From the 1930s, Alistair Cooke interpreted American culture for British audiences in newspapers and radio broadcasts. His weekly program Letter from America was one of the radio's longest-running series and he hosted television's Masterpiece Theatre from the 1970s to the 1990s. He died in 2004. In a bizarre coda to his life, Cooke's remains were illegally harvested at a New York funeral home.
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