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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:

Thanksgiving Is For Eaters (with Amy Sedaris)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Amy Sedaris and Mo Rocca offer advice on dealing with family, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich tells of a lovesick turkey, and we call Butterball’s hotline for life advice.

Mo Rocca's Ravioli Free Association

Monday, September 19, 2016

The humorist and Cooking Channel host gets deep on ravioli – from Chef Boyardee to his grandma's recipe to what he calls "the Kenny G of ravioli."

Meet A Southern Baptist Matzoh Expert

Monday, April 18, 2016

The man who runs one of the biggest matzoh factories in the world schools us on the science behind these excellent crackers. Then Dan debates kosher law with a rabbi.

Why You Should Listen To Your Food

Monday, January 18, 2016

Changing the background music can make chocolate taste sweeter. Hear and taste the difference for yourself in this episode of The Sporkful.

Meet Mount Everest's Artist-in-Residence

Monday, January 04, 2016

Derek Eland will try to capture the essence of Mount Everest when he becomes artist-in-residence there later this year. 

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Movie Date's Best Films of 2015

Friday, January 01, 2016

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Rafer and Kristen wrap up 2015 with their favorite films of the year.
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Looking Ahead: Your New Year's Guide to 2016

Friday, January 01, 2016

Happy New Year! On the first day of 2016, The Takeaway examines the year ahead—from foreign policy and race, to technology and art.

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2015 Was a Great Year for Fierce Movie Characters

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Also, cartoons about our emotions. From Mad Max to Inside Out, the Movie Date team looks back at the best movies of 2015.

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Encryption: The Next Battle for Civil Liberties?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Julian Sanchez, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says diminishing encryption would open up technology to weaknesses that could be “exploited by the bad guys.” 

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The Child Bride Next Door

Monday, December 28, 2015

Across the United States, tens of thousands of children have entered into arranged or forced marriages in recent years.

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Concussion, Joy, The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, and Much More!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

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There are seven big releases this Christmas 2015, and Rafer and Kristen review (almost) all of them. 
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Hip Hop Nutcracker: Where the Sugarplum Fairy Break Dances

Thursday, December 24, 2015

For the past two years, the Hip Hop Nutcracker has brought the Tchaikovsky classic to new audiences. 

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What's on the Big Screen This Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2015

There are a number of big Christmas Day releases, and we're reviewing four of them with our Movie Date Podcast team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer

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A Christmas Treasure Buried for a Century

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Through newly unearthed letters to Santa, one New York City man has made a connection with two children who lived more than 100 years ago.

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Is That Artisanal Food Gift Really So Luxurious?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Not all luxury food gifts being shilled this time of year are what they're cut out to be. The Sporkful's Dan Pashman explains.  

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Stress That Kills? Study Says Being a World Leader Ages You Quicker

Monday, December 21, 2015

Does the stress of being a world leader age you? Does it shorten your life? A new study suggests the answer to both questions is yes. 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Sisters, Coat of Many Colors

Friday, December 18, 2015

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In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Sisters," and "Coat of Many Colors."
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These $200 Films Are Attracting Thousands of Fans

Friday, December 18, 2015

Ugandan filmmaker Isaac Nabwana's movies cost about $200 each to make, but they manage to attract hundreds of thousands of fans around the world. 

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Inside the Underground World of Street Football

Thursday, December 17, 2015

For 35 years, street football has been an institution in the pockets of New York where college recruiters rarely step foot. 

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Linda Ellerbee on The End of 'Nick News'

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Since its inception 25 years ago, Linda Ellerbee has been the host of "Nick News." But tonight, Ellerbee hangs up her hat, and "Nick News" will air for the final time.

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