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Kristen Meinzer

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

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 Takeaway and Movie Date, Kristen is a regular commentator on Soundcheck, BK Live, the New York broadcast of All Things Considered, the Brian Lehrer Show, and the New York broadcast of Morning Edition. She also produces cultural and scientific live events for the Jerome L. Greene Space; has contributed to WQXR.com; and she served as the launch producer for the James Beard Award-nominated food podcast The Sporkful.

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:

Sometimes A Predictable Date Can Still Be a Fine Date

Friday, March 27, 2015

This week's new releases aren't particularly unique, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're bad dates. 
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One Company Wants To Tie The Internet To The Real World

Friday, March 27, 2015

A social media company called Banjo is trying to sort that nebulous cloud of tweets, trends, and posts to geography. The idea is to create an instant snapshot of any place at any time.

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A Long Search Over? Ohio Breaks Open Seals of Secrecy for Adoptees

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Starting last week, people in Ohio adopted between 1964 and 1996 could file to receive their original birth certificates, and with them, a piece of their own histories. 

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It's Like The Hunger Games, But Much Worse

Friday, March 20, 2015

This week's Movie Date podcast is all about new beginnings...or more accurately, questionable recycling of stuff we already know. 
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Why Bad Habits Come Back to Bite Us

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A new study finds that giving up one bad habit often leads to picking up another. For example, people switching from plastic to reusable grocery bags will start buying more junk food.

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Fighting to Put a Woman's Face on the $20 Bill

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A non-profit group is trying to put a woman on the $20 bill by 2020, exactly 100 years after women received the right to vote. See examples of who could replace Andrew Jackson.

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A Dangerous Game: The Dark Side of Golf

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The new film "A Dangerous Game" looks at luxury golf courses, and how they negatively affect both their environments and the people who live in them.

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Free Speech & Censorship in The Age of Facebook

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

What should and shouldn’t be censored in the public sphere has been a tough question that the Supreme Court has never been able to figure out. Can Facebook?

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An Epic Return: Modest Mouse is Back With a New Album

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Isaac Brock, lead singer, guitarist, banjoist, and songwriter of the band Modest Mouse, discusses the band's first album of new material in eight years, "Strangers to Ourselves."

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Trying on Glass Shoes, Spinning Lies, and Getting Away with Murder

Friday, March 13, 2015

This week's podcast is filled with liars, working girls, aging gangsters, millionaire murderers and bonus: an adoptee in need of some Movie Therapy. 
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What is a Real Man?

Friday, March 13, 2015

The “International Conference on Masculinities” isn't about eradicating feminism, it's about working to improve gender equality by researching, or engaging, men.

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Movie Date: Films to See & Avoid This Weekend

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Takeaway's Movie Date Podcast team reviews this weekend’s releases, which include “Run All Night," "Cinderella," and "It Follows.”

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The Hills Are Alive With a New Generation of Von Trapps

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

When we hear the name Von Trapp, the "Sound of Music" often comes to mind. But a new generation of Von Trapps is reinventing their family's musical identity.

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Goodbye Homework, Hello Playtime

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

As another elementary school abolishes homework, a debate is reignited over whether young students benefit from homework. 

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Ethan Hawke on Mentorship, Artistic Identity and Directing

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ethan Hawke discusses his latest project, "Seymour: An Introduction," a documentary about the life and work of pianist Seymour Bernstein. 

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A Passionate Call to Leave Zoos Behind

Monday, March 09, 2015

Zoos have a long history. But Outside Magazine contributor Tim Zimmerman argues that zoos are bad for animals and don't do much good for people, either.

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How an 8-Year-Old Girl Became Queen of The Crows

Monday, March 09, 2015

What happens when some neighborhood crows befriend a little girl in Seattle? You might be surprised. 

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A Less-Than-Best Hotel, Horrible Robots, and Cult Members on the Loose

Friday, March 06, 2015

In this week's podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Chappie" and "The Second Best Marigold Hotel." They also dive into Tina Fey's new Netflix series, "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." 
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A Kernel of Truth Behind the Myth of Atlantis

Friday, March 06, 2015

There really was a maritime city that Plato used to base his story of Atlantis, and there's a good chance a tsunami washed through it. But why are so many people still searching?

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Movie Date: Films to See & Avoid This Weekend

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, review three of this week's big movie releases: "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Chappie," and "Unfinished Business."

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