercomputer Watson is heading to school. Watson made a name for itself after it trounced all its human competitors on Jeopardy! last year. The supercomputer is "enrolling" at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where Dr. Shirley Jackson is president.

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Robots Come and Go, But Some Trades May Always Be Manual

Friday, February 08, 2013

Advertised as the first full-service window washing robot, the Winbot 7 is a kind of Roomba for windows. But can a robot really replace a real, live window washer? Patrick J. Shields, who has been washing windows for 25 years, says no way.

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Ad Execs Attempt 'Kick Ass' Rebranding of Kentucky

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

A group of ad executives in Kentucky decided it was time to give their state a branding makeover. The state's official slogan is "Unbridled Spirit."  But the "Kentucky for Kentucky" campaign decided it was time for something a little more provocative — like "Kentucky Kicks Ass." One of the executives, Griffin VanMeter, explains how the state has responded.

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Same-Sex Marriage and the Debate Over Immigration Reform

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

A new bill in Congress would allow up to 40,000 immigrants in same-sex marriages a pathway to legal residency, but Republicans like Senator John McCain have said that adding "social issues" to the immigration reforms currently being considered is "the best way to derail it."

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The Future of International Cyber Attacks

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

In the tech world, "hackers" are variously freedom fighters, poorly behaved geniuses, truth tellers, underground rock stars, and dangerous criminals where the objective is denial of service, identity theft, or exposure of private, even classified, data to the public. In the world of cyber warfare, the objectives are much bigger.

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The Coming Cyber War

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

What will future cyber-conflicts look like? Richard Clarke, former White House counter-terrorism czar, has a few ideas. He's a managing partner of Good Harbor, a cyber-security consultancy.

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The Ghosts of Super Bowl Halftime Shows Past

Monday, February 04, 2013

Millions of viewers got to see Beyonce do her thing on the big stage at yesterday’s Super Bowl halftime show last night. But the halftime show wasn’t always a showcase for solo-artists with attitude. Once upon a time, halftime at the Super Bowl meant one thing and one thing alone: Up With People.

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Your Take: The Most Beautiful Things

Friday, February 01, 2013

Earlier this week we asked you to share stories about experiencing overwhelming beauty, and we've rounded up some of our favorites — tales of double-rainbows, starry skies, sailing under the moon, and even modern art.

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Israeli Airstrike Launched on Damascus Target

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Israeli warplanes launched an attack on a convoy in Syria early Wednesday morning in what was believed to be a strike targeting a convoy carrying weaponry intended for Hezbollah's militia. Isabel Kershner, reporter for our partner The New York Times, explains what's behind the attack.

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Listeners Share the Most Beautiful Things They've Ever Seen

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What is truly beautiful to you? Is it the face of someone you love? The first several notes of your favorite song? Or perhaps it’s a sunny day.

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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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