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(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

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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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Office of

Jerry Costello


Total cost of 21 office trips: $45,681.65


Trips by Jerry Costello
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $16,456.40

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT ONGOING COOPERATION BETWEEN U.S. AND CUBAN SCIENTISTS AND ABOUT SCIENTIFIC FIELDS IN WHICH CUBA IS PARTICULARLY ADVANCED
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,300.00
source

Destination: BELLEVILLE, FL TO JACKSON HOLE WYOMING
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP REGARDING RAIL ISSUES
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,735.88
source

Destination: JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING TO BELLEVILLE, IL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP REGARDING RAIL ISSUES
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,950.00
source

Destination: ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EXPERIENCES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND THEIR IMPACT ON PUBLIC POLICY TODAY
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,826.00
source

Destination: PEBBLE BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,360.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS-CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO-MEXICO CITY, MEXICO-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Teamsters Union
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON THE EFFECTS OF NAFTA ON ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Date: Nov 14, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,284.52
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jerry Costello

Christa Fornarotto
David Gillies
Heather Lepeska
Brian Lott
Maggie Quaranto
Rebecca Stegun
Sarah Wisner



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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    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

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  • 11.17.14

    The Utility of a PhD

    Humanities professors at colleges and universities are re-thinking what it means to offer a PhD. The old model is proving unsustainable. It takes an average nine years to get a doctorate, but less than 60 percent of PhDs are finding tenure-track teaching jobs. This week, we look at a new report recommending academics view doctoral programs in a new light.
  • 11.10.14

    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a radio natural. He spoke in a confident, informal way, using simple words and phrases that were easy to grasp.
  • 11.12.14

    The Roosevelts as a political team

    Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were not the first White House couple to act as political partners, but they were the first to do so in such a public fashion.