Leo Duran

Associate Producer

Leo Duran appears in the following:

Berlin + Barack = Love?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama speaks in the heart of downtown Berlin, the city that was once the symbol of the Cold War divide. The Takeaway talks to Berliner Bjoern ...


The X-Men reach a not-so-uncanny milestone: a 500th issue

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The 500th issue of The Uncanny X-Men goes on sale this week, 45 years after Stan Lee and Jack Kirby debuted the mutants Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast and Iceman.


The House’s hopeful plan for the housing crisis

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are scheduled to take up a proposed bailout of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It’s a bill that has President Bush and congressional Democrats seeing eye-to-eye.


The Takeaway Mixer: 2 parts host and 1 part cocktail expert

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

This week, The Museum of the American Cocktail opens in New Orleans, home of the Sazerac. The Takeaway downs a few shots of wisdom from museum curator Ted Haigh.


The Big Mac Chant-Off: How to sing happy birthday to a burger

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Big Mac. The McDonald’s signature burger turns 40 this year and the company has asked MySpace users for their own take on the iconic song. The Takeaway talks about the...

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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? WN...

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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...


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 terr...


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 group...


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 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 li...


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!"


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 pr...

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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 ...

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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, ...


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. M...


'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."

The demand for grease (used cooking oil) is at an all-time high. That's due in ...


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 year...