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 - McCourt ruling, new rules for raves, mass burial for the unclaimed

December 7, 2010 -- It's a good day for Jamie McCourt! LA Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon decided this morning that an agreement Jamie and her now-ex Frank signed after years of marriage is invalid.

Daily Dose - Schwarzenegger on the budget, RIP Jack Kyser and man becomes Captain Awesome

December 6, 2010 -- Governor Schwarzenegger's days in office are numbered. But that's not keeping him from action. Today he declared a fiscal emergency and called the legislature into a special session to deal with the troublesome budget.

Daily Dose- California Chief Justice sworn in, Virgin Mary rides Metro, Viacom vs YouTube

December 3, 2010 -- Today Governor Schwarzenegger swore in California's new chief justice, Tani Cantil Sakauye. She's a veteran judge who most recently served on the state appellate court.

Oscar-winner Ryan Bingham to perform benefit concert for homeless youth

Oscar-winning musician Ryan Bingham and the nonprofit organization StandUp For Kids are joining with local musicians, artists and vendors to present a benefit concert on Sunday. It runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the James Gray Art Gallery in Santa Monica's Bergamot Station.

'Black Swan' star Natalie Portman on training for the role of a prima ballerina

In the new film by Darren Aronofsky called “Black Swan,” Natalie Portman portrays a ballerina on the brink of madness. The actress says that ballet is an art form she embraced early in her life.

Daily Dose - Hep A at Jerry's Deli, California's economic ranking, National Board of Review awards

December 2, 2010 -- I've long been a fan of Jerry's Deli. I grew up going to the one on Ventura Boulevard where my mom and I would often order "The Yummy" -- a ridiculous sandwich made of cream cheese and jelly, grilled and topped with powdered sugar.

Daily Dose: cold shelters, KFC Tweet Scholarships and AAA Five Diamond recepients in southern California

December 1, 2010 - Even though today is the first day of December, it's been chilly in southern California for quite a while now. A "Cold Weather Shelter" opened today in Riverside.

Survey: iPad tops kids' wish lists

A new Nielsen survey suggests that Apple's iPad is the most desired electronic item for the holidays among kids ages 6- to 12-years-old.

'Mad Men' star plans to bring 'This American Life' story to big screen

John Slattery, of the hit TV show "Mad Men," has big plans to make a short film based on a story heard on "This American Life" called "Squirrel Cop."

Daily Dose - Venice RV ban, rabid bats and unclaimed tax refunds

November 17, 2010 - Today the L.A. City council unanimously approved new restrictions on parking oversized vehicles overnight on some streets in Venice. Tensions have flared between people who live in parked campers or Rvs and those living in homes nearby, especially over the disposal of human waste.

Conan O'Brien returns to the air

Former "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien begins his new show on TBS tonight. He's been off the air since January, when he hosted "The Tonight Show" on NBC for the last time.

Daily Dose -- new multiplex owners in Baldwin Hills, "The Illusionist" dispute and militar ban on smoke shops

November 8, 2010 -- Big news for movie-goers in Baldwin Hills! Today developers announced that Rave Motion Pictures will run the multiplex at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Rave operates the former Bridge multiplex near Culver City and dozens of other theaters across the country.

California's state parks: the stars of Hollywood

For eleven years, the TV show "M*A*S*H" surveyed the lives of U.S. Army doctors during the Korean War. In reality, most of the “location” filming took place right here in Southern California. This weekend, you can see firsthand where many of those scenes unfolded during a hike at Malibu Creek State Park.

Sequels to 'Avatar,' Batman series on the way

Hollywood knows that what works well once at the box office will probably work well again. Sequels to two top-grossing films are in the works.

Daily Dose - Gold's Gym political flap, buckyballs in space, "The Dark Knight" sequel

October 27, 2010 -- Are you a member of Gold's Gym? Then you may be interested in this... Several Gold's Gym franchises in San Francisco say they'll cut the cord with the bodybuilding chain.