Kristen Meinzer

Associate Producer

Kristen Meinzer appears in the following:

Jett Williams, on Hank Williams's Lost Recordings

Monday, November 29, 2010

In 1951, at the pinnacle of his career, legendary country singer Hank Williams recorded several hours of music with the Mother's Best Flour Show at radio station WSM, housed in the Grand Ole Opry.

Thinking the shows would only reach a small, mostly rural audience, Hank was unguarded in both his conversation and choice of songs — which included some that he’d never performed elsewhere. 

One might presume that the recordings would have been painstakingly archived and preserved. But when WSM cleaned house in the late 1970s, the Hank Williams Mother’s Best recordings were actually put out with the trash. Fortunately, they were rescued by the Opry’s photographer and handed over to Hank's daughter, Jett Williams.

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Maira Kalman Travels Country to Fall Back In Love with America

Friday, November 26, 2010

All week long we have been talking about the idea of "home," and the physical attributes and emotional attachments we have to our homes.

We end our series by talking with artist and writer Maira Kalman. She is the author of “And the Pursuit of Happiness,” a compilation of her year-long journey for our partner, The New York Times, to explore her adopted home, America. Kalman was not born in the United States, but she traveled the country to fall back in love.


Amy Sedaris on Home Entertaining, Crafting, and Cooking

Thursday, November 25, 2010

This whole week we’re talking about home. And we’re asking our guests and listeners: what does home look and sound and taste like to you?

If you’re Amy Sedaris, the answer might very well be tinfoil balls and seashell toilet seat covers.


Reading the Civil War in Real Time

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's easy to think of the Civil War and remember only the big battles and major lessons we learned in grade school: the nation in its worst period of polarization, and an unseasoned president, Abraham Lincoln, struggling to mend a nation literally, not just rhetorically, at war with itself.

But imagine being able to experience the events and elections that led up to the Civil War in real time, at the day-by-day pace at which they originally happened. That's what Jamie Malanowski is making a reality. 

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Movie Date: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt 1

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rafer and Kristen, possibly the only two people in the world who aren't enthralled with Harry Potter, talk with Takeaway Digital Editor (and Potter aficionado) Jim Colgan about the latest in the Harry Potter series.

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Hearing the Sounds of Home

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet…  but what about a song in any other key? Could the Beatles’ guitar gently weep if it were written in a major key? For that matter, would Eric Satie’s nocturnes evoke the same sense of loneliness had the tempo been increased by a few beats per minute?  


Advice for Black Sheep... and Their Families

Monday, November 22, 2010

It’s Thanksgiving week and the start of the holiday season. While the holidays can be a great time for getting together with the family, it can also be a time that’s fraught with tension for those people who no longer fit in at home (if, indeed, they ever did). Are you a "black sheep" ? Or do you have one in your family? 

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Fran Lebowitz in New Scorsese Doc, 'Public Speaking'

Monday, November 22, 2010

If you’ve read Vanity Fair anytime in the past decade or watched David Letterman with any regularity over the past two decades, you probably know who Fran Lebowitz is…or, in the very least, you know her biting social commentary. She’s the subject of a new documentary directed by Martin Scorsese, which premiers tonight on HBO. It’s called “Public Speaking.” (trailer after the jump.) 

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The Truth and Fiction of Lawrence of Arabia

Friday, November 19, 2010

To his admirers, T.E. Lawrence, known around the world as "Lawrence of Arabia," was a courageous military leader. To his critics, he was a manipulative liar who exaggerated his own role in the Arab uprising against the Turks. And to movie lovers ... he was simply a great character. What’s true and what’s false about Lawrence of Arabia varies quite a bit, depending on who you ask. Who was he, really? 


Actress Miranda Richardson: Acting in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows'

Friday, November 19, 2010

Miranda Richardson is a two-time Oscar-nominated actress whose career spans three decades. Her credits include "The Crying Game," "Sleepy Hollow," "The Hours," "Young Victoria," and the cult British comedy classic "Black Adder."  Today, she has two new films hitting theaters: one based on real events, and one based on a hugely popular book about a certain boy wizard.


Sec. Napolitano: Holiday Travel Comes With More Pat Downs

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Transportation Security Administration has begun more thorough pat-downs at airport security checkpoints just weeks before holidays' heavy travel season. Many passengers have already complained of inappropriate contact and others are upset with the intimacy of the search. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano explains the new search procedures and the full-body scanning machines that have been set up in airports. She and the TSA are asking passengers to be patient and cooperate.

"The vast majority of the traveling public understands that this is a safety and security measure," Napolitano said. Read a full transcript

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Okay with OK: The History of a Made Up Word

Thursday, November 18, 2010

How many times a day to do you say OK? Ten, twenty, fifty? Chances are, you say it a lot — whether you're acknowledging and agreeing to a request, or telling somebody how you're feeling. But who invented it? And what does the use of "OK" indicate about us culturally? OK if we talk about it? 


Mark Twain Speaks from the Grave

Thursday, November 18, 2010

This month, Mark Twain fans will finally be able to read something by him that’s never been published before: Twain's secret autobiography, which he decreed should not be published until one hundred years after his death.

Why the delay? Was his request unusual? And how common is it for books to be published after an author’s death?


Dick Cavett Tells All

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

In the late 1960s, Dick Cavett began hosting TV’s hippest, smartest ninety-minute conversation on legendary talk show “The Dick Cavett Show.”

From the beginning, his guests and topics ranged from the popular to the intellectual; and included Groucho Marx, Jimi Hendrix, Salvador Dali, Norman Mailer, Marlon Brando, and Katherine Hepburn.

His discussions of society and culture were just as compelling — and often controversial — with topics ranging from the Vietnam War to pornography.

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Salman Rushdie on Videogames, Storytelling, and 'Luka and the Fire of Life'

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Salman Rushdie has been many things over the years: an award-winning millionaire novelist, a British knight, and of course, the object of an Iranian Ayatollah’s fatwa in the late '80s. But his new novel, “Luka and the Fire of Life,” will likely lead to new titles: videogame master, or perhaps “the next J.K. Rowling.” The novel, inspired in part by his 13-year-old son and the videogames he plays, centers on young Luka and his much older father Rashid. When Rashid mysteriously falls into a deep sleep and can’t be awakened, Luka must travel into the Heart of Magic, battle giants, monsters — and even time itself — to bring back the fire that will save his father’s life.

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Movie Date: Morning Glory

Monday, November 15, 2010

Kristen and Rafer's weekly disagreement returns as they debate "Morning Glory," along with morning news shows, a few movies about journalists, and ways to tell if a movie was made several years ago and only released recently.

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Bad Religion and Evolutionary Science with Greg Graffin

Monday, November 15, 2010

For thirty years, the legendary punk band Bad Religion has been singing about politics, questioning religion, and, of course, rocking supremely hard.

But did you know that the band’s lead vocalist and lyricist, Greg Graffin, has a side job? And no, it’s not bartending or acting.

When he’s not on stage, Graffin is a professor of life sciences and paleontology. His passion is evolution. And he's the co-author of a new book that shares his insights, intellectual musings and personal stories called “Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God.”

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Nora Ephron on Divorce and Memory

Monday, November 15, 2010

For nearly fifty years Nora Ephron has been writing about marriage, divorce, family, love and death — in essays and movies that have become popular for their insight and wit about relationships, including “When Harry Met Sally,” “Heartburn,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “Julie and Julia.”

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What Says 'Home' to You?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Home is where you hang your hat. There's no place like it, or so we're told. But what exactly is home? Is it a place? A state of mind? A smell, sound or look? Or the presence of a person we love?

During the week of Thanksgiving, we'll be exploring the notion of home each day. We'll look at the details that matter: from the specific structural aspects of a home to our ideas of what constitutes a homeland. And we'll be talking with people across the United States (and maybe even outside it).

John and Celeste will also share their personal memories of home, and what the word home means to them.

Tell us: What  says 'home' to you?  What are the details that make a place look like, smell like, or sound like home to you? Is home a place you long for, or do you carry it with you? Is there something that makes you love or dread the thought of going home for the holidays?

This is the latest assignment with The Takeaway iPhone app. Take a photo of the things that make a place home to you. Record audio of the sounds. And take video of the events that make it that way.

If you don't have an iPhone, just submit the photo below. If you do, get the app.

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The Truth About Cleopatra

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cleopatra was ancient Egypt’s final, and arguably most famous, Pharaoh. But aside from epic romances with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, we know very little about her. For example, what did she actually look like? Was her leadership role unique among women of the time? And how did she earn the reputation as a scheming temptress?