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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*

Doug O'brien


Total cost of 9 trips: $22,451.20


Trips traveled under the office of Tom Harkin

Destination: JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: ATTEND INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR FARM CREDIT FUNDING CORPORATION WITH OTHER SENATE AND STAFF MEMBERS
Date: Nov 12, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MO
Sponsor: Farm Foundation
Purpose: MEMBER OF PANEL DISCUSSING FUTURE OF CONTRACTS IN AGRICULTURE
Date: Sep 3, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $225.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Mark Kirk

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $564.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose: ISRAELI SECURITY AND SOCIAL ISSUE BRIEFINGS
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $3,131.29
source

Destination: MEXICO CITY; TUXLA, CHIAPAS, MEXICO
Sponsor: POPULATION ACTION INT'L; U.S. COMMITTEE OF THE UNFPA
Purpose: EXAMINE HEALTH CARE FACILITIES IN URBAN AND RURAL MEXICAN COMMUNITIES
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $4,111.64
source

Destination: AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: EXAMINE ENRICHED URANIUM FACILITY AND NUCLEAR MEDECINE FACILITY
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,563.18
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Tribune Corporation
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ SENIOR EXECS RE: COMMUNICATIONS ISSUES AND PRESENTED OVERVIEW OF PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA IN CONGRESS
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,045.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: BAXTER HEALTHCARE, CATERPILLAR INC., ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, MIDWEST GENERATION, QUAKER, BOEING COMPANY, SERVICE MASTER COMPANY, UST INC., YELLOW CORPORATION
Purpose: STAFF TRIP TO VIEW VARIOUS MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS AND DISCUSS CHALLENGES AND LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FACING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $707.09
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: Qatar Center for Futuristic Studies
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE; MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, US DIPLOMATS; REVIEW OF NEW INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Doug O'brien.


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.