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(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

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Office of

Kent Conrad


Total cost of 77 office trips: $155,670.67


Trips by Kent Conrad
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $57,041.17

Destination: HILTON HEAD, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS OF CURRENT ISSUES
Date: Dec 28, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,360.00
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $6,002.70
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF US NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $8,611.20
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,297.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,995.12
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,328.00
source

Destination: GRAND FORKS, ND
Sponsor: Marketplace of Ideas/Marketplace for Kids Inc
Purpose: OFFICIAL BUSINESS-EVENT
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,684.00
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION PRIMARILY IN THE AREA OF AGRICULTURE
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,142.00
source

Destination: MIAMI BEACH, FLA
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,218.36
source

Destination: VAIL, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,134.50
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,454.00
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLA
Sponsor: National Workforce Association (NWA)
Purpose: TO ADDRESS NATIONAL WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $814.29
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Kent Conrad

Stephen Bailey
Mary Jennifer Cantrell
Rock Cheung
Neleen Eisinger
Jim Esquea
Robert Foust
Timothy Galvin
Lindsey Henjum
Aaron Hunter
Kirk Johnson
James Klumpner
Sarah Kuehl
Lisa Linnell
Thomas Mahr
Sean Neany
Sue Nelson
Anissa Rogness
Kelsey Rood
Wallace Rustad
Chris Thorne
Zabyn Towner
Bob Van Heuvelen



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

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  • 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.