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Remembering Cokie Roberts, a new book from Chris Rock, the NBA longlists, and more

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Journalist Cokie Roberts dies at 75

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Veteran American journalist and author Cokie Roberts died on Tuesday from complications of breast cancer at the age of 75. 

Roberts began her career in Washington DC as host of the weekly current affairs show Meeting of the Minds at WRC-TV. In 1978, she joined NPR and is now considered one of the organization’s “founding mothers” as well as one of its most recognizable voices.

Roberts later continued her coverage of Washington at ABC news and wrote eight books, including Capital Dames: The Civil War the Women of Washington and Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation. She won three Emmys over the course of her career and was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. 

Read more about Roberts’ legacy from NPR, ABC News, Nina Totenberg, and former presidents


Here come the NBA longlists

The National Book Foundation is rolling out their National Book Award longlist picks all week long. So far we’ve seen the longlist for Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, and Poetry. Still to come are the foundation’s picks for nonfiction and fiction. Mark your calendars for Oct. 8: Finalists in all categories will be announced then.