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Alex Cohen is co-host of KPCC's "Take Two" show. Prior to that, she was host of KPCC's "All Things Considered" in the afternoons.

Before joining Southern California Public Radio, Alex was a host and reporter for NPR's "Day to Day." She's also served as a host and reporter for NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" as well as American Public Media's "Marketplace" and "Weekend America." Prior to that, she was the L.A. Bureau Chief for KQED FM in San Francisco. She has won various journalistic awards including the LA Press Club’s Best Radio Anchor prize.

As her roller derby alter-ego, Axles of Evil, Cohen made a cameo appearance and served as the trainer and choreographer for the Drew Barrymore derby film "Whip It." She is also the co-author of the book "Down and Derby: The Insider's Guide to Roller Derby."


Stories by Alex Cohen

High school's dress code raises questions about shaming

Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California, has rules about what students can wear. But one junior says the rules go too far and are improperly enforced.

Soldadera: art show in East LA explores women of the Mexican Revolution

Artist Nao Bustamente's new show uses video, archival photos to explore the overlooked role of women in the Mexican Revolution.

For some moms, 'mama' is more than a just a name

But as writer Elissa Strauss prepared to enter motherhood, she noticed a trend among some mom bloggers: They chose to be called 'mama.'

At Silicon Valley's first-ever 'Fashion Week?' drones own the runway

The Silicon Valley is holding its first-ever Fashion Week? (question mark intended). The three-day event is complete with drones flying down the catwalk.

Using electronic records to lower healthcare costs

What does it take to encourage doctors to stop picking unnecessary treatments and for patients to start inquiring about what's being prescribed?

How do Morrissey's songs sound in Spanish? Pretty great

Mexicans love Morrissey. So much so that a group of Mexican artists have come together to pay tribute to the Smiths and their front man, Morrissey.

Bill Graham's life on display at the Skirball

From Nazi Germany to rock impresario. The life of concert promoter Bill Graham on display at the Skirball museum.

Get up and dance! The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is back

'Whenever I am feeling particularly sluggish, there is one musician I turn to... to get me up and going. He has never let me down.' Who's Alex Cohen talking about?

2 moms on raising black sons in Baltimore

The viral video of a mother giving her son a smack down after seeing her son throwing objects at police officers is one of the more stirring images from the Baltimore riots.

Riverside County mud run cancelled due to record drought

The Jurassic Classic is an annual fundraiser for youth programs. But organizers say it would be irresponsible to use the water they'd need to make the mud.

Mental health healing continues among Vietnam War survivors

Healing the wounds of the Vietnam War in Orange County: Clinical psychologist Suzie Dong Matsuda on the continuing impact of the war on survivors

What's it like for a band to perform at Coachella for the first time?

While the Coachella Arts and Music Festival has come and gone, some bands are still basking in the afterglow, like the Southern California band Saint Motel.

New music from My Morning Jacket, Olivia Chaney and more

This week on Tuesday Reviewsday, our new music segment, music journalist Steve Hochman joins Alex Cohen to talk about the best new albums.

Eddie Izzard brings his 'Force Majeur' to the Hollywood Bowl

Izzard returns to Take Two to talk about his creative process and bringing "Force Majeur" from the small stage to the Hollywood Bowl.

Fall of Saigon sparked flight of Vietnamese to Southern California

April 30 marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. To begin our week-long series, historian Marilyn Young talks about the war, its end and its aftermath.