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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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CLAY, WILLIAM L SR, Democratic Party
Missouri

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $25,398.03

Average cost per trip - $3,174.75
Total number of days spent traveling - 35 days
Rank of representative - 255 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $60.81
Lodging Cost - $598.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $658.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - January 3, 2002 - January 7, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - other expenses include airport tax

Travel Cost - $1,475.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $172.00
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $2,367.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - March 26, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Luncheon speaker, breakfast speaker, panelist at housing summit
Notes - March 26 date was at personal expense, family accompanied at no additional expense to sponsor.

Travel Cost - $355.00
Lodging Cost - $814.36
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,169.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Foundation of Women Legislators
Dates - August 29, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $393.59
Lodging Cost - $95.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $488.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - spouse, Ivie L. Clay

Travel Cost - $5,512.60
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,712.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CitiGroup, PhRMA, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Port of New Orleans, iGATE Technologies, Odebrecht, Coca-Cola, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Brasilia, Brazil - El Salvador

Purpose - fact finding mission; meetings with government and business officials; conference participant
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,811.00
Lodging Cost - $738.00
Meal Cost - $261.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,810.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - UAW
Dates - January 15, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Indianapolis, IN

Purpose - Speaking engagement --UAW Region 3's 4th Annual Diversity dinner & awards ceremony
Notes - 2:26 St Louis, MO - 4:44 Indianapolis, IN / 8:25 Indianapolis, IN - 11:15 Cincinnati, OH - 11:42 St Louis, MO

Travel Cost - $841.29
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $841.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National League of Postmasters
Dates - July 31, 2005 - August 3, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Attend and speak at Postmasters Convention
Notes - St Louis, MO - San Juan, PR - St Louis, MO Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,300.38
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,350.38

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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    The Roosevelts as a political team

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