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What's new: March 2023
This update features five new essays, including journalist Cokie Roberts; third-party presidential candidate H. Ross Perot; actor, comedian, and filmmaker Carl Reiner; radio broadcaster and journalist Earl Godwin; and actor Paul Henreid.
Cokie Roberts (1943–2019) spent six decades as a political journalist. Roberts delivered news and analysis to millions of Americans through her regular, influential presence on NPR, PBS, and ABC, as well as in print. Roberts also advocated for women in the journalism industry and published bestselling books that placed women at the center of important moments in U. S. history.