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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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OBEY, DAVID R, Democratic Party
Wisconsin

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $73,299.01

Average cost per trip - $5,638.39
Total number of days spent traveling - 70 days
Rank of representative - 66 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Joan T. Obey accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,708.60
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,568.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - Spouse Joan T. Obey accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,216.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,676.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Joan T. Obey accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,395.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,599.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - Spouse Joan T. Obey accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,464.04
Lodging Cost - $1,288.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,952.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - Participate in a conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $5,185.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,745.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $1,782.60
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,457.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - Participate in a conference on education
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $1,797.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,930.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - participate in conference on Islam
Notes - accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $3,641.27
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,766.27

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ - Tucson, AZ - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - participate in education conference
Notes - accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey, lodging and meals expenses combined, spouse accompanied through 18th

Travel Cost - $2,956.90
Lodging Cost - $1,710.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,666.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - spouse, Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $1,759.40
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,499.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Pew Charitable Trust, Hewlett Foundation
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - to participate in conference on U.S. relations with South America and Brazil
Notes - spouse Joan T. Obey other: ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,606.00
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,976.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Dick Gephardt Legacy Fund
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Tribute event for Congressman Dick Gephardt
Notes - Washington DC - St Louis, MO - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 26, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy - Paris, France

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe Relations
Notes - Washington, DC - Venice, Italy - Paris, France

Travel Cost - $3,557.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,704.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,961.00

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

    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.