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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

Daily Dose - Unnecessary ER visits, asteroid encounter and San Francisco skyscraper climber

September 7, 2010 -- According to a study released today by the Santa Monica-based think tank RAND, about 17 percent of visits to U.S. emergency rooms are unnecessary, involving conditions that could be treated at medical clinics or urgent care centers.

'Little Rock Nine' member Jefferson Thomas dies

One of the nine black students to integrate a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. Jefferson Thomas was 67 years old.

Daily Dose: Jenna Fischer on Steve Carrell, Jerry Hall's art for sale and R.I.P. Mike Edwards

September 6, 2010 -- Happy Labor Day! Hopefully you have the day off and you can enjoy the holiday, perhaps by watching reruns of "The Office." The hit comedy starts has been filming its final season here in Southern California.

Daily Dose - UCI Irvine reduces Muslim group suspension, Bell checks into email and cleanup at Santa Susanna Field

September 3, 2010 -- UC Irvine has reduced a campus Muslim group's suspension to one quarter. The University had originally suspended the Muslim Student Union for a full year after its members disrupted a visit by the Israeli ambassador Michael Oren in February.

Inara George hosts Dolly Parton Tribute Concert

Dolly Parton fans take note! If you are sticking around Southern California this Labor Day weekend, you can see some of the region’s finest singers perform their version of Parton tunes in Topanga this Saturday. The tribute concert was organized by acclaimed singer/songwriter Inara George to raise money for one of her favorite causes. She told KPCC’s Alex Cohen why she’s so inspired by the Queen of Country Music.

Beverly Hills celebrates '90210'

Today is September 2, 2010 or 9/02/10. Those are the same numbers that belong to the infamous zip code, popularized by the '90s TV show "Beverly Hills 90210."

Daily Dose - Quitting smoking in L.A., Facebook v Greenpeace and Fashion's Night Out

September 1, 2010 -- Believe it or not, I used to be a smoker. At one point, I smoked nearly a pack a day. Luckily, back in the mid-90s I fell in love with a non-smoker and with his support, I was able to give up the habit.

Luke Burbank brings 'Too Beautiful to Live' to LA

Many KPCC listeners are probably familiar with the name Luke Burbank. He was a reporter and host for NPR, based out of Culver City. A few years back, he moved to Seattle, where he now hosts a radio show and podcast called “Too Beautiful To Live.” Next week, Burbank will take a live version of his show to Los Angeles with some very special guests. He gave a sneak preview to KPCC’s Alex Cohen.

Daily Dose - Child death disclosures, death row ruling and Foursquare and STD's

August 31, 2010 -- An independent audit has found that Los Angeles County officials haven't followed a state law that requires them to publicly disclose the deaths of abused or neglected children.

Daily Dose - New Hoag, L.A. prescription discount and Emmy cybercrime

The new Hoag Hospital Irvine is due to open its doors Wednesday after undergoing a nearly $85 million renovation. It's the same building as the old Irvine Regional Medical Center, which closed a year and a half ago.

Station Fire victim reflects on loss of home

The largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history began one year ago yesterday. The Station Fire burned through 160,000 acres and destroyed about 90 homes, including the home of Adi Ell-Ad.

Gritty thriller 'The Scenesters' comes to Downtown Independent

A serial killer has been picking off beautiful, blonde hipsters on the east side of Los Angeles and leaving behind a strange trail of clues. That’s the plot of the film “The Scenesters.” It’s playing for a week starting today at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. The writer and director of the film, Todd Berger, spoke with KPCC’s Alex Cohen.

'Lost' props go on the auction block this weekend

The television series 'LOST' may be over, but fans now have a chance to own a piece of the bizarre and mysterious island life.

Jews on Vinyl Revue at Skirball Cultural Center to feature Johnny Mathis

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.

Daily Dose - Gay Marriages on hold, Obama in LA and RIP Robert Wilson

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.