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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

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.

Dangerous toys list released for 2009

Each year the U.S. Public Interest Research Group releases a list of dangerous toys. This year's list includes Creative Wood Stacking Rings, the FurReal Baby Bird from Hasbro, and the Worky tool set from Nemmer.

Tracking A 'Missing' Man By Virtual Bread Crumbs

Evan Ratliff eschewed his identity and picked up a new one, challenging Wired readers to find him in 30 days in a contest sponsored by the magazine. Lured by a cash prize, readers mobilized online in a mad dash to locate Ratliff - who got a little too cocksure for his own good.

Biologists use birth control to manage Catalina bison population

Biologists undertook an unusual operation today to control the bison population on Catalina Island. They injected female bison with a vaccine called PZP (Porcine Zona Pellucida) that prevents pregnancy.

Shepard Fairey edits new 'Art For Obama' book

Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey created one of the most important images in the 2008 presidential election. It's a red, white and blue portrait of Barack Obama with the word HOPE.

Wanted: Grateful Dead librarian

Nowadays jobs are tough to come by in California, but one choice spot is now open for someone with a master's degree in Library Sciences and a deep love of the Dead. The Grateful Dead that is.

'In Their Boots' documentary series looks at the impact of war

The recent shootings at the Army base at Fort Hood, Texas raise many questions about the psychological effect of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on soldiers. That's also the focus of the new documentary series "In Their Boots."

Hello Kitty turns 35!

This fall marks the 35th birthday of one of Japan's beloved pop icons - Hello Kitty. The Royal/T Cafe in Culver City is throwing her a huge birthday bash complete with Hello Kitty-shaped food, Hello Kitty-themed household items and art work inspired by the tiny white feline.

Muslim leaders condemn violence at Fort Hood

Southern California Muslim leaders and law enforcement officials held a news conference to express solidarity after the deadly shooting in Fort Hood, Texas. A gunman opened fire at the Army post, killing 12 people and injuring more than a dozen others. The Muslim Public Affairs Council condemned the violence and the group said it's contacted federal authorities to learn more about the suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. Los Angeles city and county law enforcement officials have increased patrols and officer presence around area mosques and other religious institutions. KPCC's Brian Watt was at the group's news conference and spoke with All Things Considered host Alex Cohen. (Audio: Extended details on the press conference.)

New UCLA study on same-sex couples

This week is a big one for the issue of same-sex marriage. Maine is voting today on whether to keep it legal... Tomorrow is the year anniversary of the passage of Proposition 8 here in California. One of the arguments that opponents of gay marriage often cite is that if two men or two women marry - that will ruin the definition of marriage. But a new study out of UCLA shows that same sex married couples aren't all that different from straight ones. Gary Gates is a Senior Research Fellow at UCLA. He says that for the first time the US Census included the official estimates for the number of same-sex couples who called one partner a “husband” or “wife”. Gates compares these same-sex married couples to those who designated a partner as an “unmarried partner”. He also compared gay married couples to their straight counterparts and found plenty of similarites when it came to age, income and even child-bearing.

Lawry's chain settles federal lawsuit

The Lawry’s restaurant chain has settled a federal lawsuit claiming it had barred men from waiting tables. In the now 3-year-old lawsuit, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed that Lawry’s instituted a policy of hiring only women for server positions. That policy started more than 70 years ago – and, the federal agency claims, it wasn’t updated even after the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

Mickey Mouse expanding his empire north

Mickey is expanding his empire northward. The Walt Disney Co. has submitted plans to build a sprawling soundstage and production complex outside Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita Valley. The company filed plans Wednesday to build Disney/ABC Studios on 56 acres of its Golden Oak Ranch property.

Flight of the Conchord's Jemaine Clement stars in new sci-fi comedy 'Gentlemen Broncos'

A while back, KPCC's Alex Cohen was watching a movie on DVD. During the previews, she was fascinated by a cheesy, new age author named Dr. Ronald Chevalier. She thought he looked slightly familiar. Then, she pictured him with slightly less puffy hair and wearing glasses. Bingo! She recognized him as Jemaine Clement, star of one of her favorite TV shows, "Flight of the Conchords."

S. David Freeman returns as head of LADWP

For the next six months, S. David Freeman is filling in as general manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He's filled the post before - he ran the DWP from 1997 to 2001. In the years since, the LADWP has come under fire, for everything from water main breaks to rate increases. The 83-year-old general manager spoke about the utility's fees, alternative energy, and his plans for retirement.

Unique dinosaur fossils on display at LA County Natural History Museum

Fossils of what is believed to be North America's smallest dinosaur are on display now at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The Fruitadens Haagarorum was no more than two pounds and slightly over a couple feet long. The juveniles were even smaller. Scientists say the Fruitadens Haagarorum was primarily a plant-eating dinosuar, but they believe it supplemented its diet by eating non-plant items, like bugs or small animals. The dinosaur was named in honor of Paul Haaga, the president of the museum's Board of Trustees.