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).
Frida Kahlo was married to fellow artist Diego Rivera, but she had an affair with Spanish artist José Bartoli. The letters are between Kahlo and Bartoli and show the depth and nature of their relationship.
Are people who choose not to have kids really "selfish, shallow and self-absorbed?" That's the title of a new book that explores why the childless are actually none of the above, and want the rest of society to understand their often-complex reasons for not having kids.
The killing of a homeless man by Los Angeles police added yet another incident to the list of high-profile police killings that have rocked the US over the last year. Now the Justice Department is issuing reports and recommendations on police bias, hoping to help repair relations between officers and citizens.
The number of college graduates with debt is rising quickly, and some students have had enough. A group known as the Corinthian 15 say they're going on a "debt strike," hoping to force action to cancel the debts they owe to a for-profit education company — and spur broader change.
Former CIA officer John Kiriakou is the man who first confirmed that the CIA was using waterboarding to torture detainees. He's also the only person to ever go to jail over the CIA's torture program. Now he's home on house arrest, and speaking out about his concerns over the future of vital leaks.
George Kelling was one of the two men who developed "broken windows" policing, which minority communities say unfairly targets them. But Kelling says the theory is misunderstood and even easily misapplied in potentially racist ways, even as it may have helped drive down crime rates nationwide.
Most Americans have grown up thinking of "Webster's dictionary" as the gold standard for definitions. But Merriam-Webster is about to take its iconic dictionary entirely online for the first time, once again changing the idea of the dictionary as we know it.
The team from PRI's The Takeaway read a lot in 2014, and interviewed plenty of amazing authors as well. Here are ten books they loved this year.
Attitudes towards terrorism in Pakistan can be complicated, but the attack on a Peshawar school on Monday may have tipped the balance against the Taliban and other militant groups. The brutal assault seems to have shifted the mood among Pakistani politicians, even those who usually take softer lines on terror.
The US economy has been bolstered by falling oil prices. But all is not roses — as parts of the economy, including the booming oil drilling — could be hurt if the prices remain this low.