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Letter from America by Alistair Cooke Episode guide

  1. Ringing the Changes

    Alistair Cooke muses on George Bush's election and President Putin's visit to New York.

    First broadcast: 04 Jan 2002

  2. Tears and Anthems

    Alistair Cooke reflects on why the national anthem is more emotive since the 9/11 attack.

    First broadcast: 28 Dec 2001

  3. The Messiah at Christmas

    In the wake of 9/11, Alistair Cooke remembers introducing Bernstein to Handel's Messiah.

    First broadcast: 21 Dec 2001

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  4. The Golden Gate

    Alistair Cooke discusses the rumour of a potential attack on the San Francisco Bridge.

    First broadcast: 14 Dec 2001

  5. Security, Civil Rights and New Laws

    Racial profiling at airports since 9/11 is an ethical dilemma for Alistair Cooke.

    First broadcast: 07 Dec 2001

  6. The Terrorists' Trojan Horse

    Born in the USA? Alistair Cooke reflects on Al-Qaeda's use of home grown terrorists.

    First broadcast: 30 Nov 2001

  7. French forces in Afghanistan, November 2001

    The assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy. Plus UN debate on war with Afghanistan.

    First broadcast: 23 Nov 2001

  8. Project Space Guard

    Extraterrestrial catastrophes remind Alistair Cooke of The Space Guard Project.

    First broadcast: 16 Nov 2001

  9. The Stars and Stripes

    Alistair Cooke reflects on the outburst of flag hanging since the 9/11 attacks.

    First broadcast: 09 Nov 2001

  10. The aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks

    Alistair Cooke reflects on how America is coping after the 9/11 terrorist attack.

    First broadcast: 02 Nov 2001

  11. Living with anthrax

    Amid scares of anthrax in the post, Alistair Cooke considers the emotional effect of 9/11.

    First broadcast: 26 Oct 2001

  12. In The Olden Time: Before 11 September

    Alistair Cooke reflects on how the September 11th attack has changed the American psyche.

    First broadcast: 19 Oct 2001

  13. Blair and Bush: The special relationship

    Alistair Cooke reflects on Tony Blair's popularity ratings in America.

    First broadcast: 12 Oct 2001

  14. Civil Rights and Censorship

    Alistair Cooke compares the UK government’s civil rights abuses with those of the USA.

    First broadcast: 05 Oct 2001

  15. The "Loss of Eden"

    Alistair Cooke recalls Einstein’s warning letter to the US President about nuclear power.

    First broadcast: 28 Sep 2001

  16. America on Standby

    In the 9/11 aftermath, Alistair Cooke reflects on Mayor Giuliani reaction to the attack.

    First broadcast: 21 Sep 2001

  17. America's Day of Terror, 9/11

    Reactions to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001.

    First broadcast: 14 Sep 2001

  18. A Conference Against Human Prejudice

    A UN convention on racism reminds Alistair Cooke of racism in professional tennis.

    First broadcast: 07 Sep 2001

  19. The Threat from Wobbling Warheads

    Alistair Cooke reflects on President Bush's desire to build a defence missile shield.

    First broadcast: 31 Aug 2001

  20. Financial Wizards and Economic Prophecy

    Alistair Cooke considers the worldwide pandemic of economic decline.

    First broadcast: 24 Aug 2001

  21. Life, Death and Medical Research

    A coma patient makes Alistair Cooke consider the complex ethics of medical advancement.

    First broadcast: 17 Aug 2001

  22. Golf: It's a Very Difficult Game

    A special mixed-couples golf match heightens Alistair Cooke's passion for golf.

    First broadcast: 10 Aug 2001

  23. East meets West

    Alistair Cooke explores Europe's ignorance of America's long history with the Far East.

    First broadcast: 03 Aug 2001

  24. Policies and Popularity

    Whilst poll ratings stagnate, Alistair Cooke considers George Bush's popularity.

    First broadcast: 27 Jul 2001

  25. Stem Cell Brain Drain

    Alistair Cooke weighs up the political and ethical debates surrounding stem cell research.

    First broadcast: 20 Jul 2001

  26. Secret Service Secrets

    Whilst Bush takes a vacation, Alistair Cooke considers the private life of the president.

    First broadcast: 13 Jul 2001

  27. Ringing the Changes!

    Alistair Cooke reflects on the Independence Day celebrations and the Wimbledon finals.

    First broadcast: 06 Jul 2001

  28. Changing Tastes: 25 Years of Social Taboos

    Alistair Cooke considers the changing social taboos and bigotries over the past 25 years.

    First broadcast: 29 Jun 2001

  29. Wake Up to Summer

    Alistair Cooke considers how people alter their politics from a national to a local level.

    First broadcast: 22 Jun 2001

  30. Diplomacy and Public Relations

    Alistair Cooke considers President Bush's European policy blueprints.

    First broadcast: 15 Jun 2001

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