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:

Legal Questions Cloud Obama's ISIS Strategy

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Obama Administration says the Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, legally justifies for strikes in Syria and Iraq. But last year, the president called for its repeal. 

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Inside the Lost Chapters of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Miranda Grope, Elvira Erstwhile, Clarence Crump, and Bertie Upside — just some of the characters left behind in Roald Dahl's early drafts.

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For the First Time, America is a Nation of Singles

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Once upon a time in America, marriage was the norm for adults of a certain age. But now over 50 percent of American adults are single.

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Two Americans Could Make Literary History

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two Americans have the chance to make literary history: This week, Karen Joy Fowler and Joshua Ferris became the first Americans to make the Man Booker Prize shortlist. 

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Are New Alliances Enough to Combat ISIS?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Will the need to fight a common enemy change alliances and shift power in the Middle East? And where will the US's efforts fit in along this shifting landscape?  

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Why Daydreaming & Distractions Can Help Us Learn

Friday, September 05, 2014

New neuroscience research has upended common assumptions about the best study strategies. A new book examines the science and best practices for learning.

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Protests Test Democracy in Pakistan

Friday, September 05, 2014

Days of protests outside Pakistan's parliament in Islamabad are testing the country's faith in the democratic process.

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A Manufactured Crisis: Russia's Gift to NATO?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

NATO may have been hovering on the brink of collective military irrelevance a year ago, but Russia's invasion of Ukraine has given new life, and military opportunities, to the alliance.

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Obama to ISIS: America Will Not be Intimidated

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The fight against homegrown terrorism in the UK and US is taking on a new urgency in the wake of the beheading of another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, killed in Syria on Tuesday.

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Putin Power Play Puts NATO In Tough Spot

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Russian leaders say they plan to revise their military doctrine to allow for the Kremlin to rapidly deploy forces to Eastern Europe in response to NATO.

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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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