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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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CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $26,977.81

Average cost per trip - $2,248.15
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 242 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society
Dates - July 1, 2000 - July 5, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Education
Notes - Accompanied by wife Barbara Capuano

Travel Cost - $4,949.82
Lodging Cost - $722.26
Meal Cost - $123.46
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,795.54

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Dates - August 12, 2000 - August 17, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Sitka, AK

Purpose - fact-finding mission to observe forestry industry and impact on environment
Notes - Accompanied by Staff; Brett Freedman

Travel Cost - $1,893.40
Lodging Cost - $607.99
Meal Cost - $510.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,011.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cape Cod, MA

Purpose - Meeting - leadership seminar
Notes - Spouse Barbara Capuano accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $405.00
Meal Cost - $608.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,013.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation
Dates - July 12, 2001 - July 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Educational - attached letter states was on 'online privacy'
Notes - Spouse Barbara Capuano accompanied

Travel Cost - $340.30
Lodging Cost - $399.41
Meal Cost - $348.95
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,088.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - April 12, 2002 - April 14, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - NV

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $676.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,136.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation
Dates - July 20, 2001 - July 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - educational
Notes - no location indicated -- spouse Barbara Capuano -- filed may 2002

Travel Cost - $340.30
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $348.94
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $689.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lighthouse International
Dates - January 18, 2002 - January 19, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - educational-speaking
Notes - spouse Barbara Capuano-- other expenses include plaque

Travel Cost - $495.00
Lodging Cost - $120.99
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost - $95.00
Total Cost - $790.99

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 4, 2004 - January 5, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - education
Notes - spouse, Barbara Capuano, children, Michael Capuano, Joseph Capuano other equals hotel but lodging listed separately

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $438.99
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $432.11
Total Cost - $871.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Community Relations Council of Boston
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 18, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Boston - NY - Israel - NY - Boston

Travel Cost - $4,130.00
Lodging Cost - $1,112.40
Meal Cost - $568.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,810.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Irish American Partnership
Dates - July 31, 2004 - August 7, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Ireland

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Boston - Ireland - Boston

Travel Cost - $4,581.24
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,461.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - United Nations Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $112.50
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $256.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $554.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $333.00
Lodging Cost - $182.00
Meal Cost - $241.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $756.00

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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  • 11.10.14

    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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