Kristen Meinzer is an associate producer for The Takeaway and co-host of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast.
Specializing in culture, she produces stories on contemporary social issues, history, health, science, arts, and entertainment. Kristen has also produced several stand-alone hour specials for WNYC and for The Takeaway, including one on time travel and a prime-time Oscar special, which she also co-hosted.
As one half of the Movie Date team, Kristen regularly appears on The Takeaway, and has also been a guest on Soundcheck, the Brian Lehrer Show, and the New York broadcasts of All Things Considered and Morning Edition.
Prior to working with The Takeaway, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," and "The Christmas Candle." They also answer listener mail in response to last week's review of "The Best Man Holiday" and offer some Movie Therapy to a listener who bemoans the lack of female action heroes.
Each Friday, The Takeaway's Movie Date team delivers reviews of the new releases slated to hit the box office. This week, the Movie Date team weighs in on "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," and "The Christmas Candle." In addition to hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer Guzman is film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for The Takeaway.
The music of Narcocorridos aspires to be the next hip hop. And among Mexicans and Latinos in the United States, it's already the most popular genre. The new documentary, “Narco Cultura” juxtaposes the flashy life of Narcocorrido artists—who sing in praise of drug lords—with the lives of individuals and families personally affected by the drug war’s destruction. The film is directed by award winning photographer Shaul Schwarz, and opens in limited release today.
Most of us these days don’t bother with writing letters—instead we send updates on social media, or write to each other in short texts. How are Facebook and Twitter affecting our writing? For younger people who are still learning their language skills along with these technologies, is their writing better or worse for the experience? English teacher Jessica Lahey of New Hampshire believes that writing skills are being eroded by things like Facebook. English teacher Andrew Simmons of California says he sees his student's writing improving from social media.
Nearly 44 years after Eric Idle, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin first starred on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”—along with the late Graham Chapman—the comedians have announced that they’re reuniting in a stage show. Is this a good idea? Helping us to ponder this is Andy Zaltzman, the British comedian and author who co-hosts The Bugle podcast along with comedian John Oliver.
Reporter Hugh Aynesworth was on the scene that day in Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Aynesworth says that the 50 years of conspiracy theories conjured by Kennedy's death have gotten it all wrong. His mission is to set the record straight with good, old fashion reporting. He is author of “November 22, 1963: Witness to History,” and he joins The Takeaway to discuss his memories of that day in Dallas 50 years ago.
The State of Missouri has a controversial new protocol for executions, put in place only last month, and about to be put into practice for the first time this week. It is now illegal for the state to name the manufacturer, supplier, or compounding pharmacy who is selling the execution drug to the state. Political reporter Chris McDaniel has been covering the controversy for St. Louis Public Radio. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest developments surrounding the death penalty in Missouri.
While marijuana acceptance and legalization are on the rise, a number of questions are emerging about how to create a viable legal marijuana economy—and how to keep marijuana use safe. Patrick Radden Keefe explores these issues in his New Yorker piece, "Buzzkill: Why Washington State is Struggling to Create a Legal Marijuana Economy." He joins The Takeaway to discuss the big questions surrounding marijuana, like safety, taxes and the age of consumption.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Nebraska," the latest from Alexander Payne and "The Best Man Holiday," the sequel to the 1999 African-American romantic comedy, “The Best Man.” They also help a Canadian listener who's in bad need of some Movie Therapy and answer a letter from a listener who's upset with Rafer.
Each Friday, The Takeaway's Movie Date team delivers reviews of the new releases slated to hit the box office. This week, they look at the holiday reunion movie “The Best Man Holiday” and “Nebraska,” which is already getting some Oscar buzz. In addition to hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer Guzman is film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for The Takeaway.
In the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, people have found themselves horrified, fascinated and mystified by the story. Some have explored those feelings through writing, others though film and music. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the assassination, KERA News is presenting an ongoing series on how artists have responded to JFK’s death. Jerome Weeks, Art & Seek Producer and Reporter at KERA in Dallas, joins The Takeaway to explain how the Kennedy assassination lives on in pop culture.
Roughly three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with little to no emergency savings. We asked about the days of the month that are better or worse for your budget, and about the rhythm of the checks that come in and out of your bank account. Listener Katrina Paschal works in health care administration in Rockford, Illinois—a city with a 13 percent unemployment rate. She is lucky to have a job, but she still lives paycheck to paycheck.
Adding to Super Typhoon Haiyan's damage is a long-standing problem that stems from a government plagued with inefficiencies and a history of corruption. Richard Chu is an Associate Professor of Philippine Colonial History, Pacific Empires, and Asian-Pacific America at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. Chu, who was born and raised in the Philippines, explains how the country's long history of corruption will play out in the relief effort.