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The Utility of a PhD

Humanities professors at colleges and universities are re-thinking what it means to offer a PhD. The old model is proving unsustainable. It takes an average nine years to get a doctorate, but less than 60 percent of PhDs are finding tenure-track teaching jobs. This week, we look at a new report recommending academics view doctoral programs in a new light.
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Envelopes and cards sent to the Roosevelt White House

When people wrote to Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt they often added a final thought or demand on the outside of the envelope. Others sent pre-printed cards supporting or opposing a given policy.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. (Photo: March of Dimes)

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.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt delivers an speech at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933. (Photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

Letters to (and from) Eleanor Roosevelt

In her newspaper column and on the air, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt invited the American people to write to her. In 1933 she received some 300,000 letters and cards. She often worked late into the night reading her correspondence.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt received an average of 8,000 letters, cards and telegrams daily. (Photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

Letters to Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Americans responded to FDR's radio talks with an unprecedented tide of mail. A Fireside Chat could generate some 450,000 letters, cards and telegrams. FDR's predecessor in the White House, Herbert Hoover, had received an average of 800 letters a day; FDR got more than 8,000.
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Radio: The Internet of the 1930s

Some predicted radio would be a powerful force for democratizing information and spreading knowledge to a vast population previously separated by geography or income. But the new technology also raised anxieties.
“Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt’s Own Program” was an afternoon radio series broadcast twice a week on NBC.  (Photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

Eleanor Roosevelt: The First Lady of Radio

Franklin D. Roosevelt was a consummate broadcaster but Eleanor Roosevelt was the actual radio professional. During her years in the White House, ER made some 300 radio appearances, about the same number as her husband. But for dozens of those broadcasts she got paid handsome talent fees by advertisers.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers a Fireside Chat, January 11, 1944.  (Photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

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.
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#TBT: 5 Great Podcasts About Teaching

For this Throwback Thursday we bring you five of our favorite podcast episodes about teaching.
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What’s unfair about college grad rates

Our guest says the way graduation rates are calculated is not fair to low-income, first generation college-goers or to the institutions that serve them. (Like his.)