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Kristen Meinzer

Kristen Meinzer is the producer of The Sporkful podcast, culture producer for The Takeaway, and co-host of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast.

As The Sporkful's producer, she works closely with host Dan Pashman to develop content that explores ridiculous food minutiae and celebrates new and better ways to eat. The Sporkful is a James Beard Award-nominated food podcast and was named Best New Podcast by iTunes in 2010.

For The Takeaway, Kristen produces stories on contemporary social issues, history, health, science, arts, and entertainment. She's also produced several stand-alone hour specials for The Takeaway, including one on time travel and another on the mysteries of the human brain. The Takeaway reaches an audience of over 2 million listeners nationwide and is a recipient of the Radio Television Digital News Association's Edward R. Murrow Award.

As one half of the Movie Date team, Kristen hosts and produces the weekly Movie Date podcast and appears every week on The Takeaway. Movie Date has twice been selected as the iTunes Podcast of the Day and has been ranked as one of Stitcher's top movie podcasts.

In addition to her regular duties with The Sporkful, The Takeaway, and Movie Date, Kristen also serves as a commentator on Soundcheck, BK Live, and the New York broadcast of All Things Considered. She's also appeared on the Brian Lehrer Show, the Game Night Guys podcast, Uptown Radio, and the New York broadcast of Morning Edition.  

Prior to working with WNYC, Kristen was a development producer for CBS News Productions; an associate research scholar with the Center for Media, Culture and History; and a freelance producer, editor, and writer for VH1's The Fabulous Life, The Discovery Channel's Anatomy of a Pandemic, The Brooklyn Review, and The Minnesota Daily.

Kristen holds a BA in cultural studies from the University of Minnesota, an MA in public history and consumer culture from New York University, and an MFA in fiction writing from Brooklyn College.

Kristen Meinzer appears in the following:

The Sporkful's Tips for Eating Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dan Pashman, host of WNYC's Sporkful podcast, shares his best tips on how to eat your Thanksgiving dinner. 

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The Unusual Story of WWII Code-Breaker Alan Turing

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The film "The Imitation Game" opens this weekend and tells the story about the mathematician Alan Turing, who helped break Nazi coded messages but was punished for his homosexuality.  

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Thanksgiving Movie Trivia Quiz

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This week, communities across the country will celebrate Thanksgiving. If you need to pass the time in between family photos and the big meal, take our Thanksgiving movie trivia quiz.
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The Sporkful's Tips for Cooking Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WNYC's Dan Pashman gives his tips on how to make and save a great Thanksgiving dinner. One secret? Don't try to do everything and pour yourself a nice drink.

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The Sporkful's Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24, 2014

Are you a missionary or a martyr? Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful podcast, shares his favorite tips for hosting Thanksgiving.

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Amy Sedaris Loves Family Fights at the Holidays

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Amy Sedaris offers advice on dealing with family who are drunk or confrontational at the holidays. Plus, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich on the time a turkey fell in love with his wife.

The Takeaway Weekender: Tips For Hosting, Cooking & Eating Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway weekender!

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,' 'Pulp,' Thanksgiving Sweatpants & Movie Therapy

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and Rafer and Kristen are rubbing their stomachs. Fortunately, there's both hunger and supermarkets on the big screens, vying for some attention. 
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From One Direction to Rita Ora, Taking on Ebola With an Iconic Christmas Song

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A new remake of the 1984 charity hit, “Do They Know It’s Christmas," centers on Ebola and features a whole new celebrity line-up, including One Direction, Bono, Rita Ora, and others.

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Novelist Richard Ford on 'Let Me Be Frank With You'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford discusses his latest novel in the Frank Bascombe series. Ford explains what he’s learned from his most famous character.

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Why A Turkey Is Like A Tube Of Toothpaste

Monday, November 17, 2014

Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt discusses the science of turkey cookery, Slate's L.V. Anderson talks vegetarian options, and OTM's Brooke Gladstone shows us how not to make dessert.

'The Theory of Everything,' 'Foxcatcher,' 'Beyond the Lights,' 'Dumb and Dumber To,' Sweatpants & Listener Mail

Friday, November 14, 2014

If you doubted it was Oscar season, we have two words for you: "Dumb and Dumber To."
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How To Win Thanksgiving (HINT: Nicer napkins, fewer nuts)

Monday, November 10, 2014

We're conquering Thanksgiving anxiety with help from Mo Rocca and NY Times food editor Sam Sifton. Sneak preview: More cloth napkins, fewer mixed nuts.

'Interstellar,' 'Horns,' 'Big Hero 6,' Sweatpants, and Listener Mail

Friday, November 07, 2014

How important is logic in a movie? And when is a family actually a cult? Rafer and Kristen contemplate this and other big questions on this week's Movie Date.
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'Nightcrawler,' 'Laggies,' 'Before I Go to Sleep,' 'Olive Kitteridge,' 'Mike Tyson Mysteries,' and Angry Listener Mail

Friday, October 31, 2014

It's a haunted Halloween Movie Date with a wide range of creepy options, from an amnesia suspense flick to a sociopath-centered thriller.
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Movie Date's Scariest Sounding Films

Friday, October 31, 2014

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, co-hosts of The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, delve into some frightening sounds in the film industry with some of their favorite scary movie audio.

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Primus Plays Wonka In Concert; Movie Date's Scariest Sounding Films

Friday, October 31, 2014

Primus performs songs from its Willy Wonka-inspired album in The Greene Space. Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman of the Movie Date podcast talk about the movies with the scariest sounds. 

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'John Wick,' '23 Blast,' 'Citizenfour,' and Special Guest Jason Schwartzman

Friday, October 24, 2014

A blind boy plays football, an ordinary man blows the whistle, and Keanu Reeves makes a heroic return. Plus, Jason Schwartzman, star of "Listen of, Philip," stops by!
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Improvising with Jason Schwartzman

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Actor Jason Schwartzman talks about his new role in "Listen Up Philip," explains how director Wes Anderson has influenced his career, and improvises in The Takeaway studios.

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'Dear White People,' 'The Best of Me,' 'Birdman,' 'Fury,' Movie Therapy, and Sweatpants

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's a rage-filled podcast, as Rafer & Kristen delve into race relations, child abuse, career angst, and war. On the bright side, there's also Movie Therapy & a new feature: Sweatpants!
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