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Journalist Cokie Roberts is a senior correspondent for NPR as well as a frequent guest on various Washington public affairs programs, where her opinions are highly sought after. She has received many honors, including the Library of Congress’ Living Legend award, the Edward R. Murrow Award and three Emmy awards. Roberts is also an accomplished author with several books to her credit, including “We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters,” “Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raise Our Nation” and “Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation.” Roberts’ newest book, “Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868” (HarperCollins), marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with chronicles of increasing female independence and political empowerment.