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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 - RIP Jose Lima, Trek Exhibit comes to Riverside and OC pot lawsuit

May 24, 2010 -- A sad farewell to former Dodgers pitcher Jose Lima who died yesterday morning of an apparent heart attack at his home in Pasadena. He was 37.

Daily Dose - Harvey Milk Day and CalTech's Ditch Day

May 21, 2010 -- Tomorrow is the first "Harvey Milk Day" in California. Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill last year that established May 22nd as a day of remembrance for the late gay rights activist and San Francisco supervisor.

Jews on Vinyl at the Skirball Cultural Center

When you hear the words "Jewish music," you may not think of much beyond "The Dreidel Song" and "Hava Nagila," but there's a lot more to it than those two ditties! Josh Kun and the Idelsohn Society has been researching the world of Jewish music for years. Now, he shares his vast vinyl collection at the Skirball Museum. He dropped by KPCC to tell All Things Considered host Alex Cohen all about it.

Daily Dose - Desert protection, pricey coin and LA's credit rating

A Senate panel on Capitol Hill heard testimony today on the California Desert Protection Act. If passed, it could turn about 1 million acres of Southland desert into federally protected wilderness.

Roy Rogers, Dale Evans collection comes to the Autry

Earlier this month, the Autry National Center was fortunate enough to acquire the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archive. The archive contains key artifacts that represent the duo’s entertainment career, spanning more than half a century. KPCC's Alex Cohen got a sneak preview of the collection and spoke with Marva Felchlin, Director of the Autry Library.

California holds statewide terrorism exercise

California held its annual "Golden Guardian" exercise this week to test the state's response to potential terrorist attacks. (KPCC’s Alex Cohen speaks with Jay Alan of the California Emergency Management Agency about the exercise).

Daily Dose - Golden Guardian, Miley's toxic jewelry and Octomom's new signage

May 19, 2010 - When I went to Griffith Park this morning (as I do most weekdays), I noticed a rather large group of LAPD cops in riot gear huddled together in a parking lot. I must admit, it was a bit unsettling at first.

Will Wiesenfeld is Baths - LA's big new electronica musician

One of the nation’s hottest electronic music venues is in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. It’s called the Low End Theory and it happens Wednesday nights at a bar called the Airliner. Tonight, a young musician called Baths will take the mic. Music writer Chris Martins told KPCC's Alex Cohen more about this artist who’s generated a lot of buzz.

Daily Dose - New citizens, Ethier injured and go speed racer!

May 18, 2010 - Today was a big day for some new Americans here in Southern California. More than 4,000 immigrants from at least 33 countries became U.S. citizens this morning at a naturalization ceremony in downtown Los Angeles.

Daily Dose - Bike Week, Chin-ups for charity and the Demi Moore story

May 17, 2010 -- It's Bike Week in L.A. I *really* wish I could bike to work. Unfortunately, with my evening hours and my commute (from Atwater Village to Pasadena), it's not quite a safe route.

Daily Dose - Homeboy Industries closes, Lilly the whale and Film Academy grants

May 14, 2010 - Hate to start your weekend off this way, but there was a lot of depressing news today... and I'm not even talking about the governor's revised budget! East LA's Homeboy Industries - the country's largest anti-gang program - has laid off most of its employees because of a decline in donations.

Michel Gondry's documentary 'The Thorn in the Heart' focuses on his family

Michel Gondry is known for films rich with fantasy, such as "The Science of Sleep," and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," in which Jim Carrey chooses to have part of his memory erased. Gondry's latest work is a documentary called "The Thorn in The Heart." The film focuses on his elderly aunt Suzette, a spirited teacher, and her troubled son, who’s had several nervous breakdowns. "The Thorn in The Heart" opens in Los Angeles this weekend. Michel Gondry told KPCC's Alex Cohen why he took a break from feature films to take this cinematic look at his own family.

Daily Dose - Don't Ask, Don't Tell resolution, EPA mules, Craigslist TV

May 13, 2010 - After a lengthy debate, the state Assembly passed a resolution asking the federal government to end its "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The state Senate has already approved the resolution, which urges President Barack Obama and Congress to adopt the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009.

CSU Fullerton lecturer prepares for Mt. Everest summit attempt

Cal State Fullerton lecturer Cindy Abbott has been in Nepal for the last month getting used to the altitude. Soon she will begin her attempt to climb to the summit of Mt. Everest. (Audio: Cindy Abbott spoke to KPCC's Alex Cohen from the Mount Everest base camp.)

Daily Dose - Walking in L.A., Hepburn stamp and Morphin Rangers buyback

May 12, 2010 - Nobody walks in L.A. Or at least that's the conventional wisdom. But today transportation officials looked at ways to improve Los Angeles for pedestrians.