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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

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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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THOMAS, WILLIAM M, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $80,566.15

Average cost per trip - $4,475.90
Total number of days spent traveling - 42 days
Rank of representative - 57 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - healthcare conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,933.70
Lodging Cost - $839.26
Meal Cost - $357.02
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $4,169.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Forum Institute
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boise, ID

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,706.00
Lodging Cost - $80.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Blue Cross Blue Shield
Dates - November 30, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - tax conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,648.68
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,648.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Legislative Strategies Inc.
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 28, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - healthcare meetings
Notes - transportation paid for by Legislative Strategies, meals paid for by First Union

Travel Cost - $415.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $109.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $524.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Health Industry Manufacturers Association
Dates - March 24, 2000 - March 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,335.45
Lodging Cost - $396.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,731.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Paine Webber
Dates - February 27, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $98.40
Lodging Cost - $501.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $600.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - speech and fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Sharon Thomas accompanied. Other costs are for Edinburgh Military tattoo and tradistional Scottish Athletic Highland Games.

Travel Cost - $18,702.34
Lodging Cost - $2,810.50
Meal Cost - $2,272.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $23,874.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nashville Health Care Council
Dates - April 20, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,814.50
Lodging Cost - $80.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,894.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bond Market Association
Dates - April 28, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $786.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - February 18, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Thousand Oaks, CA

Purpose - healthcare remarks and tour of healthcare facility
Notes -

Travel Cost - $644.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $644.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clark Consulting
Dates - April 14, 2002 - April 14, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bakersfield, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,847.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,847.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speech and fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $515.00
Lodging Cost - $927.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,742.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Avon, CO

Purpose - panel discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,060.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,710.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hearst Corporation
Dates - July 1, 2003 - July 1, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Paso Robles, CA - San Luis Obispo, CA

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,256.86
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,256.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute
Dates - February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Gainesville, VA

Purpose - panel discussion on economy and taxes
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $227.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $377.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Avon, CO

Purpose - Panel discussions
Notes - Dulles, VA - Avon, CO - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $2,570.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,210.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 24, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - To participate in panel discussions on Entitlements, Social Security, and Tax Reform
Notes - Dulles, VA - Beaver Creek, CO - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $27,233.00
Lodging Cost - $380.00
Meal Cost - $304.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $27,962.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bohemian Club
Dates - July 21, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Monte Rio, CA

Purpose - Speeches on Social Security Reform
Notes - Santa Rosa, CA - Monte Rio, CA - Santa Rosa, CA $1800.00 was all-inclusive cost for lodging and meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,800.00

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.