Leo Duran

Associate Producer

Leo Duran appears in the following:

Investigative report: Hastiness in natural gas drilling jeopardizes local water

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The sharp rise in energy prices has pushed states to speed through legislation that allows companies to drill for gas. The potential for revenue is enormous, but what's the cost? WNYC's Ilya Marritz and ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten explain the potential environmental consequences of the rush for new energy as New York presses ahead with its plans to tap gas underneath the Catskill Mountains.

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The Dark Knight, reviewed by a dark knight in Gotham (Gotham, Wisc., that is)

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Dark Knight broke box-office records on its opening day ($68 million) and opening weekend ($155 million). Critics praised the ensemble cast including the late Heath Ledger for his portrayal of the unhinged Bat-nemesis, The Joker. The Takeaway goes to Gotham for a movie review from the man who’s keeping the streets safe at night (it's not Batman), Deputy Sheriff Kevin Melby, in Gotham, Wisc.


Writer exposes Dick Cheney’s war in "The Dark Side"

Monday, July 21, 2008

In "The Dark Side," author Jane Mayer weaves a seven-year narrative detailing what we know and don't know about the decisions made while pursuing terrorists after the coordinated terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Mayer focuses on roles of Vice President Dick Cheney and his chief-of-staff since 2005, David Addington, and infers details from a secret 2007 Red Cross report that says the prisoner abuses at U.S. facilities constitute war crimes.


Can John McCain build bridges with blacks and Hispanics?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain is courting two important voting blocs — blacks and Hispanics. However, he trails his challenger, Barack Obama, in winning over these groups. What is McCain saying to capture their attention?


Tony Schwartz, 84, co-creator of "Daisy," the game-changing political ad

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tony Schwartz is a former WNYC host and creator of 1964's "Daisy" ad, the first television spot to change the national political conversation. Schwartz died on Sunday at the age of 84. The Takeaway looks at his successors and how they've affected election campaigns.


The Takeaway goes Broadway for the 2008 Tony Awards

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Tony winners will be announced this Sunday, and one of the big prizes is Best New Musical. There are two front runners, "In the Heights" and "Passing Strange." They don’t sound like your grandparents’ musicals, either, because they’re shows that mix genres such as hip-hop and rock. John and Adaora talk to Jack Grace about the race and why the creator of one of the productions says he shouldn’t win.


The b-ball fix

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy has alleged that his peers had a hand in the outcome of important games, including the 2002 playoffs between the Sacramento Kings and the L.A. Lakers. The phrase of the day is, "I knew it!"


Meep meep! The newest, fastest supercomputer

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Your Movie Reviews: Don't Mess with the Kung Fu Zohan

Monday, June 09, 2008

Over the weekend, the animated flick Kung Fu Panda got the top spot at the box office … and Hillary Clinton gave her support to Barack Obama as the top Democrat in the presidential primary. If you caught a movie over the weekend, which one do you think the also-rans should catch up on? Our listeners have some suggestions.

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Art: off the walls, onto the streets

Friday, June 06, 2008

A new exhibit at New York City's PS1 art gallery is created from the camera-phone photos of visitors. Other artists are painting on buildings overlooking the Thames. The Takeaway's culture critic, Mary Beth Williams, talks about the disappearing lines between artist, art and audience.

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Remembering Tiananmen

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

When the smoke cleared in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, an untold number of protesters were dead in what later became known as a massacre. They gathered to protest for democracy, but records of their efforts are absent in official Chinese history books.


More on global food solutions

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


World leaders confer in Rome as food prices rise

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The United Nations has convened a high-level conference of the World Food Program in Rome to discuss the challenges of climate change, bioenergy and food security amid rises prices. Making an appearance is Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, whose own country faces an inflation rate of 165,000 percent.


'Grease' is the word: Used-oil thefts rise along with food prices

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Producer's Notes:

Detective Larry Findley didn't want to be on the radio. But the gumshoe's desire to educate people about grease theft trumped his suspicion of what he calls "media types."

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The water war in Wisconsin

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

20% of the world's fresh water is in the 5 Great Lakes of North America. The lakes are what's left over from a giant glacial melt at the end of the last ice age 20 or 30 thousand years ago...which is why the water isn't salty. It's a lucky break for North America and an enticing solution to water problems outside the Midwest.


More with Stephen Dubner on the beauty premium

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Keeping up with the Joneses, the Indiana Joneses

Friday, May 23, 2008

After 19 years, the world's most famous archaeologist is back on the silver screen, bullwhip and all. "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" hits theaters nationwide this week. To get a reality check on the Indiana Jones franchise, The Takeaway talks with a very real Indiana Jones: Rick Jones, Indiana's State Archaeologist.


Making Iraq accessible for the disabled

Monday, May 12, 2008

When public services crumble in Iraq, so does accessibility for the disabled. The Takeaway is joined by Tiana Tozer, who works for Mercy Corps, an organization that helps disabled Iraqis learn how to change cultural preconceptions and advocate for help.


Hanging driers out to dry

Monday, April 21, 2008

Drying clothes on the line isn’t just a chore — it’s a political movement. Communities across the nation have banned the air-drying method for their unsightliness, but now environmentalists are pushing back. The state of Colorado passed a law overturning the bans and the Ontario government is considering to do the same.


Super profitable Mario

Monday, April 14, 2008

The worsening economy is shaking apart industries like the housing market, with few winners. There is a superstar, however, when the economy sputters: video game makers.