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Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Clinton Years (1997-2000)
14 minutes | Dec 29, 2000
America is Back to Normal
Alistair Cooke discusses the reality of wind chill, questionnaires for appointing cabinet officers and the secrets to old age.
13 minutes | Dec 22, 2000
How Wrong We've Been, from Madison to Roosevelt
Alistair Cooke explains how America was able to wait patiently for the confirmation of their new president, George Bush.
14 minutes | Dec 15, 2000
An Embarrassing Relic of Authoritarianism
Alistair Cooke contemplates the pros and cons of democracy and the role of America's Electoral College.
14 minutes | Dec 8, 2000
Bedazzled and Bewildered
Alistair Cooke asks whether the doubts about the result of the Florida vote are paralysing America's government.
14 minutes | Dec 1, 2000
It's a Nine Ring Circus and You'll Never be Bored
Alistair Cooke examines the voting irregularities of 1876 and applies the lessons learned from them to the current electoral crisis in Florida.
14 minutes | Nov 24, 2000
The Origin of the Continental Blow Out
Alistair Cooke looks at the origins of Thanksgiving and seasonal trends in food.
14 minutes | Nov 17, 2000
The Florida re-count, 2000
The various legal issues underlying the failure to elect either George W Bush or Al Gore as president are explained by Alistair Cooke.
13 minutes | Nov 10, 2000
Paralysis by Analysis
Given the closeness of the recent election, Alistair Cooke asks what sort of mandate the next President will really possess.
14 minutes | Nov 3, 2000
The Day of Judgement
Democrat or Republican? Gore or Bush? Who will be the next President? Alistair Cooke reviews the two candidates.
14 minutes | Oct 27, 2000
Suffocating in an Ocean of Advertising
Alistair Cooke looks forward with pleasure to the Presidential election and an end to wall-to-wall lobbying and advertising.
14 minutes | Oct 20, 2000
A Supreme Diarist
Alistair Cooke celebrates the life and work of diarist James Agate and contemplates how he would have approached the pressing issues of the modern world. .
14 minutes | Oct 13, 2000
The World's Tumult and the Price of a Barrel of Oil
Alistair Cook considers two conflicts - the rioting in Jerusalem and the revolution in Belgrade.
14 minutes | Oct 6, 2000
There He Goes Again
With a presidential election a month or so away, Alistair Cook ponders the history of the American presidential debates.
15 minutes | Sep 29, 2000
A Vague Beast Called Big Oil
Whilst the rising price of gasoline (or petrol to the European listener) is casusing a problem across both Europe and the US, Alistair Cooke considers who, if anyone, is really to blame for this big oil situation.
14 minutes | Sep 22, 2000
Just the Facts, Ma'am
In the midst of the reporting from the Sydney Olympic Games, Alistair Cooke is surprised by an article detailing the legal status of prostitution in Australia. Whilst reviewing the article he reflects on the eternal struggle between political idealism and reality.
14 minutes | Sep 15, 2000
Trouble with the English Language
In the run up to the presidential election Alistair Cooke considers the affect of the poll ratings, Governor Bush's language gaffs and personality contests.
14 minutes | Sep 8, 2000
Doing What Comes Naturally
Alistair Cooke examines the lengths athletes go to for sporting success and reflects on the history of bodily enhancement through drugs, hormones and exercise techniques.
13 minutes | Sep 1, 2000
Father, God, Undefined
Alistair Cooke considers the American passion for trusting in God and how religion is linked to the American constitutional rights.
14 minutes | Aug 25, 2000
Russia: The Victim of Democracy
Alistair Cooke considers the tragic sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk and what public reaction in Russia has revealed about the government's relationship with it's people.
14 minutes | Aug 18, 2000
Mother Nature's Wild Fires
Alistair Cooke talks about the colossal forest fires raging across the United States and explains how they've started to become an issue of political partisanship.
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