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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

Vernon Ehlers


Total cost of 67 office trips: $91,468.21


Trips by Vernon Ehlers
Total cost of congressperson's 20 trips: $30,397.18

Destination: NAPLES FL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE: "EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO ACCELERATE EDUCATION REFORM"
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $3,851.86
source

Destination: TUCSON AZ
Sponsor: Business-Higher Education Forum
Purpose: SPEECH ON SCIENCE POLICY AND SCIENCE EDUCATION
Date: Feb 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,653.63
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: GEORGIA TECH AND AMER. ASSOC. FOR ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $742.69
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS
Sponsor: Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 3, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $533.49
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: DSR INC., TECHISSUES.NET, & ZIFF-DAVIS CO.
Purpose: SPEAKER AT PANEL DISCUSSION AT COMDEX 2000
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,218.22
source

Destination: REDWOOD CITY, CA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF ELECTRON INDUSTRIES AND EDUCATIONAL VENTURES
Date: Apr 22, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,385.71
source

Destination: COLLEGE STATION TX
Sponsor: TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY
Purpose: SPEECH TO FACULTY AND MEETINGS WITH FACULTY AND STUDENTS
Date: Apr 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $580.04
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS (MI) TO NEW YORK TO D.C.
Sponsor: NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 25, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,123.66
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,472.30
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS MI-NEW ORLEANS LA-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Council for Chemical Research
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,035.56
source

Destination: PALM BEACH FL
Sponsor: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Purpose: SPEECH ON IMPROVING K-12 MATH-SCIENCE EDUC.
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,036.10
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES
Date: Apr 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $789.92
source

Destination: YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN CT
Sponsor: Yale University
Purpose: SPEAK AT MAJOR SYMPOSIUM
Date: May 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $964.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA CA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: RETREAT ON FAITH & POLITICS
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $664.81
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS TO FORT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEMBERS OF AAR & PARTICIPATION IN DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,248.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Purpose: RECEIVE AN AWARD AND GIVE SEVERAL SPEAKES
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $804.34
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Michigan Road Builders Association
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 7, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,299.04
source

Destination: MADISON WISCONSIN
Sponsor: University of Wisconsin
Purpose: PRESENTATION IN SCIENCE, EDUCATION & CONGRESS
Date: Sep 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $829.50
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS MI TO FORT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONF.
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,671.13
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN TO CANCUN, MEXICAO
Sponsor: ASPEN INSTITUTE AND CARNEGIE FOUNDATION
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,493.18
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Vernon Ehlers

Ellen Burns
William Mcbride
Rachel Post
Matthew Reiffer
Matthew Reiffes
Jeffrey Sural
Julia Warner
Cameron Wilson



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

  • 11.24.14

    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

    Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a report that showed evidence of nearly two decades of academic fraud perpetuated by the school’s Afro-American Studies Department. An investigation found certain professors and administrators had an unwritten policy of “propping up” student athletes. This week on the podcast, we look at academic fraud at colleges with high-stakes sports programs.
  • 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.