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Kristen Meinzer

Kristen Meinzer appears in the following:

A Man's Mid-life Discovery: His Racial Background

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Michael Fosberg was raised in a working class Armenian American family led by his biological mother and adoptive father. When he was in his thirties, his parents decided to divorce. Michael responded to the split by going out in search of the long lost father he never knew and discovering that he was black.

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Minimum Wage Increase Coming to Several States

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

This month, minimum wage workers in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington will see paycheck increases of three to 12 cents per hour. For those earning low wages, increases do help with living expenses, but is such a small raise really noticeable? We speak with Ashley Kinsinger, who has worked for minimum wage as a supermarket cashier, and Beth Kobliner, work contributor for The Takeaway about the issue.

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The Battle for Haiti

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A year ago, when the monumental earthquake of January 2010 hit Haiti, 250,000 people died, even more were injured, and roughly one million were left homeless. But the tragedy didn’t end there. At the same time that millions of civilians mourned, over 4,000 prisoners escaped from the national penitentiary and began a reign of terror over the nation’s tent cities that continues today; raping women and children, brutalizing citizens, and controlling access to drinking water and electricity.

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The Surprising Origins of Everyday Expressions

Monday, January 10, 2011

Why do we say we’re "flying by the seat of our pants?" Or that someone’s "got our goat?" Harry Oliver has researched hundreds of the quirky phrases we use in everyday life, and found out the history and stories behind each one. His new book is called “Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: Surprising Origins of Everyday Expressions.

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Movie Date: Can Actors Really Sing?

Friday, January 07, 2011

The new backstage celebrity drama "Country Strong" hits theaters Friday, and the big question on everyone's mind is, can Gwyneth Paltrow actually sing?

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'Country Strong': Can Gwyneth Paltrow Really Sing?

Friday, January 07, 2011

This week’s big movie opening is a back-stage country music drama called "Country Strong." It stars Gwyneth Paltrow as hugely popular country singer named Kelly Cantor. Kelly is battling alcoholism, competition from a younger singer, low self esteem, and a fractured relationship with her husband and manager played by Tim McGraw. The big question, of course, is: Does Paltrow give a convincing performance as a country music star? And for that matter, is it ever a good idea for actors to sing in their movies?

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Russell Simmons on How You Can Get Rich

Friday, January 07, 2011

Russell Simmons made his name as one of the most influential names in hip-hop by helping to found Def Jam Records in the 2980s. But he's also a the author of a successful self-help book that Oprah Winfrey helped become a bestseller. Simmons tells us why he's trying to help people get rich.

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First Openly Gay Anglican Bishop Explains Choice to Retire

Thursday, January 06, 2011

In 2004, Gene Robinson became the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, and a firestorm of controversy broke out in parts of the worldwide Anglican Communion. A little more than six years later, in late 2010, he announced that he’d be retiring.

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Roseanne Barr Declares State of 'Roseannearchy'

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Every-woman, comedian, and actor, Roseanne Barr has announced her run for president. On the agenda: pointing out when the emperor is wearing no clothes and putting the “pal” back in Palestinian. Her latest book, “Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm,” details her platform and latest musings. We talk with Barr about her book, her presidential run and the truth in satire.

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Peter Nowak on 'Sex, Bombs, and Burgers'

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Over thirty years ago, Ian Dury concluded what many people already believed…that sex, drugs and rock & roll were all that a brain and body really needed for a happy life. Technology reporter Peter Nowak says Dury was not completely off-base. He analyzes the relationship between war photography and pornography, and looks at how the military has driven food technology.

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One Teacher and 70,000 Students

Monday, January 03, 2011

A little over six years ago, hedge fund manager Sal Khan began tutoring his cousins long distance, with the help of a speakerphone and Yahoo Doodle software. By 2006, his tutorials had taken the form of YouTube videos, which Khan made free to anyone who wanted them. Today, people watch Khan’s 1,800 tutorials — which cover math and science topics from trigonometry to cosmology in roughly 15-minute chunks — an average of 70,000 times per day. 

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Movie Date: 2011 Film Resolutions, What We'll See and Not See

Friday, December 31, 2010

Highlights include a discussion about Mel Gibson's new puppet movie, a disagreement over Russell Brand and thoughts on the new "Green Lantern."

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Movies You'll Be Talking about in 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 is coming to an end and a whole new year of news and culture awaits us. All week long, we've been talking with big thinkers about what they’re anticipating, from new music to world events. Today we take a look at the movies you'll likely be talking about in the year ahead.

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The Takeaway’s 2010 Breakup Quiz

Friday, December 31, 2010

All week long we're talking with some of our favorite guests from 2010 about the year that was…the good, the bad, and the ridiculous. Today, our subject is the year’s big breakups, and our guest is author, humorist, and newshound Andy Borowitz. But rather than just talk about or look at the breakups, we’re also inviting listeners to participate and answer a quiz that we’re calling the Takeaway’s 2010 Breakup Quiz.

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Ryan Gosling on 'Blue Valentine'

Friday, December 31, 2010

The American film industry never seems to grow tired of portraying young lovers as they meet, fall in love, and get married before settling into an imaginary "happily ever after." But what they almost never present us with is the reality of marriage over time, of the toll that child-rearing, boredom and familiarity can take on a couple in the years after they first see each other across a crowded room. The just-released film, “Blue Valentine,” attempts to tackle these issues.

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Teachable Moments of 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

All week long we're talking with some of our favorite guests from the past year about the year that was. Today we're having a conversation about the teachable moments of 2010. What lessons can we take away from the major world events of the past year?

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Books to Look Out for in 2011

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 is coming to an end, but a whole new year of news and culture awaits in 2011. All week long, we're talking with big thinkers about what they’re anticipating…from new movies to world events. Today, we're anticipating some of the books we know will be coming out in 2011. 

We’re joined by Patrik Henry Bass, senior editor for Essence magazine and frequent books contributor to The Takeaway. We also speak with Karen Holt, former deputy editor of Publishers Weekly, and contributor of book reviews to O: The Oprah Magazine and Essence. Both Bass and Holt offer their book recommendations.

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Back from Afghanistan, Soldiers Look to a New Year and New Life

Thursday, December 30, 2010

All week long we're talking with some of our favorite guests from the past year about the year that was, and what they foresee in the year ahead. Today we're having a conversation with our friend Kristen Rouse. Rouse is a first lieutenant in the Army National Guard, and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. She returned from her most recent deployment two weeks ago.

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2011: The Year Ahead in Science

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 may be coming to an end, but a whole new year of news and culture awaits in 2011. All week long, we'll be talking with big thinkers about what they’re anticipating …from new movies to world events. Today, our subject is science, and our guest is the one and only Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist, bestselling author, professor at the City University of New York, and host of “Science of the Impossible.”

 

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A New Year, or Same Old Sludge for the Gulf Coast?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

All week long we're talking with some of our favorite guests from the past year about the year that was, and what they foresee in the year ahead.

Today: a conversation about the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry…the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which leaked over 205 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf this past spring and summer. The leaking oilhead was capped in July: how are people in Gulf states doing today?

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