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
Famous to some for his rock band The Mothers of Invention, and to others for his sharp tongue and avant-garde classical music, Frank Zappa enjoyed a legendary career that spanned more than 30 years and astonished the world by breaching the barriers of musical genres. Zappa is no longer with us, but his music is coming to this year's Ojai Music Festival. Jeff Haydon, the executive director of the Ojai Music Festival spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen.
KPCC Staff with our warm apple pies
May 31, 2010 -- My apologies for being M.I.A. for the last two days of last week! As you may have heard, I wound up filling in for Patt Morrison, which was a lot of fun, but also a lot of work, seeing as I've never done a call-in show before.
Cindy Abbott, a lecturer from Cal State Fullerton, successfully made it to the top of Mt. Everest over the weekend. Abbott suffers from a rare and serious vascular disease, Wegener's Granulomatosis.
Today, instead of the usual daily dose of news, I wanted to take a moment to share a story about Art Linkletter. Linkletter died today at his home in Bel-Air. He was 97 years old.
Over the past few months, we've been checking in with Cindy Abbott. She's a truly remarkable woman who, despite having a very serious and rare disease that has left her legally blind in one eye, decided to climb to the top of Mt.
May 25, 2010 -- The Golden Gate Theater will become a 24-hour drugstore, thanks to a vote today by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. The theater is a Spanish-style movie palace that was built in 1927 near Whittier and Atlantic boulevards.
Photo from Cindy Abbott of the Khumbu Icefall
May 24, 2010 -- A sad farewell to former Dodgers pitcher Jose Lima who died yesterday morning of an apparent heart attack at his home in Pasadena. He was 37.
May 21, 2010 -- Tomorrow is the first "Harvey Milk Day" in California. Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill last year that established May 22nd as a day of remembrance for the late gay rights activist and San Francisco supervisor.
When you hear the words "Jewish music," you may not think of much beyond "The Dreidel Song" and "Hava Nagila," but there's a lot more to it than those two ditties! Josh Kun and the Idelsohn Society has been researching the world of Jewish music for years. Now, he shares his vast vinyl collection at the Skirball Museum. He dropped by KPCC to tell All Things Considered host Alex Cohen all about it.
A Senate panel on Capitol Hill heard testimony today on the California Desert Protection Act. If passed, it could turn about 1 million acres of Southland desert into federally protected wilderness.
Earlier this month, the Autry National Center was fortunate enough to acquire the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archive. The archive contains key artifacts that represent the duo’s entertainment career, spanning more than half a century. KPCC's Alex Cohen got a sneak preview of the collection and spoke with Marva Felchlin, Director of the Autry Library.
California held its annual "Golden Guardian" exercise this week to test the state's response to potential terrorist attacks. (KPCC’s Alex Cohen speaks with Jay Alan of the California Emergency Management Agency about the exercise).
May 19, 2010 - When I went to Griffith Park this morning (as I do most weekdays), I noticed a rather large group of LAPD cops in riot gear huddled together in a parking lot. I must admit, it was a bit unsettling at first.