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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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  • 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.

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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Public Governance Institute - $121,867.30 spent on 99 trips
47.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
52.4% spent on Republican Party

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

ADERHOLT, ROBERT B - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,574.00

AKIN, GARY - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,592.00

BAIRD, BRIAN - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BALDWIN, TAMMY - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003. Education/member communication.
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BALLANCE, FRANK W JR - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,425.00

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,254.00

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BONILLA, HENRY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

BOOZMAN, JOHN N - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $2,101.00

BURNS, O MAXIE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan planning trip for members of congress and their families
Total Cost - $1,385.00

CAMP, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,226.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA - Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - bi-partisan California Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $977.69

CASE, EDWARD E - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Fact finding (Congressional Retreat 2003)
Total Cost - $1,576.00

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - 2003 Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

COOPER, JAMES H S - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Retreat
Total Cost - $1,576.00

CULBERSON, JOHN - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

DAVIS, SUSAN - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,035.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,576.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - educational retreat - California Delegation Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $2,471.15

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

EMERSON, JO ANN H - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,226.00

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - meet with CA government officials to discuss California's future
Total Cost - $778.76

FRELINGHUYSEN, RODNEY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,035.00

GINGREY, PHILLIP J - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - February 28, 2003 (1 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,751.00

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,226.00

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,285.00

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat - freshman
Total Cost - $888.00

HAYES, ROBERT C (ROBIN) - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,707.00

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Ontario, Canada
Co-sponsor(s): Annenberg Foundation Trust
Purpose - California delegation retreat 2003
Total Cost - $3,894.96

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Ontario, Canada
Co-sponsor(s): Annenberg Foundation Trust
Purpose - California delegation retreat 2003
Total Cost - $3,065.46

HILL, BARON P - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan meeting of Congress and their families
Total Cost - $1,576.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Bipartisan Retreat
Total Cost - $988.00

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

KILDEE, DALE E - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

KIND, RON - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

KLINE, JOHN P - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

KNOLLENBERG, JOSEPH K - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

LAHOOD, RAY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

LARSON, JOHN B - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Bipartisan Retreat
Total Cost - $1,783.00

LOFGREN, ZOE - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - California Congressional Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $1,400.92

LUCAS, KENNETH RAY - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

MALONEY, CAROLYN B - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional retreat; discussion, planning
Total Cost - $888.00

MARSHALL, JIM - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

MICA, JOHN L - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

MILLER, BRAD - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To attend the Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

MILLER, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding operated by the Public Governance Institute
Total Cost - $802.82

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - bipartisan retreat for house members
Total Cost - $1,385.00

PENCE, MIKE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - official congressional retreat-Educational
Total Cost - $1,385.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,226.00

PLATTS, TODD R - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,935.00

POMBO, RICHARD - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - CA Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $880.71

ROGERS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional retreat
Total Cost - $1,576.00

ROYBAL-ALLARD, LUCILLE - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

ROYCE, ED - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - California Congressional Delegation retreat
Total Cost - $1,303.94

RUPPERSBERGER, CA DUTCH - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - CA delegation bi partisan retreat meetings
Total Cost - $1,290.42

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - California Delegation Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,246.42

SCHIFF, ADAM - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - bipartisan congressional retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

SCHIFF, ADAM - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - California bipartisan retreat
Total Cost - $823.19

SCOTT, DAVID ALBERT - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $888.00

TIAHRT, TODD W - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - 2003 Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,576.00

TURNER, JAMES (JIM)WILLIAM - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

WAMP, ZACH - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - for bipartisan retreat
Total Cost - $2,101.00

WAXMAN, HENRY A - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - Bipartisan California Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $3,039.19

WELDON, DAVE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - discussion of issues and agenda
Total Cost - $1,385.00

WU, DAVID MR. - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BOXER, BARBARA - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - California delegation retreat, 2003
Total Cost - $1,285.92

FEINSTEIN, DIANNE - Democratic Party
December 6, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (2 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - To participate in the California delegation bipartisan congressional retreat
Total Cost - $403.75

PEARCE, STEVE - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its Members
Total Cost - $404.00

LUNGREN, DANIEL E - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

DAVIS, THOMAS M III - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $350.00

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

PASCRELL, WILLIAM J JR - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $404.00

LOFGREN, ZOE - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat at the Aspen Wye River Conference Center
Total Cost - $350.00

WELDON, CURT - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relative to the Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee, and the working relationship among it's Members
Total Cost - $350.00

SMITH, LAMAR - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its Members
Total Cost - $404.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment on the Committee and its members
Total Cost - $404.00

SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $404.00

ROGERS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities and, in the process improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its members
Total Cost - $404.00

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities, and in the process improve the working environment of the Committee and its members
Total Cost - $404.00

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and, in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its members
Total Cost - $404.00

MCCAUL, MICHAEL - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the committee's responsibilities and in the process improve the working environment of the committee and the working relationship among members
Total Cost - $404.00

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities, and in the process, improve the working environment and working relationship among its members
Total Cost - $404.00

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - House Committee on Homeland Security Member Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and, in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship
Total Cost - $404.00

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

KING, STEVEN A - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Educational, public policy, 2003 Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,063.00

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Attend bipartisan Congressional retreat.
Total Cost - $1,226.00

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.