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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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  • 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.
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    Bridging the “Middle Skills” Gap

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    Commentary: Turning the tables on the vocational ed debate

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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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ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR, Republican Party
Oklahoma

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $72,810.58

Average cost per trip - $4,854.04
Total number of days spent traveling - 60 days
Rank of representative - 67 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational, retreat
Notes - accompanied by spouse Judy Istook

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $149.00
Meal Cost - $292.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $441.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 8, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dana Point, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement before the board of directors meeting
Notes - Other costs are for phone calls

Travel Cost - $692.50
Lodging Cost - $627.58
Meal Cost - $266.35
Other Cost - $34.57
Total Cost - $1,621.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Opportunity for members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry, to share areas of concern and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation, phones and other.

Travel Cost - $526.00
Lodging Cost - $330.00
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost - $535.00
Total Cost - $1,611.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for First Principles
Dates - August 14, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic - Vienna, Austria - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Educational - meetings with US Embassy and government officials in Europe.
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied.

Travel Cost - $15,609.68
Lodging Cost - $1,566.00
Meal Cost - $644.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,819.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Washington Policy Center
Dates - April 23, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Overview of Seattle transportation infrastructure and needs.
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,263.60
Lodging Cost - $874.94
Meal Cost - $120.10
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,258.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $44.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $387.00

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 Judy Istook, meals incl in lodging

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $226.80
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $1,300.41

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Member - Spouse Retreat on "Historical Memory & Healing"
Notes - Washington, DC - Charleston, SC

Travel Cost - $403.28
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,128.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives (AAAE)
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - Attend and participate in the AAAE Conference
Notes - Charleston, SC - Chicago, IL - Los Angeles, CA - Kona, HI / Kona, HI - Chicago, IL - OKC, OK

Travel Cost - $10,324.30
Lodging Cost - $914.72
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,239.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - March 10, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - Attend and participate in the Club for Growth's Economic Winter Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Ft Myers, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $809.30
Lodging Cost - $975.00
Meal Cost - $895.00
Other Cost - $180.00
Total Cost - $2,859.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - IBM
Dates - October 1, 2004 - October 1, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Yorktown Heights, NY

Purpose - Tour IBM New York research facilities
Notes - Washington, DC - Yorktown Heights, NY - Hawthorne, NY Including spouse

Travel Cost - $358.92
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost - $4.00
Total Cost - $387.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives
Dates - January 11, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lihue, HI - Kauai, HI

Purpose - Attend 2004 Aviation Issues conference
Notes - Oklahoma City, OK - Lihue - Kauai - Oklahoma City, OK Including spouse

Travel Cost - $9,706.00
Lodging Cost - $2,144.75
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,850.75

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To expand trade relations between Oklahoma and China
Notes - Oklahoma City, OK - China - Oklahoma City, OK Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,048.00
Lodging Cost - $2,800.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,848.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation, Pepperdine Univ
Dates - August 15, 2005 - August 18, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Malibu, CA

Purpose - Pepperdine University and the Heritage Foundation conference on entitlement reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $573.80
Lodging Cost - $477.00
Meal Cost - $707.78
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $1,856.58

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.