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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

Ultra-Angeles: Kodachrome in 3-D, The Stereo Photography of Jack Laxer

A new photography exhibit at the DRKRM gallery in Glassell Park presents Southern California architecture from the 1950s and 60s in a whole new dimension - literally. The photos were taken by Jack Laxer who specialized in what’s known as "stereo photography." With the help of 3D glasses, these Kodachrome pictures leap off the wall. KPCC's Alex Cohen met the curator of the exhibit, Al Leib, at DRKRM to find out more about the photos and the man behind them.

Longtime friend remembers legendary guitarist, recording innovator Les Paul

The flag sitting on top of Capitol Records is flying at half staff today in memory of Les Paul. He died Thursday in New York of complications of pneumonia. He was 94. Paul developed an early solid body electric guitar and was the originator of multi-track music recording. Paul was also instrumental in the development of the Capitol label and its studios. Paul first signed with Capitol in 1948. Recording engineer Al Schmitt knew Les Paul for decades and considered him an “uncle.” KPCC's Alex Cohen reached Schmitt at his home in the San Fernando Valley and asked him about the first time he met Les Paul.

Mexico beats US in World Cup qualifier

Mexico defeated the United States soccer team today with a score of 2 to 1. The U.S. men had jumped out to an early lead, then Mexico tied up the score in the first half. Miguel Sabah scored the game winning goal for Mexico in the 82nd minute of the match. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman followed the match at an L.A. restaurant and he spoke to Alex Cohen about the fans' reactions.

Man to be released on bail after murder conviction overturned

Bruce Lisker has spent 26 of his 44 years behind bars. Lisker was convicted of the 1983 murder of his mother. That conviction was overturned by a federal judge last week due to false evidence. On Tuesday, Lisker was ordered released and bail was set at $200,000. Matt Lait of the L.A. Times has been covering this story for years. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Lait and asked him when Bruce Lisker might be released.

Coin collectors gather in LA

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, why not spend it basking in a billion dollars? That's the amount of money in rare coins and currency on display this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It's the World's Fair of Money, a festival put on by the American Numismatic Association. KPCC's All Things Considered host Alex Cohen spoke with Barry Stuppler, president of the association.

80s film director John Hughes dies

If the lines, "Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?," "What's happening hot stuff?," and "Bueller?," mean anything to you, chances are you grew up watching the films of John Hughes. Hughes died today of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan. He was in New York visiting family. Alex Cohen spoke earlier with Russell Scott of Retroland.com. It's a social networking site dedicated to nostalgia. Scott told KPCC's Alex Cohen, despite John Hughes being the king of teen angst, his favorite Hughes movie was Planes, Trains & Automobiles, starring John Candy and Steve Martin.

Assembly expunges vote on new oil drilling

The State Assembly defeated a bill last month that would have allowed new oil drilling off the Santa Barbara County coast. But you won’t find any official record of that vote, the Assembly has expunged it. Bob Stern is president of the Center for Governmental Studies. He explained how the Assembly is able to wipe votes off the record.

Federal judges order cap on California's prison population

A three-judge panel today ordered California to reduce its prison population by 40,000 inmates. The federal judges ruled that the move was necessary so the state can bring its prison medical care up to adequate standards. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with state capitol reporter Julie Small about the ruling.

JPL unveils 'asteroid watch' Web site

Have you ever watched those movies where an asteroid is hurtling toward the Earth at rapid speed? Well, if you like that sort of thing, you might want to check out a new website launched by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The site provides information about so-called near-Earth objects. Don Yeomans is the manager of NASA's Near Earth Object Office at JPL. KPCC's Alex Cohen asked Yeomans why they created the website.

5 arrested for illegal sale of immigration documents

Five Southern Californians, including the former Armenian consul of Los Angeles, have been arrested for allegedly selling immigration documents to those looking to avoid deportation. KPCC’s Alex Cohen reports.

Governor's line item vetoes cut millions to state AIDS office

Governor Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto authority to save $656 million, money he says is needed in case of an emergency. He had to make some serious cuts to create that reserve fund, including cuts to the state office of AIDS. KPCC's Alex Cohen asked Dr. Michelle Roland, who heads that office, to spell out what the governor's decision means.

State Assembly passes budget, rejects 2 budget measures

The state Assembly has approved the budget plan this afternoon, but they rejected two of the most controversial measures within it. Following a 20 hour session, the state assembly has approved the budget plan sending the package of financial fixes to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here to fill us in on all the latest is KPCC’s capital reporter Julie Small. Julie Small brings us up to date on how the budget looks without these two measures in it.

Cinespia: Movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Thirty years ago this summer, a movie came out featuring Mel Brooks, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Orson Welles, Steve Martin... and a frog named Kermit. "The Muppet Movie" is playing on the big screen once again this weekend... at a cemetery! It’s part of the Cinespia film series at the Hollywood Forever cemetery. That’s where KPCC's Alex Cohen met up with John Wyatt, the man who started showing classic movies in the final resting place of some of Hollywood's greatest stars.

Community group talks about future of Neverland Ranch

In Los Olivos, California, debate over the future of a piece of property once owned by Michael Jackson is heating up. Last summer a company called Colony Capital, LLC purchased the loan on the property known commonly as Neverland Ranch. KPCC has called Colony and the company won’t commit on their plans for the 2,500 acre site, but neighbors are worried that the ranch could be developed as a tourist destination in tribute to the King of Pop. They’ve recently formed a group called “NEVER” which refers to when they’d like to see a Graceland style-like resort in their community. Alex Cohen asked founder Bob Field what leads him to believe that Colony Capital has plans for the ranch’s development.

Prison cuts would reduce state prison population by 27,000 inmates

Part of the budget deal state lawmakers struck this week is a plan to cut one and a quarter billion dollars from prison spending. The L.A. Times reported today that the state would do that by reducing the prison population by around 27,000 inmates. Sacramento’s reporter Julie Small joins KPCC's Alex Cohen to talk about that deal.