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

Officials want to make Venice safer, but could changes kill the culture?

The Venice Boardwalk has always been known for an eclectic mix of artists, tourists and a bit of a rough element. Now, officials are moving to make it safer, but what sort of cultural impact will that have?

Inside Bob Baker's Marionette Theatre

If you grew up in Los Angeles, chances are you celebrated at least one birthday at a magical little piece of history called The Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

'Khaleesi' slug: When scientists name species after pop culture

The news that scientists in Brazil recently discovered a new species of sea slug is catching headlines because of its peculiar "Game of Thrones"-inspired name.

Do end-of-life decisions change once you've seen a loved one die?

Maybe you have ideas of what you'd choose for your end-of-life care, but how do those "what if" decisions hold up when pressed against reality?

How to manage your child's holiday gift expectations

Most parents know what not to give their kids, but figuring what to give them, and how much? Well, that's a bit trickier.

SoCal high school students make doc to commemorate Sandy Hook

Newtown is thousands of miles away from southern California, but last year's shooting hit hard with the students at High Tech High in Chula Vista. A group of 45 students there are holding a Kickstarter campaign to film a documentary about gun violence. They have already raised more than $27,000.

How to get your kids to love the movies you do

Winter break is quickly approaching, and one option many parents have to keep their kids preoccupied is taking them to the movies.

Goya painting makes its West Coast debut

Starting today, art fans in Southern California will get a chance to see a rare site: a portrait of Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. It's the first time this work will be publicly displayed on the West Coast.

Report shows LA Sheriff's Dept. hired dozens of troubled applicants

Dozens of hires by the LA County Sheriff's Department in 2010 were made despite evidence of serious misconduct on or off duty. The LA Times reveals all in a new report.

How satellite images could help get food and water to typhoon victims

Maps of satellite imagery could be used to determine what structures had been destroyed in a disaster, and what areas and infrastructure are still intact.

Emile Hirsch on his new role in "The Motel Life."

Actor Emile Hirsch has made a name for himself with riveting performances in films like "Into the Wild" and "Milk." His latest film is "The Motel Life."

'Casting By' doc showcases the importance of casting directors

Casting is often overlooked, but choosing which actors fill what roles is perhaps one of the most crucial jobs of all. Documentary filmmaker Tom Donohue shares their stories in, "Casting By."

'Escape From Tomorrow' director talks filming under Disney's nose

Director Randy Moore joins the show to talk about how he managed to film a feature-length horror film right under Disney's nose.

'Valentine Road' examines the tragic killing of 15-year-old Larry King

The case may be closed, but the tragedy leaves many questions behind. Questions raised in the new documentary "Valentine Road," which airs tonight at 9 p.m. on HBO.

RZA headlines 5-year anniversary party for Echo Park's Bedrock Studios

Alex profiles the 5-year-old space that has hosted the likes of Beck, Divine Fits, and Janelle Monáe, in addition to many working musicians in L.A.