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Kristen Meinzer

Kristen Meinzer is the producer of The Sporkful podcast, culture producer for The Takeaway, and co-host of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast.

As The Sporkful's producer, she works closely with host Dan Pashman to develop content that explores ridiculous food minutiae and celebrates new and better ways to eat. The Sporkful is a James Beard Award-nominated food podcast and was named Best New Podcast by iTunes in 2010.

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 Sporkful, The Takeaway, and Movie Date, Kristen also serves as a commentator on Soundcheck, BK Live, and the New York broadcast of All Things Considered. She's also appeared on the Brian Lehrer Show, the Game Night Guys podcast, Uptown Radio, and the New York broadcast of Morning Edition.  

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:

'John Wick,' '23 Blast,' 'Citizenfour,' and Special Guest Jason Schwartzman

Friday, October 24, 2014

A blind boy plays football, an ordinary man blows the whistle, and Keanu Reeves makes a heroic return. Plus, Jason Schwartzman, star of "Listen of, Philip," stops by!
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Improvising with Jason Schwartzman

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Actor Jason Schwartzman talks about his new role in "Listen Up Philip," explains how director Wes Anderson has influenced his career, and improvises in The Takeaway studios.

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'Dear White People,' 'The Best of Me,' 'Birdman,' 'Fury,' Movie Therapy, and Sweatpants

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's a rage-filled podcast, as Rafer & Kristen delve into race relations, child abuse, career angst, and war. On the bright side, there's also Movie Therapy & a new feature: Sweatpants!
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Rachel Maddow, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich and Slate's Julia Turner: Eat More Better Book Release Spectacular!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

We celebrate the release of Dan's new book, Eat More Better, by talking to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow about cocktail philosophy and Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich about sandwich science.

'St. Vincent,' 'Kill The Messenger,' 'The Judge,' and Special Guest Damien Chazelle, Writer/Director of 'Whiplash'

Friday, October 10, 2014

This week's podcast is filled with some real jerks, from controlling fathers to grumpy babysitters to abusive teachers. Enjoy!
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Anthony Weiner Takes Bagels Seriously

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Anthony Weiner was recently selected to be a judge in a bagel-tasting contest. Little did the organizers realize how seriously the former congressman would take his duties. 
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Bagels!

Monday, October 06, 2014

On The Media's Brooke Gladstone calls modern fluffy bagels "a betrayal." Anthony Weiner calls BuzzFeed's bagel judging event "offensive.” What's the right way to do bagels?

'Gone Girl,' 'Left Behind,' 'Annabelle,' 'Men Women & Children' and Movie Therapy

Friday, October 03, 2014

There's a lot to be afraid of this week: the rapture, homicidal husbands, the internet, and, of course, dolls. 
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Our Enduring Obsession with ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Plenty of people are turned off by chainsaw-wielding cannibals massacring innocents. Yet the 1974 classic has inspired thousands of horror movies, comic books, and video games.

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'The Equalizer,' 'Boxtrolls,' 'The Two Faces of January,' and Movie Therapy

Friday, September 26, 2014

At first glance, it really seems we're digging to the bottom of the 1980s TV barrel with "The Equalizer." But maybe we'll feel differently at second glance. 
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Mo Rocca Likes Big Ravioli, And He Cannot Lie

Monday, September 22, 2014

Humorist and Cooking Channel host Mo Rocca joins Dan to talk about his grandma, debate whether square or round ravioli is better, and tell us which variety is the Kenny G of ravioli.

'This is Where I Leave You,' 'Tusk,' 'A Walk Among the Tombstones,' 'The Maze Runner,' and Special Guest Simon Pegg

Friday, September 19, 2014

It's a week for people on film and off (ahem, Rafer) to take personal responsibility for their lives. But do all of them rise to the occasion?  
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Simon Pegg's Search for the Secret to Happiness

Friday, September 19, 2014

In his long career, Simon Pegg has been known for playing a lot of unhappy characters. But in his latest project, he tackles the search for the secret to happiness.

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Actor Dan Stevens of 'Downton Abbey' Takes on the Big Screen

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dan Stevens is perhaps best known as Matthew Crawley on "Downton Abbey." But Stevens is also a busy film actor, with four movies hitting theaters in the next four months.

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'Dolphin Tale 2,' 'The Drop,' 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,' 'Kelly and Cal,' and Movie Therapy

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rafer thinks it's a red-letter week for women in the movies (if you count dolphins). Kristen's not so sure. 
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Listen To Your Chocolate--It Can Tell You How Good It Is

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Dan learns what listening to chocolate can tell you about it, how our brains play tricks on our tongues, and why charging more for wine can make it taste better. 

'The Identical,' 'Last Days in Vietnam,' 'Snowpiercer,' and Special Guest Stuart Murdoch on 'God Help the Girl'

Friday, September 05, 2014

What really happened during the fall of Saigon? Was Elvis Jewish? Are voiceovers ever okay? And why is Stuart Murdoch so darn nice? This and other questions, on this week's Movie Date.
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Movie Date: A Musical, A Documentary, and Two Classic Re-Releases

Friday, September 05, 2014

Our Movie Date podcast team reviews “The Identical,” “Last Days in Vietnam” and the anniversary re-releases of "Forrest Gump" and "Ghostbusters."

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Belle And Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch On Making 'God Help The Girl'

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Belle And Sebastian frontmant talks about his first foray into the world of film directing, and discusses some of the movie musicals that inspired him. 

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A Kennedy's Return to Vietnam

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Rory Kennedy's new documentary, "Last Days in Vietnam," travels back in time 40 years to the run-up to the 1975 evacuation of Saigon.  

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