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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 - BiNational Health Week, gender roles in kids' films and Coons house

October 5, 2010 -- Happy BiNational Health Week! The week is an effort to educate blue-collar Hispanics about their health. In Los Angeles, the consular offices of nearly a dozen Latin American countries - including Colombia, Honduras and Peru - are taking part.

Daily Dose - Bell City Councilman resigns, suggestions for Bell and Google TV

October 4, 2010 -- The big news today comes from the beleaguered city of Bell, where City Councilman Luis Artiga has resigned. Artiga told the LA Times that he is leaving the City Council and won't attend tonight's meeting, which would have been the first since his arrest.

Station Fire remnants become art exhibit

Last year, the Station Fire reduced about 90 homes to ashes. But one woman saw a way to salvage beauty from the catastrophe.

Save water! Save money!

Want to save money and help the environment in one fell swoop? Well, now's your chance!

Daily Dose - Debate tonight, unqualified intern teachers and Hulu Plus for Roku and Tivo users

September 28, 2010 -- Tonight the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor will debate each other for the first time. You can hear it, of course, on KPCC radio and

Rocker Steve Miller takes his latest act to USC

Some people call him the space cowboy, some call him the gangster of love, and this semester, students at USC are calling him professor. This fall, rocker Steve Miller is teaching music at the university.

Daily Dose - Gallo verdict, Muslim headscarf for Disney worker and Target forced to clean up

September 27, 2010 -- It was a quick verdict in the case of Andrew Gallo, accused of second-degree murder in the drunk driving crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two of his friends.

James Franco brings Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl' to life

Allen Ginsberg's seminal poem "Howl," is the subject of a new film that stars James Franco as the legendary beat poet.

Daily Dose - Jerry Garcia's house, missing Les Paul, RIP Lynyrd Skynyrd's muse

September 20, 2010 -- Don't know what it is about today, but it's a very rock n' roll Monday. first of all, Jerry Garcia's home is up for sale!! His 11-acre estate in rural Marin county was the Grateful Dead frontman's last home before he died in 1995.

Daily Dose - Gay marriage student lawsuit, belly dancing for animals and Sasha Baron Cohen takes on Freddie Mercury

September 17, 2010 -- No luck for Los Angeles City College student Jonathan Lopez... Today a federal appeals court tossed out his lawsuit claiming that a teacher illegally berated him in class for making a speech opposing same sex marriage.

'Put This On' offers fashion advice for men

Fashion week just wrapped up in New York, but here in Southern California we are always on the cutting edge of style. “Put This On” is a new website dedicated to helping men understand the world of fashion. The site was designed by two dapper dans from Los Angeles — Jesse Thorn and Adam Lisagor. The two spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen.

Daily Dose - Dream Act preview, free financial literacy class, 3D films for TV

September 16, 2010 -- The DREAM Act may come up for a vote in the US Senate as early as next week. The Act would allow foreign-born children who graduate from American high schools and finish college or military service to become American citizens.

Newscast with Alex Cohen

This is 89.3KPCC’s 3:30pm newscast for September 16, 2010 hosted by Alex Cohen. The newscast includes a story by KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty on this year’s X-Prize and a story on the Senate possibly taking up the Dream Act.

Daily Dose - Pipeline investigation, fitness centers for schools and "American Idol" online auditions

September 15, 2010 -- A Northern California lawmaker wants Congress to take a close look at last week's deadly gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno. At least four people were killed in the blast that set fire to a neighborhood near San Francisco.

LA-based Saudi diplomat seeks asylum

A Saudi diplomat based in Los Angeles is looking for asylum in the U.S. for fear he would be killed if he returned to Saudi Arabia. According to NBC news, Ali Ahmad Asseri says Saudi officials have refused to renew his diplomatic passport and effectively terminated his job after discovering he was gay and close friends with a Jewish woman.