Mythili Rao

Producer, The New Yorker Radio Hour

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

Mapping the Pungent History of 'Brooklyn's Curious Canal'

Friday, December 18, 2015

A new book by a New York City tour guide examines how the Gowanus has been an essential — and frequently controversial — part of Brooklyn's history for more than two centuries.

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To Shave or Not to Shave? The Hairy History of Beards in Politics

Friday, December 18, 2015

The decades-long absence of beards in politics has made House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to sport a full face of hair a high-profile one.

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Abby Wambach Says 'Forget Me,' But Her Historic Legacy Won't Quit

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Abby Wambach has scored more goals in her soccer career than any other man or woman in the history of the sport. On Wednesday night, she played her last professional soccer game.

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The Sinai Peninsula: A Land of Tourism and Terrorism

Thursday, December 17, 2015

For all its diplomatic and geopolitical importance, inside the Sinai Peninsula, decades of misrule have created a region that is uniquely isolated.


A Journey Through Jamaica's Violent History

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

With "A Brief History of Seven Killings," author Marlon James became the first Jamaican author to win the Man Booker prize in its 47 year history.   

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Following the Money on Tax Inversions

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hedrick Smith of Reclaim the American Dream says it's time to connect the dots between corporate campaign finance contributions and corporate tax inversions.

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The Making of 'The Book of the Year'

Friday, December 11, 2015

Even before its release, Garth Risk Hallberg's debut novel, "City on Fire" was marked for success.

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The Great 'Meltdown': Why The Middle Class Isn’t What it Used to Be

Friday, December 11, 2015

For the first time since the 1970s, the number of people in the lowest and highest income classes outnumber the middle class in the U.S.

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Rebuilding Detroit After Bankruptcy

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A year after exiting bankruptcy, Detroit's finances are in much better shape—but there's still a long road ahead to a full recovery. 


The Laquan McDonald Case: What the DOJ is Looking For

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department announced a broad civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department's practices. 

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Why It's Time to Treat Violence 'Like a Disease'

Friday, December 04, 2015

Another week of mass shootings has brought a familiar routine. One doctor argues that we can stop the spread of violence by using the methods associated with disease control.

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ISIS Draws Strength From Oil, Arms Trade

Thursday, December 03, 2015

ISIS has created a complex network that can resupply fighters in a matter of hours. Oil sales have also become a central part of the terror group's funding model.

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Texas Threatens to Sue Group Helping Syrian Refugees

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Texas's Health and Human Services Department is threatening to sue the International Rescue Committee for its efforts to aid and resettle of Syrian refugees.

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How Income Inequality Stifles Generosity

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

New research suggests that when wealthy people believe their community has high income inequality, they become less generous. 

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Taking a Stand Against Islamic Extremism

Monday, November 30, 2015

Maajid Nawaz is a former Islamic extremist. After his arrest in Egypt in 2001, he re-evaluated his views in prison and became a leading voice against radicalism. 

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Radio Drama Humanizes Syrian Refugee Crisis

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Syrian refugee crisis may be overshadowed by politics in the U.S., but it is front and center in a new English version of a popular Arabic radio soap opera.

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The Political Cost of a Climate of Fear

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fear isn't just a rhetorical tactic used in politics. It can also be a real driver of policy—and that is what we should be truly afraid of.

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Never-Published William Faulkner Play Surfaces

Friday, November 20, 2015

"Twixt Cup and Lip" was recently discovered in the library at the University of Virginia.


The World Bombs Syria

Thursday, November 19, 2015

In the wake of the Paris attacks, Russia, France, Britain, and the U.S. have all increased airstrikes in Syria, and Raqqa in particular. 


Meet the Space Archaeologist Using Satellites to Save Ancient Ruins

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Earlier this week, TED announced that its 2016 Ted Prize will be going to Sarah Parcak, a "satellite archaeologist" at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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