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
May 14, 2010 - Hate to start your weekend off this way, but there was a lot of depressing news today... and I'm not even talking about the governor's revised budget! East LA's Homeboy Industries - the country's largest anti-gang program - has laid off most of its employees because of a decline in donations.
Michel Gondry is known for films rich with fantasy, such as "The Science of Sleep," and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," in which Jim Carrey chooses to have part of his memory erased. Gondry's latest work is a documentary called "The Thorn in The Heart." The film focuses on his elderly aunt Suzette, a spirited teacher, and her troubled son, who’s had several nervous breakdowns. "The Thorn in The Heart" opens in Los Angeles this weekend. Michel Gondry told KPCC's Alex Cohen why he took a break from feature films to take this cinematic look at his own family.
May 13, 2010 - After a lengthy debate, the state Assembly passed a resolution asking the federal government to end its "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The state Senate has already approved the resolution, which urges President Barack Obama and Congress to adopt the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009.
Cal State Fullerton lecturer Cindy Abbott has been in Nepal for the last month getting used to the altitude. Soon she will begin her attempt to climb to the summit of Mt. Everest. (Audio: Cindy Abbott spoke to KPCC's Alex Cohen from the Mount Everest base camp.)
May 12, 2010 - Nobody walks in L.A. Or at least that's the conventional wisdom. But today transportation officials looked at ways to improve Los Angeles for pedestrians.
Roy Rogers' Saddle, Courtesy of the Autry National Center
Actress Leslie Uggams played Lena Horne on stage last year in "Stormy Weather" at the Pasadena Playhouse. Horne died Sunday at the age of 92.
Dorothy Dale Kloss - the World's Oldest Showgirl
Los Angeles County's Department of Health Services is investigating whether babies received substandard care in Olive View-UCLA Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit.
May 7, 2010 - Today the Los Angeles City Council moved to create an ordinance that would freeze rent increases for thousands of apartment buildings. Under the plan, landlords wouldn't be able to impose their usual three percent rent hike between now and the end of October.
This weekend at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Feliz, an exhibit takes the concept of taxidermy to a whole new level. Instead of just stuffing and mounting animals, artists have created strange hybrid forms: carcasses fused with pieces of machinery, turkey heads stitched onto squirrel torsos.
Daily Dose - Brown sues former CalPERS officials, homeless hate crimes, Mega Millions winner keeps working and J.J. Abrams' new flick
May 6, 2010 - California Attorney General Jerry Brown has filed a civil suit against two former California pension fund officials. The suit alleges that former CalPERS chief executive Federico Buenrostro accepted tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from Alfred Villalobos.
A new documentary which chronicles the history of burlesque theater opens tomorrow [5/7] in Los Angeles. The film is called “Behind the Burly Q” and it features some of the era’s most famous strippers, including one who went on to become a live, high-wire Tinkerbell flying through Disneyland years ago. Leslie Zemeckis is the film’s director and she spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen. The film is meant for mature audiences and so are some portions of their chat. Take a listen by clicking on the player above.
Here's an update on that MIA Mega Millions winner and it's a pretty cool one for us journo-types. ... Los Angeles TV station KNBC says one of its newsroom employees is holding the Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $266 million.
May 5, 2010 - All five L.A. County supervisors are in Washington, DC, this week. They're meeting with White House officials and members of Congress. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky says they're discussing how the new health care reform law will affect L.