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