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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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CONYERS, JOHN JR, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $3,425.77

Average cost per trip - $380.64
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 525 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Law School Black Student Association
Dates - March 5, 2004 - March 6, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - To participate in the CBC and Harvard Black Law Students Association's Town Hall Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,175.38
Lodging Cost - $157.43
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,332.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nation of Islam
Dates - February 29, 2004 - March 1, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To attend NOI's Annual Savior's Day Celebration forum: "Reparations: What Does America and Europe Owe? What does Allah (God) promise?
Notes -

Travel Cost - $283.70
Lodging Cost - $135.58
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $419.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Greenville Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Greenville, MD

Purpose - To speak about the involvement of fraternity (sic) and sorority organizations in grass-roots organizing, politics, policy-making and the law.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $956.70
Lodging Cost - $75.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,031.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tavis Smiley Inc.
Dates - February 25, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - To be a panelist on the issue of health care and reparations. [sponsor listd on Ethics rpt for 2004.
Notes - Detroit, MI - Atlanta, GA

Travel Cost - $5.00
Lodging Cost - $337.08
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $342.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Office of Dorothy Tillman Alderman 3rd Ward
Dates - March 24, 2005 - March 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - National Reparations Convention Committee keynote speaker
Notes - Detroit, MI - Chicago, IL - Detroit, MI

Travel Cost - $210.90
Lodging Cost - $89.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $299.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Recording Artists
Dates - February 8, 2004 - February 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - Los Angeles - Detroit This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Haiti Support Project
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 12, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - NY

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - New York - Detroit This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Anti-Discrimination Committee
Dates - March 13, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - Newark - DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - State of Missouri Kansas City
Dates - May 16, 2005 - May 17, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - Kansas City - DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

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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    The Utility of a PhD

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    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.
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    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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    Radio: The Internet of the 1930s

    Some predicted radio would be a powerful force for democratizing information and spreading knowledge to a vast population previously separated by geography or income. But the new technology also raised anxieties.