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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 - Small businesses get help from Goldman Sachs, death to smoocher and Robert Pattinson's vampire ancestors

June 23, 2010 -- It's not news that many of California's small businesses are suffering in the midst of this economic recession. But today, I'm pleased to report that there may be some relief for local businesses, courtesy of Goldman Sachs.

Daily Dose - School protests, new deputy superintendent and everybody cut FOOTLOOSE!

June 22, 2010 -- About 200 members of the union that represents L.A. Unified clerical workers protested outside school district headquarters today.

Daily Dose - Lakers parade, Michael Jackson on point, Randy Jackson weighs in

June 21, 2010 -- Thousands of Lakers fans packed the streets of downtown Los Angeles today to honor the NBA championship team.

Jonah Hill stars in 'Cyrus'

The film "Cyrus" premieres at the Los Angeles film Festival tonight. The film stars Jonah Hill as Cyrus. Hill also plays one of the leads in the film "Get Him to the Greek." He recently spent some time talking with KPCC's Alex Cohen about the character of Cyrus and his work as a screenwriter.

Noted Southern California economist Jack Kyser retires

The voice of Jack Kyser is one you’ve heard often here on KPCC. For years, he’s postulated on the future of Southern California’s economy as the founding economist of the Kyser Center for Economic Research at the L.A. County Economic Development Corporation. Now, the 76-year-old financial forecaster is retiring.

Daily Dose - Nintendo 3DS, Arizona boycott, Santa Ana sucker

June 15, 2010 -- If I were to play hooky this week, I'd want to head to the big E3 gaming conference. I'm not even that big of a gamer - though I do like the occasional round of Guitar Hero.

State bill would close no-fault divorce law loophole

If you get a divorce and then try to kill your former spouse, you can forget about collecting any financial rewards in divorce proceedings. But, if you hire someone to get rid of your ex? Well, that's a different story. It’s a loophole in California’s divorce law and a proposed bill would close it.

Daily Dose - Vets' home, Sunderland reality show and DUI ignition locks

June 14, 2010 -- Veteran's Day is still months away, but today Governor Schwarzenegger cut the ribbon at a grand opening and dedication ceremony for California's newest veterans' home.

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.