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Letter from America by Alistair Cooke Episode guide

  1. Paralysis by Analysis

    After the close election, Alistair Cooke considers what authority the President will have.

    First broadcast: 10 Nov 2000

  2. The Day of Judgement

    Who will be the next President? Alistair Cooke evaluates Al Gore and George W Bush.

    First broadcast: 03 Nov 2000

  3. Suffocating in an Ocean of Advertising

    The bombardment of Presidential election adverts becomes too much for Alistair Cooke.

    First broadcast: 27 Oct 2000

  4. A Supreme Diarist

    Alistair Cooke celebrates the life and work of diarist James Agate.

    First broadcast: 20 Oct 2000

  5. The World's Tumult and the Price of a Barrel of Oil

    How do conflicts in Jerusalem and Belgrade affect world trade? Alistair Cooke finds out.

    First broadcast: 13 Oct 2000

  6. There He Goes Again

    Alistair Cook ponders the history of the American presidential debates.

    First broadcast: 06 Oct 2000

  7. A Vague Beast Called Big Oil

    The rising prices of gasoline leads Alistair Cooke to wonder who the culprit is.

    First broadcast: 29 Sep 2000

  8. Just the Facts, Ma'am

    Prostitution at the Sydney Olympics makes Alistair Cooke reflect on idealism and reality.

    First broadcast: 22 Sep 2000

  9. Trouble with the English Language

    Alistair Cooke looks at the affect of poll ratings on presidential elections.

    First broadcast: 15 Sep 2000

  10. Doing What Comes Naturally

    The search for athlete perfection leads Alistair Cooke from exercise techniques to drugs.

    First broadcast: 08 Sep 2000

  11. Father, God, Undefined

    Alistair Cooke questions the use of the American constitution's religious right.

    First broadcast: 01 Sep 2000

  12. Russia: The Victim of Democracy

    Alistair Cooke considers the tragic sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk.

    First broadcast: 25 Aug 2000

  13. Mother Nature's Wild Fires

    Alistair Cooke reflects on colossal forest fires raging across the United States.

    First broadcast: 18 Aug 2000

  14. Running Mates and Carpet Baggers

    Alistair Cooke explains the origins of the American political phrase "running mate".

    First broadcast: 11 Aug 2000

  15. From Exciting Horserace to Exhibition Trot

    Alistair Cooke recalls the longest presidential nomination ballot in US history.

    First broadcast: 04 Aug 2000

  16. From Party Convention to Coronation

    Alistair Cooke remembers past political conventions, including John F Kennedy's.

    First broadcast: 28 Jul 2000

  17. Ghostly Applause for a News Blackout

    Alistair Cooke evaluates the news blackouts over the Israel and Palestinian peace talks.

    First broadcast: 21 Jul 2000

  18. Now Read On...

    Alistair Cooke remembers George Gallup, the creator of the scientific polling method.

    First broadcast: 14 Jul 2000

  19. Where Have all the Answers Gone?

    Alistair Cooke bends his mind into a metaphysical helix to understand the human genome.

    First broadcast: 07 Jul 2000

  20. Pursuing a Will-o-the-wisp

    Alistair Cooke recalls the Korean War and how vetoes were written into the UN charter.

    First broadcast: 30 Jun 2000

  21. This Great Festival of Consumerism

    After enjoying his own Father's Day, Alistair Cooke becomes concerned by mass consumerism.

    First broadcast: 23 Jun 2000

  22. A Wonderful Work or a Rat Trap?

    In light of a Supreme Court verdict Alistair Cooke reflects on the rights of grandparents.

    First broadcast: 16 Jun 2000

  23. Polishing up his Escutcheon

    Bill Clinton’s recent treaty summits look to Alistair Cooke like a quick legacy polish.

    First broadcast: 09 Jun 2000

  24. Diet, Longevity and a Custard Pie

    To eat meat, or to not eat meat? Alistair Cooke finds out the perfect diet for longevity.

    First broadcast: 02 Jun 2000

  25. A Giant Step for Womankind

    Union resistance to trading with China, reminds Mr Cooke of the invention of dishwashers.

    First broadcast: 26 May 2000

  26. Historic Turning Points

    Alistair Cooke recalls when the private life of a politician was a taboo topic.

    First broadcast: 19 May 2000

  27. The China Bill and other Kickshaws

    Alistair Cooke reflects on China's trading privileges and a law against sizeism.

    First broadcast: 12 May 2000

  28. The Outrageous David Merrick

    Alistair Cooke remembers the colourful life of American theatre character David Merrick.

    First broadcast: 05 May 2000

  29. A Sordid Struggle

    Alistair Cooke examines the legal battle fought by Cuban Elian Gonzalez for asylum.

    First broadcast: 28 Apr 2000

  30. Cycle of Boom and Bust

    After a stock exchange drop of 600 points, Alistair Cook remembers other booms and busts.

    First broadcast: 21 Apr 2000

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