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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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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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BARRETT, JAMES GRESHAM, Republican Party
South Carolina

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $27,866.61

Average cost per trip - $4,644.44
Total number of days spent traveling - 27 days
Rank of representative - 235 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - August 12, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - To tour the Department of Energy's nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain
Notes - Spouse Natalie Barrett accompanied. Other costs include helicopter to Yucca and shuttle fees

Travel Cost - $2,016.00
Lodging Cost - $259.42
Meal Cost - $686.00
Other Cost - $812.67
Total Cost - $3,774.09

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - audio visual equipment used by sponsor

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $267.17
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $670.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - GENO
Dates - January 16, 2004 - January 20, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Oslo, Norway

Purpose - To speak to Norwegian officials about a prospect that would ensure security of America's food source (from cattle)
Notes - Spouse - Natalie F. Barrett

Travel Cost - $8,681.91
Lodging Cost - $1,087.74
Meal Cost - $362.12
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,131.77

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Discuss agenda for 109th Congress and to get legislative briefings on key issues
Notes - Capitol Hill - Baltimore

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $113.89
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $441.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Areva Inc
Dates - November 27, 2004 - December 3, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - To tour AREVA's nuclear facilities in France that have expertise and operate in every sector of the nuclear power industry, including MOX facilities, nuclear fuel cycle, reactors, instrumentation, nuclear measurement systems and engineering
Notes - Greenville, SC - Paris, France - Greenville, NC

Travel Cost - $1,886.83
Lodging Cost - $1,089.24
Meal Cost - $655.79
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,631.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Frankfurt, Germany - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - To participate in panel discussions for the Trans Atlantic Conference regarding a knowledge-based, global economy
Notes - Dulles Int'l Airport - Frankfurt - Budapest / Budapest - Munich - Dulles

Travel Cost - $6,970.33
Lodging Cost - $1,208.60
Meal Cost - $989.71
Other Cost - $48.67
Total Cost - $9,217.31

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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  • 11.24.14

    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

    Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a report that showed evidence of nearly two decades of academic fraud perpetuated by the school’s Afro-American Studies Department. An investigation found certain professors and administrators had an unwritten policy of “propping up” student athletes. This week on the podcast, we look at academic fraud at colleges with high-stakes sports programs.
  • 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.