Alex Cohen Host, Take Two
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
A new documentary which chronicles the history of burlesque theater opens tomorrow [5/7] in Los Angeles. The film is called “Behind the Burly Q” and it features some of the era’s most famous strippers, including one who went on to become a live, high-wire Tinkerbell flying through Disneyland years ago. Leslie Zemeckis is the film’s director and she spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen. The film is meant for mature audiences and so are some portions of their chat. Take a listen by clicking on the player above.
Here's an update on that MIA Mega Millions winner and it's a pretty cool one for us journo-types. ... Los Angeles TV station KNBC says one of its newsroom employees is holding the Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $266 million.
May 5, 2010 - All five L.A. County supervisors are in Washington, DC, this week. They're meeting with White House officials and members of Congress. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky says they're discussing how the new health care reform law will affect L.
May 4, 2010 -- Today was a big day for renewable energy in the Southland. Southern California Edison has finished the first three segments of a 250-mile line that links the L.A. Basin and Kern County.
When you listen to "Morning Edition" here on KPCC, you probably are looking to get the latest news and information. That’s what Alex Olanow of New York does, too, but she also listens for artistic inspiration. Hear her chat with KPCC's Alex Cohen by clicking on the player above.
Today marked the final day of the week-long Remote Area Medical, or RAM, clinic at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Back in March, I introduced KPCC listeners to Cindy Abbott, who is attempting to climb Mt. Everest despite having a very serious disease.
April 30, 2010 -- A ballot measure to keep lawmakers from raiding local government funds will likely appear on the November ballot. The group behind the measure submitted more than a million signatures yesterday to county election offices.
April 28, 2010 -- The immigration stories just keep coming! Now, Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor says he wants the City Council to study a stronger crackdown on illegal immigrants who commit crimes.
April 27, 2010 -- We are just a few days away now from May. This year the first of the month falls on a Saturday which means this year's annual May 1st immigration rally in downtown Los Angeles could be a really big one since many folks will have the day off of work.
El Camino Real High School of Woodland Hills welcomed its academic decathlon team back to school on Monday. The team won a record sixth national title over the weekend in Omaha, Nebraska.
April 26, 2010 -- Leave it to Hef to save the day.
April 23, 2010 - One of the biggest stories of the day happened in our neighbor to the east, Arizona. That's where Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that allows police to check the immigration status of anyone they think is in the country illegally.
UNIQUE LA bills itself as the largest independent design show in the nation featuring more than 300 designers and artists. The 2nd annual Spring Show is this weekend. Among the many activities will be a sewing workshop led by Jin Kim of Common Thread Studio. KPCC's Alex Cohen got a sneak preview of her workshop - click on the player above to take a listen.
April 22, 2010 - Happy Earth Day everybody! Here's one way to celebrate it - take advantage of California's Cash for Appliances program. The program offers rebates to people who buy the most energy efficient refrigerators, clothes washers and air conditioners.