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Letter from America by Alistair Cooke

Connecticut bridge collapse

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Following a fatal bridge collapse in Connecticut, US faces massive bill for rebuilding as major faults are found in ageing infrastructure. Show more

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke

Briefing-gate to be investigated

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Reagan's popularity rating could be hit by criminal investigation into who stole Carter's briefing papers. Show more

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke

Andrei Berezhkov's non-defection

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Was Russian teenager Andrei Berezhkov persuaded to withdraw his pleas for help to defect to the West? Show more

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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When the oldest form of retaliation - the boycott - turns out to have unforeseen consquences which hit home markets hardest. Show more

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke

Joe Polowsky's funeral, 1983

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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Old soldier wanted to be buried where his band of brothers met up with the Russians in 1945 - when they were our allies. Show more

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke

President Alfonsin of Argentina

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

US hopes of new talks follow installation of Argentina's first democratically-elected president, Alfonsin. Show more

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke

Charles Wick's secret tapes

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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Reagan buddy Charles Wick, head of the US information agency, found to have made secret tape recordings of phone calls. Show more