Letter from America: the Bush Sr Years (1989-1992)

Letter from America: the Bush Sr Years (1989-1992)

George Bush’s presidency, from the Panama invasion to the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the first US war against Iraq following its invasion of Kuwait. A fascinating social, cultural and political history of American life, through the words of British-American journalist and broadcaster, Alistair Cooke (1908 – 2004).

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  • LFA: An economic summit

    Thu, 24 Dec 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    President-Elect Bill Clinton, calls for a gathering of experts to help guide his economic policy, and what he may do to reduce the national deficit.

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  • LFA: The English language and immigration

    Fri, 18 Dec 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The realities of unlimited immigration, andthe movement that proposes to make English the official language of the United States.

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  • LFA: Casablanca

    Fri, 11 Dec 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Casablanca's impact and the effect the film had on cinema audiences of 1942 are remembered by Alistair Cooke on its 50th anniversary.

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  • LFA: Clinton's economy

    Fri, 4 Dec 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A month on from the presidential election, Alistair Cooke anticipates the effect that a new president, and a boost in public confidence, will have on the economy.

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  • LFA: Millicent Fenwick

    Fri, 27 Nov 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Following the death of Millicent Fenwick in September, Alistair Cooke profiles the late Congresswoman and details the female additions to the Senate in 1992.

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  • LFA: The executive branch

    Fri, 20 Nov 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Why a change of president does not necessarily mean a shift in power, and why it takes so long to move in, and out, of the White House.

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  • LFA: Predicting elections

    Fri, 13 Nov 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Complex methods for predicting presidential election results, and the effect Ross Perot had on the outcome, are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Bill Clinton's clothes

    Fri, 6 Nov 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The tendency of journalists flock to Washington to hear the result of an election and the rejection of the blue blazer for jeans by President-elect, Bill Clinton.

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  • LFA: Election predictions and certainties

    Fri, 30 Oct 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The 1992 Presidential election, the dangers of predicting the outcome of the vote and a look to history for examples of election certainty.

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  • LFA: The business of sport

    Fri, 23 Oct 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The business of sport, and an embarrassing incident involving the Canadian flag are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Columbus: hero or villain?

    Fri, 16 Oct 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The legacy of Christopher Columbus is examined by Alistair Cooke. Should he be regarded as a hero or an enslaving villain?

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  • LFA: Electoral debates past and present

    Fri, 9 Oct 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The history of electoral debates from Lincoln to Clinton and the power of public perception in the run up to the 1992 US presidential election.

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  • LFA: Touring authors

    Fri, 2 Oct 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The modern author as touring book salesman, the autobiography of Gulf War General H Norman Schwarzkopf and a potential scandal for President Bush.

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  • LFA: Historical events of the 20th Century

    Fri, 25 Sep 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Some notable entries from a dictionary of 20th Century history leave Alistair Cooke wondering if the upcoming election will feature in a future edition.

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  • LFA: Black Wednesday 1992

    Fri, 18 Sep 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The UK withdraws from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism after Black Wednesday, and the way in which the US allocates powers and responsibilities to individual states.

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  • LFA: Burma and Quentin Burdick

    Fri, 11 Sep 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The political situation in Burma, a proclamation by Reverend Pat Robertson, and Senator Quentin Burdick of North Dakota.

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  • LFA: Moving to Mexico

    Fri, 4 Sep 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The closure of the Smith-Corona factory in Syracuse, New York, the financial troubles of US manufacturers and strategies for survival in an age of free trade.

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  • LFA: Hurricanes 1992

    Fri, 28 Aug 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Remembering his time aboard a ship travelling in extreme weather conditions from England to New York, Alistair Cooke anticipates the beginning of the 1992 hurricane season.

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  • LFA: Conventions and opinion polls

    Fri, 14 Aug 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The effect that party conventions have on opinion polls, and the contenders for the Republican nomination are reviewed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Clark Clifford

    Fri, 31 Jul 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A look at the political career of the presidential advisor and former US Defense Secretary, Clark Clifford, following Clark's recent indictment in connection with the BCCI scandal.

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  • LFA: Ross Perot withraws

    Fri, 24 Jul 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    ss Perot withdraws from the 1992 presidential race, the mystery surrounding his exit, and one tiny, fatal slip during Perot's speech to the NAACP.

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  • LFA: History of conventions

    Fri, 17 Jul 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Three dramatic party conventions from the past, and how the system of choosing a presidential candidate has evolved.

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  • LFA: Canada and other democracies

    Fri, 10 Jul 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The role of Canada within the UN peacekeeping force, the need to compare foreign democracies, and the insular nature of the US debate on abortion.

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  • LFA: Olympic sportsmanship

    Fri, 3 Jul 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The idea of sportsmanship and the battle against the steroids which can help fulfil athletic ambitions in the approach to the Barcelona Olympic Games.

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  • LFA: Extradition and freedom of speech

    Fri, 26 Jun 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The law surrounding extradition and the relationship between freedom of speech and racism, following two prominent Supreme Court rulings.

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  • LFA: United Nations' first reporters

    Fri, 19 Jun 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A recollection of the first gathering of the UN, the celebrity journalists who covered the meeting; Joan Stitt McMenamin, the outgoing headmistress of Nightingale-Bamford School.

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  • LFA: Military downsizing and Rio

    Fri, 12 Jun 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    How the military downsizing will impact on employment, and the opposition to President Bush's proposals at the recent Earth Summit in Rio 1992.

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  • LFA: Two party system

    Fri, 5 Jun 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The rise of Ross Perot, the American dissatisfaction with the two party system and how President Bush plans to win back the White House.

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  • LFA: Ross Perot runs for American presidency

    Fri, 29 May 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Businessman Ross Perot runs for American presidency. Alistair Cooke analyses the man who founded Electronic Data Systems and owned General Motors.

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  • LFA: The end of the LA riots

    Fri, 22 May 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    With the riots in Los Angeles over, Alistair Cooke describes the conclusions drawn by Vice-President Quayle following the violence, and questions the priorities of the White House.

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  • LFA: Space shuttle Endeavour

    Fri, 15 May 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The latest mission of the space shuttle Endeavour, and what President Bush will have to do to improve his approval rating following the Gulf War, are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Cities and social problems

    Fri, 8 May 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development, Jack Kemp's work, and the social problems faced by the large cities of the United States.

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  • LFA: Riots in Los Angeles

    Fri, 1 May 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Following the conclusion of trial of the police officers accused of beating Rodney King, Cooke details the violent disturbances in Los Angeles happening in the wake of the verdict.

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  • LFA: Columbus and Asimov

    Fri, 24 Apr 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The mixed emotions felt by the Americans and Spanish towards Christopher Columbus, and the work of science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.

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  • LFA: Tax fraud

    Fri, 17 Apr 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Following the income tax declaration deadline of April 15th, Alistair Cooke examines the case of Leona Helmsley, a wealthy New York hotelier accused of tax fraud.

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  • LFA: Perils of the welfare state

    Fri, 10 Apr 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The potential perils of a large welfare state and how one presidential candidate, Ross Perot, is proposing to reduce government spending, discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The Army of North Virginia

    Fri, 3 Apr 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Why Senator Warren Rudman quit, the importance of 9th July to the Army of Northern Virginia, and the story of Sir Lionel Sackville-West, Ambassador to America in 1888.

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  • LFA: The French and immigration

    Fri, 27 Mar 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The differing attitudes of French and American politicians towards immigration and the expectations of a brand new US citizen, examined by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA:The bank of the House of Representatives

    Fri, 20 Mar 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The US Presidential campaign, and the ethics of the closure of the bank of the House of Representatives.

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  • LFA: What Richard Nixon did next

    Fri, 13 Mar 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The presidential tenure of Richard Nixon and his diplomatic activities since leaving office.

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  • LFA: Pat Buchanan

    Fri, 6 Mar 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Following the New Hampshire primary, Alistair Cooke profiles Republican candidate Pat Buchanan, and asks whether a vote for Buchanan is really a vote against George Bush.

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  • LFA: Judge Clarence Thomas

    Fri, 28 Feb 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The allegations made against Judge Clarence Thomas, and the fate of the journalists who brought the story to the public consciousness.

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  • LFA: Japanese Americans 1942

    Fri, 21 Feb 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Executive Order 9066, Franklin D Roosevelt's presidential order that authorised the removal of all Japanese living in California in February 1942, remembered.

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  • LFA: New Hampshire primaries 1992

    Fri, 14 Feb 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Alistair Cooke assesses the candidates for the upcoming New Hampshire primary elections, including Democrats Clinton and Tsongas, and Republicans Bush and Buchanan.

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  • LFA: Events of 1991

    Fri, 7 Feb 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Following a recent opinion poll on the significance of the major events of 1991, Alistair Cooke looks back on the previous year and examines the top American choices on the list.

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  • LFA: US defence spending

    Fri, 31 Jan 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The proposed cuts to the United States defence budget, and the wide spectrum of reactions from both Republicans and Democrats, discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Governor Bill Clinton

    Fri, 24 Jan 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Governor Bill Clinton, the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and the scrutinizing of his personal undertakings.

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  • LFA: Operation Desert Storm

    Fri, 17 Jan 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The successes and failures of Operation Desert Storm a year on , along with the story of political activist Angela Davis.

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  • LFA: Japanese trade

    Fri, 10 Jan 92

    Duration:
    15 mins

    American and Japanese relations over the years, a history of Japanese trade, and how General MacArthur shaped modern Japan.

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  • LFA: American public schools

    Fri, 3 Jan 92

    Duration:
    14 mins

    American public schools and their limitations, and how one educator from Alabama, Kevin Welch, is at war with developmental psychologists, discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Shared concerns in Britain and America

    Fri, 27 Dec 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Considering extended awareness of American issues in Britain, how similar the economic and social concerns of the two countries have become and thoughts on Alzheimer's disease.

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  • LFA: America’s recession and Russian nuclear security

    Fri, 20 Dec 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Alan Greenspan confirms a US recession despite the Bush administration's refusal to recognise it, attention turns to domestic policy and fear of nuclear weapons on the loose.

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  • LFA: Robert Maxwell and libel law

    Fri, 13 Dec 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Would US libel law have prevented Robert Maxwell from blocking examination of his business dealings? Alistair Cooke compares the differences between US and English libel law.

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  • LFA: Biden and Kinnock

    Fri, 6 Dec 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Senator Joe Biden's echoing of a speech by Neil Kinnock, the effect on his presidential campaign in 1987, and the danger of a politician speaking out of turn in the digital age.

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  • LFA: George H W's popularity in 1991

    Fri, 29 Nov 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A fall in the confidence of President Bush's handling of the economy, the suspension of Congress in 1991, and the diaries of James Agate.

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  • LFA: David Duke

    Fri, 22 Nov 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A profile of David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Klu Klux Klan running for the governorship of Louisiana as a Republican in 1991.

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  • LFA: The lucky George Bush

    Fri, 15 Nov 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The unfailing luck of George H W Bush, and the failure of the Democrats to capitalise on the president's poor performance on the economy and hesitance towards domestic issues.

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  • LFA: Robert Maxwell and Fred MacMurray

    Fri, 8 Nov 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Memories of British publisher Robert Maxwell (1923-1991) and Double Indemnity actor Fred MacMurray (1908-1991).

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  • LFA: Tobacco brands at the 1991 World Baseball Series

    Fri, 1 Nov 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Why the Federal Trade Commission decided to ban the sight of tobacco brand names on TV after the 1991 World Baseball Series between the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves.

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  • LFA: 1991 Cambodian peace treaty

    Fri, 25 Oct 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The 1991 Cambodian peace treaty is signed in Paris. Alistair Cooke compares the rehabilitation of dictator Pol Pot to Cuba's Fidel Castro and Iraq's Saddam Hussein.

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  • LFA: Sexual harassment and Judge Clarence Thomas

    Fri, 11 Oct 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Examining Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against President Bush's new choice for the Supreme Court, Judge Clarence Thomas, and defining sexual harassment in US law.

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  • LFA: America’s children, families and education

    Fri, 4 Oct 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Bush's attempts to reform US education, the impossibility of defining an average American family, and sexuality among schoolchildren.

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  • LFA: Relations between Israel and the US

    Mon, 30 Sep 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A look at the strained relations between Israel and the US, the plight of refugees in the Middle East, and the global misconception about the state of US finances.

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  • LFA: Colonel Oliver North's trial

    Fri, 20 Sep 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The trial of former Marine Colonel, Oliver North, over the sale of arms to Iran which resulted in the 1986 Iran-Contra scandal, shows how key witness immunity can devastate cases.

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  • LFA: Congressional hearings

    Fri, 13 Sep 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    An orgy of tv trials awaiting the American public and the surrogate trials that go under the name of Congressional Committee hearings are discussed.

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  • LFA: President Bush and Winston Churchill

    Fri, 6 Sep 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    President George H W Bush's ratings for re-election are boosted by the Gorbachev coup. Cooke compares his invulnerability with that of Winston Churchill.

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  • LFA: Gorbachev's nuclear arsenal

    Fri, 30 Aug 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    After the Soviet coup to overpower Gorbachev, America is now wondering who is in charge of the nuclear arsenal.

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  • LFA: Gorbachev Coup

    Fri, 23 Aug 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Gennady Yanayev and the Gang of Eight grab for power in the 1991 August coup against Gorbachev. Cooke explores how the popularity of Boris Yeltsin inevitably caused their downfall.

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  • LFA: UN economic sanctions

    Fri, 16 Aug 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Could the United Nations' economic sanctions have crippled Saddam Hussein? Plus, how personal boycotts enable consumers to become socially responsible.

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  • LFA: Mayor David Dinkins asks NYC public

    Fri, 9 Aug 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Mayor of New York City, David Dinkins, opens his doors to the public to hear their solutions to social problems such as drugs, homelessness and crime.

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  • LFA: President George W. H. Bush’s re-election

    Fri, 2 Aug 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Is President George H. W. Bush unbeatable in the next election? Alistair Cooke considers his Desert Storm glory verses chronic social problems at home.

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  • LFA: Bank of Credit and Commerce International scandal

    Fri, 26 Jul 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Bank of Credit and Commerce International scandal is heightened when Mr Major dares Mr Kinnock to use the word "liar" in the House of Commons.

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  • LFA: Gorbachev and the G7 summit

    Fri, 19 Jul 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    How commentators around the world now view Mr Gorbachev, and his attendence of the 17th G7 summit held in London.

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  • LFA: Stress related illness

    Fri, 12 Jul 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    American 'know how' and the rise of stress related illnesses in both America and Britain are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Gavrilo Princip kills Duke Franz Ferdinand

    Fri, 5 Jul 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    How Serbian Gavrilo Princip, the murderer of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand of Austro-Hungary, destroyed the empire and instigated the First World War in one shot.

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  • LFA: Nude dancing in Indiana

    Fri, 28 Jun 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Nude dancing in the state of Indiana causes the American Supreme Court to question the violation of the 1st Amendment, and the obscenity of publicly exhibiting genitalia.

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  • LFA: Boris Yeltsin's White House visit

    Fri, 21 Jun 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Yeltsin's visit contrasts to one he made in '89 when the US favoured Gorbachev. A bizarre encounter with Senator William Cohen of Maine, and an end to the trials of Oliver North.

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  • LFA: Michael Weiss the zip code wizard

    Fri, 14 Jun 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Michael Weiss' research into zip codes can determine the books you read, the car you drive and how you like your eggs in the morning. Alistair Cooke finds out how.

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  • LFA: Freedom of Information

    Fri, 7 Jun 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The American Department of Defence's publication of Iraqi casualties from the Gulf War leads Alistair Cooke to explore the uses and abuses of the Freedom of Information Act.

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  • LFA: Tompkins Square Park Riot (1988)

    Fri, 31 May 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The social injustice which sparked riots in Tompkins Square Park in 1988, and how the social acceptibilty of homelessness has changed over the years.

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  • LFA: Passive smoking and cholesterol control

    Fri, 17 May 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Public smoking restrictions get Alistair Cooke investigating how the Food and Drug Administration are protecting the public health and he turns his eye on cholesterol.

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  • LFA: President Bush’s heart surgery

    Fri, 10 May 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Bush's heart surgery causes a wave of media panic and scrutiny to fall on Vice-President Dan Quayle.

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  • LFA: May Day protest in Moscow

    Fri, 3 May 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A May Day parade in Moscow gives Alistair Cooke a curious topic to discuss with UN Soviet Ambassador Andrei Gromyko before considering cummunists in America.

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  • LFA: Nancy Reagan's biography

    Fri, 26 Apr 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    An unauthorised biography of ex-pesident's wife, Mrs Reagan makes Alistair Cooke question how gossip becomes news, whilst President Bush struggles to defend his Gulf War.

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  • LFA: Gorbachev’s Japanese investment trip

    Fri, 19 Apr 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Gorbachev's visit to Japan to encourage investment is stalled by Soviet ownership of the Kuril Islands. Plus, a 1958 meeting between Soviet leader Mr. Khrushchev and Richard Nixon.

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  • LFA: President Bush defends Gulf War

    Fri, 12 Apr 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    President George H W Bush has to defend his Gulf War actions against Saddam Hussein as the American public debate whether troops should have been sent to Saudi Arabia.

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  • LFA: CNN post-war malaise

    Fri, 5 Apr 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    How CNN's constant Gulf War coverage has led to a post war malaise amongst some of the viewing public.

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  • LFA: Gorbachev's Yeltsin rally ban

    Fri, 29 Mar 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Gorbachev's banning of a Yeltsin rally in Moscow worries Alistair Cooke before he reflects on a rift between President Bush and General Schwarzkopf.

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  • LFA: Ambassador Glaspie's interventions

    Fri, 22 Mar 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    April Glaspie, American Ambassador to Iraq, is called to explain her pre-war conversations with Saddam Hussein. Could her words have aided the start of the 1990/1 Persian Gulf War?

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  • LFA: John Maynard Keynes

    Fri, 15 Mar 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    J M Keynes' economic cure for President Roosevelt was to borrow and spend, but with pressing social problems and limited funds, how will Congress split their 1992 budget?

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  • LFA: End of the Gulf War

    Fri, 8 Mar 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The Gulf War (1990-91) is over and President Bush Snr basks in its glory, but Cooke reflects on the fickle nature of opinion polls and whether public approval will be sustainable.

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  • LFA: Kuwait on the map

    Fri, 1 Mar 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Kuwait, Riyadh and Baghdad are now known all over America. Alistair Cooke reflects on how war has added new locations to the public conscience.

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  • LFA: Drought and domestic partnerships

    Fri, 22 Feb 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Water conservation in Los Angeles, the first couples register their domestic partnerships in San Francisco, and Churchill's refusal of the term "impaired combatant personel".

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  • LFA: Indecent behaviour during war

    Fri, 15 Feb 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    In times of war how much care-free behaviour should we indulge in? Alistair Cooke ponders on what classifies as indecent behaviour.

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  • LFA: Airport terrorist attack fears

    Fri, 8 Feb 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Fears of terrorist attacks have reduced the number of people flying. Alistair Cooke considers if the Gulf War has exacerbated the situation and whether extra security is needed.

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  • LFA: Gulf War censorship

    Fri, 1 Feb 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Should news from the Gulf War be censored? Alistair Cooke explores how public support for the war changes with each news report.

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  • LFA: Saddam Hussein or the Bogie Man

    Fri, 25 Jan 91

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Whilst Saddam Hussein's Scud missiles attack Israel, Alistair Cooke considers how the 24/7 spontaneous news coverage is being viewed by both the allies and the Iraqis.

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  • LFA: The Gulf War begins

    Fri, 18 Jan 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Aerial bombs dropping on Kuwait signal the start of the Gulf war. Reports of Operation Desert Storm reveal how the age of the instant satellite communication affects broadcasting.

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  • LFA: Pan Am declares bankruptcy

    Fri, 11 Jan 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Examining the iconic airline Pan Am's rise and fall, whilst considering how the US constitution has enforced tax payment and may protect a woman's right to strip.

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  • LFA: Legal guns vs murder rates

    Fri, 4 Jan 91

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Does legal firearm ownership increase the number of murders in America? Alistair Cooke reflects on what is causing the high volume of murders in New York City.

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  • LFA: Vermont, snowboarders, and Nancy Cruzan

    Fri, 28 Dec 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    From his holiday retreat in Vermont, Alistair Cooke muses on the benefits of getting away from it all, ponders the plight of the snowboarder and discusses the right to die.

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  • LFA: Vermont, snowboarders, and Nancy Cruzan

    Fri, 28 Dec 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    From his holiday retreat in Vermont, Alistair Cooke muses on the benefits of getting away from it all, ponders the plight of the snowboarder and discusses the right to die.

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  • LFA: Gender-specific terminology and Michael Milken

    Fri, 21 Dec 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The Mayor of Los Angeles' attempt to eliminate gender-specific terminology, Betty Friedan’s 'The Feminine Mystique' and the conclusion of the trial of Michael Milken.

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  • LFA: The black population of the US armed forces

    Fri, 14 Dec 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The disproportionate amount of black soldiers serving in the US military, and the Harris poll revealing a gender split in the opposition towards military intervention.

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  • LFA: Pearl Harbour, Dick Cheney and Saddam Hussein

    Fri, 7 Dec 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The attack on Pearl Harbour, Congress and President Bush's conflict over the power to take the country to war, and Dick Cheney's objections to sanctions against Saddam Hussein.

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  • LFA: Margaret Thatcher and traveling during Thanksgiving

    Fri, 23 Nov 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The American perception of Margaret Thatcher and the effect of the recession on air travel during Thanksgiving, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: 150,000 more troops to Iraq

    Fri, 16 Nov 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Bush sends more troops in to the Gulf, the public confusion around the reasons for intervention, and the effect on Bush's approval ratings.

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  • LFA: 1990 mid-term elections

    Fri, 9 Nov 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    In the week after the 1990 mid-term elections, Alistair Cooke compares the predictions and the results of the vote, and discusses the failure of the Democrats to find a leader.

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  • LFA: The CIA and Kuwaiti conspiracy

    Fri, 2 Nov 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A press conference by the Iraqi Ambassador in Washington and American scepticism surrounding the allegations of a CIA and Kuwaiti conspiracy, as detailed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Intervention in the Gulf and no new taxes

    Fri, 26 Oct 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Bush's difficulty in finalising proposals for the national budget, and garnering support for the American presence in the Gulf.

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  • LFA: President Bush and the 1990 national budget

    Fri, 19 Oct 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Bush and the Senate struggling to agree on a national budget, the workings of the federal system, and the 1990 Congressional elections, as detailed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: End of the fiscal year, 1990

    Fri, 12 Oct 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Columbus Day parade, the closure of National parks and museums due to the end of the fiscal year and the start of a new budget, and the appointment of Justice David Souter.

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  • LFA: The 14th amendment

    Fri, 5 Oct 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The role of women in the armed forces, the life and work of Lady Astor, the fourteenth amendment and equal access to locker rooms.

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  • LFA: A unanimous United Nations

    Fri, 28 Sep 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Soviet foreign minister denounces the action of Saddam Hussein to the United Nations, and the first, and last, unanimous vote reached by the Council in June, 1950.

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  • LFA: New York - a melting pot?

    Fri, 21 Sep 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The cultural makeup of New York, ‘The Melting Pot’ and plays of Israel Zangwill, and the separation of Irish, Jewish, black, Italian and Puerto Rican communities in NYC.

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  • LFA: Chernobyl and the Star Wars defence program

    Fri, 14 Sep 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The lessons learned from Chernobyl, the hesitation in Congress over the Star Wars defence program, and the motivations of American doctors conducting clinical trials abroad.

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  • LFA: James Baker and Russians in Iraq

    Fri, 7 Sep 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Secretary James Baker's questioning by the Senate foreign relations committee on Iraq; the presence of Russian military advisors working with Saddam Hussein on advanced weapons.

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  • LFA: The Path To Kuwait

    Fri, 31 Aug 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Bush's meeting with leaders from around the World to discuss Saddam Hussein's move in to Kuwait and the path towards American intervention.

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  • LFA: Shipbuilding In California

    Fri, 17 Aug 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The economic growth in California since 1967, the work of Henry Kaiser to bring a military shipbuilding industry to the state, and the closure of Yosemite National Park.

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  • LFA: NYC's new immigrants

    Fri, 3 Aug 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Today's immigrants to New York and why they don't speak English, and the invitation to black players to join the Augusta National golf club in 1990.

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  • LFA: William J Brennan and David Souter

    Fri, 27 Jul 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The resignation of Justice William J Brennan and the appointment of David Souter, and the process of appointing a new judge to the Supreme Court, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The Cambodian guerilla coalition

    Fri, 20 Jul 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Bush withdraws the US diplomatic recognition of the Cambodian guerrilla coalition due to the human rights record of the regime.

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  • LFA: The 1990 World Cup

    Fri, 13 Jul 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    With the World Cup drawing to a close, Alistair Cooke looks forward to 1994 when the USA will hold the tournament and examines the American interest in soccer.

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  • LFA: Independence Day 1990

    Fri, 6 Jul 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A French insight in to Independence Day, the British stereotype of American pastimes, and a travel guide for tourists visiting New York State, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Nelson Mandela In America

    Fri, 29 Jun 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Nelson Mandela's 1990 visit to the United States, the ANC's reluctance to renounce violence, and the conflict between pro and anti-abortionists, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: An Indepedent Quebec

    Fri, 15 Jun 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Charles de Gaulle's 1967 speech calling for an independent Quebec, healthcare and gun control in Canada, and the American view of their neighbour to the north.

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  • LFA: Diane Feinstein

    Fri, 8 Jun 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Following the emergence of Diane Feinstein as Democratic nomination for the Governor of California, Alistair Cooke profiles the politician, and details Proposition 111.

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  • LFA: Richard Paul Pavlik

    Fri, 1 Jun 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The spontaneous walkabouts of Mr Gorbachev, and an aborted attempt on the life of President Kennedy by Richard Paul Pavlik in Palm Beach, Florida in December 1960.

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  • LFA: Memorial Day, 1990

    Fri, 25 May 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    In the week of Memorial Day, Alistair Cooke looks at the effect that an upcoming holiday has on Congress and examines the legislation affecting the arms and tobacco industries.

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  • LFA: Greta Garbo and Jim Henson

    Fri, 18 May 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The death of Greta Garbo, the way in which television is prolonging the life of movies, and a eulogy for puppeteer Jim Henson, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Robert Mapplethorpe in Cincinnati

    Fri, 4 May 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The controversy surrounding an exhibition by Robert Mapplethorpe, the conservative nature of Cincinnati, and the work of Judge Wolsey to bring Joyce's Ulysses to the US.

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  • LFA: The End of the Eighties - Great or Greedy?

    Fri, 27 Apr 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Alistair Cooke muses on the end of the Reagan era and a collective shift away from the greed of the 'me' decade.

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  • LFA: Earth Day, 1990

    Fri, 20 Apr 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    With Earth Day approaching, Alistair Cooke discusses acid rain, the Clean Air act, and a selection of books that have shifted our opinions about the environment.

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  • LFA: Diverse peoples under one language

    Fri, 13 Apr 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Roosevelt's mission to unify a diverse people under the English language, and America's many Christians sects, as explored by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Harry Bridges

    Fri, 6 Apr 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Alistair Cooke details the life and career of the labor leader, Harry Bridges, who initiated a general strike in San Francisco in 1934.

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  • LFA: President Bush's broccoli

    Fri, 30 Mar 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Presidential press conferences, the lobbyist system, George Bush's dislike of broccoli, and the power of food as a political tool.

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  • LFA: Pearl Harbour and church attendance

    Fri, 23 Mar 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The Japanese peace envoys visiting the White House during the Pearl Harbour attacks, the use of Biblical language by modern-day Americans and the fall in church attendance.

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  • LFA: Apocolyptic cults

    Fri, 16 Mar 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A proclamation by the head of a fringe religious group that the World is going to end on St George's Day leads Alistair Cooke to investigate the realm of apocalyptic cults.

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  • LFA: The final flight of the SR-71 Blackbird

    Fri, 9 Mar 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The final flight of the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, the Russian capture of an American pilot in 1960 and the cuts in the American public spending budgets.

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  • LFA: Nicaraguan election 1990

    Fri, 2 Mar 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    With Daniel Ortega voted out of power in Nicaragua, Alistair Cooke details the turbulent relationship between Nicaragua and the United States.

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  • LFA: Presidential speechwriters

    Fri, 23 Feb 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Peggy Noonan's revelations on writing speeches for Reagan and Bush, and how a great speech can shape the public persona of a politician.

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  • LFA: Kansas City

    Fri, 16 Feb 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Why Kansas City is no longer a unique microcosm of America, and ways in which Americans are changing their diet in an attempt to prolong their lives.

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  • LFA: US Foreign policy and defence spending

    Fri, 9 Feb 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    An examination of the recent surge in American public interest in foreign affairs, a cut to defence spending, and the threat posed by Mikhail Gorbachev.

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  • LFA: McEnroe and Gorbachev

    Fri, 2 Feb 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The politeness of American crowds, the dismissal of John McEnroe from the Australian Open, and Gorbachev's plan to make a profit from peace, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Foreign aid budget

    Fri, 26 Jan 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The invasion of Panama, the opinion of the American public of their tax dollars being spent abroad, and the reasons behind the shrinking of the foreign aid budget.

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  • LFA: Changes to the American Family

    Fri, 19 Jan 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A summary of how the American family has changed in the past 30 years and an explanation of why the prevalence of the microwave is a great indicator of the transformation.

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  • LFA: A brand new decade - 1990

    Fri, 12 Jan 90

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The administration of Ronald Reagan and the upheaval of the American tax and welfare systems during the 1980s, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The capture of General Noriega

    Fri, 5 Jan 90

    Duration:
    14 mins

    With General Noriega of Panama captured by US forces, Alistair Cooke chronicles the American dealings with Noriega and the relationship between the two countries.

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  • LFA: 1989 in review

    Fri, 29 Dec 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A review of the events of 1989, including the revolutions in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania, the invasion of Panama, and Soviet-Chinese summits.

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  • LFA: American intervention in Panama

    Fri, 22 Dec 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    American intervention in Panama, the initial failure to capture General Manuel Noriega, and the Bush administration's attempt to find legal grounding for an invasion.

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  • LFA: Dan Quayle and the Soviet Union

    Fri, 15 Dec 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Vice-President Dan Quayle's wariness of the Soviet Union, the aftermath of the earthquake in California and the rise of the shopping mall, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Soviets need soap

    Fri, 8 Dec 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Give the Communist masses what they really want - a delivery of consumerism.

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  • LFA: The uprisings in Czechoslovakia and Hungary

    Fri, 1 Dec 89

    Duration:
    12 mins

    A profile of American revolutionary Thomas Paine, the rebellions in Czechoslovakia and Hungary, and President Bush's reluctance to comment on the uprisings.

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  • LFA: Hurricane Hugo and the Galileo spacecraft

    Fri, 24 Nov 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Hurricane Hugo and icy winds in the north, the effect of the Galileo spacecraft on the weather, and the great cranberry scare of 1959.

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  • LFA: The opening of the Berlin Wall

    Fri, 17 Nov 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The opening of the Berlin Wall, the origins of Democracy as the system of government in America, and Gorbachev's warning that Germany will not inevitably turn to capitalism.

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  • LFA: The defeat of propostions S and P

    Fri, 10 Nov 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The 1989 state and local elections, the defeat of Proposition S denying homosexuals to be recognised as domestic partners, and the vote against the abandonment of Candlestick Park.

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  • LFA: Coverage of the 1989 earthquake

    Fri, 3 Nov 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Television coverage of the 1989 Californian earthquake, the birth of the docudrama, and the bill allowing homosexuals to register as married couples in San Francisco.

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  • LFA: 1989 earthquake in California

    Fri, 27 Oct 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The devastation caused by the 1989 Californian earthquake, the effects on tourism in the region, and the strain a natural disaster places on the federal budget.

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  • LFA: Nimitz freeway collapse

    Fri, 20 Oct 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Citizen volunteers help as San Francisco is shattered by fatal earthquake.

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  • LFA: The failed coup against Manuel Noriega

    Fri, 13 Oct 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The failure of the coup against General Manuel Noriega of Panama, the involvement of the Bush administration in the attempted takeover and the possibility of American intervention.

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  • LFA: Emission controls in California

    Fri, 6 Oct 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The adoption of emission controls in California, and Senator Jesse Helms' objection to the work of Robert Mapplethorpe being funded by the National Endowment for Art.

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  • LFA: Bush's 1989 speech at the United Nations

    Fri, 29 Sep 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    President Bush's 1989 speech at the United Nations, the sleeping menace of nuclear weapons and the president's unusually high popularity in his early days in office

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  • LFA: The reunification of Germany and Mayor Edward Koch

    Fri, 22 Sep 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    An analysis of the potential perils of a unified Germany, a profile of Edward Koch, the Mayor of New York, and a recollection of the reign of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.

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  • LFA: The Wall Street crash and Crown Prince Humbert

    Fri, 15 Sep 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The Wall Street crash, an attempt on the life of Italy's Crown prince Humbert, Joseph R. Grundy's appearance in front of the Senate and other news items from October 1929.

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  • LFA: Narcotics, interdiction and Columbian drug lords

    Fri, 8 Sep 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Reagan's failure to implement the National Narcotics Border Interdiction System, and President Bush's plan to tackle to Columbian cocaine lords.

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  • LFA: The US Open, Wimbledon and air conditioning

    Fri, 1 Sep 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The United States Open Golf Championship, the Wimbledon tennis tournament and the joys of air conditioning are pondered on by Alistair Cooke while on holiday in his beach house.

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  • LFA: Protection of property by the Declaration of Independence

    Fri, 25 Aug 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The possible inclusion of the phrase 'life, liberty and the protection of property' in the Declaration of Independence, and the outbreak of war in 1939.

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  • LFA: Colin Powell and "Mickey" Leland

    Fri, 18 Aug 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A profile of Colin Powell, the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs appointed in 1989, and George Thomas "Mickey" Leland, the Congressman who worked to eradicate World hunger.

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  • LFA: James Baker in Mexico

    Fri, 11 Aug 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Secretary James Baker's meeting with Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari to discuss improvements to border control and Mexico's prestigious debt to the US.

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  • LFA: Colonel William R Higgins

    Fri, 4 Aug 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The capture and murder of Colonel William R. Higgins by terrorists in Lebanon in August 1989, the response of President Bush and the danger of televising the grief of the family.

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  • LFA: Chinese refugees at UC Berkley

    Fri, 28 Jul 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The ruling that allows Chinese students at UC Berkley to stay in America as refugees, the Sacramento conference on race relations, and the conservative panic over immigration.

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  • LFA: 1989 economic summit in Paris

    Fri, 21 Jul 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Margaret Thatcher's comments on the two hundredth anniversary of the French revolution, and the role of President Bush at the 1989 economic summit in Paris.

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  • LFA: The 1812 earthquake in Tennessee

    Fri, 14 Jul 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The effect of the 1812 earthquake in New Madrid, Tennessee on the Eastern seaboard, and the inevitability of 'the Big One', the earthquake predicted to devastate California.

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  • LFA: Abortion law thunderbolt

    Fri, 7 Jul 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Abortion arguments will continue to rage as Supreme Court fudges the issue and hands back control to states.

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  • LFA: The New York water shortage

    Fri, 30 Jun 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The conditions that led to the 1989 New York City water shortage and the power of Congress to perform "corrective action" to bypass judgements made in by courts.

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  • LFA: The desecration of the American flag

    Fri, 23 Jun 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A ruling in Congress overturning the conviction of a Texan man for desecrating the American flag, the First Amendment and freedom of expression, and the customs of the flag.

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  • LFA: Liberty in China

    Fri, 16 Jun 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Nixon's 1972 visit to China, a complaint from a Chinese official about Letter from America, and the current Chinese attitude towards liberty following Tiananmen Square.

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  • LFA: Tiananmen Square

    Fri, 9 Jun 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Chinese military suppression of protests in Tiananmen Square, and the societal change brought about by student uprisings around the World.

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  • LFA: Claude Pepper

    Fri, 2 Jun 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The life and achievements of Congressman Claude Pepper, who became a champion for the rights of the elderly, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Jim Wright and the Baltic rebellion

    Fri, 26 May 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Gorbachev's offer to reduce Russian forces in Afghanistan, rebellions in Estonia and Lithuania, the student protests in Beijing, and the ethics hearing of Jim Wright.

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  • LFA: The Soviet-Chinese relationship

    Fri, 19 May 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The meeting of the Soviet and Chinese leaders at their 1989 summit, the relationship between the two countries and the threat their friendship poses to the West.

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  • LFA: Colonel North's orders

    Fri, 12 May 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The end of the Colonel Oliver North trial, the findings that he was not acting on his own, and the popular opinion that his orders came from the White House.

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  • LFA: Oliver North's jury

    Fri, 5 May 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    As the North verdict is delivered, is it time to question the way in which juries are selected - before a 'mistrial' plea goes in?

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  • LFA: The Missouri abortion case

    Fri, 28 Apr 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The continuing trial of Colonel Oliver North, the former marine who aided Nicaraguan contras, and Missouri court case to overturn the 1973 ruling on abortion.

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  • LFA: Happy birthday, Charlie Chaplin

    Fri, 21 Apr 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The 100th anniversary of the birth of Charlie Chaplin, and a personal recollection of the comic actor delivered by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Atlanta and Augusta

    Fri, 14 Apr 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A brief history of the city of Atlanta, the increase in internal flights within the United States and the beginnings of the Augusta National Golf Club.

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  • LFA: James Munroe's declaration of independence

    Fri, 7 Apr 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The journalism of James "Scottie" Reston, and President Munroe's declaration that America should not be considered as a future target for colonisation by European nations.

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  • LFA: A Portrait Of Washington, D.C.

    Fri, 31 Mar 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The history of Washington D.C, the attractions and memorials popular with tourists, and the causes of the high murder and crime rates in the capital city.

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  • LFA: The New York City Board of Estimate

    Fri, 24 Mar 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The nightlife in New York City before the Second World War, and the 1989 ruling that the city's Board of Estimate is unconstitutional, as explored by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Food safety and standards

    Fri, 17 Mar 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    After two grapes imported from Chile are found to have been injected with cyanide, Alistair Cooke details the role of the EPA and FDA in maintaining food safety and standards.

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  • LFA: The continuing case of John Tower

    Fri, 10 Mar 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The continuing case of John Tower, the surprising support of Senator Strom Thurman, and the drinking habits of Winston Churchill.

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  • LFA: John Tower and Colonel North

    Fri, 3 Mar 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Senate Committee's ruling that former Senator John Tower should not be allowed to join President Bush's cabinet, and the trial of Colonel Oliver North.

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  • LFA: Satanic Verses outcry

    Fri, 24 Feb 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Stores accused of bowing to Iranian edict, but there are still fears for book store staffs' safety.

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  • LFA: 1989 Soviet-Chinese summit

    Fri, 17 Feb 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The obsession with Gorbachev and the nonchalant attitude towards President Bush in the foreign press, and the 1989 Soviet-Chinese summit, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Revenue enhancements and the Nixon files

    Fri, 10 Feb 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    President Bush's proclamation of "no new taxes", the difference between a tax and a revenue enhancement, and the release of President Richard Nixon's secret files.

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  • LFA: Ethical behaviour

    Fri, 3 Feb 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    New president seen as distancing himself from the old Reagan ways of doing politics.

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  • LFA: Bush's stance on abortion

    Fri, 27 Jan 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Bush's stance on the issue of abortion, and the universal fondness shown towards outgoing president Ronald Reagan, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Bush's first week and 'African Americans'

    Fri, 20 Jan 89

    Duration:
    14 mins

    President Bush's failure to recall the date of the Pearl Harbour attack, and Reverend Jessie Jackson's attempt to instigate the use of the term 'African American'.

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  • LFA: The inauguration of George Bush

    Fri, 13 Jan 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The campaign that won George Bush the presidency of the United States, and the Washington insiders he has chosen to form his cabinet.

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  • LFA: George Bush, the 41st president

    Fri, 6 Jan 89

    Duration:
    15 mins

    As a new political year begins, Alistair Cooke considers the official announcement in the House of Representatives of George H W Bush's presidency.

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