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Letter from America by Alistair Cooke

Illinois crucial in presidential race

Duration: 14 minutes

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

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Why the Illinois 'beauty contest' is so important to those aiming for the White House in a presidential election year. Show more

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke

Extension of primary elections

Duration: 14 minutes

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

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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. Show more

Duration: 14 minutes

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

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Senator Kennedy talks tough as he faces last major showdown in the Democrats' primaries. The sound quality on this recording is variable/poor. Show more

Duration: 14 minutes

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

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Point of principle lay behind resignation of Secretary of State Cyrus Vance following secrecy over hostage rescue attempt. Show more

Duration: 14 minutes

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

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Mount St Helens eruption blights farming across north and west while the southern state of Florida erupts into race riots over Cuban refugee influx. Show more