These roller skating women get ‘down and derby’

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Alex Cohen may be a public radio reporter by day, but by night she goes by her roller derby name — Axles of Evil.

Cohen first fell in love with roller derby in Austin, Texas, several years ago, while reporting a story on the sport. Since then, she has skated as “Smother Theresa” with the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls’ Holy Rollers in Austin and Axles of Evil with the L.A. Derby Dolls.

Cohen has joined forces with another L.A. Derby Doll, Jennifer “Kasey Bomber” Barbee, to write Down and Derby: The Insider’s Guide to Roller Derby.

Cohen — who describes herself as “5-foot-2 on a good day” — says she never expected she’d get involved in such a rough-and-tumble sport. “I have never been athletically inclined,” she tells NPR’s Renee Montagne. “I was always the theater and speech and debate geek. When I started doing derby, I was amazed to see I really liked beating people up.”

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