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(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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American RadioWorks |
(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

Recent Posts

  • 12.16.14

    Rising prices on the poorest

    In January 2014 nearly a hundred college presidents gathered at the White House for a summit on the rising cost of college. But data show that those same institutions have been raising their prices fastest for the poorest students than for wealthier ones. This week on the podcast, we talk to a reporter who has been following the rising college cost burden on poor families.
  • 12.08.14

    How Much Will College Cost My Family?

    In 2011 the federal government required colleges and universities to publish “net price calculators” on their web sites. These tools are supposed to help families figure out which colleges they can afford. The calculators take into account family income, number of kids in college, state of residency, and other factors. But they’re often hard to use and time-consuming. Our guest this week has made this process simpler and more accessible.
  • 12.01.14

    Bridging the “Middle Skills” Gap

    There’s a paradox in today’s job market: even though there are millions of people looking for work, employers say they can’t find enough qualified workers. That’s due to an abundance of what economists call “middle skills” jobs – jobs that require specialized training beyond high school, but not a four-year college degree.
  • 12.01.14

    Commentary: Turning the tables on the vocational ed debate

    I’m not arguing that all education should be about acquiring job skills ... I’m saying that good vocational high schools have figured out how to bring college prep into their curriculum. And it’s time that traditional academic high schools brought more vocational education into theirs.

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ALLEN, THOMAS H, Democratic Party
Maine

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $79,591.11

Average cost per trip - $4,681.83
Total number of days spent traveling - 69 days
Rank of representative - 58 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Drummond, Woodsum & Macmahon
Dates - July 7, 2000 - July 7, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speak before American Bar Association -- Installation even for Robert Hirshon from Portland, ME as president
Notes - Transportation Costs: "highest commercial fare available"

Travel Cost - $675.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $690.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Accompanied by wife Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $2,221.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,425.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - to participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $11,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,000.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $2,790.50
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,350.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Dates - April 11, 2002 - April 11, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - to speak in a conference about trade
Notes - staffer went to same place and filled in Miami, FL for destination.

Travel Cost - $746.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $746.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Health Policy Conference
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $1,465.50
Lodging Cost - $1,336.50
Meal Cost - $828.00
Other Cost - $89.90
Total Cost - $3,719.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - February 16, 2003 - February 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Education
Notes - Other costs are $35 for jacket, $9.95 for tote bag

Travel Cost - $562.00
Lodging Cost - $438.44
Meal Cost - $237.50
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $1,282.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,565.10
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $2,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,165.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US China relations
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $5,880.80
Lodging Cost - $1,960.00
Meal Cost - $3,420.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,260.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US Mexico relations
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,814.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,980.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,519.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan congressional health policy conference
Notes - doesnt specify what other cost was

Travel Cost - $522.86
Lodging Cost - $884.90
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $1,938.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - To discuss the shipbuilding industry and its future
Notes -

Travel Cost - $840.50
Lodging Cost - $346.62
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $240.00
Total Cost - $1,527.12

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $7,212.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,812.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Keystone Energy Board
Dates - February 10, 2005 - February 12, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Attending the annual Keystone Energy Board meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Denver - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $379.40
Lodging Cost - $360.09
Meal Cost - $131.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $870.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan health policy conference
Notes - Portland - Ft Lauderdale - Portland

Travel Cost - $621.76
Lodging Cost - $904.50
Meal Cost - $932.40
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $2,528.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Ship Building Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild sea service and the shipbuilding industry
Notes - District - Ft Myers - District

Travel Cost - $810.91
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $290.04
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,469.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of Clinical Research Professionals
Dates - April 6, 2005 - April 6, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Panel discussion on prescription drug re-importation
Notes - Portland, ME - Orlando, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $284.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $284.10

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

Recent Posts

  • 12.16.14

    Rising prices on the poorest

    In January 2014 nearly a hundred college presidents gathered at the White House for a summit on the rising cost of college. But data show that those same institutions have been raising their prices fastest for the poorest students than for wealthier ones. This week on the podcast, we talk to a reporter who has been following the rising college cost burden on poor families.
  • 12.08.14

    How Much Will College Cost My Family?

    In 2011 the federal government required colleges and universities to publish “net price calculators” on their web sites. These tools are supposed to help families figure out which colleges they can afford. The calculators take into account family income, number of kids in college, state of residency, and other factors. But they’re often hard to use and time-consuming. Our guest this week has made this process simpler and more accessible.
  • 12.01.14

    Bridging the “Middle Skills” Gap

    There’s a paradox in today’s job market: even though there are millions of people looking for work, employers say they can’t find enough qualified workers. That’s due to an abundance of what economists call “middle skills” jobs – jobs that require specialized training beyond high school, but not a four-year college degree.
  • 12.01.14

    Commentary: Turning the tables on the vocational ed debate

    I’m not arguing that all education should be about acquiring job skills ... I’m saying that good vocational high schools have figured out how to bring college prep into their curriculum. And it’s time that traditional academic high schools brought more vocational education into theirs.