Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: Alistair Cooke's Letter from America Rediscovered

Highlights from lost recordings from the 1970 and 80s.

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Highlights from lost recordings from the 1970 and 80s.
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-04-07 03:54
last episode published
2014-03-30 00:00
publication frequency
352.95 days
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Number of Episodes
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Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
30.03.2014

The 1970s

1970s America rediscovered through lost recordings of Letter from America, on the 10th anniversary of legendary journalist Alistair Cooke's death. Paddy O'Connell and guests including historian Dominic Sandbrook, Alvin Hall, Ann Treneman and Naomi Shra...
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8.12.1989

Soviets need soap, December 1989

Give the Communist masses what they really want - a delivery of consumerism. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes from 1973 to 1...
BBC Radio 4 author
9.09.1988

Yellowstone National Park, 1988

Too strange to be believed, the natural phenomena that prompted the founding of the US national parks. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America...
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27.05.1988

Nancy Reagan's astrologer, 1988

Former White House aide Donald Regan makes public the First Lady's intrusion on policy and appointments. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From Ameri...
BBC Radio 4 author
15.04.1988

The Augusta National, 1988

Enjoying a different pace of life at the Augusta National, a Georgia Shangri-La. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes from 1973 ...
BBC Radio 4 author
11.09.1987

Papal visit, September 1987

Papal visit crosses the entire continent to face all manner of religious problems from some 52 million US Catholics. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listene...
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26.06.1987

Fred Astaire, 1987

Small in stature, a giant on the screen - an appreciation of the life and work of Fred Astaire. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America progra...
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12.12.1986

Voters believe Reagan lied, December 1986

Reagan describes press as 'sharks' while polls show Americans changing attitudes towards White House. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America ...
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18.07.1986

The national anthem, 1986

America's national anthem was chosen just over 50 years ago - is it time to salute to a new tune? This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America prog...
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27.06.1986

Sounding American, 1986

An expert opinion on why Americans can't sound English - and the English can't sound American. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America program...
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30.05.1986

Yakima Canutt, 1986

In praise of the little-known name behind the thrilling stunts of many big-name movie stars. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programme...
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24.01.1986

Loans warning on economy, January 1986

International debt is threatening the stability of the world economy, warns MIT expert. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes fro...
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29.11.1985

The computer age, 1985

Computers are changing the way we live - but can they work out how we can live together? This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes fr...
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25.10.1985

Limousine envy, 1985

Spectacle of world leaders competing for limo one-upmanship sums up the problem of the United Nations. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America...
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13.09.1985

Summer's end, September 1985

End of summer sees the holiday cottages empty and normal life resume in the coastal towns. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes ...
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31.05.1985

Simpler taxes suggested by president, 1985

President Reagan's plan to make the tax structure simpler hits the right note across the US. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programme...
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10.08.1984

James Mason remembered, 1984

Remembering James Mason, the character actor who wouldn't play the Hollywood game. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes from 197...
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1.06.1984

Beware stereotypes, 1984

Latest national statistics prove that basing our assumptions on stereotypes will inevitably prove us wrong. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From Am...
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9.03.1984

Smiley Ratliff's escape bid, 1984

British government foils attempt by US millionaire Smiley Ratliff to buy his own Pacific island. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America progr...
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17.02.1984

Chernenko is Soviet leader, 1984

New Soviet leader Chernenko described as in poor health even as he assumes office. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes from 197...
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2.12.1983

Joe Polowsky's funeral, 1983

Old soldier wanted to be buried where his band of brothers met up with the Russians in 1945 - when they were our allies. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 L...
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4.02.1983

Fear of appeasement, 1983

Fears of a return to 'Munich mentality' block genuine talk on arms control. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes from 1973 to 19...
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24.12.1982

The Dull Men's Club, 1982

Forget chic or trendy, the founder of the Dull Men's Club says we should be proud of being boring. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America pro...
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12.11.1982

Vietnam veterans' memorial, 1982

Washington opening of new memorial which speaks volumes about the war America did not win. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes ...
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5.02.1982

Roosevelt 100th anniversary, 1982

White House lunch celebrates Roosevelt's centenary - as Reaganomics removes his legacy. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped an...
BBC Radio 4 author
25.09.1981

Illegal immigration, 1981

Presidents of US and Mexico to discuss growing problem of illegal immigrants. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes from 1973 to ...
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1.05.1981

Remembering Jack Thum, 1981

Mickey Rooney plays part of professional clown Jack Thum in a TV special about the man who spent a lifetime helping poor children. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one ...
BBC Radio 4 author
24.04.1981

Reagan budget-cutting campaign, 1981

Research programmes face cuts as President Reagan's money-saving campaign bites. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes from 1973 ...
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17.04.1981

Columbia space shuttle, 1981

Boost for US as Columbia space shuttle makes first landing back on earth. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes from 1973 to 1989...
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20.02.1981

A meeting of minds, 1981

Two leaders who share a common belief in their economic plans - but Mrs Thatcher's hopes are already moderating. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter Fr...
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9.01.1981

Reagan chooses cabinet, 1981

Reagan's choice of a wealthy cabinet means a slow start for the new administration. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes from 19...
BBC Radio 4 author
17.10.1980

The World Series gets the vote, 1980

The World Series gets the popular vote while the presidential candidates get mean with each other. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America pro...
BBC Radio 4 author
15.06.1979

John Wayne obituary, 1979

Remembering John Wayne, the actor who came to stand for something fundamentally good - and American. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America pro...
BBC Radio 4 author
22.09.1978

Muhammad Ali, September 1978

Muhammad Ali on Dick Cavett show September 1978. Rising popularity of Edward Kennedy. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes from 19...
BBC Radio 4 author
24.02.1978

Ten years after Tet, February 1978

Ten years after Tet offensive. US public opinion shifts over foreign affairs. Muhammed Ali defeated as reigning world heavyweight boxing champion by Leon Spinks. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who bet...
BBC Radio 4 author
19.08.1977

Death of Elvis, August 1977

Death of Elvis. Carter's move away from liberal promises. Disquiet among black voters about Carter. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America prog...
BBC Radio 4 author
6.05.1977

Frost/Nixon TV interviews, May 1977

Frost/Nixon TV interviews. Compulsive viewing for massive US and UK audiences. Reveal Nixon's human failings. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From Am...
BBC Radio 4 author
24.09.1976

Carter Playboy interview, September 1976

Carter Playboy interview. Public reaction to Carter's 'adultery in my heart' admission. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes from ...
BBC Radio 4 author
26.09.1975

Patty Hearst arrest, 1975

Patty Hearst arrest. Media speculation about Hearst. Assassination attempts on President Ford by Squeaky Fromme and Sara Moore. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over ...
BBC Radio 4 author
4.07.1975

Tax exiles, July 1975

Noel Coward, Sean Connery, Tony Jacklin - why stars of stage, screen and sport have to become tax exiles. And how golfer Tom Watson avoided being struck by lightning. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, wh...
BBC Radio 4 author
21.03.1975

Women's Lib, 1975

Equal Rights amendment to the US constitution causes splits in both women's and men's liberation groups. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America...
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16.08.1974

Nixon's resignation speech, August 1974

Disgraced President Nixon resigns. His resignation speech does not contain any sort of apology for his misconduct. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter Fr...
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