Let’s start with Roberts’s most recent, CAPITAL DAMES, for which she won an Earphones Award as well as the usual rave book reviews. As does most of her work, it examines a slice of history from the female point of view. We focus on Mary Todd Lincoln and the wives of significant leaders — Union and Confederate — during and after the Civil War. Weaving together letters and news reports, the result is moving, informative, and often very funny. Roberts reads vibrantly and with a broadcaster’s superb timing.
NPR AMERICAN CHRONICLES: FIRST LADIES updates the theme of leading ladies. Introduced by Roberts, who also profiles two first ladies she met through research — Dolley Madison and Abigail Adams — the brief and captivating production features radio interviews with modern first ladies from Eleanor Roosevelt through Hillary Rodham Clinton. Another Earphones Award winner, it’s an enlightening account of herstory/history in the making.