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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:

Proud to be an American

Thursday, July 02, 2015

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Terminator Genisys," "Amy," and "Magic Mike XXL." They also discuss the movies that make them proud to be an American. 
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The Quick Fix That Isn't: Why Another Bailout Won't Save Greece

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

As economist Daniel Altman sees things, no short-term solution is going to fix the crisis in Greece—and he counts bailouts among those short-term solutions.

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How Straight Couples Redefined Traditional Marriage

Monday, June 29, 2015

Contrary to what popular culture tells us, traditional marriage was never about love. 

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When Animals Talk, Do We Really Want to Hear What They Say?

Friday, June 26, 2015

When animals talk, do we really want to hear what they say? It depends on whether it's a teddy bear or a dog who's doing the talking. 
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Vaccines: Science Trumps Free Choice in California

Friday, June 26, 2015

On Thursday, the California Assembly approved a bill requiring all children to be vaccinated unless there is a medical reason not to. Should the state force people to receive healthcare?

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New Production Explores Soccer's Gender Politics

Thursday, June 25, 2015

In "Invisiball," a stage becomes a soccer stadium, and ten macho, acrobatic dancers reveal themselves in the end to be female. 

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Six Scientists Return from 'Mars'

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

For the past eight months, a group of scientists have been living in a volcano in Hawaii in order to simulate life on Mars. The lead scientist shares her story. 

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A Love Waiting 45 Years for the Supreme Court

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage will be handed down any day now. The first gay couple to ever apply for a marriage license weighs in on the historic case.

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Self-Driving Trucks Take to America's Roads

Monday, June 22, 2015

Self-driving trucks are on the road. Here's how they work, and how will they affect America's 3.5 million truck drivers.

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It's All About That Sax

Friday, June 19, 2015

Is "Inside Out" ripping off "Herman's Head"? Is "Dope" a remake of "Risky Business"? And what's up with all the sax solos on this week's Movie Date podcast?
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The First Ladies of Space

Friday, June 19, 2015

Think "Mad Men" in space, or "Real Housewives" meets NASA—a new ABC show called "The Astronaut Wives Club" follows the spouses of astronauts in the 1960s.

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Why Alexander Hamilton Should Stay on the $10 Bill

Friday, June 19, 2015

A descendant of Alexander Hamilton thinks it's a horrible mistake to replace the founding father and former Treasury Secretary on the $10 bill. He explains why. 

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Holy Land: Pope to Call for Environmental Consciousness

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

While the earth is introduced in the first sentence of the Bible, it hasn't always been front and center at the pulpit. For Catholics, that's expected to change tomorrow.

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Tech Giants See a Future in Virtual Reality

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Now, more than ever, virtual reality is looking like actual reality as big players like Sony and Facebook get on board. How long will it be before we're all strapped into headsets?

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Quirky Girls, Crazy Dads, and Working Women

Monday, June 15, 2015

This week's Movie Date podcast has a little something for everyone, especially those who love quirky girls, hate crazy dads, and presume that working women are the root of all evil. 
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Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Movie Date Podcast team is back to review the weekend's new releases, including "Jurassic World," "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," and "Live From New York!"

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Restaurant Bans Tips—And Profits Nearly Triple

Friday, June 12, 2015

At Bar Marco in Pittsburgh, tipping has been banned and workers are paid at least $35,000 a year and are provided health insurance, vacation days, company shares, and annual bonuses.

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Theater for the 60 Second Attention Span

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hate the idea of sitting through a three-hour play? Rest assured, not every theatre experience has to be a major commitment. Some plays, in fact, are a mere 60 seconds long.

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The Next President Could be a Princess, an Emperor, or Vermin Supreme

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Step aside Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush—there are 366 people running for president in 2016. We have the details on some of the lesser known, longshot candidates running for office.

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Trapped in Isolation with Only Hollywood Films

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Imagine this: You have spent your entire life locked away from society in a Manhattan apartment. Your only company comes in the form films. This isn't a movie—this is a true story.

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