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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:

Religious Terrorism at Home in America

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

"Lone wolf” American shooters like Dylann Roof bear a striking resemblance to members of ISIS and other extreme groups abroad.

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The Fine Line Between Bullies and Victims

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Actor Joel Edgerton discuss his newest film, "The Gift," which centers on a man who was bullied in his youth, and shares stories about bullying from his own past.

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Vacation to an Achievable Mission

Friday, July 31, 2015

Is this mission really impossible? Do we need another vacation? And why is William F. Buckley swearing at Gore Vidal?
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Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Movie Date Podcast team is back to review the weekend's new releases, including "Vacation" and "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation." 

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Can Trophy Hunting Help Endangered Species?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Public outrage at trophy hunters has reached a fever pitch after a Minnesota dentist killed an endangered lion for sport. But is there a benefit to trophy hunting?

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New Exhibit Captures the Legacy of Louis Armstrong

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The first instrument Louis Armstrong ever played, and the last one, are now on display together, along with many other artifacts from the late, great musician. 

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Rivals, Enemies, and The Debates that Changed America

Monday, July 27, 2015

The new Sundance hit "The Best of Enemies" captures the intense rivalry between liberal powerhouse Gore Vidal and conservative iconoclast William F. Buckley.

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Pac-man, Punches, Prison, and Pissed-Off Moms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pac-man, punches, prison, and pissed-off moms. There's a lot to enjoy in this week's movies if you're a fan of any of these. 
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Extended Interview: A Visit With The Queen of The Indies

Saturday, July 18, 2015

In this special extended interview, Parker Posey sits down with The Takeaway to discuss her huge career, working with Woody Allen, and the challenges of being a woman in Hollywood today.

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Is That Your Finger In the Jelly?

Friday, July 17, 2015

There are three very different jars of jelly on the shelf this week, and one man has his finger in every jar. 
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Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Movie Date Podcast team is back to review the weekend's new releases, including "Trainwreck," and "Antman."

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A Visit With The Queen Of The Indies

Friday, July 17, 2015

Parker Posey talks Woody Allen, Christopher Guest, the current state of gender in Hollywood, and dream projects. 

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Cartel Land: Drugs, Guns, and Vigilantism on the Border

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Along the U.S. - Mexico border, where the drug wars rage, tens of thousands of people have died, and vigilantes have taken the law into their own hands. 

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The True Story Behind the World's Most Infamous Psychological Experiment

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A new film called "The Stanford Prison Experiment" looks at the now-legendary psychology study, which looked at the behavior of prisoners and guards in a simulated prison. 

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A Transgender Cast from Craigslist Shoots a Film on an iPhone

Monday, July 13, 2015

"Tangerine" is a thoroughly 21st century twist on the timeless friends-on-a-quest storyline. 

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Check in Your Brain and Swap Your Body

Friday, July 10, 2015

Check in your brain, because you won't necessarily need it. And swap your body, because yes, you can. It's "Minions" and "Self/Less" time!  
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Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Movie Date Podcast team is back to review the weekend's new releases, including "Self/Less," and "Minions."

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Robin Williams' Last Film, Boulevard, In Theaters Now

Friday, July 10, 2015

In "Boulevard," Robin Williams' performance is brilliant on screen nearly one year after his death. The director of the film talks about what it was like working with the star.

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Unidentified Rash? Ask The Medical Hive Mind

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Patients with nagging or unexplained illnesses can Google their symptoms or ask a network of doctors to weigh-in through a new online service.

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Occupational Hazards: A Game Of Cubicles

Thursday, July 09, 2015

WNYC Business and Economics editor Charlie Herman joins us to give some tips on how to navigate the minefield of office politics. 

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