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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

As Korean adoptees return, a complex relationship follows

Over 60 years, more than 200,000 Korean children were adopted overseas, most to U.S. families. Now, many are heading back to their roots.

Writer Susan Orlean's dilemma: to burn a book or not?

Susan Orlean's upcoming book is all about L.A.'s Central Public Library and the deliberately-set fire that destroyed 20 percent of its holdings. But what does it feel like to burn a book? To find out, she'd have to burn one herself.

Ryan Bingham on his new album 'Fear and Saturday Night'

Ryan Bingham is in studio to talk about his new album, how dark family experiences helped shape his music and the importance of quiet reflection.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Jazmine Sullivan, N.E.R.D. and more

Music supervisor Morgan Rhodes and Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides join Alex Cohen in the studio this week for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment.

'Appropriate Behavior:' Desiree Akhavan on being Iranian, bisexual and coming out to her parents

Desiree Akhavan, from the film "Appropriate Behavior" joins Alex in studio to talk about how her own real life coming out inspired her character in the film.

Undocumented students beat MIT students in underwater robot showdown

In 2004, four teenagers took first place in a national underwater robotics championship, with a robot built from scrap metal and trash.

Martin Luther King Jr's lost speech at UCLA found 50 years later

UCLA grad Derek Bolin salvaged more than 300 speeches given on campus since the 1950s. But the speech given by Martin Luther King Jr took some extra digging to find.

Facebook to show AMBER Alerts in users newsfeeds

While AMBER alerts have run on radio, tv and those digital signs on the freeway, they should start showing up in another familiar place - Facebook.

Jury selection begins in trial of accused Silk Road founder

Drug trafficking and murder for hire are two issues sure to come up in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged proprietor of the dark net site - The Silk Road.

The music of 'Selma': scoring the civil rights movement

How does a filmmaker choose which music to put to one of the most important historical events in our country's history? She calls music supervisor, Morgan Rhodes.

Could you could be living in a future home, now?

At CES, there's everything from connected washing machines to thermostats on display, but is this the connected home that people imagined 50 years ago?

Tuesday Reviewsday: Madonna, Kanye West and more

This week on Tuesday Reviewsday, Shirley Halperin from Billboard Magazine joins Alex Cohen to talk about the album's that she's looking forward to in 2015.

New laws to help immigrants in California without legal status

From new driver's licenses to a student loan program, SCPR's Leslie Berestein Rojas explains how many people took advantage of these new rules in their first few days.

Was North Korea behind the Sony hack?

While the U.S. government's claimed that North Korea is behind the Sony hack, some cybersecurity experts aren't as convinced.

Roger Daltry and Wilko Johnson: still rockin'

Doctors told British rocker Wilko Johnson he had a year at best. Cancer. His pal Roger Daltry said, let's make a record. The result, "Going Home". And a new lease on life.