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

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

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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.


Chrysler financial crisis deepens
Dec 26, 1980 • 14 min
Auto workers call on Reagan’s help as jobs are threatened by Chrysler cash crisis. 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…
Haig joins Cabinet
Dec 19, 1980 • 14 min
Nixon’s top aide is offered senior post - but the hearings on his fitness to serve could be damaging. 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…
John Lennon’s assassination
Dec 12, 1980 • 13 min
The shooting of John Lennon on the 8th December 1980 sparks a debate over the need for national gun control law in America.
The waiting game
Dec 5, 1980 • 13 min
Hostages and the growing Polish crisis will prove to be among Reagan’s first presidential headaches. 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…
Reagan’s charm offensive
Nov 28, 1980 • 14 min
President-elect Reagan wins over Washington with his charm offensive. 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…
Reagan’s political honeymoon
Nov 21, 1980 • 13 min
President-elect Reagan turns his honeymoon period into a Washington courtship ritual. 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…
Why the pollsters got it wrong
Nov 14, 1980 • 13 min
Humiliation for pollsters who made completely wrong call on the presidential election. 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…
Ronald Reagan’s victory, 1980
Nov 7, 1980 • 13 min
As Ronald Reagan wins the 1980 US presidential election, Alistair Cooke reflects on the causes of Jimmy Carter’s downfall.
The World Series gets the vote, 1980
Oct 17, 1980 • 14 min
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…
The book-selling business
Oct 10, 1980 • 13 min
How the book-selling business creates a bestseller from a book which isn’t selling. 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…
Independents switch to Reagan
Oct 3, 1980 • 14 min
Campaign sees Carter’s support slipping as independent voters switch to Reagan. 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…
Candidates claim victory in TV debate
Sep 26, 1980 • 14 min
Polls will chart Carter’s performance in TV debate while the other two candidates both claim victory. 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…
Small car sales boom
Sep 19, 1980 • 14 min
US car makers to concentrate on making smaller cars as sale of thrifty foreign imports boom. 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…
Candidates consider TV debate
Sep 12, 1980 • 13 min
Three-way TV debate for presidential candidates could leave Carter at a disadvantage. 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…
American know-how
Sep 5, 1980 • 13 min
America’s lead in the technological revolution has been lost during the past thirty years as Europe and the Far East steam ahead. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over…
Energy assistance bill
Aug 29, 1980 • 14 min
Surprise swing of Republican voting in favour of the cold north over energy assistance bill. 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…
America’s Electoral College
Aug 22, 1980 • 14 min
Why size matters when it comes to vote-counting by the US Electoral College. 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.…
Jimmy Carter is nominated for re-election
Aug 15, 1980 • 13 min
Edward Kennedy makes the best speech of his career at the Democratic Party conference, after losing his challenge for the party’s nomination to incumbent President Jimmy Carter.
Covering the 1980 presidential campaign
Aug 8, 1980 • 13 min
Cooke looks back at his own coverage of previous Democratic nomination campaigns including Truman and Dewey in 1948; and the current battle between Jimmy Carter and Edward Kennedy.
Carter ratings lowest ever
Aug 1, 1980 • 14 min
Democrat convention faces disarray over lowest-ever popularity ratings by sitting President 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…
Bush to be Reagan’s running mate
Jul 25, 1980 • 14 min
Ford loses out to Bush as running mate for Reagan in race for the 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.…
Reagan wins Republican nomination
Jul 18, 1980 • 14 min
Republican convention endorses the nomination of 70-year-old Ronald Reagan as its presidential candidate. 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…
Row over abortion ruling
Jul 11, 1980 • 14 min
Ruling over whether abortions should be state-funded is likely to spark further equal rights amendments. 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…
The Supreme Court
Jul 4, 1980 • 13 min
Alistair Cooke reflects on the wide-ranging functions of the US Supreme Court which has ultimate jurisdiction in America and takes its authority from the US Constitution.
Unemployment looms in Hollywood
Jun 27, 1980 • 14 min
As the recession begins to bite, even Hollywood is facing the prospect of rising unemployment. 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…
Isao Aoki, golfing hero
Jun 20, 1980 • 14 min
Unusual technique of Japanese champion Isao Aoki gives hope to millions of golfing duffers. 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…
Carter’s visits fail to ignite campaign
Jun 13, 1980 • 14 min
President Carter’s flying visits to crisis-torn areas seen only as political and fail to boost his standing. 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…
Republicans solid for Reagan
Jun 6, 1980 • 14 min
For once, the Republican party is solidly united for one candidate while the Democrats lose backing for both Carter and Kennedy. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650…
Puerto Rican immigration
May 30, 1980 • 14 min
The 1950s flood of Puerto Ricans to New York should act as a warning over the new arrivals from Cuba. 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…
Mount St Helens erupts
May 23, 1980 • 14 min
Mount St Helens eruption blights farming across north and west while the southern state of Florida erupts into race riots over Cuban refugee influx. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped…
Car sales slump
May 16, 1980 • 14 min
Massive slump in US-made car sales signals recession is biting. 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…
Recession may finish Carter
May 9, 1980 • 14 min
Recession timing bad for Carter’s hopes of a second term. 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…
Why Vance quit
May 2, 1980 • 13 min
Point of principle lay behind resignation of Secretary of State Cyrus Vance following secrecy over hostage rescue attempt. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650…
Iranian hostage rescue attempt, 1980
Apr 25, 1980 • 14 min
How will President Carter’s failed attempt to rescue the Americans being held hostage by Iran affect the forthcoming election?
Kennedy’s last stand
Apr 18, 1980 • 14 min
Senator Kennedy talks tough as he faces last major showdown in the Democrats’ primaries. 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…
New York transport strike
Apr 11, 1980 • 14 min
Bargaining details behind the transport strike which has left New York train-free for days. 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…
Extension of primary elections
Apr 4, 1980 • 14 min
Bid to curb power of the party bosses led to extension of primary elections - with the result that this year’s presidential race faces 38 primaries. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. This archive edition of Letter from America was…
Kennedy’s brief triumph
Mar 28, 1980 • 13 min
Surprise at Senator Kennedy’s landslide win at the New York Democrat primary. 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.…
Illinois crucial in presidential race
Mar 21, 1980 • 14 min
Why the Illinois ‘beauty contest’ is so important to those aiming for the White House in a presidential election year. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter…
Inflation fuels alarm over policies
Mar 14, 1980 • 13 min
President Carter not suffering primary defeats, despite fears over raging inflation. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. . Programme recording incomplete. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners,…
Foreign policy wobbles
Mar 7, 1980 • 14 min
New foreign policy wobble as US cites ‘mistake’ on voting intentions over Israel. 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…
Iran hostage crisis goes on
Feb 29, 1980 • 14 min
Iran refuses negotiation attempt over US hostages the country is holding. 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…
New Hampshire, the political weathervane
Feb 22, 1980 • 14 min
Why the weather is a factor in the New Hampshire primary ‘beauty contest’ stakes. 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…
Carter’s ultimatum under fire
Feb 15, 1980 • 13 min
President Carter’s Olympic boycott threat over Soviet invasion comes under fire. 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…
The Canadian Caper in Tehran, 1979
Feb 8, 1980 • 13 min
America shows gratitude to Canada after it was revealed that the Canadian embassy in Tehran rescued six US diplomats during the seizure of the US embassy on 4th November 1979.
Carter steals rivals’ thunder
Feb 1, 1980 • 14 min
President Carter’s annual speech turns into a ‘state of the world’ triumph. 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…
UN vote condemns Soviets
Jan 25, 1980 • 14 min
Hopes that massive UN vote against Soviet invasion could sway diplomatic solution. 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…
Call for Olympics boycott
Jan 18, 1980 • 14 min
President Carter considers pros and cons of boycotting the coming summer Olympics in Moscow. 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…
Carter boosts arms budget
Jan 11, 1980 • 14 min
Carter changes liberal policy re arms spending following Russian invasion of Afghanistan. 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…
Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
Jan 4, 1980 • 14 min
Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan shakes President Carter’s belief in détente. 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.…
Iran sanctions stalled in UN
Dec 28, 1979 • 14 min
American patience eroding over slow-moving resolution to hostage crisis. 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…
Cambodian refugee crisis
Dec 21, 1979 • 14 min
Cambodian refugees face starvation as Russian- and Chinese-backed regimes block humanitarian aid. 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…
US and Iran
Dec 14, 1979 • 14 min
Need for oil wipes out any backing for US response to Khomeini’s takeover of Iran. 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…
Public back Carter on hostage crisis
Dec 7, 1979 • 14 min
Kennedy blasts Shah while public back President Carter’s careful handling of the hostage crisis. 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…
Bungle claim over Iran hostage crisis
Nov 30, 1979 • 14 min
Carter now accused of ‘bungling’ decision to allow Shah into US for medical treatment, prompting hostage seizure. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
American embassy hostages stalemate
Nov 23, 1979 • 14 min
Diplomacy rendered impotent by success of Iran’s terrorist seizure of US hostages. 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…
Tehran hostage crisis
Nov 16, 1979 • 14 min
President Carter’s standing as statesman rises after response to Tehran hostage crisis. 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…
Pork barrel politics
Nov 9, 1979 • 13 min
President Carter uses presidential patronage to counter Kennedy’s challenge for leadership. 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…
Interest rates rise
Nov 2, 1979 • 14 min
Interest rates rise to 15% amid worldwide claims of ‘economic nationalism’ by 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…
No more nukes
Oct 26, 1979 • 14 min
Anti-nuclear power protests strengthen in wake of Three Mile Island accident. 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…
New York Times mistake
Oct 19, 1979 • 14 min
Mistaking a neutron for a neutrino, the New York Times has to apologise for its reporting of the Nobel Prize; and marking the death of Uncle Tom, actor Clarence Muse.
A common language?
Oct 12, 1979 • 14 min
The many differences between the American and English languages. 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…
Pope John Paul II’s visit
Oct 5, 1979 • 13 min
The national rejoicing during Pope John Paul II’s visit to the US, the biography of the Pope, and Catholicism in America.
Dubious poll results
Sep 28, 1979 • 14 min
Doubt cast on polls which give widely differing results of President Carter’s standing with the general voter. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
Jean Seberg and the FBI, 1979
Sep 21, 1979 • 14 min
The detestable confession that confirms that the actress Jean Seberg’s life was destroyed by J Edgar Hoover’s ‘dirty tricks’ branch of the FBI.
Soviet troops in Cuba
Sep 14, 1979 • 14 min
Arrival of 3,000 Soviet troops in Cuba seen as provocation to US and could stall SALT talks. 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…
Dalai Lama visits US
Sep 7, 1979 • 14 min
No official recognition for Dalai Lama’s first visit to US.
Murder of Lord Mountbatten
Aug 31, 1979 • 14 min
Murder of Lord Mountbatten prompts need for clearer understanding of the Irish troubles among US voters. 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…
Stagnant economy warning
Aug 24, 1979 • 14 min
US Congress warns of economic stagnation as productivity declines. 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…
Young’s final diplomacy
Aug 17, 1979 • 14 min
Resigning Andrew Young’s last act of diplomacy before leaving his UN ambassadorial role. 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…
Small earthquake in ‘Frisco
Aug 10, 1979 • 14 min
Small San Francisco earthquake sparks big headlines. Small announcement of Irish peace talks sparks Whitehall annoyance. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter…
The politics of plain speaking
Aug 3, 1979 • 14 min
President Carter talks to the people on US tour, and shows why, when times are tough, it pays to speak plainly. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
Carter reshuffles his team
Jul 27, 1979 • 14 min
Carter reshuffles his closest advisers amid speculation he is preparing his election campaign team. 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…
Cabinet resignation call
Jul 20, 1979 • 14 min
Carter calls for US Cabinet resignations in bid for fresh thinking. 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…
Skylab crash lands
Jul 13, 1979 • 14 min
US Skylab crash lands into ocean after Western Australia fears of impact. 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…
Carter silent on oil crisis
Jul 6, 1979 • 14 min
Lost for words? President Carter cancels planned nationwide TV speech on oil crisis. 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…
Gromyko’s threat to SALT treaty
Jun 29, 1979 • 14 min
US Senate fury over Soviet foreign minister Gromyko’s threat to sink SALT treaty. 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…
The murder of Bill Stewart in Nicaragua, 1979
Jun 22, 1979 • 8 min
Seeing Bill Stewart, a news reporter, shot dead in Nicaragua in front of TV cameras, brings home the horror to Americans.
John Wayne obituary, 1979
Jun 15, 1979 • 13 min
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…
Pope visits Poland
Jun 8, 1979 • 14 min
Pope John Paul II returns to his Polish homeland. 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…
O.J.Simpson, sports star
Jun 1, 1979 • 14 min
The 20,000-to-1 chance of becoming a black sports star like O.J.Simpson. 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…
Harvey Milk killing
May 25, 1979 • 14 min
Gay outrage at lenient sentence for killer of Harvey Milk. 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…
Petrol shortage in US
May 18, 1979 • 14 min
Nationwide petrol shortage blamed on US oil companies. 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…
William Safire on Thatcher
May 11, 1979 • 14 min
US columnist William Safire satirises what Thatcher’s election victory will mean for Britain. 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…
US v UK elections
May 4, 1979 • 14 min
UK elections become ‘Americanised’ as the public relations men move in. 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…
Press freedom
Apr 27, 1979 • 14 min
Press freedom challenged as CBS ‘Sixty Minutes’ programme is sued for libel. 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.…
Lee Marvin property suit
Apr 20, 1979 • 14 min
Film star Lee Marvin sued by ex-partner citing California property rights. 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…
Government unable to vouch for nuclear safety
Apr 13, 1979 • 14 min
Government admits being unable to guarantee nuclear reactor safety. Public support for nuclear power industry slumps. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter…
Three Mile Island Accident
Apr 6, 1979 • 13 min
Everyone has an opinion on nuclear energy now. The political fallout of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident on March 28, 1979, and how it might impact on future energy policy.
Inflation at 14.4 per cent
Mar 30, 1979 • 14 min
Rising inflation hits Carter’s poll ratings, despite uplift from signing of Egypt-Israeli peace deal. 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…
How Texas became American
Mar 23, 1979 • 13 min
Why Mexico still resents losing Texas and her western territories to 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.…
Carter’s popularity slumps
Mar 16, 1979 • 14 min
President Carter losing support of both public and his own party. 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…
Mexico strikes oil
Mar 9, 1979 • 14 min
US eyes vast new oil finds in Mexico. 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.
Jane Byrne voted Chicago mayor
Mar 2, 1979 • 14 min
Surprise win for Democrat outsider Jane Byrne in Chicago mayoral vote. 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…
Freedom of Information Act
Feb 23, 1979 • 14 min
Freedom of Information Act reveals government is collecting computer data on US citizens. 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…
Oil rationing threat
Feb 16, 1979 • 14 min
Threat of oil rationing as Ayatollah Khomeini takes over as Iran leader. 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…
Chinese visit rattles USSR
Feb 9, 1979 • 14 min
Chinese deputy premier’s visit to US threatens detente with USSR. 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…
Chinese state visit
Feb 2, 1979 • 14 min
Carter welcomes Deputy Premier Deng on first Chinese state visit to US for 30 years. 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…
Carter’s austere budget
Jan 26, 1979 • 14 min
President Carter unveils austerity budget in bid to curb inflation. 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…
Shah flees Iran
Jan 19, 1979 • 14 min
Shah of Iran loses power, flees country with famaily. Exiled Ayatollah expected to return from Paris. 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…
Pol Pot regime falls
Jan 12, 1979 • 14 min
Cambodia’s Pol Pot regime toppled by Vietnamese incursion. 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…
White Christmas in Vermont
Jan 5, 1979 • 14 min
Christmas holiday in Vermont, the state which knows how to cope with snow. 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…
End of the year report, 1978
Dec 29, 1978 • 14 min
Gloomy end of year report. Prices rising, Russia worried over the US’s turn to China and the Middle East still in turmoil. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two…
Carter and Taiwan
Dec 22, 1978 • 14 min
President Carter ends Taiwan defence treaty, recognising China. US conservatives unhappy with president’s move. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who…
Human rights and the UN
Dec 15, 1978 • 14 min
Human rights and the not-quite United Nations - when oil comes before freedom. 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.…
Carter at the opera
Dec 8, 1978 • 14 min
Jimmy Carter first sitting president to attend Met opera - for a party fund-raiser. 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…
Jonestown massacre
Dec 1, 1978 • 13 min
Jonestown massacre. 900 cult members die in Rev Jim Jones’s jungle camp. 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…
Mid-term election, November 1978
Nov 24, 1978 • 14 min
Mid-term election. Local issues skew public perception of Carter’s term of office. 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…
Economic predictions, November 1978
Nov 17, 1978 • 13 min
Economic predictions. Has Carter seen a recession looming? Link between decadence and Depression. 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…
NY newspaper strike ends
Nov 10, 1978 • 14 min
New York newspapers back on the streets after three-month strike. 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…
Mid-term elections
Nov 3, 1978 • 14 min
Local issues top vote-winners in coming mid-term elections. 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…
Inflation fears rise
Oct 27, 1978 • 14 min
Voters fear rising inflation as US business chiefs forecast recession. 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…
Carter’s three bills passed
Oct 20, 1978 • 14 min
President Carter’s three main policy bills finally win Congress over. 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…
Shevchenko’s affairs
Oct 13, 1978 • 14 min
Mistress of defector Shevchenko claims that she is being paid with CIA money. 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.…
Airlines back Laker
Oct 6, 1978 • 14 min
US airline chiefs back Sir Freddie Laker. Cheap flights have boosted industry-wide sales. 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…
Carter boosted by summit
Sep 29, 1978 • 14 min
President Carter’s popularity boosted by Egypt-Israel summit. Energy plans get more backing. 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…
Muhammad Ali, September 1978
Sep 22, 1978 • 14 min
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 1973…
Camp David summit
Sep 15, 1978 • 14 min
President Carter hosts Camp David summit with Israeli and Egyptian leaders. 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…
New York’s ethnic mix
Sep 8, 1978 • 14 min
The delicate political balancing act between the ethnic minorities which make up New York. 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…
Energy bill at risk
Sep 1, 1978 • 14 min
President Carter’s energy bill at risk once again from Congress veto. 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…
Carter vetoes defence bill
Aug 25, 1978 • 14 min
President Carter vetoes defence bill. Objects to proposed $2 billion nuclear aircraft carrier. 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…
Long Island life
Aug 18, 1978 • 13 min
Long Island history and the north-south divide. Albert Einstein’s wartime stay in a rented cottage there. 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…
Using the First Amendment
Aug 11, 1978 • 13 min
When uses of the First Amendment perhaps allow freedoms which should be curtailed. 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…
Joggers in Central Park
Aug 4, 1978 • 14 min
New York’s Central Park is filled with those joining the new keep-fit craze of jogging.
Billy Martin leaves Yankees
Jul 28, 1978 • 14 min
NY Yankees manager Billy Martin quits. Lesson in where the buck stops in the Western world. 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…
Political prisoners
Jul 21, 1978 • 14 min
Russia points the finger at US ‘prisoners of conscience’ following Ambassador Young’s gaffe. 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…
US foreign policy unclear
Jul 14, 1978 • 14 min
President Carter sends out unclear messages on foreign policy. Ambassador Young’s gaffe over political prisoners. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
Fourth of July
Jul 7, 1978 • 14 min
Workers claim an extra-long weekend break for this year’s Independence Day celebration. 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…
Bakke case ruling
Jun 30, 1978 • 14 min
Supreme Court ruling in Bakke case could make difficulties in future discrimination policy. 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…
Carter’s civil defence policy
Jun 23, 1978 • 14 min
President Carter backtracks on civil defence. Debate over US policy on USSR. 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.…
Commencement
Jun 16, 1978 • 14 min
Explaining Commencement, known outside the US as Degree Day. 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…
Cities’ finance problems
Jun 9, 1978 • 14 min
Many US cities face underfunding problems - as citizens revolt against local taxation. 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…
The Grand Canyon
Jun 2, 1978 • 13 min
The Grand Canyon and other tourist attractions - especially New York’s eccentric inhabitants. 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…
Proposition 13
May 26, 1978 • 14 min
Californians to vote on Proposition 13 change to local taxation. Bakke case comes to court. 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…
News timing
May 19, 1978 • 14 min
News events occur when they will - they rarely happen in time for a journalist’s deadline. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. Programme recording incomplete. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two…
Murder of Aldo Moro
May 12, 1978 • 14 min
Former Italian premier Aldo Moro murdered by extremist far left group, The Red Brigades. 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…
Modern weddings
May 5, 1978 • 14 min
Comparing two modern weddings to discover why it’s best not to write your own order of service. 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…
Protest and historical change
Apr 28, 1978 • 13 min
Capitalism, communism and historical change, the slant that hindsight gives history - Eldridge Cleaver, and protest over the years by college students.
Panama treaty agreed
Apr 21, 1978 • 14 min
Casting vote saves Panama treaty after 13 years of negotiation over future of the canal. 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…
Inflation fears
Apr 14, 1978 • 14 min
Americans believe inflation is the worst problem facing America. 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…
New York financial crisis
Apr 7, 1978 • 14 min
New York hoping for Washington aid to tackle city’s mounting financial crisis. 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.…
Carter’s broken promises
Mar 31, 1978 • 14 min
Carter’s poll rating slip as his broken election promises mount up. 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…
Snow in Mexico
Mar 24, 1978 • 14 min
Unexpected snow storm during a Mexican holiday. History of Mexico and the enduring hate of the Spanish Conquest. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
Holiday reading
Mar 17, 1978 • 14 min
What to read on holiday. The A to Z of surprises in the Manhattan telephone directory. 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…
From Mexico
Mar 10, 1978 • 13 min
Why Letter from America can never be up to date anywhere in the world, and why US reports on Mexico are limited to jails and drugs.
Dollar slumps in Europe
Mar 3, 1978 • 14 min
Dollar slump in Europe as Carter faces stubborn Congress over energy. 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…
Ten years after Tet, February 1978
Feb 24, 1978 • 14 min
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 between…
Fighter planes for Egypt
Feb 17, 1978 • 14 min
President Carter backs sale of US-built fighter jets to Egypt. Worst winter weather in north-east for decades. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
Dr Strangelove and the Soviet spy satellite
Feb 10, 1978 • 13 min
As a Soviet spy satellite fuelled by nuclear power plunges to earth above Canada, has military technology acquiring a momentum independent of human control?
Foreign correspondents
Feb 3, 1978 • 14 min
Foreign correspondents’ views may be skewed if they stick to their capital city bases. 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…
Mayor Koch snowed under
Jan 27, 1978 • 14 min
New York’s Mayor Koch under attack after snow storms hit the city. 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…
Hubert Humphrey obituary
Jan 20, 1978 • 14 min
Remembering former vice president Hubert Humphrey who recently died. A political life well lived. 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…
Radio City to close
Jan 13, 1978 • 14 min
New York landmark and art deco ‘jewel’ Radio City is to close. 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…
Domestic affairs
Jan 6, 1978 • 14 min
President Carter may discover his foreign policy ambitions have left domestic duties undone. 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…
Britons are too happy
Dec 30, 1977 • 14 min
Survey finds Britons are happy - despite lack of national economic growth. 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…
Groucho Marx and Bing Crosby
Dec 23, 1977 • 13 min
Two great talents who died in 1977 - remembering Groucho Marx and Bing Crosby.
Smallpox eradicated
Dec 16, 1977 • 14 min
UN’s World Health Organisation announces smallpox has been eradicated from everywhere in the world. 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…
National miners’ strike
Dec 9, 1977 • 14 min
Miners strike called as energy plans top national agenda. Middle East talks face crisis over securing oil supplies. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
US defence of Israel
Dec 2, 1977 • 14 min
Middle East peace talks stumble over US’s moral commitment to defend the state of Israel. 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…
Sadat in Israel
Nov 25, 1977 • 14 min
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is first Arab leader to visit Israel, speaks in Knesset. 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…
Armed service pregnancy
Nov 18, 1977 • 14 min
Armed services expected to follow new air force ruling allowing pregnant servicewomen to keep posts. 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…
Local issues
Nov 11, 1977 • 14 min
Vast difference between city and county issues come up during local elections campaign. 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…
UN and plane hijacking
Oct 28, 1977 • 14 min
UN to debate the global problem of plane hijacking, following pilots’ union threat to strike. 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…
The United Nations
Oct 21, 1977 • 14 min
As the UN grows into a sprawling organisation, is it failing to achieve its original aims? The sound quality of this programme deteriorates heavily towards the end due to the nature of how it was recorded. This archive edition of Letter from America was…
The World Series
Oct 14, 1977 • 14 min
The US fascination with their ‘World Series’, the baseball champion play-offs. 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.…
The political filibuster
Oct 7, 1977 • 14 min
Understanding the art of the political filibuster. Carter busts his own filibuster to force through energy policies. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
Ralph Nader tackles sport
Sep 30, 1977 • 13 min
US consumer champion Ralph Nader tackles sports organisers to ensure more say for fans. 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…
Arrival of autumn
Sep 23, 1977 • 13 min
Myths and fallacies connected to the arrival of autumn. 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…
Anti-Semitism and WASPs
Sep 16, 1977 • 14 min
This episode contains references to racially offensive song lyrics. Looking back at historic anti-Semitism and the WASP community. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over…
The rat race
Sep 9, 1977 • 14 min
How to quit the rat race and learn to live within your means. 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…
Panama Canal treaty
Sep 2, 1977 • 13 min
Panama Canal treaty to be renegotiated. NY Mayor blamed for the city’s economic problems. 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…
‘Son of Sam’ killer caught
Aug 26, 1977 • 13 min
Son of Sam serial killer caught. Remembering the 1920s Sacco and Vanzetti case. 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…
Death of Elvis, August 1977
Aug 19, 1977 • 13 min
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…
Carter’s energy bill
Aug 12, 1977 • 13 min
Carter’s energy bill, aimed at reducing oil dependence, passed by Congress. 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…
Media coverage of looting
Aug 5, 1977 • 13 min
Suggestion that radio coverage during NY blackout fuelled outbreaks of looting. 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…
Urban problems are universal
Jul 29, 1977 • 13 min
Problems facing urban areas are not local, but universal. 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…
New York looting
Jul 22, 1977 • 13 min
Unemployment and poverty underlying causes of New York blackout looting. 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…
New York blackout
Jul 15, 1977 • 13 min
New York blacked out during power outage. Shops looted in darkened streets. 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…
SALT talks
Jul 8, 1977 • 12 min
Strategic arms limitation talks with Russia. Carter announces go-ahead for Cruise missiles. 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…
Loss of sportsmanship
Jul 1, 1977 • 14 min
Sporting behaviour worsens as big money and TV deals takes over the major games. 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…
New York car parking ban
Jun 24, 1977 • 14 min
Daytime car parking ban bids to ease pollution in midtown New York. 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…
Big cars are back
Jun 17, 1977 • 14 min
US drivers want big-car status despite fuel fears. 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…
Royal Jubilee
Jun 10, 1977 • 14 min
US view of Queen’s Jubilee. Mrs Carter visits Latin America. Anti-gay vote in Florida. 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…
Frost/Nixon interview cut
Jun 3, 1977 • 14 min
Perils of TV taping. Part of Frost/Nixon TV interview deleted from transmission. 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…
Kingman Brewster
May 27, 1977 • 13 min
Kingman Brewster leaves Yale to take up appointment as UK ambassador. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. Programme recording incomplete. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them…
Health and safety
May 20, 1977 • 14 min
Growing number of health and safety warnings make everyday life a potential minefield. 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…
Carter on energy policy
May 13, 1977 • 14 min
President Carter issues warning on the US’s over-consumption of energy and what this means for future generations. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
Frost/Nixon TV interviews, May 1977
May 6, 1977 • 13 min
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…
Carter’s first Europe visit
Apr 29, 1977 • 14 min
Carter to make his first official visit to Europe as US President. 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…
Corporal punishment ruling
Apr 22, 1977 • 14 min
Landmark case sees Supreme Court allow teachers to use ‘reasonable’ corporal punishment. 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…
Presidential expectations
Apr 15, 1977 • 13 min
The high expectations we have of any president inevitably result in disappointment. 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…
US-Soviet arms talks collapse
Apr 8, 1977 • 13 min
Warnings over human rights abuses leads to abrupt collapse of SALT talks between US and Russia. 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…
Carter’s popularity soars
Apr 1, 1977 • 13 min
President Carter gets a 70 per cent popularity rating in the polls. 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…
When fact becomes fiction
Mar 25, 1977 • 13 min
One incident in a small Mexican town becomes a rumour which sees thousands of tourists cancel trips. 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…
Falling standards of literacy
Mar 18, 1977 • 14 min
Students study esoteric courses while basic literacy standards fall. 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…
Carter cuts aid deals
Mar 11, 1977 • 13 min
Russian reaction to Carter meeting dissident. President cuts aid over human rights abuses. 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…
Equal Rights hold-up
Mar 4, 1977 • 13 min
Constitutional amendment to give Equal Rights to both sexes held up by states legislatures. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor and the audio recording is incomplete. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two…
Collective bargaining law
Feb 25, 1977 • 13 min
Labour and Carter row over change to collective bargaining legislation. Are US TV viewers seeing too much news? The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who…
Obscenity laws
Feb 18, 1977 • 13 min
How to ensure freedom of speech is maintained while curbing obscene publications. Cooke recalls meeting Mrs Simpson for the first, and last, time. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. This archive edition of Letter from America was…
First weeks of Carter presidency
Feb 11, 1977 • 13 min
The Carter family moves into the White House en masse. Changes made to the previous White House regime. 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…
Severe winter weather
Feb 4, 1977 • 13 min
Severe sub-zero storms cripple many US states. Worst winter weather since 1888. 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…
Government by the people
Jan 28, 1977 • 13 min
President Carter promises a public hotline to the White House aimed at giving more public say on issues. 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…
President Carter inaugurated
Jan 21, 1977 • 13 min
President Carter’s inauguration day spared the earlier snowstorms. Ground-breaking solar energy plan to warm the crowds fails to work. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled…
Carter’s inauguration preparations
Jan 14, 1977 • 13 min
Arguments flare over preparations for Jimmy Carter’s presidential inauguration. 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…
Death with dignity law
Jan 7, 1977 • 13 min
State of California introduces ‘death with dignity’ law, otherwise known as the ‘living will’ legislation. 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…
Christmas in Vermont, 1976
Dec 31, 1976 • 14 min
Enjoying the fruits of his family’s labours at a traditional New England Christmas gathering. 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…
Racial discrimination, 1976
Dec 24, 1976 • 14 min
Attorney General Griffin Bell’s membership of private club with restricted membership. Racial discrimination in US clubs. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter…
Immigrant work ethic
Dec 17, 1976 • 14 min
Immigrant work ethic; does it change in subsequent generations? Prejudices about national character. 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…
Bertram Lance appointed budget director
Dec 10, 1976 • 14 min
Bertram Lance appointed Director of the Office of Management and Budget. How job titles rarely explain how much power the holder actually has. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded…
Friedman warns on inflation
Dec 3, 1976 • 14 min
Nobel economist Milton Friedman warns incoming president on dangers of inflation. 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…
Assassinations committee
Nov 26, 1976 • 14 min
New House select committee to investigate evidence in Kennedy and Luther King assassinations. 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…
Shining the light on payola
Nov 19, 1976 • 14 min
Carter promises more than the Sunshine laws to shed light on payola. 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…
Jimmy Carter elected president, 1976
Nov 12, 1976 • 13 min
How Americans feel about Jimmy Carter - the story revealed by the polling.
Presidential election, November 1976
Nov 5, 1976 • 13 min
Carter wins presidential election November 1976. Breaks Republican stranglehold of rural America. 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…
Presidential election polls, October 1976
Oct 29, 1976 • 14 min
Opinion polls on the forthcoming presidential election. The many things which can affect the way people vote on the day. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter…
Politics v baseball
Oct 22, 1976 • 13 min
Baseball v politics. The World Series final clashes with US presidential hopefuls Carter and Ford TV debate. 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…
Presidential candidates’ TV debates
Oct 8, 1976 • 14 min
Carter v Ford presidential candidates debate issues on TV. Muted audience reaction to dull debates format. 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…
Unsporting manners
Oct 1, 1976 • 13 min
Unsporting manners. Violence erupts outside Yankee Stadium as police go on strike. 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…
Carter Playboy interview, September 1976
Sep 24, 1976 • 14 min
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 1973…
Vietnam asks for UN membership
Sep 17, 1976 • 14 min
Vietnam’s request for UN membership delayed. Statistics on percentage of US voters who decline to use their votes in presidential elections. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and…
Double-deck bus trouble in NY
Sep 10, 1976 • 14 min
New York’s blunder over ordering double-deck buses for city centre use. 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…
Jimmy Carter’s background
Aug 27, 1976 • 14 min
This episode contains references to racially offensive character names. US press descend on Jimmy Carter’s Georgia birthplace to find out more about the presidential hopeful’s background. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of…
Reagan loses Republican nomination
Aug 20, 1976 • 14 min
Reagan loses Republican nomination at Kansas convention. Reasons behind Chinese rejection of US aid following devastating earthquake. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled…
Republican convention Kansas
Aug 13, 1976 • 14 min
Conservative Senator Buckley joins hopefuls for Kansas Republican convention vote. 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…
Ford bounces back in opinion polls
Aug 6, 1976 • 14 min
President Ford bounces back in public opinion polls. Nominee Carter now not such a shoe-in. 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…
China earthquake
Jul 30, 1976 • 14 min
Massive earthquake in China. US offers of aid rebuffed by Chinese. 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…
Special relationship especially warm
Jul 23, 1976 • 14 min
US-UK special relationship especially warm this summer. UK tourism figures boom. 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…
Private security firms
Jul 16, 1976 • 13 min
Use of private security firms expands. National Democratic convention held in NY at Madison Square Gardens. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. Programme recording incomplete. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by…
Britain’s heatwave
Jul 9, 1976 • 14 min
The US heartland thrived once air conditioning became the norm - pity the Britons sweltering this summer with none. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
Party conventions
Jul 2, 1976 • 14 min
The days of the political circus have gone - today’s party conventions are dull affairs compared to past excitements. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter…
Italian elections
Jun 25, 1976 • 14 min
Relief in the West as Italy’s Communist Party fails to make the electoral gains it had hoped for. 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…
Ford and Reagan battle for Republican nomination
Jun 18, 1976 • 14 min
Carter confident of Democrat party vote, Ford and Reagan battle over the Republican nomination. 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…
Carter and Ford face conventions
Jun 11, 1976 • 14 min
Presidential hopeful Jimmy Carter faces friendly Democrat convention; sitting President Ford faces tougher battle at Republican gathering. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and…
Primary battle reaching climax
Jun 4, 1976 • 14 min
Both parties tense as presidential primaries reach climax with the Californian vote. 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…
California’s Proposition 15
May 28, 1976 • 14 min
Voters in California asked to back Proposition 15 which could limit the use of nuclear power and lead to a further energy crisis. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two…
Maintenance workers strike
May 21, 1976 • 13 min
Maintenance workers strike could end New York rent 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 1989. It was restored by…
US-USSR nuclear deal kept quiet
May 14, 1976 • 14 min
President Ford keeps US-USSR nuclear pact quiet. Suggestion that Ford is concerned about being seen as weak on foreign policy. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650…
Panama blunder by Reagan
May 7, 1976 • 14 min
Presidential candidate Reagan blunders over Panama Canal policy. Senator Goldwater’s influence on Republican votes. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
UN wasting money
Apr 30, 1976 • 14 min
UN wasting money. Director claims food programme spends more on management. Woodward & Bernstein publish ‘Final Days’ book on Nixon. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of…
Spring heatwave, 1976
Apr 23, 1976 • 14 min
Spring heatwave. Congress wants more say on foreign policy. White exodus from New York. 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…
San Francisco transport strike
Apr 16, 1976 • 14 min
San Francisco transport workers’ pay demands redefine accepted pay differentials. 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…
Anxiety over Soviet superpower
Apr 9, 1976 • 14 min
Kissinger warns of risk to NATO from growing Soviet superpower. 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…
Ford boosts defence spending
Apr 2, 1976 • 14 min
President Ford mixes campaigning with governing as he backs increased defence spending. 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…
Swine flu outbreak
Mar 26, 1976 • 14 min
President Ford backs plan to vaccinate entire US population against swine flu outbreak. 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…
The special relationship
Mar 19, 1976 • 13 min
Reassessing the ‘special relationship’ between the UK and US, in the light of British Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s sudden resignation.
Social surveys
Mar 12, 1976 • 14 min
Social surveys blow apart US stereotypes. Statistics can not explain individual concerns. 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…
Massachusetts primary, March 1976
Mar 5, 1976 • 14 min
Massachusetts primary. Voters drift to the right. Bicentennial bull wins bad taste prize. 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…
First primary in presidential campaign
Feb 27, 1976 • 14 min
First primary in election campaign. Results show only who the losers are, no indication of eventual winner. 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…
Presidential campaign begins
Feb 20, 1976 • 14 min
Hopefuls line up for start of this year’s presidential campaign. 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…
Gossip
Feb 13, 1976 • 13 min
The history of the word ‘gossip’, and what’s being said about the disgraced ex-President Nixon accepting an invitation to go to China.
Hearst jury selected
Feb 6, 1976 • 14 min
Patty Hearst bank robbery trial – jury selected two years after her original kidnapping. 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…
Preconceptions about place
Jan 30, 1976 • 14 min
Understanding the world means losing some preconceptions about other places. 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.…
American political parties
Jan 23, 1976 • 13 min
How the Democrats and the Republicans all came from a federalist starting point – and how they’re both trying to hang on to the overcrowded middle ground.
Musical comedy
Jan 16, 1976 • 14 min
Sondheim’s Japanese story a landmark production in US musical comedy. 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…
Anne Armstrong appointed London envoy
Jan 9, 1976 • 14 min
Former Nixon aide, Republican Anne Armstrong, appointed as US ambassador to the UK. 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…
Bicentennial year
Jan 2, 1976 • 14 min
Bicentennial year in the land of unbounded commercial opportunity. 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…
Ford loses Angola aid vote
Dec 26, 1975 • 14 min
President Ford weakened by Senate refusal to back his offer of further aid to Angolan guerillas. 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…
Moynihan angry over UN’s Zionist vote
Dec 19, 1975 • 14 min
Daniel Moynihan, US ambassador to the UN, hits out over security council’s Zionist vote. 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…
NYC aid bill passed
Dec 12, 1975 • 13 min
Filibuster bid fails to derail the NYC aid bill which is passed by both Houses. 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…
Hazards of ballet dancing
Dec 5, 1975 • 13 min
Ballet dancers and sports players suffer physical damage from their professions. 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…
Report uncovers CIA murder plots
Nov 28, 1975 • 14 min
Startling evidence of CIA plots to assassinate foreign leaders uncovered in Senate interim report. 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…
Reagan declares candidacy
Nov 21, 1975 • 14 min
Former California governor Ronald Reagan declares he wants Republican candidacy for next presidential election. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
Ford shakes up team
Nov 14, 1975 • 14 min
President Ford sharpens his advisory team as the line-up for the next presidential nomination begins. 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…
Stand-off over NYC finances
Nov 7, 1975 • 14 min
Ford holds fast despite public opinion backing a financial bail-out for bankrupt NYC. 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…
New bonds deal for NY finances
Oct 31, 1975 • 14 min
New Yorkers vent anger at Ford’s refusal of federal bail-out for bankrupt city. New bonds issue under discussion. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
Russians win US grain deal
Oct 24, 1975 • 13 min
Soviets to buy US grain in new deal - but China signals fears over detente. 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…
Ford-Rockefeller squabble over NY finances
Oct 17, 1975 • 14 min
President and vice president can not agree over solution to New York city’s financial problems. 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…
Networks refuse Ford air time
Oct 10, 1975 • 14 min
Ford’s proposed TV speech on tax cuts judged ‘illegal’ by networks who refuse the president air time. 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…
Visit of Japanese emperor
Oct 3, 1975 • 14 min
Increased security surrounds visit of Japanese emperor, following attempts on President Ford’s life. 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…
Patty Hearst arrest, 1975
Sep 26, 1975 • 14 min
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 650…
Assassination attempt on Ford
Sep 12, 1975 • 13 min
President Ford is saved from assassination attempt in Sacramento, and the perils of taped broadcasting, when it comes to commenting on up-to-the-minute news.
Ford on Portuguese revolution
Aug 22, 1975 • 14 min
Ford uses American Legion speech to warn Soviets on meddling in Portuguese revolution. 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…
Grain export boycott
Aug 15, 1975 • 14 min
Fears of inflation lead to dock workers’ boycott of grain shipments to USSR. 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.…
Nuclear power
Aug 1, 1975 • 14 min
Warnings over safeguarding nuclear power so it can not produce weapons. 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…
The secret of longevity
Jul 25, 1975 • 14 min
Summer heat in Manhattan. And a look at different approaches to ageing. 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…
US/USSR handshakes, 1975
Jul 18, 1975 • 13 min
American and Soviet astronauts Thomas Stafford and Alexei Leonov’s symbolic handshake, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s untimely intervention about the realities of the USSR.
The Helsinki Accords
Jul 11, 1975 • 14 min
Helsinki Accords treaty - aimed at removing tension between Soviets and NATO countries - finally signed. 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…
Tax exiles, July 1975
Jul 4, 1975 • 14 min
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, who…
The Ford presidency
Jun 27, 1975 • 14 min
Ford is making a better job of his presidency than most voters expected. 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…
Travel myths
Jun 20, 1975 • 14 min
Travel expectations very rarely live up to the reality. 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…
Big MAC saves New York
Jun 13, 1975 • 14 min
Big MAC - the new Municipal Assistance Corporation - to take control of New York City’s troubled finances. 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…
Doctors’ strike
Jun 6, 1975 • 14 min
Doctors strike over rocketing insurance cover. Growing malpractice suits blamed. 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…
English language problems
May 30, 1975 • 14 min
USA and the UK - two nations sharing a language, but not the same meaning. 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…
Global climate change
May 23, 1975 • 14 min
Forecasters claim global weather is cooling. Folk memory disagrees. 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…
Cambodia gunboat diplomacy
May 16, 1975 • 13 min
Why did President Ford launch an attack on Cambodia? Arriving late to a news story allows you to ask the simple question.
Arab-Israeli peace deal collapses, March 1975
Mar 28, 1975 • 14 min
Arab-Israeli peace deal fails. King Faisal shot. Cambodia collapses. Kissinger’s diplomatic efforts all end in failure. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. This archive edition of Letter from America was recorded by one of two listeners,…
Women’s Lib, 1975
Mar 21, 1975 • 14 min
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…
Row over Cambodia aid
Mar 14, 1975 • 14 min
Congress unhappy over President Ford’s demands for additional aid to battle-torn Cambodia. 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…
US import restrictions, March 1975
Mar 7, 1975 • 14 min
US import restrictions. Possible trade with Cuba. No support for Cambodia. 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…
Changing United Nations
Dec 27, 1974 • 13 min
How the Third World has taken over the United Nations show – and how Alistair Cooke helped introduce the people’s game of golf to Mother Russia.
TV news coverage, 1974
Nov 29, 1974 • 13 min
America’s relentless TV news coverage and why we should learn from history that ignorant bliss does not pay off.
Boston busing crisis, 1974
Oct 18, 1974 • 13 min
How Judge W Arthur Garrity Jr’s enforced busing policy, attempting to desegregate schooling, came up against its greatest challenge in South Boston.
Gerald Ford, the new man in the White House, 1974
Aug 23, 1974 • 13 min
Campaign biographies, and some new revelations about President Gerald Ford’s past come to light, including the fact he was christened Leslie King Junior.
Nixon’s resignation speech, August 1974
Aug 16, 1974 • 14 min
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 From…
Nixon’s resignation, 1974
Aug 9, 1974 • 13 min
Downfall of a president – how Nixon fatally underestimated the power of the people versus the presidential powers he has just been forced to give up.
San Francisco: Detroit of the Pacific?
Jun 7, 1974 • 14 min
The skyscrapers that shattered the myth of San Francisco as a special city; and why it’s important to understand the Stockholm syndrome in the Patty Hearst kidnap case.
Duke Ellington
May 31, 1974 • 14 min
Duke Ellington - remembering not just a great jazz musician, but an elegant, articulate man of unassailable natural dignity.
Corruption
May 10, 1974 • 13 min
Avoiding corruption in politics, the temptations of advertising money, which can turn great actors into salesmen, and Earth Day’s unexpected trash problems.
Nixon’s tax returns go public
Dec 14, 1973 • 14 min
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 was recorded by one of two listeners, who between them taped and labelled over 650 Letter From…
Should Nixon resign?
Nov 9, 1973 • 14 min
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 than foes.