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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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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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  • 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

James Oberstar


Total cost of 42 office trips: $103,646.71


Trips by James Oberstar
Total cost of congressperson's 26 trips: $51,202.30

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Bicycle Leadership Conference
Purpose: SPEAK TO PARTICIPANTS
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $637.55
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Sponsor: United News & Media
Purpose: SPEAK TO PARTICIPANTS OF SEA OTTER CLASSIC BICYCLE EVENT.
Date: Mar 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,792.38
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: OUTDOOR ADVERTISERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Purpose: SPEECH: 2000 OAAA LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 7, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,214.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: New York University
Purpose: SPEECH: FUTURE OF AVIATION IN THE NY/NJ METRO REG
Date: Jun 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $427.80
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, CA-SACRAMENTO
Sponsor: SAN JOSE UNIVERSITY, INT'L INSTITUTE FOR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY STUDIES
Purpose: BOARD OF TRUSTEES MTG. (MEMBER OF BOARD BY STATUTE OF LAW.)
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $505.75
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Bikes Belong Coalition
Purpose: SPEECH TO INTERBIKE EXPO
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,125.62
source

Destination: WASH., DC-SAN JOSE/SACRAMENTO, CA-MPLS, MN
Sponsor: SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
Purpose: BOARD MTG: INT'L INSTITUTE FOR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY STUDIES (IISTPS)
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,034.25
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,096.80
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: RAILS TO TRAILS CONSERVANCY
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE BANQUET
Date: Sep 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $586.38
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT BOARD MTG.
Date: Nov 9, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,239.73
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL DISCUSSION OF TEA21 & INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES
Date: Jan 18, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,867.37
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose:
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,176.00
source

Destination: BRAINERD, MN-LAS VEGAS, NV-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: American Road & Tranportation Builders Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT 100TH ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION
Date: Mar 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,671.26
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SAN JOSE, CA-MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Sponsor: SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, INT'L INSTITUTE FOR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY STUDIES
Purpose: ATTEND/PARTICIPATE IN BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING. (APPOINTED TO BOARD BY STATUTE OF LAW)
Date: Jun 28, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $694.40
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF TTD
Date: Feb 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $687.83
source

Destination: NEWARK
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: SPEECH AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-VOORHEES TRANSPORTATION CENTER
Date: Mar 24, 2003
Expense: $269.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Transload Distribution Association
Purpose: SPEAK TO ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $157.61
source

Destination: WASHINGTON/INDIANAPOLIS
Sponsor: NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Aug 18, 2003
Expense: $831.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SACRAMENTO, CA-CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
Purpose: BRIEFING ON FLOOD CONTROL & SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SACRAMENTO REGIONAL TRANSIT DISTRICT'S SOUTH LINE LIGHT RAIL
Date: Sep 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $831.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S./MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,866.00
source

Destination: DC/ORLANDO
Sponsor: LABORER'S INTERNATIONAL UNION
Purpose: SPEAK AT IUOE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 18, 2004
Expense: $965.65
source

Destination: ORLANDO/MIAMI/DC
Sponsor: International Union of Operating Engineers
Purpose: SPEAK AT IUOE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $745.00
source

Destination: WASH, DC - SAN JOSE, CA/SACRAMENTO, CA - DENVER, CO
Sponsor: SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
Purpose: BOARD MEETING: INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY (IISTPS)
Date: Jun 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $902.10
source

Destination: BEAVER, ARCTIC VILLAGE, ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, KAKTOVIK
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, EARTH JUSTICE, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOC THE WORLD WILDLIFE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OIL DRILLING/ENERGY AND WILDERNESS ISSUE
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,739.28
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL - MARCO ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: American Concrete Pavement Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE 41ST ANNUAL ACPA CONVENTION
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,729.64
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE - STUTTGART, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: U.S.-FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE, U.S.-GERMAN CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $9,408.40
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of James Oberstar

Trinita Brown
Art Chan
Jack Danielson
Michael Freiberg
Charles Gardiner
Melody Hamoud
Kipp Johnson
Mary Kerr
Frances Mulvey
Aaron Peterson



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.