Alex Cohen Host, Take Two
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most of the headlines about next week's elections in California focus on the governor's race and the United States Senate race, but there are also a number of judicial races on the ballot.
October 26, 2010 -- The election is just one week away! Be sure to spend election night with me and KPCC's Frank Stoltze - our special live coverage begins at 8 pm.And though there are just a few days left in the race, don't expect those negative ads to stop anytime soon.
October 25, 2010 - The election is a little more than a week away now and it looks like there have been some tectonic shifts at the polls. Now Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former governor Jerry Brown has a commanding lead against Republican and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.
Foodies take note! This weekend, nearly 100 food and beverage makers will gather for a celebration of local and sustainable products in downtown Los Angeles. KPCC's Alex Cohen got the skinny on the event from Artisinal L.A.’s founder, Shawna Dawson.
Daily Dose - San Gabriel Mayor resigns, Whitman campaign tweet blunder, Vernon politician in hot water
October 19, 2010 -- A few days ago, I blogged about the San Gabriel mayor who got arrested for purse snatching and driving with a woman hanging on to his SUV... Well, now that mayor is resigning.
October 18, 2010 -- Today Governor Schwarzenegger held a ceremony to commemorate a bill he signed that goes after human traffickers by requiring large businesses in California to make public the ways they try to eliminate human trafficking from their supply chains.
October 15, 2010 -- HIV in the porn industry has emerged as a big news topic again this week. AIDS healthcare advocates say LA's multi-billion dollar adult entertainment industry should be shut down until condoms are used in sex scenes.
Photographer Jeff Sheng traveled to 25 states and shot portraits of sixty gay and lesbian servicemen and woman for his exhibit "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." He spoke about the process with KPCC's Alex Cohen.