The assassination of JFK through to Vietnam and America’s shame at the My Lai massacre. Alistair Cooke's fascinating social, cultural and political history of American life.
From The Bob Edwards Show on Sirius XM satellite radio, a weekly selection of archival essays from Edward R. Murrow’s This I Believe series of the 1950s.
In launching This I Believe in 1951, host Edward R. Murrow explained the need for such a radio program at that time in American history, and said his own beliefs were “in a state of flux.”Di This I Believe, Inc.
An eyewitness account of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy on June 5, 1968 in Los Angeles, and the collective-guilt aftermath for America.Di BBC Radio 4
The national mood begins to change over the Vietnam war - how America began to move from early indifference to the recognition of a nightmare.Di BBC Radio 4
Senator Jacob Javits' parking fine, Mayor Lindsay and the water commissioner, and a President Truman Christmas story.Di BBC Radio 4
Democracy demonstrated - how the President of the United States had to make way for Mr Meyer Sugarman's wedding night.Di BBC Radio 4
The Watts riots in Los Angeles - were they an uprising by black Americans angry at their treatment or simply criminally motivated looting and violence?Di BBC Radio 4
How the debacle of the Cassius Clay–Sonny Liston boxing prize fight tarnished one of the elements of American culture - sportsmanshipDi BBC Radio 4
President Lyndon B Johnson's inauguration for his own full first term, and some earlier notable inaugurations, including Washington and Jefferson's.Di BBC Radio 4
The assassination of John F Kennedy, the first president of the television age, and the style, grace and fun he brought to the White House.Di BBC Radio 4
How New York construction was brought to a halt by the Electrician's Union strike, and why the computer or 'the big brain' will soon change how people work.Di BBC Radio 4
Alistair Cooke remembers Lindsay Wellington, the BBC head who came up with the idea of weekly letters to help people in the UK understand American life in 1946.Di BBC Radio 4
A tribute to American Pianist William Kappell, the best pianist of his generation, and what music means to Americans.Di BBC Radio 4
How a new daily diet of television in America is changing people's lives, as reported by Alistair Cooke.Di BBC Radio 4
A fragment preserved from Cooke's talk, reflecting on the importance of democratic capitalism and a free economy to Americans.Di BBC Radio 4