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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

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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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    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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HOUGHTON, AMORY JR, Republican Party
New York

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $44,539.43

Average cost per trip - $3,426.11
Total number of days spent traveling - 59 days
Rank of representative - 142 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management & Development Institute
Dates - January 12, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Baden-Baden, Germany

Purpose - US/German roundtable for the 21st Century
Notes - accompanied by wife Priscilla Houghton

Travel Cost - $3,669.51
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,669.51

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march
Notes - accompanied by wife Priscilla D. Houghton -- member paid $100 towards transportation for spouse/child

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 28, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Elmira, NY

Purpose - meet w/ corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,375.44
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,803.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA - Silicon Valley, CA - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - Meet with corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $275.66
Lodging Cost - $652.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $928.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Member paid $500 personally to participate in trip - removed from airfare cost.

Travel Cost - $221.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $585.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Dusseldorf, Germany - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Zurich, Switzerland

Purpose - US - German Roundtable for the 21st Century
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Houghton accompanied.

Travel Cost - $7,927.00
Lodging Cost - $996.00
Meal Cost - $725.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,648.00

Additional family members - Yes


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 Priscilla Houghton accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - public policy forum
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,356.00
Lodging Cost - $410.88
Meal Cost - $296.98
Other Cost - $533.20
Total Cost - $2,597.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2002 - February 26, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - London, England

Purpose - U.S.-German roundtable for the 21st Century conference
Notes - spouse Priscilla accompanied.

Travel Cost - $14,000.00
Lodging Cost - $767.36
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,242.36

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - panel discussions, meetings with corporate officials to discuss legislation of mutual interest.
Notes - other expenses include bus transportation.

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost - $777.00
Meal Cost - $42.00
Other Cost - $66.66
Total Cost - $1,635.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 23, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Conference to share ideas
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton accompanied.

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $575.00
Total Cost - $2,975.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Selma, AL - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Participate in Civil Rights pilgrimage
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton accompanied. Other costs are for entry fees

Travel Cost - $480.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $913.00

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 - Bipartisan meeting of Congress and their families
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton and grandson Amory Taylor Houghton accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

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

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  • 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.