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Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Bush Jr Years (2001- 2004)
13 minutes | Feb 20, 2004
Alistair Cooke's Last Letter
In Alistair Cooke's last letter, he considers how the war in Iraq is a key element in the run-up to the US Presidential Election.
13 minutes | Feb 13, 2004
How WWI turned slimming into a fashion
Alistair Cooke recalls how slimming became fashionable during the food shortages that followed the First World War.
13 minutes | Feb 6, 2004
Encounters with Intelligence
Alistair Cooke looks at the meaning of 'intelligence' and recounts how he was mistaken for a spy during World War II.
13 minutes | Jan 30, 2004
Was Saddam a Threat or Not?
Alistair Cooke discusses the resignation of the US chief weapons inspector, Dr David Kay.
14 minutes | Jan 23, 2004
The Day of the GP is Over
Alistair Cooke remembers the days before specialisation when doctors in the USA used to make house calls.
14 minutes | Jan 16, 2004
Alistair Cooke thinks back to a winter in Palm Beach, as Arctic weather hits the northern states.
13 minutes | Jan 9, 2004
Not Worth Talking About
Alistair Cooke refuses to join the throng of commentators writing themselves into exhaustion about the presidential candidates.
13 minutes | Jan 2, 2004
The Problem with Sport
With the New Year unfolding, Alistair Cooke wonders what makes people favour athletic prowess over academic skill.
14 minutes | Dec 26, 2003
Pork Barrel Politics
As the United States enters an election year, Alistair Cooke describes how congressmen will be trying to secure re-appointment.
13 minutes | Dec 19, 2003
Birth of a Christmas Fairy Tale
Alistair Cooke recalls the circumstances that led to the creation of Charles Dickens' most famous story.
14 minutes | Dec 12, 2003
Looking for an Anniversary
If in doubt, find an anniversary! Alistair Cooke remembers when the centenary of Queen Victoria receiving the Koh-I-Noor diamond helped him out of a tricky situation.
12 minutes | Dec 5, 2003
Why the War Couldn't Wait
Alistair Cooke examines why it is so difficult to establish democracy in Iraq.
14 minutes | Nov 28, 2003
Alistair Cooke looks back at the history of Thanksgiving in the light of modern concerns about healthy eating.
14 minutes | Nov 21, 2003
Chinese Textile Tariffs
Alistair Cooke compares tariffs set on Chinese imports with similar attempts to protect America's home economy with the Smoot-Hawley Tariff during the great depression.
13 minutes | Nov 14, 2003
The Appetite for War
In anticipation of George Bush's visit to Europe, Alistair Cooke examines how the announcement of casualty numbers influences the public's appetite for war.
13 minutes | Nov 7, 2003
Social Lion and Remarkable Architect
Alistair Cooke celebrates the architectural achievements of Stanford White, amongst them Madison Square Gardens.
13 minutes | Oct 31, 2003
Towering Glass and Steel
Forty years on Alistair Cooke examines the knock on effect of the destruction of the original Pennsylvania Station.
13 minutes | Oct 24, 2003
The Pledge of Allegiance
Alistair Cooke examines the Pledge of Allegiance and its role in an increasingly secular society.
13 minutes | Oct 17, 2003
Separated by Language
Alistair Cooke was unable to give his talk. In this repeat, from October 1998, Alistair Cooke muses on curious linguistic differences between America and England.
14 minutes | Oct 10, 2003
The California Election
Alistair Cooke contemplates the result of the Californian Election and Arnold Schwarzenegger's role as governor.
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