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Kristen Meinzer

Kristen Meinzer appears in the following:

Why Are Americans Changing Their Mind on Gay Marriage?

Monday, June 06, 2011

Since 1996, Gallup has been polling Americans about gay marriage. In the past, the majority of their respondents were opposed to it being legally recognized. But last month, for the first time, the majority of respondents said they were in favor of gay marriage being legalized. Why are Americans changing their minds?

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Movie Date: 'X-Men: First Class'

Friday, June 03, 2011

In this week's Movie Date: Rafer Admits something that's never happened before and may never happen again. Kristen Rejoices. Both agree that "X-Men: First Class" is the kind of superhero film that succeeds in being relatable to the real world, and maybe the first great superhero movie of the summer (sorry, "Thor"). Take a listen.  

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Reflecting on Jack Kevorkian, Dead at Age 83

Friday, June 03, 2011

Dr. Jack Kevorkian died at age 83 Friday morning at a Michigan hospital. Kevorkian was a controversial figure; outspoken on assisted suicide, the doctor said he helped 130 people who had chosen to end their lives. Terry Youk's brother, Thomas, was euthanized in 1998 with the help of Jack Kevorkian. He supported his brothers challenging decision. Professor of political science at Dickinson College, Jim Hoefler is an expert in biomedical ethics and end-of -life decision making. He says that Jack Kevorkian "muddied the waters" in the end-of-life debate by choosing to help people who weren't in dire circumstances.

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Remembering Babe Didrikson on her 100th Birthday

Friday, June 03, 2011

Before there was a Michael Jordan or Martina Navratilova, long before Tiger Woods or even Jackie Robinson, there was a woman named Babe Didrikson Zaharias who dominated sports for a quarter century. To the delight and fascination of the public, she was able to beat top athletes, both male and female, at sports ranging from bowling to diving. She earned Olympic gold medals in the hurdles and javelin, all-American status in basketball, dozens of golf championships, and a spot on ESPN’s list of top ten North American athletes of the century.

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Movies: 'X-Men: First Class'

Friday, June 03, 2011

There’s only one new film being released widely this weekend, and it’s a big one: "X-Men: First Class," a prequel to the X-Men films that were so popular between 2000 and 2006. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday co-hosts the Movie Date podcast with Takeaway producer Kristen Meinzer. They talk about the mutant powers they'd each like.

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30 Years After the Discovery of AIDS

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Thirty years ago this week, Dr. Michael Gottlieb identified a new disease in a paper he wrote for the CDC. Characterized by a severely damaged immune system, and primarily afflicting gay men, the syndrome would come to be known as AIDS. In the years since, over sixty million people — of both genders and all sexual orientations — have died of AIDS. Antiretrovirals have been developed, however there is still no cure.

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Movie Date: 'The Hangover Part II'

Friday, May 27, 2011

If the marketing and the first film's popularity is any indication, "The Hangover Part II" will pull in tons of money this weekend. Kristen and Rafer share their opinions on the sequel, and as per usual, there's plenty to debate. Can a sequel with a mission of giving viewers "something familiar" also be original? And is this movie offensive to Asians, women, and really all humans?

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Movies: 'The Hangover Part II' Offends Asians, Moviegoers and Humans

Friday, May 27, 2011

It's Memorial Day weekend, and for many people that means a visit to see whatever is playing at the local movie theater. Certainly the most heavily advertised option is sequel "The Hangover Part II," the bro-tastic comedy flick featuring Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. But some people, like San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jeff Yang, aren't happy about the way Asians are portrayed in the film. Yang and producer Kristen Meinzer join us to talk about the film.

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Movie Date: The Two Woody Allens

Friday, May 20, 2011

Kristen and Rafer share their opinions on the new Woody Allen film, "Midnight in Paris." It's the latest in Allen's slew of "new Woody" movies. But is the "old Woody" better? And where does the old become the new? 

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Movies: Sequel-Mania and the End of the World

Friday, May 20, 2011

This weekend’s anticipated top opener "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." This is the third sequel in the "Pirates" franchise. But "Pirates of the Caribbean" isn’t the only sequel machine out there. This year, the movie industry will be breaking records, releasing a total of 27 sequels (including "The Hangover 2," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Cars 2," "Twilight" – Part 1 of Part 3, and "Harry Potter" – Part 2 of Part 7). Why does the moviegoing public put up with all the repeats?

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'Northern Lights 1996' Explores Students' Rights, Then and Now

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Half a century ago, as Martin Luther King Jr. marched on Washington and Freedom Riders tested the desegregation of interstate buses, students at a Detroit high school stood up for their rights, and won. Finding the facilities and education at their school inferior to what was available at predominately white schools, they staged a walk-out, and refused to come back to their school until their demands were met. A new play called “Northern Lights 1966” tells their story. Starring a cast of high school students, it’s being staged by Detroit’s Mosaic Youth Theatre through this weekend.

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Oprah Book Club: The End

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fans are mourning the end of Oprah Winfrey's show. But the loss of the internationally syndicated talk show doesn’t just affect fans, it also affects book sales. Patrik Henry Bass, Takeaway contributor and senior editor at Essence magazine, talks with us about the impact Oprah has had on the publishing industry, and how publishers are preparing the life minus her book club.

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Khaled Hosseini on Refugees in Afghanistan and Beyond

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes, joining the 43 million refugees who are currently displaced around the world. Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” feels a particular kinship with these refugees. In 1980, when he was a teenager, he and his family were granted asylum in the U.S. when Afghanistan faced a different decade-long war with the Soviets.

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Maryam Jameela: An Unlikely Jihadist

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

When we think of Jihadists, we tend to think of people like Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to bomb Times Square last spring. But it so happens that one of the most famous Jihadist thinkers is a 76-year-old white woman from Westchester, New York named Maryam Jameela. Born to a non-observant Jewish family, she converted to Islam in her twenties, emigrated to Pakistan, and became a prominent female voice for conservative Islam, writing over thirty books on the subject. 

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How to Know if You're a Psychopath

Monday, May 16, 2011

Journalist Jon Ronson has made his living writing about real people whose lives read like science fiction. "The Men Who Stare at Goats" is probably his best known work. Centering on the U.S. military’s efforts to develop paranormal warfare techniques, it was made into a Hollywood movie starring George Clooney and Jeff Bridges. Ronson’s newest work explores something just as strange and fascinating. It’s called “The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry.”

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Geraldine Brooks on 'Caleb's Crossing'

Monday, May 16, 2011

In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. His name was Caleb, and a new novel imagines what his life was like, and who the people were that helped shape him. The new book is called “Caleb’s Crossing.” Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and journalist Geraldine Brooks is the author. She joins us in studio.

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Movie Date: Is 'Bridesmaids' a Breakthrough Feminist Movie?

Friday, May 13, 2011

This week, Rafer tells Kristen why he thinks "Bridesmaids" is the most feminist film to come along in years. Kristen, in turn, tells Rafer that he might not know a darn thing about what feminism is.

WARNING: A clip from the movie contains some of the gross-out actions described and may be disturbing to some listeners!

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Campaign Trailer Critic: House Hopeful Dan Adler's "We Minorities Should Stick Together"

Friday, May 13, 2011

The latest questionable campaign ad comes not from a 2012 hopeful, but from Democrat Dan Adler, who is running in a special congressional election for Jane Harman’s former seat in California. Deliciously misguided with a big budget, it’s almost impossible not to laugh at its absurdity.

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'Bridesmaids': A Great Step Forward for Feminism?

Friday, May 13, 2011

This weekend, movie goers are talking about one movie: "Bridesmaids." A new raunchy ensemble comedy, it features a cast that's almost entirely female. "Bridesmaids" stars Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, of "Saturday Night Live" fame, as well as Ellie Kemper from "The Office" and Wendi McLendon-Covey from "Reno 911." Crass to the point of being shocking, some cultural critics are arguing that this could be a watershed moment for women in film and comedy. 

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How to Get a Job After College

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The job market has been tough for college grads in the past few years. As we near yet another cycle of transitions, we’re taking a look at the current state of the job market, and checking in with recent graduates about what they’ve been facing. Takeaway contributor Beth Kobliner is here. Author of "Get a Financial Life,” she is also an appointee to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

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