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Letter from America by Alistair Cooke Episode guide

  1. The Secret of Life

    Alistair Cooke looks at the discovery of the chemical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid.

    First broadcast: 28 Feb 2003

  2. A Planet of Snow

    Alistair Cooke considers how cold winters affect New York's economy.

    First broadcast: 21 Feb 2003

  3. Nobody is Breathing Fire and Smoke

    Alistair Cooke muses on the National Security threat level being set to 'imminent attack'.

    First broadcast: 14 Feb 2003

  4. John Glenn at the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster funeral

    Alistair Cooke reflects on astronaut John Glenn's eventful earth landing.

    First broadcast: 07 Feb 2003

  5. Peace For Our Time

    Alistair Cooke is troubled by similarities between the current crisis in Iraq and WWII.

    First broadcast: 31 Jan 2003

  6. Getting Away From It All

    Alistair Cooke ponders on how to relax once physical exercise is no longer possible.

    First broadcast: 24 Jan 2003

  7. Sharing the Water

    Amid California's drought scare, Alistair Cooke wonders how to share resources evenly.

    First broadcast: 17 Jan 2003

  8. Big Brother is Watching

    Who’s watching you? Alistair Cooke muses on the personal files held by Homeland Security.

    First broadcast: 10 Jan 2003

  9. Security and Psychic Powers

    Alistair Cooke considers security in Times Square on New Year's Eve.

    First broadcast: 03 Jan 2003

  10. Christmas Reflections

    Three famous ghosts of Christmas past are remembered by Alistair Cooke.

    First broadcast: 27 Dec 2002

  11. The Daily Sweat of Politics

    Alistair Cooke recalls President Lyndon Johnson’s struggle to create Medicare.

    First broadcast: 20 Dec 2002

  12. Remembering a Dear Friend

    Upon the death of a dear friend, Alistair Cooke reveals a secret about President Kennedy.

    First broadcast: 13 Dec 2002

  13. The Marshall Plan

    Alistair Cooke reflects on George W Bush's obsession with Saddam Hussein.

    First broadcast: 06 Dec 2002

  14. Patriotism, Thanksgiving - and Apple Sauce

    Alistair Cooke recalls when Roosevelt named the 24 November as the day of Thanksgiving.

    First broadcast: 29 Nov 2002

  15. Armageddon Can Wait

    After a turbulent few years, Alistair Cooke likens the yearly events to biblical stories.

    First broadcast: 22 Nov 2002

  16. Iraq's Midsummer Nightmare

    Alistair Cooke considers the effectiveness of the UN resolutions on Saddam Hussein.

    First broadcast: 15 Nov 2002

  17. When the Miraculous Computer Fails

    Alistair Cooke reveals the consequences of a polling computer crash.

    First broadcast: 08 Nov 2002

  18. All Politics is Local

    Alistair Cooke recalls his very odd introduction to American politics.

    First broadcast: 01 Nov 2002

  19. Implement Me No Directives!

    Alistair Cooke judges the language used by the Old Testament, Churchill and UN treaties.

    First broadcast: 25 Oct 2002

  20. Heaven on the Half Shell

    Alistair Cooke reflects on the historical connection between China and California.

    First broadcast: 18 Oct 2002

  21. Protest for Peace

    On hearing anti-war protests, Alistair Cooke recalls the American Civil War drafting riot.

    First broadcast: 11 Oct 2002

  22. What the American People Want

    Alistair Cooke reflects on the opinion poll discoveries of George H Gallup.

    First broadcast: 04 Oct 2002

  23. Watch out for Isidore

    It’s all in the name for Alistair Cooke as he ponders hurricane titles and biblical names.

    First broadcast: 27 Sep 2002

  24. President Kennedy had Just had a Nasty Shock

    Alistair Cooke remembers the Cuban missile crisis and Nixon's golf club scandal.

    First broadcast: 20 Sep 2002

  25. It's Been Hard Convincing Allies that it's War

    On first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Alistair Cooke muses on a new type of warfare.

    First broadcast: 13 Sep 2002

  26. President Bush II has never been busier, 2002

    Alistair Cooke reflects on President Bush's workload during the Iraq crisis.

    First broadcast: 06 Sep 2002

  27. Fireworks over Manhattan

    Alistair Cooke reflects on the tribute to 9/11 heroes at the US Open.

    First broadcast: 30 Aug 2002

  28. If in Doubt, Find an Anniversary

    Alistair Cooke explores the weird and wonderful anniversaries of 1902.

    First broadcast: 23 Aug 2002

  29. Cool it, Man!

    Floods in Europe remind Alistair Cooke of the damage done to Dresden during WWII.

    First broadcast: 16 Aug 2002

  30. Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    Alistair Cooke considers Europe’s reliance on the UN for dealing with Saddam Hussein.

    First broadcast: 09 Aug 2002

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