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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

Street closures to begin the week before the Oscars

The 84th Academy Awards are less than two weeks away now, and Hollywood’s big show will be making its presence felt on Los Angeles streets starting this weekend.

Artist Zefrey Throwell to create a car horn symphony in LA

Throwell hopes to record the horns of hundreds of cars across L.A., folding them into a sonic movement for the third section of his "Entropy Symphony."

LA's smallest surviving baby goes home tonight

Haydee Ibarra said she can’t wait to take her daughter, Melinda Star Guido, home. Melinda was born premature at 24 weeks in August at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

YouTube's number one video (and California export) is fun, fun, fun, fun

The popular video website YouTube had more than one trillion views last year - enough views for every person on the planet to have each watched 100 videos. The website recently released its top ten most watched of 2011 list.

Charles Phoenix's 5 days of Christmas: Making a tamale model of Walt Disney Concert Hall

For the last episode in his series of uniquely Angeleno holiday observances, Charles Phoenix decided to recreate the Walt Disney Concert Hall out of tamales, with a little help from the folks at Mama's Hot Tamale Café.

Charles Phoenix's 5 days of Christmas: Melting cheese at Big Kid Collectibles

If you're on the guest list for a holiday potluck and you're wondering what to bring, we've got your solution. Performer and culinary daredevil Charles Phoenix has created a dish that's certain to please — Frosty the Cheeseball Snowman.

Charles Phoenix's 5 days of Christmas: Making Jell-O at Blooming Gelatin Arts

This year, kitsch aficionado Charles Phoenix decided to make a Christmas tree that would wiggle, jiggle and light up the night. He drummed up the plan five-months-ago, after posting this provocative Facebook status: "Collectively as a society, why have we all turned our backs on Jell-O?"

Charles Phoenix's 5 days of Christmas: Launching a Streit's gingerbread house

Many people tackle some tasty interior decorating on a gingerbread house during the holidays. But what do you do with the sugary residence once Christmas is over? This year, reporter Charles Phoenix made his fly.

Charles Phoenix's 5 days of Christmas: Della Robbia Wreaths

Tradition lists 12 days of Christmas, but Charles Phoenix has never done things in a traditional way. Instead, Southern California’s King of Kitsch has found five fabulous ways to celebrate the holiday.

Radiolab comes to KPCC

Since 2005, the public radio program "Radiolab" has brought listeners fascinating stories about science and the human experience. Now the show is part of KPCC's weekend lineup.

Original Beach Boys 'Smile' album released

Capitol Records will release the Beach Boys "The Smile Sessions" Tuesday, after the original album "Smile" was tabled nearly 45 years ago.

As biodiesel prices soar, Calif. cracks down on kitchen grease thieves

One man's trash is another man's biofuel, which is why state agriculture officials are launching a program to crack down on restaurant grease thieves. The California Department of Food and Agriculture said Thursday that it's contracting with police to target areas where restaurants leave used kitchen grease out to be picked up by rendering facilities.

USC computer scientist helps crack centuries-old code

It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel, but this story is no fiction. A USC computer scientist has helped crack the code in a late 18th century manuscript known as the "Copiale Cypher."

Rare California films see light in new DVD box set

A new DVD box set featuring never-before-seen films of California and the Western United States hit the shelves Tuesday. The DVD box set by the National Film Preservation Foundation captures the Western United States as moviegoers saw it in the early part of the last century.

FBI probes civil rights abuse in LA County jails

Sheriff Lee Baca shot back Monday at the tactics the FBI is using to probe allegations of civil rights abuses in Los Angeles County jails.