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Kristen Meinzer

Kristen Meinzer appears in the following:

Listeners Describe A Tumultuous Economic Year

Tuesday, December 28, 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 discuss the economy. According to some financial reporters and analysts, the economy is on a slow, gradual upswing. But is this upswing something non-analysts are feeling?

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Stephen Dorff on 'Somewhere'

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sofia Coppola, director of "Lost in Translation," "The Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antionette," has a new film in theaters called "Somewhere." The film centers on a movie star named Johnny Marco (played by Stephen Dorff) who lives a wild, juvenile, nomadic life, often in hotels. His life is upended upon the arrival of his young daughter Cleo (played by Elle Fanning), who has spent most of her life living with her mother.

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Movie Date: High Brow and Low Brow Options for Christmas Weekend

Friday, December 24, 2010

This week, Rafer and Kristen talk about two of Christmas weekend’s big openers: “True Grit” and “Little Fockers.” Not surprisingly, they disagree on the merits (and shortcomings) of both films.

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Christmas in Korea Amidst Military Tensions

Friday, December 24, 2010

It’s Christmas Eve morning in America, but on the other side of the world, in South Korea, the sun has already set on Christmas Eve, and "Santa Grandfather" — as he’s called in Korea — will be arriving soon with his deliveries.

A national holiday in South Korea, Christmas is traditionally a festive time for both children and grown-ups. But faced with the reality of growing North Korean aggression, we can’t help but wonder: is it Christmas as usual this year in South Korea? And how are Korean Americans coping?

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Christmas Movie Picks: Choosing Between 'True Grit,' 'Little Fockers' and 'The King's Speech'

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year for the movie industry. If you're still undecided about which movie to see, resident movie buffs Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer size up "True Grit," "Little Fockers" and "The King's Speech."

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Remixing the Holidays: Christmas Memories with Natalie Cole

Friday, December 24, 2010

It’s the week before Christmas, and as usual, we’re celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. All week long, we’re talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season.

Our series wraps with nine-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole, who talks with us about her new Christmas special with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (taped last year, and airing tonight on PBS stations), her father's famous Christmas songs, family memories, and of course, her favorite seasonal music.

 

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'The Man Who Invented The Computer'

Thursday, December 23, 2010

In her new book, "The Man Who Invented the Computer," Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley introduces us to John Vincent Atanasoff, a physicist and mathematician who, in 1937, invented much of what we know as the modern-day computer. His creation became known as the Atanasoff-Berry Computer, also known as ABC: an invention largely overshadowed by other technological and engineering advancements. 

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Remixing the Holidays: Jazzy Holiday Tunes with Carlos Lando

Thursday, December 23, 2010

It’s the week before Christmas, and as usual, we’re celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. All week long, we’re talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season.

We’re joined by Carlos Lando, DJ and program director for Takeaway affiliate station Jazz89 KUVO in Denver. Carlos shares some of his favorite jazzy Christmas tunes.

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Singer Robbie Fulks on Christmas for Atheists

Thursday, December 23, 2010

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for Christians, anyway. But what are you supposed to do at Christmas if you’re an atheist? We talk with singer Robbie Fulks, who penned what might be country music’s first atheist-ballad: "God Isn't Real." Robbie is also a contributor to the new anthology, "The Atheist's Guide to Christmas."

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Remixing the Holidays: Dysfunctional Christmas Songs with Augusten Burroughs

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It’s the week before Christmas, and as usual, we’re celebrating with our annual Remixing the Holidays series. All week long, we’re talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you about the best songs of the season. Today we’re joined by best-selling memoirist Augusten Burroughs. Famous for documenting the absurdity, tragedy, and humor of family dysfunction, his books include “Running with Scissors,” “A Wolf at the Table” and a book of Christmas memories called “You Better Not Cry.”

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Mapping the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The historic slave trade from Africa to the Americas was so widespread and so horrific as to remain difficult to entirely grasp. A new book, “Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade," aims to turn historic data from the period into a more coherent view, through maps and data. The book uncovers information that may soon have us all reconsidering not only America's history, but many of our own personal stories. 

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Remixing the Holidays: Christmas TV Special Songs with Marcy Playground

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It’s the week before Christmas, and as usual, we’re celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. All week long, we’re talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season.

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Charitable Giving: Why We Do (and Don't) Toss a Buck in the Bucket

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It’s the season of giving, when we’re all told that it’s better to give than receive. But if so, why don’t we all give to charities? And what would motivate us to give more? These are questions that Stephanie Brown explores. Brown, an Associate Professor of Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University, has developed theories on why people give, and why they don’t.

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Remixing the Holidays: American Idol's Crystal Bowersox On Her Favorite Christmas Songs

Monday, December 20, 2010

All this week we're talking with musical artists and experts about their favorite seasonal songs for our annual "Remixing the Holidays" series. First up: Crystal Bowersox. The American Idol runner-up had a whirlwind of a year, from earning national acclaim for her appearance and success on the Fox reality show to her recent release of her new album, "Farmer's Daughter." The 25-year-old singer says she'll be spending her first Christmas with her new family, which includes her husband and son. She talks with us about the music that reminds her of Christmas. 

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Remixing the Holidays: Hip Hop Holiday Music

Monday, December 20, 2010

It’s the week before Christmas, and as usual, we’re celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. All week long, we’ll be talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season. We kick things off with Jon Solomon. For over twenty years, Jon — who is Jewish, by the way — has been hosting Princeton University's 24-hour Christmas special on WPRB.

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American Values: Freedom

Friday, December 17, 2010

We frequently hear the term “values” discussed with regard to American politics, culture and life. But what are "American values?" All week, we’re delving into this question. Yesterday we discussed home ownership. Today we wrap up our series with a look at freedom. How did freedom come to be an American Value? If we value freedom so much, why have we spent so much of our nation’s history enslaving our own people, or oppressing those in other nations? And what does Freedom mean to Americans today?

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Movie Date - 'Tron: Legacy'

Friday, December 17, 2010

Disney saw fit to throw hundreds of millions of dollars at "Tron: Legacy," despite the world having neither become bathed in black light nor overrun by light-trailing motorcycles since 1982's "Tron" ... and both Rafer and Kristen think the money might have been better spent elsewhere.

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American Values: Religion

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The United States, by some reckoning, is among the most consistently religious countries on earth. More of us go to a house of worship on a regular basis than in most countries. The majority of us believe in a higher power. And we have both more religions and a higher level of religious tolerance than anywhere else on the planet. But is religion really an American value? And if so, why has the separation of church and state been held so fundamental since the days of Thomas Jefferson?

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How Magic Works, and What it Says About Our Brains

Thursday, December 16, 2010

We’re going to take a bit of a risk today, and try to explain the science of something extremely visual in a primarily auditory medium. We’re going to talk about magic, why sleight-of-hand works, and what it says about how our brains function. Warning: magic spoilers ahead!

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The Life and Times of Actress Leslie Caron

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Long-time actress Leslie Caron has been nominated for two Academy Awards and has danced on stage with the likes of Gene Kelly, Fred Astair and Mikhail Baryshnikov. In her new memoir, "Thank Heaven," she retells the stories of her many acting roles and of her dramatic life living in New York and Paris. Caron, who turns 80 years old next year, was born in Paris and known then as the "little French girl."

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