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Kristen Meinzer

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War on Film: Bridging The Civilian-Military Divide

Monday, January 13, 2014

On and off film, war isn't what it used to be. Nowadays, it seems like war films may represent a dual yearning to revisit combat experiences by those who served, and a desire to better understand conflicts by those who haven't. Award winning film author and lecturer Robert McKee has done extensive research on the depiction of war in the movies. He discusses how public sentiment and the kinds of wars we fight have changed what we see on the screen, and how the box office performs. 

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Movie Date: "Hercules" and Golden Globe Predictions

Friday, January 10, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review the new Renny Harlin action flick, "The Legend of Hercules," starring Kellan Lutz. They also give their predictions for the major film categories of this weekend's Golden Globes (Sunday, January 12). And, bonus: this week's trivia winner gets a very special prize!

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The Challenges of Depicting War on Film

Friday, January 10, 2014

One of the biggest challenges in American cinema has been bringing the stories of war to the civilian big screen. "Lone Survivor" is a new film by director Peter Berg  that attempts to bring the story of a mission gone wrong in Afghanistan to a civilian audience. Donna Axelson's son, Matt, was one of the SEAL team members killed in the mission. She discusses what it was like to see her son portrayed on film and shares her thoughts on how and why filmmakers should attempt to bring the realities of war to a civilian screen. 

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A Failure of Leadership in South Sudan

Thursday, January 09, 2014

More than 1,000 people have been killed in the violence in South Sudan that erupted last month, following a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar. The Takeaway talks with Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, about the roots of the current crisis. Deb Dawson, of Fargo, North Dakota also weighs in. Dawson works closely with Sudanese Lost Boys and Lost Girls both in the U.S. and abroad.

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How Olympic Figure Skaters Pick the Perfect Song

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The song that frames an Olympic figure skater's routine needs to have a variety of tempos. It needs to have emotional resonance and perhaps a little bit of edge. Most importantly, it needs to be something the skater can listen to over and over and over again. As competitors gear up for the 2014 Olympics, Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic Champion in ladies' singles, reflects on the kind of music that brings home medals.

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Rodman Brings Team to Play Ball in North Korea

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Nothing says happy birthday to one of the world's most ruthless dictators more than a basketball game led by former NBA star Dennis Rodman. Today in honor of Kim Jong-Un's birthday, Rodman has assembled a 12-member team to play a game in North Korea. Is this just classic Dennis Rodman? Or is there something deeper going on? To help us get inside his head we've called upon William Rhoden, sports writer for our partner The New York Times.

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Stephen Frears Gets Out of the Way

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The latest film by British director Stephen Frears is Philomena, the true story of BBC reporter Martin Sixsmith's effort to reveal the extraordinary tale of a mother’s search for her lost son. Whatever the subject, this filmmaker prefers stories that get to the heart of the matter, but he says that any genius in directing is about getting out of the way.

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Movie Date: Listener Mail Bag

Friday, January 03, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen answer a few of the many listener letters they've recently received. Along the way, they try to lend some movie therapy and (hooray!) end up on a surprise speed date. Bonus: Rafer and Kristen have some big announcements to make. Among them: a recent smackdown with the Game Night Guys and an upcoming singles mixer at WNYC.

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Award Season Premiere: Films You May Have Missed

Friday, January 03, 2014

If Friday's winter storm has got you stuck indoors this weekend, the timing couldn’t be better because it’s officially the start of awards season, with the Golden Globes just 9 days away. Joining The Takeaway to fill you in on all the must-see films that you may have missed before awards season are Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Olympian Jazmine Fenlator: From Track Start to Bobsled Pilot

Friday, January 03, 2014

Jazmine Fenlator is like a lot of Olympic athletes. She played sports growing up, excelled in high school athletics, and was recruited by a university to compete on their Division 1 Track and Field team. She holds the university’s records for the indoor shot put, outdoor shot put, and discus. But while it sounds like Jazmine is the track star we’ll all be cheering for in the near future, she is, in fact, the pilot the U.S. Olympic Women’s bobsled team.

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The Divided Households of Downton Abbey

Friday, January 03, 2014

The highly anticipated fourth season of Downton Abbey premiers Sunday night, and Lucy Lethbridge, author of Servants: A Downstairs View of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times, argues that the servant/nobility relationship shaped nearly everything in British life.

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Relearning Language Through Photography

Thursday, January 02, 2014

More than five years ago, photographer Rachael Jablo developed chronic migraines. As a side effect of the medication she took to help treat those migraines, Jablo developed aphasia which caused her to lose her ability to remember language. Slowly, she was able to speak but could no longer remember certain words to identify simple objects or feelings. Eventually, she came up with the idea of using photography as a way to relearn language.

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Making Those New Year's Resolutions Stick

Thursday, January 02, 2014

About 40 percent of Americans make new years resolutions, but just 8 percent actually achieve them. Samantha Henig, digital editor for the New York Times Magazine, has been interviewing a family with an outstanding New Year's resolution track record. Robin Marantz Henig, a freelance science writer for our partner The New York Times, has been looking into the science of new year’s resolutions with the NYU Motivation Lab.

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Happy New Year From The Takeaway!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The year ahead is full of promise and pitfalls, and The Takeaway is there to make sense of it every step of the way.

What’s in store this year for the U.S. economy? Will unemployment fall back down to pre-recession levels? Will we see a soaring stock market and stabilized ...

The Great Chicken Wing Hunt and Perfection in Food and Life

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"I want to believe that there are perfect things in life. The perfect relationship, the perfect song, or the perfect day. And the perfect wing. I think it's out there." So says Matt Reynolds at the start of The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, a new documentary comedy in which he leaves his life as an American expat in Slovakia to return to his native western New York in search of the perfect Buffalo wing. This podcast gets deep, and that's even before Dan and Matt start eating wings together. 

Director Ryan Coogler on "Fruitvale Station"

Friday, December 27, 2013

It was almost four years ago that Oscar Grant was killed in Oakland, California. Grant was a young, black man, shot in the back by a white BART police officer, just hours after midnight on New Years Eve. That tragic New Years Day for Oscar Grant was captured in the film, "Fruitvale Station," the first feature-length film produced by the very young Ryan Coogler, who by all accounts, has had a very good year.

 

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Movie Date: Best Documentaries of 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcastRafer and Kristen round up some the best documentaries of the year. From the front lines of late-term abortion clinics to the unsung backup singers, the genre thrived in 2013. "20 Feet from Stardom," "We Steal Secrets," "After Tiller," "The Act of Killing," and "Room 237" all make the Movie Date's list.

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Movie Date: 'Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Walter Mitty,' 'Invisible Woman,' and Much More!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review seven of the big movies being released on Christmas Day 2013. The films touch on everyone's favorite holiday topics, including family fights, financial corruption, elder abuse, war, extramarital affairs, lay-offs, and samurais. So pour yourself a cup of eggnog, and hear what Rafer and Kristen have to say about: "Lone Survivor," "August: Osage County," "Invisible Woman," "47 Ronin," "Wolf of Wall Street," "Grudge Match," and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

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New Movie Releases: 'Walter Mitty,' 'Grudge Match,' 'Wolf of Wall Street,' '47 Ronin'

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tomorrow is Christmas, the last and biggest movie release date of the year. Movie Date co-hosts Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer give their thoughts on some of the big ones: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "Grudge Match," "47 Ronin," and "Wolf of Wall Street."

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The Life of a Holiday Hitmaker

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

What's it like to write a hit holiday song? Randy Brooks has some idea. Nearly 35 years ago, he wrote “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” a holiday song which has sold an estimated 40 million copies worldwide, even outselling classics like “White Christmas” in some years. The song is Randy’s one and only real hit, and depending on who you ask, it’s either brilliant or awful. He joins The Takeaway to discuss how the song became such a hit and how he feels each year when he hears it on the airwaves.

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