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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:

Movie Date's Scariest Sounding Films

Friday, October 31, 2014

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, co-hosts of The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, delve into some frightening sounds in the film industry with some of their favorite scary movie audio.


Primus Plays Wonka In Concert; Movie Date's Scariest Sounding Films

Friday, October 31, 2014

Primus performs songs from its Willy Wonka-inspired album in The Greene Space. Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman of the Movie Date podcast talk about the movies with the scariest sounds. 


Belle And Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch On Making 'God Help The Girl'

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Belle And Sebastian frontmant talks about his first foray into the world of film directing, and discusses some of the movie musicals that inspired him. 


Summer '94: How 'Forrest Gump' Captured The Sounds Of The Sixties

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman from The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast look back 20 years to a huge blockbuster from 1994, Forrest Gump, and its overstuffed soundtrack of classic roc...

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Summer '94: The Music Of 'Forrest Gump'; Bebel Gilberto Plays Live; Nas' 'Illmatic' At 20

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In this episode: "Rock, Forrest, Rock!" Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman from The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast look back 20 years to a huge blockbuster from 1994, Forrest Gump, and its overstuffed soundtrack of classic rock hits. They explain where the movie does justice to the music, and where the soundtrack falls into the trap of cliche. 

Then: We're in the thick of summer now, which means there's no better time to find a reprieve from the heat with a cold drink and the breezy, intoxicating sounds of Bebel Gilberto. As part of the first family of Brazilian music (she's the daughter of the acclaimed and influential João Gilberto), Bebel Gilberto has taken on traditional bossa nova rhythms and infused it with her trademark alluring vocals to create a hypnotic new sound. Hear the world renowned, multi-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter perform from her latest record, Tudo! in the Soundcheck studio.

And: You can call him an entrepreneur, a mogul and an actor. But Nasir Jones -- the hugely successful and influential rap emcee Nas -- is best known as one of the greatest musical voices to emerge from New York City. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Nas reflects on his 1994 debut album Illmatic -- which now being reissued to commemorate its 20th anniversary -- and a documentary film.


Movie Date: The Beatles On Screen

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

This past weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ very first live television performance here in the U.S. However, today we thought we’d take a look at the Beatles – not on the small screen, but on the big screen. We talk with Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, co-hosts of The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, about the Beatles' impact on film. 

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Movie Date: Best On-Screen Bands

Monday, December 09, 2013

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast pick some of their favorite bands that only exist on screen.

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Movie Date: Madonna On The Silver Screen

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, co-hosts of The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, join Soundcheck to discuss Madonna’s career on the screen.


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Madonna Week: Madonna's Movie Roles; Weird Al Yankovic; James McBride On 'The Good Lord Bird'

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

In this episode: Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, of the The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, look back at Madonna’s career on the silver screen. 

Plus: Songwriter and pop parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic talks about his latest work, a children's book called My New Teacher and Me!

And: Jazz musician and best-selling novelist James McBride discusses his new book The Good Lord Bird and brings his band in for a live performance. 

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    Summer Of '93: Blockbuster Soundtracks With 'Movie Date'

    Friday, July 19, 2013

    There was a lot happening musically during the summer of '93 -- and there was also a lot happening in the movie theaters. The blockbuster hit "Jurassic Park" -- directed by Steven Spielberg and scored by John Williams -- became the top earning film of all time (only to be beaten out a few years later by "Titanic"). But that wasn't the only memorable film to come out of that summer, especially when it came to soundtracks.

    Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman of The Takeaway's "Movie Date" podcast join us to talk about their personal favorites from that summer -- from the rap-rock of "Judgment Night" to the indie pop of "So I Married An Axe Murderer." 


    Soundcheck Smackdown: Holiday Movie Music Edition

    Monday, December 17, 2012

    The co-hosts of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast debate big versus small screen holiday movie music.

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