Mythili Rao

Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao is a producer at WNYC. 

She leads production of The Takeaway's author interviews, reports on books for the WNYC newsroom, and hosts literary events at the Greene Space and other venues. 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, 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:

Banned Books Week: A Celebration of Dirty & Offensive Books

Friday, October 02, 2015

What's the most offensive book you've ever read? Here, librarians discuss the most banned books in the country.

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Massey CEO on Trial in Mine Disaster

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship faces criminal charges from the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine explosion that killed 29 people. His trial begins tomorrow.  


A Former Rikers Worker Calls Solitary Confinement Torture

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mary Buser, who spent a decade working as a mental health professional at Rikers Island, says that solitary confinement was wrongfully and indiscriminately used to punish inmates.


What We Got Wrong About Columbine

Monday, September 28, 2015

Original news reports of the Columbine high school massacre described the two shooters as asocial members of the "Trench Coat Mafia." But years of research debunks that explanation.

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Reflecting on the Hajj After a Tragedy

Friday, September 25, 2015

More than 700 people were killed in a stampede near Mecca on the first day of Eid al-Adha, as millions of Muslims were making their pilgrimage, or hajj.

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Our Food Problems Go Beyond Using the Right Artisanal Salt

Thursday, September 24, 2015

This month, food commentator Mark Bittman will end his career as an op-ed columnist at the New York Times. He spoke with us about the bigger issues he plans to tackle next.

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L.A. Declares Homelessness a Public 'Emergency'

Thursday, September 24, 2015

On Tuesday, Los Angeles municipal officials announced that the city's homeless crisis had reached a level of "public emergency."  


Sherman Alexie: How Storytelling Can Create Social Change

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Author Sherman Alexie explores systems of injustice and racism in the United States.

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A Volkswagen Owner Wants His Money Back

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

After news broke that some Volkswagens actually spew up to 40 times as much pollution as allowed under the Clean Air Act, some loyal customers are feeling betrayed.

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The Pope Comes to America

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of onlookers are expected to gather across Pennsylvania, New York and Washington, D.C. to embrace Pope Francis on his five-day tour of the U.S.

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'Self and Soul': Searching for Idealism in Today's Modern World

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In our modern consumer driven society, the whims and the desires of the self may rule supreme—pushing aside the demands of the soul.  

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Oklahoma Execution Puts Spotlight on Death Penalty

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

An Oklahoma man named Richard Glossip is on death row for a murder carried out 1997. But many of his high-profile supporters say he's innocent.


Sanders Tries to Convince Conservative Evangelicals to 'Feel the Bern'

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

On Monday, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders addressed a crowd of nearly 12,000 students at Liberty University in Virginia.

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How the Pope Will Influence the 2016 Election

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

From abortion to climate change and capitalism, Pope Francis has entered the debate surrounding a number of hot-button issues. Voters both Catholic and non-Catholic are listening.

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Austria Tightens Borders As Refugees Pour In

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

After 71 dead migrants were found abandoned in a truck on a highway last week, Austrian police officers have began conducting spot-checks of vehicles that are entering from Hungary.

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Takeaway Book Club: 'Between the World and Me' by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A roundtable of Takeaway listeners discusses "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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Takeaway Book Club: 'Between the World and Me'

Friday, August 28, 2015

A roundtable of Takeaway listeners discusses "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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Takeaway Book Club: 'Go Set a Watchman'

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Three Takeaway listeners from Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Utah weigh in on "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee. 

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Don't Expect a New Way Forward for North and South Korea

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

After three days, officials from North and South Korea reached an agreement to end a tense military standoff. But this diplomatic resolution likely isn't a sign of things to come.


Extremists Set off Explosions at Ancient Temple

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Can the destruction of art and history strengthen a brutal ideology? The self-proclaimed Islamic State has pursued a systemic campaign to destroy ancient artifacts.