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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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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

  • 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.