Alistair Cooke remembers the life and death of infamous American Mafia boss John Gotti.
The Last of the Old Time Gangsters
Alistair Cooke remembers the life and death of infamous American Mafia boss John Gotti.
Goldfinger is Still Alive and Well
Alistair Cooke remembers Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and the second Gulf War.
American Policy has One Main Aim
A letter from a student leads Alistair Cooke to consider anti-semitism in New York.
The Old West
Alistair Cooke considers the argument that sweat shop work is good for the employees.
Don't Name it, Cure it
Alistair Cooke examines what President Bush is doing about fraudulent financial deals.
The Avenues to Express Greed had Grown
Alistair Cooke considers the language used by Alan Greenspan to calm the stock markets
Am I My Brother's Keeper?
Alistair Cooke reflects on the generosity of Andrew Carnegie.
Dead Cat Bounce
After news of a double-dip recession, Alistair Cooke discusses Pope John Paul II’s visit.
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Alistair Cooke considers Europe’s reliance on the UN for dealing with Saddam Hussein.
Cool it, Man!
Floods in Europe remind Alistair Cooke of the damage done to Dresden during WWII.
If in Doubt, Find an Anniversary
Alistair Cooke explores the weird and wonderful anniversaries of 1902.
Fireworks over Manhattan
Alistair Cooke reflects on the tribute to 9/11 heroes at the US Open.
President Bush II has never been busier, 2002
Alistair Cooke reflects on President Bush's workload during the Iraq crisis.
It's Been Hard Convincing Allies that it's War
On first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Alistair Cooke muses on a new type of warfare.
President Kennedy had Just had a Nasty Shock
Alistair Cooke remembers the Cuban missile crisis and Nixon's golf club scandal.
Watch out for Isidore
It’s all in the name for Alistair Cooke as he ponders hurricane titles and biblical names.
What the American People Want
Alistair Cooke reflects on the opinion poll discoveries of George H Gallup.
Protest for Peace
On hearing anti-war protests, Alistair Cooke recalls the American Civil War drafting riot.
Heaven on the Half Shell
Alistair Cooke reflects on the historical connection between China and California.
Implement Me No Directives!
Alistair Cooke judges the language used by the Old Testament, Churchill and UN treaties.
All Politics is Local
Alistair Cooke recalls his very odd introduction to American politics.
When the Miraculous Computer Fails
Alistair Cooke reveals the consequences of a polling computer crash.
Iraq's Midsummer Nightmare
Alistair Cooke considers the effectiveness of the UN resolutions on Saddam Hussein.
Armageddon Can Wait
After a turbulent few years, Alistair Cooke likens the yearly events to biblical stories.
Patriotism, Thanksgiving - and Apple Sauce
Alistair Cooke recalls when Roosevelt named the 24 November as the day of Thanksgiving.
The Marshall Plan
Alistair Cooke reflects on George W Bush's obsession with Saddam Hussein.
Remembering a Dear Friend
Upon the death of a dear friend, Alistair Cooke reveals a secret about President Kennedy.
The Daily Sweat of Politics
Alistair Cooke recalls President Lyndon Johnson’s struggle to create Medicare.
Three famous ghosts of Christmas past are remembered by Alistair Cooke.
Security and Psychic Powers
Alistair Cooke considers security in Times Square on New Year's Eve.
Big Brother is Watching
Who’s watching you? Alistair Cooke muses on the personal files held by Homeland Security.
Sharing the Water
Amid California's drought scare, Alistair Cooke wonders how to share resources evenly.
Getting Away From It All
Alistair Cooke ponders on how to relax once physical exercise is no longer possible.
Peace For Our Time
Alistair Cooke is troubled by similarities between the current crisis in Iraq and WWII.
John Glenn at the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster funeral
Alistair Cooke reflects on astronaut John Glenn's eventful earth landing.
Nobody is Breathing Fire and Smoke
Alistair Cooke muses on the National Security threat level being set to 'imminent attack'.
A Planet of Snow
Alistair Cooke considers how cold winters affect New York's economy.
The Secret of Life
Alistair Cooke looks at the discovery of the chemical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid.
The Flaws of the UN?
Alistair Cooke reflects on Sir Alexander Cadogan, Philip Larkin and Mister Rogers.
Avoiding the Scourge of War
Alistair Cooke considers the ineffectiveness of the UN as an enforcing power.
America invades Iraq
Alistair Cooke's Letter from America.
The Anxiety of War
Alistair Cooke reflects of the casualties of war and losing friendships to time.
Senator Moynihan: A Social Conscience
Alistair Cooke pays tribute to the eccentric former senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Alistair Cooke pays tribute Dr. Carlo Urbani, the pioneer of Doctors Without Borders.
The Lessons of Potsdam
Alistair Cooke considers how people become desensitised to the horrifying images of war.
Taking it to the Brink
Last minute negotiation talks blot out world catastrophes for Alistair Cooke.
No More Wine and Roses
Alistair Cooke reflects on how the desert town of Las Vegas became a big tourist trap.
Today's News is Tomorrow's Collectors' Item
Alistair Cooke explains how Hungarian refugee, Leo Szilard, helped stop World War II.
Tackling the Looters
Alistair Cooke contemplates how to prevent Iraq from descending into anarchy.
The Creator of the Talent Industry
Alistair Cooke pays tribute to the life and work of "the Oracle" Mark McCormack.
Don't Pollute the Enemy's Water
Alistair Cooke questions how much confidence people should have in the President.
Who Shall Police the Policemen?
Alistair Cooke asks how we can police the world in a time of modern terrorist conflict.
Dramatic Turns of History
Alistair Cooke analyses the consequence of Saddam Hussain's decision to invade Kuwait.
The Maddest and Most Criminal of Tyrants
Alistair Cooke examines tyrants who commit mass murder and compares Stalin with Hitler.
Were We Misled into War?
Alistair Cooke asks whether the invasion of Iraq was based on a false premise.
Meeting the Stars
Alistair Cooke remembers meeting Ronald Colman and Katherine Hepburn.
Americans Choose Tony Blair
Alistair Cooke reflects on why Americans seem to trust Tony Blair.
The Power of a Phrase
Alistair Cooke examines the power of the catchphrase "winds of change".
It's Dangerous for Journalists to Retire
Nonagenarian Alistair Cooke rejects any idea of retiring.
The Original Fast Talker
Alistair Cooke pays tribute to Bob Hope and Lord Shawcross.
Healing the Alliance Against Terrorism
After a debate on tackling terrorism, Alistair Cooke reassesses his opinion of the UN.
Some Colourful Legends are Based in Fact
Alistair Cooke recalls some intriguing myths about Winston Churchill.
It Seemed like Doomsday at the Time
After recent power cuts, Alistair Cooke reflects on the importance of electricity.
The Drastic Social Change in a Once Genteel Game
Alistair Cooke muses on Wimbledon's ability to reconcile historic tradition and modernity.
A Million Iraqis Will Get the Message
Alistair Cooke contrasts the "crisis" in the tennis world with the troubles in Iraq.
In Memory of Henry Longhurst
Alistair Cooke celebrates the life of golf commentator Henry Longhurst.
A Category Five Hurricane
Whilst waiting for hurricane Isabel, Alistair Cooke tells a few tales.
Why it Costs so Much to Rebuild Iraq
Alistair Cooke asks why it is costing so much to rebuild Iraq.
I am a Jelly Doughnut
Alistair Cooke pays tribute to Robert Lochner and Alexander Butterfield.
The California Election
Alistair Cooke contemplates Arnold Schwarzenegger's role as governor.
Separated by Language
Alistair Cooke muses on curious linguistic differences between America and England.
The Pledge of Allegiance
Alistair Cooke examines the Pledge of Allegiance and its role in a secular society.
Towering Glass and Steel
Forty years on, Alistair Cooke examines the effect of destroying the Pennsylvania Station.
Social Lion and Remarkable Architect
Alistair Cooke celebrates the architectural achievements of Stanford White.
The Appetite for War
Alistair Cooke examines how casualty numbers influences the public's appetite for war.
Chinese Textile Tariffs
Alistair Cooke compares Chinese import tax with the great depression Smoot-Hawley Tariff.
In light of new concerns about healthy eating, Alistair Cooke reflects on Thanksgiving.
Why the War Couldn't Wait
Alistair Cooke examines why it is so difficult to establish democracy in Iraq.
Looking for an Anniversary
An anniversary gets Alistair Cooke out from a sticky broadcasting situation.
Birth of a Christmas Fairy Tale
Charles Dickens’ Scrooge reminds Alistair Cooke of the uniting force of Christmas.
Pork Barrel Politics
Alistair Cooke examines how congressmen secure re-appointments during an election year.
The Problem with Sport
Alistair Cooke wonders what makes people favour athletic prowess over academic skill.
Not Worth Talking About
Alistair Cooke refuses to exhaust himself describing all the presidential candidates.
Alistair Cooke remembers a Palm Beach winter, as Arctic weather hits the northern states.
The Day of the GP is Over
Alistair Cooke remembers when doctors used to make house calls.
Was Saddam a Threat or Not?
Alistair Cooke discusses the resignation of the US chief weapons inspector, Dr David Kay.
Encounters with Intelligence
Alistair Cooke remembers the time he was mistaken for a spy during World War II.
How WWI turned slimming into a fashion
How slimming became fashionable during the food shortages of the First World War.
Alistair Cooke's Last Letter
In his last letter, Alistair Cooke examines Iraq’s influence on the Presidential Election.
Groucho Marx and Bing Crosby
Profiles of entertainers Groucho Marx (1898-1977) and Bing Crosby (1903-1977).
How ice cream changed America
A profile of Reuben Mattus (1912-1994), the co-founder of Haagen-Dazs.
Kennedy's rocking chair
The secret ailments of President John F Kennedy.
Atlanta and Augusta
A history of the Augusta National Golf Club from its formation in 1777.
The life of Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926).
The atom bomb warning of 1939
How two refugees warned Roosevelt of the German nuclear threat.
1970s USA rediscovered through lost recordings of Alistair Cooke's Letter From America.
Roger McGough is joined by Manchester poet Mike Garry
Four Seasons: Autumn Poems old and new read by actors and poets to mark the turning year.
The best of BBC Radio this week with broadcaster Sheila McClennon.
Conversations with stars of stage and screen, plus music from musicals and the movies.
What Does It Mean To Be Black?
How do we define blackness in the UK?