Mythili Rao

Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

A History of Marathons in America

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon.  When it was first held in 1897 only 18 runners took part. Last year, however, more than 21,000 runners finished the 26.2 mile course.  When did it become relatively normal for tens of thousands of people to together run through major cities anyway? Cameron Stracher, is the author of “Kings of the Road: How Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, and Alberto Salazar Made Running Go Boom,” a new history on running's rise.


Deduction Reductions

Monday, April 15, 2013

When you file your 2013 taxes, some of the deductions you were able to take this year might be significantly smaller. The White House's new budget proposal gets tough on tax, curbing things like the home mortgage interest deduction and the deduction for state and local taxes. It also limits the charitable giving deduction. a change our next guest says ... will cost American charities dearly. Howard Husock says this change will cost American charities dearly.


The Art and Science of the Public Comeback

Friday, April 12, 2013

Anthony Weiner is not the only public figure who has recently tried to clean-up his image and restore his career. Earlier this month, as Tiger Woods reclaimed his number one World Golf Ranking spot, Nike published an ad with a photo of woods captioned: “Winning takes care of everything.” Around the same time, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford marked his return to politics, winning a sixteen-way Republican primary for a congressional seat in South Carolina's 1st District. This all as fallen cycling superstar Lance Armstrong announced plans to compete in a masters swim meet in Austin. Dorie Clark, “Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future” describes the ethics, etiquette and personal branding strategies of image rehabilitation.

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Your Best and Worst Memories of Science Class

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

We asked for your memories, good and bad, of science class and got stories about flirty classmates, burning desks, and much more.

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Study Finds Black and White Alzheimer's Patients Share Gene Variants

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In one of the largest studies ever done on Alzheimer’s in African-Americans, researchers discovered that the gene variants associated with Alzheimer in people of European ancestry was the same as the one seen in African-American Alzheimer's patients.

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Decoding Dreams in New Research

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

In a new study published in "Science," researchers were able to describe the images sleeping dreamers saw by reading MRI scans of their brain activity. Though this work is still in the earliest stages, it could lead the way to better understanding not just what we dream about, but also why we dream at all.

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Afghanistan Prepares for 2014 and Beyond

Monday, April 08, 2013

In Afghanistan, a slow count-down to the American and NATO withdrawal in 2014 is underway. What's in store for the country?  Saad Mohseni, director of the largest media organization in Afghanistan, has a few ideas about what's next.

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An Afghan Media Moghul Reflects on His Country's Future

Friday, April 05, 2013

As American and NATO forces prepare to begin their 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan, the future stability of the country remains in question. And after ten years in office. Afghan President Hamid Karzai will be stepping down next year.


This Might Be the Next American to Be Killed by Drones

Friday, April 05, 2013

Omar Hammami's was born and raised in a small town near Mobile, Alalbama, but now lives in Somalia where in 2006 he joined an Islamist guerrilla army group called al Shebab. His relationship with the al Shebab has faltered, though, and with the U.S. government assigning a $5 million bounty on his head he's a man with enemies on all sides.

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The Solutionism Trap

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Technology can turn dry reporting into poetry and can revolutionize newsrooms, but it can drive us crazy — and make us less unproductive too. Evgeny Morozov says the trouble might not be in the technology itself,  but how we think about it.

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New Algorithm from the Times Finds Haikus 'In the Wild'

Thursday, April 04, 2013

The New York Times’ latest technological gadget is the haikubot, a poetry-seeking piece of software engineering that combs the text of every New York Times article as it’s published in search of the 5-7-5 syllable pattern that identifies a haiku.

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Responses: What Job Would You Invent For Yourself?

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

More and more trailblazers and education experts are saying that the future of work will rely on entrepreneurship, rather than old-fashioned employment. Rather than applying for jobs, we’ll be making up our own jobs. So if you could invent your own job out of thin air, what would it be?

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What's Up Next for Immigration Reform

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

When Congress returns from its two-week recess, next week, immigration will be the first thing on the agenda. But the United States already has a few different guest worker programs in place. How will they be impacted? Will the changes be effective?

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Does Finding Purpose Have Health Benefits?

Monday, April 01, 2013

We're usually completely focused on the details of a prescription for a healthy life — an apple a day, eight hours of sleep, etc. But what if you started with the big-picture instead — like, your purpose in life?

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Your Stories of Marriage Delayed — or Bypassed Altogether

Friday, March 29, 2013

While gays and lesbians fight for the right to marry, increasingly, straight women are delaying marriage or avoiding it altogether. Your stories illustrated many changing views of marriage.

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Breaking World Records in Pakistan

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pakistan has set 23 world records in the past year alone as part of an effort to boost national pride in a country associated with militancy and religious strife. 

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The Definition of Marriage Is Shifting in the U.S.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It might surprise you to learn that today, 48 percent of first-time mothers are unmarried. This figure is not about a rise in teen pregnancy, though. It's about a different demographic shift.

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Your Pick: Music for Listening to Non-Stop

Friday, March 22, 2013

From Willie Nelson to Siouxsie and the Banshees; from Phish to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, our listeners weigh in on the eclectic music they're sure they wouldn't get sick of in a marathon listening session.

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A Younger Conservative's Case Against Gay Marriage

Friday, March 22, 2013

According to a New York Times/CBS poll from February, 45 percent of Republicans between 18- and 44-years-old now believe same-sex couples should be able to marry. Still, some of gay marriage’s most vocal opponents come from the youngest ranks of conservatives.

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New Photos Capture 'Oldest Light' in the Universe

Thursday, March 21, 2013

New photos from the European Space Agency’s Planck surveyor of the "oldest light" in the universe could significantly change our understanding of the origins of the universe. Brian Greene, theoretical physicist and string theorist at Columbia University, explains what scientists hope to learn from these images.