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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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STARK, PETE, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $43,757.65

Average cost per trip - $4,861.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 147 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - participate in education reform conference
Notes - took wife, Deborah Stark

Travel Cost - $1,876.00
Lodging Cost - $430.00
Meal Cost - $390.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,696.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Kaiser Permanente
Dates - November 27, 2000 - November 28, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech to medical providers
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,822.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,822.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 18, 2000 - March 25, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - participate in global environment conference
Notes - took wife, Deborah and son, Fortney Stark; three days at personal expense

Travel Cost - $2,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,604.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund, Maryland University
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied. Other expenses are for a vest and tote bag.

Travel Cost - $2,059.68
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $706.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,683.63

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied. Three days were at personal expense.

Travel Cost - $1,373.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,373.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - education purposes
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,063.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,196.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pathology Service Associates
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 9, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Savannah, GA

Purpose - speech for annual conference
Notes - accompanied by spouse Deborah and infant children Hannah and Andrew

Travel Cost - $6,019.56
Lodging Cost - $200.48
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,300.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Munich, Germany - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - U.S. - German Roundtable for the 21st century
Notes - spouse - Deborah Stark

Travel Cost - $12,970.68
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,270.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on The Challenge of Education Reform
Notes - Washington, DC - Cancun, Mexico

Travel Cost - $1,771.80
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,811.80

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.

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    The Utility of a PhD

    Humanities professors at colleges and universities are re-thinking what it means to offer a PhD. The old model is proving unsustainable. It takes an average nine years to get a doctorate, but less than 60 percent of PhDs are finding tenure-track teaching jobs. This week, we look at a new report recommending academics view doctoral programs in a new light.
  • 11.10.14

    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a radio natural. He spoke in a confident, informal way, using simple words and phrases that were easy to grasp.
  • 11.12.14

    The Roosevelts as a political team

    Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were not the first White House couple to act as political partners, but they were the first to do so in such a public fashion.