Mythili Rao

Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao is a producer at WNYC. 

She leads production of The Takeaway's author interviews, reports and produces books coverage for the WNYC newsroom, and hosts book-related events at the Greene Space and other venues.

At the Takeaway, 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, The Nation, 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:

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.

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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. 

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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."  

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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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The Typical American Millionaire

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

According to new figures, about 10 million U.S. households now have a net worth of over $1 million. But that money doesn't mean what it used to. What's the reality behind that number?

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Looking Beyond Sectarian Divides in Iraq

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Recent sectarian attacks near the Iraqi city of Tikrit suggest that Sunni and Shiite loyalties are playing an outsized role in Iraq.  But focusing on sectarian violence is limiting.

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The Surprising Truth About Rust

Monday, March 16, 2015

A new book dives deep into the shocking cost and surprisingly wide-ranging effects rust has on everyday life. 

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The Steve Jobs of the Renaissance: Meet The Man Who Set Books Free

Monday, March 16, 2015

This spring marks 500 years since the death of Aldus Manutius, a printer whose small, cleanly-designed editions of the classics paved the way for the modern paperback.

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Lessons from Forgotten Bavarian Fairy Tales

Friday, March 13, 2015

A retired teacher in the city of Regensburg, Germany found more than 500 fairytales that had been forgotten for over a century and a half in the city's municipal archive.

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Beware of False Tales About the Ides of March

Friday, March 13, 2015

The phrase "Beware the Ides of March" was never uttered to warn Julius Caesar about his imminent assassination. 

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Drama With The Dalai Lama

Thursday, March 12, 2015

In China, government officials are locked in a bureaucratic battle with the Dalai Lama over the Tibetan Buddhist leader's plans for the afterlife.   

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