Kristen Meinzer

Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for The Takeaway and co-host of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast.

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 Takeaway and Movie Date, Kristen is a regular commentator on Soundcheck, BK Live, the New York broadcast of All Things Considered, the Brian Lehrer Show, and the New York broadcast of Morning Edition. She also produces cultural and scientific live events for the Jerome L. Greene Space; has contributed to; and she served as the launch producer for the James Beard Award-nominated food podcast The Sporkful.

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:

If the Black Panthers Had Camera Phones

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Black Panther Party formed in response to police brutality against black Americans. What would've happened if the Panthers had other means to get their message across?

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Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, August 28, 2015

Kristen Meinzer, co-host of The Movie Date Podcast, discusses the thriller "No Escape," the coming-of-age drama "We Are Your Friends," and the Sundance hit "Grandma."

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The Porn Episode

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Today's episode of Movie Date is all about indecent movies, and it features special guest Dan Savage!
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How Companies Make Millions Off Lead Poisoning Victims

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A new investigation finds that predatory companies take advantage of poor, minority lead poisoning victims—including Freddie Gray and his family.

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The Virginia TV Shooting: Listeners React

Thursday, August 27, 2015

For some, the shooting hits close to home. For many, this event signals a need for gun control. Some of you admit that none of this is shocking to you. And many are feeling hopeless.

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Paul Scheer: The Hardest Working Comedian in America

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Paul Scheer discusses his projects, his most and least favorite tourist spots, and the future of his fellow Upright Citizens Brigade alum Stephen Colbert.

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Dancing Around the 'G Word'

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Across the country, city planners are constantly grappling with the task of revitalizing urban areas in ways that benefit long-time residents instead of displacing them.

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The Ultimate Killing Machine

Friday, August 21, 2015

Two of this week's movies feature humans that have been programmed to be killing machines. Which, if either, is worth seeing?
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Active-Duty Soldiers Fighting Fires, Not Wars

Thursday, August 20, 2015

More than 25,000 people have participated in efforts to combat the wildfires out west, and among them are 200 active-duty soldiers.


Family Leave: A Luxury for a Few American Women

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Only 13 percent of U.S. workers have access to paid family leave through their employers. And nearly one in four American women take less than two weeks off work after giving birth. 

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Vacation-Shaming? But We Do Some of Our Best Work on Vacation

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New research suggests that 56 percent of Americans haven't taken any vacation at all in the last 12 months. But could the pressure to keep working actually hurt our performance?

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Transforming Food Waste into Cutting Edge American Cuisine

Monday, August 17, 2015

Americans waste 70 billion pounds of food a year. But Chef Dan Barber isn't one of them. He's taking food from the trash and putting it on people's plates.  

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Would you rather live in 1963 or 1986?

Friday, August 14, 2015

This week's movies take us back in time, to 1986 and 1963. Which era would you rather live in?
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The Myth About China's Unending Growth

Thursday, August 13, 2015

China’s currency woes are just one indication that it might be time to revisit our narrative of China’s economic domination in the 21st Century.

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The Return of The Jester

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

More than 700 years after the last jester served King Edward I, the small community of Conwy in Northern Wales has appointed a new resident entertainer.

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Is This The Worst Action Movie Ever?

Friday, August 07, 2015

What does it sound like when sheep sing? Is Ricki flashy? And is "The Fantastic Four" the worst action movie ever?
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The Sex-Positive Magazine For Women

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Sensheant is a new magazine that features conversations about women and sexuality, minus headlines like "101 Ways to Please Your Man in Bed." 

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The Fine Line Between Bullies and Victims

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Actor Joel Edgerton discuss his newest film, "The Gift," which centers on a man who was bullied in his youth, and shares stories about bullying from his own past.


Religious Terrorism at Home in America

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

"Lone wolf” American shooters like Dylann Roof bear a striking resemblance to members of ISIS and other extreme groups abroad.

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Vacation to an Achievable Mission

Friday, July 31, 2015

Is this mission really impossible? Do we need another vacation? And why is William F. Buckley swearing at Gore Vidal?
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