American satirist Joe Queenan explores cunning.
A recollection the work of Pierre Charles L'Enfant in shaping Washington DC.
A profile of Alan Greenspan, economist and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
The next chairman of the Federal Reserve - Alan Greenspan.
The life of Alfred Knopf, "simply the best publisher of the twentieth century".
Opera singer Andrea Baker explores the impact of Frederick Douglass's time in Scotland.
Recession in America, more modest foreign policy aims and nuclear fears in ex-USSR states.
A tribute to politician and diplomat Averell Harriman who served five presidents.
The power couple who reunited China and nearly lost it to Japan.
The work of Jack Kemp, the Secretary of Housing and Development.
Allegations that Clinton persuaded Monica Lewinsky to give false testimony examined.
Profiles of politicians Colin Powell and "Mickey" Leland (1944-1989)
The possible entrance of Colin Powell and Ross Perot in to the race for the presidency.
President Theodore Roosevelt's attempt to unite America under the English language.
Billionaire Donald Trump, the leading Republican candidate in the US presidential race.
Jonathan Freedland examines the rise of Donald Trump through the prism of the past.
Alistair Cooke considers the power held by Alan Greenspan over the economic market plunge.
Should we remember Henry Kissinger as America's wise strategist or its ruthless operator?
Former federal chairman Alan Greenspan in conversation with Evan Davis.
Alan Rusbridger asks how America's journalists are reporting on their new president.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and ideas of Frederick Douglass, born to slavery.
How broad is the public appeal of Colin Powell, and could he be a presidential candidate?
Alistair Cooke reveals America's objections and misconceptions of honours.
Hollywood producer Hal B. Wallis on James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy
A look at the life and career of songwriter Irving Berlin at the age of 100.
James Cagney reveals how the characters of his youth influenced his acting
James Cagney refuses to accept his status as a screen idol.
Becky Milligan profiles America’s First Lady.
An insight into the character of an influential person making the news headlines.
Mark Coles profiles Robert Mueller, the long-serving and influential director of the FBI.