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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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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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BACHUS, SPENCER T, Republican Party
Alabama

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $19,409.10

Average cost per trip - $2,426.14
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 308 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Linda Bachus, meals incl in lodging

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,076.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Fe, NM - Solona Beach, CA

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,313.20
Lodging Cost - $322.77
Meal Cost - $142.26
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,778.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 16, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - La Jolla, CA

Purpose - AAR Legislative Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,071.70
Lodging Cost - $652.00
Meal Cost - $320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,043.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - "The Human Moment" Retreat
Notes - Spouse - Linda Bachus

Travel Cost - $1,024.50
Lodging Cost - $256.00
Meal Cost - $211.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,491.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Securitization Forum
Dates - January 25, 2004 - January 27, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - didn't list year of travel, but it's stamped 3/10/2004, didn't list other expenses

Travel Cost - $309.10
Lodging Cost - $357.34
Meal Cost - $63.00
Other Cost - $47.82
Total Cost - $777.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Key Biscayne, FL

Purpose - Policy conference
Notes - Key Biscayne, FL - Birmingham, AL

Travel Cost - $275.40
Lodging Cost - $1,101.75
Meal Cost - $1,000.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,377.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - October 29, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (15 days)
Location(s) - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - DC - Budapest - DC Personal Expense 10/29 to 11/6

Travel Cost - $7,017.78
Lodging Cost - $1,208.60
Meal Cost - $765.43
Other Cost - $31.45
Total Cost - $9,023.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Hyundai Motor America, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
Dates - May 20, 2005 - May 20, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Grand Opening Ceremony
Notes - DC - Montgomery, AZ

Travel Cost - $741.41
Lodging Cost - $32.95
Meal Cost - $67.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $841.64

Additional family members - No

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

  • 11.17.14

    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.
  • 11.10.14

    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.
  • 11.12.14

    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.
  • 11.10.14

    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.