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Kristen Meinzer

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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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Movie Date: 'Her,' 'Anchorman 2,' 'American Hustle'

Friday, December 20, 2013

This week's Movie Date podcast has Rafer wishing he knew how to do the hustle and Kristen questioning whether computers will eventually try to have sex with us all. On the chopping block: the star-packed heist film by David O. Russell, "American Hustle"; the long-awaited next chapter in the Ron Burgundy saga, "Anchorman 2"; and the Spike Jonze artificial intelligence romance, "Her." To help separate fact and fiction in her "Her," Kristen and Rafer are joined by a very special guest. Gary Marcus is an artificial intelligence expert and NYU professor, and, as he sees it, we could be only a few years away from living the plot of "Her."

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Actor Ralph Fiennes Explores the Hidden Life of Dickens in "The Invisible Woman"

Friday, December 20, 2013

In his heyday, Charles Dickens was a literary and political rock star who attracted crowds everywhere he went. But behind closed doors, the writer and family man actually harbored a secret. For 18 years, he carried on an extra-marital affair with a woman 30 years his junior. The story of their affair is told in the new movie, “The Invisible Woman” which was directed by it's leading man—Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes tells an intriguing story of hidden passion and celebrity, set against the backdrop of Victorian era morality.

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Movie Date: 'American Hustle,' 'Anchorman 2,' 'Her'

Friday, December 20, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at what could some of the last big movies of the year. They start with two big releases: The star-studded "American Hustle" and the much anticipated sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." They also look at "Her," the latest movie by director Spike Jonze. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a quiet man who falls in love with an intelligent operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

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Sporkful Live at Guactacular: Guacamole Composition & Consumption

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dan talks to Lee Frank of Nachos NY, L.V. Anderson of Slate, and Chris Salgado of Chris's Awesome Guacamole about guac composition and consumption.

Movie Date: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,' 'Saving Mister Banks,' Golden Globe Nods

Friday, December 13, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look back on their own magical childhood memories as they review the making-of-"Mary Poppins" movie, "Saving Mister Banks" and the second installment in "The Hobbit" trilogy, "The Desolation of Smaug." They also consider whether the Golden Globe Award nominations make any sense whatsoever, and help a listener who needs advice on how to make holiday travel a little less torturous.

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New Movie Releases: 'Saving Mister Banks' and 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

Friday, December 13, 2013

We’re well into December, which means that the Oscar contenders are taking over the theaters. Our Movie Date team is here to talk about two of those contenders today: The second installment in “The Hobbit” series called “The Desolation of Smaug,” and “Saving Mister Banks,” starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. In addition to hosting the movie date podcast, Rafer Guzman is film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Movie Date: Best On-Screen Bands

Monday, December 09, 2013

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast pick some of their favorite bands that only exist on screen.

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Movie Date: 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Out of the Furnace,' 'Sound of Music Live'

Friday, December 06, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at the intersections of music and film in three new releases: "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Out of the Furnace," and "Sound of Music Live." They also embark on some movie therapy with a listener who wants help with tracking down quality lesbian-themed films. And, as always, there's movie trivia.

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Can 'The Sound of Music' Remake Succeed?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Tonight, a new version of “The Sound of Music,” starring Carrie Underwood, will be performed live on NBC. But early buzz about the special has been anything but kind. Can this remake succeed? Are there films that are, perhaps, to sacred to remake? Emily Rems is a fan of "The Sound of Music" and a cultural critic. She serves as managing editor for Bust magazine and she joins The Takeaway to explain why the internet and cultural critics are so up in arms over the new special.

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Holiday Window Displays Get Touches of Technology

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

All this week, we’re looking at the ways that technology is changing our holidays and our traditions. As we look at the digital migration of the holidays, we wanted to see how the retro department store window displays are responding to technology. Jeremy Bergstein is managing partner and head of strategy for the Science Project, which designed this year's Christmas windows for Saks Fifth Avenue. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the ways new technologies are being incorporated into the age-old tradition of holiday window displays.

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Is Technology Killing the Magic of the Holidays?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

It’s no secret that technology is changing the way we live, but what does that mean when it comes to our experience of the holiday season? Some may say that digital technology is taking the magic out of the holidays as Christmas no longer seems quaint when 1 in 3 children write their lists to Santa through a website or smartphone app. Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s New Tech City, joins The Takeaway to discuss how technology has transformed our holiday traditions.

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Falafel Philosophy: The Shape, Consumption, and Meaning of Falafel

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Katie Quinn of Now This News joins Dan to discuss falafel sandwichization, the problems with the pita, ideal accompaniments, and whether the ball really is the best shape.

Movie Date: "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Oldboy," "Black Nativity," "Homefront," "Frozen," and an interview with Josh Gad

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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The Thanksgiving movie rush is upon us and The Movie Date team is here to tell you what to see and what to skip this holiday weekend. On this special Wednesday version of the podcast, Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman review "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Black Nativity," "Old Boy", "Homefront," and "Frozen. And bonus! Kristen interviews Josh Gad, who stars as Olaf the Snowman in "Frozen."

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Josh Gad on Playing a Snowman in 'Frozen'

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In Disney's new animated feature, "Frozen," Broadway and film star Josh Gad plays the funny, lovable snowman Olaf. His mission: to help two sisters named Elsa and Anna, voiced by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, lift their kingdom from an eternal winter. What he doesn't realize is how a world without cold might affect him. Gad joins The Takeaway to discuss, among other things, how one prepares to play a snowman.

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Movie Reviews: 'Frozen,' 'Oldboy,' 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,' 'Black Nativity,' 'Homefront'

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for The Takeaway, tell you what to see and what to skip this holiday weekend. The week's films include "Frozen," "Oldboy," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Black Nativity," and "Homefront."

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