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If Alistair Cooke reported the Obamacare standoff: “A real shutdown… not really!”

Alistair CookeThere are voices from history that cannot be forgotten. Among them is that of Alistair Cooke, a Brit who understood America like no other.

There are times when I really miss Alistair. He had a unique ability to explain to us the seemingly bizarre and sometimes incomprehensible machinations of American politics and government.

Of course, he spoke of much more than politics in his Letter from America broadcasts. His tale of Gershwin and Russian immigration still gives me goose bumps. His lament on the closure of Woolworths captured the aspirations of a generation. He even managed to make golf sound entertaining, even vaguely important.

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A personal guide to the 13 most essential political podcasts

podcastsCommuting is a major part of my daily life, so I find podcasts are an essential way to make use of time I’d otherwise spend staring vacantly out the window or idly refreshing and re-refreshing Twitter. Here, in order of where they appear in my iTunes directory, are the podcasts I listen to most frequently…

The Economist’s podcasts – a good mix of audio recordings of selected articles from the print edition together with brief discussions involving the Economist’s expert correspondents. Slightly irritatingly the sound can vary between recordings, so you …

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  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 5th Aug - 9:05am
    No.
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 5th Aug - 9:01am
    @Jayne Mansfield Actually, when it comes to bribing people to eat out I agree with you! My point was not about that, although there is...
  • User AvatarNonconformistradical 5th Aug - 7:04am
    @David Raw "@ Martin Smith Great post, Martin. Good to hear the voice of sanity." Seconded - from a household which includes 1 who got...
  • User AvatarCatherine Jane Crosland 5th Aug - 5:49am
    What a nice idea. The party certainly needs a wise, caring "agony aunt" right now
  • User AvatarPhil Beesley 4th Aug - 11:46pm
    Marco: "I don’t think that’s correct as thanks to a certain progressive political party people don’t pay income tax until they earn at least £12k...
  • User Avatartim rogers 4th Aug - 11:41pm
    Anxious. It is the talk of continuity that has many people alarmed. Do we continue to poll at 6% and accept it? Do we continue...