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 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.
One of the nation’s hottest electronic music venues is in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. It’s called the Low End Theory and it happens Wednesday nights at a bar called the Airliner. Tonight, a young musician called Baths will take the mic. Music writer Chris Martins told KPCC's Alex Cohen more about this artist who’s generated a lot of buzz.
May 18, 2010 - Today was a big day for some new Americans here in Southern California. More than 4,000 immigrants from at least 33 countries became U.S. citizens this morning at a naturalization ceremony in downtown Los Angeles.
May 17, 2010 -- It's Bike Week in L.A. I *really* wish I could bike to work. Unfortunately, with my evening hours and my commute (from Atwater Village to Pasadena), it's not quite a safe route.
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.