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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

California astronaut part of NASA's Discovery crew

NASA's space shuttle Discovery will try for the third time tomorrow to blast away from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to dock with the International Space Station. KPCC's Steve Julian talked to Pat Duggins, who reports from Florida for National Public Radio on shuttle missions. Duggins tells Steve Julian how the forecast will be for the tomorrow's launch. Also, Jose Hernandez of California is a crew member on the shuttle Discovery. KPCC's Alex Cohen talked to his brother, Gill Hernandez, about growing up as children of migrant farm workers in California.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein remembers Sen. Ted Kennedy

KPCC's All Things Considered host Alex Cohen spoke with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein about the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. The Massachusetts senator died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 77.

Remembering writer Dominick Dunne

Writer Dominick Dunne died Wednesday at his home in New York, after battling bladder cancer. He was 83 years old. Dunne is best remembered for his coverage of the wealthy and powerful and their problems. KPCC’s Alex Cohen spoke with Linda Deutsch, special correspondent with the Associated Press, about Dunne’s life and work.

LA Unified board approves school control plan

The Los Angeles Unified School Board has approved a plan to turn over a third of schools in the district to outside operators. Six board members voted yes, only one voted no. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez followed the vote and discussed the outcome with All Things Considered host Alex Cohen.

SAT scores dip in California

Really good at writing, not so great at math. That’s the snapshot of college-bound Californians who took the Scholastic Aptitude Test. KPCC’s Alex Cohen has details on the latest SAT results.

Parking fines increase in LA County

Be careful where you park – especially in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The Board of Supervisors has decided to raise parking fines by as much as $25 a ticket. KPCC’s Alex Cohen has the story.

Search for Bratton replacement may take time

L.A.’s city personnel manager says they’re trying to expedite the process to name a replacement, but they don’t want to cut any corners. That means the selection process may happen in November, after Chief Bratton has left.

Soccer star catches swine flu

Members of the U.S. Men’s soccer team are watching out for symptoms of swine flu. One of their teammates from Southern California tested positive for the virus. More from KPCC’s Alex Cohen.

Ultra-Angeles: Kodachrome in 3-D, The Stereo Photography of Jack Laxer

A new photography exhibit at the DRKRM gallery in Glassell Park presents Southern California architecture from the 1950s and 60s in a whole new dimension - literally. The photos were taken by Jack Laxer who specialized in what’s known as "stereo photography." With the help of 3D glasses, these Kodachrome pictures leap off the wall. KPCC's Alex Cohen met the curator of the exhibit, Al Leib, at DRKRM to find out more about the photos and the man behind them.

Longtime friend remembers legendary guitarist, recording innovator Les Paul

The flag sitting on top of Capitol Records is flying at half staff today in memory of Les Paul. He died Thursday in New York of complications of pneumonia. He was 94. Paul developed an early solid body electric guitar and was the originator of multi-track music recording. Paul was also instrumental in the development of the Capitol label and its studios. Paul first signed with Capitol in 1948. Recording engineer Al Schmitt knew Les Paul for decades and considered him an “uncle.” KPCC's Alex Cohen reached Schmitt at his home in the San Fernando Valley and asked him about the first time he met Les Paul.

Mexico beats US in World Cup qualifier

Mexico defeated the United States soccer team today with a score of 2 to 1. The U.S. men had jumped out to an early lead, then Mexico tied up the score in the first half. Miguel Sabah scored the game winning goal for Mexico in the 82nd minute of the match. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman followed the match at an L.A. restaurant and he spoke to Alex Cohen about the fans' reactions.

Man to be released on bail after murder conviction overturned

Bruce Lisker has spent 26 of his 44 years behind bars. Lisker was convicted of the 1983 murder of his mother. That conviction was overturned by a federal judge last week due to false evidence. On Tuesday, Lisker was ordered released and bail was set at $200,000. Matt Lait of the L.A. Times has been covering this story for years. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Lait and asked him when Bruce Lisker might be released.

Coin collectors gather in LA

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, why not spend it basking in a billion dollars? That's the amount of money in rare coins and currency on display this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It's the World's Fair of Money, a festival put on by the American Numismatic Association. KPCC's All Things Considered host Alex Cohen spoke with Barry Stuppler, president of the association.

80s film director John Hughes dies

If the lines, "Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?," "What's happening hot stuff?," and "Bueller?," mean anything to you, chances are you grew up watching the films of John Hughes. Hughes died today of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan. He was in New York visiting family. Alex Cohen spoke earlier with Russell Scott of It's a social networking site dedicated to nostalgia. Scott told KPCC's Alex Cohen, despite John Hughes being the king of teen angst, his favorite Hughes movie was Planes, Trains & Automobiles, starring John Candy and Steve Martin.

Assembly expunges vote on new oil drilling

The State Assembly defeated a bill last month that would have allowed new oil drilling off the Santa Barbara County coast. But you won’t find any official record of that vote, the Assembly has expunged it. Bob Stern is president of the Center for Governmental Studies. He explained how the Assembly is able to wipe votes off the record.