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

California's new bike buffer law: Here's how it works

The law states drivers must give bicyclists three feet of space as they pass them on the road. But who's holding a tape measure outside the passenger-side window?

When pot is legal, what happens to "Just Say No"?

For decades, the message was pretty clear: Pot. Is. Bad. But now that recreational marijuana is legalized and regulated in states like Colorado and Washington, what do drug educators say now?

One senior's take on how her generation differs from Latino youths

Sara Hanan is separated from the children she reads to by age and race, but she sees hope in the country's future amid those differences.

How elder care changes when more nurses are Latino

When the growing number of white seniors need help, more of those nurses taking care of them will be Latino.

Gay Wedding Etiquette: A guide to hosting and attending a same-sex wedding

Perhaps you just opened up your mailbox to find an invite for your first gay wedding, wondering if there's a specific set of etiquette and rules to follow. Some tips.

After 'I Do': Bringing LGBT centers to more diverse communities

The San Gabriel Valley is just miles from the LGBT support services in West Hollywood and Hollywood. But activists want their own center to deal with the specific needs of the local community.

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.