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by Kathy O'Connell

Cokie Roberts & Founding Mothers

Ten years ago, NPR/ABC contributor Cokie Roberts published a book about the ways in which the wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of America's Founding Fathers helped forge the nation. Now Cokie Roberts is back with an illustrated version of that book aimed at kids, called Founding Mothers: Remembering The Ladies.

Of course as children we all learned that Benjamin Franklin was the first post master general of the United States. What we don't learn is that he wasn't in the United States, he was in England ... for years and years and years. And it was his wife Deborah Franklin who ran the postal service; she ran the printing shops, which were essentially franchises that went out to the frontier, which was Pittsburgh; and she ran all of his businesses. And he thought she did a grand job of it.

The title of the book comes from Founding Mother Abigail Adams. While the Founding Fathers were considering a Declaration of Independence, something that Abigail Adams - wife of John Adams - thought they were way too timid about. And when they were finally mulling it, she said, "I suppose that we will have to have a new code of laws for our new government, and when you write it, remember the ladies." It's with this book we hope that everyone will. Listen to the interview that I did with Cokie Roberts about Founding Mothers: Remembering The Ladies

Part One with Cokie Roberts
Part Two with Cokie Roberts
Part Three with Cokie Roberts

The 2014 Philadelphia Mummers Parade

I’m not originally from Philly, but don’t hold that against me. Growing up in New York, I never experienced the Mummers Parade. Since moving to Philadelphia in 1988, I have been starting the New Year with the Mummers Parade. Steve Highsmith has been my TV guide to the Mummers Parade every year on PHL17.

Recently, Steve joined me in the Kids Corner radio studio to share his enthusiasm and expertise in this special Philadelphia tradition. We've taken the full-recording of his visit and created a series of six mp3 audio links for you and your family to enjoy. Whether you enjoy the Parade in person or on TV, Steve Highsmith is your go-to guy on All Things Mummers!

For more about this year's Parade and coverage on PHL17, visit http://phl17.com/mummers    .

Kathy O'Connell & Steve Highsmith - part one

Kathy O'Connell & Steve Highsmith - part two

Kathy O'Connell & Steve Highsmith - part three

Kathy O'Connell & Steve Highsmith - part four

Kathy O'Connell & Steve Highsmith - part five

Kathy O'Connell & Steve Highsmith - part six