Letter from America: the Clinton Years (1993-1996)

Letter from America: the Clinton Years (1993-1996)

Bill Clinton’s first term encompassed controversies from the Israeli-Palestinian Oslo accords and gays in the military to the North American Free Trade Agreement and an attempt at healthcare reform. 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: A history of Father Christmas

    Fri, 27 Dec 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Santa Claus or Father Christmas? The origin of the Patron saint of Christmas is explored. Plus, the surprising popularity of a Tickle Me Elmo toy has caused prices to skyrocket.

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  • LFA: UN Leader Mr Boutros Boutros-Ghali

    Fri, 20 Dec 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A tribute to Mr Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former leader of the UN General Assembly, whose peacekeeping skills were put to the test during the Rwandan Genocide.

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  • LFA: Gulf War Syndrome

    Fri, 13 Dec 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Madeleine Albright becomes the first Secretary of State in America, and investigations reveal a possible chemical cause of Gulf War Syndrome.

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  • LFA: Permissive California

    Fri, 6 Dec 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Cults of California, tolerance in San Francisco, and the permissive parenting backlash are discussed by Alistair Cooke in this week's Letter From America.

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  • LFA: Thanksgiving in California

    Fri, 29 Nov 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    From California, Alistair Cooke examines the un-politicised institution of Thanksgiving and the changing face of US politics.

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  • LFA: Sexual harassment in the armed forces

    Fri, 22 Nov 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    After public revelations of cases of sexual violence in the US Army and Navy Alistair Cooke examines the scandal of the sexual harassment of women in America's armed forces.

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  • LFA: US intervention in Rwanda

    Fri, 15 Nov 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    US intervention in the Rwandan refugee crisis and the history of President Clinton's press conferences.

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  • LFA: The 1996 presidential election

    Fri, 8 Nov 96

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The results of the presidential elections and how technology is turning busy television studios into silent cathedrals, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Halloween, 1996

    Fri, 1 Nov 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The history Halloween, the origin of the vampire myth and the roaring business performed by pumpkin farmers during the month of October.

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  • LFA: Forest fires, tornadoes and earthquakes

    Fri, 25 Oct 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A season of disaster, forest fires, tornadoes, earthquakes and leads to a recollection of a vast storm in 1938 which descended on the Northern Atlantic coast.

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  • LFA: The science of electoral predictions

    Fri, 18 Oct 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The science of electoral prediction and the possible pitfalls of keeping one ear to the ground following the Dole and Clinton debates.

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  • LFA: Vice-presidential responsibilites

    Fri, 11 Oct 96

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Vice-presidential responsibilities, the careers of Bob Dole, Dan Quayle and Jack Kemp, and the false predictions of Lord Kelvin, Albert Einstein and Arthur C Clarke.

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  • LFA: The 1996 presidential debates

    Fri, 4 Oct 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The first presidential debate between President Clinton and Mr Dole, and the unique election advantage gifted to incumbent presidents, the presidential halo.

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  • LFA: Boris Yeltin's heart surgery

    Fri, 27 Sep 96

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Boris Yeltsin's heart-bypass surgery and the cultures of secrecy that have surrounded the heath and governance of gravely ill leaders.

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  • LFA: OJ Simpson's civil trial

    Fri, 20 Sep 96

    Duration:
    15 mins

    As O J Simpson's civil trial begins Alistair Cooke considers what can be gained from a civil suit and examines the differences in the way the new trial is being run.

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  • LFA: The Defense Of Marriage Act 1996

    Fri, 13 Sep 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Defense of Marriage Act and the implications it has to same sex marriage, and news from Bob Dole's floundering presidential campaign.

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  • LFA: Cruise missle strike in Iraq

    Fri, 6 Sep 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The US cruise missile strike in Iraq, the claims that the first Gulf War was left unfinished and the complexities of the first conflict, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Chicago and the Democratic convention

    Fri, 30 Aug 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Democratic Party convention returning to Chicago, the history of the city and the 'circus within a plague' of the last, disastrous conference of 1968.

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  • LFA: The return of Ross Perot and US social concerns

    Fri, 23 Aug 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The return of Ross Perot as a presidential candidate, the prohibition of third-trimester abortions, the proliferation of guns and the education of children about global warming.

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  • LFA: The 1996 Republican convention

    Fri, 16 Aug 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The history of the party nomination conventions, the switch to the primary election as the method of choosing a presidential candidate, and Bill Clinton's lead in the polls.

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  • LFA: Atlanta Olympics 1996

    Fri, 9 Aug 96

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The commercialisation and crass television coverage of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and the effect that an influx of money has on sport.

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  • LFA: The welfare and healthcare reform debate

    Fri, 2 Aug 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The presidential race, US welfare and healthcare reform and the prurience and pressure surrounding the TWA flight 800 crash investigation.

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  • LFA: The TWA Flight 800 crash

    Fri, 26 Jul 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The TWA Flight 800 crash and the media coverage of the accident, the casino life of the financial markets and Bob Dole's reluctance to embrace the 1990s.

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  • LFA: The Helms-Burton Bill

    Fri, 19 Jul 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Helms-Burton bill, which penalises foreign companies doing business with Cuba, Senator Jessie Helms and tobacco , and the importance of Southern states to President Clinton.

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  • LFA: Melvin Belli (1907 - 1996)

    Fri, 12 Jul 96

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A reflection on the life and legal crusade of the flamboyant US celebrity lawyer Melvin Belli, self-proclaimed defender of the 'little helpless guy'.

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  • LFA: 1996 Russian presidential elections

    Fri, 5 Jul 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Boris Yeltsin's victory in the Russian presidential elections, the relative novelty of universal suffrage in the West and the need for democracy, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Max Factor Jr and make-up (1904 - 1996)

    Fri, 21 Jun 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The death of Max Factor Jnr. and the origin of the word "make-up" are the subjects considered by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Bob Dole to run for president

    Fri, 14 Jun 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    With Bob Dole resigning from the Senate, Alistair Cooke examines the legislator's time as Senate leader and explores the uncertain future of the Republican Party.

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  • LFA: Timothy Leary (1920 -1996)

    Fri, 7 Jun 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The death of Timothy Leary, the impact of LSD in the 1960s, and the need for each generation to rebel against the one before, as chronicled by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Memorial Day, 1996

    Fri, 31 May 96

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Memorial Day, now indistinguishable from Veteran's Day, leads Cooke to consider on how recognition of military service has changed and, how Bill Clinton joined the US army.

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  • LFA: Single issue groups

    Fri, 24 May 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The unique power of single issue groups in American presidential elections and President Clinton's stance on gay marriage are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The debate over assisted suicide

    Fri, 17 May 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The preparations for the upcoming presidential elections, and the resurgence of the legal and moral debate over assisted suicide in the US, as considered by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Diplomacy and the Star Wars defence program

    Fri, 10 May 96

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The diplomacies of Wilson and Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan's Star Wars defence programme, and the American response to international elections, as detailed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Kennedy's rocking chair

    Fri, 3 May 96

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The sale of President Kennedy's rocking chair, JFK's ailments and the discreetness of the press, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Erma Bombeck

    Fri, 26 Apr 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The life and work of columnist Erma Bombeck, "America's only woman humourist", and writer of "At Wit's End", is remembered by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The South Florida University bomb

    Fri, 19 Apr 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The University of South Florida's reaction to a bomb threat leads Alistair Cooke to consider the emergence and nature of America's new anti-terrorism laws.

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  • LFA: The South Florida University bomb

    Fri, 19 Apr 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The University of South Florida's reaction to a bomb threat leads Alistair Cooke to consider the emergence and nature of America's new anti-terrorism laws.

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  • LFA: The Montana Freemen

    Fri, 12 Apr 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The rise of Montana's armed insurgents, their historical inheritance and their opposition in the FBI, as chronicled by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Euthanasia and the terminally ill

    Fri, 5 Apr 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Euthanasia, and the right to die for the terminally ill, the case of Karen Ann Quinlan, and Dr Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan doctor who has helped 27 dying people.

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  • LFA: Perot, Buchanan and Dole

    Fri, 29 Mar 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan's challenge to Bob Dole in the race for the Republican presidential nomination and how a thief in the night may yet undo Bill Clinton.

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  • LFA: The first Letter from America 1946

    Fri, 22 Mar 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    On the 50th anniversary of his Letter from America broadcasts Alistair Cooke re-presents the first talk, describing his return from an austere Britain to a bountiful New York.

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  • LFA: Lockerbie and anti-terror laws

    Fri, 15 Mar 96

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The Lockerbie bombing, the unpredictable threat of terrorism and the difficulty of making anti-terror laws compatible with constitutional rights, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Churchill's Soviet warning and the Chinese threat

    Fri, 8 Mar 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Fifty years after Churchill's speech warning of Soviet ambitions in Europe, Alistair Cooke considers the new threat posed by communist China.

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  • LFA: Pat Buchanan and divisions with the Republican Party

    Fri, 23 Feb 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, divisions within the Republican Party and the greatest anxiety of "middle America" are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The US tax system

    Fri, 16 Feb 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The varied nature of democratic governments, the legal and political powers of state government and the arcane operation of the US tax system are considered by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Great American frauds

    Fri, 9 Feb 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Phineas T Barnum, Hershel Geguzin and Ruldolph Walter Wanderone, three notable fraudsters, are all profiled by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The 1996 New Hampshire primary

    Fri, 2 Feb 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The importance of the New Hampshire primary election in the race to become president is the subject of a discussion by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Clinton's State Of The Union address

    Fri, 26 Jan 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    President Clinton's State of the Union Address and the origins and purposes of the grand jury system.

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  • LFA: Hilary Clinton, Eleanor Roosevelt and Abigail Smith

    Fri, 19 Jan 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The controversy surrounding Hilary Clinton's involvement in the presidency and the actions of Mrs Roosevelt and Mrs Adams, are the subject of a comparison by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The snow of 1996, 1947 and 1888

    Fri, 12 Jan 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The New York blizzard of 1996, the great snowfall of 1947 and the "paralysing anxiety" during the blizzard of 1888, as chronicled by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Government services and the budget bill

    Fri, 5 Jan 96

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A halt on US Government services and the consequence of the refusal to pass a continuing resolution on the Budget Balancing Bill, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Christmas 1995

    Fri, 29 Dec 95

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A Christmas spent in Vermont, the joy of experiencing absolute silence and the progress of the federal government shutdown are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: School prayers

    Fri, 22 Dec 95

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The adaptability of American soldiers, the debate in Congress over the reading of prayers in schools, and what makes a good government are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: US troops enter Bosnia

    Fri, 15 Dec 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The arrival of the first America soldiers in Bosnia in December 1995, the harsh conditions they face and the position of the constitution on the declaration of war.

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  • LFA: James Reston (1909-1995)

    Fri, 8 Dec 95

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The Pulitzer winning journalist James "Scottie" Reston (1909-1995) and the writer's transition from young sports commentator to respected political columnist.

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  • LFA: Church and state

    Fri, 1 Dec 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The relationship between church and state, the future of a monument to the Ten Commandments and the existence of freedom of speech in the classroom are explored by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Bosnia and the Dayton Agreement

    Fri, 24 Nov 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A possible end to the conflict in Bosnia, the role of the US in the peace treaty, and why the city of Dayton became the venue for the signing in November 1995.

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  • LFA: 1995 Shutdown of the federal government

    Fri, 17 Nov 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The federal government shutdown on November 14 1995, the events leading up to this national crisis, and an exploration of the history of US debt and the proposed solutions.

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  • LFA: General Colin Powell

    Fri, 10 Nov 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    General Colin Powell's electoral appeal, the apathy towards Republican candidates and a shift in political reporting are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Quebec and French relations

    Fri, 3 Nov 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The formation of Quebec, the American and Canadian relationship with France and the possibility of a divided neighbour to the north, are explored by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Arafat visits New York

    Fri, 27 Oct 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The visit of Yasser Arafat to New York City to meet with the United Nations in 1995, the traffic carnage caused in the city and his plea to reconstitute the Security Council.

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  • LFA: New York taxi drivers

    Fri, 20 Oct 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The importance of big business to President Clinton’s re-election campaign.

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  • LFA: OJ Simpson and race

    Fri, 13 Oct 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The race issues surrounding the OJ Simpson trial, the emergence of the black middle class and the future for a divided America, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The OJ Simpson verdict

    Fri, 6 Oct 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    How do Americans feel about the OJ Simpson trial following the delivery of the verdict in October 1995?

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  • LFA: Colin Powell and Ross Perot

    Fri, 29 Sep 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    An examination of the increased rate change in America and the possible entrance of Colin Powell and Ross Perot to the Presidential race, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Online America

    Fri, 22 Sep 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The dangers of an online America, the importance of considering a sentence before committing it to paper, and the possible return of the Luddites are considered by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Senator Robert Packwood

    Thu, 14 Sep 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The events which led to the resignation of Senator Robert Packwood, and what Packwood's diary tells us about the lobbying system are explored by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Labor Day 1995

    Fri, 8 Sep 95

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Labor Day 1995, the continuation of the OJ Simpson murder trial, and President Clinton's promises for campaign for re-election in 1996. Share this page

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  • LFA: Third parties

    Fri, 1 Sep 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Senator Bill Bradley's decision to not run for re-election to the Senate, the 'broken' nature of American politics and the role of a third political party.

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  • LFA: Political vacations

    Fri, 25 Aug 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    As President Clinton takes his summer holiday, Alistair Cooke explores the way in which presidential vacations have become less about relaxation and more about public relations.

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  • LFA: The American aqueduct scandal

    Fri, 18 Aug 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The concept of local identity and blurring of state lines, the delivery of water to 19th century farmers and environmental policy are examined by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The atomic bomb

    Fri, 11 Aug 95

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A recollection of the events leading up to the use of the atomic bomb to end the Second World War, and an examination of the thirty year controversy that followed.

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  • LFA: The American relationship with tobacco

    Fri, 4 Aug 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    As the American relationship with tobacco changes, should President Franklin D Roosevelt's memorial statue still include his omnipresent cigarette?

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  • LFA: Governor George Romney

    Fri, 28 Jul 95

    Duration:
    13 mins

    A discussion on the difficulty of predicting the results of the 1996 election, and a recollection of the mistake that dashed the presidential hopes of Governor George Romney.

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  • LFA: Smith-Corona typewriters

    Fri, 21 Jul 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Smith-Corona Company application for bankruptcy, the demise of the manual typewriter, and the response of the American public to the conflict in Bosnia.

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  • LFA: Clinton and Tiberius

    Fri, 14 Jul 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    United Nations intervention in Bosnia, the failure of Bill Clinton to act on the crisis, and the inspiration the president may draw from Roman Emperor Tiberius.

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  • LFA: Porgy and Bess

    Fri, 7 Jul 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The racial politics of George Gershwin’s 1935 opera Porgy and Bess.

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  • LFA: St Patrick's parade ban

    Fri, 30 Jun 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The ruling allowing a group of Boston war veterans to ban homosexuals and bisexuals from the St Patricks Day parade, and the division it has caused in America.

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  • LFA: The first UN Conference

    Fri, 23 Jun 95

    Duration:
    15 mins

    How Field Marshall Jan Smutt and Lord Halifax were led astray by wild flowers at the first United Nations Conference in San Francisco, 1945.

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  • LFA: American farmers

    Fri, 16 Jun 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The evolution of medicine bottles, the problems affecting American farmers, and why private restaurants are a symbol of change in Cuba.

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  • LFA: Bob Dole and the fall of Rome

    Fri, 9 Jun 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The work of historian Edward Gibbon, the parallels between modern-day America and the fall of Rome, and Bob Dole's credentials as a presidential candidate.

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  • LFA: Objectives in modern conflict

    Fri, 2 Jun 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    President Clinton's speech on the relationship between the American armed forces and NATO, and the public perception of the lack of a clear objective in a modern conflict.

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  • LFA: The White House

    Fri, 26 May 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Great American inventions, Jackie Kennedy's overhaul of the official rooms of the White House, and the closure of Pennsylvania Avenue to the public in 1995.

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  • LFA: Rockefeller and Britannica

    Fri, 19 May 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    With the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Rockefeller Centre both experiencing financial difficulties, Alistair Cooke looks at the problems faced by both institutions.

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  • LFA: Equality in New York, Clinton in Russia

    Fri, 12 May 95

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The development of equality in New York City, and President Clinton's mission to dissuade President Yeltsin from sending nuclear aid to Iran, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: VE Day, fifty years on

    Fri, 5 May 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The American press reports on the end of the war in Europe, and the comparatively minor celebrations in the US, as remembered by Alistair Cooke, fifty years after VE Day.

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  • LFA: Oklahoma City bombing

    Fri, 28 Apr 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The impact of home-grown terrorism, and the conflicts that arise when discussing the First Amendment, in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing on 19th April 1995.

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  • LFA: US taxation in 1995

    Fri, 21 Apr 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Are taxes one of only two inevitabilities in life? Alistair Cooke explores how have they have been reduced and simplified in modern-day America.

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  • LFA: Remembering FDR

    Fri, 14 Apr 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The passing of Franklin D Roosevelt (1882 -1945) and FDR's legacy 50 years after his death, the evolution of the breaking news story, and the first third-term in office.

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  • LFA: The Christian right in politics

    Fri, 7 Apr 95

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The role that the extreme Christian right play in American politics, and whether any religious group has the power to bring a politian down are explored by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The OJ phenomenon

    Fri, 31 Mar 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Why Americans are obsessed with the OJ Simpson trial, the viewing habits of a sequestered jury member, and the real winner of the Oscars, are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Rudolph Giuilani's New York

    Fri, 24 Mar 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    School dinners, gangsters, snow ploughs and the other problems faced by the Mayor of New York City, Rudolph Giuliani, are explored by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Gingrich and Roosevelt

    Fri, 17 Mar 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    With a Republican majority in both houses of the Senate for the first time in 40 years, Cooke explores the parallels drawn between Newt Gingrich and President Roosevelt.

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  • LFA: Ringers

    Fri, 10 Mar 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The role of 'ringers' to gain unfair advantage in both sport and business, as the baseball strike continues.

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  • LFA: The American deficit

    Fri, 3 Mar 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The beginnings of the American deficit and how the gap between the national income and outgoings has been allowed to widen are explored by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The secrets of a long life

    Fri, 24 Feb 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    What is the secret of longevity? Alistair Cooke investigates the factors that have been attributed to elongated lifespans and profiles the world's oldest woman Jeanne Calment.

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  • LFA: William Fulbright (1905-1995)

    Fri, 17 Feb 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Senator William Fulbright (1905-1995) is remembered by Alistair Cooke, including his work as a tenacious young politian and as an ambassador for American students studying abroad.

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  • LFA: Baseball strike 1994-5

    Fri, 10 Feb 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The events leading up to the 1994-95 baseball strike in America and the role that Congress could play in bringing the national pastime back from the brink.

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  • LFA: George Abbott remembered

    Fri, 3 Feb 95

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A tribute to director, theatre producer and playwright George Abbott (1887-1995).

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  • LFA: Dependency on red tape

    Fri, 27 Jan 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    American dependency on red tape and the 'death' of common sense.

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  • LFA: Montgomery bus boycott

    Fri, 20 Jan 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    During the week of Martin Luther King's birthday holiday, Cooke remembers his 1956 visit to meet with people from both sides of the Montgomery bus boycott prompted by Rosa Parks.

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  • LFA: A Nation of hair stylists

    Fri, 13 Jan 95

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The nature of reviewing the past and predicting the future, and musings on how abstract votes will affect the nomination of Democratic presidential candidate.

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  • LFA: Clinton and 'Me too' Democrats

    Fri, 6 Jan 95

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Newt Gingrich becomes speaker of the US House of Representatives. American apathy towards foreign policy and Clinton's shift towards the centre are explored by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Barry Goldwater, and Reagan's speech

    Fri, 30 Dec 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Former Senator Barry Goldwater, the speech that won Ronald Reagan the Governorship of California and the state of the Republican Party in 1994 are assessed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Carter's diplomacy and White House security

    Fri, 23 Dec 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Jimmy Carter's diplomatic efforts, the security problems faced by the White House and the size of Lyndon Johnson's handkerchief are mused over by Alistaire Cooke.

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  • LFA: OJ Simpson and the legal process

    Fri, 16 Dec 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A mass shooting on a Long Island commuter train, the OJ Simpson trial and the litigation involved in becoming a US citizen lead Cooke to discuss the legal process in America.

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  • LFA: Cable TV and local news

    Fri, 9 Dec 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The rise of cable television and the difficulty it creates when trying to find a truly local news story, discussed by Alistair Cooke in San Francisco.

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  • LFA: Bosnia and the power of NATO

    Fri, 2 Dec 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The erosion of San Franciscan water pipes, the continuing conflict in Bosnia and the American feeling that NATO is becoming a redundant entity are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Newt Gingrich and the constitution

    Fri, 25 Nov 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Newt Gingrich is installed as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alistair Cooke examines his suggested amendments to the constitution, and the life of new legislation.

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  • LFA: Clinton on welfare and free trade

    Fri, 18 Nov 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    President Clinton failure to deliver on welfare reform, the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the need for speculation in journalism.

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  • LFA: Clinton's medical reforms

    Fri, 11 Nov 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Republican landslide Senate victory leads Alistair Cooke to critique Clinton's medical reform and recalls presidents who have triumphed in the face of adversity.

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  • LFA: Halloween 1994

    Fri, 4 Nov 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The history of Halloween, how a rise in street crime has affected the celebration and the objections of the Christian right, are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The Kennedy Family

    Fri, 28 Oct 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Senator Edward Kennedy and Mitt Romney's televised debate before the 1994 Congressional elections provides an opportunity to discuss the history of the Kennedy family.

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  • LFA: Jean-Bertrand Aristide

    Fri, 21 Oct 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A new American ally is assessed by Alistair Cooke, following the donation of four billion dollars to North Korea to curb the production of nuclear arms.

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  • LFA: Diane Feinstein's forestry bill

    Fri, 14 Oct 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Senator Diane Feinstein's heroic effort to pass a bill in Congress for the protection of 6 million acres of Californian desert highlights the drama of congressional voting.

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  • LFA: North Korean nuclear development

    Fri, 30 Sep 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    North Korea's persistent nuclear development puts the UN in a tough situation; Cooke wonders whether Jimmy Carters diplomatic discussions or the UN Forces are the best deterrent.

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  • LFA: American troops in Haiti

    Fri, 23 Sep 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    As American troops enter Haiti, Alistair Cooke chronicles President Clinton's motivations for intervening in the conflict and explains Jimmy Carter's role in the negotiations.

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  • LFA: American political underdogs

    Fri, 16 Sep 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    How President Clinton's position will be affected by the upcoming congressional elections leads Cooke to recall the underdogs and upsets from the history of American politics.

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  • LFA: Employment in America

    Fri, 9 Sep 94

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Employment in America, and attempts to define the modern working population are discussed by Cooke, following the cancellation of the Labour Day parade in New York.

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  • LFA: Allied troops leave Berlin in 1994

    Fri, 2 Sep 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Allied troop withdrawals from Berlin prompt Alistair Cooke to remember the division of Germany following the Second World War.

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  • LFA: USA, Cuba, and Guantanamo Bay

    Fri, 26 Aug 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The US role in the Cuban War of Independence and how America is housing Cuban refugees in the Guantanamo Bay facility are considered by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Johnny Madison Williams

    Fri, 19 Aug 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Bank robber Johnny Madison Williams Junior's story, leads Cooke to explore the concept of the crook as a national hero, and anticipate the fallout from the OJ Simpson trial.

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  • LFA: Community policing, protest and riots

    Fri, 12 Aug 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The FBI's powers, the need for "community policing", and the history of protest at UC Berkley are discussed by Alistair Cooke following a riot in Harlem Heights.

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  • LFA: Preserving the peace in Serbia

    Fri, 5 Aug 94

    Duration:
    15 mins

    America's historic obligation to preserving the peace and protecting the innocent in Greater Serbia, discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Nuclear non-proliferation

    Fri, 29 Jul 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Kathleen Bailey, a straight talking organiser shakes up a world conference at Livermore, with the renewal of the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty high on political agendas.

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  • LFA: Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Arthur C Clarke

    Fri, 22 Jul 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 collision with Jupiter leads Alistair Cooke to discuss the thinning of the ozone layer and the work of Arthur C Clarke.

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  • LFA: Haiti

    Fri, 15 Jul 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Clinton's desire for a stronger relationship with Germany, the history of Haiti and the latest developments in the OJ Simpson case are mulled over by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: OJ Simpson media coverage

    Fri, 8 Jul 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    How the OJ Simpson trial is being reported on either side of the Atlantic, and some parallels with the abdication of Edward VIII are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: OJ Simpson trial

    Fri, 1 Jul 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Unceasing rumours surrounding the OJ Simpson trial make Alistair Cooke reflect on the American desire to know the verdict before hearing the facts.

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  • LFA: American sport

    Fri, 24 Jun 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The state of sport in America is assessed by Alistair Cooke as the 1994 World Cup commences. And he commemorates the final allied troops leaving Berlin.

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  • LFA: Clinton and Gonzales

    Fri, 17 Jun 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The leadership of Clinton and Felipe Gonzalez of Spain is compared by Cooke, who explores how the public expectations of elected officials have changed.

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  • LFA: Clinton and the military

    Fri, 10 Jun 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    President Clinton's relationship with the military is explored by Alistair Cooke, who considers whether his lack of active service places him in a compromised position.

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  • LFA: 50th anniversary of D Day, 1994

    Fri, 3 Jun 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Polish contribution to the Normandy landings are examined by Cooke following the 50th D Day commemorations, including why recent allied operations have been less successful.

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  • LFA: Pearl White

    Fri, 27 May 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Silent movie actress Pearl White (1889-1938), the case against Dan Rostenkowski and the latest allegations levelled against President Clinton are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Health bill and Brown v Board Board of Education

    Fri, 20 May 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Clinton's controversial health bill, and the impact of the famous Brown v Board of Education case 1954, 40 years ago, including its unintended consequences.

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  • LFA: American education

    Fri, 13 May 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The American education system is examined by Alistair Cooke, who considers the rise of progressive schools and asks whether an increase in home schooling is a viable proposition.

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  • LFA: President Clinton's first 15 months

    Fri, 6 May 94

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Clinton's first 15 months in office and the challenges he faces both at home, and abroad including, the looming crisis in Haiti are reflected on by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Richard Nixon: his great work

    Fri, 29 Apr 94

    Duration:
    15 mins

    In his assessment of Richard Nixon, Alistair Cooke details the life of the only president to resign from office, including his work in China and the Watergate scandal.

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  • LFA: Michael Fay in Singapore

    Fri, 22 Apr 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Following the detention of 18 year old Michael Fay, an American citizen in Singapore, Alistair Cooke looks at what Fay's treatment can tell us about Singapore.

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  • LFA: Clinton’s global reputation

    Fri, 15 Apr 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The manipulative power of magazines, President Clinton's reputation abroad and the public demand for representation are explored by Alistair Cooke in the wake of Whitewater.

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  • LFA: Justice Blackman retires

    Fri, 8 Apr 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The retirement of Justice Blackman from the Supreme Court of Justice reminds Alistair Cooke of the good, the bad and the senile aspects of law making.

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  • LFA: Whitewater

    Fri, 1 Apr 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Whitewater investigation, the reaction to Hilary Clinton's controversial financial dealings and the workings of the commodities market are explained by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Admiral William J Crowe

    Fri, 25 Mar 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Admiral William J Crowe, the newly appointed American Ambassador to the United Kingdom, is profiled by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The tobacco industry, and Tonya Harding

    Fri, 18 Mar 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The uncertain future of America's tobacco industry and the growing problem of plea bargains after the trial of figure skater Tonya Harding are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: The survival of immigrants in America

    Fri, 11 Mar 94

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A 1930's tourist guide describing Boston's demographic make-up makes Alistair Cooke reflect on how immigrants survive and prosper in America.

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  • LFA: Nixon, 'and the rest you know'...

    Fri, 4 Mar 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    How the wistful sign off "and the rest you know." at the end of Alistair Cooke's letter on President Nixon's impeachment came about.

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  • LFA: Military intervention in Bosnia

    Fri, 25 Feb 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    President Clinton's concerns over US military intervention, a newfound resolve over the war in Bosnia and a bogeyman in the shape of a Russian bear are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: History of chocolate

    Sat, 19 Feb 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The history of chocolate and how new research is re-defining it as an unlikely health food is considered by Alistair Cooke, on his travels to California.

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  • LFA: Clinton’s draft dodge

    Fri, 11 Feb 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Bill Clinton's draft dodging during the Vietnam War is remembered by Alistair Cooke upon hearing that America's trade embargo on Vietnam is soon to be lifted.

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  • LFA: How ice cream changed America

    Fri, 4 Feb 94

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Reuben Mattus, the inventor of Haagen-Dazs ice-cream, reminds Alistair Cooke of other immigrants who have shaped America.

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  • LFA: The Bobbitt case

    Fri, 28 Jan 94

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Lorena Bobbitt's acquittal for cutting off her husband's penis causes Alistair Cooke to reflect on legal definitions of insanity in the state of Virginia.

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  • LFA: Freezing weather and earthquakes in 1994

    Fri, 21 Jan 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The exceptionally cold weather scouring America, the earthquake in southern California and the conclusion of the Iran-Contra affair investigation are discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Tip O'Neill

    Fri, 14 Jan 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The life and career of 'essential Boston Irish Catholic Democrat' and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill (1912- 1994).

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  • LFA: New Year's Resolutions

    Fri, 7 Jan 94

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Alistair Cooke looks at the changing fashions in New Year's resolutions, and the success of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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  • LFA: Christmas, and Alistair Cooke meets a computer

    Thu, 30 Dec 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A 1940s style flight to Vermont brings Alistair Cooke to his family and a computer which has swallowed several libraries, a few archives and already knows all about him.

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  • LFA: The constitution and religious festivals in America

    Fri, 24 Dec 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The difficulty of celebrating a religious festival in America without behaving unconstitutionally, A Christmas Carol, Washington style and the Park Lane Christmas trees.

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  • LFA: The GATT agreement and peace talks in Northern Ireland

    Fri, 17 Dec 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The GATT Trade Agreement, the prospect of peace in Northern Ireland, electoral defeat for Russian authoritarian Vladimir Zhirinovsky and nuclear weapons in North Korea.

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  • LFA: The Long Island train shootings and gun control

    Fri, 10 Dec 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A random multiple murder on a Long Island train, America's problem with guns, the future for gun control and the failure of the 'Brady Bill'.

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  • LFA: The first World AIDS Day

    Fri, 3 Dec 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The first World AIDS Day, reaction to the disease from sufferers and the public and an interruption to an unusually heartfelt speech by President Clinton.

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  • LFA: Thirtieth anniversary of Kennedy assassination

    Fri, 26 Nov 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Searching for a fair evaluation of John F Kennedy's life, 30 years after his assasination and how the significance of anniversaries is transformed by historical revisions.

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  • LFA: Personality in politics

    Fri, 19 Nov 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Examining the surprising result of a debate between the 'boring' Al Gore and 'sassy' Ross Perot and how the reputations of politicians are formed by their public personas.

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  • LFA: The 'Brady Bill' and the New England fall

    Fri, 12 Nov 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A blazing New England fall offers relief from the violence and disaster of the television news and Congress passes the 'Brady Bill' for gun control.

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  • LFA: Balancing domestic and foreign policy

    Fri, 5 Nov 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Clinton's struggle to balance the demands of foreign and domestic policy, war in Bosnia and Somalia, free trade and healthcare in an complex post-Soviet world.

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  • LFA: America's problem with gun ownership

    Fri, 29 Oct 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The problem of US gun ownership, why the constitution doesn't actually guarantee a right to bear arms and the increased likelihood of a 'Brady Bill' for gun control.

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  • LFA: The social effect of TV violence

    Fri, 22 Oct 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The Senate Committee considering the social effect of television violence, the history of concerns about the influence of immorality in the media and its ramifications today.

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  • LFA: Aphasia and studying the human brain

    Fri, 15 Oct 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A study examining the effect of Mozart on intelligence and how people affected by aphasia offer revelations about the way in which the brain deals with words.

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  • LFA: Clinton's foreign policy issues

    Fri, 8 Oct 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Alistair Cooke examines some of the foreign policy issues that the Clinton administration has found itself involved in, less than a year into his presidency.

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  • LFA: The health reform bill

    Fri, 1 Oct 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The progress of a major health reform bill, the extensive involvement of Hilary Clinton and ex-ambassador George F Kennan's opinions on US foreign policy in Russia and Somalia.

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  • LFA: Feminism in American 1993

    Fri, 24 Sep 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The Miss America Pageant, the progress of feminism in the US, 25 years of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and the problem of sexual harassment.

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  • LFA: Deaths of tourists in Florida

    Fri, 17 Sep 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Florida stops all tourism advertising after the deaths of 9 foreign visitors in 1992, Alistair Cooke considers the scale of the threat and the amplifying effect of television.

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  • LFA: US immigrants and identity

    Fri, 10 Sep 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The replacement of American unity with old world identities in immigrant communities old and new and the decision to re-route New York's jets for the sake of a tennis match.

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  • LFA: Labor Day and school closures

    Fri, 3 Sep 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The history of Labor Day and why hundreds of thousands of pupils in Chicago and New York won't go back to school after their summer holiday.

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  • LFA: The Korean war and political holidays

    Fri, 27 Aug 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The real reason the Russians never vetoed US military action in Korea and the media's interest in political holidays are examined, as Alistair Cooke answers listeners' letters.

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  • LFA: Presidential recreation

    Fri, 20 Aug 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The meaning attached to the time presidents spend on vacation, recreation and playing sport in light of the Clinton family's holiday in Martha's Vineyard.

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  • LFA: Obscenity and public art funding

    Fri, 13 Aug 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Controversy over public art funding in the US, the struggles of the National Endowment for the Arts and the history of attempts to protect the public from obscenity.

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  • LFA: America's exceptional weather

    Fri, 6 Aug 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Examining an unseasonably hot San Francisco summer and why America's weather, drowning Missouri and parching Georgia, is in the wrong place and refusing to budge.

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  • LFA: General Matthew Ridgeway

    Fri, 30 Jul 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The death of General Matthew Ridgeway, his rise to prominence during US intervention in Korea, his stance on nuclear weapons and the nature of 'good war'.

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  • LFA: Mississippi relief package

    Fri, 23 Jul 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    How will President Clinton pay for his Mississippi flood relief package in a time of austerity? How Reganism and Thatcherism are still powerful forces in policy making.

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  • LFA: Choosing a US ambassador to London

    Fri, 16 Jul 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Clinton's planned replacement of Raymond Sites with Admiral William Crowe as ambassador to London and the sometimes dubious history of US diplomatic appointments.

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  • LFA: The Tokyo G8 summit and unemployment

    Fri, 9 Jul 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The activities of the 1992 G8 summit in Tokyo and the ways in which governments through history have dealt with the problem of unemployment.

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  • LFA: US foreign policy in Bosnia

    Fri, 2 Jul 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Tennis player Goran Ivaniševic's demand to be recognised as Croatian, the escalating failure of US foreign policy in Bosnia and a puzzling missile attack on Baghdad.

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  • LFA: The Haitian refugees enter America

    Fri, 25 Jun 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The US government allows the Haitian refugees held at Guantanamo Bay to enter the US and considering the chequered history of immigration into New York.

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  • LFA: President Clinton's alcohol and tobacco taxes

    Fri, 18 Jun 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The ramifications of President Clinton's attempt to introduce 'sin taxes' on alcohol and tobacco.

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  • LFA: The future of advertising

    Fri, 11 Jun 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A dystopian future for advertising and the people planning to put messages on animals, the wind and the edge of space.

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  • LFA: Gary Graham and the death penalty

    Fri, 4 Jun 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Texas death row inmate Gary Graham, the vagaries of constitutional interpretation, state law and the legal complexities of the death penalty.

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  • LFA: Hair Force One

    Fri, 28 May 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Clinton's falling approval rating, accusations of cronyism, the importance of the trivial in presidential politics and what happens when a boy from Arkansas gets a $200 haircut.

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  • LFA: The closing of the San Francisco Presidio

    Fri, 21 May 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Alistair Cooke reflects on the closing of the San Francisco Presidio, a historic military base that has been a garrison for over 200 years.

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  • LFA: Racial tensions in New York

    Fri, 14 May 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The history of racial tensions in New York, the gap between policy ideals and their reality and the chaos caused by the presidential visits to the city.

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  • LFA: President Clinton's first 100 days in office

    Fri, 7 May 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The successes and failures of President Clinton's first 100 days in office and how the Roosevelt presidency set the benchmark for judging a new President's progress.

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  • LFA: Economic recession and military spending cuts

    Fri, 30 Apr 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The possibility of the US sliding back into economic depression and the ramifications of Clinton's military spending cuts in California.

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  • LFA: Rodney King trial

    Fri, 23 Apr 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Examination of Rodney King's second trial for civil rights violations after being beaten by police. His first trial acquitted the officers and caused the 1992 LA race riots.

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  • LFA: Prisoner rehabilitation

    Fri, 16 Apr 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Alistair Cooke remembers reporting on the 100th Anniversary of the California gold rush and contemplates the pros and cons of prisoner rehabilitation.

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  • LFA: The history of US-Russia summits

    Mon, 5 Apr 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Yeltsin and Clinton meet in Vancouver and Alistair Cooke considers the eventful history of US - Russia summits and what purpose they serve after the Cold War.

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  • LFA: Bill Clinton's Presidential Honeymoon

    Fri, 2 Apr 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Expensive Britain, Bill Clinton's Presidential Honeymoon and Screen Violence are examined by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Ambassador Raymond G H Seitz

    Fri, 26 Mar 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Raymond G H Seitz becomes the first career diplomat to be appointed as United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James's.

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  • LFA: The Irish in New York City

    Fri, 19 Mar 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    An attempt by the Ancient Order of Hibernians to ban the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organisation from New York's St. Patrick's Day parade is examined by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: David Koresh and Reverend Jim Jones

    Fri, 12 Mar 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    An FBI raid on David Koresh's religious camp in Mount Carmel reminds Alistair Cooke of the cult leader Reverend Jim Jones of the Peoples Temple, and their mass suicide in 1978.

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  • LFA: World Trade Centre basement explosion

    Fri, 5 Mar 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    An explosion in the basement of the World Trade Centre, the resultant shock and speculation and the remarkable calm of people temporarily trapped inside the building.

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  • LFA: James Baker and Clinton's deficit

    Fri, 26 Feb 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Outgoing cabinet member James Baker, President Clinton's failure to deliver on his campaign promise of a tax cut for the middle class, and the true cost of healthcare.

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  • LFA: Zoe Baird and American childcare

    Fri, 19 Feb 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    What the blocking of proposed Attorney General, Zoe Baird, reveals about US childcare, why Americans employ illegal immigrants and the fashion for government by phone-in.

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  • LFA: Government waste and White House job cuts

    Fri, 12 Feb 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    President Clinton's proposal to cut government waste, George Bush's dislike of broccoli, and a reduction in the number of staff in the White House, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.

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  • LFA: Reforming the military

    Fri, 5 Feb 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The limits of presidential power and two presidential attempts to reform the US military: Truman's racial desegregation and Clinton's attempt to allow homosexuals to openly enlist.

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  • LFA: President Clinton's first week in office

    Fri, 29 Jan 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Clinton's first week in office is marred by abandoned campaign promises, a bruising encounter with the military and a failed attempt to make Mrs Baird Attorney General.

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  • LFA: President Clinton's inauguration

    Fri, 22 Jan 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A costly inauguration for President Clinton, and the traditions of the ceremony as followed by Presidents Jefferson, Carter and Reagan.

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  • LFA: UN weapons inspectors in Iraq

    Fri, 15 Jan 93

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The search for Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons by the United Nations, President Clinton's promise to concentrate on domestic affairs, and potential for war in the Far East.

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  • LFA: Bill Clinton's first cabinet and multiculturalism

    Fri, 8 Jan 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The diverse cabinet selected by President-elect Bill Clinton, and the problems posed to hospitals by the large range of languages spoken by their patients.

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  • LFA: John Cage, Wilbur Mills and Oliver Franks

    Fri, 1 Jan 93

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A look back at the lives of the notable figures to die in 1992, including composer John Cage, politician Wilbur Mills and British Ambassador Oliver Franks.

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