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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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(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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BEREUTER, DOUGLAS K, Republican Party
Nebraska

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $77,005.14

Average cost per trip - $7,000.47
Total number of days spent traveling - 66 days
Rank of representative - 60 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - To participate in the World Economic Forum
Notes - Accompanied by wife Louise Bereuter

Travel Cost - $5,803.50
Lodging Cost - $791.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,894.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes - Accompanied by wife Louise Bereuter

Travel Cost - $4,304.40
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,629.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - Accompanied by wife Louise Bereuter--"Other" cost for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,673.25
Lodging Cost - $1,610.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,683.25

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - October 26, 2001 - October 27, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - To receive the alumni achievement award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $237.75
Lodging Cost - $260.00
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $542.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - To participate in the World Economic Forum
Notes - Spouse Louise Bereuter

Travel Cost - $7,481.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,881.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Louise Bereuter

Travel Cost - $1,782.60
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,787.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. Russia relations
Notes - Spouse Louise Bereuter

Travel Cost - $5,669.40
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,769.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in conference on Islam
Notes - spouse Louise Bereuter

Travel Cost - $2,908.56
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,033.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Child Eric accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,949.00
Lodging Cost - $3,000.00
Meal Cost - $3,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,949.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes - Spouse Louis Bereuter accompanied

Travel Cost - $5,288.78
Lodging Cost - $1,960.00
Meal Cost - $1,710.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,958.78

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - To participate in conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - Spouse - Louise Bereuter

Travel Cost - $4,600.90
Lodging Cost - $1,675.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,875.90

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.
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    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.