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
If the lines, "Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?," "What's happening hot stuff?," and "Bueller?," mean anything to you, chances are you grew up watching the films of John Hughes. Hughes died today of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan. He was in New York visiting family. Alex Cohen spoke earlier with Russell Scott of Retroland.com. It's a social networking site dedicated to nostalgia. Scott told KPCC's Alex Cohen, despite John Hughes being the king of teen angst, his favorite Hughes movie was Planes, Trains & Automobiles, starring John Candy and Steve Martin.
The State Assembly defeated a bill last month that would have allowed new oil drilling off the Santa Barbara County coast. But you won’t find any official record of that vote, the Assembly has expunged it. Bob Stern is president of the Center for Governmental Studies. He explained how the Assembly is able to wipe votes off the record.
A three-judge panel today ordered California to reduce its prison population by 40,000 inmates. The federal judges ruled that the move was necessary so the state can bring its prison medical care up to adequate standards. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with state capitol reporter Julie Small about the ruling.
Have you ever watched those movies where an asteroid is hurtling toward the Earth at rapid speed? Well, if you like that sort of thing, you might want to check out a new website launched by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The site provides information about so-called near-Earth objects. Don Yeomans is the manager of NASA's Near Earth Object Office at JPL. KPCC's Alex Cohen asked Yeomans why they created the website.
Five Southern Californians, including the former Armenian consul of Los Angeles, have been arrested for allegedly selling immigration documents to those looking to avoid deportation. KPCC’s Alex Cohen reports.
Governor Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto authority to save $656 million, money he says is needed in case of an emergency. He had to make some serious cuts to create that reserve fund, including cuts to the state office of AIDS. KPCC's Alex Cohen asked Dr. Michelle Roland, who heads that office, to spell out what the governor's decision means.
The state Assembly has approved the budget plan this afternoon, but they rejected two of the most controversial measures within it. Following a 20 hour session, the state assembly has approved the budget plan sending the package of financial fixes to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here to fill us in on all the latest is KPCC’s capital reporter Julie Small. Julie Small brings us up to date on how the budget looks without these two measures in it.
Thirty years ago this summer, a movie came out featuring Mel Brooks, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Orson Welles, Steve Martin... and a frog named Kermit. "The Muppet Movie" is playing on the big screen once again this weekend... at a cemetery! It’s part of the Cinespia film series at the Hollywood Forever cemetery. That’s where KPCC's Alex Cohen met up with John Wyatt, the man who started showing classic movies in the final resting place of some of Hollywood's greatest stars.
In Los Olivos, California, debate over the future of a piece of property once owned by Michael Jackson is heating up. Last summer a company called Colony Capital, LLC purchased the loan on the property known commonly as Neverland Ranch. KPCC has called Colony and the company won’t commit on their plans for the 2,500 acre site, but neighbors are worried that the ranch could be developed as a tourist destination in tribute to the King of Pop. They’ve recently formed a group called “NEVER” which refers to when they’d like to see a Graceland style-like resort in their community. Alex Cohen asked founder Bob Field what leads him to believe that Colony Capital has plans for the ranch’s development.
Part of the budget deal state lawmakers struck this week is a plan to cut one and a quarter billion dollars from prison spending. The L.A. Times reported today that the state would do that by reducing the prison population by around 27,000 inmates. Sacramento’s reporter Julie Small joins KPCC's Alex Cohen to talk about that deal.
KPCC's Alex Cohen talks to Sacramento reporter Julie Small as news breaks that Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders agree on a budget that would close California's multi-billion dollar deficit.
A trailblazer for African-American women writers passed away last week. Judi Ann Mason died on July 8th en route to UCLA Medical Center. She was 54.
This weekend, Sean Tillmann, a.k.a. Har Mar Superstar, will take to the stage at the Three Clubs in Hollywood. Har Mar’s sound is one part Stevie Wonder, one part Prince, maybe a little Ginuwine, too. His look...? Well, he looks like a short white guy from Minnesota - because that is exactly who Sean Tillmann is. The name Har Mar actually comes from a mall back home. Har Mar has grown a loyal fan base on account of his recorded music, comic video tributes to holidays, and his live shows. KPCC's Alex Cohen recently spoke with Har Mar at his home in Hollywood.
The mayor of Lancaster is threatening to shut down the Desert Inn motel. KPCC’s Alex Cohen says the city’s trying to thwart the Mongols motorcycle club.
Julius Shulman, one of the world's foremost architectural photographers, died. He was 98 years old. Jonathan Weedman, Regional Vice President of the Wells Fargo Foundation, had the pleasure of meeting Shulman 10 years ago. The two became close friends and shared a passion for photography. Weedman told KPCC's Alex Cohen what Shulman was like away from his camera.