Leo Duran

Associate Producer

Leo Duran appears in the following:

Iran's Nuclear Chess Game Continues

Monday, November 30, 2009

Iran announced yesterday it wouldn't comply with a demand by the United Nations' nuclear agency to stop work on a once-secret nuclear fuel enrichment plant, and said it would construct 10 more such nuclear plants.

The New York Times chief Washington correspondent, David Sanger, joins us to talk about the latest move by Iran in its nuclear manuevering, and how the international community might respond.



Is Raising Boys and Girls Really That Different?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Parents have a lot to worry about: what their kids eat, where to send them to school and how to rear them, just for starters. Compounding the mysteries of parenting is the debate over whether there are innate differences between raising a boy and raising a girl. Modern parents often try to be gender neutral, offering primary colors instead of pink or blue, and finger paints instead of trucks or dolls. But as many parents will attest, it seems that some boys are predisposed toward fire trucks and football, while girls want tutus and princesses no matter how you raise them. Should we change our parenting depending on our kids' gender? To help answer this question, we checked in with friends, contributors and listeners for their stories on how they were raised…and what they do with their own kids.

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Reactions to President's Nobel Peace Prize Win

Friday, October 09, 2009

President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” according to the Nobel Committee in Oslo. We talk with the BBC's Lars Bevanger in Oslo, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley and New York Times correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg for their reactions.

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Your Stories from Eight Years in Afghanistan

Friday, October 09, 2009

As we've been marking the eighth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, we've found that people can think about the war in vastly different ways, depending on how close they are. We hear from those who've served, those who see the soldiers return, and even those for whom the war is far from their minds.


President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, October 09, 2009

President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize early this morning for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” according to the Nobel Committee in Oslo. We take a look at the significance of this and a look back at the history of the prestigious award with Professor Paul Martin, director of Human Rights Studies at Barnard College, the BBC's Lars Bevanger reporting from Oslo, and New York Times reporter Alan Cowell.


Housing: Your Block, Your Stories

Monday, September 28, 2009

After four straight months of rising sales on the housing front — good news for the economy — those numbers slipped downward for August. From an economist's point of view, the economy is having bumps as it rebounds. But what's the story on your block? Listeners gave us the reports from their block.


We Asked, You Answered: Got Health Care?

Friday, September 25, 2009

As the political parties (and lobbyists, natch) debate health reform, real people are stuck in the middle. Over the weeks (and months) that the health care debate has gone on (and on), we've heard from our listeners who have health insurance but don't have the actual care they need. What's the difference? We listen to their stories of what it means to be (sort of) covered.


America: Land of the Free, Home of the Complainer

Friday, September 11, 2009

One of our listeners, DJ, called up the other day to point out that America, land of the free, is also the land of the complainer. And this week it definitely showed. From the missed opportunities of summer, to Obama's school speech, and then to the health care debate, Americans are making themselves heard, loud and clear. We're asking: "Hey America!  Want some cheese with that whine?" We'll take a listen to what got everyone's goat from the past few days, and maybe some reasons to look on the bright side.

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We'd Like to Introduce to You the DIY Beatles

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Cover your ears! Starting today, legions of gamers around the country will be able to sing – and play – their own version of Beatles songs, thanks to a special edition of the game Rock Band. Console-owners may now try their hand at 45 Beatles tracks, and download more of the band's newly remastered tracks in the coming months. We talk with Jeff Howe, contributing editor for Wired magazine, who wrote about the game this month. We also give The Beatles: Rock Band our own test run in the studio.

Watch the intro video for "The Beatles: Rock Band":

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The Sounds of the Financial Crisis

Monday, September 07, 2009

The first of the major bank bailouts happened one year ago today. We listen to what the financial crisis sounded like as it happened — immediately before and immediately after.


Marking the 70th Anniversary of World War II

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

World War II leaders will join together today for ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the start of the conflict in Europe. Among the leaders are German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. 


King of The Sidekicks: Farewell to Ed McMahon

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Entertainer Ed McMahon has died at the age of 86. He was recently hospitalized in Los Angeles for pneumonia, and also suffered from cancer. McMahon was famous for his role on the "Tonight Show" alongside Johnny Carson. Our partner The New York Times is calling him "America's Top Second Banana." Bill Carter, the New York Times media correspondent, joins us with a look back. Below are just a few of his most memorable moments:

TV Legends Interview

Star Search!

Ed Rapping!

Publisher's Clearinghouse



Partners: Obama Will Extend Same-Sex Benefits

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

President Obama will sign a presidential memorandum today to extend benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees as far as allowed under the Defense of Marriage Act. It's a surprise move that comes as the president faces criticism from several gay rights leaders over what they suggest has been a failure to live up to campaign promises in the first months of his presidency. For more on what the memorandum might provide, we're joined by Politico's Ben Smith.


Rudy Maxa answers your flu-related travel questions

Monday, April 27, 2009

In the wake of an outbreak in swine flu in Mexico that has been spreading, a health official for the European Union urged Europeans to avoid non-essential travel to the United States and Mexico. And here in the United States many of our listeners are concerned about travel to Mexico. Rudy Maxa is the Host and Executive Producer of the PBS travel series Rudy Maxa's World. He joins us now with answers to your travel questions.


Angry dogs, sex drugs and $880,000 face cream: John Waters gives The Takeaway a private art tour

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

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From the frontlines of the auto shakeup: UAW workers weigh in

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

President Obama said it’s going to take sacrifices from all sides to successfully restructure the auto industry. Yesterday he unveiled his plan, which calls for replacing the leadership of GM and making sure that the America's carmakers forge ahead as leaner companies. But what do the autoworkers, the ones who tighten the nuts and bolts on every car that crosses the assembly line, make of this plan? The Takeaway is joined by Will Marcum and Terry Harden, longtime UAW workers in GM's assembly plant in Pontiac, Michigan.

Miss the President's address? Here it is:


The evolution of the Oscars

Friday, January 23, 2009

Not long ago, the biggest entertainment on Oscar night was watching big budget studio movies duke it out for awards with indie underdogs. But this year’s Oscar nominations suggest that dynamic may be changing. We’re joined by David Carr, The Carpetbagger blogger for the New York Times for his take on the Oscar nominees.

We've compiled the trailers for all the Best Picture nominees. Click away!
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire


Call away to The Takeaway

Thursday, January 01, 2009

It's the end of The Takeaway's first year and we were trying to think of the best way to look back on that time. Well, a way to look back that wasn't too corny. So, we put the onus on you, our beloved listeners. John and Adaora take a listen at the year in responses from our listeners all over the country. We want to explore what you really, really think. We think.


Bye bye Crawford. Hello Hawaii.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

As the Bush administration fades in history, so will the little town of Crawford, Texas. The equivalent refuge in the Obama administration isn't really known. Obama is from Chicago...but he's also from Kahului, Hawaii.


Yes, Virginia (and the rest of the world), there is a Santa Claus

Thursday, December 25, 2008

More than a century ago, an eight-year-old girl asked an adult at the New York Sun for the answer. And for the past 100 years, grown-ups still tell their kids, yes, yes, yes! We take a listen back on that famous letter, and how it keeps kids young and old still believing.

Read the original letter from Virginia O'Hanlon and the "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause" response at »