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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.

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  • 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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Trips sponsored by

Potomac Foundation


Total cost of 33 trips: $83,772.46


Traveler: John Lang (from the office of Robert Smith)
Destination: RIGA, LATVIA AND TALLA ESTORIA
Purpose: EXPLORE NATO EXPANSION ISSUES
Date: Aug 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,491.08
source

Traveler: Russell Thomasson (from the office of Robert Smith)
Destination: KIGA, LATVIA AND TALLIN, ESTONIA
Purpose: EXPLORE NATO EXPANSION ISSUES
Date: Aug 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,491.08
source

Traveler: Ken Miller (from the office of Joseph Pitts)
Destination: ESTONIA, LATVIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON ADVANCING DEMOCRACY & NATO ACCESSION IN THE BALTIC STATES
Date: Aug 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,406.08
source

Traveler: Peter Pry (from the office of Floyd Spence)
Destination: RIGA, LATRIA; TALLINN, ESTONIA
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON NATO ENLARGEMENT, RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA
Date: Aug 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,481.08
source

Traveler: Robert King (from the office of Sam Gejdenson)
Destination: COPENHAGEN, VILNIUS, RIGA, TALINNIN
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 15, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $2,764.67
source

Traveler: Kay King (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING VISIT BY STAFF
Date: Aug 15, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $2,764.67
source

Traveler: Richard Perry (from the office of Lindsey Graham)
Destination: LITHUANIA - KANSAS - KLEIPEDA
Purpose: VISIT W/ PRESIDENT, MINISTER OF DEFENSE, MINISTER OF STATE LITHUANIAN SPEAKER OF HOUSE, MEMBERS OF LITHUANIAN CONGRESS RE: NATO, TRADE AND EASTERN BLOC. SECURITY.
Date: Aug 18, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $2,308.00
source

Traveler: Tanya Shamson (from the office of Sam Gejdenson)
Destination: VILMUS, LITHUANIA
Purpose: INVESTIGATE LITHUANIA'S POL/ECON SITUATION
Date: Aug 22, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,208.40
source

Traveler: Courtney Anderson (from the office of John Shimkus)
Destination: VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 22, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,208.40
source

Traveler: Julianne Gade (from the office of Joseph Knollenberg)
Destination: VILNIUS, KLAIPEDA, PALANGA-LITHUANIA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Aug 22, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,498.40
source

Traveler: Curt Weldon (from the office of Curt Weldon)
Destination: VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS REGARDING NATO EXPANSION
Date: Aug 22, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,308.40
source

Traveler: Christine Clark (from the office of Jon Kyl)
Destination: LITHUANIA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF VISIT
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,926.94
source

Traveler: Mark Trumbore (from the office of Robert Brady)
Destination: LITHUANIA
Purpose: DISCUSSION REGARDING NATO EXPANSION
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,898.94
source

Traveler: Joseph Lillis (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: VILNIUS, LITHUANIAN
Purpose: INFORMATION GATHERING ON NATO ISSUES
Date: Aug 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,926.94
source

Traveler: Patrick Prisco (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: VILNIUS, LITHWANIA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT/FOREIGN MINISTRY/PARLIAMENT
Date: Aug 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,848.94
source

Traveler: Vincent Morelli (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
Purpose: TO HOLD MEETINGS WITH KEY MEMBERS OF THE LITHUANIA GOV'T TO DISCUSS U.S. LITHUANIAN RELATIONS AND LITHUANIAN'S APPLICATION TO JOIN NATO.
Date: Aug 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,848.94
source

Traveler: Bernadette Kilroy (from the office of Pete Domenici)
Destination: TALLION, ESTONIA AND RIGA, LATVIA
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF LATVIA & ESTONIA'S NATO CANDIDACY FOR MEMBERSHIP, US ASSISTANCE & INVESTMENT IN LATVIA & ESTONIA
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $2,729.42
source

Traveler: Courtney Anderson (from the office of John Shimkus)
Destination: TALLIN, ESTONIA AND RIGA, LATVIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $2,500.42
source

Traveler: Nigel De Caster (from the office of Larry Craig)
Destination: LATVIA, ESTONIA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL FACT FINDING TRIP ON NATO CANDIDACY, TRADE RELATIONS & EV STATUS OF BALTIC STATES
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $3,110.66
source

Traveler: Mary Alice Hayward (from the office of John Warner)
Destination: TALLINN, ESTONIA AND RIGA, LATVIA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A SERIES OF MEETINGS WITH ESTONIAN AND LATVIAN OFFICIALS FROM THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MINISTRY OF DEFENSE, PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND POLICY EXPERTS TO DISCUSS BALTIC POLICIES, RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA AND THE ROLE OF U.S.
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,053.42
source

Traveler: Archibald Galloway (from the office of Jeff Sessions)
Destination: WASHINGTON D.C. TO PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSIS MISSILE DEFENSE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 2, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,918.54
source

Traveler: Frederick Downey (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A WORKSHOP ON MISSILE DEFENSE CONDUCTED BY THE POTOMAC FOUNDATION, THE INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSIS, AND THE FRENCH FORUM OF THE FUTURE
Date: Apr 2, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,761.22
source

Traveler: Frederick Downey (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WARSAW POLAND
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A ROUNDTABLE ON NETWORK CENTERS WARFARE
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,990.58
source

Traveler: Daniel Fata (from the office of Jon Kyl)
Destination: REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING (EVALUATION OF NEW GOVERNMENT, ASSESS STATE OF BILATERAL RELATIONS)
Date: Aug 14, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,944.44
source

Traveler: Joseph Lai (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: TBILISI, GEORGIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING/STAFF ORIENTATION RE. TRANSATLANTIC RELATING/NATO
Date: Aug 14, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,944.44
source

Traveler: Megan Medley (from the office of Robert Aderholt)
Destination: TBILISI, GEORGIA
Purpose: BUSINESS (EDUCATIONAL AND FACT FINDING).
Date: Aug 14, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,984.44
source

Traveler: Gretchen Learman (from the office of John Linder)
Destination: TIBLISI, GEORGIA
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CAUCASUS REGION, THE U.S.-GEORGIA RELATIONSHIP, POTENTIAL SECURITY THREATS TO THE REGION AND TO THE U.S., AND GEORGIA'S TRANSITION TO A DEMOCRACY SINCE THE "ROSE REVOLUTION" LAST YEAR
Date: Aug 14, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,984.44
source

Traveler: Mark Pfundstein (from the office of Mark Souder)
Destination: TBILISI, GEORGIA
Purpose: BUSINESS (EDUCATIONAL AND FACT FINDING)
Date: Aug 14, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,984.44
source

Traveler: Edward Burrier (from the office of Edward Royce)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO TBILISI, GEORGIA
Purpose: EVALUATION OF US-GEORGIA RELATIONSHIP, REGIONAL SECURITY, US ASSISTANCE TO GEORGIA, EVALUATION OF GEORGIA'S TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY, AND US INVESTMENT IN GEORGIA
Date: Aug 14, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,984.44
source

Traveler: Joe Laird (from the office of Todd Akin)
Destination: TBILISI, GEORGIA
Purpose: LEARN MORE OUT THE REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA & DISCUSS W/ THEM THE OPPORTUNITY OF NATO EXPANSION & EU MEMBERSHIP
Date: Aug 13, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $3,487.65
source

Traveler: Julie Schmidt (from the office of John Linder)
Destination: TBILISI, GEORGIA
Purpose: NATO EXPANSION, MILITARY REFORM, AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSIONS WITH MEMBERS FROM THE GEORGIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MINISTRY OF DEFENSE, AND PARLIAMENT
Date: Aug 13, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,857.65
source

Traveler: Richard Urey (from the office of Shelley Berkley)
Destination: TBILISI, GEORGIA INT. AIRPORT
Purpose: OBSERVE DEMOCRACY-BUILDING EFFORTS IN REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA THROUGH MEETING WITH PRIME MINISTER, PARLIAMENT SPEAKER AND OTHER OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 13, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $3,667.65
source

Traveler: Larry Lavender (from the office of Spencer Bachus)
Destination: TBILISI, GEORGIA
Purpose: EDUCATION AND FACT FINDING REGARDING THE EMERGING DEMOCRACY IN GEORGIA
Date: Aug 13, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $3,487.65
source



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.