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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

'Black Swan' star Natalie Portman on training for the role of a prima ballerina

In the new film by Darren Aronofsky called “Black Swan,” Natalie Portman portrays a ballerina on the brink of madness. The actress says that ballet is an art form she embraced early in her life.

Daily Dose - Hep A at Jerry's Deli, California's economic ranking, National Board of Review awards

December 2, 2010 -- I've long been a fan of Jerry's Deli. I grew up going to the one on Ventura Boulevard where my mom and I would often order "The Yummy" -- a ridiculous sandwich made of cream cheese and jelly, grilled and topped with powdered sugar.

Daily Dose: cold shelters, KFC Tweet Scholarships and AAA Five Diamond recepients in southern California

December 1, 2010 - Even though today is the first day of December, it's been chilly in southern California for quite a while now. A "Cold Weather Shelter" opened today in Riverside.

Survey: iPad tops kids' wish lists

A new Nielsen survey suggests that Apple's iPad is the most desired electronic item for the holidays among kids ages 6- to 12-years-old.

'Mad Men' star plans to bring 'This American Life' story to big screen

John Slattery, of the hit TV show "Mad Men," has big plans to make a short film based on a story heard on "This American Life" called "Squirrel Cop."

Daily Dose - Venice RV ban, rabid bats and unclaimed tax refunds

November 17, 2010 - Today the L.A. City council unanimously approved new restrictions on parking oversized vehicles overnight on some streets in Venice. Tensions have flared between people who live in parked campers or Rvs and those living in homes nearby, especially over the disposal of human waste.

Conan O'Brien returns to the air

Former "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien begins his new show on TBS tonight. He's been off the air since January, when he hosted "The Tonight Show" on NBC for the last time.

Daily Dose -- new multiplex owners in Baldwin Hills, "The Illusionist" dispute and militar ban on smoke shops

November 8, 2010 -- Big news for movie-goers in Baldwin Hills! Today developers announced that Rave Motion Pictures will run the multiplex at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Rave operates the former Bridge multiplex near Culver City and dozens of other theaters across the country.

California's state parks: the stars of Hollywood

For eleven years, the TV show "M*A*S*H" surveyed the lives of U.S. Army doctors during the Korean War. In reality, most of the “location” filming took place right here in Southern California. This weekend, you can see firsthand where many of those scenes unfolded during a hike at Malibu Creek State Park.

Sequels to 'Avatar,' Batman series on the way

Hollywood knows that what works well once at the box office will probably work well again. Sequels to two top-grossing films are in the works.

Daily Dose - Gold's Gym political flap, buckyballs in space, "The Dark Knight" sequel

October 27, 2010 -- Are you a member of Gold's Gym? Then you may be interested in this... Several Gold's Gym franchises in San Francisco say they'll cut the cord with the bodybuilding chain.

Judicial races on next week's ballot pass under radar

Most of the headlines about next week's elections in California focus on the governor's race and the United States Senate race, but there are also a number of judicial races on the ballot.

Daily Dose - Whitman says no to negative adds, Rose Parade Marshal Paula Deen

October 26, 2010 -- The election is just one week away! Be sure to spend election night with me and KPCC's Frank Stoltze - our special live coverage begins at 8 pm.And though there are just a few days left in the race, don't expect those negative ads to stop anytime soon.

Daily Dose - political poll, Log Cabin Republicans react and R.I.P. Sony Walkman

October 25, 2010 - The election is a little more than a week away now and it looks like there have been some tectonic shifts at the polls. Now Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former governor Jerry Brown has a commanding lead against Republican and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.

Artisanal LA showcases local, sustainable food

Foodies take note! This weekend, nearly 100 food and beverage makers will gather for a celebration of local and sustainable products in downtown Los Angeles. KPCC's Alex Cohen got the skinny on the event from Artisinal L.A.’s founder, Shawna Dawson.