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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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CLAYTON, EVA, Democratic Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $49,852.19

Average cost per trip - $7,121.74
Total number of days spent traveling - 31 days
Rank of representative - 126 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Stock Exchange
Dates - July 30, 2000 - August 1, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,090.24
Lodging Cost - $356.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $1,696.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Amistad America, Inc.
Dates - March 23, 2000 - March 26, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mystic Seaport, CT - Ledyard, CT - Hartford, CT

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Accompanied by husband Theosus Clayton

Travel Cost - $2,450.40
Lodging Cost - $448.00
Meal Cost - $545.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,443.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AT&T, Microsoft, American Airlines
Dates - March 15, 2000 - March 17, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose -
Notes - Technology Tour/Fact Finding Tour

Travel Cost - $4,203.00
Lodging Cost - $264.50
Meal Cost - $135.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,602.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Accompanied by husband Thesoseus Clayton

Travel Cost - $495.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,445.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry & Manpower
Dates - April 9, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Botswana

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding trip
Notes - Child Joanne Clayton accompanied

Travel Cost - $19,433.62
Lodging Cost - $2,040.56
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $22,174.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $5,400.00
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost - $390.00
Total Cost - $7,590.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, Qatar Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - fact-finding and educational mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,330.51
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,900.51

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.