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 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?
Texas has been extremely vocal about how opposed it is to Syrian refugees being resettled there. But refugee groups have been equally insistent they will press ahead. On Wednesday, that disagreement reached a head.
This past week was Banned Books Week. To celebrate literature that is hidden, restricted, or outright destroyed, we asked some librarians how they're marking the occasion.
For all that scientists know about the brain, it's these crucial adolescent years—between ages 12 and 24—that could be some of our most important.
Stoic, heroes in their own way. But the world rarely saw the strains of the women married to America's first astronauts, the subject of a new TV series. One wife hid her pregnancy for fear it would mess up her husband's chance to go to space.
To get kids to enjoy and wanted to read, LeVar Burton, longtime host of Reading Rainbow, parents must demonstrate their own love of reading.
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.
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 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.
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.