Mythili Rao

Takeaway Producer

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

Tales of Toxic Mushrooms and Dirty Bombs in New York

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Two new novels imagine the city experiencing apocalyptic events. 


As World Watches, Obama and Castro Cross Paths

Friday, April 10, 2015

The White House says there are no plans for a one-on-one meeting between Cuban President Raul Castro and President Obama, but the two leaders are both attending a summit in Panama.

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Moral Darwinism: The Surprising Evolution of Human Values

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In his latest book, Ian Morris, a professor of classics at Stanford University, argues that our moral values are actually a function of the ways society organizes itself to get energy.

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Anti-Abortion Laws Flood U.S. State Houses

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A new law in Kansas bans a common second trimester abortion procedure. But in 2015, state legislators have introduced 791 provisions related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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The Pilotless Plane: The Future of Air Travel?

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

In the aftermath of the Germanwings plane crash, some aviation experts say one way to prevent such a tragedy is to do away with pilots altogether.

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Poetry Contest: Write An Ode to Your ZIP Code

Monday, April 06, 2015

We’re asking you to memorialize your federally appointed numerical designation by writing a poem about your ZIP code. 

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Drought: A Dry Pill to Swallow in California

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The state has periodically struggled through dry years over the decades, but this is the first time a governor has ever imposed mandatory restrictions on water usage.

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Battling For Civil Rights in Indiana and Arkansas

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is backtracking on the state's religious freedom law. Now, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson must decide whether to sign a similar bill in his state.

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State Secrets Revealed? H Bomb Architect Moves Forward With Memoir

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Physicist Ken Ford witnessed the hydrogen bomb's creation, an event he tries to shed some light onto in his new memoir. But the U.S. government says his book contains state secrets.

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One Company Wants To Tie The Internet To The Real World

Friday, March 27, 2015

A social media company called Banjo is trying to sort that nebulous cloud of tweets, trends, and posts to geography. The idea is to create an instant snapshot of any place at any time.

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Could The Germanwings Crash Have Been Prevented?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz might have 'hidden' evidence of illness from his employers according to prosecutors in Germany. Pilot and science writer Jeff Wise join us.

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Childless, Proud and Happy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Writer Meghan Daum joins us for an honest conversation about why many adults chose not to have children. 

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Michael Lewis: Wall Street is Robbing Americans

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A year after the release of his book "Flash Boys," which exposed the dodgy practices of high frequency traders, author Michael Lewis says it is business as usual on Wall Street.

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From Angelina Jolie to Me: Facing The Risk of Cancer

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Allison Gilbert has a lot in common with Angelina Jolie Pitt. Both women lost their mothers to cancer, and both also made decisions to remove their ovaries and their breasts.

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The Veterans Who've Left Their Hearts in Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that a majority of U.S. veterans have "left their hearts in Afghanistan." Author & vet Elliot Ackerman reflects on the emotional aftermath of war.


DOJ: Philly Police Shoot Locals Nearly Once a Week

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The results of a DOJ investigation into the Philadelphia Police Department found that officers are shooting at citizens frequently and not receiving adequate training. 


Lost Tennessee Williams Horror Story Surfaces

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Strand Magazine's Andrew Gulli is something of a detective when it comes to lost literature. His latest discovery is a never-before published horror story by Tennessee Williams.

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Kafka, Orwell, & the Prophetic World of 'Satin Island'

Friday, March 20, 2015

Experimental novelist Tom McCarthy's latest book is called "Satin Island," and it centers around a "corporate anthropologist" named "U."  


Healing Society, One Latte at a Time?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Corporations are increasingly taking on social justice causes. The Takeaway explores socially conscious business campaigns that work, and the ones that go horribly wrong.

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NJ Lawmakers Say Christie's Exxon Deal Stinks

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This week, the New Jersey State Senate approved two measures designed to push back against an environmental settlement Governor Chris Christie recently proposed to make with Exxon.

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