Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: From Nixon to Carter (1969-1980)


From America’s great hope after Nixon’s election victory, to disillusionment after Watergate through to President Carter’s election. Alistair Cooke's account of American life.


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Title: Should Nixon resign?

Should Nixon resign?

November 9th, 1973

Why the American policy in the state of Israel is failing to keep the home fires burning; and why an embattled President Nixon has more to fear from friends… Go to Episode

Nixon's tax returns go public

December 14th, 1973

Nixon makes past tax returns public to quell claims of tax evasion - but his minimal returns don't quite add up. This archive edition of Letter from America… Go to Episode


May 10th, 1974

Avoiding corruption in politics, the temptations of advertising money, which can turn great actors into salesmen, and Earth Day's unexpected trash problems. Go to Episode

Duke Ellington

May 31st, 1974

Duke Ellington - remembering not just a great jazz musician, but an elegant, articulate man of unassailable natural dignity. Go to Episode