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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 - Porn and condoms, Betty White dog, smoking ban

April 15, 2010 -- Today, the battle over whether condoms should be used in adult films continued. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation filed formal complaints with the California Labor Commission against nine adult entertainment talent agencies for not enforcing condom use during the production of porn.

Cal State Fullerton lecturer arrives in Nepal for Everest climb

Cal State Fullerton lecturer Cindy Abbot is preparing to climb Everest next month. Abbott suffers from Wegener's Granulatosis, a disease that causes inflammation of the blood vessels. She hopes her ambitious climb will raise awareness of rare diseases like hers.

Daily Dose: Hollywood Sign, Bee swarm, Pot greenhouses and Octomom's mortgage

Conservations keen on buying the land surrounding the famous Hollywood sign have been given a 16 day extension to raise the money. The Trust for Public Land is trying to buy 138 acres surrounding the sign to make sure it's spared from any potential development.

Daily Dose: Water main breaks, Remote Area Medical clinic, Grammy date and Sarah Palin's rider

April 13, 2010 -- Remember all those pesky water main breaks last summer? Well, a newly released independent analysis shows that most of them were caused, in part, by the Department of Water and Power's mandatory water conservation program which restricted the use of lawn sprinklers to two days a week.

Daily Dose: Police overtime, police booby traps, Hank Williams' Pulitzer and Liz Taylor's tweets

The ripple effect of the troubled economy can be seen in plenty of places - including the LAPD. Many Los Angeles police officers and detectives are being forced to put a hold on their cases to take mandatory time off because they've racked up too many overtime hours.

Daily Dose: Office of Economic Development, rogue IRS agent, Star Trek Experience auction

With high unemployment rates and a budget that's a mess, California could certainly use more business. That's what Governor Schwarzenegger is hoping to do with a new office in Sacramento.

'Exit Through the Gift Shop' documentary showcases mysterious artist Banksy

This month, the world's first "street art disaster movie" opens in theaters across the country. It's a documentary called "Exit Through the Gift Shop." Listen to an interview with KPCC's Alex Cohen and one of the film's producers, Roger Gastman.

TRASHed @ Coachella: Recycling Bins as Art

Sometimes what one person sees as trash is seen by another as art. And every now and then, something can be viewed as both. That's surely the case in the exhibit TRASHed @ Coachella, put on by the Los Angeles-based group Global Inheritance. Listen to an interview about the exhibit with Global Inheritance's executive director Eric Ritz and KPCC's Alex Cohen.

Daily Dose: Trash campaign, toxic town, John Fante Square and UCLA's commencement speaker

I recently decided to get rid of a coffee table I bought at IKEA that's taking up too much space in my living room. Like most usable products I no longer want, I put it out in the sidewalk in hopes someone would come by and take it.

Wildflower tipster pulls plug on Web site

For the past 15 years, photographer Carol Leigh has run an online service that lists the best places to see wildflowers in California, based on tips from fellow photographers. But Leigh recently decided to stop publishing her "Wildflower Hotsheet."

Daily Dose - Skid Row clash, Eddie Carroll, Jacko painting and "Curb: the Discussion"

April 7, 2010 -- Things got heated today in downtown L.A., and it wasn't just the latest wranglings between Mayor Villaraigosa and the DWP. More than a dozen boisterous protesters confronted City Attorney Carmen Trutanich in a Skid Row park.

Legislation would repeal decades-old state law on homosexuality

A decades-old state mandate to research the “causes and cures for homosexuality” is the target of a bill making its way through the California legislature. A committee has approved a measure that would repeal the state law.

Daily Dose: Gay cures, extreme teens, teen jobs and Star Wars TV

APRIL 6, 2010 -- This is NOT a belated April Fool's joke -- did you know that California law actually requires the state's Department of Public Health to "plan, conduct and cause to be conducted scientific research into the causes and cures of sexual deviation, including deviations conducive to sex crimes against children, and the causes and cures of homosexuality, and into methods of identifying potential sex offenders"?


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Quake reax, initiative fees, Doggie Diners and doggie distemper

April 5, 2010 -- Where were you when the quake hit yesterday? I was cooking rice in my kitchen. And oddly enough, the first thought that went through my head was that something was terribly wrong with our stove because it was shaking something fierce!