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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.

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  • 12.16.14

    Rising prices on the poorest

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  • 12.08.14

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    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.
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COBLE, JOHN HOWARD, Republican Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $56,688.51

Average cost per trip - $3,543.03
Total number of days spent traveling - 67 days
Rank of representative - 108 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Morocco Affairs Council
Dates - January 11, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Casablanca, Morocco - Rabat, Morocco - Marrakech, Morocco - Laayoune, Western Sahara

Purpose - To meet with member of Parliament along with officials in public and private sectors to discuss mutual US-Morocco issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $975.41
Lodging Cost - $537.60
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $41.08
Total Cost - $1,754.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina Association of Broadcasters
Dates - July 23, 2000 - July 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Wilmington, NC

Purpose - To speak to the NC Broadcasters annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $510.50
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $735.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To attend ACPa Annual Meeting and discuss legislative issues affecting the agricultural chemical industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,583.34
Lodging Cost - $675.57
Meal Cost - $75.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,334.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Copyright Society of the USA
Dates - June 9, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Bolton Landing, NY

Purpose - Speech at the annual meeting of copyright group to discuss legislative issues involving copyright.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $551.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $88.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,039.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Manchester, England - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - To attend 2001 TransAtlantic Conference in Scotland
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $4,124.83
Lodging Cost - $2,299.50
Meal Cost - $568.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $7,037.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Recording Industry Association of America
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Attend briefing on issues affecting the music industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $823.50
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,058.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Intellectual Property Law Association
Dates - February 15, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - To deliver closing remarks at 5th international symposium, "managing IP assets in the new millennium".
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $6,775.19
Lodging Cost - $965.36
Meal Cost - $216.44
Other Cost - $31.26
Total Cost - $7,988.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Intellectual Property Law Association
Dates - November 16, 2001 - November 20, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Speech to Colloquium on Patent Pendency Reduction
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,715.80
Lodging Cost - $568.65
Meal Cost - $197.11
Other Cost - $32.98
Total Cost - $6,514.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To speak to the annual meeting of the ACPA
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,484.00
Lodging Cost - $1,972.41
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,676.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina Association of Broadcasters
Dates - June 30, 2002 - July 1, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Wrightsville, NC

Purpose - speech to broadcasters' annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $822.00
Lodging Cost - $206.96
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,088.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, Qatar Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 28, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Doha, Qatar - Lisbon, Portugal

Purpose - to attend Qatari-American international conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,165.04
Lodging Cost - $710.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $9,325.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Intellectual Property Society
Dates - March 4, 2002 - March 5, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speech to the IIPS board meeting and symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost - $580.00
Lodging Cost - $217.11
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $847.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 19, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - US-German Roundtable and Congressional visit to Liechtenstein
Notes - Airfare donated by Lufthansa - value of ticket is listed.

Travel Cost - $6,500.00
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,720.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Century Business Services, Inc.
Dates - August 3, 2003 - August 9, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Mayo County, Ireland

Purpose - To attend International Trade Symposium in Ireland.
Notes - [Amended to show different sponosr] London part of trip filed separately - paid for by different sponsor.

Travel Cost - $1,028.97
Lodging Cost - $862.50
Meal Cost - $431.25
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,322.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 13, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To attend Ripon Educational Fund Transatlantic Conference.
Notes - Also attend International Trade Symposium in Ireland. Separate report filedonthat trip. [Amended to change dates, amounts and purpose]

Travel Cost - $1,235.56
Lodging Cost - $730.69
Meal Cost - $373.15
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,339.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - 3M, Inc.
Dates - December 12, 2003 - December 12, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Paul, MN

Purpose - to tour 3M's facility to discuss issues impacting the company's role in transportation and homeland security fields and to observe in operation equipment that 3M manufactures in these areas.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $857.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $907.00

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.