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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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LOWEY, NITA M, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $68,390.25

Average cost per trip - $5,699.19
Total number of days spent traveling - 81 days
Rank of representative - 76 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - education reform conference
Notes - spouse, stephen

Travel Cost - $1,669.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,129.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Hearst Corporation
Dates - August 6, 2000 - August 9, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Santa Fe, NM

Purpose - speech at women business exes. Confer
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,710.22
Lodging Cost - $804.99
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,115.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - conference on us-china relations
Notes - spouse, stephen; dates at personal expense - 5/28/2000-5/29/2000, 2 nights; other expenses=ground trans; lodging -4nights

Travel Cost - $1,944.00
Lodging Cost - $1,288.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,532.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - April 15, 2002 - April 15, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional women's caucus
Notes - luncheon only, no travel

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 6, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - US Cuba relations; policy
Notes - Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied. Other costs are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,464.00
Meal Cost - $267.36
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,558.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 5, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $7,250.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied. Other costs are for jacket and tote bag.

Travel Cost - $1,514.00
Lodging Cost - $1,315.00
Meal Cost - $495.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $3,369.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on U.S.-Mexico relations
Notes - Other expenses are for ground transportation; Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,503.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,980.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,408.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - U.S. policy in South America
Notes - spouse Steve Lowey accompanied - other costs were ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,524.00
Lodging Cost - $2,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,344.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - U.S.-China relations
Notes - other expenses were ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,422.72
Lodging Cost - $1,675.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $800.00
Total Cost - $5,697.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 19, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (17 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes - Personal expense 3/19/05 - 3/24/05 and 4/3/05 to 4/4/05 [Amended to show more personal days]

Travel Cost - $11,459.10
Lodging Cost - $1,535.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost - $2,030.00
Total Cost - $16,824.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2004 - September 1, 2004 (13 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - US - Russia - Europe relations
Notes - Personal expenses: August 20; August 27 - Sept 1st Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,908.20
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,113.20

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.