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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

Emmys change date again

The date for the television industry’s big awards show has changed. Again. More on the latest on Emmy scheduling from KPCC’s Alex Cohen.

Web site lets Angelinos report mortgage fraud

A new website will allow people in Los Angeles to report suspected cases of mortgage fraud and abuse. More on the story from KPCC’s Alex Cohen.

Corpse flower at Huntington Library about to bloom

Any moment now, a gigantic Amorphophallus titanum will bloom at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. The flower is better known as "Son of Stinky," because it's a corpse flower - a Sumatran bloom known to smell like rotting flesh. KPCC's Alex Cohen talks with Kitty Connolly, the Huntington's botanical education manager, about why the plant smells so foul and just how big it's become.

Muslim groups claim FBI took advantage

Shortly after September 11, 2001, Muslim organizations throughout California banded together to try to prove to the U.S. that not all Muslims were terrorists. A major part of that effort was working with the FBI. But in recent years that partnership has broken down – Muslim groups claim the FBI deceived them and now refuses to cooperate.

Brad Silberling talks 'Land of the Lost'

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Brad Silberling used to watch Sid & Marty Krofft's “Land of the Lost” every Saturday morning. He loved the show about three human explorers trapped in a strange universe filled with dinosaurs, aliens, and hirsute humanoids called Pakuni. Little did Silberling know that more than 30years later, he'd wind up directing a film version of “Land of the Lost” starring Will Ferrell. It comes out this weekend. KPCC's Alex Cohen recently spent some time with director Brad Silberling as he put the final touches on his film. He talked about growing up in the San Fernando Valley and why he still loves Ventura Boulevard after all these years.

Superior Court judges support voluntary salary give-back

As we all know, California has a huge budget problem. There are no easy answers, but there are some creative potential solutions. Here's one of them – a salary give-back. That's what a group of superior court judges in L.A. County has voted to do. Presiding judge Charles McCoy told KPCC’s Alex Cohen that he felt compelled to give back considering the current fiscal crisis.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater named historic monument

The Los Angeles City Council today designated the Bob Baker Marionette Theater near downtown an historic-cultural monument. KPCC's Alex Cohen talked with Bob Baker. Baker says the building is home to one of the longest-running live puppet shows in the nation.

Video contest held to support same-sex marriage

The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center is putting up $2,500 for the grand prize in its video contest to promote same-sex marriage. Today the center posted nearly 70 entries online.

LA pop artist COOP has new exhibit of his paintings in Culver City

Chris Cooper, a.k.a. COOP, has done posters for some of rock music's greatest legends, including Nirvana, The Sex Pistols, and Green Day. The L.A.-based pop artist is known for his rockabilly style. His work is filled with voluptuous vixens, hot rod cars, and devils – lots of devils. COOP's version of Satan is a wide-eyed one, often seen smoking a cigar. Alex Cohen recently caught up with him and asked how the devil thing got started. "A friend of mine was starting a company to sell Zippo Lighters with different artists' art work on them and he asked me to be one of the first artists, and he suggested that I draw a devil for it. I did this image, and I did it very quickly — probably in thirty minutes or less – and I didn’t even bother to make a copy of it; I just mailed off the original art to him, and didn’t think about it. Actually, the original art ended up being lost for several years. Until somebody at Zippo found it in their files and mailed it back to me.” Starting tonight, a new collections of COOP’s paintings are on display at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. That’s where COOP described a colorful piece called "THIRTEEN DEVIL." It’s a fair bit different than his usual demon.

Anti- war protesters gather to voice their concerns to the president.

President Barack Obama is holding a fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton Hotels today. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Patricia Nazario as she joins us from outside the hotel as some anti-war protesters have assembled in front of the hotel.

President fundraises in the Southland as protestors voice their views

President Barack Obama is in Southern California for a fundraiser. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Patricia Nazario as she joins us from outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel where Mr. Obama is holding that fundraiser, and various group activists, including opponents of Proposition 8, rally in front of the hotel.

Closing California's deficit with sin taxes

KPCC's Alex Cohen talks to Marc Haefele, Dean of the City Hall Reporters about how to close California's deficit by raising some sin taxes.

Rabbi Eger new president of Southern California rabbi board

KPCC's Alex Cohen chats with Rabbi Denise Eger head of the Kol Amie Congregation is West Hollywood about her new job as president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

Councilwoman Hahn talks about LA Marathon

KPCC's Alex Cohen talks to Councilwoman Janice Hahn on this year's L.A. Marathon.

Musician/songwriter Dave Alvin talks about 1920s mystery song

KPCC's Alex Cohen talks to Dave Alvin, musician and songwriter, on the solved mystery of a So Cal poet and explorer gone missing in the 1920s and the song dedicated to his disappearance.