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Letter from America by Alistair Cooke Episode guide

  1. Why it Costs so Much to Rebuild Iraq

    Alistair Cooke asks why it is costing so much to rebuild Iraq.

    First broadcast: 26 Sep 2003

  2. A Category Five Hurricane

    Whilst waiting for hurricane Isabel, Alistair Cooke tells a few tales.

    First broadcast: 19 Sep 2003

  3. In Memory of Henry Longhurst

    Alistair Cooke celebrates the life of golf commentator Henry Longhurst.

    First broadcast: 12 Sep 2003

  4. A Million Iraqis Will Get the Message

    Alistair Cooke contrasts the "crisis" in the tennis world with the troubles in Iraq.

    First broadcast: 05 Sep 2003

  5. The Drastic Social Change in a Once Genteel Game

    Alistair Cooke muses on Wimbledon's ability to reconcile historic tradition and modernity.

    First broadcast: 29 Aug 2003

  6. It Seemed like Doomsday at the Time

    After recent power cuts, Alistair Cooke reflects on the importance of electricity.

    First broadcast: 22 Aug 2003

  7. Some Colourful Legends are Based in Fact

    Alistair Cooke recalls some intriguing myths about Winston Churchill.

    First broadcast: 15 Aug 2003

  8. Healing the Alliance Against Terrorism

    After a debate on tackling terrorism, Alistair Cooke reassesses his opinion of the UN.

    First broadcast: 08 Aug 2003

  9. The Original Fast Talker

    Alistair Cooke pays tribute to Bob Hope and Lord Shawcross.

    First broadcast: 01 Aug 2003

  10. It's Dangerous for Journalists to Retire

    Nonagenarian Alistair Cooke rejects any idea of retiring.

    First broadcast: 25 Jul 2003

  11. The Power of a Phrase

    Alistair Cooke examines the power of the catchphrase "winds of change".

    First broadcast: 18 Jul 2003

  12. Americans Choose Tony Blair

    Alistair Cooke reflects on why Americans seem to trust Tony Blair.

    First broadcast: 11 Jul 2003

  13. Meeting the Stars

    Alistair Cooke remembers meeting Ronald Colman and Katherine Hepburn.

    First broadcast: 04 Jul 2003

  14. Were We Misled into War?

    Alistair Cooke asks whether the invasion of Iraq was based on a false premise.

    First broadcast: 27 Jun 2003

  15. The Maddest and Most Criminal of Tyrants

    Alistair Cooke examines tyrants who commit mass murder and compares Stalin with Hitler.

    First broadcast: 20 Jun 2003

  16. Dramatic Turns of History

    Alistair Cooke analyses the consequence of Saddam Hussain's decision to invade Kuwait.

    First broadcast: 13 Jun 2003

  17. Who Shall Police the Policemen?

    Alistair Cooke asks how we can police the world in a time of modern terrorist conflict.

    First broadcast: 06 Jun 2003

  18. Don't Pollute the Enemy's Water

    Alistair Cooke questions how much confidence people should have in the President.

    First broadcast: 30 May 2003

  19. The Creator of the Talent Industry

    Alistair Cooke pays tribute to the life and work of "the Oracle" Mark McCormack.

    First broadcast: 23 May 2003

  20. Tackling the Looters

    Alistair Cooke contemplates how to prevent Iraq from descending into anarchy.

    First broadcast: 16 May 2003

  21. Today's News is Tomorrow's Collectors' Item

    Alistair Cooke explains how Hungarian refugee, Leo Szilard, helped stop World War II.

    First broadcast: 09 May 2003

  22. No More Wine and Roses

    Alistair Cooke reflects on how the desert town of Las Vegas became a big tourist trap.

    First broadcast: 02 May 2003

  23. Taking it to the Brink

    Last minute negotiation talks blot out world catastrophes for Alistair Cooke.

    First broadcast: 25 Apr 2003

  24. The Lessons of Potsdam

    Alistair Cooke considers how people become desensitised to the horrifying images of war.

    First broadcast: 18 Apr 2003

  25. Saint Carlo

    Alistair Cooke pays tribute Dr. Carlo Urbani, the pioneer of Doctors Without Borders.

    First broadcast: 11 Apr 2003

  26. Senator Moynihan: A Social Conscience

    Alistair Cooke pays tribute to the eccentric former senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

    First broadcast: 04 Apr 2003

  27. The Anxiety of War

    Alistair Cooke reflects of the casualties of war and losing friendships to time.

    First broadcast: 28 Mar 2003

  28. America invades Iraq

    Alistair Cooke's Letter from America.

    First broadcast: 21 Mar 2003

  29. Avoiding the Scourge of War

    Alistair Cooke considers the ineffectiveness of the UN as an enforcing power.

    First broadcast: 14 Mar 2003

  30. The Flaws of the UN?

    Alistair Cooke reflects on Sir Alexander Cadogan, Philip Larkin and Mister Rogers.

    First broadcast: 07 Mar 2003

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