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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

Fred Willard Hosts 50th Annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration

For the past 50 years, the L.A. County Arts Commission has hosted an annual holiday celebration. It's a gift from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to the Southland.

John Doe returns to Los Angeles with X

On Saturday, Dec. 19, the seminal Los Angeles punk band X will perform at the Wiltern Theater. Bass player John Doe is the founder of the group and also has a successful career as a solo artist.

Awards show season kicks off with Golden Globe nominations

The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, kicking off the awards show season.

Trade publications weather tumultuous month

Last week, the Hollywood trade publication Variety announced that people will once again have to pay to read all of the paper’s stories online. Variety spent the first half of this decade charging users, but removed the so-called "pay wall" three years ago. Variety plans to shut down the free access gradually, over a period of a couple months. Meanwhile, Nielsen announced last week it was selling the Hollywood Reporter and shutting down Editor and Publisher, which has chronicled the newspaper business for more than 100 years. (Audio: KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Geneva Overholser, director of the School of Journalism at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, about the latest news with the trade publications and whether Variety's move to charge online readers will work.)

Ryan Bingham: The Voice of "Crazy Heart"

The harder the life, the sweeter the song... That's the tag line for the new Fox Searchlight film "Crazy Heart," starring Jeff Bridges.

Lights shine bright on Thoroughbred Street in Alta Loma

The Southland offers plenty of ways to celebrate the holidays. Woodland Hills has Candy Cane Lane, Griffith Park offers its classic light display and in the Alta Loma neighborhood of Rancho Cucamonga there's Thoroughbred Street.

The 'Out West' Series at the Autry National Center

At the Autry National Center of the American West, there’s an exhibit of items from Western films. It includes the pistols used by Chevy Chase in “Three Amigos,” a coat worn by Clint Eastwood in “Unforgiven”… and now, the long sleeved shirts worn by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in the Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee, “Brokeback Mountain.”

The Actor's Gang WTF Festival

Almost thirty years ago, Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins and some of his buddies from UCLA started a theater in Culver City called The Actor’s Gang. The company’s thrived artistically, but during this economic recession, fiscal realities have threatened its stability.

The Airborne Toxic Event plays Disney Hall

On Dec. 5, The Airborne Toxic Event will take the stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The up-and-coming L.A. band will share the stage with the Calder Quartet and other special guests as part of the Hall's West Coast Left Coast series.

Prominent folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes dies at 88

Musician and folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes died last week. She was 88 years old. (Audio: KPCC's Alex Cohen talks with Sabina Magliocco, the anthropology department chairwoman at Cal State Northridge, about Hawes' work.)

Lucas, Burnett, among inductees to California Hall of Fame

On Dec. 1, George Lucas, Carol Burnett and Danielle Steel will be walking the red carpet. No, it isn't a premiere of a new space-age romantic comedy in Hollywood. It's a ceremony honoring the new inductees into the Hall of Fame at the California Museum in Sacramento.

SHAG's new exhibit: Autumn's Come Undone

Southern California artist Josh Agle is better known as SHAG. For years, he’s created colorful depictions of cocktail parties, Tiki heads and hotrods. But recently his art taken a much darker turn. (Audio: Extended version of interview with SHAG.)

Local bank to donate mural by prominent local artist

A Chase bank branch in Pasadena wants to give away a work of art.

Grammy Hall of Fame adds 25 new recordings to collection

The Grammy Hall of Fame has added 25 new recordings to its collection. The new inductees represent rock, reggae, R&B, and even a bit of humor.

Los Angeles County fire chief announces retirement

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Michael Freeman says he’ll leave his post come March of next year.