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Duration: 14 minutes

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

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As the Democrats get ready to crown their chosen leader, look back to a time when political conventions were full of surprises. Show more

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke

Republicans head for Texas

Duration: 14 minutes

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

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How will the new ethnic mix of Dallas react to the influx of Republicans when the convention comes to town? Show more

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke

Mondale's wobbly leadership

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

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Walter Mondale's wobbly leadership a talking point as the Republicans' glitzy convention takes over Dallas. Show more

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

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Democrat nominee Mondale gets fighting mad over unemployment and national debt - but the polls still show his support is slipping away. Show more

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

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Washington observers interpret meeting between Reagan and Gromyko as sign that Soviets foresee a second term for the president. Show more

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

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Senator Jesse Helms ponders whether to take the foreign affairs chair, or continue to rally support for the tobacco growers. Show more

Duration: 14 minutes

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

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An upright man - in his walk, and his ways. Remembering Senator George D. Aiken, the politician who could never be bought. Show more

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke

China denies move to capitalism

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

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Good news or bad news? China's main daily newspaper rebuked for 'flawed' story of the country's potential move to a capitalist economy. Show more