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Lindy Boggs' Family Life in Politics

The former congresswoman became Louisiana's first woman member of Congress in 1972. She was elected after her husband, then House majority leader Hale Boggs, died in a plane crash. Boggs was an advocate for civil rights and women's issues before her retirement in 1990. She is the mother of NPR and ABC-TV's Cokie Roberts, Washington lobbyist Thomas Hale Boggs, and the late Barbara Sigmund, who was mayor of Princeton, New Jersey. Boggs has new autobiography is called "Washington Through a Purple Veil: Memoirs of a Southern Woman."

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Other segments from the episode on November 17, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, November 17, 1994: Interview with Rosalynn Carter; Commentary on an aging mother; Interview with Lindy Boggs.

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