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

Daily Dose: Hef saves Hollywood, Mike Nichols honored, Wal-Mart limits cadmium

April 26, 2010 -- Leave it to Hef to save the day.

Daily Dose: Arizona Immigration, Mel Brooks' star, stolen hydrants and Alex gets crafty!

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.

Get crafty with UNIQUE LA

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.

Daily Dose: Appliance rebates, cows and ozone and Chino prison report

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.

Former KB Home chief Bruce Karatz convicted in stock scheme

A federal jury in Los Angeles convicted Bruce Karatz, the former chief executive officer of KB Home, of four felony counts stemming from an investigation into alleged stock manipulation. The jury acquitted Karatz on 16 other charges.

Daily Dose - Self-defense in school, Ansel Adams pics returned, Hollywood futures trading and Tinsel Town recycles

April 21, 2010 -- When I was in grade school, P.E. was torture. I suffered through the President's Physical Fitness test and endless relay races. I would have been much happier to learn something practical - like self-defense.

Celebrate Earth Day in Silverlake

Tomorrow is April 22nd, otherwise known as Earth Day.

Daily Dose - Education bill, original Pinkberry closes, pot hotel opens

April 20, 2010 - Today Governor Schwarzenegger visited a middle school in Watts. He was there to endorse a bill that would offer school districts more flexibility in the way they choose which teachers to lay off.

'Invisible Siegfrieds' march as part of Ring Festival

This summer, the L.A. Opera will stage the first complete performance of Richard Wagner’s four-part Ring Cycle in Los Angeles. The city is marking the presentation with the Ring Festival. Georg Nussbaumer is an Austrian composer whose contribution to the Ring Festival is a project called Invisible Siegfried.

Daily Dose: Kindergarten age requirement, stranded celebrities and Aziz Ansari does the MTV Awards

April 19, 2010 - Important news for those of you with four-year-olds. As you likely know, under the current state law, kids have to be five years old by December of their first school year to enter kindergarten.

Coachella travelers can find good eateries along the way

The big Coachella Music Festival happens this weekend. And if you’re heading out there, you may want to stop at some restaurants along the way.

Daily Dose - Porn and condoms, Betty White dog, smoking ban

April 15, 2010 -- Today, the battle over whether condoms should be used in adult films continued. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation filed formal complaints with the California Labor Commission against nine adult entertainment talent agencies for not enforcing condom use during the production of porn.

Cal State Fullerton lecturer arrives in Nepal for Everest climb

Cal State Fullerton lecturer Cindy Abbot is preparing to climb Everest next month. Abbott suffers from Wegener's Granulatosis, a disease that causes inflammation of the blood vessels. She hopes her ambitious climb will raise awareness of rare diseases like hers.

Daily Dose: Hollywood Sign, Bee swarm, Pot greenhouses and Octomom's mortgage

Conservations keen on buying the land surrounding the famous Hollywood sign have been given a 16 day extension to raise the money. The Trust for Public Land is trying to buy 138 acres surrounding the sign to make sure it's spared from any potential development.

Daily Dose: Water main breaks, Remote Area Medical clinic, Grammy date and Sarah Palin's rider

April 13, 2010 -- Remember all those pesky water main breaks last summer? Well, a newly released independent analysis shows that most of them were caused, in part, by the Department of Water and Power's mandatory water conservation program which restricted the use of lawn sprinklers to two days a week.