Alex Cohen Host, Take Two
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
This Thursday, the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles will welcome some very special guests for a concert called the Jews on Vinyl Revue. The concert is produced by the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation and is part of an ongoing exhibit of the same name at the Skirball.
August 16, 2010 - Of course the huge news of the day is that same-sex weddings in California are now on hold indefinitely. This while a federal appeals court considers the constitutionality of Proposition 8.
Move over Hello Kitty! There’s a new Japanese character taking the world by storm. He’s brown and white with a very chilled out look. His name is Rilakkuma.
What started in 2001 as a few independent filmmaker's quest to make a watchable film in a short amount of time has grown to a worldwide annual contest that last year had over 40,000 filmmakers produce 3,000 films in 76 cities.
August 12, 2010 - Today we look at cops and life and cops and death. Let's start with the sadder of the two... Today L.A .County coroners confirmed that skeletal remains found this week in Malibu are indeed those of Mitrice Richardson.
It's only the beginning of August and the school bells are already ringing in some Inland Empire school districts.
August 9, 2010 -- State Attorney General Jerry Brown's office launched a hotline today for people to report voter fraud. The announcement follows reports from people who live in Bell, who claim that city officials pressured them to fill out absentee ballots for recent elections.
August 6, 2010 -- Today is the 65th anniversary of the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Members of the Nikkei Interfaith group marked the occasion with a noontime ceremony in downtown LA's Little Tokyo.
Neil Patrick Harris has come a long way since he starred as the young doctor Doogie Howser more than two decades ago. Now he's directing a production of "RENT" at the Hollywood Bowl, starring Vanessa Hudgens and Aaron Tveit. He took time out of a recent rehearsal to talk with KPCC's Alex Cohen.
August 5, 2010 -- The federal government has charged 14 people as participants in a "deadly pipeline" that routed money and fighters from the US to the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabab.
When the US Supreme Court blocked the public broadcast of the Proposition 8 trial, John Ireland took matters into his own hands. He started MarriageTrial.com, a website that features videos of actors re-enacting the historic case based on court transcripts and first-hand accounts from bloggers. Today when Judge Vaughn Walker issued his ruling overturning Prop 8, John Ireland and his troupe went back to work. He took a break to talk with KPCC's Alex Cohen.
August 4, 2010 -- Of course the HUGE story of the day was Judge Vaughn Walker overturning Proposition 8. Same-sex marriage supporters are getting ready for what's now a celebratory rally tonight at West Hollywood Park.
August 3, 2010 -- More than a dozen cities along the lower part of the LA River are installing screens to capture trash before it heads downstream. The effort is part of the $10 million LA Gateway Cities Catch Basin Insert Project, which kicked off today in Long Beach.
August 2, 2010 -- I gotta say, I love my iPhone and its apps. This past weekend they served me well in Vegas where I was able to look up directions, add facebook friends and tweet my musings without ever touching my computer.
UCLA is launching the first hand transplantation program on the West Coast. The program is designed to help those who have lost their hand or forearm.