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 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). 

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

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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It's Not OK Cupid: Co-Founder Defends User Experiments

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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.

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Has Congress Fixed the VA for Good?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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. 

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How to Cope When the News is Grim

Friday, July 25, 2014

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.

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Gaza: A Day of Rage & The Search for a Cease-Fire

Friday, July 25, 2014

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.

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Feminist Icons: From Rosie the Riveter to Beyoncé

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Just how flawless of an icon was "Rosie" herself?  And is it time we put aside the propaganda and found some new feminist icons? 

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When the Skies Are Too Dangerous to Fly

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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? 

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Who Killed KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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.

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Iran's Nuclear Program: Can a Deal Be Reached?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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. 

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Nadine Gordimer's Impact on South African Writing

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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.

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Hemingway's Grandson Restores Never-Seen Elements to "The Sun Also Rises"

Monday, July 14, 2014

A new version of "The Sun Also Rises" includes lost chapters and extensive revisions, giving an altogether new portrait of Papa's creative process.

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The Case for Inaction in Iraq and Syria

Friday, July 11, 2014

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.

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Afghanistan's New President: One Election - Two Winners?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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.

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Afghan Translators Seeking Safety in U.S. Stuck in Limbo

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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.

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Lawmaker's Solution to Child Migrants: Cut Off Aid

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Amid a surge in child migrants arriving from Central America, one GOP congresswoman makes the case for cutting off aid to the region.

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Canada's Winning Contribution to the World Cup: Grass

Monday, July 07, 2014

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.

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NASA Plans Life on Mars by 2030

Thursday, July 03, 2014

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.

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The Final Push to Graduation

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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.

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