Mythili Rao


Mythili Rao is a producer for the daily radio show The Takeaway with John Hockenberry.

Mythili Rao is a producer at The Takeaway. Her reporting, essays and book reviews have also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Millions, Publishers Weekly, 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).

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Do presidential candidates have a right to keep their health private?

Election 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the oldest candidates ever to make a presidential bid, and neither has shared much information about their health. What do they owe the public?

Stranded migrants

Texas files suit to stop Syrian refugees being resettled in the state

Books at a library

Banned Books Week celebrates the books that are ‘filthy, but great’ — and more


What we’re learning about the teenage brain

The Astronaut Wives Club Promo

The dirty secret of ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’

LeVar Burton

The host of Reading Rainbow wants you to take a look in a book this summer


To get kids to enjoy and wanted to read, LeVar Burton, longtime host of Reading Rainbow, parents must demonstrate their own love of reading.

World's 50 Best Restaurants reception

Latest 50 Best Restaurants ignites a controversy that has been ‘brewing for years’


The World’s 50 Best Restaurants were unveiled this week — but it depends on who you ask whether these restaurants are really the 50 best at all.

Hitler talk show

Germans may finally feel they have permission to laugh at Adolf Hitler


Adolf Hitler did heinous things. For years after World War II, it wasn’t even possible to present him in a comedic way. But by 1968, Americans started laughing at Hitler — and now Germans are too.

Gen. Ann Dunwoody, then commanding general of US Army Material Command, speaks as singer Alicia Keys looks on during a roundtable discussion with students at Dunbar High School in Washington, DC, on March 19, 2009.

America’s first female four-star general reflects on the challenges of serving


Gen. Ann Dunwoody wasn’t even sure she wanted to be in the military at first, but the professionalism and leadership of her first co-workers put her on the path to becoming the first woman to be a four-star general. Yet she acknowledges many female service members still need fair treatment.

Same-sex marriage supporters wave a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC

As the Supreme Court prepares to decide on gay marriage, remembering the case that set the precedent


On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear a case that may decide the future of same-sex marriage nationwide. A case from 2010 helped set the legal and moral precedent to get us to this point.