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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:

'This is Where I Leave You,' 'Tusk,' 'A Walk Among the Tombstones,' 'The Maze Runner,' and Special Guest Simon Pegg

Friday, September 19, 2014

It's a week for people on film and off (ahem, Rafer) to take personal responsibility for their lives. But do all of them rise to the occasion?  
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Simon Pegg's Search for the Secret to Happiness

Friday, September 19, 2014

In his long career, Simon Pegg has been known for playing a lot of unhappy characters. But in his latest project, he tackles the search for the secret to happiness.

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Actor Dan Stevens of 'Downton Abbey' Takes on the Big Screen

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dan Stevens is perhaps best known as Matthew Crawley on "Downton Abbey." But Stevens is also a busy film actor, with four movies hitting theaters in the next four months.

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"Dolphin Tale 2," "The Drop," "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," "Kelly and Cal," and Movie Therapy

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rafer thinks it's a red-letter week for women in the movies (if you count dolphins). Kristen's not so sure. 
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Listen To Your Chocolate--It Can Tell You How Good It Is

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Dan learns what listening to chocolate can tell you about it, how our brains play tricks on our tongues, and why charging more for wine can make it taste better. 

"The Identical," "Last Days in Vietnam," "Snowpiercer," and Special Guest Stuart Murdoch on "God Help the Girl"

Friday, September 05, 2014

What really happened during the fall of Saigon? Was Elvis Jewish? Are voiceovers ever okay? And why is Stuart Murdoch so darn nice? This and other questions, on this week's Movie Date.
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Movie Date: A Musical, A Documentary, and Two Classic Re-Releases

Friday, September 05, 2014

Our Movie Date podcast team reviews “The Identical,” “Last Days in Vietnam” and the anniversary re-releases of "Forrest Gump" and "Ghostbusters."

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Belle And Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch On Making 'God Help The Girl'

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Belle And Sebastian frontmant talks about his first foray into the world of film directing, and discusses some of the movie musicals that inspired him. 

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A Kennedy's Return to Vietnam

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Rory Kennedy's new documentary, "Last Days in Vietnam," travels back in time 40 years to the run-up to the 1975 evacuation of Saigon.  

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The Takeaway Weekender: The Summer of 2014, Racial Diversity, and Rewriting Memories

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 

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Fall 2014 Movie Preview

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fall 2014 movie season is right around the corner, and the Movie Date team is geared up with ten of the movies they're most looking forward to. 
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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. 

Hollywood's Favorite Bro Shares His Fantasy Football Tips

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Take a knee, news junkies—it's fantasy football season. Don't worry if you know jack about the game. Mark Duplass of "The League" stopped by to share his fantasy football tips.

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"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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Playing Fantasy with Hollywood's Favorite Bro

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After a steady run of indie films, actor Mark Duplass has hit man-child stardom with "The League," his show about 30-something guys obsessed with fantasy football.

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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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