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 WQXR.com; 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:

The Future Isn't What It Used to Be

Friday, May 22, 2015

The future used to be a bright shiny thing covered in chrome and dreams. But as "Tomorrowland" reminds us, the future isn't what it used to be. 
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Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kristen Meinzer, co-host of The Movie Date Podcast, is here to review the new releases hitting the box office this Memorial Day Weekend.

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Ireland Votes on Marriage Equality

Friday, May 22, 2015

Today the people of Ireland will vote on a referendum on same-sex marriage. If it passes, Ireland will become the first nation to support gay marriage by a popular vote.

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The Remarkable Man Who Invented BASE Jumping

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Carl Boenish is credited with inventing the extreme sport of BASE jumping. His widow talks to The Takeaway about her husband, and the new movie that tells his story, "Sunshine Superman."

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The Truth About Lies

Monday, May 18, 2015

There's a lot you may not know about lying. Including the fact that you may be lying to yourself right now. 

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A Masterclass with Dustin Hoffman

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dustin Hoffman is now teaching an online course to aspiring actors. Here he discusses what he's learned from decades in the business.

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Let's Sing A Song About Dystopia

Friday, May 15, 2015

When the world is coming to an end, and mankind is reduced to their most animal instincts, the only logical thing to do is race cars and sing pop songs a capella. 
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Why We Love Stories About the End of the World

Friday, May 15, 2015

As we look at the current crop of dystopian books and films on the market, it's hard not to notice that these fictional futures bear a striking resemblance to our very real world.

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Are You Better at Geography Than a 4th Grader?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The annual National Geographic Bee kicks off this week. The competition is like a spelling bee but for geography enthusiasts. Take our geography quiz and listen to a former winner here.

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Were You The Coolest Kid In Your High School?

Friday, May 08, 2015

Were you the coolest kid in your high school? Rafer and Kristen weren't. But neither was Jack Black (in his latest movie, that is).
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How to Conduct a Tree Census

Thursday, May 07, 2015

We've all dealt with census takers knocking on our doors. But it turns out, there's another census. However, it's not for humans—it's for trees. 

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That Workaholic in the Next Cube May Be Faking It

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Are your coworkers who claim to work 80 hour weeks just faking it? A new study shows that when people leave early for work “meetings,” they are often tending to personal matters.

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Making Muppet Magic: Caroll Spinney on Being Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Caroll Spinney, who's played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for over 40 years, talks about his characters, and his primary inspiration in life, his wife Debra. 

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It Ain't About the Margaritas: The Real Meaning of Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

A margarita-fueled, taco-filled day is not a bad day. But it's also not a true celebration of Mexican independence.

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A Game That Started with Segregation, Now Played with Pride

Monday, May 04, 2015

The game of 9-man looks like volleyball and is played in parking lots. It developed during a time of anti-Chinese sentiment, and is still dominated by Chinese-Americans today.

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It's Like A Foreign Movie With No Subtitles

Friday, May 01, 2015

This week's Movie Date podcast features a look at "Welcome to Me," "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," and more!
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Director of New Kurt Cobain Doc Weighs In on Artist's Unseen Life

Friday, May 01, 2015

"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" is the first fully authorized documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain. It's largely made up of never-before-seen footage. The director weighs in here.

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'Oregon Trail' Creator on The Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

15 finalists have been selected for The Video Game Hall of Fame. Don Rawitsch, creator of "The Oregon Trail," discusses his legendary game, which is nominated for Hall of Fame status.

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Let's Get Out Our Crystal Balls

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Summer is right around the corner, and Rafer and Kristen can't wait. They share their top picks for the months ahead.
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Becoming an Adult...Again

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Growing up is hard to do, especially when success comes early but doesn't pan out. Actor Nick Kroll and Director Ross Katz explore failing at adulthood in their film, "Adult Beginners."

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