Mythili Rao

Associate Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

Hurricane Sandy Hit Haiti, Too

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy had plenty of opportunity to demonstrate its destruction as it traced its windy path to our shores, leaving 60 dead in the Caribbean. Haiti was hit particularly hard. Jacqueline Charles, Caribbean correspondent for the Miami Herald, just returned from Port-au-Prince yesterday evening.


Frontline's 'Big Sky, Big Money' Looks at Campaign Finance

Monday, October 29, 2012

To find out just how the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has transformed political races in America, Frontline teamed up with Marketplace to look at the role of campaign finance in the race for one hotly contested Montana Senate seat. Kai Ryssdal, host of Marketplace, explains what he discovered while working on the documentary.

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Why Slang Is Good For You

Friday, October 26, 2012

Michael Adams is an associate Professor of English at Indiana University who studies one important intersection of language and identity: slang. He says slang keeps us sharp — and that there is creative value in the creation of new language among different social groups.

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Cultivating American Talent for Global Competitiveness

Thursday, October 25, 2012

During the presidential debates both President Obama and Mitt Romney have spoken about global competitiveness and America's resurgence in producing goods. But Vivek Wadhwa says it will take more than manufacturing jobs to keep pace with China — and that the candidates' political focus is misplaced.

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What Our Google Habits Reveal About Our Voting Habits

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, doctoral candidate in economics at Harvard, says that if you really want to know what the average American is thinking about when it comes politics, don’t ask them — ask Google. Among the things you may be surprised to learn? "Paul Ryan shirtless" gets Googled nine times more often than "Paul Ryan budget."

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Advocacy Group Fights Voter Suppression

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

As election day nears there are almost always reports of voter suppression and intimidation. The tactics vary from election to election, making them difficult to predict or counteract. But that’s exactly what Eric Marshall, manager of legal mobilization for Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law works to do.

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Try the Morgue: An Inside Look at the World of Arms Trafficking

Friday, October 19, 2012

Since the '80s, Eva Maria Staal (not her real name) has sold weapons in Chechnya, Pakistan, China and beyond. Her work, while legal, frequently brought her in close contact with all kinds of underworld figures — from drug dealers to child and sex traffickers. Her debut novel “Try the Morgue,” draws on these experiences. 

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Can the Government Create Jobs?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

In Tuesday night’s presidential debate there was much discussion about job creation, but it was the comments of one of our independent voters in Ohio, Dan Starr, that really set a lot of listeners off. "The government doesn't create any jobs — they really don't," he said. "That's the job of the private sector." Is Dan right?

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The Rise of the Pumpkin-Flavored Seasonal Snack

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Last year more than 60 pumpkin-related dishes appeared on the menus of America’s top 250 chain restaurants. According to restraint industry analyst Dataessential, 2012 is on track to break last year’s records. So why pumpkins? And what’s the economic impact? Felix Salmon, finance blogger at Reuters, investigates.

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What Can We Learn from Psychopaths?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The next time you find yourself alone with a psychopath, Kevin Dutton says that rather than running for cover, maybe you should take notes. Dutton is the author of “The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success"

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The Half-Life of Facts

Monday, October 15, 2012

More than 50 years ago, mathematician Derek de Solla Price, calculated that the world's scientific knowledge had been growing steadily at a rate of 4.7 percent annually since the 17th century. That meant that scientific data was doubling every 15 years. Samuel Arbesman, author of "The Half-life of the Fact" says it also means that within a few decades the facts most of us are certain are truth are not true any more.

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The Global Struggle for Girls' Education

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Today is the first-ever U.N. International Day of the Girl, a day dedicated to raise awareness of the cause for educating girls and young women around the world. It's a day of hope and celebration that comes on the heels of a brutal attack in Pakistan, where a teenage girl named Malala Yousafzi was shot for promoting girls' education in the Swat Valley.

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Consider the Fork: A Food Writer's Cultural History

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Food writer and historian Bee Wilson, author of the new book: "Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat," explains how our relationship with food is emotional, primal, familial, and cultural.

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Romney Lays Out Foreign Policy in Virginia

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Speaking at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, Republic Presidential nominee Mitt Romney gave a key foreign policy address Monday afternoon, laying out his plan to take the United States back to an earlier era in global affairs. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, provides analysis.

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Don't Mention It: Gun Violence

Friday, October 05, 2012

Earlier this week, just hours before the first presidential debate in Denver, Aurora shooting victim Stephen Barton spoke out in a new ad, put out by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, asking the voters to pay close attention to how both candidates addressed gun violence.

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Don't Mention It: Patriot Act

Thursday, October 04, 2012

How did this hot issue become a non-issue? Has the country forgotten about the Patriot Act? Or do the candidates just hope that we have? Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University's School of Law takes a closer look as part of The Takeaway's Don't Mention It Series.

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MacArthur 'Genius Grant' Winner Maria Chudnovsky on Graph Theory

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

This year’s fellows include novelist Junot Diaz, filmmaker Natalia Almada, Washington Post reporter David Finkel, Harvard economist Raj Chetty, and Maria Chudnovsky, associate professor of industrial engineering and operations research at Columbia University.

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Don't Mention It: Climate Change

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

With just over a month till voting day, talk of climate change is essentially absent from campaign rhetoric of both presidential candidates. Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at The New Yorker, explains why.

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Takeaway Listeners Respond to Education Series

Friday, September 28, 2012

Takeaway listeners from Vancouver to New Jersey have been responding to this week's series on education with stories about their favorite educators, testimonials about their own schools, and observations about public education in the United States.


The Biggest Issues Facing Public Schools According to Teachers

Friday, September 28, 2012

After hearing from public education experts, scholars, and advocates, The Takeaway invited teachers from around the country to describe the students they worry about the most and the issues that are of the biggest concern to them.

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