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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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(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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SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER, Republican Party
Connecticut

Total number of trips - 27
Total cost of trips - $61,178.05

Average cost per trip - $2,265.85
Total number of days spent traveling - 79 days
Rank of representative - 89 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - Education conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Betsi Shays - other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $1,488.08
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,148.08

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 23, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Learn about the Silicon Valley high-tech industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,419.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,419.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Conference on global environment
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Betsi Shays

Travel Cost - $1,799.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $960.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,683.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - November 4, 2001 - November 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speak to AIPAC members
Notes -

Travel Cost - $990.00
Lodging Cost - $104.34
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,094.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connecticut Association for Community Action
Dates - March 23, 2001 - March 23, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speak at New England Community Action Association policy forum.
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Human Rights Campaign
Dates - June 1, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Columbus, OH

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $847.89
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $847.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Campaign for America
Dates - June 17, 2001 - June 18, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - speak to Campaign for America members
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,378.00
Lodging Cost - $344.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,722.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Principia College
Dates - May 30, 2001 - June 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Commencement activities
Notes - Spouse Betsi Shays accompanied.

Travel Cost - $709.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $709.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alliance for the Wild Rockies
Dates - May 25, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Stanley, ID

Purpose - Fact Finding visit to Northwest Rocky Mtn. Area in connection with pending bill HR 488
Notes - Son Jeramy Shays accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,159.50
Lodging Cost - $560.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,919.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Betsi Shays accompanied. Meals included in lodging expenses. Other costs for registration fees.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,352.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 13, 2002 - May 14, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speak to Committee members
Notes -

Travel Cost - $499.00
Lodging Cost - $224.34
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $823.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - December 28, 2001 - December 31, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Educational - enhance understanding of some issues Congress may address this year, especially terrorism.
Notes - spouse Besti Shays accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost. Other cost is registration fee.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,150.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $2,150.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in conference on US/China relations
Notes - Spouse Elizabeth Shays - other cost is transport inside China

Travel Cost - $10,892.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $15,692.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - League of Women Voters
Dates - June 15, 2002 - June 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - speech and award ceremony at LWV national convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,441.50
Lodging Cost - $235.50
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,717.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Leadership Council
Dates - March 22, 2002 - March 23, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Participate in a panel on legislative issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $918.50
Lodging Cost - $286.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,204.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carter Center
Dates - March 17, 2003 - March 18, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - speak at Carter Center Council of Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Americas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $784.50
Lodging Cost - $164.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $973.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New Canaan Society
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Paltz, NY

Purpose - speak to constituents about Iraq
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $525.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Trinity School
Dates - March 30, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speak to students
Notes -

Travel Cost - $260.00
Lodging Cost - $138.00
Meal Cost - $12.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $410.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Common Fund
Dates - March 22, 2003 - March 23, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,649.00
Lodging Cost - $295.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,044.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament, Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute of Public Policy
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speak at conference Panetta Institute-accept 2003 Jefferson-Lincoln award
Notes - other-taxi, airline fees

Travel Cost - $3,603.07
Lodging Cost - $89.84
Meal Cost - $62.20
Other Cost - $103.00
Total Cost - $3,858.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 24, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - speak at members' meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,579.28
Lodging Cost - $214.01
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,793.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Human Rights Campaign
Dates - March 6, 2004 - March 7, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - speak at dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,619.04
Lodging Cost - $204.14
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,893.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Institute of Technology
Dates - May 13, 2004 - May 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - commencement address
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NAACP
Dates - July 12, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Speak at NAACP members at annual convention
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $108.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $108.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Aspen Wye River Conference Center, Maryland

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $404.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Selma, AL

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Washington - Selma - Washington Personal ($500/person) Faith & Politics Institute ($425/person) Including spouse

Travel Cost - $930.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost - $124.00
Total Cost - $1,850.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Majority for Choice
Dates - August 5, 2005 - August 7, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - not specified

Purpose - Speak at fundraiser
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,190.30
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $55.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,246.22

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

  • 12.23.14

    Who’s missing from the achievement gap debate?

    The achievement gap refers to the disparities in academic success between lower-income students of color and their more affluent white counterparts. But according to Quyen Dinh, executive director of the national advocacy organization Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), one group often left out of the conversation is Southeast Asian American students.
  • 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.