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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.

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An 11 Year Old Offers A Lesson in Hot Sauce

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Full disclosure: I’m a caliente wimp. But 11-year-old hot sauce enthusiast (and founding president of The Sporkful Junior Eaters Society) Nathaniel Goodyear thinks he can change that. 

"If I Stay," "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," "What If," "When the Game Stands Tall"

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sometimes it feels like the only thing you can say at the end of a movie is: "Nothing to see here. Move on." And sometimes that feeling applies to every single movie in the theatre. 
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"Let's Be Cops," "The Expendables 3," "The Giver," "Frank"

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rafer and Kristen are having a tough week; the kind of week that has them tag-teaming three movies in one day and quoting lines from "Splash." But they try their best to keep their energy up as they review four of this week's movie releases: "Let's Be Cops," "The Expendables 3," "The Giver," and "Frank." They also respond to a listener who's starved for some clever modern remakes of ancient stories. And, as always, there's trivia!

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Having Guinness and Pepperoni Rolls with Morgan Spurlock

Monday, August 11, 2014

He's well known for his less-than-flattering portrayals of excess and gluttony, but Morgan Spurlock seems to apply the mantra "all things in moderation" only "in moderation." 

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "The Hundred-Foot Journey," "Into the Storm"

Friday, August 08, 2014

Warning: This week's episode of Movie date includes singing by Kristen, which is pretty terrible. But does anyone sound good singing the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" theme song?
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James Franco & Scott Haze on 'Child of God'

Friday, August 01, 2014

Lester Ballard, the protagonist of Cormac McCarthy's novel "Child Of God," is easy to hate. He's violent, he's morally corrupt, and he's into necrophilia. James Franco directed and co-wrote the new film adaption of the book, which stars actor Scott Haze

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"Get on Up," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Sharknado 2," and Special Guest James Franco

Friday, August 01, 2014

This week's Movie Date podcast is dedicated to two men named James: James Brown, who's depicted in the new biopic "Get On Up" and James Franco, who directs the new film, "Child of God." James Brown expert Robert Baird, of Sterophile, helps Rafer and Kristen take a closer look at the former. And the real James Franco, along with actor Scott Haze, talks with the Movie Date team about the latter. Rounding things out are reviews of two of the most highly anticipated films of summer: "Sharknado 2: The Second One," which is currently airing on the SyFy Network, and "Guardians of the Galaxy," which is in theatres. 

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Sharknado: The Making of a Cult Classic

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on Twitter, "Sharknado 2: The Second One" hit the small screen last night. The film is the sequel to the cult film and Twitter phenomenon "Sharknado." 

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From Flurry to Blizzard: Ranking Weather-Themed Desserts With a Meteorologist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

There are a lot of desserts named after severe weather phenomena, but not all of them are created equal. We asked tornado alley's top meteorologist, Gary England, to help us rank some of these desserts, based on the severity of the weather they are named for. In addition to Gary England's dessert rankings, the newest episode of The Sporkful includes a conversation Paul Breslin about how weather affects our tastes. Breslin is a professor with the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University. He also works with the Monell Chemical Senses Center, researching taste perception.

"Magic in the Moonlight," "And So It Goes," "Lucy," and Movie Therapy

Friday, July 25, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review Woody Allen's new romantic comedy, "Magic in the Moonlight," Rob Reiner's "And So It Goes," and the new Scarlett Johansson sci-fi flick, "Lucy." They also offer some Move Therapy to a listener who's recovering from cancer, and in need of films that don't mention cancer. And, as usual, there's trivia!

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"Sex Tape," "Planes: Fire and Rescue," "The Purge: Anarchy," and Special Guest Mandy Patinkin

Friday, July 18, 2014

Broadway veteran, film actor, and "Homeland" star Mandy Patinkin joins the Movie Date podcast to talk about his new film, "Wish I Was Here," and about what all his projects have in common. Plus, reviews of "Sex Tape," "Planes: Fire and Rescue," and "The Purge: Anarchy."

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Summer '94: The Music Of 'Forrest Gump'; Bebel Gilberto Plays Live; Nas' 'Illmatic' At 20

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In this episode: "Rock, Forrest, Rock!" Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman from The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast look back 20 years to a huge blockbuster from 1994, Forrest Gump, and its overstuffed soundtrack of classic rock hits. They explain where the movie does justice to the music, and where the soundtrack falls into the trap of cliche. 

Then: We're in the thick of summer now, which means there's no better time to find a reprieve from the heat with a cold drink and the breezy, intoxicating sounds of Bebel Gilberto. As part of the first family of Brazilian music (she's the daughter of the acclaimed and influential João Gilberto), Bebel Gilberto has taken on traditional bossa nova rhythms and infused it with her trademark alluring vocals to create a hypnotic new sound. Hear the world renowned, multi-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter perform from her latest record, Tudo! in the Soundcheck studio.

And: You can call him an entrepreneur, a mogul and an actor. But Nasir Jones -- the hugely successful and influential rap emcee Nas -- is best known as one of the greatest musical voices to emerge from New York City. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Nas reflects on his 1994 debut album Illmatic -- which now being reissued to commemorate its 20th anniversary -- and a documentary film.

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Summer '94: How 'Forrest Gump' Captured The Sounds Of The Sixties

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman from The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast look back 20 years to a huge blockbuster from 1994, Forrest Gump, and its overstuffed soundtrack of classic rock hits. They explain where the movie does justice to the music, and where the soundtrack falls into the trap of cliche. 

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How to Find Deliciousness in Your Kids' Table Scraps

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Eating off children's plates is part of the everyday dining experience for parents. But can you find hidden gems? Watch Dan Pashman's video guide to what's edible and what's just too gross.

"Life Itself," "Boyhood," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

Friday, July 11, 2014

Rafer and Kristen grapple with serious questions about life and death as they review "Life Itself," "Boyhood," and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." "Life Itself" looks at the life and final days of the esteemed film critic Roger Ebert. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was shot over the course of twelve years, using all the same cast members, and tells the story of one family, and their son in particular. And "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" continues the story of humans versus nature which began in the 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

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"Earth to Echo," "America," "Tammy"

Thursday, July 03, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen celebrate America's birthday with movies that may or may not leave you bored on the Fourth of July. The new releases for Independence Day include: "Earth To Echo," "America," and "Tammy." Rafer and Kristen also help Hillary Frank, host of WNYC's podcast, The Longest Shortest Time, with some Movie Therapy for new moms. And, as always, there's Movie Trivia!

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The Life & Legacy of Roger Ebert

Thursday, July 03, 2014

A new documentary called "Life Itself" shows renowned film critic and screenwriter Roger Ebert in the last four months of his life. Today Roger's wife Chaz Ebert and director Steve James weigh in on Roger's the life and legacy of Robert, and the new film.

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The Hot Dog King of Chicago Hangs Up His Hat

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

There's no shortage of hot dog and sausage joints in Chicago, but one restaurant inspires a level of devotion unlike any other--Hot Doug's. People come from all over the country to wait in line for hours for a taste of their exotic sausage concoctions and Chicago style hot dogs. Doug has turned down million dollar offers to expand, and recently, he announced that he's closing up shop in October. Dan Pashman travels to Hot Doug's to find out what makes it special and why Doug is walking away. Also in this show, Dan explains why hot dogs are sandwiches and covers the time that hot dogs defeated the Nazis.

"Transformers 4," "Begin Again," "Obvious Child"

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."

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Movie Date: New York in the Movies

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kristen Meinzer talks about some of the movies she thinks best represent New York.

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