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CoastLine: Cokie Roberts on Capital Dames, Failure of Statesmanship

Cokie Roberts, NPR and ABC News Political Commentator, Author of Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington

You know her as NPR’s senior political commentator, joining Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne on Morning Edition most Mondays to discuss politics.  Cokie Roberts is also a political commentator for ABC News, a best-selling author, and a nationally-syndicated columnist.  With a career in broadcast journalism spanning more than forty years, Cokie Roberts has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, she was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting, and people have now given up counting her awards (including three Emmy Awards). 

In 2008, the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend.” 

Cokie Roberts has written a series of books documenting the role of women in the development of the United States.  Her latest book, Capital Dames:  The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848 - 1868, (as the title suggests) explores the role of Washington’s women during the Civil War era.

Listen to Segment One here.

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Listen to Segment Three here.

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.