Mythili Rao

Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao is a producer at WNYC. 

She leads production of The Takeaway's author interviews, reports on books for the WNYC newsroom, and hosts literary events at the Greene Space and other venues. She additionally helps oversee planning and production of The Takeaway's daily editorial content, working to bring diverse, authentic, and authoritative voices to the show's daily coverage of national and international news. 

Mythili is also a contributing writer for The Daily Beast, where her reviews regularly appear in the site's National Magazine Award-winning books section. Her reporting and criticism have additionally appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, and Words Without Borders, among others. 

Before joining WNYC, she worked for CNN's New York Bureau, where she field produced and filed breaking-news stories on everything from Bernie Madoff to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and was part of the network's Peabody-winning coverage of the 2008 elections.

In 2013, she was elected to the board of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA). 

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

How the Pope Will Influence the 2016 Election

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

From abortion to climate change and capitalism, Pope Francis has entered the debate surrounding a number of hot-button issues. Voters both Catholic and non-Catholic are listening.

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Austria Tightens Borders As Refugees Pour In

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

After 71 dead migrants were found abandoned in a truck on a highway last week, Austrian police officers have began conducting spot-checks of vehicles that are entering from Hungary.

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Takeaway Book Club: 'Between the World and Me' by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A roundtable of Takeaway listeners discusses "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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Takeaway Book Club: 'Between the World and Me'

Friday, August 28, 2015

A roundtable of Takeaway listeners discusses "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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Takeaway Book Club: 'Go Set a Watchman'

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Three Takeaway listeners from Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Utah weigh in on "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee. 

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Don't Expect a New Way Forward for North and South Korea

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

After three days, officials from North and South Korea reached an agreement to end a tense military standoff. But this diplomatic resolution likely isn't a sign of things to come.

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Extremists Set off Explosions at Ancient Temple

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Can the destruction of art and history strengthen a brutal ideology? The self-proclaimed Islamic State has pursued a systemic campaign to destroy ancient artifacts. 

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Strategies For Finding Strength in Vulnerability

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Brené Brown, author of "Rising Strong," exhorts us to try, fail and learn from our failures. 

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Americans Smirk as Hackers Kiss and Tell on Ashley Madison

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Our ideas about what is "morally acceptable" have changed in recent years. But as the Ashley Madison hack shows, Americans still abhor affairs.

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Germany Struggles With Onslaught of Asylum-Seekers

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Germany takes in more asylum seekers than any other nation in Europe—an estimated 750,000 this year alone—but a recent spurt of attacks against refugees have ignited a national debate.

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Big Data: The New Big Brother in the Workplace

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Companies big and small are now relying on data-centric models to track a worker's productivity, effort, and focus. We explore what role data-driven management has in today’s workplace.

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N.H. Pressures 2016 Candidates on Heroin

Monday, August 17, 2015

In New Hampshire, local politicians are asking national candidates to turn their attention to the issue that's most important to the state: Heroin.

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How Gender Stereotypes Influence Developing Brains

Friday, August 14, 2015

This week, Target announced that it will no longer divide everything from toys to bedding home decor to entertainment products by gender.  

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Culture in Conflict: Russia and Ukraine Battle for Bookshelves

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ukraine has banned 38 books published in Russian, arguing that they contain hateful, separatist ideology. 

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Is Netflix Leading the Revolution on Parental Leave?

Thursday, August 06, 2015

This week, Netflix announced that it will offer a year of unlimited leave for new parents. But 88 percent of American women get paid nothing in the days after they give birth.

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Study: The Most Effective Ovarian Cancer Treatment Vastly Underused

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Chemotherapy pumped directly into an ovarian cancer patient's abdomen could add 16 months to her life. But a new study finds the treatment isn't often used—even at the best clinics.

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The Science of the Teenage Brain

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Our teen years are is full of emotional roller coasters and self-hating. But armed with the right tools, adolescents can do things that change the world. 

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Religious Terrorism at Home in America

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

"Lone wolf” American shooters like Dylann Roof bear a striking resemblance to members of ISIS and other extreme groups abroad.

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The Story Behind The Absolute Worst Day Ever

Monday, August 03, 2015

A high school student wrote a poem titled "Worst Day Ever." It went viral when readers realized it reads forwards and backwards. Here's the poet and the story behind the poem.

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'Beats of Antonov' and the Music of a Sudan in Crisis

Friday, July 31, 2015

A new documentary about Sudan, “Beats Of The Antonov,” follows musicians who use music to lift the spirits of a war-torn people. 

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