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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

    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

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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.
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    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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PITTS, JOSEPH R, Independent Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $33,008.42

Average cost per trip - $3,000.77
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 196 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Jubilee Campaign USA, Inayat Begum Foundation
Dates - May 29, 2000 - June 6, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Jakarta, Indonesia - Hahore, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Kotti Nuna, Pakistan - Kashmir Border, Pakistan

Purpose -
Notes - Not specified

Travel Cost - $4,528.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,378.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Defense Forum Foundation
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Algeria

Purpose - Diplomatic meetings, visit refugee camps
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,009.76
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,209.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost - $22.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $123.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $145.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inayat Begum Foundation
Dates - February 20, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Pakistan

Purpose - People to people diplomacy, humanitarian aid
Notes -

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $550.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - educational, retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $53.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $63.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jubilee Campaign USA
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (10 days)
Location(s) - Bangkok, Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - China

Purpose - develop relationships with national leaders/study human rights abuses
Notes - other-airport tax

Travel Cost - $3,216.50
Lodging Cost - $430.94
Meal Cost - $137.93
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $3,825.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - May 20, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Belarus

Purpose - build relationships between U.S. and Belarus
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,000.00
Lodging Cost - $340.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,490.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inayat Begum Foundation, Jubilee Campaign, USA
Dates - January 3, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (12 days)
Location(s) - Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India

Purpose - to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGO's particularly on human rights issues
Notes - spouse, Mrs. Viriginia Pitts

Travel Cost - $5,474.52
Lodging Cost - $1,086.43
Meal Cost - $945.76
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,506.71

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Fact finding/building coalitions
Notes - DC - Baltimore

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $936.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Defense Forum Foundation
Dates - November 26, 2004 - November 29, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Madrid, Spain - Zaragoza, Spain

Purpose - Attend and speak at a conference of Parliamentarians on the issues of Western Sahara
Notes - Spain - Madrid & Zaragoza

Travel Cost - $2,748.10
Lodging Cost - $352.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,360.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - WallBuilders
Dates - October 21, 2005 - October 22, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speaker at conference
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Dallas, TX - Philadelphia, PA

Travel Cost - $348.40
Lodging Cost - $195.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $543.50

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.