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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

David Campbell at the Hollywood Bowl

This Fourth of July weekend there are three big concerts you might want to check out at the Hollywood Bowl. On Friday and Saturday, John Fogerty will be performing with the L.A. Philharmonic. On Sunday the Phil will play with indie rock darlings Death Cab for Cutie.

State controller starts printing, mailing IOUs

The California Controller’s Office began printing IOUs this afternoon in Sacramento so the state government can pay its bills. Controller John Chiang says without a balanced budget, there’s not enough cash on hand – so he had no choice but to go to IOUs. KPCC’s Julie Small watched as the promises to pay rolled off the printers.

California's treasurer offers unusual plan for breaking budget gridlock

California has begun issuing IOUs today as it still lacks solutions to the $26 billion budget deficit. Today in the Los Angeles Times, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer offered one idea for moving beyond the current impasse. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Lockyer about his idea and about the IOUs.

Legislature passes budget package; Governor threatens veto

The State Senate today approved a package of bills designed to help close the state's budget deficit. The Assembly approved the bills last night. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with State Capitol reporter Julie Small about the package and why the governor is threatening to veto it.

Auction house owner says Michael Jackson was 'eccentric,' 'eclectic' collector

Julien's Auctions of West Hollywood was closely involved with a massive auction of Michael Jackson memorabilia that was scheduled to take place in April. That auction was canceled. But the company did go forward on Friday with another auction that included some Michael Jackson memorabilia. Darren Julien, the owner of Julien's Auctions, spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen about Jackson and his feelings about auctioning off Jackson memorabilia at this time.

Charles Phoenix's retro slideshow tour

This week, the Eastman Kodak Company announced it would be discontinuing its iconic Kodachrome film. It's sad news for fans of the legendary color film. But you can celebrate the days when folks took pictures with film instead of with pixels this weekend at Charles Phoenix's Retro Slide Show Tour of California at the National Hot Rod Museum in Pomona. Host Charles Phoenix talks with KPCC's Alex Cohen about the show.

Pop star Michael Jackson dies at 50

KPCC's Alex Cohen talked with NPR's Carrie Kahn about the latest on the death of Michael Jackson.

UCLA arts dean says Jackson's influence on music industry spread wide

KPCC's Alex Cohen talked with Christopher Waterman, Dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, about the influence Michael Jackson had on the music industry.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House for sale

If you are looking to get into the Southern California housing market and you have about $15 million to invest, you might want to consider Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House. The property, built in 1924, is now up for sale. The seller is a non-profit organization called the Ennis House Foundation. President James Demeo discussed the sale of the Los Feliz hilltop home with KPCC’s Alex Cohen.

Writer John August writes short story 'The Variant' with help from Twitter

This weekend is Father’s Day and among those who will be celebrating is Los Angeles writer and dad John August. August wrote the films Go and Charlie’s Angels and he blogs about writing on his Web site, He recently wrote a short story called "The Variant." And as he tells KPCC's Alex Cohen, he got a lot of help from his fans on Twitter.

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.