“”It is such a privilege — you have a front seat to history. You do get used to it, and you shouldn’t, because it is a very special thing to be able to be in the room … when all kinds of special things are happening.” Cokie Roberts, Pioneering Journalist Who Helped Shape NPR, Dies At 75. (With Cokie Roberts’ death, America becomes a little less decent at a moment when it needs all the decency it can get.)