Mythili Rao

Producer, The New Yorker Radio Hour

Mythili worked in TV and print before finding her way to radio, chasing breaking news at CNN's New York bureau and writing many, many book reviews…

She joined The New Yorker Radio Hour after a short stint at On the Media and a long stint at The Takeaway. She’s also reported on books for the WNYC newsroom and hosted literary live events for the station. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Daily Beast, Newsweek, and on The New Yorker’s website.

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

Steve Coll on the Endless War in Afghanistan

Friday, February 09, 2018

The Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll on how the repeated failures of American intelligence and policy led to the nation’s longest and most intractable war.

Ryan Zinke’s Deregulation Quest

Friday, February 02, 2018

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is a major player in the Trump Administration’s strategy of deregulating the environment. Elizabeth Kolbert takes stock of his actions.

Breaking the Overton Window

Friday, January 19, 2018

An observer of the alt-right explains exactly how that movement brings racist ideas from the fringes to the center of American discourse.

A Government Takeover by the Ku Klux Klan

Friday, January 19, 2018

In the nineteen-twenties, a rebooted Ku Klux Klan brought white supremacy to the heart of American government. What lessons can this teach us?

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From a Washington Think Tank, the Conservative View of Immigration

Friday, January 12, 2018

 A conservative policy analyst argues for greatly increased deportations.

The New York Times’s New Publisher on the Complicated Future of News

Friday, December 22, 2017

A. G. Sulzberger, the new publisher of The New York Times, talks with David Remnick about changing a venerable institution and the future of print newspapers.

Roy Moore, Al Franken, and Washington’s Response to Sexual Misc

Friday, December 15, 2017

What does Roy Moore’s defeat in his Alabama Senate race say about sexual misconduct in politics?    

Louise Erdrich’s Storytelling Addiction

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Native American novelist Louise Erdrich writes an homage to Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”    

Susan Orlean on the Trail of Tonya Harding

Friday, December 08, 2017

When the news first broke of an attack on the Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan, Susan Orlean went to Tonya Harding’s home town to see what she could find out.

Gagosian Quarterly Talks: Walton Ford and Emma Cline

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Join the acclaimed artist and writer for a conversation hosted by WNYC’s Mythili Rao as they discuss his latest exhibition, the duality of glamour and catastrophe and more.


Barry Blitt’s Rogues’ Gallery of Presidents

Friday, December 01, 2017

The artist Barry Blitt explains why he never tires of drawing Donald Trump    

Erica Jong on Grandparents and Grandchildren

Friday, November 17, 2017

The author of “Fear of Flying” on the importance of grandparents.

Noah Baumbach’s Unhappy Families

Friday, November 17, 2017

The writer and director Noah Baumbach on unhappy families and why they are that way.

Would Everybody Please Stop?

Friday, November 10, 2017

You know that thing you say? Would you stop saying that, please?    

Voter Fraud: A Threat to Democracy, or a Myth?

Friday, November 03, 2017

Research shows that voter fraud barely exists in contemporary voting. But, for some, it’s a threat to democracy that must be stopped at all costs.

Jennifer Egan on Cops and Mobsters

Friday, October 06, 2017

The innovative Jennifer Egan tries something new: an old-fashioned story, complete with mobsters.    

Why Don’t Bankers Go to Jail?

Friday, September 29, 2017

A crime reporter and a business writer compare notes on why financial crime doesn’t get prosecuted more aggressively.

Newly-Discovered Work Brings Mark Twain Into the 21st Century

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A previously undiscovered work by Mark Twain is out today and its adapters' decision to change the race of the main character has drawn objections from several scholars. 


Rocket Man and a Barking Dog Talk War

Friday, September 22, 2017

The growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea make war sound inevitable, but Evan Osnos says that in spite of appearances, neither country has an appetite for war.

Life Lessons from Origami

Friday, September 08, 2017

Who knew origami was a growth industry?