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Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Clinton Years (1993-1996) Podcast

English, Political, 1 seasons, 206 episodes, 1 day 23 hours 32 minutes
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Bill Clinton’s first term encompassed controversies from the Israeli-Palestinian Oslo accords and gays in the military to the North American Free Trade Agreement and an attempt at healthcare reform. A fascinating social, cultural and political history of American life, through the words of British-American journalist and broadcaster, Alistair Cooke (1908 – 2004).
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A history of Father Christmas

Santa Claus or Father Christmas? The origin of the Patron saint of Christmas is explored. Plus, the surprising popularity of a Tickle Me Elmo toy has caused prices to skyrocket.
27/12/199613 minutes 10 seconds
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UN Leader Mr Boutros Boutros-Ghali

A tribute to Mr Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former leader of the UN General Assembly, whose peacekeeping skills were put to the test during the Rwandan Genocide.
20/12/199613 minutes 34 seconds
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Gulf War Syndrome

Madeleine Albright becomes the first Secretary of State in America, and investigations reveal a possible chemical cause of Gulf War Syndrome.
13/12/199613 minutes 36 seconds
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Permissive California

Cults of California, tolerance in San Francisco, and the permissive parenting backlash are discussed by Alistair Cooke in this week's Letter From America.
06/12/199613 minutes 24 seconds
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Thanksgiving in California

From California, Alistair Cooke examines the un-politicised institution of Thanksgiving and the changing face of US politics.
29/11/199613 minutes 17 seconds
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Sexual harassment in the armed forces

After public revelations of cases of sexual violence in the US Army and Navy Alistair Cooke examines the scandal of the sexual harassment of women in America's armed forces.
22/11/199613 minutes 39 seconds
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US intervention in Rwanda

US intervention in the Rwandan refugee crisis and the history of President Clinton's press conferences.
15/11/199613 minutes 59 seconds
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The 1996 presidential election

The results of the presidential elections and how technology is turning busy television studios into silent cathedrals, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.
08/11/199614 minutes 9 seconds
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Halloween, 1996

The history Halloween, the origin of the vampire myth and the roaring business performed by pumpkin farmers during the month of October.
01/11/199613 minutes 43 seconds
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Forest fires, tornadoes and earthquakes

A season of disaster, forest fires, tornadoes, earthquakes and leads to a recollection of a vast storm in 1938 which descended on the Northern Atlantic coast.
25/10/199613 minutes 52 seconds
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The science of electoral predictions

The science of electoral prediction and the possible pitfalls of keeping one ear to the ground following the Dole and Clinton debates.
18/10/199613 minutes 40 seconds
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Vice-presidential responsibilites

Vice-presidential responsibilities, the careers of Bob Dole, Dan Quayle and Jack Kemp, and the false predictions of Lord Kelvin, Albert Einstein and Arthur C Clarke.
11/10/199614 minutes 6 seconds
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The 1996 presidential debates

The first presidential debate between President Clinton and Mr Dole, and the unique election advantage gifted to incumbent presidents, the presidential halo.
04/10/199613 minutes 57 seconds
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Boris Yeltin's heart surgery

Boris Yeltsin's heart-bypass surgery and the cultures of secrecy that have surrounded the heath and governance of gravely ill leaders.
27/09/199614 minutes 11 seconds
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OJ Simpson's civil trial

As O J Simpson's civil trial begins Alistair Cooke considers what can be gained from a civil suit and examines the differences in the way the new trial is being run.
20/09/199614 minutes 4 seconds
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The Defense Of Marriage Act 1996

The Defense of Marriage Act and the implications it has to same sex marriage, and news from Bob Dole's floundering presidential campaign.
13/09/199613 minutes 57 seconds
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Cruise missile strike in Iraq

The US cruise missile strike in Iraq, the claims that the first Gulf War was left unfinished and the complexities of the first conflict, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.
06/09/199613 minutes 30 seconds
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Chicago and the Democratic convention

The Democratic Party convention returning to Chicago, the history of the city and the 'circus within a plague' of the last, disastrous conference of 1968.
30/08/199613 minutes 56 seconds
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The return of Ross Perot and US social concerns

The return of Ross Perot as a presidential candidate, the prohibition of third-trimester abortions, the proliferation of guns and the education of children about global warming.
23/08/199613 minutes 47 seconds
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The 1996 Republican convention

The history of the party nomination conventions, the switch to the primary election as the method of choosing a presidential candidate, and Bill Clinton's lead in the polls.
16/08/199613 minutes 46 seconds
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Atlanta Olympics 1996

The commercialisation and crass television coverage of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and the effect that an influx of money has on sport.
09/08/199614 minutes 21 seconds
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The welfare and healthcare reform debate

The presidential race, US welfare and healthcare reform and the prurience and pressure surrounding the TWA flight 800 crash investigation.
02/08/199613 minutes 33 seconds
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The TWA Flight 800 crash

The TWA Flight 800 crash and the media coverage of the accident, the casino life of the financial markets and Bob Dole's reluctance to embrace the 1990s.
26/07/199613 minutes 40 seconds
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The Helms-Burton Bill

The Helms-Burton bill, which penalises foreign companies doing business with Cuba, Senator Jessie Helms and tobacco , and the importance of Southern states to President Clinton.
19/07/199613 minutes 50 seconds
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Melvin Belli (1907-1996)

A reflection on the life and legal crusade of the flamboyant US celebrity lawyer Melvin Belli, self-proclaimed defender of the 'little helpless guy'.
12/07/199614 minutes 13 seconds
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1996 Russian presidential elections

Boris Yeltsin's victory in the Russian presidential elections, the relative novelty of universal suffrage in the West and the need for democracy, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.
05/07/199613 minutes 31 seconds
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Max Factor Jr and make-up (1904 - 1996)

The death of Max Factor Jnr. and the origin of the word "make-up" are the subjects considered by Alistair Cooke.
21/06/199614 minutes
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Bob Dole to run for president

With Bob Dole resigning from the Senate, Alistair Cooke examines the legislator's time as Senate leader and explores the uncertain future of the Republican Party.
14/06/199613 minutes 56 seconds
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Timothy Leary (1920 -1996)

The death of Timothy Leary, the impact of LSD in the 1960s, and the need for each generation to rebel against the one before, as chronicled by Alistair Cooke.
07/06/199613 minutes 58 seconds
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Memorial Day, 1996

Memorial Day, now indistinguishable from Veteran's Day, leads Cooke to consider on how recognition of military service has changed and, how Bill Clinton joined the US army.
31/05/199614 minutes 2 seconds
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Single issue groups

The unique power of single issue groups in American presidential elections and President Clinton's stance on gay marriage are discussed by Alistair Cooke.
24/05/199613 minutes 31 seconds
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The debate over assisted suicide

The preparations for the upcoming presidential elections, and the resurgence of the legal and moral debate over assisted suicide in the US, as considered by Alistair Cooke.
17/05/199613 minutes 53 seconds
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Diplomacy and the Star Wars defence program

The diplomacies of Wilson and Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan's Star Wars defence programme, and the American response to international elections, as detailed by Alistair Cooke.
10/05/199614 minutes 3 seconds
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Kennedy's rocking chair

The sale of President Kennedy's rocking chair, JFK's ailments and the discreetness of the press, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.
03/05/199614 minutes 4 seconds
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Erma Bombeck

The life and work of columnist Erma Bombeck, "America's only woman humourist", and writer of "At Wit's End", is remembered by Alistair Cooke.
26/04/199613 minutes 8 seconds
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The South Florida University bomb

The University of South Florida's reaction to a bomb threat leads Alistair Cooke to consider the emergence and nature of America's new anti-terrorism laws.
19/04/199613 minutes 26 seconds
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The Montana Freemen

The rise of Montana's armed insurgents, their historical inheritance and their opposition in the FBI, as chronicled by Alistair Cooke.
12/04/199613 minutes 40 seconds
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Euthanasia and the terminally ill

Euthanasia, and the right to die for the terminally ill, the case of Karen Ann Quinlan, and Dr Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan doctor who has helped 27 dying people.
05/04/199613 minutes 49 seconds
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Perot, Buchanan and Dole

Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan's challenge to Bob Dole in the race for the Republican presidential nomination and how a thief in the night may yet undo Bill Clinton.
29/03/199613 minutes 28 seconds
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The first Letter from America 1946

On the 50th anniversary of his Letter from America broadcasts Alistair Cooke re-presents the first talk, describing his return from an austere Britain to a bountiful New York.
22/03/199613 minutes 38 seconds
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Lockerbie and anti-terror laws

The Lockerbie bombing, the unpredictable threat of terrorism and the difficulty of making anti-terror laws compatible with constitutional rights, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.
15/03/199614 minutes 6 seconds
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Churchill's Soviet warning and the Chinese threat

Fifty years after Churchill's speech warning of Soviet ambitions in Europe, Alistair Cooke considers the new threat posed by communist China.
08/03/199613 minutes 51 seconds
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Pat Buchanan and divisions with the Republican Party

Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, divisions within the Republican Party and the greatest anxiety of "middle America" are discussed by Alistair Cooke.
23/02/199613 minutes 59 seconds
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The US tax system

The varied nature of democratic governments, the legal and political powers of state government and the arcane operation of the US tax system are considered by Alistair Cooke.
16/02/199614 minutes
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Great American frauds

Phineas T Barnum, Hershel Geguzin and Ruldolph Walter Wanderone, three notable fraudsters, are all profiled by Alistair Cooke.
09/02/199613 minutes 45 seconds
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The 1996 New Hampshire primary

The importance of the New Hampshire primary election in the race to become president is the subject of a discussion by Alistair Cooke.
02/02/199613 minutes 47 seconds
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Clinton's State Of The Union address

President Clinton's State of the Union Address and the origins and purposes of the grand jury system.
26/01/199613 minutes 31 seconds
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Hilary Clinton, Eleanor Roosevelt and Abigail Smith

The controversy surrounding Hilary Clinton's involvement in the presidency and the actions of Mrs Roosevelt and Mrs Adams, are the subject of a comparison by Alistair Cooke.
19/01/199613 minutes 47 seconds
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The snow of 1996, 1947 and 1888

The New York blizzard of 1996, the great snowfall of 1947 and the "paralysing anxiety" during the blizzard of 1888, as chronicled by Alistair Cooke.
12/01/199613 minutes 56 seconds
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Government services and the budget bill

A halt on US Government services and the consequence of the refusal to pass a continuing resolution on the Budget Balancing Bill, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.
05/01/199614 minutes
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Christmas 1995

A Christmas spent in Vermont, the joy of experiencing absolute silence and the progress of the federal government shutdown are discussed by Alistair Cooke.
29/12/199514 minutes 2 seconds
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School prayers

The adaptability of American soldiers, the debate in Congress over the reading of prayers in schools, and what makes a good government are discussed by Alistair Cooke.
22/12/199514 minutes 13 seconds
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US troops enter Bosnia, 1995

The arrival of the first America soldiers in Bosnia in December 1995, the harsh conditions they face and the position of the constitution on the declaration of war.
15/12/199513 minutes 28 seconds
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James Reston (1909-1995)

The Pulitzer winning journalist James "Scottie" Reston (1909-1995) and the writer's transition from young sports commentator to respected political columnist.
08/12/199514 minutes 14 seconds
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Church and state

The relationship between church and state, the future of a monument to the Ten Commandments and the existence of freedom of speech in the classroom are explored by Alistair Cooke.
01/12/199513 minutes 57 seconds
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Bosnia and the Dayton Agreement

A possible end to the conflict in Bosnia, the role of the US in the peace treaty, and why the city of Dayton became the venue for the signing in November 1995.
24/11/199513 minutes 21 seconds
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1995 Shutdown of the federal government

The federal government shutdown on November 14 1995, the events leading up to this national crisis, and an exploration of the history of US debt and the proposed solutions.
17/11/199513 minutes 57 seconds
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General Colin Powell

General Colin Powell's electoral appeal, the apathy towards Republican candidates and a shift in political reporting are discussed by Alistair Cooke.
10/11/199513 minutes 19 seconds
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Quebec and French relations

The formation of Quebec, the American and Canadian relationship with France and the possibility of a divided neighbour to the north, are explored by Alistair Cooke.
03/11/199513 minutes 42 seconds
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Arafat visits New York

The visit of Yasser Arafat to New York City to meet with the United Nations in 1995, the traffic carnage caused in the city and his plea to reconstitute the Security Council.
27/10/199513 minutes 31 seconds
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New York taxi drivers

How the demographics of New York taxi drivers change and how President Clinton's relationship with business may be key in the race for re-election, explored by Alistair Cooke.
20/10/199513 minutes 52 seconds
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OJ Simpson and race

The race issues surrounding the OJ Simpson trial, the emergence of the black middle class and the future for a divided America, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.
13/10/199513 minutes 21 seconds
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The OJ Simpson verdict, 1995

How do Americans feel about the OJ Simpson trial following the delivery of the verdict in October 1995?
06/10/199513 minutes 38 seconds
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Colin Powell and Ross Perot

An examination of the increased rate change in America and the possible entrance of Colin Powell and Ross Perot to the Presidential race, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.
29/09/199513 minutes 45 seconds
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Online America

The dangers of an online America, the importance of considering a sentence before committing it to paper, and the possible return of the Luddites are considered by Alistair Cooke.
22/09/199513 minutes 58 seconds
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Senator Robert Packwood

The events which led to the resignation of Senator Robert Packwood, and what Packwood's diary tells us about the lobbying system are explored by Alistair Cooke.
14/09/199513 minutes 56 seconds
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Labor Day 1995

Labor Day 1995, the continuation of the OJ Simpson murder trial, and President Clinton's promises for campaign for re-election in 1996.
08/09/199514 minutes 2 seconds
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Third parties

Senator Bill Bradley's decision to not run for re-election to the Senate, the 'broken' nature of American politics and the role of a third political party.
01/09/199513 minutes 52 seconds
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Political vacations

As President Clinton takes his summer holiday, Alistair Cooke explores the way in which presidential vacations have become less about relaxation and more about public relations.
25/08/199513 minutes 51 seconds
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The American aqueduct scandal

The concept of local identity and blurring of state lines, the delivery of water to 19th century farmers and environmental policy are examined by Alistair Cooke.
18/08/199513 minutes 54 seconds
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The atomic bomb

A recollection of the events leading up to the use of the atomic bomb to end the Second World War, and an examination of the thirty year controversy that followed.
11/08/199514 minutes 17 seconds
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The American relationship with tobacco

As the American relationship with tobacco changes, should President Franklin D Roosevelt's memorial statue still include his omnipresent cigarette?
04/08/199513 minutes 36 seconds
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George Romney, Mitt’s father

A discussion on the difficulty of predicting the results of the 1996 election, and a recollection of the mistake that dashed the presidential hopes of Governor George Romney.
28/07/199512 minutes 40 seconds
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Smith-Corona typewriters

The Smith-Corona Company application for bankruptcy, the demise of the manual typewriter, and the response of the American public to the conflict in Bosnia.
21/07/199513 minutes 56 seconds
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Clinton and Tiberius

United Nations intervention in Bosnia, the failure of Bill Clinton to act on the crisis, and the inspiration the president may draw from Roman Emperor Tiberius.
14/07/199513 minutes 39 seconds
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Porgy and Bess

The politics of the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess, the effectiveness of affirmative action and the current trend of conservatism in America are explored by Alistair Cooke.
07/07/199513 minutes 48 seconds
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St Patrick's parade ban

The ruling allowing a group of Boston war veterans to ban homosexuals and bisexuals from the St Patricks Day parade, and the division it has caused in America.
30/06/199513 minutes 40 seconds
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The first UN Conference

How Field Marshall Jan Smutt and Lord Halifax were led astray by wild flowers at the first United Nations Conference in 1945 in San Francisco.
23/06/199514 minutes 6 seconds
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American farmers

The evolution of medicine bottles, the problems affecting American farmers, and why private restaurants are a symbol of change in Cuba.
16/06/199514 minutes
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Bob Dole and the fall of Rome

The work of historian Edward Gibbon, the parallels between modern-day America and the fall of Rome, and Bob Dole's credentials as a presidential candidate.
09/06/199513 minutes 44 seconds
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Objectives in modern conflict

President Clinton's speech on the relationship between the American armed forces and NATO, and the public perception of the lack of a clear objective in a modern conflict.
02/06/199513 minutes 53 seconds
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The White House

Great American inventions, Jackie Kennedy's overhaul of the official rooms of the White House, and the closure of Pennsylvania Avenue to the public in 1995.
26/05/199513 minutes 58 seconds
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Rockefeller and Britannica

With the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Rockefeller Centre both experiencing financial difficulties, Alistair Cooke looks at the problems faced by both institutions.
19/05/199513 minutes 46 seconds
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Equality in New York, Clinton in Russia

The development of equality in New York City, and President Clinton's mission to dissuade President Yeltsin from sending nuclear aid to Iran, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.
12/05/199514 minutes 8 seconds
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VE Day, fifty years on

The American press reports on the end of the war in Europe, and the comparatively minor celebrations in the US, as remembered by Alistair Cooke, fifty years after VE Day.
05/05/199513 minutes 32 seconds
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Oklahoma City bombing

The impact of home-grown terrorism, and the conflicts that arise when discussing the First Amendment, in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing on 19th April 1995.
28/04/199513 minutes 34 seconds
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US taxation in 1995

Are taxes one of only two inevitabilities in life? Alistair Cooke explores how have they have been reduced and simplified in modern-day America.
21/04/199513 minutes 32 seconds
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Remembering FDR

The passing of Franklin D Roosevelt (1882 -1945) and FDR's legacy 50 years after his death, the evolution of the breaking news story, and the only third-term in office.
14/04/199513 minutes 43 seconds
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The Christian right in politics

The role that the extreme Christian right play in American politics, and whether any religious group has the power to bring a politian down are explored by Alistair Cooke.
07/04/199514 minutes 14 seconds
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The OJ phenomenon

Why Americans are obsessed with the OJ Simpson trial, the viewing habits of a sequestered jury member, and the real winner of the Oscars, are discussed by Alistair Cooke.
31/03/199514 minutes
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Rudolph Giuliani's New York

School dinners, gangsters, snow ploughs and the other problems faced by the Mayor of New York City, Rudolph Giuliani, are explored by Alistair Cooke.
24/03/199513 minutes 25 seconds
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Gingrich and Roosevelt

With a Republican majority in both houses of the Senate for the first time in 40 years, Cooke explores the parallels drawn between Newt Gingrich and President Roosevelt.
17/03/199513 minutes 54 seconds
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Ringers

The role of 'ringers' to gain unfair advantage in both sport and business, as the baseball strike continues.
10/03/199513 minutes 50 seconds
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The American deficit

The beginnings of the American deficit and how the gap between the national income and outgoings has been allowed to widen are explored by Alistair Cooke.
03/03/199513 minutes 59 seconds
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The secrets of a long life

What is the secret of longevity? Alistair Cooke investigates the factors that have been attributed to elongated lifespans and profiles the world's oldest woman Jeanne Calment.
24/02/199513 minutes 33 seconds
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William Fulbright (1905-1995)

Senator William Fulbright (1905-1995) is remembered by Alistair Cooke, including his work as a tenacious young politian and as an ambassador for American students studying abroad.
17/02/199513 minutes 57 seconds
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Baseball strike 1994-5

The events leading up to the 1994-95 baseball strike in America and the role that Congress could play in bringing the national pastime back from the brink.
10/02/199513 minutes 57 seconds
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George Abbott remembered

George Abbott (1887-1995), the Broadway producer and director, is remembered, from his humble beginnings as a messenger through to becoming one of America's greatest playwrights.
03/02/199514 minutes 15 seconds
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Dependency on red tape

With the jury selection for the OJ Simpson trial taking longer than expected, Alistair Cooke explores American dependency on red tape and the 'death' of common sense.
27/01/199513 minutes 37 seconds
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Montgomery bus boycott

During the week of Martin Luther King's birthday holiday, Cooke remembers his 1956 visit to meet with people from both sides of the Montgomery bus boycott prompted by Rosa Parks.
20/01/199513 minutes 59 seconds
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A Nation of hair stylists

The nature of reviewing the past and predicting the future, and musings on how abstract votes will affect the nomination of Democratic presidential candidate.
13/01/199514 minutes 7 seconds
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Clinton and 'Me too' Democrats

Newt Gingrich becomes speaker of the US House of Representatives. American apathy towards foreign policy and Clinton's shift towards the centre are explored by Alistair Cooke.
06/01/199513 minutes 40 seconds
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Barry Goldwater, and Reagan's speech

Former Senator Barry Goldwater, the speech that won Ronald Reagan the Governorship of California and the state of the Republican Party in 1994 are assessed by Alistair Cooke.
30/12/199413 minutes 59 seconds
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Carter's diplomacy and White House security

Jimmy Carter's diplomatic efforts, the security problems faced by the White House and the size of Lyndon Johnson's handkerchief are mused over by Alistaire Cooke.
23/12/199413 minutes 53 seconds
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OJ Simpson and the legal process, 1994

A mass shooting on a Long Island commuter train, the OJ Simpson trial and the litigation involved in becoming a US citizen lead Cooke to discuss the legal process in America.
16/12/199413 minutes 36 seconds
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Cable TV and local news

The rise of cable television and the difficulty it creates when trying to find a truly local news story, discussed by Alistair Cooke in San Francisco.
09/12/199413 minutes 59 seconds
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Bosnia and the power of NATO

The erosion of San Franciscan water pipes, the continuing conflict in Bosnia and the American feeling that NATO is becoming a redundant entity are discussed by Alistair Cooke.
02/12/199413 minutes 56 seconds
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Newt Gingrich and the constitution

Newt Gingrich is installed as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alistair Cooke examines his suggested amendments to the constitution, and the life of new legislation.
25/11/199413 minutes 51 seconds
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Clinton on welfare and free trade

President Clinton's failure to deliver on welfare reform, the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the need for speculation in journalism.
18/11/199413 minutes 58 seconds
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Clinton's medical reforms

The Republican landslide Senate victory leads Alistair Cooke to critique Clinton's medical reform and recalls presidents who have triumphed in the face of adversity.
11/11/199413 minutes 34 seconds
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Halloween 1994

The history of Halloween, how a rise in street crime has affected the celebration and the objections of the Christian right, are discussed by Alistair Cooke.
04/11/199413 minutes 59 seconds
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The Kennedy Family

Senator Edward Kennedy and Mitt Romney's televised debate before the 1994 Congressional elections provides an opportunity to discuss the history of the Kennedy family.
28/10/199413 minutes 40 seconds
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Jean-Bertrand Aristide

A new American ally is assessed by Alistair Cooke, following the donation of four billion dollars to North Korea to curb the production of nuclear arms.
21/10/199413 minutes 50 seconds
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Diane Feinstein's forestry bill

Senator Diane Feinstein's heroic effort to pass a bill in Congress for the protection of 6 million acres of Californian desert highlights the drama of congressional voting.
14/10/199413 minutes 49 seconds
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North Korean nuclear development

North Korea's persistent nuclear development puts the UN in a tough situation; Cooke wonders whether Jimmy Carters diplomatic discussions or the UN Forces are the best deterrent.
30/09/199413 minutes 30 seconds
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American troops in Haiti

As American troops enter Haiti, Alistair Cooke chronicles President Clinton's motivations for intervening in the conflict and explains Jimmy Carter's role in the negotiations.
23/09/199413 minutes 51 seconds
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American political underdogs

How President Clinton's position will be affected by the upcoming congressional elections leads Cooke to recall the underdogs and upsets from the history of American politics.
16/09/199413 minutes 58 seconds
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Employment in America

Employment in America, and attempts to define the modern working population are discussed by Cooke, following the cancellation of the Labor Day parade in New York.
09/09/199414 minutes 7 seconds
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Allied troops leave Berlin in 1994

The Allied troop withdrawals from Berlin prompt Alistair Cooke to remember the division of Germany following the Second World War.
02/09/199413 minutes 52 seconds
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USA, Cuba, and Guantanamo Bay

The US role in the Cuban War of Independence and how America is housing Cuban refugees in the Guantanamo Bay facility are considered by Alistair Cooke.
26/08/199413 minutes 23 seconds
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Johnny Madison Williams

Bank robber Johnny Madison Williams Junior's story, leads Cooke to explore the concept of the crook as a national hero, and anticipate the fallout from the OJ Simpson trial.
19/08/199413 minutes 48 seconds
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Community policing, protest and riots

The FBI's powers, the need for "community policing", and the history of protest at UC Berkley are discussed by Alistair Cooke following a riot in Harlem Heights.
12/08/199413 minutes 40 seconds
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Preserving the peace in Serbia

America's historic obligation to preserving the peace and protecting the innocent in Greater Serbia, discussed by Alistair Cooke.
05/08/199414 minutes 24 seconds
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Nuclear non-proliferation

Kathleen Bailey, a straight talking organiser shakes up a world conference at Livermore, with the renewal of the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty high on political agendas.
29/07/199413 minutes 40 seconds
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Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Arthur C Clarke

The Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 collision with Jupiter leads Alistair Cooke to discuss the thinning of the ozone layer and the work of Arthur C Clarke.
22/07/199413 minutes 42 seconds
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Haiti

Clinton's desire for a stronger relationship with Germany, the history of Haiti and the latest developments in the OJ Simpson case are mulled over by Alistair Cooke.
15/07/199413 minutes 16 seconds
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OJ Simpson media coverage

How the OJ Simpson trial is being reported on either side of the Atlantic, and some parallels with the abdication of Edward VIII are discussed by Alistair Cooke.
08/07/199413 minutes 18 seconds
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OJ Simpson trial

Unceasing rumours surrounding the OJ Simpson trial make Alistair Cooke reflect on the American desire to know the verdict before hearing the facts.
01/07/199413 minutes 56 seconds
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American sport

The state of sport in America is assessed by Alistair Cooke as the 1994 World Cup commences. And he commemorates the final allied troops leaving Berlin.
24/06/199413 minutes 55 seconds
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Clinton and Gonzales

The leadership of Clinton and Felipe Gonzalez of Spain is compared by Cooke, who explores how the public expectations of elected officials have changed.
17/06/199413 minutes 56 seconds
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Clinton and the military

President Clinton's relationship with the military is explored by Alistair Cooke, who considers whether his lack of active service places him in a compromised position.
10/06/199413 minutes 38 seconds
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50th anniversary of D Day, 1994

The Polish contribution to the Normandy landings are examined by Cooke following the 50th D Day commemorations, including why recent allied operations have been less successful.
03/06/199413 minutes 50 seconds
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Pearl White

Silent movie actress Pearl White (1889-1938), the case against Dan Rostenkowski and the latest allegations levelled against President Clinton are discussed by Alistair Cooke.
27/05/199413 minutes 49 seconds
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Health bill and Brown v Board Board of Education

Clinton's controversial health bill, and the impact of the famous Brown v Board of Education case 1954, 40 years ago, including its unintended consequences.
20/05/199413 minutes 27 seconds
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American education

The American education system is examined by Alistair Cooke, who considers the rise of progressive schools and asks whether an increase in home schooling is a viable proposition.
13/05/199413 minutes 6 seconds
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President Clinton's first 15 months

President Clinton's first 15 months in office and the challenges he faces both at home, and abroad including, the looming crisis in Haiti are reflected on by Alistair Cooke.
06/05/199414 minutes 5 seconds
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Richard Nixon: his great work

In his assessment of Richard Nixon, Alistair Cooke details the life of the only president to resign from office, including his work in China and the Watergate scandal.
29/04/199414 minutes 3 seconds
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Michael Fay in Singapore

Following the detention of 18 year old Michael Fay, an American citizen in Singapore, Alistair Cooke looks at what Fay's treatment can tell us about Singapore.
22/04/199413 minutes 28 seconds
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Clinton’s global reputation

The manipulative power of magazines, President Clinton's reputation abroad and the public demand for representation are explored by Alistair Cooke in the wake of Whitewater.
15/04/199413 minutes 58 seconds
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Justice Blackman retires

The retirement of Justice Blackman from the Supreme Court of Justice reminds Alistair Cooke of the good, the bad and the senile aspects of law making.
08/04/199413 minutes 54 seconds
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Whitewater

The Whitewater investigation, the reaction to Hilary Clinton's controversial financial dealings and the workings of the commodities market are explained by Alistair Cooke.
01/04/199414 minutes
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Admiral William J Crowe

Admiral William J Crowe, the newly appointed American Ambassador to the United Kingdom, is profiled by Alistair Cooke.
25/03/199413 minutes 58 seconds
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The tobacco industry, and Tonya Harding

The uncertain future of America's tobacco industry and the growing problem of plea bargains after the trial of figure skater Tonya Harding are discussed by Alistair Cooke.
18/03/199413 minutes 17 seconds
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The survival of immigrants in America

A 1930's tourist guide describing Boston's demographic make-up makes Alistair Cooke reflect on how immigrants survive and prosper in America.
11/03/199414 minutes 8 seconds
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Nixon, 'and the rest you know'...

How the wistful sign off "and the rest you know" at the end of Alistair Cooke's letter on how congressional moves to impeach Richard Nixon came about.
04/03/199413 minutes 41 seconds
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Military intervention in Bosnia

President Clinton's concerns over US military intervention, a newfound resolve over the war in Bosnia and a bogeyman in the shape of a Russian bear are discussed by Alistair Cooke.
25/02/199413 minutes 39 seconds
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History of chocolate

The history of chocolate and how new research is re-defining it as an unlikely health food is considered by Alistair Cooke, on his travels to California.
19/02/199414 minutes
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Clinton’s draft dodge

Bill Clinton's draft dodging during the Vietnam War is remembered by Alistair Cooke upon hearing that America's trade embargo on Vietnam is soon to be lifted.
11/02/199413 minutes 51 seconds
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How ice cream changed America

Reuben Mattus, the inventor of Haagen-Dazs ice-cream, reminds Alistair Cooke of other immigrants who have shaped America.
04/02/199414 minutes 11 seconds
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The Bobbitt case

Lorena Bobbitt's acquittal for cutting off her husband's penis causes Alistair Cooke to reflect on legal definitions of insanity in the state of Virginia.
28/01/199414 minutes 3 seconds
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Freezing weather and earthquakes in 1994

The exceptionally cold weather scouring America, the earthquake in southern California and the conclusion of the Iran-Contra affair investigation are discussed by Alistair Cooke.
21/01/199413 minutes 45 seconds
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Tip O'Neill

The life and career of 'essential Boston Irish Catholic Democrat' and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill (1912- 1994).
14/01/199413 minutes 45 seconds
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New Year's Resolutions

Alistair Cooke looks at the changing fashions in New Year's resolutions, and the success of Alcoholics Anonymous.
07/01/199413 minutes 54 seconds
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Christmas, and Alistair Cooke meets a computer

A 1940s style flight to Vermont brings Alistair Cooke to his family and a computer which has swallowed several libraries, a few archives and already knows all about him.
30/12/199314 minutes 16 seconds
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The constitution and religious festivals in America

The difficulty of celebrating a religious festival in America without behaving unconstitutionally, A Christmas Carol, Washington style and the Park Lane Christmas trees.
24/12/199314 minutes 24 seconds
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The GATT agreement and peace talks in Northern Ireland

The GATT Trade Agreement, the prospect of peace in Northern Ireland, electoral defeat for Russian authoritarian Vladimir Zhirinovsky and nuclear weapons in North Korea.
17/12/199313 minutes 57 seconds
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The Long Island train shootings and gun control

A random multiple murder on a Long Island train, America's problem with guns, the future for gun control and the failure of the 'Brady Bill'.
10/12/199313 minutes 35 seconds
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The first World AIDS Day

The first World AIDS Day, reaction to the disease from sufferers and the public and an interruption to an unusually heartfelt speech by President Clinton.
03/12/199313 minutes 52 seconds
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Thirtieth anniversary of Kennedy assassination, 1993

Searching for a fair evaluation of John F Kennedy's life, 30 years after his assasination and how the significance of anniversaries is transformed by historical revisions.
26/11/199314 minutes 16 seconds
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Personality in politics

Examining the surprising result of a debate between the 'boring' Al Gore and 'sassy' Ross Perot and how the reputations of politicians are formed by their public personas.
19/11/199313 minutes 23 seconds
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The 'Brady Bill' and the New England fall

A blazing New England fall offers relief from the violence and disaster of the television news and Congress passes the 'Brady Bill' for gun control.
12/11/199313 minutes 41 seconds
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Balancing domestic and foreign policy

President Clinton's struggle to balance the demands of foreign and domestic policy, war in Bosnia and Somalia, free trade and healthcare in an complex post-Soviet world.
05/11/199314 minutes 4 seconds
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America's problem with gun ownership

The problem of US gun ownership, why the constitution doesn't actually guarantee a right to bear arms and the increased likelihood of a 'Brady Bill' for gun control.
29/10/199313 minutes 45 seconds
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The social effect of TV violence

The Senate Committee considering the social effect of television violence, the history of concerns about the influence of immorality in the media and its ramifications today.
22/10/199314 minutes 4 seconds
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Aphasia and studying the human brain

A study examining the effect of Mozart on intelligence and how people affected by aphasia offer revelations about the way in which the brain deals with words.
15/10/199313 minutes 56 seconds
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Clinton's foreign policy issues

Alistair Cooke examines some of the foreign policy issues that the Clinton administration has found itself involved in, less than a year into his presidency.
08/10/199313 minutes 55 seconds
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The health reform bill

The progress of a major health reform bill, the extensive involvement of Hilary Clinton and ex-ambassador George F Kennan's opinions on US foreign policy in Russia and Somalia.
01/10/199313 minutes 49 seconds
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Feminism in American 1993

The Miss America Pageant, the progress of feminism in the US, 25 years of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and the problem of sexual harassment.
24/09/199314 minutes 17 seconds
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Deaths of tourists in Florida

Florida stops all tourism advertising after the deaths of 9 foreign visitors in 1992, Alistair Cooke considers the scale of the threat and the amplifying effect of television.
17/09/199314 minutes 11 seconds
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US immigrants and identity

The replacement of American unity with old world identities in immigrant communities old and new and the decision to re-route New York's jets for the sake of a tennis match.
10/09/199314 minutes 6 seconds
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Labor Day and school closures

The history of Labor Day and why hundreds of thousands of pupils in Chicago and New York won't go back to school after their summer holiday.
03/09/199314 minutes 18 seconds
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The Korean war and political holidays

The real reason the Russians never vetoed US military action in Korea and the media's interest in political holidays are examined, as Alistair Cooke answers listeners' letters.
27/08/199313 minutes 35 seconds
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Presidential recreation

The meaning attached to the time presidents spend on vacation, recreation and playing sport in light of the Clinton family's holiday in Martha's Vineyard.
20/08/199313 minutes 42 seconds
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Obscenity and public art funding

Controversy over public art funding in the US, the struggles of the National Endowment for the Arts and the history of attempts to protect the public from obscenity.
13/08/199313 minutes 53 seconds
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America's exceptional weather

Examining an unseasonably hot San Francisco summer and why America's weather, drowning Missouri and parching Georgia, is in the wrong place and refusing to budge.
06/08/199314 minutes 23 seconds
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General Matthew Ridgeway

The death of General Matthew Ridgeway, his rise to prominence during US intervention in Korea, his stance on nuclear weapons and the nature of 'good war'.
30/07/199314 minutes 31 seconds
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Mississippi relief package

How will President Clinton pay for his Mississippi flood relief package in a time of austerity? How Reganism and Thatcherism are still powerful forces in policy making.
23/07/199313 minutes 59 seconds
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Choosing a US ambassador to London

President Clinton's planned replacement of Raymond Sites with Admiral William Crowe as ambassador to London and the sometimes dubious history of US diplomatic appointments.
16/07/199314 minutes 4 seconds
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The Tokyo G8 summit and unemployment

The activities of the 1992 G8 summit in Tokyo and the ways in which governments through history have dealt with the problem of unemployment.
09/07/199313 minutes 57 seconds
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US foreign policy in Bosnia

Tennis player Goran Ivaniševic's demand to be recognised as Croatian, the escalating failure of US foreign policy in Bosnia and a puzzling missile attack on Baghdad.
02/07/199313 minutes 58 seconds
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The Haitian refugees enter America

The US government allows the Haitian refugees held at Guantanamo Bay to enter the US and considering the chequered history of immigration into New York.
25/06/199313 minutes 52 seconds
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President Clinton's alcohol and tobacco taxes

The ramifications of President Clinton's attempt to introduce 'sin taxes' on alcohol and tobacco.
18/06/199313 minutes 52 seconds
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The future of advertising

A dystopian future for advertising and the people planning to put messages on animals, the wind and the edge of space.
11/06/199313 minutes 52 seconds
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Gary Graham and the death penalty

Texas death row inmate Gary Graham, the vagaries of constitutional interpretation, state law and the legal complexities of the death penalty.
04/06/199314 minutes 6 seconds
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Hair Force One

Clinton's falling approval rating, accusations of cronyism, the importance of the trivial in presidential politics and what happens when a boy from Arkansas gets a $200 haircut.
28/05/199314 minutes 5 seconds
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The closing of the San Francisco Presidio

Alistair Cooke reflects on the closing of the San Francisco Presidio, a historic military base that has been a garrison for over 200 years.
21/05/199313 minutes 51 seconds
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Racial tensions in New York

The history of racial tensions in New York, the gap between policy ideals and their reality and the chaos caused by the presidential visits to the city.
14/05/199313 minutes 32 seconds
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President Clinton's first 100 days in office

The successes and failures of President Clinton's first 100 days in office and how the Roosevelt presidency set the benchmark for judging a new President's progress.
07/05/199313 minutes 56 seconds
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Economic recession and military spending cuts

The possibility of the US sliding back into economic depression and the ramifications of Clinton's military spending cuts in California.
30/04/199314 minutes 2 seconds
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Rodney King trial

Examination of Rodney King's second trial for civil rights violations after being beaten by police. His first trial acquitted the officers and caused the 1992 LA race riots.
23/04/199314 minutes 26 seconds
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Prisoner rehabilitation

Alistair Cooke remembers reporting on the 100th Anniversary of the California gold rush and contemplates the pros and cons of prisoner rehabilitation.
16/04/199314 minutes 10 seconds
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The history of US-Russia summits

Yeltsin and Clinton meet in Vancouver and Alistair Cooke considers the eventful history of US-Russia summits and what purpose they serve after the Cold War.
05/04/199313 minutes 58 seconds
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Bill Clinton's Presidential Honeymoon

Expensive Britain, Bill Clinton's Presidential Honeymoon and Screen Violence are examined by Alistair Cooke.
02/04/199314 minutes 24 seconds
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Ambassador Raymond G H Seitz

Raymond G H Seitz becomes the first career diplomat to be appointed as United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James's.
26/03/199313 minutes 39 seconds
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The Irish in New York City

An attempt by the Ancient Order of Hibernians to ban the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organisation from New York's St. Patrick's Day parade is examined by Alistair Cooke.
19/03/199313 minutes 56 seconds
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David Koresh and Reverend Jim Jones

An FBI raid on David Koresh's religious camp in Mount Carmel reminds Alistair Cooke of the cult leader Reverend Jim Jones of the Peoples Temple, and their mass suicide in 1978.
12/03/199314 minutes 11 seconds
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World Trade Centre basement explosion

An explosion in the basement of the World Trade Centre, the resultant shock and speculation and the remarkable calm of people temporarily trapped inside the building.
05/03/199313 minutes 49 seconds
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James Baker and Clinton's deficit

Outgoing cabinet member James Baker, President Clinton's failure to deliver on his campaign promise of a tax cut for the middle class, and the true cost of healthcare.
26/02/199313 minutes 48 seconds
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Zoe Baird and American childcare

What the blocking of proposed Attorney General, Zoe Baird, reveals about US childcare, why Americans employ illegal immigrants and the fashion for government by phone-in.
19/02/199314 minutes 11 seconds
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Government waste and White House job cuts

President Clinton's proposal to cut government waste, George Bush's dislike of broccoli, and a reduction in the number of staff in the White House, as discussed by Alistair Cooke.
12/02/199314 minutes 8 seconds
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Reforming the military

The limits of presidential power and two presidential attempts to reform the US military: Truman's racial desegregation and Clinton's attempt to allow homosexuals to openly enlist.
05/02/199313 minutes 44 seconds
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President Clinton's first week in office

Clinton's first week in office is marred by abandoned campaign promises, a bruising encounter with the military and a failed attempt to make Mrs Baird Attorney General.
29/01/199313 minutes 53 seconds
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President Clinton's inauguration

A costly inauguration for President Clinton, and the traditions of the ceremony as followed by Presidents Jefferson, Carter and Reagan.
22/01/199313 minutes 46 seconds
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UN weapons inspectors in Iraq

The search for Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons by the United Nations, President Clinton's promise to concentrate on domestic affairs, and potential for war in the Far East.
15/01/199313 minutes 28 seconds
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Bill Clinton's first cabinet and multiculturalism

The diverse cabinet selected by President-elect Bill Clinton, and the problems posed to hospitals by the large range of languages spoken by their patients.
08/01/199314 minutes 20 seconds
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John Cage, Wilbur Mills and Oliver Franks

A look back at the lives of the notable figures to die in 1992, including composer John Cage, politician Wilbur Mills and British Ambassador Oliver Franks.
01/01/199314 minutes 29 seconds