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Stories about how what seems like good fortune is often anything but. 

Producers:
Bob Carlson
Nick White

Mickey Cohen: Undefeated 15 MIN, 19 SEC

First... a story from Aric Allen. The notorious gangster Mickey Cohen was based in Los Angeles during his heyday and had a number of rivals. He survived nearly a dozen attempts on his life. It's easy to think that these near-death experiences were all about luck, but Aric Allen says it had more to do with something you might call a curse: Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Habitual hand washing, finickiness about his car, and excessive precautions at home all lead to this mobster's undefeated record.

Produced by Aric Allen. He's a digital producer based in West Hollywood. That story was edited by Nick White.
Tere Tereba is the author of Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of LA's Notorious Mobster.


Mickey Cohen, alive, in his blown-out Brentwood Home
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection

Mickey Cohen

Tere Tereba

Out of the Dark 4 MIN, 48 SEC

Next... a story from comedian Brent Weinbach  --  a reminder that what SEEMS like a stroke of good luck, often isn’t...

That story was told by Brent Weinbach. His most recent comedy album is Mostly Live. You can also check out his recent short film called I Don't Dance.

 


Courtesy Brent Weinbach


Mostly Live [Explicit]

Brent Weinbach

Gold Tape Competition 8 MIN, 23 SEC

Lastly, we share the winners from the Gold Tape Competition. The competition is an extension of David Weinberg's podcast, Random Tape, a home for orphaned audio. Surprising, mysterious pieces of tape that might not fit into a normal public radio story. Some of these moments are so bizaare and poetic that you could only attribute their existence to luck -- but really they often require a good ear, and a microphone that is ALWAYS recording.

Special thanks to Hannah Paveck for her help with the competition.


Photo: Pixabay

Speaking of competitions, KCRW's 24-Hour Radio Race kicks off August 8 at 10am PST. You still have a few days to register. You can do so here. Winners will get a cash prize plus airtime on UnFictional. You can also Tweet about the race using #RadioRace.

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