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Leo Duran

Associate Producer

Part of The Takeaway’s inaugural staff in 2008, Leo Duran leads his colleagues for the least amount of sleep because of the show. A native-Wisconsinite, he excelled in science and music, but took on journalism as a challenge.

He started his public radio career the way most public radio-ans do: as a listener turned intern turned staffer. Leo led “The Joy Cardin Show” on Wisconsin Public Radio prior to moving to New York, driving the statewide discussion on local and national news. There he developed the love for how listeners can transform and evolve a conversation.

On The Takeaway, Leo has the honor of doing most of the positions on staff, from producing to directing. He’s also an occasional magazine writer, often chef, frequent video game player, and The Takeaway’s main party planner.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, he is a hippie in the many ways that people from Madison can be: he bikes everywhere, sews clothes, and makes his own raw cat food (essentially anything you’ve seen in “Portlandia”).

Leo Duran appears in the following:

The Hidden Power of Vulnerability

Monday, September 17, 2012

Vulnerability: it's when we feel fragile, uncertain, and isolated. But there's a power hidden within vulnerability. Embracing those emotions can radically change our lives, says Brené Brown.

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Bobak Ferdowsi: The New Face (and Hair) of NASA

Friday, August 10, 2012

He's young, good looking, and has a mohawk bespeckled with bleached blonde stars. He's also the flight director of the Mars Science laboratory Curiosity Mission at the Jet propulsion Lab in California. Bobak Ferdowsi discusses the Curiosity landing and his new found celebrity.

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The National Anthem, Remixed

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The national anthem commemorates the struggle of our nascent country at war. The lyrics come from a poem Francis Scott Key penned 200 years ago during the War of 1812: "The Defence of Fort McHenry." But does the song reflect the country today, centuries later?

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Saving the World One Controller at a Time

Monday, June 25, 2012

What if all of the time and energy spent playing video games could be energy spent for good? At the ninth annual Games for Change Festival in New York City, game developers, designers, publishers, and players gathered together to explore the greater potential for games.

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Remembering Ray Bradbury

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury died yesterday at age 91.  He's remembered best for short-story collections like "The Martian Chronicles," and novels like "Fahrenheit 451," "Something Wicked This Way Comes," and "Dandelion Wine." Kim Stanley Robinson, science fiction writer known for his award-winning Mars trilogy, was born in Waukegan, Illinois, the same hometown of Ray Bradbury. He describes Bradbury's enduring influence.

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Preserving Endangered Sounds

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Where do sounds go when they die? The Museum of Endangered Sounds has archived sounds that will soon die: sounds like modems connecting, Tetris, Windows 95 startup chime, Nokia ringtone and more. John Hockenberry reflects on sounds lost and found in this audio essay.

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Listeners Respond: What Sounds Are Going Extinct?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today we asked listeners: What sounds from your childhood are going extinct? Rotary phones? Dial-up connections? Tetris? We compiled the responses into an audio essay.

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Ray Bradbury Dies at Age 91

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Ray Bradbury has died at age 91, and with him dies an imagination that sparked the imagination of so many readers. John Hockenberry remembers his first Bradbury novel, The Illustrated Man, which came as part of his membership to a science fiction book club. John was joined by science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, known for his award-winning Mars trilogy.

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For Tomorrow's Games, Look at Your Phone

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

In 1989 Gameboy revolutionized video games as the world’s first handheld gaming system. Now, developers are looking to continue the portable trend by transitioning video games into our increasingly phone-centered world.

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The Euro Crisis Intensifies: Questions on Greece and the Debt

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Greece spent a decade working to become a full member of the European Union. Now it appears it's doing its best to get thrown out. At a summit meeting in Brussels last night, Euro leaders stepped up contingency planning for a possible Greek exit from the euro zone. Meanwhile, Europe's leaders are struggling to overcome their differences on how to resolve the EU's debt crisis. Joining us is Matthew Price, Brussels Correspondent for our partner the BBC.

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Cancer as Silent Killer in 'Memoir of a Debulked Woman'

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ovarian cancer is called the silent killer. Most women don’t receive a diagnosis until the disease has spread, until the chances for survival have dwindled. Once diagnosed, the treatment might be just as bad as the disease, as Dr. Vivian Bearing, the main character in Margaret Edson’s play “Wit," explains: "I am in isolation because I am being treated for cancer," she says. "My treatment imperils my health. Herein lies the paradox." Like Vivian Bearing, Susan Gubar is a professor of English, coping with ovarian cancer. Yet Professor Gubar's story of diagnosis and treatment is quite different from the one Margaret Edsons chronicles in "Wit."

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Son of Bo Xilai Disappears from Harvard

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The son of Bo Xilai, who attends Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts, has gone missing. This latest development comes after Xilai was ousted from the Communist Party's inner circle and his wife implicated in the murder of a British businessman. We're joined by Evan Osnos, a writer for the New Yorker.

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Despite UN Ceasefire, Violence Continues in Syria

Monday, April 16, 2012

The violence in Syria has continued in spite of the ceasefire which came into effect on Thursday, and the first members of a United Nations truce monitoring mission which have arrived in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Fighting was reported between government forces and rebels in the city of Homs and unverified video posted on the internet showed the Khaldiyeh area of Homs being heavily shelled. Kieran Dwyer, from the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Ops, outlines what's expected of the monitors in the coming days.

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New Pew Survey Examines How Latinos Identify Themselves

Thursday, April 05, 2012

A new poll released by the Pew Survey looks at how Latinos identify themselves. We'll talk about the different identities we adopt with regard to our race with Mark Lopez, associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center, and Ilan Stavans, Amherst College professor of Latino culture.

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The Big MF Global Number

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Since Halloween 2011, an estimated $1.6 billion of customer funds have gone missing from failed brokerage firm MF Global. The hunt has taken months with few results.

Tomorrow, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hosts its third hearing on the matter, and there might be a clue on where to look. Takeaway business editor Charlie Herman tells us the big number to watch for: $200 million.

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The Republican Problem for Republicans

Friday, March 23, 2012

WNYC

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is leading the pack of GOP hopefuls, but that doesn't mean he's escaped criticism for not being able to unify the Republican party: some say he's not conservative enough, or that he's not likable. Of course, the perceived inability to unify the party isn't unique to Romney.

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Ties Between US Troops and Afghan Citizens Worsening

Friday, March 23, 2012

From the aftermath of the attack in Kandahar which resulted in 16 civilian deaths, the BBC's David Loyn reports that Afghan citizens appear fed up with a decade of war. The worsening ties between U.S. troops and Afghans have been exacerbated in 2012 by the U.S. troops burning of the Koran and the March 11 shooting.

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French Police in Standoff with Suspected Gunman

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Police believe they have cornered the gunman in the shooting at a Jewish school earlier this week. Identified as 24-year-old Muhammed Merah, the suspect opened fire when the police tried to raid his home overnight, wounding two officers. The standoff ends one of the largest manhunts in recent French history.

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Fallout from Former Goldman Sachs Employee Piece in New York Times

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Former Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith has cost the company more than $2 billion in stock value since his op-ed piece ran in the New York Times yesterday. Smith's very public jump from the company at the top of the Wall Street food chain has raised some questions about Goldman's internal culture, it's capacity to learn lessons from past mistakes and it's ability to control its own brand.

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Feedback Loop

Friday, February 24, 2012

WNYC

The ability to erase specific memories might soon be real. Dr. Todd Sacktor explained that this could eventually be used to treat disorders like PTSD.

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