Kristen Meinzer

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Movie Date: 'Dark Shadows'

Friday, May 11, 2012

Finally, a vampire movie that really gets vampires. The undead get a bad rap, but this week Kristen and Rafer offer praise to "Dark Shadows," Tim Burton's latest foray into creepy. One part soap opera, one part Johnny Depp, and one part 70s shag carpet, "Dark Shadows" moves this cult classic into new territory. 

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New Movie Releases: 'Dark Shadows,' 'Girl in Progress,' 'Bernie'

Friday, May 11, 2012

There are several movie releases today, including Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s newest collaboration “Dark Shadows,” the coming-of-age film “Girl In Progress,” and Jack Black’s newest comedy, “Bernie.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, share what's worth seeing and what isn't. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Prison Program Helps Moms Connect with Kids

Friday, May 11, 2012

For some incarcerated women, spending time behind bars means missing out on the formative years of their child's or grandchild's life. But a program is trying to change that. Mommy Reads, a ten-week course offered through Sarah Lawrence College to mothers and grandmothers incarcerated at the Valhalla Correctional Facility in Valhalla, New York, helps women write children's stories and then record themselves narrating them. Polly Bresnick has been lead teacher and volunteer coordinator of the program for two years.

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Is the Gay Rights Movement Akin to the Civil Rights Movement?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

In a landmark moment for the gay rights movement in America, President Barack Obama announced, for the first time, his support of gay marriage. This comes years after Obama’s views on the issue have "evolved." In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, Obama told Robin Roberts, "I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married." Many gay rights leaders have long compared their fight to the black civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s. But do the two compare?

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President Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday, May 10, 2012

“I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” President Obama told Robin Roberts in an interview with ABC News yesterday. The comments mark an apparent end to Obama’s two-year, self-described “evolution” on the issue. An openly gay minister from North Carolina and a spokesperson for the Christian-values group American Family Association share their reactions.

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Family Secrets: A Takeaway Listener's Story

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Last week, we talked with Madeleine Albright about her life, and her discovery in adulthood that she was Jewish. We asked our listeners: Have you ever discovered a secret about your family or identity? We received a lot of responses, including one from Loren Levinson. She was adopted when she was a baby and raised her whole life in a Jewish household. But when she tracked down her birth parents as an adult, she discovered that her paternal ancestry was Muslim and that her birth mother is a born-again Christian. 

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Advice on Employment After Graduation

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

It’s May, the beginning of graduation season in America. And all this week, we’re looking at the realities that this year’s grad will be facing. Yesterday, we talked with two experts about the economic landscape 2012 college grads are entering. Today, we're continuing the conversation with advice from a 2010 college grad to a 2012 college grad.

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College Grads Still Face Bleak Job Prospects

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

May is the start of college graduation season, when the nation’s bright and ambitious college seniors step out into the workforce — or hope to. But last week’s job numbers show job growth is still weak, and many soon-to-be college grads may find themselves dealing with bleak prospects for the time being. Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of Young Invincibles, is on the last stop of a 21-state bus tour holding roundtable discussions with young people to brainstorm solutions to youth unemployment.

 

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Should the US Negotiate with Al-Qaeda?

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Over the weekend, it was revealed that the U.S. has been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups. But over the border, in Pakistan, the U.S. stated yesterday that they’ve ruled out negotiating with Al-Qaeda to free an aid worker who was kidnapped last summer.

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The Blind Leading the Blind into the Technological Future

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Yesterday, the White House honored 14 people who’ve served as pioneers in advancing technologies for people with disabilities. Down the road, there may be one more big name to add to those being honored: Nektar Paisios. He just completed his computer science Ph.D. this month at New York University. Originally from Cyprus, and blind from the time he was four, Paisios is working on a number of iPhone apps that could solve some of the blind community's problems.

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Should Schools Punish Students for Their Activities Off-Campus?

Monday, May 07, 2012

Two teenagers in Indiana listed on Facebook eight students and one teacher from their school that they’d like to kill. The school expelled the two girls involved in the exchange. Should students be punished for their cyber-activities off campus? Wendy Kaminer is a lawyer, social critic, and contributing editor at The Atlantic, and Regina Webb is the person who first got the Griffith Middle School involved in this case, when Webb's older daughter was one of the people whose name was listed as a potential mark in the Facebook exchange.

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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: 'Avengers,' 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' 'First Position'

Friday, May 04, 2012

There are several new releases today, including the long-awaited super-hero movie “The Avengers,” the all-star senior citizens’ ensemble “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” and the dance documentary “First Position.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for the Takeaway.

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Follow Friday: Romney's Gay Spokesman, Newt Gingrich Drops Out

Friday, May 04, 2012

Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. This week, we'll hear more about Newt Gingrich pulling out of the Presidential race; Richard Grenell, the openly gay foreign policy spokesperson who resigned from Mitt Romney's campaign just days after joining it; and Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage. Ron Christie is a Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist. And Farai Chideya is ajournalist and blogger.

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The Asian-American Vote and How to Win It

Thursday, May 03, 2012

During the past several elections, we’ve heard a lot about Latino voters and how candidates are trying to win their support. But why do we hear so little about Asian-American voters? Christine Chen talks about these statistics, and what might change them. Tony Nam is an Asian American in Queens, New York who has never voted in a national election.

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Saudi Woman Driver Reprieved

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Police in Saudi Arabia have announced that Shaima Jastaniah, the Saudi woman sentenced to ten lashes for driving last summer, has been offered a reprieve. Explaining the decision and its context is Eman Al Nafjan.  She's a proponent of the women’s driving movement and the author of Saudiwoman’s Weblog.

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Organ Donation in the Age of Social Networking

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

A new plan from Facebook encourages everyone on the social network to advertise their donor status on their pages, along with their birth dates and schools. Could the plan be a slippery slope linking medical information and social media? Jeff Jarvis is professor of journalism at City University of New York. Art Caplan is a professor of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Movie Date: 'The Five Year Engagement'

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

In this week's Movie Date, Rafer bemoans what he considers the death of the romantic comedy. Kristen, as you'd expect, tell him to stop being a negative Nancy. It's all in honor of "The Five Year Engagement," starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.

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Anti-Psychotics for the Non-Psychotic

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Entering a nursing home is a decision that many of us will make for ourselves and for the people we love. And when we make that decision, it’s with the hope that the highest level of care and professionalism will be administered. But for Alison Weingartner, this wasn’t exactly the case. She joins the program along with Kay Lazar, a health reporter for the Boston Globe who’s been covering Weingartner’s case.

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Campaign Slogans from This Moment Forward

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Presidential campaign slogans: we’ve come to know them, love them, loathe them, and in some cases, completely forget them. Some slogans, like Warren G. Harding’s "Cox and Cocktails," sound perplexing in hindsight. And then there’s President Obama’s new slogan, simply “Forward.” Kathleen Hall Jamieson specializes in political language and rhetoric.

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