Alex Cohen Host, Take Two

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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

Silver Lake Walking Man Memorial

July 25, 2010 -- This afternoon my husband and I went to Silver Lake to walk in honor of Dr. Marc Abrams, the man known for strolling shirtless throughout this eastside neighborhood.

Inside Capitol Records' Studio A

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. To mark the occasion, there will be a community festival on Sunday, July 25th. The public can go behind the scenes at the TV Guide studio at Hollywood and Highland, hear a special performance by Louis Prima Jr. and take a tour of Capitol Records' legendary Studio A.

Daily Dose - New skate park, stolen phone, Silverlake walking man memorial

July 22, 2010 -- Anyone who knows me knows I'm a big fan of skate parks. No, I don't skateboard, but I do love taking to the half-pipes in my quad rollerskates!

Daily Dose - Concert for Arizona activists, LA revamps Arizona boycott and new study on legalizing marijuana

July 21, 2010 -- Today a bunch of rockers and rollers announced that they hope to raise $350,000 from a concert that will be held on Friday. The event, called Sound Strike, will benefit Arizona activists challenging its new immigration law and promote an artists boycott of performances in that state.

Daily Dose - Overtime pay for farm workers, restrooms for dogs and water archives come to SoCal

July 20, 2010 - In Sacramento today over 60 farm workers urged the governor to sign a bill that would give them equal access to overtime pay. Under existing law, agricultural workers in California only get paid overtime after they've worked ten straight hours.

McCourts fight for ownership of the Dodgers

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his wife, Jamie, are in the midst of a divorce that legal experts say could be the most expensive in California history.

Daily Dose: Dems on dope, The Situation's new book, Pasadena Playhouse Back in Business

July 19, 2010 -- The election is still several months away, but the battle over whether to legalize pot is heating up this summer.

Daily Dose - LA Flea Market, turf vendors, Lucille Ball auction and Bieber's "Baby"

July 16, 2010 -- I've been trying really hard lately not to bring anything new into my house, seeing as we already have too much stuff. But this is a temptation I may just not be able to resist.

Telescope is finding undiscovered objects

The space telescope WISE – which stands for Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer – has begun to unearth new data about undiscovered objects in space.

Ed Emberley Exhibit at Scion Gallery

For decades, Massachusetts-based artist Ed Emberley has offered hope to people who feel completely talentless in the visual arts. His books break down popular subjects such as animals, trucks, monsters and the like into easily copied illustrations. Emberley’s colorful cartoons have influenced artists all over the world. Now five of them pay tribute to the 78-year-old artist with giant paintings on display at the Scion gallery in Culver City, starting July 17. Ed Emberley is in town for the event. He stopped by our studios and spoke with KPCC’s Alex Cohen.

Daily Dose - Boyle Heights library, Civic Park and Roy Rogers auction

The old gate outside the Benjamin Franklin Library.July 15, 2010 - L.A. Is looking better all the time!

Daily Dose - Bratton in DC, kombucha regulation and jobs for L.A. youth

July 14, 2010 -- Happy Bastille Day!

Daily Dose - 24 Hour Fitness suit, Norton won't be Hulk and online pine

July 13, 2010 -- Legal troubles for one of California's most ubiquitous gyms... Six minority and female employees of 24 Hour Fitness are suing the company for racial and gender discrimination.

Daily Dose - Smart Meters, Animal Services head and Hef's bid for Playboy

July 12, 2010 -- I don't have one yet, but one million Southern California Edison's customers now do! I'm talking about Edison's Smart Connect. These so-called "smart meters" are digital meters designed to help consumers make better choices.

Bettye Lavette sings The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl

This weekend, singer Bettye Lavette will join Todd Rundgren, Patti Austin and others for a Hollywood Bowl concert dedicated to The Beatles. KPCC's Alex Cohen chatted with Lavette at a recent rehearsal for the show.