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Kristen Meinzer

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Movie Date: 'Footloose'

Monday, October 17, 2011

Forget about classics — what are the odds for success when you're remaking a film that was cheesy the first time around? Well, depending on who you talk to, cheesy movies can be a good thing, especially if they involve Kevin Bacon. That's why the new version of "Footloose" will be judged with scrutiny. Kristen and Rafer discuss how it stacks up, from the soundtrack to the dance moves. 

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Movie Date: 'The Ides of March'

Friday, October 07, 2011

What makes a great political movie? Suspense? A unique plot line? A surprising reveal? Or...Marisa Tomei? In this weeks' podcast, Rafer and Kristen happen to agree. On what? You'll have to listen to find out, as they discuss the latest political epic with a wide release — and Ryan Gosling's 18,000th movie this year, apparently.  

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Movie Date: 'What's Your Number'

Friday, September 30, 2011

What's your number? No, not your phone number, but the number of sexual partners you've had. Awkward question right? It's also the basis and title for a new Anna Faris movie. But is "What's Your Number" a good idea for a movie? Kristen and Rafer agree on the final judgment, but if you want to know what it is, you'll have to take a listen to this week's movie date podcast. 

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What We Can Learn From the Brains of Babies

Friday, September 30, 2011

Scientists have found that babies can become fluent in foreign languages at an extremely fast rate; one that begins to slow down by their first birthday. What is it about the make-up of their brains as newborns that gives them this ability? Could adults train their brains to be more like the brains of babies?

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New Movies: '50/50' and 'What's Your Number"

Friday, September 30, 2011

It’s Friday, when we talk about new movies here on The Takeaway. This week, we're talking about "50/50," a comedy about a young guy with cancer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, and "What's Your Number?," another comedy — this one centers on dating and relationships — with Anna Faris.

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Movie Date: Moneyball

Sunday, September 25, 2011

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Kristen, Rafer, join a baseball-loving guest in discussing stats movie "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt. Can a movie about baseball statistics be remotely interesting? Does Kristen's knowledge of the game run deeper than "Bad News Bears"? Does the movie, in the final judgment, satisfy people who aren't number crunchers? To get answers to these questions, you must listen!  

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New Movies: 'Moneyball,' 'Dolphin Tale,' 'Abduction,' 'Killer Elite'

Friday, September 23, 2011

This weekend, a variety of anticipated movies are hitting theaters. "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt, is a dramatic film based on Michael Lewis's popular 2003 book of the same name. "Dolphin Tale," which stars Morgan Freeman, is a family film based on a true story about an injured bottlenose dolphin. "Abduction" is a thriller about a teenager who discovers that he was kidnapped as a young child. And "Killer Elite" is an action flick with Clive Owen and Robert De Niro.

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Nirvana's 'Nevermind,' Twenty Years Later

Monday, September 19, 2011

For those who came of age in the 1990s it may be hard to believe, but Nirvana’s "Nevermind" album turns twenty years old this week. Considered groundbreaking by some and over-hyped by others, the album is still often played and discussed two decades later.

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Movie Date: Actress Christina Hendricks on TV and Movies

Monday, September 19, 2011

This week our Movie Date podcasters get a special treat: a visit from "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks. Hendricks, who is also in two fall films, including "Drive," talks about approaching the differences between acting for movies and for TV, and about the next season of "Mad Men." 

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Movie Date: 'Warrior'

Monday, September 12, 2011

You can't say Kristen and Rafer don't go to great lengths to make their movie date fit the bill. This week's topic is epic mixed martial arts film "Warrior," and how do they discuss it? With a "Movie Date throwdown," of course! After a few weeks of surprised agreement, Rafer and Kristen are back in separate corners, ready to go to (friendly) blows at the ring of the bell. Who wins? Who loses? You have to listen to find out! 

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Could 'Contagion' Happen in Real Life?

Monday, September 12, 2011

This weekend, the virus disaster film "Contagion" was the top-grossing new movie in box offices across America. The film stars a heavy-hitting cast of well-known actors, including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow. It's unsettling to watch for many people, because it's about a global pandemic of a deadly virus, which threatens to end civilization as we know it — which prompts the question: could this really happen?

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New Movies: 'Contagion' and 'Warrior'

Friday, September 09, 2011

The biggest release this weekend is the thriller "Contagion," which has a formidable cast of big names in Hollywood: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburn, and Jude Law. "Warrior," a mixed martial arts movie starring Nick Nolte, is also opening this weekend.

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Generation 9/11: How This Generation is Different From All Others

Monday, September 05, 2011

We’re kicking off a new series today called "Generation 9/11." All week long, in honor of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, we’ll be talking with and about young people who were coming of age during the September 11 attacks.

We begin our series with Dr. Nassir Ghaemi. Dr. Ghaemi is Director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center and author of a new book called "A First Rate Madness: Leadership and Mental Illness."

We’ll also be hearing sound from Jillian Suarez and Erin Reeg — young people who are reporters for "Radio Rookies" on our flagship station, WNYC. "Radio Rookies" has its own series on Generation 9/11, that will be airing through this Friday.

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Movie Date: Fall Movie Preview

Sunday, September 04, 2011

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Kristen and Rafer take a look back at the summer that was...a "bummer summer." But rather than harp on how they were disappointed with the list of blockbusters that didn't deliver, they look forward at the movies being released this fall, and talk about what they're looking forward to and what they're dreading. From that list, our critics make picks for each other to see. What do they pick and how do they react? You'll have to listen to find out. 

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New Movies: 'The Debt,' Fall Movie Preview

Friday, September 02, 2011

Every Friday, The Takeaway looks at the weekend's new releases. Opening this weekend: "The Debt," an American remake of a 2007 Israeli thriller, starring Helen Mirren. We'll also talk about films to see this fall, including the haunting film "Martha Marcy May Marlene," and the 3-D family adventure film "Hugo."

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Education Week: One Public School's Experiences in Detroit

Friday, September 02, 2011

The Takeaway has been focusing on education this week, as students have been heading back to school across the country. Today, a look at one school, Detroit's Catherine Ferguson Academy. With a $327 million deficit and huge cuts in funding and employment, the public school system in Detroit has entered worrisome times. Catherine Ferguson Academy, a unique school that caters specifically to young mothers and pregnant teenagers, was almost closed as a result of the deficit, but students, teachers, politicians, and advocates rallied to save it.

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Jimmy Carter on Politics, World Events, and His New Book

Friday, September 02, 2011

As America faces an ongoing recession, the Middle East faces revolution and turmoil, and the president faces what could be an incredibly difficult re-election campaign, we couldn’t think of a better person to talk current events with than Nobel Peace Prize winner and 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter.

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Police Begin to Pull Out of Ciudad Juárez

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Mexico's War on Drugs, which President Felipe Calderón declared in January of 2007, has already resulted in the deaths of some 40,000 Mexicans, according to the Congressional Research Service. The epicenter of the violence is Ciudad Juárez, a city in northern Mexico less than five miles from El Paso, Texas. Last year, over 4,500 federal police began patrolling there, replacing army units that had been stationed there previously. Today, those police will leave the city.

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Education Week: Detroit Students Fight for School Choir

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It’s back to school season, so The Takeaway is doing a special series on educational issues in America. Many school districts are facing deep budget cuts, while also feeling the pressure to raise student achievement. That puts a lot of pressure on teachers, students, and administrators alike. Today, two students whose school choir lost funding due to budget cuts last year are speaking out. Rather than throw in the towel, the students went to great lengths to try saving the choir — as well as several other extra-curricular programs at their school.

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Historically Black Colleges Aim for More Non-Black Students

Friday, August 26, 2011

Historically black colleges and universities were established prior to the establishment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made previously established "separate but equal" racial segregation laws null. The schools were intended to provide higher education to the black community, at a time when black students weren't permitted to attend many institutions. Today, 105 historically black colleges and universities still exist in America, but many of them are now actively looking to enroll non-black students. Why is this? And how will this initiative change historically black colleges?

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