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Encyclopedia > Letter from America

Letter from America was a weekly 15 minute radio series on BBC Radio 4, previously called the Home Service, which ran for 2,869 shows from March 24, 1946 to February 20, 2004, making it the longest-running speech radio programme in history. BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... The BBC Home Service was the original name for Radio 4 and was on the air from 1939 until 30 September 1967. ... March 24 is the 83rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (84th in Leap years). ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


It was presented by the late Alistair Cooke, who died on March 30, 2004, just over a month after his last broadcast. Each week Alistair Cooke spoke of a topical issue in the USA, often tying together different strands of observation and anecdote. He always ended on a humorous note. Alistair Cooke (November 20, 1908 – March 30, 2004) was a journalist and broadcaster. ... March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (90th in Leap years). ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


External links

  • Letter From America (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/letter_from_america/)
  • The first letter (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/letter_from_america/3587391.stm)
  • The final letter (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/letter_from_america/3513221.stm)

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A Letter from America (3360 words)
All of this is very positive, especially when it is set against the incredible beauty of America's natural spaces, a landscape that is still more wild than cultivated, and despite the urban sprawl of certain cities a lot less built up than Europe.
It was not surprising, therefore, that in an unprecedented period of U.S. boom, terrorists struck at America in such a devastating way as we all witnessed on September 11, 2001.
There is a wonderful coming together of the American people as they face the current crisis, but there is also a blind patriotism that stands behind our leaders without question, making it hard for the true patriot to raise his or her voice.
BBC NEWS | World | Letter From America (3529 words)
As America celebrates Thanksgiving, Alistair looks back to the origins of the festival and remembers the day in 1938 when Franklin D Roosevelt declared 24 November to be set aside as, "a day of general Thanksgiving."
Relations between Moscow and America are at their best as a new relationship of trust is built between the two countries.
America prepares for the possibility of biochemical warfare and Alistair looks at how Blair and Bush are working together.
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