Leo Duran Producer and Reporter, Take Two

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Leo Duran is a producer and reporter for KPCC’s Take Two. Leo works to find regular people with extraordinary takes on the day’s news.

Leo came to KPCC in October 2012 from the nationally-syndicated program "The Takeaway," where he performed nearly every single job since its launch except host. Leo helped to develop the show’s fast-paced conversational style and the innovative use of listener-interaction — while not getting a lot of sleep.

Leo got his start in public media as a listener to Wisconsin Public Radio, eventually leading its morning drive-time program, "The Joy Cardin Show."

He’s a University of Wisconsin graduate, an avid biker and baker, and plans to avoid buying a car for as long as he can in L.A.


Stories by Leo Duran

Fossils unearthed by Metro reveal LA's watery past

LA Metro unearthed several fossils in preparation of the Purple Line extension. These fossil tell a story of an LA once covered by the ocean.

Is your second language a 'secret' language?

Here's a scenario: You're out at a coffee shop, and people at the next table start talking in a foreign language...about you. Maybe you can only tell based on how they look at you. Or maybe you caught them because you know the language.

Shepard Fairey among artists featured in LA's Cat Art Show

Thanks to a new exhibit in L.A's Gallery 101 on Santa Monica Boulevard, cats have risen to the status of muses like Mona Lisa...kind of.

Who birthed 'Jamzilla' on the Sepulveda Pass?

Jamzilla is coming! But remember 2011's Carmaggedon? Who's coming up with these names? Turns out, the LA MTA is taking over that responsibility

Do end-of-life decisions change once you've seen a loved one die?

Maybe you have ideas of what you'd choose for your end-of-life care, but how do those "what if" decisions hold up when pressed against reality?

Alan Alda challenges scientists to explain color to kids

You know what color is, but explaining the idea of it and how it works might be a little harder. But do it creatively to an audience of 11-year-olds and you could win the "Flame Challenge" contest hosted by Alan Alda.

How to manage your child's holiday gift expectations

Most parents know what not to give their kids, but figuring what to give them, and how much? Well, that's a bit trickier.

Update: Annenberg Foundation buys Hopi masks from French auction house, returns to tribe

In France, a judge will decide tomorrow whether 32 Hopi artifacts can go up for sale at an art auction. However, the Hopi tribe say those objects contain the spirits of their ancestors, and selling them as commercial art is illegal.

SoCal high school students make doc to commemorate Sandy Hook

Newtown is thousands of miles away from southern California, but last year's shooting hit hard with the students at High Tech High in Chula Vista. A group of 45 students there are holding a Kickstarter campaign to film a documentary about gun violence. They have already raised more than $27,000.

Online games being monitored by US and British spy agencies

When you play a game like World of Warcraft, you're not only playing with dwarf paladins and goblin mages, but human spies, too. The New York Times and ProPublica report on how spy agencies have been monitoring communications on MMORPGs.

'Mortified Nation' takes your awkward teenage years on stage

The new documentary, "Mortified Nation," showcases stage shows around the country where adults read from the diaries and journals they kept as kids in front of a live audience. It's sometimes embarrassing, but always funny.

'12 Angry Men', six of them black

A new production of the play, "12 Angry Men," twists the formula of the classic drama by dividing the racial make-up of the jury between black and white.

Odd Hollywood Jobs: Voiceover artist Ben Patrick Johnson

Ben Patrick Johnson is a major voiceover artists in Hollywood, one of fewer than a dozen of his kind. Part of Take Two's series on weird jobs in the Industry.

'Hunting Season': the story of immigration and death in small-town America

Did angry anti-immigrant rhetoric lead to the killing of a 37-year-old Ecuadorian immigrant in Patchogue, N.Y., in 2008? A new book looks at the case.

Gay erotic fiction genre written by women, for women

What if Captain Kirk and Spock hooked up? Writers of male-male fiction (or m/m) construct romance novels, comics, and stories. And it's primarily written by heterosexual women, for heterosexual women.