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

Kyle Gass' Trainwreck

I'm a big fan of guys who can rock AND crack me up at the same time. Which is why I've always been a fan of Kyle Gass. You may know him as the more balding half of the duo Tenacious D (also featuring Jack Black).

Pledge NOW and win a pair of LA Derby Doll VIP Tickets

So gang... it's go time. Here's the skinny: back when we were gearing up for pledge time, a certain host made a comment about how he and his buddy were the Masters of the Pledge (not to be confused with Masters of the Dance, but close).

Maiden Post

Hi Welcome to my new KPCC blog. For me, blogs are a lot like plants. I love looking at them... I adore their variety. But I'm TERRIBLE at keeping them. I always start off with the best of intentions and lots of water.

First Annual International 3D Awards tonight

Tonight at the Mann Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Hollywood award season will go to a new dimension. It's the first ever International 3D Society Awards Show.

Jason Reitman screens his favorite films at the New Beverly Cinema

Over the next few weeks, filmmaker Jason Reitman will bring some of his favorite movies to the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. The screenings start this weekend with "Election" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

LA Census officials launch effort to count homeless

One of the big challenges during this year's census will be counting the homeless, but the city of Los Angeles has a new idea for making sure those without a home aren’t overlooked. The plan hinges on socks.

Los Angeles to host its first street food festival this weekend

If you thought street food in L.A. was all about taco trucks and hot dog carts, you should take a trip to the city’s first street food festival.

Century Plaza Hotel saved by new development plans

Good news today for a famed hotel in Century City that was headed towards demolition. Next Century Associates announced new plans that will keep the Century Plaza Hotel intact.

Friend remembers slain gang intervention worker

Last Sunday night, gang intervention worker Ronald "Looney" Barron left a bar with his girlfriend when he noticed a tagger on West Pico Boulevard. Barron confronted the tagger, who shot and killed him. He was 40-years-old.

Fruit Trees for Free

This weekend, Southern Californians can pick up a fruit tree for free. A group called Fallen Fruit is hosting a fruit tree adoption at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at the Watts Towers Arts Center and Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center.

Proposition 8: The Movie

When John Ireland and John Ainsworth learned about a Supreme Court decision to bar the streaming of live testimony from the gay marriage trial on YouTube, they knew they had to do something. They decided to recreate all twelve days of testimony with actors and put it online.

California National Guard's new leader breaks racial, gender barriers

Brigadier General Mary J. Kight was sworn in this week as the new adjutant general of the California National Guard.

'Avatar' sets domestic box office record

James Cameron's technologically ambitious film, "Avatar" has overtaken another Cameron blockbuster, "Titanic," to become the number one movie of all time in domestic box office earnings.

Whales are singing a lower shade of bass

Blue whales are sounding a bit different than a couple decades ago.

State panel gives special designation for moon discards

A California preservation panel voted Friday to make the Apollo 11 moon landing site, known as Tranquility Base, a state historical resource.