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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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  • 12.16.14

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BOSWELL, LEONARD L, Democratic Party
Iowa

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $22,648.63

Average cost per trip - $2,264.86
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 276 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 Bi-partisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodging expenses

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $660.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Agriculture committee retreat
Notes - Accompanied by wife Darlene Boswell

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $482.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Osceola, IA

Purpose - Roundtable discussion on the 2002 Farm Bill and pheasant hunt
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $285.72
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $44.51
Other Cost - $195.00
Total Cost - $525.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Microsoft Corporation
Dates - July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Microsoft campus visit
Notes - Spouse Darlene Boswell accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,389.18
Lodging Cost - $1,047.08
Meal Cost - $1,061.96
Other Cost - $526.14
Total Cost - $7,024.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Greater Des Moines Partnership
Dates - May 16, 2003 - May 20, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Trade mission
Notes - Other costs are for 'registration fee' (includes ground transportation, visa fees, departure fees, some meals)_

Travel Cost - $1,257.00
Lodging Cost - $530.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $350.00
Total Cost - $2,137.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Community Financial Services Association of America, Community Financial Services of America
Dates - June 27, 2003 - June 29, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Community Financial Services Association Deferred Deposit forum
Notes - Spouse Darlene Boswell accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,900.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,150.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - April 24, 2003 - April 27, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Darlene Boswell accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,353.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,034.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,262.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - World Food Prize
Dates - March 14, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Des Moines, IA

Purpose - World Food Prize Event
Notes - Des Moines, IA - Washington Dulles

Travel Cost - $1,010.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $34.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,044.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - April 10, 2005 - April 12, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Ag Committee Members Visit to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade
Notes - Des Moines - Chicago - Washington

Travel Cost - $679.41
Lodging Cost - $615.71
Meal Cost - $143.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,439.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - DCA - Birmingham - Montgomery - Selma - DSM Personal expense: ***$500.00 paid towards the cost of trip

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

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.

Recent Posts

  • 12.16.14

    Rising prices on the poorest

    In January 2014 nearly a hundred college presidents gathered at the White House for a summit on the rising cost of college. But data show that those same institutions have been raising their prices fastest for the poorest students than for wealthier ones. This week on the podcast, we talk to a reporter who has been following the rising college cost burden on poor families.
  • 12.08.14

    How Much Will College Cost My Family?

    In 2011 the federal government required colleges and universities to publish “net price calculators” on their web sites. These tools are supposed to help families figure out which colleges they can afford. The calculators take into account family income, number of kids in college, state of residency, and other factors. But they’re often hard to use and time-consuming. Our guest this week has made this process simpler and more accessible.
  • 12.01.14

    Bridging the “Middle Skills” Gap

    There’s a paradox in today’s job market: even though there are millions of people looking for work, employers say they can’t find enough qualified workers. That’s due to an abundance of what economists call “middle skills” jobs – jobs that require specialized training beyond high school, but not a four-year college degree.
  • 12.01.14

    Commentary: Turning the tables on the vocational ed debate

    I’m not arguing that all education should be about acquiring job skills ... I’m saying that good vocational high schools have figured out how to bring college prep into their curriculum. And it’s time that traditional academic high schools brought more vocational education into theirs.