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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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  • 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.

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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Trips by*

Brian Gaston


Total cost of 40 trips: $95,951.76


Trips traveled under the office of Richard Armey

Destination: FARMINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: REPUBLICAN MEMBER PLANNING RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $504.00
source

Destination: TAMPA / ORLANDO
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Insurance Co
Purpose: RETIREMENT SAVINGS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,465.05
source

Destination: BRAZIL (BRASILIA, SAO PAULO, AND RIO DE JANERO)
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT LEADERS IN BRAZIL
Date: May 27, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $5,644.63
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: Resource Development Council for Alaska Inc
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT NATURAL RESOURCES/ENERGY ISSUES AFFECTING ALASKA
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $6,674.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND WESTERN CABLE SHOW
Date: Nov 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,432.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE PLANNING CONFERENCE FOR THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS
Date: Feb 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $589.00
source

Destination: TAMPA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: SPEAK TO CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,280.28
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN RECORDING INDUSTRY; TOUR RECORDING FACILITIES
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,118.26
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT AMUSEMENT PARK SAFETY ISSUES
Date: May 31, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $895.80
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT ISSUES AFFECTING THE RECORDING INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $880.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Instinet Corporation
Purpose: MEETINGS AT INSTINCT TO LEARN ABOUT ELECTRONIC SECURITIES TRADING
Date: Nov 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,148.60
source

Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: US-Malaysia Exchange Association
Purpose: MEET WITH MALAYSIAN AND HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE TO DISCUSS ISSUES PERTAINING TO TERRORISM, TRADE, HIGH-TECH, AND NATIONAL SECURITY
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $6,557.13
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE PLANNING FOR SECOND SESSION OF 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $190.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE PLANNING FOR THE SECOND SESSION OF THE 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $785.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: ATTEND BRIEFING SESSIONS ON FINANCIAL SERVICES ISSUES AND GIVE A PRESENTATION ON THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR 2002
Date: Feb 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,829.15
source

Destination: TOULOUSE, FRANCE - BRUSSELS - PARIS
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT TRANSPORTATION AND TRADE ISSUES AFFECTING U.S. AND EUROPEAN UNION RELATIONS
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $5,379.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING THE RECORDING INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,120.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Roy Blunt

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: VISITS TO CUTTING EDGE HIGH-TECH FACILITIES AND PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS ON POLICY ISSUES FACING THE INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,909.50
source

Destination: ST. MICHAEL'S, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ELECTED LEADERSHIP PLANNING RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $717.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: REPUBLICAN MEMBER PLANNING RETREAT AND MEETINGS
Date: Feb 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,094.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT LEGISLATIVE ISSUES IMPACTING THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY AND MAKE A PRESENTATION ON THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA OF THE 108TH CONGRESS.
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,357.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,934.77
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: THE TAX FOUNDATION AND ORGANIZATION FOR INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT
Purpose: MEET WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS LEADERS ON INTERNATIONAL TAX AND TRADE ISSUES.
Date: May 24, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,233.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUES & BRIEFING PERTAINING TO STATUE OF LIBERTY
Date: Jul 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $402.11
source

Destination: MOSCOW - ST. PETERSBURG
Sponsor: US-Russia Business Council
Purpose: MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS OFFICIALS ON U.S.-RUSSIAN COMMERCIAL RELATIONS, PARTICULARLY TRADE, AGRICULTURAL, ENERGY, AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS ISSUES.
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $4,524.00
source

Destination: SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Sponsor: THE DOMINICAN ASSOCIATION OF FREE ZONE INDUSTRIES & THE NATIONAL FREE ZONE COUNCIL
Purpose: MEET WITH DOMINICAN GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO DISCUSS TRADE AND ECONOMIC ISSUES OF MUTUAL INTEREST TO THE UNITED STATES AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Date: Aug 20, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,637.49
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP, COMMITTEE, AND MEMBER STAFF TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES AND PLANNING FOR THE NEXT SESSION
Date: Oct 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $924.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING RETREAT FOR HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP ON THE UPCOMING YEAR'S LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $900.21
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING RETREAT FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS ON THE YEAR'S LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $896.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING RETREAT FOR PURPOSE OF SETTING THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL SESSION
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA AND ATTEND MEETING DISCUSSIONS ON ISSUES FACING THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,093.94
source

Destination: AMSTERDAM-BRUSSELLS, BELGIUM-WARSAW, POLAND
Sponsor: TAX FOUNDATION AND THE ORGANIZATIONAL FOR INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT
Purpose: MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS LEADERS ON TAX, TRADE, AND EUROPEAN UNION INTEGRATION ISSUES
Date: May 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $8,332.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: PROVIDE PRESENTATION ON CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Date: Jul 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $264.28
source

Destination: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: ATTEND A CONFERENCE ON TRANS-ATLANTIC RELATIONS BETWEEN US & THE EU; MODERATED SOME PANELS FOR THE CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,566.44
source

Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE PLANNING RETREAT FOR THE 109TH CONGRESS
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $728.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE PLANNING AND MAJOR ISSUE DISCUSSION ON THE CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA WITH HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICAN MENTORS AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $820.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: GIVE PRESENTATION ON CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA; LEARN ABOUT ISSUES IMPACTING THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,812.00
source

Destination: SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR - GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA
Sponsor: Business Roundtable
Purpose: ATTENDED MEETINGS AND DISCUSSIONS WITH SALVADORAN AND GUATEMALAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE REGARDING THE CENTRAL AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,575.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE PLANNING & MAJOR ISSUE DISCUSSION ON THE CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA WITH HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICAN CHIEFS OF STAFF, LEADERSHIP STAFF, AND COMMITTEE STAT DIRECTORS
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $543.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: MEET WITH ISRAELI GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON SECURITY, ECONOMIC, AND AID ISSUES OF MUTUAL INTEREST TO THE US AND ISRAEL, TOOK EDUCATIONAL TOURS TO THE GOLAN HEIGHTS, THE NEGEV, AND SITES NEAR GAZA
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $8,185.12
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Brian Gaston.


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.