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Hi, Barry—This informal construction with "meets" is commonly found in descriptions of movies or novels that seem to the describer to be hybrids of other films.

Typically, at least one specific film or novel is referred to in the construction. Also, "meets" is generally only used once. In your example, no specific works are referred to, but only types of works; and "meets" is used twice.

I analyze the construction as one in which a sentence is used as a noun, and, in a common variation of the construction, a sentence is used as a modifier within a noun phrase. I would use a hyphen on either side of "meets":

  • The film is could be described as Rambo-meets-The Karate Kid.
  • It could be described as a Rambo-meets-The Karate Kid film.
  • His character is like Rocky Balboa-meets-Mr. Miyagi.
  • I'd describe him as a Rocky Balboa-meets-Mr. Miyagi character.

In your example, which iterates the construction twice over, fancier punctuation is called for. I would use a hypen on both sides of the first "meets" and an en dash on both sides of the second "meets":

  • It's like a science podcast-meets-a period piece–meets–a mystery.

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