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WYPR Remembers Cokie Roberts

Sep 18, 2019

In this April 19, 2017 photo, Cokie Roberts speaks during the opening ceremony for Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.
Credit AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Cokie Roberts, veteran journalist and 'a founding mother of NPR,' died on Tuesday. She was 75. Tributes and remembrances have been pouring in over the past 24 hours and we wanted to share WYPR interviews with the beloved journalist and writer.

In November of 2007 Sheilah Kast interviewed Roberts for an episode of Maryland Morning. They discussed national politics and its effect on local politics, the main issues for Republicans and Democrats at the time, and the book she was writing. 

Interview Highlight

On why she started writing history

"I was reading history in order to better understand politics and what I was covering. But of course all the history that I was reading was about men, which irritated me, so I started writing the same periods of history but writing it about the influential women of those periods.”


In March 2008, Roberts joined Maryland Morning again to speak with guest host Nathan Sterner about her newly-released book Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation. 

Interview Highlight

On how long it will take before women are included in history books

"It will take until people stop defining history as battles and documents. There was a lot else going on. And one of the things that's interesting is that there have been a lot of books written about the everyday women of this period, but what got left out as historians moved from writing about the great men and the great events was the great women's role in the lives of the great men and their great events."