Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer host the Movie Date podcast.

Movie Date Podcast

Movie Date is a weekly podcast produced by The Takeaway in cooperation with Public Radio International and WNYC. It's hosted by Takeaway culture producer Kristen Meinzer and Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman

Each podcast includes movie reviews, trivia, listener mail, and lots of banter.

Occasionally, celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, James Franco, Clive Owen, and Joss Whedon stop by, as do experts from the worlds of male stripping, zombie studies, ghost hunting, and tribute bands.

For listeners who prefer not to get dressed and leave the house in order to be entertained, Rafer and Kristen also offer weekly Sweatpants picks.  

And at least once a month, Rafer and Kristen administer Movie Therapy (listeners write and call in seeking help with their life issues; Rafer and Kristen respond with a prescription of movies to help them through what ails them). 

As co-hosts of the podcast, Rafer and Kristen appear live on The Takeaway every Friday; and on Soundcheck, BK Live, and the New York broadcast of All Things Considered several times a year. They've also appeared on The Brian Lehrer Show and Uptown Radio.

Movie Date has been written up by the Wall Street Journal, WomenInPodcasting.org, Babes of NPR, and other notable publications. It's been selected twice as the iTunes podcast of the day and was ranked by Stitcher as one of the top four podcasts covering The Hunger Games.

Subscribe to the Movie Date podcast, like Movie Date on Facebook, follow Kristen on Twitter, and leave a message for Rafer and Kristen anytime at 571-7MOVIES (571-766-8437).

You can also listen on-demand through Stitcher.

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Movie Date: 'Captain Phillips' and 'Machete Kills'

Friday, October 11, 2013

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Movie Date: Speed Date Round 2!

Friday, October 04, 2013

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Movie Date: 'Thanks For Sharing,' 'Starlet,' 'Don Jon'

Friday, September 27, 2013

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Movie Date: 'The Family,' 'Insidious 2,' 'Harry Dean Stanton,' 'Austenland'

Friday, September 13, 2013

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Movie Date: 'Riddick,' 'Salinger,' and Lots of Listener Mail

Friday, September 06, 2013

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Movie Date: 'The World's End,' 'You're Next,' 'The Spectacular Now'

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Movie Date: 'The Butler,' 'Jobs,' 'Paranoia,' 'From One Second to the Next,' 'Kickass 2'

Friday, August 16, 2013

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Movie Date: 'Planes,' 'Percy Jackson,' 'We're the Millers,' 'Lovelace,' 'Elysium'

Friday, August 09, 2013

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Movie Date: "The Canyons" and "Two Guns"

Friday, August 02, 2013

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Movie Date: 'The To-Do List,' 'Wolverine,' 'Fruitvale Station,' 'Blue Jasmine'

Friday, July 26, 2013

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Movie Date: 'Act of Killing,' 'The Conjuring,' 'RIPD,' 'Red 2,' 'Turbo'

Friday, July 19, 2013

In this week's supersized Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen face what might be the worst opening weekend all summer. On the chopping block: "The Conjuring," "RIPD," "Red 2," and "...
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Movie Date: "Pacific Rim" and "Grown Ups 2"

Friday, July 12, 2013

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Movie Date: 'The Lone Ranger,' 'Despicable Me 2,' 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain'

Thursday, July 04, 2013

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Movie Date: 'The Heat,' 'White House Down,' '20 Feet From Stardom'

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Movie Date: 'World War Z' and 'Monsters University'

Friday, June 21, 2013

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Movie Date: 'Man of Steel,' 'This is the End,' and 'The Bling Ring'

Friday, June 14, 2013

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Movie Date: "The Internship," "The Purge," "Much Ado About Nothing"

Friday, June 07, 2013

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