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; 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:

Your Listening Guide to Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from The Takeaway! We’re here to help you get past the undercooked conversations and overheated arguments that can sometimes come with the holidays.

Comments [2]

Movie Date: Films to Catch and Skip This Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Every week, the co-hosts of The Movie Date Podcast drop by to review the new releases hitting the box office.


Holiday Parties, Hunger Games, and Secrets

Friday, November 20, 2015

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "The Secrets in Their Eyes," "The Night Before," and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2." 
Read More


The Turkey Who Loved My Wife (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Radiolab's Robert Krulwich tells the story of a turkey that put the moves on his wife, and On The Media's Brooke Gladstone shows us how NOT to make dessert.

Love the Coopers, 33, By the Sea, Spotlight

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review Love the Coopers, 33, By The Sea, and Spotlight. They also share some confessions.
Read More


Thanksgiving Is For Eaters (with Amy Sedaris) (Rebroadcast)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Amy Sedaris and Mo Rocca offer advice on dealing with family at the holidays, the NY Times’ Sam Sifton rails against appetizers at Thanksgiving, and Kenji Lopez-Alt talks turkey science.

'Suffragette' and the Real-Life Struggle for the Vote

Friday, November 13, 2015

The film "Suffragette" explores how women fought for the right to vote in the U.K. A descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst, played by Meryl Streep in the film, talks here with the director.

Comments [2]

Bond, Brown, Brooklyn, and Britain

Friday, November 06, 2015

This week's Movie Date podcast centers on a man named Bond, a boy named Brown, a borough called Brooklyn, and some women in Britain.  
Read More


Your Password Solution, Courtesy of an 11-Year-Old With Her Own Start-Up

Thursday, November 05, 2015

While some kids are selling lemonade, 11-year-old Mira Modi is selling cryptographically smart passwords for two dollars each.

Comments [2]

U.K. Believes Bomb Took Down Russian Plane, U.S. Less Certain

Thursday, November 05, 2015

The British government announced Wednesday that they believe an explosive device likely took the Russian jet over the Sinai. The U.S., though, is sending mixed messages.


Protect and Serve? Investigation Finds 1,000 Predator Police Officers

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Over the last six years, at least 1,000 police officers across 41 states were stripped of their badges for sexual misconduct. But those numbers tell only one part of the story. 

Comments [5]

The Truth Burns Like A Zombie Crisis

Friday, October 30, 2015

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review two movies about politics, one about zombies, and another about a very mean chef.
Read More


The Truth Behind 'Truth'

Friday, October 30, 2015

The new film "Truth" tells the story of how Mary Mapes, Dan Rather's legendary CBS producer, went down in flames over the Killian documents. 

Comments [5]

Baseball's Fading Popularity Among Black Players and Fans

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Between the Mets and the Royals, only three players are African-American—a number that also reflects baseball's failure to attract black fans.  

Comments [1]

An Indian Reservation Turns to Coal as a Lifeline

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

While protests against dirty coal are on the rise, and coal production is waning, the Crow Nation in Montana sees coal as the best way out of abject poverty and into self-sufficiency. 

Comments [4]

Deep Sea Internet Cables Possibly Under Threat

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Russian military operations near undersea internet cables have the U.S. concerned. Who do these cables belong to? Who uses them? And what's at stake if they're compromised?

Comments [2]

Make Room for Jem

Friday, October 23, 2015

This week's Movie Date podcast includes a very special radio play acted out by Rafer, Kristen, Sean Rameswaram (of "Sideshow"), and Katie Bishop (of "Death, Sex & Money"). 
Read More

Comments [1]

Actress Leem Lubany on Rocking the Kasbah with Bill Murray

Friday, October 23, 2015

In "Rock the Kasbah," Leem Lubany stars as an aspiring Afghani singer who might be the ticket out of Kabul for a washed up manager played by Bill Murray.


1-Minute Play Festival Tackles Race, Police Brutality

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A new theatre festival made up entirely of one-minute plays aims to shine a light on police brutality within the African-American community.

Comments [2]

FCC Moves Towards More Wireless Power, Fewer Local TV Stations

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

To get more and better access to data on our smartphones, customers might have to give something up: Our local television stations. 

Comments [8]