RHODcast: Nov 25, 2020
The people have spoken, and American democracy, feeling less timid now, is almost ready to exhale. JIM NAUGHTIE started visiting the USA in 1970 when one political crisis was brewing, and his coverage of the 2020 presidential campaigns has depicted a people in the throes of another. Throughout it all, Jim’s dedication to reporting America’s cause aright, as Hamlet tasked Horatio, has been unstinting. As has our friendship. There’s a lot to talk about, so haul on your bellbottoms as we take a trip back to the start of the 1970s.
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Aslo available: A Love Letter to America, 2 – Jim Naughtie
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