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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

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    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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BASS, CHARLES F, Republican Party
New Hampshire

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $15,795.95

Average cost per trip - $1,436.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 353 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Discussion w/ 20 leading NE tech executives MIT,
Notes - Extra Cost: Thank you gift

Travel Cost - $638.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - CA

Purpose - To gather high-tech information
Notes -

Travel Cost - $759.20
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,187.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Lisa Bass, 2 children, Lucy and Jonathan, meal incl in lodging, other costs indicate registration, but no amount

Travel Cost - $514.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,464.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - State of New Jersey
Dates - April 18, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - NJ

Purpose - The Congress will testify in court on behalf of the state
Notes -

Travel Cost - $523.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $523.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - meetings and fact finding
Notes - other expenses: taxi and bus

Travel Cost - $1,250.00
Lodging Cost - $518.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost - $126.00
Total Cost - $1,924.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 8, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Detroit, MI

Purpose - to represent the Commerce Comm. at a CEA conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,281.00
Lodging Cost - $261.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,542.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - None specified
Notes - Spouse Lisa Bass accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,881.00
Lodging Cost - $488.33
Meal Cost - $86.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,455.69

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes -

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $888.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 4, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Fact-finding mtg. In Detroit, MI
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,082.95
Lodging Cost - $712.51
Meal Cost - $122.17
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,917.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 5, 2005 - January 7, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Attend 2005 CES and attend meetings
Notes - Manchester, NH - Las Vegas - Phoenix, AZ

Travel Cost - $873.40
Lodging Cost - $608.22
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,571.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Independent Baker's Assn
Dates - February 19, 2004 - February 25, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes - MHT - West Palm Beach - MHT (Manchester, NH) Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,577.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,577.40

Additional family members - Yes

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.