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

After 'I Do': LGBT Asians come out amid cultural and language barriers

More than twice as many immigrants come to California from Asia than Latin America. But when their children are steeped in American culture and pick up values different from their home country, they struggle to understand what being LGBT means.

After 'I Do': LGBT seniors struggle for affordable housing

Until just last year, L.A. had the only affordable living facility for LGBT seniors. Without special communities for them, some head back into the closet.

After 'I Do': How 2 Prop 8 plaintiffs became symbols of the gay marriage fight

Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo of Burbank share their unlikely path to becoming two of the faces in the fight against California's Prop 8 for four-and-a-half years.

Coolhaus at your haus: Make high-concept ice cream sandwiches at home

If you thought ice cream sandwiches were just ice cream with cookies, you haven't eaten from the Coolhaus ice cream truck. With flavors like whiskey Lucky Charms and peking duck, these high-concept desserts first wowed eaters in 2009 at Coachella.

The Counterfeit Detective: Where the Port of LA stores illegally imported goods

Think you can sniff out a knock-off Chanel handbag? Try doing it every day in the Port of LA where 43 percent of the country's imported goods come through before hitting shelves.

Mexican-American 'cholo' style takes off in Bangkok

The look of cholos might be familiar to us in LA, but that style is catching on among men in Bangkok, Thailand — most of whom don't understand Spanish or truly understand what being a "cholo" is about.

Picture This: The secret meaning of Iranian photographs

A new art exhibition at Cal State LA showcases how Iranian photographers are able to create images into social and political commentary that fly under the radar of censors.

Your Take: Why you won't stop driving anytime soon

Earlier this week, we talked on air about how to make biking and mass transit "cool." But many KPCC listeners wrote in to say why they're sticking to their cars.

Gonorrhea could soon be untreatable: CDC report

The Centers for Disease Control now reports that the number of effective treatments for gonorrhea have dwindled to just one and it's only a matter of time before the STD becomes resistant to that option.

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.