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(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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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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BASS, CHARLES F, Republican Party
New Hampshire

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $15,795.95

Average cost per trip - $1,436.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 353 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Discussion w/ 20 leading NE tech executives MIT,
Notes - Extra Cost: Thank you gift

Travel Cost - $638.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - CA

Purpose - To gather high-tech information
Notes -

Travel Cost - $759.20
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,187.20

Additional family members - No


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 Lisa Bass, 2 children, Lucy and Jonathan, meal incl in lodging, other costs indicate registration, but no amount

Travel Cost - $514.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,464.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - State of New Jersey
Dates - April 18, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - NJ

Purpose - The Congress will testify in court on behalf of the state
Notes -

Travel Cost - $523.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $523.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - meetings and fact finding
Notes - other expenses: taxi and bus

Travel Cost - $1,250.00
Lodging Cost - $518.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost - $126.00
Total Cost - $1,924.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 8, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Detroit, MI

Purpose - to represent the Commerce Comm. at a CEA conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,281.00
Lodging Cost - $261.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,542.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - None specified
Notes - Spouse Lisa Bass accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,881.00
Lodging Cost - $488.33
Meal Cost - $86.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,455.69

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 -

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $888.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 4, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Fact-finding mtg. In Detroit, MI
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,082.95
Lodging Cost - $712.51
Meal Cost - $122.17
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,917.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 5, 2005 - January 7, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Attend 2005 CES and attend meetings
Notes - Manchester, NH - Las Vegas - Phoenix, AZ

Travel Cost - $873.40
Lodging Cost - $608.22
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,571.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Independent Baker's Assn
Dates - February 19, 2004 - February 25, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes - MHT - West Palm Beach - MHT (Manchester, NH) Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,577.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,577.40

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.