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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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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

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    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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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

  • 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.