Mythili Rao

Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

Google C.E.O. Travels to North Korea

Monday, January 07, 2013

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea today. He's in the country as part of a private delegation led by Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico. Karin Lee, the executive director of the National Committee on North Korea, explains what Schmidt and Richardson will be doing.

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Violence Against Women in U.S. and Abroad

Friday, January 04, 2013

In the wake of a brutal gang rape in New Delhi, Western commentators have criticized the way Indian society handles cases involving violence against women. Researcher and writer Emer O'Toole agrees that Indian law enforcement and the country's judicial system should take this opportunity to examine the adjudication of rape cases, and how victims are treated in the press and in the street -- but that the West needs to do the same. 

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What's in Store for the 113th Congress

Friday, January 04, 2013

A new year, a new Congress, and the 113th Congress is the most diverse yet. Despite all the new faces, many early items of legislative business are old ones -- and ones which could come with old battles. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains what's in store for the 113th Congress.

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Why a Stable Afghanistan May Rest on Local Government

Thursday, January 03, 2013

In parts of Afghanistan robust local government institutions have taken hold. As the Obama administration prepares for the pullout of American forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, a question rises: Could these institutions hold the key to a stable future for the country? David Loyn, the BBC’s international development correspondent, has been reporting from Afghanistan on the run-up to the transition.

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After a Spate of Mass Shootings, Oak Creek Victims Reflect on the Year

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Amardeep Kaleka, and his brother Pardeep, traveled to India this week to pay tribute to their father, who was killed in the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin earlier this year. They talk about the long journey that's taken them from Oak Creek to India, and the stops they've made in between to advocate for stronger gun control laws in America.

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Why One NRA Member is Reconsidering His Membership

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Former Montana Secretary of State and State Senate president Bob Brown owns 20 guns.  As state legislator, was he was honored with a commendation from the NRA for his support of gun rights. But after the Newtown shooting, he's tells The Takeaway how the NRA has changed, what he believes the fight ahead over gun control legislation will be like, and why he’s considering leaving the organization.

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New Year's Resolutions for Each Other

Monday, December 31, 2012

Two years ago, on a long car trip, Michael and Elizabeth Singer decided to make resolutions for each other. Mike told Liz to be more bold in her career; Liz told Mike to finally start the business he'd always wanted to.  The funny thing is that it worked. So last year, they decided to do it again. How did it work out this time? The couple returns to share an update on 2012 and their thoughts for 2013.

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The Argument Against Increasing Taxes

Thursday, December 27, 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, there’s still some unfinished business looming over Washington.  President Obama and Congress have yet to come to an agreement on how to avoid triggering the fiscal cliff, a set of automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to go into effect at the start of the new year. With so much at stake, the incentive for compromise seems high. But Ed Conard, former managing director of Bain Capital says, when it comes to increasing taxes for the wealthy, there’s just no room for compromise.

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Student Tweets U.S. Drone Strikes, Highlights "Double Tap" Tactic

Monday, December 24, 2012

Earlier this month, NYU graduate student Josh Begley began tweeting every reported American drone strike — starting in 2002. His feed highlights the growing prevalence of a lethal tactic known as the "double tap." The tactic involves bombing a target repeatedly in relatively quick succession. It often results in the death of rescuers responding to the initial attack.

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Frank Zappa Fans Can Now Buy Licensing Rights to Unreleased Collection

Friday, December 21, 2012

On what would have been Frank Zappa's 72nd birthday, his estate, The Zappa Family Trust, will sell copies of the master recordings of "Roxy by Proxy," an unreleased show from 1974. For $1,000, fans can purchase the music, liner notes and artwork. Gail Zappa, wife the late musician and the executrix of the Zappa Family Trust, explains the unconventional move.

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Revamping Shakespeare

Friday, December 21, 2012

It’s not hard to see why web cartoonist Ryan North’s new choose-your-own adventure version of Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" has quickly gained popularity among the digital set. But what do Shakespeare scholars make of re-purposing the bard’s work this way? Anya Saffir, theater director and instructor at the Atlantic Acting School, assesses the project.

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'My Friend Dahmer': The Education of a Serial killer

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Serial killer Jeffery Dahmer was arrested in 1991 and charged with murdering 17 people. Derf Backderf went to school with Jeffrey Dahmer. After Dahmer's death, he finally sat down to tell his story about what it was like to have Dahmer as a classmate in "My Friend Dahmer."


What Are the New Deadly Sins?

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. Why has Pope Gregory I's 650 AD list of deadly sins endured all these years later? Alex Clark, co-editor of “The Seven Deadly Sins: A Celebration of Virtue and Vice,” explains the social role sins have, and why it might be time for a modern update to an age-old list.

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The Difference Between Rational and Irrational Fear

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

What scares you? No, really scares you? In this age of antibiotics, antiseptics, airbags and anti-virus software, maybe the answer is, not much. But Chris Cerf, co-author of "Encyclopedia Paranoiaca" would like to convince you that there’s still plenty to be scared of.

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Latin America's New Middle Class

Monday, December 03, 2012

There is a middle class emerging in Latin America — far south of the white picket fences and the syndicated episodes of "Leave It To Beaver." But who is this middle class? What do they want? And what will this group mean for the world market? Answering these questions, and more, are Christopher Sabatini, editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly, and Jamele Rigolini, senior economist at the World Bank.

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'Triumphs of Experience': Studying the Happy Life

Friday, November 30, 2012

Between 1939 and 1944, more than 200 Harvard students – all "physically and mentally healthy" men – were recruited to participate in a study. The 200-some odd students had the privilege of being tracked by Harvard Medical School for the rest of their lives. Dr. George Vaillaint, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of "Triumphs of Experience" has been overseeing the study since his early 30s. He set out to discover what predicts a happy life.

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From the Heart: Five Novelists on Writing About Love

Friday, November 30, 2012

At the Miami Book Fair International, five novelists sat down to talk about love: why it’s so appealing to read about, so hard to write about, and why we can’t get enough of it. It's the final part of our Love and Death series.

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The Final Chapter: Five Authors Discuss Writing About Death

Thursday, November 29, 2012

At the Miami Book Fair International, five authors of memoirs gathered to discuss their brushes with death. One of them, Benjamin Busch, author of "Dust to Dust," recounted facing death in Iraq — and then returning home from war to his own parents' deaths.

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Fiction or Non-Fiction? A Veteran Journalist Explains Why He Ventured into Fiction

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yesterday's segment about new curriculum guidelines that would replace some beloved novels with non-fiction reading in K-12 classrooms sparked a lot of responses listener responses about the virtues of fiction and non-fiction. What's more important for a high school education: fiction reading or non-fiction reading?

Today, a veteran journalist who ventured into fiction after a storied career in the world of non-fiction weighs in. Jeff Greenfield is the author of "Then Everything Changed."

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Listeners Respond: Memorable High School Reads

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sometimes, high school reading assignments make a lasting impression. Listeners from across the country called to describe the books they're still thinking years after high school. At the top of the list were Herman Hesse's "Soddhartha" and the novels of George Orwell and Toni Morrison. But listeners also remembered being inspired and moved by books that opened their eyes to poetry, history, and science.