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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.

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?

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  • 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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ORTIZ, SOLOMON P, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $108,230.45

Average cost per trip - $6,012.80
Total number of days spent traveling - 156 days
Rank of representative - 31 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Asia Access Corporation
Dates - April 15, 2000 - April 28, 2000 (14 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - Fact-finding and to improve trade relations with China
Notes - Days at personal expense: 4/17, 4/18, 4/19, 4/27

Travel Cost - $4,268.00
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,068.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - January 19, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Board of Directors retreat
Notes - Other expenses for transportation in PR

Travel Cost - $496.40
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $195.75
Other Cost - $216.94
Total Cost - $1,629.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and education
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $3,600.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $4,950.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Singapore Technologies Engineering, Dai Nisshin Corp
Dates - January 28, 2001 - February 4, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Japan - Singapore

Purpose - Fact finding with the city government of Corpus Christi & the port of Corpus Christi as it relates to investment opportunities in Texas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,297.00
Lodging Cost - $860.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,432.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $3,835.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $330.00
Other Cost - $185.00
Total Cost - $5,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - March 26, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Singapore

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,747.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,897.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Singapore Technologies Engineering, Dai Nisshin Corp
Dates - January 15, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Singapore - Hong Kong - Shanghai, China

Purpose - fact-finding trip to secure jobs for the 27th district of Texas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,245.70
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,465.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music/Sony Electronics, Altria, Time Warner, Pfizer, Coca-Cola, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, PhRMA, Puerto Rico Telephone
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Notes - Son, Solomon P. Ortiz, Jr.

Travel Cost - $3,696.24
Lodging Cost - $1,139.40
Meal Cost - $901.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,736.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Asia Access Corporation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 19, 2003 (18 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Dong Guan City, China - Guangzhou, China - Shanghai, China - Shenyang City, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - fact-finding and a trade mission
Notes - 8/11 - 8/18 at own personal expense.

Travel Cost - $7,500.00
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost - $525.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,075.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 18, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - Son, Solomon P. Ortiz, Jr.

Travel Cost - $6,346.00
Lodging Cost - $3,700.00
Meal Cost - $1,300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,346.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Marathon Oil Corp.
Dates - July 26, 2003 - July 28, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - To give briefing on Marathon Oil project to the US Embassy - met with U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza and other Mexican officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,376.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,926.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia
Dates - February 13, 2004 - February 23, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Beijing, China

Purpose - trade mission
Notes - [Personal financial disclosure statement indicates sponsor is Integrity Communications]

Travel Cost - $3,900.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Asia Access Corporation
Dates - April 7, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,500.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dominican Association of Free Zone Industries
Dates - April 23, 2004 - April 26, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Purpose - fact-finding in relation to free trade with the USA
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,500.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,260.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Intl Economic Cooperation Assn
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 11, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Kao-hsiung, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding trip/meeting with high government officials
Notes - Corpus Christi - LA - Taipei, Taiwan - Kaohsiung - Taipei -LA - Corpus Christi

Travel Cost - $5,500.00
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,250.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Asia Access
Dates - March 21, 2005 - April 1, 2005 (12 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China - Guangzhou, China

Purpose - Fact-finding..
Notes - Corpus Christi, TX - Beijing / Beijing - Guangzhou / Guangzhou - Corpus Christi, TX Personal Expense : 3/30 - 3/31

Travel Cost - $3,695.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,745.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Integrity Communications
Dates - July 29, 2004 - August 9, 2004 (12 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China - Hong Kong, China

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Corpus Christi - Hong Kong - Beijing - Hong Kong - Corpus Christi Personal expense: 8/6 - 8/7

Travel Cost - $3,200.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Law Offices of Filemon Vela
Dates - August 1, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (14 days)
Location(s) - Singapore - Beijing, China - Hong Kong

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Corpus Christi, TX - Singapore - Beijing - Hong Kong - Corpus Christi Personal expense: 8/10, 8/12, 8/13/05 (4 travel days)

Travel Cost - $9,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,400.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,100.00

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.