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Mythili Rao

Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

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.

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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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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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