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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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(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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BENTSEN, KENNETH EDWARD JR, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $17,670.44

Average cost per trip - $3,534.09
Total number of days spent traveling - 16 days
Rank of representative - 330 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - May 25, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Copenhagen, Denmark - Oslo, Norway

Purpose - IMDI boardroom briefing
Notes - Spouse Tamra K. Bentsen

Travel Cost - $2,002.30
Lodging Cost - $473.73
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,876.03

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Dusseldorf, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - U.S. Germany roundtable for the 21st century
Notes - Spouse Tamra K. Bentsen

Travel Cost - $10,534.00
Lodging Cost - $498.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,832.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - University of Florida
Dates - February 15, 2001 - February 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Speak at 6th annual multi-disciplinary symposium on breast disease
Notes - Spouse Tamra K. Bentsen

Travel Cost - $1,479.00
Lodging Cost - $180.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,659.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cardigan Mountain School
Dates - June 1, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Manchester, NH

Purpose - Commencement speech
Notes - Other costs for rental car, gas and parking

Travel Cost - $133.50
Lodging Cost - $336.75
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $92.66
Total Cost - $562.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Endocrinologists
Dates - May 4, 2001 - May 4, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Public service award and address President's luncheon
Notes - Paid personal expense airfare San Antonio to Houston

Travel Cost - $740.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $740.50

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.

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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.