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).
Business, Economics and Jobs
Western sanctions are taking a bite out of certain Russian wallets right now. But if those sanction targets think they've been unfairly targeted, there's one woman they can turn to. Her name is Maya Lester, and she'd made a living helping Syrians, Egyptians and others beat western sanctions.
Conflict & Justice
When Augustine Kanjia came to Worcester, Massachusetts, he'd been nearly killed by rebels, threatened by the Gambian government and forced to come to the US with little more than what he could carry. But what he found in the New England city was a warm welcome — that's made him truly believe Worcester is his forever home.
Conflict & Justice
Twenty years ago, a genocide started in Rwanda that killed at least 800,000 people. Rwanda has been rebuilding and healing ever since the killing ended. Many around the world were moved to help, though few as directly as Josh and Alissa Ruxin
These days, we often admire sports stars as heroes because they are winners. Olympic Historian David Wallechinsky says that's not the Greek tradition, nor should it be the way we define Olympic heroes. He gives The Takeaway host John Hockenberry some examples of Olympians who fit his definition of hero.
Arts, Culture & Media
Three Muslim Americans decided the best way for them to examine their own culture was through humor. Inspired by The Onion, they created The Hummus, and it's taking off.