Wall Street Journal: “Whip It” Roller Derby Trainer Alex Cohen on Skating, Scrimmaging and Choosing the Best Derby Name
By day, Alex Cohen hosts "All Things Considered" for station KPCC in Los Angeles. By night, however, the former NPR reporter tears around an angled track as a rock 'em, sock 'em roller derby girl. A long-time champion of the sport, which was invented in Depression-era America and revived in Austin, Texas in 2000, Cohen was tapped by the producers of the upcoming derby film "Whip It" to teach its leading ladies how to authentically scrimmage and take a fall. She recently spoke to the Journal about how she became involved with the sport, working with "Whip It" star Ellen Page, and how she picked her derby name "Axles of Evil."