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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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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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COSTELLO, JERRY F, Democratic Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $16,456.40

Average cost per trip - $2,742.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 344 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Dates - July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Fact finding trip regarding rail issues
Notes - Spouse Georgia Costello accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,497.60
Lodging Cost - $64.28
Meal Cost - $174.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,735.88

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dates - April 20, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - To learn about ongoing cooperation between US and Cuban scientists and about scientific fields in which Cuba is particularly advanced.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $800.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - July 6, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Fact finding trip regarding rail issues
Notes - Spouse Georgia Costello accompanied. Other costs are for car rental.

Travel Cost - $1,632.00
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost - $118.00
Total Cost - $2,950.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - April 7, 2003 - April 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - To learn more about the experiences of the Civil Rights movement and their impact on public policy today
Notes - Spouse Georgia Costello accompanied. Other costs are entry fees

Travel Cost - $960.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $80.00
Total Cost - $1,826.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - April 24, 2003 - April 27, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - Participate in Association of American Railroads' legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Georgia Costello accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,316.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,034.00
Other Cost - $135.00
Total Cost - $4,360.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Dates - November 14, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - Fact finding trip on the effects of NAFTA on its 10th anniversary
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,673.67
Lodging Cost - $335.50
Meal Cost - $275.35
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,284.52

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.