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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.
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  • 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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BURR, RICHARD M, Republican Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $45,871.40

Average cost per trip - $5,733.93
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 138 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Outdoor Power Equipment Distributors Association
Dates - February 24, 2000 - February 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Speak at conference on legislative process in commerce issues
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Brooke Burr

Travel Cost - $560.00
Lodging Cost - $433.26
Meal Cost - $30.70
Other Cost - $130.00
Total Cost - $1,153.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Universal Corporations, Tobacco Asso. Of US, Led Tobacco Exporters Asso.
Dates - May 28, 2000 - May 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Address to Tobacco Asso. And Annual Meeting and Conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Brooke Burr

Travel Cost - $1,223.92
Lodging Cost - $550.20
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,934.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Corning Inc.
Dates - January 5, 2000 - January 5, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Wilmington, NC

Purpose - legislative briefing and tour
Notes -

Travel Cost - $818.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $828.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Marseilles, France - Paris, France

Purpose - Tour French nuclear energy facilities
Notes - Spouse Brooke Burr accompanied. Transport costs include ground transportation in France.

Travel Cost - $14,577.80
Lodging Cost - $2,406.00
Meal Cost - $1,430.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,413.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - June 30, 2002 - July 6, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain - Seville, Spain

Purpose - fact-finding and tour of European nuclear facilities
Notes - spouse Brooke Burr -- July 5-6 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $12,417.30
Lodging Cost - $2,450.00
Meal Cost - $1,700.00
Other Cost - $340.00
Total Cost - $16,907.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 6, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - public policy conference
Notes - Invoice for room includes two pool bar beverages and tip and a $105 'spa service'. NAB fax also mentions extra $90 transportation cost as well as airfare, not listed on form.

Travel Cost - $2,627.50
Lodging Cost - $637.22
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,414.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Corning Inc.
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Augusta, GA

Purpose - public policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,226.00
Lodging Cost - $410.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $533.00
Total Cost - $2,469.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina, Inc.
Dates - February 7, 2003 - February 7, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Raleigh, NC

Purpose - Speak to annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $750.00

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.