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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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UDALL, TOM, Democratic Party
New Mexico

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $89,891.56

Average cost per trip - $6,420.83
Total number of days spent traveling - 83 days
Rank of representative - 45 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights March
Notes - took wife, Jill Cooper Udall; member personally paid $1,000 toward transportation expenses for spouse

Travel Cost - $270.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $764.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Politically Incorrect
Dates - November 27, 2000 - November 27, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - News and analysis program
Notes - transportation is for limousine and airfare, lodging is for the Renaissance Beverly Hills Hotel

Travel Cost - $647.00
Lodging Cost - $188.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $835.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the convergence of US national security and the global environment.
Notes - Spouse Jill Cooper Udall accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,175.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,455.60

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Jill Cooper Udall accompanied. Other costs are for registration fees and were paid by the campaign. Meal costs are included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,352.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - conference on global environment
Notes - Spouse Jill Cooper Udall accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,884.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,034.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany

Purpose - to attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Notes - with spouse Jill Cooper Udall

Travel Cost - $2,064.40
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,564.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Bethesda, MD

Purpose - leadership training in "leading with courage and compassion"
Notes - with spouse Jill Cooper Udall - lodging includes meal costs

Travel Cost - $25.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $561.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - conference on political Islam
Notes - with spouse Jill Cooper Udall - other covers ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,860.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,350.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $6,960.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - conference on the global environment
Notes - with spouse Jill Cooper Udall - other covers ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,063.20
Lodging Cost - $5,700.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $11,563.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 23, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - conference on education reform
Notes - spouse Jill Cooper Udall - Jill Cooper Udall stayed until 2/22 - Tom Udall stayed until 2/23 but at his own expense

Travel Cost - $3,125.62
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,745.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Conservation International
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (12 days)
Location(s) - Madagascar - South Africa

Purpose - land conservation - visits to land and animal preserves
Notes - spouse Jill Cooper Udall - other costs were gifts

Travel Cost - $14,032.30
Lodging Cost - $1,164.96
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost - $85.00
Total Cost - $15,762.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on US Policy in Latin America
Notes - Washington, DC - Punta Mita, Mexico - Albuquerque, NM

Travel Cost - $2,106.48
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,818.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,074.48

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Conference on the global environment
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $7,288.40
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $11,088.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,681.50
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,131.50

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.