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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.
  • 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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WEXLER, ROBERT, Democratic Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 20
Total cost of trips - $174,763.87

Average cost per trip - $8,738.19
Total number of days spent traveling - 110 days
Rank of representative - 3 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 5, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - fact-finding and speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,263.80
Lodging Cost - $897.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,160.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East and Economic Cooperation
Dates - January 10, 2000 - January 17, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Morocco - Kuwait - United Arab Emirates - Oman

Purpose - Education/meeting w govt officials
Notes - spouse, Laurie

Travel Cost - $13,046.28
Lodging Cost - $1,327.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $14,408.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - October 4, 2001 - October 7, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Saudi Arabia - Bahrain

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10,262.17
Lodging Cost - $255.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,517.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - December 17, 2001 - December 21, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Notes - other costs are not specified

Travel Cost - $3,800.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $248.00
Other Cost - $138.00
Total Cost - $4,786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - November 25, 2001 - November 29, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,006.74
Lodging Cost - $407.31
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $5.00
Total Cost - $8,419.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - February 17, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $7,440.22
Lodging Cost - $952.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $15.75
Total Cost - $8,408.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Turkish-U.S. Business Council of Foreign Economic Relations Board
Dates - May 30, 2001 - June 5, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Turkey

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - other costs are for local transportation. Spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied.

Travel Cost - $10,300.00
Lodging Cost - $1,015.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $11,915.00

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 Laurie Wexler accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Associations
Dates - February 14, 2002 - February 22, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - Ankara, Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - fact-finding trip, caucus on US-Turkish relations
Notes - spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied. ITKIB located at 1411 Broadway, New York, NY

Travel Cost - $12,708.66
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $308.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,616.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan
Dates - May 26, 2002 - May 31, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kazakhstan

Purpose - meeting with government officials, fact-finding
Notes - spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied.

Travel Cost - $26,970.72
Lodging Cost - $1,480.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $29,950.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,837.90
Lodging Cost - $383.78
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,221.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - June 28, 2002 - July 3, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Saudi Arabia - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact-finding, meeting with officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $11,034.83
Lodging Cost - $956.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,991.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - March 3, 2002 - March 8, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Saudi Arabia - Jordan - Israel

Purpose - fact-finding, meeting with officials
Notes - other expenses are for gratuity.

Travel Cost - $6,948.63
Lodging Cost - $804.16
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $7,772.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Dates - November 8, 2003 - November 11, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany

Purpose - fact-finding - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,280.00
Lodging Cost - $291.55
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,571.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany

Purpose - US Germany roundtable
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,280.55
Lodging Cost - $440.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,120.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - other not specified

Travel Cost - $5,469.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $6,539.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management & Development Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Vienna, Austria - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Meetings with government officials
Notes - Spouse Laurie Wexler

Travel Cost - $2,711.72
Lodging Cost - $726.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,787.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Project Interchange, American Jewish Committee
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Educational seminars in Jordan & Israel
Notes - DC - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel - DC

Travel Cost - $4,700.50
Lodging Cost - $1,135.00
Meal Cost - $210.00
Other Cost - $416.25
Total Cost - $6,461.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Dates - March 21, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Krakow, Poland - Warsaw, Poland

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Dulles - Krakow & Warsaw, Poland - Dulles

Travel Cost - $6,295.85
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost - $166.00
Other Cost - $464.00
Total Cost - $7,250.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CASI Foundation for Children, China Contact Friendly Assn
Dates - July 3, 2005 - July 8, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China - Nanjing, China - Shanghai, China

Purpose - Educational/Fact finding
Notes - Washington, DC - Beijing, China - Nanjing, China - Shanghai, China - New York

Travel Cost - $4,934.06
Lodging Cost - $680.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,914.06

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.