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).
Thirty years after a chemical leak in Bhopal, India, that killed thousands, the city is still feeling the impact of contamination. Now stars Kal Penn, Mischa Barton and Martin Sheen are bringing the incident to life in a new film called "Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain."
The US and Europe are celebrating the victory of pro-European parties in Ukraine's presidential election, saying it's clear sign that Ukraine wants to modernize and move away from Moscow. But just how much of Ukraine's partially-occupied east is on board?
In 1950, singles were just 22 percent of the adult population. Now, they've taken over. More than half of American adults are single, and that may have some surprising benefits — from the way people join civic groups and socialize to how they take part in the lives of their hometowns.
The American government is close with the Kurdish peshmerga in Iraq but considers the PKK, Turkey's main Kurdish party, a terrorist group. Now that the PKK is playing a bigger role in fighting ISIS, the US may find itself helping those "terrorists."
Fela Kuti made a career out of challenging authority through — helping shape the course of Nigeria. But he had impacts beyond politics, of course. His music created a whole new genre, Afrobeat.
Claire Hajaj grew up in a family that was both Israeli and Jewish and Palestinian and Muslim. Her parents didn't see eye-to-eye on the question of Israel and Palestine, either. But they stayed together for 25 years, giving Hajaj a front-row view to both sides of the debate.
The battle for Iraq, between Sunni militant groups and Shiite-dominated government forces, is not just about Iraq. Journalist Dexter Filkins says its could engulf much of the Middle East and create another terrorism sanctuary, similar to Afghanistan before 9/11.
Arts, Culture & Media
When Bill Watterson quit drawing "Calvin and Hobbes" back in 1995, he vowed never to draw another comic strip. But he came out of retirement this week for a limited run, but we're still not sure why.
Arts, Culture & Media
Maya Angelou was a literary giant. Celebrated by politicians and poets, read by millions, her work has left an indelible mark on humanity. Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86.
Climate change is already being felt around the world, in terms of more extreme weather and changing agricultural environments. As the situation worsens, militaries in the US and abroad are beginning to think about climate change in terms of its impact on national security.