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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?

    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.

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THUNE, JOHN, Republican Party
South Dakota

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $15,711.64

Average cost per trip - $2,244.52
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 355 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Bond Market Association
Dates - January 30, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding/education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $430.50
Lodging Cost - $310.64
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $806.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - agriculture committee planning
Notes - transportation is for bus ride

Travel Cost - $10.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $30.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yorba Linda Friends Church
Dates - December 2, 2001 - December 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,598.75
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,898.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Kimberley Thune accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,256.00
Lodging Cost - $1,125.00
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,331.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yorba Linda Friends Church
Dates - November 2, 2001 - November 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - filed 5/8/02

Travel Cost - $1,598.75
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,898.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 21, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Attend a legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,683.00
Lodging Cost - $1,844.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,847.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Grain & Feed Assn
Dates - March 31, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - To serve on a panel at National Grain & Feed Association's annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,800.00
Lodging Cost - $850.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,900.00

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.