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 - LA Flea Market, turf vendors, Lucille Ball auction and Bieber's "Baby"

July 16, 2010 -- I've been trying really hard lately not to bring anything new into my house, seeing as we already have too much stuff. But this is a temptation I may just not be able to resist.

Telescope is finding undiscovered objects

The space telescope WISE – which stands for Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer – has begun to unearth new data about undiscovered objects in space.

Ed Emberley Exhibit at Scion Gallery

For decades, Massachusetts-based artist Ed Emberley has offered hope to people who feel completely talentless in the visual arts. His books break down popular subjects such as animals, trucks, monsters and the like into easily copied illustrations. Emberley’s colorful cartoons have influenced artists all over the world. Now five of them pay tribute to the 78-year-old artist with giant paintings on display at the Scion gallery in Culver City, starting July 17. Ed Emberley is in town for the event. He stopped by our studios and spoke with KPCC’s Alex Cohen.

Daily Dose - Boyle Heights library, Civic Park and Roy Rogers auction

The old gate outside the Benjamin Franklin Library.July 15, 2010 - L.A. Is looking better all the time!

Daily Dose - Bratton in DC, kombucha regulation and jobs for L.A. youth

July 14, 2010 -- Happy Bastille Day!

Daily Dose - 24 Hour Fitness suit, Norton won't be Hulk and online pine

July 13, 2010 -- Legal troubles for one of California's most ubiquitous gyms... Six minority and female employees of 24 Hour Fitness are suing the company for racial and gender discrimination.

Daily Dose - Smart Meters, Animal Services head and Hef's bid for Playboy

July 12, 2010 -- I don't have one yet, but one million Southern California Edison's customers now do! I'm talking about Edison's Smart Connect. These so-called "smart meters" are digital meters designed to help consumers make better choices.

Bettye Lavette sings The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl

This weekend, singer Bettye Lavette will join Todd Rundgren, Patti Austin and others for a Hollywood Bowl concert dedicated to The Beatles. KPCC's Alex Cohen chatted with Lavette at a recent rehearsal for the show.

Daily Dose - Free school lunch, oldest postal worker passes away, Laurence Fishburne headed to KPCC

July 6, 2010 -- Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?

Charles Phoenix enters the 3rd dimension

For years, Southern California pop culture historian Charles Phoenix has made a name for himself performing slideshows with vintage images from the 1950s and 60s. This Sunday, July 11, Phoenix is taking his show to a whole new dimension. The show “Charles Phoenix and the Third Dimension” explores the history of 3-D photography. Hear him talk about it with KPCC's Alex Cohen.

Daily Dose - 4th of July highway deaths, speed eater arrest, and new police chief for Riverside

July 5, 2010 - Hope you had a lovely fourth of July holiday! I also hope it was a safe one... Sadly it wasn't for everyone. Four people were killed in Los Angeles County, and 299 suspected drunken drivers were arrested on L.

New documentary looking at notorious West Virginia family screens in Los Angeles

The Whites are one of West Virginia’s most notorious families. They deal drugs, do drugs, rob, steal, kill... and they tap dance. Southern California-based filmmaker Julien Nitzberg’s new documentary about this criminal clan is "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia." It plays this weekend at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles. (Audio: Hear him talk about the film with KPCC's Alex Cohen.)

Daily Dose - fireworks safety, new Spider Man and Manny's car for sale

July 1, 2010 - Happy July everyone! The big Independence Day holiday is just a few days away. No surprise then that officials are issuing their annual warnings about setting off fireworks in driveways and backyards.

Daily Dose - World's Ugliest Dog, oldest postal worker and cadmium jewelry recall

June 30, 2010 - If you listen to me on KPCC regularly, you've probably picked up on the fact that I'm a bit of a dog nut. So I was definitely intrigued when I saw the story of Princess Abby! She's missing one eye and a lot of fur.

Daily Dose - Cracking down on raves, raving about the LAPD building and Barbara Eden's new book

June 29, 2010 - I'll admit it. I like to think of myself as a fairly hip person who's done a lot of interesting things in her lifetime. I've seen sci-fi themed burlesque shows, been to Kaiju Monster Big battle and I've been to biker gang parties at the top of a warehouse in Chinatown.