Jay Cowit is the technical director for The Takeaway.
He hates polar bears. But he loves radio, and has for over a decade. He's been with The Takeaway since 2008, starting as a board operator and quickly developing a two Redbull-a-day habit. In 2009, Jay was named Technical Director, and switched from Red Bulls to coffee with tons of sugar and a strict no-vegetable diet. He credits this for his raging insomnia, fledgling insanity and most certainly convivial demeanor that allows him to preside over live hours of radio each morning. He speaks mainly in movie quotes and catchphrases. And he carries a bat.
However, he wants you to know that he is extremely grateful to be working with an absolutely amazing staff, who work harder (and faster and better and, well, longer) than anyone he's ever seen. He also works with the the best hosts who has ever lived in John, and for that, he's honored to walk through the studio doors each day. Cowit lives in Sunset Park Brooklyn with his incredible and wonderful wife Cate Contino Cowit and their two cats, one of which is kinda a jerk, albeit a cute jerk. He also plays drums in Wounded Buffalo Theory, writers of The Takeaway's Theme Song, and The Sometime Boys. Reach him at email@example.com.
Jay Cowit appears in the following:
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Monday, July 21, 2014
Close your eyes and think about a song. What memories does it invoke? We asked listeners like you to share the songs that remind you of the past. We got tons of calls and text messages, so we put together this unofficial playlist that can function as the soundtrack to your memories.
Friday, July 11, 2014
This weekend, Richard Linklater's much talked about indie film "Boyhood" opens in theaters. The revolutionary movie, shot over twelve consecutive years, follows Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, from the ages of 6 to 18. Moviegoers watch Ellar's transformation from a child to an adult in 160 minutes. We asked you, our listeners, to tell us what memorable scenes from you own childhood could be turned into a movie. Your responses truly have cinematic potential.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
In a speech aired on WNYC in 1957, poet and civil rights icon Langston Hughes grappled with finding an authentic American voice in the face of prejudice.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
When is a robot fight sequence too violent? Why is Hollywood afraid to depict abortion? Does Hollywood understand the music industry? And would a movie centering on lawn darts be a hit? It's all in honor of this week's big releases: "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction," "Obvious Child," and "Begin Again."
Friday, June 13, 2014
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at two movies focused on best friends who always have each others' backs: "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "22 Jump Street." Helping them mull over the debatably homophobic humor of the latter is Eric Sasson, columnist behind the Wall Street Journal's CTRL-ALT column. Rafer and Kristen also dedicate some time to a listener in need of some Father's Day related Movie Therapy. And, as always, there's trivia!
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Friday, June 06, 2014
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen explore the theme of survival: against aliens and time (in "Edge of Tomorrow"), against cancer and first love (in "The Fault in Our Stars"), and against the awfulness of high school (in "Palo Alto"). Gia Coppola, writer and director of "Palo Alto," joins them, and shares some strange stories about navigating Hollywood as a Coppola, being a first-time director, and first coming into contact with James Franco (whose collection of short stories is the basis for the film).
Friday, June 06, 2014
Amidst the D-Day remembrances, President Obama and European leaders find themselves gathered at a time of great political turmoil that once more calls upon the solidarity of allied nations as Western countries put pressure on Russia over aggression in Ukraine.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
What makes a hero and hero and a villain a villain? And are the two really so different? Rafer and Kristen mull over these questions as they look at this week's big releases: "Maleficent," "A Million Ways To Die In the West," and "Words and Pictures." And bonus! The very talented and handsome Clive Owen, star of "Words and Pictures," joins Rafer and Kristen in studio!
Friday, May 23, 2014
Have we been here before? Because Rafer and Kristen are feeling some serious deja vu. It's all due to the release of the third Sandler-Barrymore romantic comedy ("Blended") and the seventh film in the X-Men franchise ("X-Men: Days of Future Past"). Helping Kristen and Rafer to cope wit their deja vu this week is John Ottman, composer and editor of "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Thursday, May 15, 2014
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at the theme of immigration on film through three of this week's big releases: "The Immigrant," "Godzilla," and "Million Dollar Arm." They also talk with Mark Ciardi, who, in addition to being a former professional baseball player, is the producer of "Million Dollar Arm."