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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

    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

William Thomas


Total cost of 253 office trips: $393,678.73


Trips by William Thomas
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $80,566.15

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $4,169.93
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIES AND FIRST UNION
Purpose: HEALTHCARE MEETINGS
Date: Jan 28, 2000
Expense: $524.80
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: UBS AG Inc
Purpose: HEALTHCARE SPEECH
Date: Feb 27, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - PHOENIX, AZ - ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: Health Industry Manufacturers Association
Purpose: HEALTHCARE SPEECH
Date: Mar 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,731.65
source

Destination: BAKERSFIELD, CA - BOISE, ID - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: PUBLIC FORUM INSTITUTE
Purpose: HEALTH CARE SPEECH
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,786.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TAX CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 30, 2000
Expense: $1,648.68
source

Destination: BAKERSFIELD, CA - NASHVILLE, TN - KNOXVILLE, TN - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Nashville Health Care Council
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,894.50
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 28, 2001
Expense: $786.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: SPEECH AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 10, 2001 (14 days)
Expense: $23,874.84
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: SPEECH AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,742.00
source

Destination: THOUSAND OAKS, CA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: HEALTHCARE REMARKS AND TOUR OF HEALTHCARE FACILITY
Date: Feb 18, 2002
Expense: $644.00
source

Destination: BAKERSFIELD, CA - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Clark Consulting
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 14, 2002
Expense: $1,847.00
source

Destination: AVON, CO
Sponsor: AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE AND VAIL VALLEY FOUNDATION
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jun 20, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,710.00
source

Destination: PASO ROBLES, CA - SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
Sponsor: Hearst Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 1, 2003
Expense: $1,256.86
source

Destination: GAINESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSION ON ECONOMY & TAXES
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $377.39
source

Destination: AVON, CO
Sponsor: AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE AND VAIL VALLEY FOUNDATION
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,210.00
source

Destination: BEAVER CREEK, CO
Sponsor: AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE AND VAIL VALLEY FOUNDATION
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON ENTITLEMENTS, SOCIAL SECURITY AND TAX REFORM
Date: Jun 24, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $27,962.00
source

Destination: MONTE RIO, CA
Sponsor: Bohemian Club
Purpose: SPEECHES ON SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
Date: Jul 21, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,800.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of William Thomas

Cathy Abernathy
Rosanne Altshuler
E Ray Beeman
Alex Brill
Meredith Broadbent
Roman Buhler
Nicholas Bull
Roger Colinvaux
Christine Devere
John Diamond
Tim Dowd
Angela Ellard
Mary Englund
Nikole Flax
Marc Gerson
Allison Giles
John Harrington
Stephanie Henning
Kim Hildred
Michael Holland
Deirdne James
Alex Kaplan
David Kavanaugh
John Kelliher
Diane Kirkland
Shahira Knight
David Lenter
Stephanie Lester
Allen Littman
James Lyons
Lauralee Matthews
Patricia Mcdermott
John Mcmanus
Jeff Mcmillen
Brian Meighan
Brian Mergharo
James Min
Pamela Moomau
John Navratil
Ned Newland
Greg Nickerson
David Noren
Joelle Oishi
Lindy Paull
Payson Peabody
Oren Penn
Kimberly Reed
Cecily Rock
Bernard Schmitt
Mary Schmitt
Steven Schrage
Lisa Schultz
Ronald Schultz
Ken Serafin
Gretchen Sierra
Carolyn Smith
Madeleine Smith
Margo Smith
Jason Smosna
Kirk Walder
Matt Weidinger
Kathleen Weldon
Joel White
Allison Wielobob
Deb Williams
Bob Winters
Jennifer Wolff
Timothy Wood
Susan Yang
George Yin
Tara Zimmerman



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.