Mythili Rao is an associate producer at WNYC.
She currently oversees planning and production of The Takeaway's daily editorial content, working to bring diverse, authentic, and authoritative voices to the show's coverage of national and daily news.
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.
Mythili is also a contributing writer for The Daily Beast, where her reviews regularly appear in the National Magazine Award-winning books section. Her reporting and criticism have additionally appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Nation, and Words Without Borders, among others.
In 2013, she was elected to the board of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA).
Political firebrand, musical innovator, Nigerian folk-hero, rebel, and global icon: Fela Kuti was a figure eminently of his time and also someone who was entirely ahead of his time. The story of Fela Kuti's journey is the subject of a new documentary.
This week, The Takeaway's partner The New York Times launched "High Time: An Editorial Series on Marijuana Legalization." Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor for The New York Times, explains why the paper took this stance.
The daughter of a Palestinian father and a Jewish mother, Claire Hajaj's expertise on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is personal. Her new novel is based on the story of her parents who met and fell in love at at British university in the summer of 1967 as the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians raged on.
The online matchmaking service this week revealed that it had manipulated the information users received about potential matches. Co-founder Christian Rudder says this sort of testing is necessary to deliver a better product - and pair more compatible profiles.
After six weeks of negotiations, Congress has finally reached an agreement on how reform the veteran healthcare system. A key part of the proposal lets veterans bypass the VA system in the case of a backlog and instead seek out treatment from non-VA Medicare-eligible providers.
It's been one of those weeks where the bad news just kept piling on: Gaza, Ukraine, plane crashes and an ebola outbreak, just to name a few. Sometimes, simply taking a vacation from the news seems like the only way to preserve some sanity.
Yesterday in Gaza, an apparent Israeli strike rocked a school run by United Nations relief workers and killed at least 10 people. As the violence intensifies, international aid workers are finding it increasingly difficult to continue doing their job.
Just how flawless of an icon was "Rosie" herself? And is it time we put aside the propaganda and found some new feminist icons?
Less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot out of the sky over a conflict zone in Ukraine, the FAA announced that no U.S. flights would be allowed to fly to Israel for a period of 24 hours after a rocket attack near Tel Aviv. What happens when the airspace becomes a war zone?
Amid growing tensions between Russia and the west, the U.K. government has decided to revisit the controversial death of former KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.
This Sunday is the preliminary deadline for Iran and the U.S. to reach an agreement on scaling back Iran's nuclear program. With just days left, Secretary of State John Kerry says that although "tangible progress" has been made, after six months of talks, "very real gaps" remain.
Looking back on the life of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Nadine Gordimer, who died on Sunday at age 90, it's immediately apparent how much of a complete iconoclast she was in her lifetime. Her impact on future generations of writers in the country has been profound.
A new version of "The Sun Also Rises" includes lost chapters and extensive revisions, giving an altogether new portrait of Papa's creative process.
Has the U.S.'s failure to intervene in Syria ultimately allowed ISIS to grow in power and spread to Iraq? Owen Bennet-Jones, host of Newshour on the BBC World Service, argues that inaction might be the wisest response.
In Afghanistan, what appears to be widespread election fraud is causing new complications for the U.S. at a critical turning point for American involvement there. After a former World Bank official Ashraf Ghani was declared the winner of a run-off presidential election by million votes, his opponent, ex-foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, charged that the election was rigged.
Most Afghan interpreters who worked on the front lines with the U.S. military have not been granted transit to the U.S., according to new reporting.
Amid a surge in child migrants arriving from Central America, one GOP congresswoman makes the case for cutting off aid to the region.
The last time Canada played in the World Cup they lost every game. But as the semi-finals get underway this week, a little bit of Canada will be on every field.
Ellen Stofan is NASA's Chief Scientist. She says that nowadays, her focus is on figuring out how to get astronauts to Mars—and not just for a quick touchdown, either. Stofan says she's optimistic, despite the challenges, that space travelers can take their first steps on Mars by 2030.
Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States—she has learned English and made a home here. She tried very hard to graduate high school, and the last test she needed is one she's failed three times.