Alex Cohen Host, Take Two

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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

Fruit Trees for Free

This weekend, Southern Californians can pick up a fruit tree for free. A group called Fallen Fruit is hosting a fruit tree adoption at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at the Watts Towers Arts Center and Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center.

Proposition 8: The Movie

When John Ireland and John Ainsworth learned about a Supreme Court decision to bar the streaming of live testimony from the gay marriage trial on YouTube, they knew they had to do something. They decided to recreate all twelve days of testimony with actors and put it online.

California National Guard's new leader breaks racial, gender barriers

Brigadier General Mary J. Kight was sworn in this week as the new adjutant general of the California National Guard.

'Avatar' sets domestic box office record

James Cameron's technologically ambitious film, "Avatar" has overtaken another Cameron blockbuster, "Titanic," to become the number one movie of all time in domestic box office earnings.

Whales are singing a lower shade of bass

Blue whales are sounding a bit different than a couple decades ago.

State panel gives special designation for moon discards

A California preservation panel voted Friday to make the Apollo 11 moon landing site, known as Tranquility Base, a state historical resource.

The Re-Taking of Pelham One Two Three with Steve Horowitz

This weekend at the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles, experimental composer Steve Horowitz and The Code Ensemble will be performing a new interpretation of David Shire's score to the 1974 film "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three." The performance will be accompanied by a film made by Jane Brill that incorporates images from the subway and samples from the gritty New York City thriller.

Pasadena Playhouse to close due to financial woes

The curtain’s falling at the Pasadena Playhouse, possibly for good. Administrators said today that the venerable house’s current production will be its last.

Heavy snowfall leads to traffic problems, supply shortages in Big Bear

San Bernardino County officials closed off access to Big Bear on Sunday night, except for people who live there and the ones who carry in supplies.

Grammy Go Seek looking for contestants

One week before the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, you can bone up on Grammy history and even win some prizes at a Grammy Scavenger Hunt in Los Angeles.

Tom Morello Plays Concert for Korean Guitar Workers

This week guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine performed at the KIWA Cultural Center in Los Angeles to raise money and awareness for a group of Korean guitar workers.

Gale Harold in Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending"

Tennessee Williams' play "Orpheus Descending" is a retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus set in a small southern town in the 1950s. This week, a production of the play starring Gale Harold opens up at Theatre/Theater in Los Angeles.

Conan O'Brien opposes plan to push program back

"The Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien said today he strongly opposes a proposal to push the program back by 30 minutes to accommodate a Jay Leno show, insisting it would "seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting."

Where federal stimulus money is going in California

At first glance it looks like great news... $18.5 billion of federal stimulus money is going to businesses working in California. But what if you found out that some of those companies have been accused of fraud or dumped polluted water into creeks that feed into the Los Angeles River?

Eggshells: Tobe Hooper's First Film

Film fans know Tobe Hooper as the director of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," the horrifying 1974 movie about a mask-wearing killer and his creepy, cannibalistic family. But years before he made that film, Hooper directed a much mellower flick called "Eggshells."