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Kristen Meinzer

Kristen Meinzer appears in the following:

Why Aren't There More Minorities in the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Few sports have been more racially divided than golf. Realizing that the NCAA was not inviting athletes from historically black colleges and Hispanic- and Native American-serving institutions to compete in their regional golf tournaments, the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship was created to open the doors. In recent years, however, there appear to be fewer and fewer minorities in the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship.

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A Mathematician's Take on America's Obesity Epidemic

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A new study predicts that 42 percent of American adults will be obese by 2030. And all this week we’re looking at that prediction with people we might not normally think of as obesity specialists — from city planners to coffin makers. Today, we’re continuing the conversation with another unexpected obesity expert: Dr. Carson Chow, a mathematician. 

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Obama's Gay Marriage Position Mobilizes Latino Supporters

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Not surprisingly, President Obama’s announcement last week in support of same-sex marriage appeared to mobilize his gay supporters. But, contrary to what some might expect, it also appeared to mobilize his Latino supporters, regardless of their sexual orientation.

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Job Interviews Borrow from the Speed-Dating Handbook

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

We’ve all heard of speed-dating; that modern mating ritual in which singles are given a minute or two to impress a potential date before moving aside so the next candidate to make his or her pitch. But it turns out that speed-dating methods aren’t just for dating anymore.

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Confronting Misconceptions About Race, Weight, and Body Image

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It’s widely believed that in America, Asians are rarely overweight, and more likely to be healthy as a result of that. It’s also widely believed that black people are more likely than other groups to have a positive body image regardless of their size. In fact, the picture is much more complicated.

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The Obese American Future

Monday, May 14, 2012

A new study predicts that 42 percent of American adults will be obese — a category beyond overweight — by the year 2030. We talk to Keith Davis, owner of Goliath Coffins, who is working to accomodate America's bigger, more obese future by making caskets for the morbidly obese.

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Movie Date: 'Dark Shadows'

Friday, May 11, 2012

Finally, a vampire movie that really gets vampires. The undead get a bad rap, but this week Kristen and Rafer offer praise to "Dark Shadows," Tim Burton's latest foray into creepy. One part soap opera, one part Johnny Depp, and one part 70s shag carpet, "Dark Shadows" moves this cult classic into new territory. 

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New Movie Releases: 'Dark Shadows,' 'Girl in Progress,' 'Bernie'

Friday, May 11, 2012

There are several movie releases today, including Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s newest collaboration “Dark Shadows,” the coming-of-age film “Girl In Progress,” and Jack Black’s newest comedy, “Bernie.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, share what's worth seeing and what isn't. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Prison Program Helps Moms Connect with Kids

Friday, May 11, 2012

For some incarcerated women, spending time behind bars means missing out on the formative years of their child's or grandchild's life. But a program is trying to change that. Mommy Reads, a ten-week course offered through Sarah Lawrence College to mothers and grandmothers incarcerated at the Valhalla Correctional Facility in Valhalla, New York, helps women write children's stories and then record themselves narrating them. Polly Bresnick has been lead teacher and volunteer coordinator of the program for two years.

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Is the Gay Rights Movement Akin to the Civil Rights Movement?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

In a landmark moment for the gay rights movement in America, President Barack Obama announced, for the first time, his support of gay marriage. This comes years after Obama’s views on the issue have "evolved." In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, Obama told Robin Roberts, "I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married." Many gay rights leaders have long compared their fight to the black civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s. But do the two compare?

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President Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday, May 10, 2012

“I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” President Obama told Robin Roberts in an interview with ABC News yesterday. The comments mark an apparent end to Obama’s two-year, self-described “evolution” on the issue. An openly gay minister from North Carolina and a spokesperson for the Christian-values group American Family Association share their reactions.

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Family Secrets: A Takeaway Listener's Story

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Last week, we talked with Madeleine Albright about her life, and her discovery in adulthood that she was Jewish. We asked our listeners: Have you ever discovered a secret about your family or identity? We received a lot of responses, including one from Loren Levinson. She was adopted when she was a baby and raised her whole life in a Jewish household. But when she tracked down her birth parents as an adult, she discovered that her paternal ancestry was Muslim and that her birth mother is a born-again Christian. 

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Advice on Employment After Graduation

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

It’s May, the beginning of graduation season in America. And all this week, we’re looking at the realities that this year’s grad will be facing. Yesterday, we talked with two experts about the economic landscape 2012 college grads are entering. Today, we're continuing the conversation with advice from a 2010 college grad to a 2012 college grad.

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College Grads Still Face Bleak Job Prospects

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

May is the start of college graduation season, when the nation’s bright and ambitious college seniors step out into the workforce — or hope to. But last week’s job numbers show job growth is still weak, and many soon-to-be college grads may find themselves dealing with bleak prospects for the time being. Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of Young Invincibles, is on the last stop of a 21-state bus tour holding roundtable discussions with young people to brainstorm solutions to youth unemployment.

 

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Should the US Negotiate with Al-Qaeda?

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Over the weekend, it was revealed that the U.S. has been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups. But over the border, in Pakistan, the U.S. stated yesterday that they’ve ruled out negotiating with Al-Qaeda to free an aid worker who was kidnapped last summer.

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The Blind Leading the Blind into the Technological Future

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Yesterday, the White House honored 14 people who’ve served as pioneers in advancing technologies for people with disabilities. Down the road, there may be one more big name to add to those being honored: Nektar Paisios. He just completed his computer science Ph.D. this month at New York University. Originally from Cyprus, and blind from the time he was four, Paisios is working on a number of iPhone apps that could solve some of the blind community's problems.

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Should Schools Punish Students for Their Activities Off-Campus?

Monday, May 07, 2012

Two teenagers in Indiana listed on Facebook eight students and one teacher from their school that they’d like to kill. The school expelled the two girls involved in the exchange. Should students be punished for their cyber-activities off campus? Wendy Kaminer is a lawyer, social critic, and contributing editor at The Atlantic, and Regina Webb is the person who first got the Griffith Middle School involved in this case, when Webb's older daughter was one of the people whose name was listed as a potential mark in the Facebook exchange.

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Movie Date: 'The Avengers'

Friday, May 04, 2012

This week, the fate of Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers' hangs in the balance. Who will come to the rescue this awesome, hulking green monster of a film? And who will come down on the movie like a giant hammer? Listen to find out where Kristen and Rafer stand on this superhero saga.

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New Movie Releases: 'Avengers,' 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' 'First Position'

Friday, May 04, 2012

There are several new releases today, including the long-awaited super-hero movie “The Avengers,” the all-star senior citizens’ ensemble “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” and the dance documentary “First Position.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for the Takeaway.

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Follow Friday: Romney's Gay Spokesman, Newt Gingrich Drops Out

Friday, May 04, 2012

Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. This week, we'll hear more about Newt Gingrich pulling out of the Presidential race; Richard Grenell, the openly gay foreign policy spokesperson who resigned from Mitt Romney's campaign just days after joining it; and Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage. Ron Christie is a Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist. And Farai Chideya is ajournalist and blogger.

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