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Listeners Recall Their Scariest Moments

Thursday, October 31, 2013

From living in haunted houses to inexplicably finding human teeth on the floor, listeners share their scariest moments with us in honor of Halloween. 

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New Movie Releases of the Week: Planes, Elysium, Lovelace and More

Friday, August 09, 2013

Dane Cook, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, and Amanda Seyfried—that's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. Five new films are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.

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Movie Date: 'Act of Killing,' 'The Conjuring,' 'RIPD,' 'Red 2,' 'Turbo'

Friday, July 19, 2013

In this week's supersized Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen face what might be the worst opening weekend all summer. On the chopping block: "The Conjuring," "RIPD," "Red 2," and "Turbo."

But it's not all bad. They also sit down with Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the critically acclaimed new documentary, "The Act of Killing." 

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New Movie Releases: 'Grown Ups 2,' 'Pacific Rim,' and An Update From Johnny Depp

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Takeaway's Movie Date team, Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, review this week's major releases. On the roster this week:“Grown Ups 2," a buddy comedy sequel featuring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade; and “Pacific Rim,” a sci-fi film starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day. 

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Movie Date: 'The Lone Ranger,' 'Despicable Me 2,' 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain'

Thursday, July 04, 2013

When's the last time Johnny Depp played an average, regular guy? What exactly are those yellow egg-shaped things in the "Despicable Me" movies? And does Kevin Hart really need to explain anything? These and other questions are explored in the newest Movie Date podcast, as Rafer and Kristen review "The Lone Ranger," "Despicable Me 2," and "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain." To help them with "The Lone Ranger," and specifically with the depiction of Tonto, they're joined by Rick Chavolla, Education and Development Officer at the American Indian Community House in New York.

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New Movie Releases: 'The Heat,' 'White House Down,' '20 Feet from Stardom'

Friday, June 28, 2013

Every Friday The Takeaway looks at the new films set to open up at the box office. In this week's look, our resident Movie Date Podcast team—Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, Culture Producer for The Takeaway—discuss the new releases "The Heat," "White House Down" and "20 Feet from Stardom."

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Movie Date: "The Internship," "The Purge," "Much Ado About Nothing"

Friday, June 07, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review the new Owen Wilson - Vince Vaughn comedy, "The Internship," and look back at their own experiences as adult interns. They also review "The Purge" (which Kristen was surprised to discover, is not about bulimia) and Joss Whedon's take on the Shakespeare classic, "Much Ado About Nothing."

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Movie Date: 'After Earth,' 'Now You See Me,' 'We Steal Secrets'

Friday, May 31, 2013

In this very special episode of Movie Date, Rafer raps a full song that he composed himself, Kristen reveals some secrets about her childhood, and both of them issue a public apology for a spoiler alert that didn't go far enough. And, of course, they talk about some movies, as well. On the chopping block: "After Earth," "Now You See Me," and "We Steal Secrets."

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Movie Date: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2'

Friday, November 16, 2012

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In this week's podcast, Rafer and Kristen review the highly anticipated final installment of the Twilight saga. "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2"  is expected to be one of the highest grossing movies of 2012. Vampire lovers prepare to be awed in one way or another.  

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Audio Essay: How The Beach Boys Became Cool

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

In midst of their 50th Anniversary Tour, the Beach Boys are releasing their 29th studio album, That's Why God Made the Radio. In this audio essay, Takeaway co-host John Hockenberry discusses the history of a band he once thought 'uncool' which he came to realize is actually the paragon of cool.

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Actor Evan Handler on Beating Cancer with Comedy

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

He has played some unforgettable characters on "Sex in the City" and "Californication," but actor Evan Handler's toughest challenge came earlier in his life. At age 24, Handler was diagnosed with leukemia, which he eventually beat. It's no surprise that comedy, what would come to be Handler's acting forte, was an integral part of his healing process. Hear his take on cancer, the ability to laugh, and what comes after.

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Movie Date: 'The Avengers'

Friday, May 04, 2012

This week, the fate of Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers' hangs in the balance. Who will come to the rescue this awesome, hulking green monster of a film? And who will come down on the movie like a giant hammer? Listen to find out where Kristen and Rafer stand on this superhero saga.

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New Movie Releases: 'Chimpanzee,' 'The Lucky One,' 'Darling Companion,' 'Think Like a Man'

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday has come again, which means another movie weekend is upon us. Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer take to their critical perch as our intrepid Movie Date team. 

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Musician K'Naan On Returning to Somalia After Twenty Years

Monday, December 26, 2011

In September, musician and poet K'Naan wrote an op-ed about returning to his native Somalia for The New York Times. He had left the country, which is in the grip of a devastating famine and violent civil war, twenty years earlier, fleeing with other members of his family for safety in Canada. He came on the show to discuss this in September.

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Kevin Clash Talks About His Life 'Being Elmo'

Thursday, November 03, 2011

He plays one of the most recognizable characters in television history. He was mentored by the great Jim Henson. He has more daytime Emmys than most TV actors accrue in a lifetime. And yet, most days, he walks around the world, completely unrecognized by his fans. His name is Kevin Clash, and he is the subject of a new award-winning documentary called "Being Elmo," which is currently in limited release.

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Petty Song Lands "American Girl" in Hot Water

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Months ahead of the 2012 primary elections, wars of words are heating up between political rivals, some of whom aren’t even running for office. Right now, Michele Bachmann landed herself in some legal hot water when she chose to use Tom Petty's song "American Girl," without the artist's permission. This isn’t the first time artists have taken offense with the political appropriation of their work. 

 

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In Detroit it's Hip to be Square (Dancing)

Monday, June 27, 2011

In Detroit over the weekend it was hip to be square dancing. That’s because the city played host to the 60th National Square Dance Convention. Square dance has historically appealed to the middle American sensibilities, but in Detroit—where the pastime is enjoying a resurgence—the city’s predominantly African-American population can often be found on the dance floor. 

 

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Innovations in Keeping Beloved Books Alive

Monday, June 27, 2011

Earlier this month, T.S. Eliot’s 424-line modernist poem "The Waste Land" became the most popular literary app in America. The app includes recordings of Eliot reading the poem. And last Friday, the Harry Potter franchise proved that it’s still thriving when author J.K. Rowling officially announced details about a new interactive website called "Pottermore." Are the "Waste Land" app and "Pottermore" site gimmicks that will quickly lose popularity? Or will they represent the new way to consume literature?


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Remembering Clarence Clemons and Sax in Pop Music

Monday, June 20, 2011

Saxophone legend Clarence "Big Man" Clemons passed away over the weekend, following complications of a stroke he suffered last week. For almost 40 years, Clemons was the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. With his passing, not only did we lose a legend, but also one of the last sax players in pop music. How many songs in recent memory have you heard on top 40 radio featuring a saxophone? David Hinckley, from the New York Daily News, joins us to talk about Clemons's legacy and the role of the sax (or lack thereof) in current pop music.

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Features

American Crafts Festival Celebrates 35 Years of Artistry

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tents have ben pitched at Lincoln Center Plaza for the American Crafts Festival, celebrating its 35 anniversary this weekend and next. Over 200,000 guests are expected to attend the event, sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, which features the original, hand-crafted creations of 400 master artisans.

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