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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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  • 12.08.14

    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.
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    Bridging the “Middle Skills” Gap

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    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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Faith & Politics Institute - $97,570.05 spent on 94 trips
69.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
30.1% spent on Republican Party

BACHUS, SPENCER T - Republican Party
January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - "The Human Moment" Retreat
Total Cost - $1,491.50

BAIRD, BRIAN - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Educational - civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $558.00

BAIRD, BRIAN - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - Congressional Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh
Total Cost - $562.60

BALLANCE, FRANK W JR - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $913.00

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
October 12, 2001 - October 14, 2001 (3 days)
Gethsemani Abbey, KY
Purpose - Reflection of faith and how members carry out their lives on Capitol Hill
Total Cost - $1,205.00

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
June 21, 2001 - June 21, 2001 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Meet Jonathan Kozol (author) and the students and teachers of the South Bronx he writes about.
Total Cost - $476.00

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
September 13, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (2 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - Participate in dialogue on leadership with courage and compassion.
Total Cost - $196.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 13, 2003 (2 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - Retreat and discussion with Thich Nhat Hanh
Total Cost - $221.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - Prayer, Politics, and Reconciliation Retreat
Total Cost - $398.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
January 23, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - congressional retreat
Total Cost - $105.50

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $1,826.00

COSTELLO, JERRY F - Democratic Party
April 7, 2003 - April 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - To learn more about the experiences of the Civil Rights movement and their impact on public policy today
Total Cost - $1,826.00

DAVIS, ARTUR GENESTRE - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Member reflection on the Civil Rights Movement
Total Cost - $913.00

DEUTSCH, PETER R - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 13, 2003 (2 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - Retreat for Members of Congress to practice Mindful Techniques
Total Cost - $536.00

EDWARDS, CHET - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $1,826.00

EHLERS, VERNON J - Republican Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - Retreat on faith and politics
Total Cost - $664.81

EMERSON, JO ANN H - Republican Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,170.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Participate in Civil Rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $913.00

ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $2,170.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,085.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - Educational group discussion
Total Cost - $636.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - to reflect on the work of members of Congress and the pressures of the job
Total Cost - $723.00

FILNER, BOB - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $764.00

FORBES, MICHAEL - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights March
Total Cost - $764.00

FORBES, J RANDY - Republican Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL - Birmingham, AL
Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $913.00

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - To educate Members of Congress about the historic civil rights in Alabama
Total Cost - $1,085.00

HAYES, ROBERT C (ROBIN) - Republican Party
October 12, 2001 - October 14, 2001 (3 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Prayer and reflection at spiritual retreat.
Total Cost - $1,729.18

HOEFFEL, JOSEPH M - Democratic Party
April 3, 2000 - April 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose -
Total Cost - $489.00

HOLT, RUSH - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $1,826.00

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march
Total Cost - $764.00

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $585.00

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Selma, AL - Birmingham, AL
Purpose - Participate in Civil Rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $913.00

LEE, SHEILA JACKSON - Democratic Party
March 3, 2001 - March 3, 2001 (1 days)
Montgomery, AL
Purpose - To commemorate civil rights march
Total Cost - $665.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $913.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - Participate in Civil Rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $433.00

MALONEY, JAMES H - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march
Total Cost - $489.00

MCCARTHY, KAREN - Democratic Party
January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - participation at a retreat, "The Human Movement"
Total Cost - $361.50

MEEHAN, MARTIN T - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - congressional civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,826.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march
Total Cost - $764.00

MILLENDER-MCDONALD, JUANITA - Democratic Party
January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Walter Capps Foundation, Fetzer Institute
Purpose - to join with other members to discuss the relationship between faith and politics
Total Cost - $723.00

MILLER, DAN - Republican Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,085.00

NADLER, JERROLD LEWIS - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Pilgrimage visiting historic civil rights sites
Total Cost - $413.00

PELOSI, NANCY - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Civil Rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $2,170.00

RYAN, TIMOTHY J - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - Spiritual retreat for members and spouses with Thich Nat Hahn
Total Cost - $536.00

RYAN, PAUL D - Republican Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $1,826.00

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $2,166.00

SCHIFF, ADAM - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $913.00

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - Participation in the Prayer, Politics & Reconciliation Retreat
Total Cost - $777.50

UDALL, TOM - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights March
Total Cost - $764.00

UDALL, TOM - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Bethesda, MD
Purpose - leadership training in "leading with courage and compassion"
Total Cost - $561.00

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
October 12, 2001 - October 14, 2001 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - spiritual retreat
Total Cost - $1,205.00

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - Prayer, Politics and Reconciliation retreat (bipartisan)
Total Cost - $2,830.00

VAN HOLLEN, CHRIS - Democratic Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,826.00

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Potomac, MD
Purpose - retreat
Total Cost - $536.60

WOOLSEY, LYNN C - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Visit historical civil rights sites in Alabama
Total Cost - $2,170.00

WOOLSEY, LYNN C - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - retreat
Total Cost - $278.00

WOOLSEY, LYNN C - Democratic Party
January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - Retreat
Total Cost - $626.70

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
February 13, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL - Nashville, TN
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,936.00

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
February 13, 2004 - February 13, 2004 (1 days)
Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Participate in Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $793.00

BROWNBACK, SAM - Republican Party
March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Participation in the Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $498.00

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
February 13, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Nashville, TN
Purpose - Sixth Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama and Tennessee
Total Cost - $1,093.00

SHELBY, RICHARD C - Republican Party
February 13, 2004 - February 13, 2004 (1 days)
Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $338.00

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Moncks Corner, SC
Purpose - Attend conference/retreat for members of Congress and Congressional spouses
Total Cost - $725.00

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To reflect/discuss the connection between faith and their work in Congress
Total Cost - $1,213.58

ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 8, 2005 (2 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Member - Spouse Retreat on "Historical Memory & Healing"
Total Cost - $1,128.28

WAXMAN, HENRY A - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,582.00

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - To remember, reflect and discuss the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Voting March
Total Cost - $2,002.90

RYAN, TIMOTHY J - Democratic Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Annual Members Retreat
Total Cost - $890.34

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Purpose of 7th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama was to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march by visiting historical locations and discussing history with various leaders
Total Cost - $2,896.00

HOYER, STENY HAMILTON - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $925.00

HOYER, STENY HAMILTON - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Co-sponsor(s): Alabama Power Company, Delta Air Lines Inc, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Daimler Chrysler, Fannie Mae, General Motors, Caterpillar Inc, Pew Charitable Trust, National Chamber Foundation, Microsoft
Purpose - Alabama Pilgrimage to celebrate 35th Anniversary of '65 Voting Rights Act March
Total Cost - $989.00

VAN HOLLEN, CHRIS - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,582.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - A Bipartisan retreat on faith and healing for Members of Congress and spouses
Total Cost - $1,544.38

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Historical memory and healing retreat for Members of Congress
Total Cost - $1,227.48

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - 7th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,458.10

KIND, RON - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $925.00

BROWN, HENRY E JR - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Bipartisan Spiritual Retreat
Total Cost - $725.00

MCGOVERN, JAMES P - Democratic Party
September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Bethesda, MD
Purpose - To gain greater understanding on the role religious faith plays in the political process
Total Cost - $537.60

SCOTT, DAVID ALBERT - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - Educational trip: 3 days exploration of the legacy of the US Civil Rights movement
Total Cost - $1,582.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - Participate in Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $425.00

DEGETTE, DIANA L - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $925.00

DAVIS, ARTUR GENESTRE - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL
Purpose - Participant in the Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama
Total Cost - $232.50

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL
Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,520.00

CARDOZA, DENNIS - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights March by visiting the historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama
Total Cost - $925.00

BOSWELL, LEONARD L - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $925.00

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL
Co-sponsor(s): Becerra for Congress
Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $925.00

SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,850.00

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - 7th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $1,582.00

MILLER, BRAD - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL
Purpose - 2005 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage touring historic sites on the 40th anniversary of the voting rights march
Total Cost - $925.00

GREEN, ALEXANDER - Republican Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Educational and fact finding
Total Cost - $925.00

DAVIS, SUSAN - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Selma, AL
Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Total Cost - $925.00

LEWIS, JOHN - Democratic Party
February 13, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (3 days)
Montgomery, AL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Purpose - 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights March, pilgrimage to historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama
Total Cost - $925.00

BUTTERFIELD, G. K. - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
AL
Purpose - To participate in a congressional civil rights pilgrimage
Total Cost - $863.00

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.