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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

Lights shine bright on Thoroughbred Street in Alta Loma

The Southland offers plenty of ways to celebrate the holidays. Woodland Hills has Candy Cane Lane, Griffith Park offers its classic light display and in the Alta Loma neighborhood of Rancho Cucamonga there's Thoroughbred Street.

The 'Out West' Series at the Autry National Center

At the Autry National Center of the American West, there’s an exhibit of items from Western films. It includes the pistols used by Chevy Chase in “Three Amigos,” a coat worn by Clint Eastwood in “Unforgiven”… and now, the long sleeved shirts worn by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in the Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee, “Brokeback Mountain.”

The Actor's Gang WTF Festival

Almost thirty years ago, Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins and some of his buddies from UCLA started a theater in Culver City called The Actor’s Gang. The company’s thrived artistically, but during this economic recession, fiscal realities have threatened its stability.

The Airborne Toxic Event plays Disney Hall

On Dec. 5, The Airborne Toxic Event will take the stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The up-and-coming L.A. band will share the stage with the Calder Quartet and other special guests as part of the Hall's West Coast Left Coast series.

Prominent folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes dies at 88

Musician and folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes died last week. She was 88 years old. (Audio: KPCC's Alex Cohen talks with Sabina Magliocco, the anthropology department chairwoman at Cal State Northridge, about Hawes' work.)

Lucas, Burnett, among inductees to California Hall of Fame

On Dec. 1, George Lucas, Carol Burnett and Danielle Steel will be walking the red carpet. No, it isn't a premiere of a new space-age romantic comedy in Hollywood. It's a ceremony honoring the new inductees into the Hall of Fame at the California Museum in Sacramento.

SHAG's new exhibit: Autumn's Come Undone

Southern California artist Josh Agle is better known as SHAG. For years, he’s created colorful depictions of cocktail parties, Tiki heads and hotrods. But recently his art taken a much darker turn. (Audio: Extended version of interview with SHAG.)

Local bank to donate mural by prominent local artist

A Chase bank branch in Pasadena wants to give away a work of art.

Grammy Hall of Fame adds 25 new recordings to collection

The Grammy Hall of Fame has added 25 new recordings to its collection. The new inductees represent rock, reggae, R&B, and even a bit of humor.

Los Angeles County fire chief announces retirement

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Michael Freeman says he’ll leave his post come March of next year.

Dangerous toys list released for 2009

Each year the U.S. Public Interest Research Group releases a list of dangerous toys. This year's list includes Creative Wood Stacking Rings, the FurReal Baby Bird from Hasbro, and the Worky tool set from Nemmer.

Tracking A 'Missing' Man By Virtual Bread Crumbs

Evan Ratliff eschewed his identity and picked up a new one, challenging Wired readers to find him in 30 days in a contest sponsored by the magazine. Lured by a cash prize, readers mobilized online in a mad dash to locate Ratliff - who got a little too cocksure for his own good.

Biologists use birth control to manage Catalina bison population

Biologists undertook an unusual operation today to control the bison population on Catalina Island. They injected female bison with a vaccine called PZP (Porcine Zona Pellucida) that prevents pregnancy.

Shepard Fairey edits new 'Art For Obama' book

Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey created one of the most important images in the 2008 presidential election. It's a red, white and blue portrait of Barack Obama with the word HOPE.

Wanted: Grateful Dead librarian

Nowadays jobs are tough to come by in California, but one choice spot is now open for someone with a master's degree in Library Sciences and a deep love of the Dead. The Grateful Dead that is.