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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 - 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!

Daily Dose: Good Friday, Metrolink CEO, Metrolink passengers and USC honorary degrees

Today is Good Friday and hundreds of folks lined up in Skid Row in downtown L.A. for the Los Angeles Mission's annual Good Friday/Easter Event. The Mission's president, Herb Smith said the number of people seeking the Mission's services has been on the rise in recent years.

The Runaways' Cherie Currie tells all in her book 'Neon Angel'

When she was just fifteen years old, Cherie Currie was approached to join a all-girl teenage rock band called The Runaways. Click above to listen to KPCC's Alex Cohen chat with Cherie Currie at her San Fernando Valley home.

Daily Dose: DWP hikes, GOP & marijuana, Craigslist & marijuana, marathoner recovers

LADWP customers won't pay higher bills for at least three months. That's because the DWP and the L.A. City Council failed to pass a rate increase last night.

Bassist Mike Watt debuts 'Eye-Gifts From Pedro'

Tonight the Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica hosts an opening reception for an exhibit called "Eye-Gifts from Pedro." It's a collection of photographs by punk bassist Mike Watt. Click above to listen to an extended interview with KPCC's Alex Cohen and Mike Watt at the Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica.

Daily Dose: Mobile billboards, immigration decrease and census forms

March 31, 2010 -- Don't get me wrong, I love trucks, especially when they are cooking up delicious Korean short rib tacos or french fries topped with steak and cheese. But those trucks that haul ginormous billboards? I'm not a big fan.

Dan Glickman leaves the MPAA

In the summer of 2004, Jack Valenti, long-time president of the Motion Picture Association of America retired and was replaced by former U.S. Congressman and Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. But come Thursday, Glickman's tenure comes to an end.

Daily Dose: Death penalty, the McCourt's Dodgers feud and wildlife tunnel

March 30, 2010 -- Rodney Alcala was sentenced to death for the third time today for the slaying of Robin Samsoe. But today was the first time he was convicted for the slayings of 18-year-old runaway Jill Barcomb, 27-year-old nurse Georgia Wixted and 21-year-old Jill Parenteau.

DWP rates, owl cam and Stanford gets tough(er)

The battle over a proposed LADWP rate hike continues... Today, Mayor Villaraigosa said he's willing to compromise, even though he originally asked for a 2.7 cent per kilowatt hike.

Star Warz Burlesque

Today it's been a CRAZY day here at KPCC. My producer is out sick, as are several of our reporters. So, sadly, I don't have much time to put together a Daily Dose.

Charles Phoenix's 'Up with Downey' Tour

On Saturday, King of Kitsch Charles Phoenix will lead a five-hour walking and bus tour of Downey. KPCC's Alex Cohen went with Charles to Downey for a sneak preview. You can hear their adventure in the audio link above.