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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

Prominent folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes dies at 88

Musician and folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes died last week. She was 88 years old. (Audio: KPCC's Alex Cohen talks with Sabina Magliocco, the anthropology department chairwoman at Cal State Northridge, about Hawes' work.)

Lucas, Burnett, among inductees to California Hall of Fame

On Dec. 1, George Lucas, Carol Burnett and Danielle Steel will be walking the red carpet. No, it isn't a premiere of a new space-age romantic comedy in Hollywood. It's a ceremony honoring the new inductees into the Hall of Fame at the California Museum in Sacramento.

SHAG's new exhibit: Autumn's Come Undone

Southern California artist Josh Agle is better known as SHAG. For years, he’s created colorful depictions of cocktail parties, Tiki heads and hotrods. But recently his art taken a much darker turn. (Audio: Extended version of interview with SHAG.)

Local bank to donate mural by prominent local artist

A Chase bank branch in Pasadena wants to give away a work of art.

Grammy Hall of Fame adds 25 new recordings to collection

The Grammy Hall of Fame has added 25 new recordings to its collection. The new inductees represent rock, reggae, R&B, and even a bit of humor.

Los Angeles County fire chief announces retirement

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Michael Freeman says he’ll leave his post come March of next year.

Dangerous toys list released for 2009

Each year the U.S. Public Interest Research Group releases a list of dangerous toys. This year's list includes Creative Wood Stacking Rings, the FurReal Baby Bird from Hasbro, and the Worky tool set from Nemmer.

Tracking A 'Missing' Man By Virtual Bread Crumbs

Evan Ratliff eschewed his identity and picked up a new one, challenging Wired readers to find him in 30 days in a contest sponsored by the magazine. Lured by a cash prize, readers mobilized online in a mad dash to locate Ratliff - who got a little too cocksure for his own good.

Biologists use birth control to manage Catalina bison population

Biologists undertook an unusual operation today to control the bison population on Catalina Island. They injected female bison with a vaccine called PZP (Porcine Zona Pellucida) that prevents pregnancy.

Shepard Fairey edits new 'Art For Obama' book

Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey created one of the most important images in the 2008 presidential election. It's a red, white and blue portrait of Barack Obama with the word HOPE.

Wanted: Grateful Dead librarian

Nowadays jobs are tough to come by in California, but one choice spot is now open for someone with a master's degree in Library Sciences and a deep love of the Dead. The Grateful Dead that is.

'In Their Boots' documentary series looks at the impact of war

The recent shootings at the Army base at Fort Hood, Texas raise many questions about the psychological effect of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on soldiers. That's also the focus of the new documentary series "In Their Boots."

Hello Kitty turns 35!

This fall marks the 35th birthday of one of Japan's beloved pop icons - Hello Kitty. The Royal/T Cafe in Culver City is throwing her a huge birthday bash complete with Hello Kitty-shaped food, Hello Kitty-themed household items and art work inspired by the tiny white feline.

Muslim leaders condemn violence at Fort Hood

Southern California Muslim leaders and law enforcement officials held a news conference to express solidarity after the deadly shooting in Fort Hood, Texas. A gunman opened fire at the Army post, killing 12 people and injuring more than a dozen others. The Muslim Public Affairs Council condemned the violence and the group said it's contacted federal authorities to learn more about the suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. Los Angeles city and county law enforcement officials have increased patrols and officer presence around area mosques and other religious institutions. KPCC's Brian Watt was at the group's news conference and spoke with All Things Considered host Alex Cohen. (Audio: Extended details on the press conference.)

New UCLA study on same-sex couples

This week is a big one for the issue of same-sex marriage. Maine is voting today on whether to keep it legal... Tomorrow is the year anniversary of the passage of Proposition 8 here in California. One of the arguments that opponents of gay marriage often cite is that if two men or two women marry - that will ruin the definition of marriage. But a new study out of UCLA shows that same sex married couples aren't all that different from straight ones. Gary Gates is a Senior Research Fellow at UCLA. He says that for the first time the US Census included the official estimates for the number of same-sex couples who called one partner a “husband” or “wife”. Gates compares these same-sex married couples to those who designated a partner as an “unmarried partner”. He also compared gay married couples to their straight counterparts and found plenty of similarites when it came to age, income and even child-bearing.