Alex Cohen

Host, Morning Edition

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Alex Cohen is the local host of "Morning Edition", NPR's most popular show. Prior to that, she was co-host of KPCC's "Take Two" and "All Things Considered."

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 several journalism 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

Impatient: Tips on how to shop for medical care

This week on Impatient, advice on shopping for medical care, physician assisted suicide in California and whether the state will outlaw exemptions for vaccinations.

Why Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard sort of hates LA

Ben Gibbard sits down with Take Two's Alex Cohen to talk about his relationship with Southern California, former bandmate Chris Walla and more.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Calexico, Tal National and more

This week on Tuesday Reviewsday, music journalist Steve Hochman joins Alex Cohen in the studio to talk about the best in new music releases.

1970s nostalgia and the impact of the decade

Social observer David Frum thinks the often-maligned decade marked a critical turning point in our culture.

Why director Hal Hartley almost passed on Aubrey Plaza

Director Hal Hartley talks about his latest film 'Ned Rifle,' how it fits into his trilogy of films and what it was like working with Aubrey Plaza.

Lab Notes: Did you know that mice can sing?

Bug reducing light bulbs, moon madness and squeaky serenades, these are all topics on this week's Lab Notes with Sanden Totten.

Why the legendary Johnny Mathis still gets stage fright

On April 4th Johnny Mathis is performing at Walt Disney Concert Hall. It's his first time at the venue, and he's excited to be performing there, but he's a bit nervous.

Should California allow doctor assisted suicide?

Last week, California's Senate Health Committee passed a bill which would legalize physician-assisted suicide. What happens next?

Sufjan Stevens returns with new music on 'Carrie and Lowell'

This week on Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment, A Martinez is joined in the studio by music journalists Steve Hochman and Chris Martins.

Electricity 'sippers' could pay more with upcoming rate changes

Southern California Public Radio's Molly Peterson breaks down what will change and what this means at bill time.

Recording Modest Mouse's new album almost made Isaac Brock go crazy

Eight years. That's the length of time a president might serve, or for fans of the band Modest Mouse, it's how long they've had to wait for a new LP. That wait's finally over.

How X's John Doe reinterprets his old punk hits, acoustically

This weekend, two of X's members, John Doe and Exene Cervenka, will perform an acoustic set at the First Unitarian Church of L.A.

Succulent wedding bouquets a drought-friendly option

A San Diego woman creates wedding bouquets, cake toppers, corsages and more -- all out of Southern California's very own succulents.

This man was mistakenly moved into Medi-Cal. Were you?

What do you do when you're a resident of California and you can't get the right health care through the state? SCPR's Rebecca Plevin has the answer.

How some tiny birds challenged what scientists knew about evolution

On Santa Cruz Island, just off the coast of California, a surprising discovery has been made that could give some insight into Darwin's Theory of Evolution.