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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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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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BURR, RICHARD M, Republican Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $45,871.40

Average cost per trip - $5,733.93
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 138 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Outdoor Power Equipment Distributors Association
Dates - February 24, 2000 - February 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Speak at conference on legislative process in commerce issues
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Brooke Burr

Travel Cost - $560.00
Lodging Cost - $433.26
Meal Cost - $30.70
Other Cost - $130.00
Total Cost - $1,153.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Universal Corporations, Tobacco Asso. Of US, Led Tobacco Exporters Asso.
Dates - May 28, 2000 - May 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Address to Tobacco Asso. And Annual Meeting and Conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Brooke Burr

Travel Cost - $1,223.92
Lodging Cost - $550.20
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,934.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Corning Inc.
Dates - January 5, 2000 - January 5, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Wilmington, NC

Purpose - legislative briefing and tour
Notes -

Travel Cost - $818.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $828.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Marseilles, France - Paris, France

Purpose - Tour French nuclear energy facilities
Notes - Spouse Brooke Burr accompanied. Transport costs include ground transportation in France.

Travel Cost - $14,577.80
Lodging Cost - $2,406.00
Meal Cost - $1,430.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,413.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - June 30, 2002 - July 6, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain - Seville, Spain

Purpose - fact-finding and tour of European nuclear facilities
Notes - spouse Brooke Burr -- July 5-6 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $12,417.30
Lodging Cost - $2,450.00
Meal Cost - $1,700.00
Other Cost - $340.00
Total Cost - $16,907.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 6, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - public policy conference
Notes - Invoice for room includes two pool bar beverages and tip and a $105 'spa service'. NAB fax also mentions extra $90 transportation cost as well as airfare, not listed on form.

Travel Cost - $2,627.50
Lodging Cost - $637.22
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,414.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Corning Inc.
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Augusta, GA

Purpose - public policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,226.00
Lodging Cost - $410.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $533.00
Total Cost - $2,469.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina, Inc.
Dates - February 7, 2003 - February 7, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Raleigh, NC

Purpose - Speak to annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $750.00

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.

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  • 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.