Mythili Rao

Associate Producer, The Takeaway

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 daily coverage of national and international 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 site's 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). 

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

Police Departments Lose Military Equipment

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Over 150 police departments have been suspended from a controversial Pentagon program that transfers military equipment to state and local police. Among the reasons—they lost weapons.

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ISIS: America's Next War?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

After years at war, the United States is ramping up military involvement in Syria and Iraq, and the risk of another long, drawn-out conflict looms large.

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Say Goodbye to Bad Memories

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What if you could take any one unpleasant memory and rewrite it to have sunnier associations? Researchers say they’ve managed to transform bad memories into good ones in mice.

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How to Be a Well-Mannered Tennis Fan

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The U.S. Open has a reputation of drawing noisier crowds, and while some players say a boisterous audience is energizing, not all athletes are equally appreciative of the extra decibels.

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America Is Over The Burger

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Millennials, in particular, are turning away from hamburger chains, but coffee sales are booming, and the deal between Burger King and Tim Hortons is right in step with those changes.

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Race and Friendship: The Role of Segregation

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A recent survey finds that 75 percent of white Americans have no non-white friends. We look at the role historically segregated housing plays.

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Investigation Reveals Dark Side to Nursing Homes

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A new investigation from Takeaway partner The New York Times finds that nursing homes frequently manipulate the Medicare ratings system to guarantee a five star rating.

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When Does the U.S. Negotiate with Terrorists?

Friday, August 22, 2014

The public often hears the refrain, "The United States of America does not negotiate with terrorists.”  But is it really true that the U.S. makes no concessions to hostage-takers? 

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Remembering The Creator of Modern Yoga

Thursday, August 21, 2014

B.K.S. Iyengar, the man credited with introducing yoga to the western world, died on Wednesday in the southern Indian city of Pune at the age of 95.

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Can the U.S. Partner With a Terrorist Group?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Kurdistan Workers' Party, also known as the PKK, is officially considered a terrorist group by the U.S. But now, it's playing a growing role in the fight against ISIS.

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New Peacekeeper Cools Tension in Ferguson

Friday, August 15, 2014

Missouri's governor named Captain Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol as the new leader of security operations in Ferguson. Capt. Johnson spent much of last night with protesters, listening to their stories and marching alongside them through the streets. 

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Is the U.S. Bailing on Baghdad?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Is the city of Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq the new Baghdad? When examining U.S. foreign policy, it now seems to involve a greater emphasis on making Kurdistan safe from ISIS, even as Baghdad's political stability and its ability to defend itself seems to be eroding.

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The Takeaway Book Club: 'All Our Names'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"All Our Names" is the new work from author Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant. This book has been selected as the third work to be featured in The Takeaway's book club. Here, the He-Man Book Lovers Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota reflect on the book.

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America's Reluctant Return to Iraq

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In Iraq, a political crisis is underway as Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki continues to refuse to relinquish power. And the U.S. military is struggling to effectively deliver much needed aid to thousands of Iraqi Yazidis. George Packer, a staff writer for The New Yorker, says that Iraq is in need of a unifying figure.

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Inside the LAPD's Problems With Crime Reporting

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A new controversy is brewing at the Los Angeles Police Department. According to a new investigation by the Los Angeles Times, the LAPD has misclassified over 1,200 serious violent offenses.

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Google and Barnes & Noble Threaten Amazon's Book Market Dominance

Friday, August 08, 2014

Amazon dominates the book market: according to research by the Codex Group, in March 2014, 41 percent of all new book unit purchases came from Amazon, along with 65 percent of all new online book units, both print and digital. But a new partnership announced earlier this week may threaten Amazon's control of the book market. Local Barnes & Noble retailers in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles will now offer same-day book deliveries through Google Shopping Express. 

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How the Korean Government Made the Country Cool

Friday, August 08, 2014

How and why South Korea’s government is investing in boosting the nation’s cultural profile. Euny Hong is the author of "The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture." She says that in these dark days of debt, Korea found its answer in a then revolutionary idea: the internet. 

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Fela Kuti: Firebrand, Innovator, and Rebel

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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.

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Is It Practical to Legalize Marijuana in America?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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.

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Lessons From My Jewish Mother & Palestinian Father

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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.

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