The Advocates 4-21-10

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show, The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, or you can listen to the program’s live streaming at One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio.  My guests are Barbara Burt, the Director of the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle, Maine, and Mr. Christopher Breiseth, former President and CEO of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and a Board Member of the Perkins Center.


Our subject is Frances Perkins, a fighter for social justice, and the role of the Frances Perkins Center: and their effort to support and sustain Social Security


Barbara Burt is a graduate of Boston University and Harvard University School of Education, Barb brings varied experience to the position. She has been a writer and editor for many publishers and educational institutions, including Houghton Mifflin, McGraw-Hill, Scholastic, National Geographic, and Harvard University.




Long an advocate for responsive government and progressive politics, Barbara joined Common Cause in 2003, eventually becoming vice president and director of national election reform programs. In 2007, Barb became the online communications director for Chellie Pingree's successful campaign to represent Maine's First Congressional District in the 111th Congress.


Dr. Christopher N. Breiseth is the immediate past president and CEO of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, located at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, serving in that position from 2001 to 2008. He was president of Deep Springs College in California from 1980 to 1983 and of Wilkes University from 1984 to 2001. He earned his B.A. in history at UCLA, a Masters of Literature in Modern British History from Oxford and a Ph.D. in European History from Cornell. While at Cornell, he lived at the Telluride House where Frances Perkins was a guest for the last five years of her life while she was teaching at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Together, Breiseth and Miss Perkins organized two seminars for house members, one with Henry A. Wallace, the other with James Farley. Following Miss Perkins's death in 1965, Breiseth wrote an article, “The Frances Perkins I Knew,” which provides some of the material on Frances Perkins's life at Telluride House for Kirstin Downey's book, “The Woman Behind the New Deal.” The article is available on line. He also served for a year and a half in 1967 and 1968 as Chief of Policy Guidance for the Community Action Program which was part of the Office of Economic Opportunity, President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. He is married to Jane Morhouse Breiseth and they have three daughters and two grandchildren.

 Meanwhile, the mission of The Advocates is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy” issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow.

One can find my essays on FDR and other subjects at All of the archived shows can be found at:  Next week on WVOX The Advocates will host Shari Gordon, Norman Solovay, and Mary Beth Morrissey and the subject will be “Divorce American Style.”


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