Mythili Rao

Associate Producer

Mythili Rao is an associate producer at The Takeaway. Since joining the show, she has has worked as a news writer, day-side and live show producer, day and evening manager and web-editor.

At The Takeaway, Mythili works to bring unique voices and perspectives to the day's major national, international and economic stories -- from a barbecue restaurant owner who hobnobs with North Korean leaders to an ordinary college graduate saddled with debt or even a former arms-runner. She has produced a series of pieces utilizing listener-driven content, including stories about rejection, beauty, death, regret, and nostalgia. At the 2012 Miami Book Fair International, she produced a set of author round-tables about love and death. During the 2012 election cycle, she created a Takeaway series called Don't Mention It, which highlighted issues ignored by the candidates, and produced The Takeaway’s crowd-sourced 2013 inaugural poem

She is a contributing writer for The Daily Beast, where she regularly reviews books for the site's “Hot Reads” feature.  Her reporting, essays and book reviews have also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, The Nation, The Millions, Newsweek, and other publications.

Before joining WNYC, she worked on the assignment desk at CNN's New York Bureau, where she filed 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 majored in English and Political & Social Thought at the University of Virginia and holds a Master's degree in English & American Literature from NYU.

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

Should We Teach Kids To Be Entrepreneurs?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

College students learn how to build their own businesses. But what if the process started with even younger students?

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From Wall Street to the Trailer Park

Thursday, April 17, 2014

For around 12 million Americans, a trailer park home is simply the best bet financially. That's why two former Wall Street investment bankers are getting into the business.

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This Is Where: 'All Arms Are Open'

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's National Poetry month and our friends at WLRN have launched a poetry project they're calling "This Is Where." We've asked you to submit your own poems about places that have had meaning. 

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Should We Give Prisoners a College Education?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Research suggests that inmates who participated in prison college programs  are 43 percent less likely to return to a life of crime. But the idea of giving prisoners a college education remains unpopular.

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The Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry Built the First Subway

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What the fans may not realize is that one of the greatest New York–Boston rivalries didn’t happen on a baseball diamond, it happened underground, spurring the very thing that may be bringing fans to a game: The subway.

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This Is Where: 'Children Live & Dreams Die'

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

In collaboration with our friends down in Miami at WLRN, we're collecting poems that include the words, "This is where." You can participate by sending us a poem about a place that matters to you.

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The Truth About High School Social Hierarchies

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A new study from researchers at the University of California at Davis and Penn State shows that high school social hierarchies are much more complicated and nuanced than previously thought.

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A Survivor's Quest to Support Other Refugees

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Eugenie Mukeshimana narrowly escaped death during the Rwandan genocide. Today she strives to give immigrant genocide survivors the legal and social help they need to rebuild their lives.

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'The Divide': A Startling Portrait of U.S. Inequality

Monday, April 07, 2014

The idea of "two Americas" is hardly new. In his new book, “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap,” journalist Matt Taibbi provides a startling portrait of a country fractured by inequality.  

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Rwanda Still Healing 20 Years After Genocide

Monday, April 07, 2014

Commemoration ceremonies have begun in Rwanda 20 years after genocide ripped through the country. The healing, in many ways, has still just begun. What does a nation on its way to healing look like?

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Inside America's 'Superpredator' Panic

Monday, April 07, 2014

In 1994, the murder of Robert Sandifer, an 11-year-old gang member who went by the name "Yummy," set off a wave of panic about the next generation of juvenile criminals.

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Iraqi Ambassador Gears Up for Boston Marathon

Thursday, April 03, 2014

When 36,000 runners in the year's Boston Marathon take to the starting line, Lukman Faily, Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S., will be among them. He says he's taking part in the run to to demonstrate his solidarity with Bostonians and his commitment to fighting terrorism.

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A Look at Sleep Deprivation—Wall Street Style

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

In the city that supposedly never sleeps, it’s not nightlife that’s preventing people from getting their Z’s: It’s more work. That’s certainly the case on Wall Street, which has long been known for marathon work-weeks.

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This Is Where: Poems About Places That Matter

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Think of a place that carries a lot of meaning. Can you put that place into words? Our friends at WLRN in Miami are teaming with O, Miami, a regional poetry festival, to get members of their community to share poems about the places they care about with the hashtag #ThisIsWhere.

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Misbehaving Secret Service Agents Raise Questions

Friday, March 28, 2014

New incidents of unruly behavior by Secret Service agents are again raising questions about the culture of the agency. From prostitutes to excessive drinking, are these incidents a sign of a bigger problem with the agency's culture?

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Social Networking With the World's 1%

Thursday, March 27, 2014

With a database of more than 3 million people, a new online service maps your connections to the rich and famous, no matter how distant.

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Reigniting The Flame of Women in Tech

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Did you know the first computer programmer ever was a woman? Yet in recent decades, things have changed—today, men far outnumber women in computer science majors. Nowadays, only about 10 percent of computer science majors are women but that wasn't always the case. New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi spoke to professors and students about why more women don't pursue computer science majors and how we can change that.

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As Deadline Looms, Some Still Wary of ACA

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

As of March 17th, over five million Americans had signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Eric Sturgis, a 47-year-old business owner from Tacoma, WA, tried to sign up at Healthcare.gov but, because of tech issues, he's still in limbo. Others like Chad Lindsey, a 31-year-old from Arlington, TX, say it's cheaper to pay the fine than to pay for insurance because his deductible is so high.

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Never-Published Tennessee Williams Story Surfaces

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Drunken antics and foiled romance mark Williams’ campus story that sat on a shelf for years. But its new publisher says it showed signs of the genius to come.

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'Baby M' and The Question of Surrogacy

Monday, March 24, 2014

A collision between reproductive technology and child custody laws led to a legal battle back in the 1980s that got the attention of the world. It's the case of "Baby M," an infant who sparked one of the earliest legal struggles over surrogacy. The surrogacy business has grown, but the law has not kept up. And that’s created a lot of confusion as well as a lot of families. Jill Rosenbaum, Retro Report producer, explains.

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