Kristen Meinzer is the producer of The Sporkful podcast, culture producer for The Takeaway, and co-host of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast.
As The Sporkful's producer, she works closely with host Dan Pashman to develop content that explores ridiculous food minutiae and celebrates new and better ways to eat. The Sporkful is a James Beard Award-nominated food podcast and was named Best New Podcast by iTunes in 2010.
For The Takeaway, Kristen produces stories on contemporary social issues, history, health, science, arts, and entertainment. She's also produced several stand-alone hour specials for The Takeaway, including one on time travel and another on the mysteries of the human brain. The Takeaway reaches an audience of over 2 million listeners nationwide and is a recipient of the Radio Television Digital News Association's Edward R. Murrow Award.
As one half of the Movie Date team, Kristen hosts and produces the weekly Movie Date podcast and appears every week on The Takeaway. Movie Date has twice been selected as the iTunes Podcast of the Day and has been ranked as one of Stitcher's top movie podcasts.
In addition to her regular duties with The Sporkful, The Takeaway, and Movie Date, Kristen also serves as a commentator on Soundcheck, BK Live, and the New York broadcast of All Things Considered. She's also appeared on the Brian Lehrer Show, the Game Night Guys podcast, Uptown Radio, and the New York broadcast of Morning Edition.
Prior to working with WNYC, Kristen was a development producer for CBS News Productions; an associate research scholar with the Center for Media, Culture and History; and a freelance producer, editor, and writer for VH1's The Fabulous Life, The Discovery Channel's Anatomy of a Pandemic, The Brooklyn Review, and The Minnesota Daily.
Kristen holds a BA in cultural studies from the University of Minnesota, an MA in public history and consumer culture from New York University, and an MFA in fiction writing from Brooklyn College.
Kristen Meinzer appears in the following:
Friday, October 17, 2014
It's a rage-filled podcast, as Rafer & Kristen delve into race relations, child abuse, career angst, and war. On the bright side, there's also Movie Therapy & a new feature: Sweatpants!
Friday, October 10, 2014
This week's podcast is filled with some real jerks, from controlling fathers to grumpy babysitters to abusive teachers. Enjoy!
Friday, October 03, 2014
There's a lot to be afraid of this week: the rapture, homicidal husbands, the internet, and, of course, dolls.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Plenty of people are turned off by chainsaw-wielding cannibals massacring innocents. Yet the 1974 classic has inspired thousands of horror movies, comic books, and video games.
Friday, September 26, 2014
At first glance, it really seems we're digging to the bottom of the 1980s TV barrel with "The Equalizer." But maybe we'll feel differently at second glance.
Friday, September 19, 2014
It's a week for people on film and off (ahem, Rafer) to take personal responsibility for their lives. But do all of them rise to the occasion?
Friday, September 19, 2014
In his long career, Simon Pegg has been known for playing a lot of unhappy characters. But in his latest project, he tackles the search for the secret to happiness.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Dan Stevens is perhaps best known as Matthew Crawley on "Downton Abbey." But Stevens is also a busy film actor, with four movies hitting theaters in the next four months.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Rafer thinks it's a red-letter week for women in the movies (if you count dolphins). Kristen's not so sure.
Friday, September 05, 2014
What really happened during the fall of Saigon? Was Elvis Jewish? Are voiceovers ever okay? And why is Stuart Murdoch so darn nice? This and other questions, on this week's Movie Date.
Friday, September 05, 2014
Our Movie Date podcast team reviews “The Identical,” “Last Days in Vietnam” and the anniversary re-releases of "Forrest Gump" and "Ghostbusters."
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Rory Kennedy's new documentary, "Last Days in Vietnam," travels back in time 40 years to the run-up to the 1975 evacuation of Saigon.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!
Friday, August 29, 2014
Fall 2014 movie season is right around the corner, and the Movie Date team is geared up with ten of the movies they're most looking forward to.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Take a knee, news junkies—it's fantasy football season. Don't worry if you know jack about the game. Mark Duplass of "The League" stopped by to share his fantasy football tips.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Sometimes it feels like the only thing you can say at the end of a movie is: "Nothing to see here. Move on." And sometimes that feeling applies to every single movie in the theatre.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
After a steady run of indie films, actor Mark Duplass has hit man-child stardom with "The League," his show about 30-something guys obsessed with fantasy football.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Rafer and Kristen are having a tough week; the kind of week that has them tag-teaming three movies in one day and quoting lines from "Splash."
Friday, August 08, 2014
Warning: This week's episode of Movie date includes singing by Kristen, which is pretty terrible. But does anyone sound good singing the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" theme song?
Friday, August 01, 2014
Lester Ballard, the protagonist of Cormac McCarthy's novel "Child Of God," is easy to hate. He's violent, he's morally corrupt, and he's into necrophilia. James Franco directed and co-wrote the new film adaption of the book, which stars actor Scott Haze.