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WYPR Remembers Cokie Roberts

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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." 

Cokie Roberts' March 2008 interview with Nathan Sterner

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
"If radio were a two-way visual medium," Nathan would see WYPR listeners every weekday between 5am and 3pm. Weekday mornings, Nathan serves up the latest Maryland news and weather (interspersed with the occasional snarky comment). Nathan also does continuity breaks through the midday, adds audio flaire to Sheilah Kast's "On The Record," infrequently fills in for Tom Hall on "Midday," does all sorts of fundraising stuff, AND "additional tasks where assigned". When not at WYPR, Nathan teaches a class on audio documentary at Towson University, and spends their spare time running around Baltimore's neighborhoods and hiking around Maryland's natural areas. Before coming to WYPR, Nathan spent 8 years at WAMU in Washington -- working every job from part-time receptionist to on-air host, gaining experience in promotions, fundraising, audience analysis, and program production. They've also served as a fundraising consultant, assisting dozens of public radio stations nationwide with on-air fundraisers. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Nathan has called Charm City home since 2005.
Jamyla Krempel is WYPR's digital content director and the executive producer of Wavelength: Baltimore's Public Radio Journey. She collaborates with reporters, program and podcast hosts to create content for WYPR’s online platforms.
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