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Kristen Meinzer

Associate Producer

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

Specializing in culture, she produces stories on contemporary social issues, history, health, science, arts, and entertainment. Kristen has also produced several stand-alone hour specials for WNYC and for The Takeaway, including one on time travel and a prime-time Oscar special, which she also co-hosted.

As one half of the Movie Date team, Kristen appears weekly on The Takeaway. She's also been a guest on Soundcheck, the Brian Lehrer Show, the Game Night Guys podcast, and the New York broadcasts of All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

Prior to working with The Takeaway, 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:

Faith Based Films Flood the Screen

Friday, April 18, 2014

WNYC

You might get away with skipping church, if you go to the movies instead.

This week, “Heaven is for Real,” starring Greg Kinnear, hits theaters. It's the fourth biblical or faith-based film to go into wide release this year, and it won’t be the last.

In total, we’ll see about ...

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Movie Date: 'Transcendence,' 'Heaven is for Real,' and the TV Series 'Fargo'

Friday, April 18, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen grapple with two very different interpretations of life after death, in "Heaven is For Real" and "Transcendence." The first is a faith-based film based on a real memoir, starring Greg Kinnear. The second is a sci-fi thriller about the melding of mind and computer, starring Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall. One of them has Rafer yelling about it being the worst movie of the year. The other has Kristen wondering whether Jesus really has blue-green eyes. Also on the podcast: A look at the new FX series, "Fargo," which is based on the 1996 film of the same name; listener mail about films with social messages; and, as always, trivia!

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Movie Date: 'Rio 2,' 'Draft Day,' 'Oculus'

Friday, April 11, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at three very different films: "Rio 2," which brings the message of eco-terrorism to children; "Draft Day," which attempts to do for football what "Moneyball" did for baseball; and "Oculus," a movie about a haunted mirror that brings far more than seven years bad luck. Helping them to dissect "Oculus" is scholar Mark Pendergrast, author of "Mirror Mirror: A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflection."

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Today's Highlights | April 11, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Also on Today's Show This week the “Heartbleed” bug was a reminder of the vulnerabilities of the internet...A look at this weekend’s releases which include "Draft Day," "Oculus," and "Rio 2."

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Movie Date: Women and the Movies

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Compared to men, women got fewer than a third of speaking roles in the most successful films two years ago.

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Movie Date: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' 'Under the Skin,' and Special Guest Scarlett Johansson

Friday, April 04, 2014

This week's Movie Date podcast is all Scarlett Johansson all the time! From their review of "Captain American: The Winter Soldier," to an accented audio trivia question, to a very special interview in person with the star herself, Rafer and Kristen are in a Scarlett mood!

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Scarlett Johansson on Her New Science Fiction Streak

Friday, April 04, 2014

The award-winning actress' latest roles all have something in common — their genre. In this week's Movie Date Podcast, Johansson reflects on playing a string of sci-fi characters and finding liberation in them.

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Texas Towns React to Fort Hood Shooting

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Communities around Fort Hood are dealing with the aftermath of an event that, as President Obama noted yesterday, recalls the horror of the shooting on that base in 2009.

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Movie Date: 'Noah' and 'Cesar Chavez'

Friday, March 28, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen take a closer look at some of the not-so-literal elements of the new movie "Noah." Among those elements: rock monsters, magical wizards, bazookas, and alcoholism? Helping them to mull it all over, and giving his own take on the new Darren Aronofsky movie is Christian blogger Brian Godawa. Rafer and Kristen also review the new biopic "Cesar Chavez," answer an unusual movie therapy question, and, of course, offer up some movie trivia.

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Today's Highlights | March 28, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Also on Today's Show President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah will meet in Riyadh today, during a period of time when the U.S. is importing the least crude oil from the region in two decades...Reviews of the new films hitting the box office...

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Labor Leader Reflects on Chavez's Legacy

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ahead of Cesar Chavez Day—a multi-state holiday designed to honor the Chavez's service to the community—Dolores Huerta joins The Takeaway to reflect on the era the work of Chavez and what still needs to be done for farm workers and other laborers in this country.

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An Epic Tale of Hollywood and The Bible

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This weekend, the big budget biblical adventure "Noah" hits the big screen. The biblical film isn't new, but these movies raise questions about Hollywood's fascination with The Bible. Do biblical movies bring non-believers back into the fold? Do they challenge us to think a little differently? We explore these questions with Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and co-host of The Movie Date Podcast, and Krista Tippett, the host of the public radio program On Being.

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Movie Date: 'Divergent,' 'Muppets Most Wanted,' 'Nymphomaniac Volume 1,' and Special Guest Stellan Skarsgard

Friday, March 21, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk everything from doppelgangers to dystopia to sex addiction. It's all in honor of the new films "Muppets Most Wanted," "Divergence," and "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1." Helping them understand the intricacies of "Nymphomaniac" is one of the film's stars, Stellan Skarsgard. Warning: this podcast includes some adult content, including references to a certain sex act with an avian nickname. 

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The Songs, Signs and Sounds of Spring

Thursday, March 20, 2014

For much of the United States, it has been a long, harsh winter. And though today—the first day of spring—may still not quite feel like winter has departed, there are signs that spring is on the way in. Jeff Spurgeon, morning host for classical station WQXR, has his favorite signs of spring as well: All in the form of spring music. He joins us today to discuss some spring-sounding tunes as the Sun crosses the celestial equator for the Vernal Equinox.

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Bruce Lee Goes to Broadway

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Like every actor, Bruce Lee had humiliations and setbacks as he struggled to make it in Hollywood. But those difficulties eventually put him on his way to international super-stardom, and those moments are now the subject of a new Broadway play written by Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang. For Hwang, this was a project that took a very long time. He joins The Takeaway to explain this new bio-play and his creative process.

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Living Paycheck to Paycheck: One Mother's Story

Monday, March 17, 2014

About 42 million women in America are living in poverty or teetering on the brink. More than a third of them are the mothers of young children. A new HBO documentary,"Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert," takes an intensely personal look at the story of one woman, Katrina Gilbert, a single mother of three. Katrina and one of the film's directors, Shari Cookson, explore what poverty looks like for women in America.

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Movie Date: 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Need for Speed,' 'Veronica Mars,' and More!

Friday, March 14, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review the video game-turned-movie "Need for Speed," the latest Wes Anderson confection, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and the fan-funded movie, "Veronica Mars." Along the way, they talk with one of the Veronica Mars fans who made the film possible, Cindy Au. They also get a whopper of a Movie Therapy question, spanning six decades and even more films. And, as always, there's movie trivia!

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Today's Highlights | March 14, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are experiencing a disagreement over what to do about the Ukraine crisis...It's been more than a month since protests broke out in Venezuela, with no signs of ending soon. With violent clashes taking place between opposition and government forces, some worry the country may be on the brink of an even bloodier battle...The Takeaway's Movie Date team reviews this weekend’s releases.

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Music Identity from SXSW to Seattle

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Three music minds from public radio stations around the country give their thoughts on what music best captures their states' musical identities. Plus an update from SXSW.

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'House of Cards' Story Mirrors Real D.C. Vote

Monday, March 10, 2014

The battle between Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill over a military sexual assault bill sounds eerily familiar if you've been keeping up with Season Two of "House of Cards." 

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