Alistair Cooke questions why hearing the American national anthem should be uniquely affecting since the attacks on September 11th.
In the wake of 9/11, Alistair Cooke remembers introducing Bernstein to Handel's Messiah and admires the generosity of Tiger Woods. First broadcast 21 December 2001.
Alistair Cooke discusses the rumour of a potential attack on the San Francisco Bridge and the warnings by scientists about global warming.
Alistair Cooke considers the political and ethical dilemmas of "racial profiling" at airports since September 11th.
Alistair Cooke reflects on the horror of home grown terrorists used by al-Qaeda and other terrorist cells.
Alistair Cooke discusses the creation of The Space Guard Project, invented to eliminate potential extraterrestrial catastrophes.
Alistair Cooke reflects on the outpouring of patriotism and the outburst of flag hanging in response to the September 11th attacks.
Alistair Cooke reflects on how America is coping in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on September 11th.
Whilst coping with the daily threat of possibly finding anthrax in the mail, Alistair Cooke reflects on how hope and fear are wrapped up within the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Alistair Cooke reflects on how the September 11th attack has changed the American psyche, and considers how letters filled with anthrax are exacerbating the problems.
Alistair Cooke questions the anxiety inducing warnings from the FBI of imminent terrorist attacks, the partiality towards singing the national anthem, and Tony Blair's popularity ratings in America. Show more
Alistair Cooke compares the uses and abuses of civil rights and censorship by UK and US governments during wartime.
Alistair Cooke considers the lifespan of a letter written by Einstein to warn the President of the power unleashed by nuclear reactions, and how terrorism is used by governments.
In the aftermath of September 11th, Alistair Cooke considers how the actions of New York City Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, compare with the activities of President Bush and his government.
Alistair Cooke reflects on how he and the rest of the American population reacted to the World Trade Center terrorist attack on September 11th 2001.
Alistair Cooke likens the problems arising from the UN Convention on racism to those found on and off the professional tennis court.
Alistair Cooke reflects on President Bush's determination to build an all-embracing defence missile shield.
Alistair Cooke reflects on the worldwide pandemic of economic decline.
A coma patient kept on life support for 22 years makes Alistair Cooke consider the complex political and ethical issues of medical advancement.
An special mixed-couples golf match that paired Tiger Woods with Annika Sorenstam, and David Duval with Karrie Webb, inspires Alistair Cooke to reflect on his most beloved sport, golf.