James Naughtie's Letter To America [World Service]

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20200704The story of the USA at a turning point and in crisis.

The story of the USA at a turning point and in crisis, vividly illustrated with tales from decades of ‘looking in’ from one of Britain’s most respected journalists, James Naughtie.

As the US prepares for what could be the most consequential presidential election in generations, Naughtie reflects on the events and characters that shaped the nation which dominated the 20th century.

From Nixon to Trump, the sunbelt to the borscht belt, the circus of political conventions, the pageantry of Presidential inaugurations, in a series of beautifully written, audio rich essays, Naughtie returns to irresistible, indefatigable, currently Dis-United States of America.

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20200725James Naughtie reflects on the causes and consequences of the polarised politics of the United States. Looking back on 50 years of American experiences, he explores the conservative revolution that began in the 1990s, the culture wars that brought a sharp partisan tone to every public debate, and the resulting challenge to the system of government itself. A modern American revolution, played out in the years from Bill Clinton to Donald Trump.

Produced by Tara Neill and Regan Morris for BBC World Service.

The story of the USA at a turning point and in crisis.

Reflections on half a century of \u2018looking in' on the United States

20200725The story of the USA at a turning point and in crisis, vividly illustrated with tales from decades of ‘looking in’ from one of Britain’s most respected journalists, James Naughtie.

As the US prepares for what could be the most consequential presidential election in generations, Naughtie reflects on the events and characters that shaped the nation which dominated the 20th century.

From Nixon to Trump, the sunbelt to the borscht belt, the circus of political conventions, the pageantry of Presidential inaugurations, in a series of beautifully written, audio rich essays, Naughtie returns to irresistible, indefatigable, currently Dis-United States of America.

The story of the USA at a turning point and in crisis.

Reflections on half a century of \u2018looking in' on the United States

20200801Reflections on half a century of \u2018looking in\u2019 on the United States
20200808The story of the USA at a turning point and in crisis, vividly illustrated with tales from decades of ‘looking in’ from one of Britain’s most respected journalists, James Naughtie.

As the US prepares for what could be the most consequential presidential election in generations, Naughtie reflects on the events and characters that shaped the nation which dominated the 20th century.

From Nixon to Trump, the sunbelt to the borscht belt, the circus of political conventions, the pageantry of Presidential inaugurations, in a series of beautifully written, audio rich essays, Naughtie returns to irresistible, indefatigable, currently Dis-United States of America.

The story of the USA at a turning point and in crisis.

Reflections on half a century of \u2018looking in\u2019 on the United States

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Letter five20200801
Letter five20200801What can the legacies of Lincoln, FDR and JFK tell us about the 2020 US election?

Reflections on half a century of \u2018looking in\u2019 on the United States

Letter Four20200725James Naughtie reflects on the causes and consequences of the polarised politics of the United States. Looking back on 50 years of American experiences, he explores the conservative revolution that began in the 1990s, the culture wars that brought a sharp partisan tone to every public debate, and the resulting challenge to the system of government itself. A modern American revolution, played out in the years from Bill Clinton to Donald Trump.

Produced by Tara Neill and Regan Morris for BBC World Service.

Where did America's conservative revolution come from?

Reflections on half a century of \u2018looking in' on the United States

Letter One20200704America was so different and now feels so familiar. The journey begins in 1970

Reflections on half a century of \u2018looking in' on the United States

Letter seven20200815
Letter seven20200815The simmering anger that came to the boil after George Floyd's death has made itself felt so often before. In every city in America, you can’t miss it. Sometimes it cools a little, but never for long. James Naughtie asks how America can ever erase the stain of what many refer to as the country's "original sin" - the sin of slavery.

The anger that came to the boil after George Floyd's death has made itself felt before

Reflections on half a century of \u2018looking in\u2019 on the United States

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Letter six20200808The dominant power in the 20th century, America\u2019s alliances now look so different

Reflections on half a century of \u2018looking in\u2019 on the United States

Letter Three20200718“They still rattle with old stories.” The railroads were once the iron sinews of America, crossing the Rockies and the desert, linking the coasts, carrying grain and cattle and oil. This episode includes reflections on Hurricane Katrina, the day when James Naughtie first met the soon to be Senator Barack Obama and his first visit to Graceland.

\u201cThey still rattle with old stories.\u201d The railroads were once the iron sinews of America

Reflections on half a century of \u2018looking in' on the United States

Letter Two20200711How Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan shaped the image of the Oval Office

Reflections on half a century of \u2018looking in' on the United States