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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

LA's answer to 'Glee': The Silver Lake Chorus

Silverlake resident Samantha Rader has long enjoyed singing. The clinical psychologist was hoping to find a local chorus to join. But when online searches for an eastside glee club proved fruitless, she decided to start The Silver Lake Chorus. She joined KPCC's Alex Cohen to talk about the group's first year in action.

LA Lottery League plays 'mix and match' with local bands

Some bands get together in high school or college. Others find each other through classifieds or on Craigslist. Still others will result as part of a new musical experiment known as the L.A. Lottery League. Music promoter Sean Carney, aka Sean Carnage, described the project.

Hicksville: Kitschy new resort in Joshua Tree caters to artists and musicians

If you are looking for a new destination to visit in 2011, you may want to think about Joshua Tree. Even if you've been to the area before, chances are you haven't seen its latest resort - a place called Hicksville. KPCC's Alex Cohen paid a visit.

New app helps people find parking spots in Los Angeles

If guests visit from out of town for the holidays, they just might want to hit tourist attractions in Hollywood. New technology can make those trips much easier.

INTERVIEW: Amy Adams nabs awards nominations for 'The Fighter'

Actress Amy Adams has snagged Screen Actors’ Guild and Golden Globe nominations for best supporting actress for her performance in the “The Fighter,” directed by David O. Russell. In the film she plays Charlene Fleming, the real-life girlfriend of boxer Micky Ward.

'The Corrido of LA' project celebrates Mexican Revolution centennial

Since the 19th century, ballads known as corridos have been used to document events of social and political life. This weekend the band Ozomatli will perform modern-day corridos written by local students.

Daily Dose - Golden Globe noms, Yosemite rescue, "Born to Rage"

December 14, 2010 - The Golden Globe Award nominations were announced today. Fox's hit 'Glee' leads television contenders with five nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globes. Four of the show's actors garnered nominations.

National Geographic and Henry Rollins explore 'warrior gene'

About 30 percent of all men carry what’s known as “the warrior gene” – a tiny bit of DNA that predisposes them to violent behavior. A National Geographic show tonight called “Born to Rage” surveys the effect of this genetic material on the lives of various men from Southern California. One of those men is punk rocker Henry Rollins, who hosts the program.

Foam Weapon League combines fake blood with real battle

About two years ago, TV producer David Ballard decided to combine his love of science fiction and live action role play with his skills as a producer. The result is the Foam Weapon League, whose motto is "fake blood, real fighting." Ballard discussed the FWL with KPCC's Alex Cohen.

Daily Dose - 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death, WAY overdue library book, conviction for Tapout Death

December 8, 2010 -- Today is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death. I remember the day very well, even though I was 8 years old. My mom made a poster and put it on the front door of our house.

Daily Dose - McCourt ruling, new rules for raves, mass burial for the unclaimed

December 7, 2010 -- It's a good day for Jamie McCourt! LA Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon decided this morning that an agreement Jamie and her now-ex Frank signed after years of marriage is invalid.

Daily Dose - Schwarzenegger on the budget, RIP Jack Kyser and man becomes Captain Awesome

December 6, 2010 -- Governor Schwarzenegger's days in office are numbered. But that's not keeping him from action. Today he declared a fiscal emergency and called the legislature into a special session to deal with the troublesome budget.

Daily Dose- California Chief Justice sworn in, Virgin Mary rides Metro, Viacom vs YouTube

December 3, 2010 -- Today Governor Schwarzenegger swore in California's new chief justice, Tani Cantil Sakauye. She's a veteran judge who most recently served on the state appellate court.

Oscar-winner Ryan Bingham to perform benefit concert for homeless youth

Oscar-winning musician Ryan Bingham and the nonprofit organization StandUp For Kids are joining with local musicians, artists and vendors to present a benefit concert on Sunday. It runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the James Gray Art Gallery in Santa Monica's Bergamot Station.

'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.