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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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    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

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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

    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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Office of

Bennie Thompson


Total cost of 43 office trips: $102,729.35


Trips by Bennie Thompson
Total cost of congressperson's 20 trips: $61,869.59

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS FOUNDATION & THE GENERAL SERVICE FOUNDATION
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 30, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,648.00
source

Destination: BRIEFING & TOUR W/ NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, BELL ATLANTIC, UNITED NATIONS
Sponsor: THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, BELL ATLANTIC, & THE HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 15, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,018.65
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: AMERICAN AIRLINE/AT&T/MICROSOFT
Purpose: TO ATTEND TECHNOLOGY PRESENTATIONS & TOUR COMPANY FACILITIES
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $9,203.00
source

Destination: JACKSON, MS, CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-JOINT LISTENING SESSION OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUST
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,112.00
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: ISLAMIC FREE MARKET INSTITUTE FOUNDATION/UNIVERSITY OF QATAR
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $16,480.00
source

Destination: JACKSON, MS TO CINCINNATI, OH FROM CINCINNATI, OH TO CHICAGO FROM CHICAGO OHARE, IL BACK TO WASHINGTON REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Oct 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,672.18
source

Destination: DCA-MSP-POLLACK-MSP-JACKSON/MS
Sponsor: Dairy Farmers of America
Purpose: INFORMATION/AGRICULTURAL/CRP UPDATE
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,881.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,236.04
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (WIFE) MEMPHIS, TN (MEMBER)
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: A BIPARTISAN RETREAT ON FAITH AND HEALING FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND SPOUSES
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,544.38
source

Destination: PUNTA CANA, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA; ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA; JACKSON, MS
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2005 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLICA & ANTIGUA
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $8,161.97
source

Destination: JACKSON, MS - SYRACUSE, NY
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: TO PROVIDE INSIGHT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE POTENTIAL COOPERATION WITH THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Date: Jan 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,331.10
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE CONDITION OF THE RAILROAD SYSTEMS AND EXAM THE CURRENT TRANSPORTATION POLICY ISSUES BY THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY OFFICIALS. IN ADDITION TO DISCUSS SUCH ISSUES AS ECONOMIC REGULATIONS, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT, TAX PROPOSALS AND RAIL SAFETY AND SE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $4,029.60
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - LAS VEGAS, NV - NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: FEATURED SPEAKER TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE MARITIME TRADE DEPARTMENT
Date: Feb 24, 2005
Expense: $1,038.90
source

Destination: JACKSON, MS
Sponsor: Catfish Farmers of America
Purpose: FEATURED SPEAKER FOR THE 2005 CATFISH FARMERS OF AMERICA ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Feb 25, 2005
Expense: $441.97
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - COLUMBUS, OH - JACKSON, MS
Sponsor: NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK MAYORS
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A TOWN HALL MEETING TO GIVE A LEGISLATIVE PERSPECTIVE ON TOBACCO ISSUES
Date: Apr 30, 2005
Expense: $524.54
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - NEWARK, NJ - BILOXI, MS
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: TO PARTICIPANT IN A SEMINAR ENTITLED "THE 109TH CONGRESS" AND PROVIDE UPDATE INFORMATION ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES IN FOREIGN TRADE, TAXES, AND THE ECONOMY
Date: May 6, 2005
Expense: $831.60
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - PHOENIX, AZ - JACKSON, MS
Sponsor: Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Purpose: TO SPEAK ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: May 28, 2005
Expense: $1,260.30
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Purpose: CUBA BUSINESS FACT FINDING
Date: May 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,298.26
source

Destination: NEWARK, DE
Sponsor: United Church of Christ
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER TO PROVIDE A LEGISLATION UPDATE AT THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST-CENTRAL ATLANTIC ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 11, 2005
Expense: $99.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE, INC.
Purpose: TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES RELATED TO HEALTHCARE
Date: Jun 24, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,057.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bennie Thompson

I Lanier Avant
Carla Buckner
Christopher Espy
Steve Gavin
Todd Gee
Constance Olivia Harvey
Jessica Herrera
Calvin Humphrey
Minnie Langham
Marsha Mccraven
Sue Ramanathan
Walter Vinson
Timla Washington



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.