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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 - Rogers & Evans archive, Riverside County rebates and Playboy in 3D!

Roy Rogers' Saddle, Courtesy of the Autry National Center

Actress Leslie Uggams remembers Lena Horne

Actress Leslie Uggams played Lena Horne on stage last year in "Stormy Weather" at the Pasadena Playhouse. Horne died Sunday at the age of 92.

Daily Dose - Gun buyback, Twitter glitch and the world's oldest showgirl

Dorothy Dale Kloss - the World's Oldest Showgirl

LA County officials investigate Olive View-UCLA neonatal unit

Los Angeles County's Department of Health Services is investigating whether babies received substandard care in Olive View-UCLA Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit.

Daily Dose - Rent hike moratorium, Reggie gets a friend and a very special SoCal mom

May 7, 2010 - Today the Los Angeles City Council moved to create an ordinance that would freeze rent increases for thousands of apartment buildings. Under the plan, landlords wouldn't be able to impose their usual three percent rent hike between now and the end of October.

Rogue Taxidermy show brings road kill back to life

This weekend at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Feliz, an exhibit takes the concept of taxidermy to a whole new level. Instead of just stuffing and mounting animals, artists have created strange hybrid forms: carcasses fused with pieces of machinery, turkey heads stitched onto squirrel torsos.

Daily Dose - Brown sues former CalPERS officials, homeless hate crimes, Mega Millions winner keeps working and J.J. Abrams' new flick

May 6, 2010 - California Attorney General Jerry Brown has filed a civil suit against two former California pension fund officials. The suit alleges that former CalPERS chief executive Federico Buenrostro accepted tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from Alfred Villalobos.

'Behind the Burly Q' documentary looks at world of burlesque

A new documentary which chronicles the history of burlesque theater opens tomorrow [5/7] in Los Angeles. The film is called “Behind the Burly Q” and it features some of the era’s most famous strippers, including one who went on to become a live, high-wire Tinkerbell flying through Disneyland years ago. Leslie Zemeckis is the film’s director and she spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen. The film is meant for mature audiences and so are some portions of their chat. Take a listen by clicking on the player above.

Mega Millions Winner is a journalist! YAY!

Here's an update on that MIA Mega Millions winner and it's a pretty cool one for us journo-types. ... Los Angeles TV station KNBC says one of its newsroom employees is holding the Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $266 million.

Daily Dose - Supes in DC, Mega Millions winner MIA, Lottery TV no more and Angel dogs

May 5, 2010 - All five L.A. County supervisors are in Washington, DC, this week. They're meeting with White House officials and members of Congress. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky says they're discussing how the new health care reform law will affect L.

Daily Dose - New power line, animal citations, puppet game show and Fallon hosts the Emmys

May 4, 2010 -- Today was a big day for renewable energy in the Southland. Southern California Edison has finished the first three segments of a 250-mile line that links the L.A. Basin and Kern County.

Mornings with NPR: Public radio inspires cartoonist

When you listen to "Morning Edition" here on KPCC, you probably are looking to get the latest news and information. That’s what Alex Olanow of New York does, too, but she also listens for artistic inspiration. Hear her chat with KPCC's Alex Cohen by clicking on the player above.

Remote Area Medical ends weeklong clinic in Los Angeles

Today marked the final day of the week-long Remote Area Medical, or RAM, clinic at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Update from Cindy Abbott on Mt. Everest

Back in March, I introduced KPCC listeners to Cindy Abbott, who is attempting to climb Mt. Everest despite having a very serious disease.

Daily Dose - Hands off local dough, fake quake, Lala no more and The Daily Show comes to SoCal

April 30, 2010 -- A ballot measure to keep lawmakers from raiding local government funds will likely appear on the November ballot. The group behind the measure submitted more than a million signatures yesterday to county election offices.