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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

Daily Dose - Soccer and baseball and Ozzy, oh my!

June, 11, 2010 -- Hundreds of fans turned out for a big World Cup viewing party in Lynwood today. People began to arrive at the Plaza Mexico mall - where several jumbo TV screens showed the game - around 5 a.

Notable artists warp helmets for The Vader Project

If you’re an art buff who enjoys Star Wars movies — there’s a new exhibit worth checking out in L.A. One hundred artists have used Darth Vader helmets as their canvas in an exhibit called “The Vader Project.” KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with the project's curators — Sarah Jo Marks and Dov Kelemer of DKE Toys.

Daily Dose - Election update, USC appeals, banana museum

June 10, 2010 -- Please accept my apologies for not blogging for a while. ... Between our membership drive, election night and some crazy technical difficulties yesterday, it's been a busy stretch! But happy to be back and blogging.

The music of Frank Zappa comes to Ojai

Famous to some for his rock band The Mothers of Invention, and to others for his sharp tongue and avant-garde classical music, Frank Zappa enjoyed a legendary career that spanned more than 30 years and astonished the world by breaching the barriers of musical genres. Zappa is no longer with us, but his music is coming to this year's Ojai Music Festival. Jeff Haydon, the executive director of the Ojai Music Festival spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen.

Thanks for the pie Mr. Hanks!!

KPCC Staff with our warm apple pies

Daily Dose: Tim O'Brien, shave and a dime bag, holiday traffic incidents

May 31, 2010 -- My apologies for being M.I.A. for the last two days of last week! As you may have heard, I wound up filling in for Patt Morrison, which was a lot of fun, but also a lot of work, seeing as I've never done a call-in show before.

CSU Fullerton lecturer reaches summit of Mt. Everest

Cindy Abbott, a lecturer from Cal State Fullerton, successfully made it to the top of Mt. Everest over the weekend. Abbott suffers from a rare and serious vascular disease, Wegener's Granulomatosis.

Remembering Art Linkletter

Today, instead of the usual daily dose of news, I wanted to take a moment to share a story about Art Linkletter. Linkletter died today at his home in Bel-Air. He was 97 years old.

Cindy Abbott's thoughts from the top of Mt. Everest

Over the past few months, we've been checking in with Cindy Abbott. She's a truly remarkable woman who, despite having a very serious and rare disease that has left her legally blind in one eye, decided to climb to the top of Mt.

Daily Dose - Golden Gate Theater, LOST ratings and U2 cancels

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.

Congratulations to Cindy Abbott!!

Photo from Cindy Abbott of the Khumbu Icefall

Daily Dose - RIP Jose Lima, Trek Exhibit comes to Riverside and OC pot lawsuit

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.

Daily Dose - Harvey Milk Day and CalTech's Ditch Day

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.

Jews on Vinyl at the Skirball Cultural Center

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.

Daily Dose - Desert protection, pricey coin and LA's credit rating

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.