Patricia Cornwell discusses her life and her career as a crime writer.
Alistair Cook reviews how the United Nations reacted to a scolding from Senator J Helms.
Michael Goldfarb looks at the history of rude, violent debate that has marked US politics.
How abstract votes will affect the nomination of Democratic presidential candidate.
Fan mail by the sack for Colonel Oliver North.
Poet Jackie Kay tells the story of Zora Neale Hurston's literary rebirth.
The Russian-born writer whose influence is most evident in her adopted home of the USA.
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks looks at the idea of leading a good life by being selfish.
Remembering Barry Goldwater, the most influential presidential runner-up in US history.
How does modern-day America compare with the fall of Rome as described by Gibbon?
Bob Dole resigns from the Senate to run for president.
Boris Yeltsin's visit to the White House in June 1991 contrasts with his one in 1989,
Newt Gingrich becomes Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
The trial of former Marine Colonel Oliver North over the 1986 Iran-Contra scandal.
A profile of David Duke, former Klu Klux Klan member and potential governor of Louisiana.
Jonathan Freedland examines the rise of Donald Trump through the prism of the past.
Should we remember Henry Kissinger as America's wise strategist or its ruthless operator?
Germaine Greer presents a profile of eccentric 1970s rock icon Frank Zappa.
David Frost turns to the archives to get beneath the skin of Richard Nixon.
George Wallace,(1919 - 1998) Governor of Alabama and reformed segregationist, remembered.
Republicans have a majority in both houses of the Senate for the first time in 40 years.
Mary Ann Sieghart profiles provocative US talk show host, Glenn Beck.
Gorbachev's banning of a Yeltsin rally in Moscow worries Alistair Cooke.
President-elect announces General Haig as his choice for Secretary of State.
Haig's fitness as Secretary of State questioned by Senate committee.
Secretary of State Haig negotiating with both sides in Falklands dispute.
Obituary for former vice president Hubert Humphrey.
Harry Wu was a young student jailed for nearly 20 years in Communist China.
John Wayne - obituary for an enduring hero.