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Alistair Cooke's Letter from America Rediscovered

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Broadcaster Alistair Cooke recounts tales from his observations on US life, a series which ran for several decades on the BBC

Broadcaster Alistair Cooke recounts tales from his observations on US life, a series which ran for several decades on the BBC
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United Kingdom

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BBC

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Broadcaster Alistair Cooke recounts tales from his observations on US life, a series which ran for several decades on the BBC

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English


Episodes

The 1970s

3/30/2014
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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 Shragai will reflect on the personalities and stories of 70s America - from Nixon's resignation, Muhammad Ali to Vietnam and women's lib. The Letter from America programmes featured were taped by two listeners and stored in a cellar, an attic and...

Duration: 01:57:48


Soviets need soap, December 1989

12/8/1989
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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 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:21


Yellowstone National Park, 1988

9/9/1988
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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 programmes from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:44


Nancy Reagan's astrologer, 1988

5/27/1988
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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 America programmes from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:13:53


The Augusta National, 1988

4/15/1988
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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 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:18


Papal visit, September 1987

9/11/1987
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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 listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From America programmes from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:04


The national anthem, 1986

7/18/1987
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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 programmes from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:43


Fred Astaire, 1987

6/26/1987
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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 programmes from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:18


Voters believe Reagan lied, December 1986

12/12/1986
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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 programmes from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:25


Sounding American, 1986

6/27/1986
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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 programmes from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:17


Yakima Canutt, 1986

5/30/1986
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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 programmes from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:27


Loans warning on economy, January 1986

1/23/1986
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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 from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:15


The computer age, 1985

11/28/1985
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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 from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:09


Limousine envy, 1985

10/24/1985
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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 programmes from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:13:48


Summer's end, September 1985

9/12/1985
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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 from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:39


Simpler taxes suggested by president, 1985

5/30/1985
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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 programmes from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:02


James Mason remembered, 1984

8/9/1984
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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 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:24


Beware stereotypes, 1984

5/31/1984
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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 America programmes from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:03


Smiley Ratliff's escape bid, 1984

3/8/1984
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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 programmes from 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:52


Chernenko is Soviet leader, 1984

2/16/1984
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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 1973 to 1989. It was restored by the BBC in 2014.

Duration: 00:14:29

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