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Kristen Meinzer

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Cannes 2012: This Year's Film Festival In Review

Monday, May 28, 2012

This year's Cannes Film Festival just wrapped up last night, and Sharon Waxman, founder and CEO of TheWrap.com, was there. She reviews this year's biggest films and oddest happenings.

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The History of Memorial Day

Monday, May 28, 2012

It’s Memorial Day, a day that Americans often conflate with Veterans Day. Just to clarify: Memorial Day, once known as Decoration Day, was founded just after the Civil War; Veterans Day, once known as Armistice Day, was founded after World War I. Veterans Day is in November; Memorial Day, of course, is the last Monday in May. Kenneth C. Davis, author "Don't Know Much About History," gives a more comprehensive history of the origins and evolution of Memorial Day.

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New Movie Releases: 'Men in Black 3' and 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Friday, May 25, 2012

It’s Friday, when we talk about movies at the Takeaway. This week’s big release is “Men In Black 3,” starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin as a young Tommy Lee Jones. We also have Wes Anderson’s newest movie “Moonrise Kingdom.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here as usual to give their recommendations on what to see and what to skip.

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Movie Date: 'Men in Black 3'

Friday, May 25, 2012

This week's Movie Date podcast is out of this world! No, really. Kristen and Rafer get extraterrestrial reviewing this week's blockbuster, "Men in Black 3." Listen to The Takeaway's Movie Date team engage in some Will Smith gossip and hear about Kristen's emotional reaction to the end of the film.

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C-Sections May Lead to Childhood Obesity

Friday, May 25, 2012

A new study suggests that children born via C-section are twice as likely to be obese by age three than those delivered vaginally way. On the surface, this might appear to be breakthrough work in our understanding of obesity, but how seriously should expectant mothers take it?

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Do Kids Need Homework?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

All this week, we’ve been talking about how students are learning today, both in and out of the classroom. Our conversations have looked at cell phones as educational tools, and at whether college students are studying less now than they did forty years ago. Today, we take a closer look at the study habits of primary and middle school students. In the past several years, a growing number of parents, teachers, and researchers have argued that kids are being assigned too much homework. After eight hours in school, they wonder if studying for hours at home afterward is really necessary.

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Black Mormons on This Year's Presidential Election

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Whether you love or hate politics, it’s hard to deny that when it comes to identity and culture, this year’s presidential election is truly historic. The incumbent is, of course, half black and thus, a racial minority. The challenger is Mormon, and thus, a religious minority. What if you’re one of the one million Americans who is both black and Mormon? How does identity factor in? Two African-American Mormons join us today to share their thoughts.

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College Students Either Studying as Hard as Ever, or Not Hard Enough

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

College is a time for academic inquiry, personal growth, and, of course, studying. But three studies published in the past three years suggest there might be less studying happening on college campuses than there used to be. According to one of them, by economists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, college students today spend about 40 percent less time studying outside of class than they did in 1961.

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Why Increased Immigration is the Solution for America's Ailing Economy

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A bipartisan group of mayors and business leaders from across the country thinks we need to look at immigration differently. The Partnership for a New American Economy released a new report yesterday that suggests our economic prosperity depends on increasing opportunities for immigrants to enter the United States.

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Why Texting in Class Might Actually Be a Good Thing

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

If you’re a parent, teacher, or student, you probably won’t be surprised by these statistics: In schools that permit cell phones, 71 percent of students text during class. In schools that ban cell phones entirely, the percentage is nearly as high: 58 percent. While we frequently hear teachers and parents complaining about these statistics, not all adults see these numbers as a bad thing. In fact, a small but growing number of educators are exploring how cell phones might be used to help students learn more and learn better.

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Over Fifty and Unemployed

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

In study after study, we’re told that the economic recovery is real. But tell that to unemployed Americans over 55. More than half of jobless seniors, about 1.1 million people, have been unemployed for more than six months, up from 23 percent four years ago, according to a government report released last week. But these aren’t just numbers — they’re people all over the country.

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Movie Date: 'What to Expect When You're Expecting'

Friday, May 18, 2012

Babies are cute, but the nine months before they come out aren't usually the best. That's at least true for some of the faux-moms in the new romantic comedy, "What to Expect When You're Expecting." The dads aren't at their most glamorous either, but the film delivers on the comedy of having a kid. Wondering if this pregnancy movie will make a good date? Kristen and Rafer let us in on what to expect out of this ensemble rom-com.

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New Movie Releases: 'The Dictator,' ' What to Expect,' 'Battleship'

Friday, May 18, 2012

There are several movies coming out that are either targeting women, or depicting them in ways that have critics up in arms. They range from the chick flick “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” to the “The Dictator,” which stars Sacha Baron Cohen as a misogynistic totalitarian leader. Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, The Takeaway's Movie Date team, are here as usual. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is the culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Donna Summer: Disco Queen and Uneasy Gay Icon

Friday, May 18, 2012

Donna Summer died yesterday at the age of 63. She held many titles, including Disco Queen, Grammy winner, number one chart topper, and of course, gay icon. But as a born-again Christian, Summer’s relationship with her gay fans wasn’t always an easy one. At one point, she found herself the subject of controversy over anti-gay comments she made during the AIDS epidemic.

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Listener Stories of Overcoming or Accepting Their Extra Weight

Friday, May 18, 2012

According to a new study, 42 percent of American adults will be obese by the year 2030. All this week, The Takeaway looks at this prediction with a wide range of specialists — from city planners to coffin makers to mathematicians to science writer Michael Moyer. Today, the conversation continues with you, our listeners. Throughout the week, you’ve been sharing your own stories of weight loss and body image.

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Moving Beyond Calories In, Calories Out

Thursday, May 17, 2012

According to a new study, 42 percent of American adults will be obese by the year 2030. And all this week, The Takeaway looks at that prediction with people we might not normally think of as obesity specialists. Today, the conversation continues with Michael Moyer, senior editor at Scientific American. Moyer believes that in order to combat America’s obesity epidemic, the answer isn’t mere math equations.

 

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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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