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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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BAIRD, BRIAN, Democratic Party
Washington

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $22,099.21

Average cost per trip - $3,683.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 282 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Denali, AK

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Spouse Dr. Rachel Nugent

Travel Cost - $1,280.38
Lodging Cost - $777.32
Meal Cost - $187.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,245.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Psychological Association
Dates - August 25, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Deliver William Bevan lecture at APA annual convention
Notes - Indicates both dates were at personal expense, other costs are copy services, trans cost includes $53 in cab fare

Travel Cost - $202.50
Lodging Cost - $184.04
Meal Cost - $18.11
Other Cost - $6.50
Total Cost - $411.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - Educational - civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Notes - Spouse Rachel Nugent accompanied. Other costs are entry fees. $1000 of cost was paid personally by Baird

Travel Cost - $60.00
Lodging Cost - $168.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $80.00
Total Cost - $558.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Potomac, MD

Purpose - Congressional Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh
Notes - Spouse Rachel Nugent accompanied

Travel Cost - $25.00
Lodging Cost - $268.80
Meal Cost - $268.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $562.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Rachel Nugent accompanied

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $635.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Japan Center for International Exchange
Dates - December 13, 2003 - December 20, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan - Kyoto, Japan

Purpose - International Exchange with Japanese Political, business, and social leaders
Notes - Spouse - Rachel Nugent

Travel Cost - $13,921.06
Lodging Cost - $2,057.94
Meal Cost - $957.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,936.96

Additional family members - Yes

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.

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  • 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.