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Mythili Rao

Associate Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

Hulu Shakes Up TV Advertising

Monday, April 23, 2012

Every year cable channels and network broadcasters hold "upfronts," where they pitch advertisers on their new shows. Hulu, the online service that streams network TV programming, is pitching its own original programming this year, competing with the very stations it relies on. Brian Stelter, media reporter for our partner The New York Times, joins us to discuss how TV will fare in the age of the Internet.

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Levon Helm, Drummer and Singer of The Band Dies at Age 71

Friday, April 20, 2012

Levon Helm, drummer and singer for the Band, died yesterday from complications of cancer. He was 71. Songwriter, producer, and Grammy Award-winning musician John Leventhal played with Levon in the 1980s. He remembers a charismatic performer who was often like a character in one of his own songs.

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Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt's Legacy

Thursday, April 19, 2012

On Wednesday, University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt stepped down from her job, ending a 38-year career. The move came less than a year after she received a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Kellie Harper played on three national championship squads at Tennessee. She now coaches women's basketball at North Carolina State where she says Coach Summitt remains an inspiration for her every day.

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Economy or Personality? The Numbers Behind Obama and Romney's Vulnerabilities

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

As they look towards the general elections, it's clear that President Obama and GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney both face very specific problems. Romney’s problem is one of personality: no candidate in the modern polling era with personal favorability ratings as low as his has ever won the presidency. Obama doesn't have a popularity problem, but he does face some trouble with the economy: no incumbent president has ever won re-election with unemployment rates as high as they are likely to be in November. Carroll Doherty, associate director for Pew Research Center, and Kenneth C. Davis, author of "Don't Know Much About History," explain what is behind these numbers.

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Why Billionaires Get the Best Tax Breaks

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

There's a reason car accidents spike by 6 percent on tax day: filing one's taxes is stressful. On Monday, as millions of Americans put the finishing touches on their tax paperwork, Senate Republicans blocked debate on the so-called "Buffett Rule." It would have required the wealthiest Americans to pay at least 30 percent of their income in federal taxes. The rule was inspired by Warren Buffett's secretary, who pays a higher tax rate than her billionaire boss. Bob Hennelly, senior reporter for WNYC has been investigating the tax rates of another billionaire with some tax policy suggestions: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Secret Service Agents to be Investigated for Misconduct

Monday, April 16, 2012

Eleven Secret Service employees are accused of bringing prostitutes back to their hotel in Cartagena ahead of President Obama's visit for a summit in Colombia. The agents and officers have been placed on leave while the agency investigates their conduct. Although prostitution is legal in parts of Colombia and no law was broken, if the reports are true, the employees still violated rules of conduct. Tim Weiner, author of "Enemies: A History of the FBI," has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his work on national security. Weiner explains what happened and why the employees' alleged indiscretions could have put the President Obama's life at risk.

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Taliban Stages Coordinated Attacks on Kabul and Afghan Provinces

Monday, April 16, 2012

Over the weekend, Taliban bombers and attackers launched their spring offensive with a series of coordinated attacks on Afghan government offices in Kabul and across three eastern provinces. Dozens of fighters assaulted NATO bases, embassies, the Afghan parliament and other government buildings with suicide attacks, rockets and gunfire. In all, the attack lasted more than five hours. NATO forces called the assault “largely ineffective” — saying it caused only "light casualties" to Afghan units. Still, Peter Galbraith, former UN deputy special representative, for Afghanistan says the Taliban’s onslaught emphasizes just how vulnerable the capital has become — and casts new doubts on NATO’s transition plans.

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North Korean Rocket Test Falters

Friday, April 13, 2012

Thumbing their nose at weeks of international warnings early this morning, North Korea launched a test rocket early this morning. American officials maintain the communications satellite was cover for North Korean plans to develop a ballistic missile. David Sanger, Chief Washington correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains what to expect when the UN Security Council meets to discuss a possible response today.

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Ann Romney, Hilary Rosen Argue About Whether Being a Mom is Work

Friday, April 13, 2012

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen struck a nerve — and rekindled a familiar debate — when she criticized Ann Romney in a CNN appearance earlier this week. Jennifer DeJournett, president and co-founder of VOICES of Conservative Women, says Rosen was right to apologize to Romney. Judith Warner, author of "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety" says Rosen's comments are being blown out of proportion. The debate over whether motherhood is "work" is an old one — but a persistent one. Why does it still hit such a nerve?

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Should 911 Calls Be Released to the Public?

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Trayvon Martin case caught national attention after the release of the 911 calls George Zimmerman made to police just before the shooting. Those recordings have played a major role in shaping public opinion, throwing into doubt whether Zimmerman will get a fair trial. Sonny Brasfield is executive director of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama. He helped draft the 2010 legislation that made Alabama the first state to bar the release of 911 recordings. Wendy Kaminer is a lawyer, social critic and contributing editor at The Atlantic.

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Police Deaths Rise As Crime Drops

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Although violent crime has decreased across the country, for one group, the numbers seem to tell a different story. According to statistics compiled by the FBI, the number of police officers killed in 2011 was up by 25 percent from the previous year — and up by 75 percent from 2008. A total of 72 officers were killed in 2011. And for the first time, last year more officers were killed by suspects than by car accidents. Why are more officers losing their lives on the job? Maria Haberfeld, chair of the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice says that while it's hard to pinpoint any one factor behind these numbers, there are some trends that emerge when the statistics are examined closely.

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Santorum Suspends Campaign

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Despite his best efforts, Santorum always seemed to be two steps behind the Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney. And yesterday, he announced that he’d no longer try to catch up. Weighing in on Santorum's decision are Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist, and Karen Martin, organizer of Spartanburg Tea Party, who previously told us she was hoping for "anyone but Romney" but now her perspective has changed.

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March Heat Breaks Records Across the Country

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

According to newly released figures from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, more than 15,000 weather records were set in the United States last month. John Harold, a farmer in Olathe, Colorado, says it's been hard not to notice the strange weather fluctuations. Andrew Revkin, who writes the "Dot Earth" blog for The New York Times Op-Ed section, says this year's records are an indication of what to expect in the future.

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Did a Mirage Sink the Titanic?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The sinking of the Titanic has long been considered a colossal human failure — a preventable disaster caused largely by ineptitude and misjudgement. A new theory from one British Titanic historian, however, suggests that highly unusual weather conditions are to blame instead. Tim Matlin is the author of three books about the Titanic. His latest, "Titanic: A Very Deceiving Night," argues that icy waters created ideal conditions for a rare type of oceanic mirage that hid icebergs from lookouts and confused would-be rescuers observing from a nearby ship.

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Bully Rating Reveals MPAA's Inner Working

Monday, April 09, 2012

The director and studio behind the documentary "Bully" won their battle to have the movie’s rating lowered from the restricted R-rating down to PG-13. Even though it doesn’t have any explicit sex scenes or extreme violence, "Bully" was deemed more risqué than "The Hunger Games," a film about kids killing kids. Ethan Noble, is the chairman of Motion Picture Consulting. He helps filmmakers and studios get the ratings that they want.

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Assad Demands Guarantee from Rebels

Monday, April 09, 2012

Tuesday marks the deadline for the Syrian government to begin drawing back troops as part of a cease-fire agreement with Syrian rebels brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. But on Sunday night, President Bashar al-Assad’s government announced new conditions for the troop pullback. Amr Al Azm is a member of the Syrian opposition and professor of history and anthropology at Shawnee State University, and Jim Muir is the Baghdad correspondent for the BBC.

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Remembering Mike Wallace

Monday, April 09, 2012

Wallace was one of the original co-hosts of CBS’ “60 Minutes” when it debuted in 1968. In his nearly four decades with the program, he became one of the country’s best-known broadcast journalists. Former CBS Moscow Bureau Chief Beth Knobel co-authored the book "Heat and Light: Advice for the Next Generation of Journalists" with Wallace. She remembers Wallace not just as pioneering broadcast journalist — but as a warm, inspired colleague.

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Soldiers on Drugs

Monday, April 09, 2012

Last year more than a hundred thousand active-duty Army troops had been prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, anti-psychotics or anti-anxiety drugs. Bart Billings, a former military psychologist who hosts an annual conference on combat stress, says an over-reliance on medication can have dangerous consequences. However David Rudd, Director of National Center for Veterans Studies believes that it is important for soldiers to have access to these kinds of drugs.

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Wooing Latino Voters, Politicians Risk Blunders

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Today’s political candidates are increasingly savvy in their attempts to targeting Spanish-speaking voters. But as attempts to court Latino voters have become increasingly commonplace, so have cultural blunders. Jude Joffe-Block is senior field correspondent for Fronteras, a multimedia collaboration focusing on the southwestern border between Mexico and the United States. Ruben Navarette is a nationally-syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group.

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Gated Communities, Civility and Crime

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Among Florida cities, Sanford has a remarkable amount of green space. As WMFE reporter Matthew Peddie noted for WNYC’s Transportation Nation blog, Sanford has spent more than $20 million in the last two decades creating more than 30 parks and green spaces. However, Sanford is also notable for being home to numerous gated communities — like The Retreat at Twin Lakes, the neighborhood where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked back from 7-Eleven.

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