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Letter from America by Alistair Cooke Episode guide

  1. Dead Cat Bounce

    After news of a double-dip recession, Alistair Cooke discusses Pope John Paul II’s visit.

    First broadcast: 02 Aug 2002

  2. Am I My Brother's Keeper?

    Alistair Cooke reflects on the generosity of Andrew Carnegie.

    First broadcast: 26 Jul 2002

  3. The Avenues to Express Greed had Grown

    Alistair Cooke considers the language used by Alan Greenspan to calm the stock markets

    First broadcast: 19 Jul 2002

  4. Don't Name it, Cure it

    Alistair Cooke examines what President Bush is doing about fraudulent financial deals.

    First broadcast: 12 Jul 2002

  5. The Old West

    Alistair Cooke considers the argument that sweat shop work is good for the employees.

    First broadcast: 05 Jul 2002

  6. American Policy has One Main Aim

    A letter from a student leads Alistair Cooke to consider anti-semitism in New York.

    First broadcast: 28 Jun 2002

  7. Goldfinger is Still Alive and Well

    Alistair Cooke remembers Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and the second Gulf War.

    First broadcast: 21 Jun 2002

  8. The Last of the Old Time Gangsters

    Alistair Cooke remembers the life and death of infamous American Mafia boss John Gotti.

    First broadcast: 14 Jun 2002

  9. A Ruin Running to the Horizon

    Alistair Cooke reflects on the removal of the Twin Towers debris from Ground Zero.

    First broadcast: 07 Jun 2002

  10. Fountains and Trade Wars

    Alistair Cooke examines George Bush's visit to Europe in the midst of a trade war.

    First broadcast: 31 May 2002

  11. Secret of Eternal Youth

    Alistair Cooke examines the alleged forewarnings of 9/11, and the new elixir of life.

    First broadcast: 24 May 2002

  12. Joy and Sorrow for the Libertarians

    Alistair Cooke analyses why China's newfound capitalism is fully sanctioned by Marx.

    First broadcast: 17 May 2002

  13. Princes of the Church Live as Princes of the World

    Alistair Cooke explores how the Roman Catholic Church uses canon law to defend its clergy.

    First broadcast: 10 May 2002

  14. New York: How are you Doing?

    Alistair Cooke considers the psychological damage of the 9/11 attacks on school children.

    First broadcast: 03 May 2002

  15. The Catholic Church and Child Sex Abuse

    Alistair Cooke on the scandals of child sex abuse by clergy in the Roman Catholic Church.

    First broadcast: 26 Apr 2002

  16. A Window of Relief

    Alistair Cooke examines the political split over the attitude of Ariel Sharon.

    First broadcast: 19 Apr 2002

  17. Middle East: Mind Your Language

    Alistair Cooke examines the US involvement in the Isreal and Palestinian conflict.

    First broadcast: 12 Apr 2002

  18. Letter from America

    Alistair Cooke considers the use of medical buzz words such as virus and Alzheimer’s.

    First broadcast: 05 Apr 2002

  19. Persian Poets Need Not Apply

    Alistair Cooke contrasting the ways in which English and American schools teach science.

    First broadcast: 29 Mar 2002

  20. The Unsung Heroes

    Alistair Cooke praises unseen fighter pilots protecting New York.

    First broadcast: 22 Mar 2002

  21. Memory of a True Great

    Alistair Cooke pays tribute to the champion golfer and lawyer Robert Tyre Jones.

    First broadcast: 15 Mar 2002

  22. The Day the Money Stopped

    Alistair Cooke recalls the day in 1933 when every bank in America shut.

    First broadcast: 08 Mar 2002

  23. High Noon

    Alistair Cooke considers the flawed ideology behind the idea of an "axis of evil".

    First broadcast: 01 Mar 2002

  24. Giuliani Receives Knighthood

    Alistair Cooke reveals America's objections and misconceptions of honours.

    First broadcast: 22 Feb 2002

  25. The Next Step for the USA

    Alistair Cooke expresses his concern about the US government's desire to invade Iraq.

    First broadcast: 15 Feb 2002

  26. Pork and Dogs

    Alistair Cooke explains why we should all be interested in the President's budget.

    First broadcast: 08 Feb 2002

  27. Aftermath of War

    Alistair Cooke examines the ever changing nature of war and the Geneva Conventions.

    First broadcast: 01 Feb 2002

  28. Batten Down the Hatches

    Alistair Cooke examines the very real impact of inaccurate weather forecasts.

    First broadcast: 25 Jan 2002

  29. Living Like a Queen

    Would you live like a Queen? Alistair Cooke examines the lifestyles of the Royals.

    First broadcast: 18 Jan 2002

  30. There's No Place Like Home

    Alistair Cooke examines changes to US law making after 9/11 and Milosevic at the Hague.

    First broadcast: 11 Jan 2002

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