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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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    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

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  • 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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Congressional Institute - $61,109.64 spent on 74 trips
0.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
100.0% spent on Republican Party

ARMEY, RICHARD - Republican Party
February 3, 2000 - February 5, 2000 (3 days)
Nemacolin, PA
Purpose -
Total Cost - $504.00

ARMEY, RICHARD - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $190.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 30, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - members' conference retreat
Total Cost - $785.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Louis, MO
Purpose - ELC Retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
February 6, 2003 - February 9, 2003 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $1,214.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - educational retreat
Total Cost - $210.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 30, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - educational retreat
Total Cost - $660.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Elected Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - elected leadership conference retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - ELC Retreat (House Elected Leadership Retreat)
Total Cost - $190.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 29, 2003 (1 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - House leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $717.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - educational retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - elected leadership meeting
Total Cost - $190.00

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 30, 2002 - January 31, 2002 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - House/Senate Republican planning conference
Total Cost - $722.50

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Discuss congressional agenda items for this session of Congress
Total Cost - $900.21

HASTERT, DENNIS J - Republican Party
February 1, 2001 - February 3, 2001 (3 days)
Williamsburg, VA
Purpose - Republican planning conference.
Total Cost - $589.00

KINGSTON, JOHN HEDDENS - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house elected leadership retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Republican Elected Leaders Retreat 2 nights at the Inn at Perry Cabin,
Total Cost - $717.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - House Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - ELC retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - elected leadership retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $900.21

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - leadership retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house leadership retreat
Total Cost - $913.34

BENNETT, ROBERT F - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Senior Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $739.00

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,429.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Participate in the Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $1,112.00

MCCONNELL, MITCH - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Attendance at annual Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $739.00

SANTORUM, RICHARD J - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Senate Leadership Meeting
Total Cost - $1,183.00

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Republican senators working retreat
Total Cost - $597.00

ALLEN, GEORGE - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $705.00

GREGG, JUDD A - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - The Congressional Institute Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost -

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,071.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, AZ
Total Cost - $1,071.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Leadership retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat to discuss agenda for 109th Congress
Total Cost - $728.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Richmond, VA
Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Leadership retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - Conference discussion of 10 years of progress
Total Cost - $1,638.00

WELDON, DAVE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,071.00

TIAHRT, TODD W - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,071.00

SOUDER, MARK E - Republican Party
January 6, 2005 - January 10, 2005 (5 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Enabling Members of the 104th class to learn from lessons of the past decade and provide insight to successfully plan for the next decade
Total Cost - $1,638.00

SHADEGG, JOHN B - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,134.00

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Educational - to assess Congressional accomplishments, review lessons learned & anticipate future challenges
Total Cost - $1,638.00

MYRICK, SUE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

HASTINGS, DOC - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

KELLY, SUE W - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $776.00

HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY - Republican Party
January 27, 2005 - January 28, 2005 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bicameral Congressional Retreat.
Total Cost - $820.00

SANTORUM, RICHARD J - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Meeting of House and Senate Leadership
Total Cost - $776.00

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Attend Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $776.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral leadership retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - ELC Retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

HAYWORTH, JD - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th class retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - House Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

KINGSTON, JOHN HEDDENS - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral leadership retreat
Total Cost - $726.00

KINGSTON, JOHN HEDDENS - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - House leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.12

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
January 29, 2004 - January 31, 2004 (3 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

NUSSLE, JIM - Republican Party
January 15, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (1 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership meeting
Total Cost -

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.