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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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DAVIS, THOMAS M III, Republican Party
Virginia

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $24,564.12

Average cost per trip - $2,047.01
Total number of days spent traveling - 38 days
Rank of representative - 264 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 5, 2000 - January 8, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - consumer electronics product - education/IT speeches and panels
Notes -

Travel Cost - $423.38
Lodging Cost - $1,016.93
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,615.31

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - discussion w/20 leading New England technology executives
Notes - Other expenses are thank you gift

Travel Cost - $638.51
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Dates - November 29, 2000 - November 29, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - inauguration of Mexican President -- meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $200.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $400.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republicans Abroad
Dates - November 2, 2001 - November 5, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Costa Rica

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Child Carlton Davis accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,220.00
Lodging Cost - $435.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,055.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United Hellenic American Congress
Dates - August 26, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Greece

Purpose - Fact finding, International affairs/trade
Notes - Child Carlton Davis accompanied

Travel Cost - $6,398.84
Lodging Cost - $250.32
Meal Cost - $680.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,329.16

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 7, 2001 - January 9, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Tour Consumer Electronics Show, second largest technology trade show
Notes - Child Carlton Davis accompanied

Travel Cost - $289.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $339.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Panama Business Council, Greater America Business Coalition
Dates - May 28, 2001 - May 31, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Panama - El Salvador

Purpose - Fact finding, telecom issues, earthquake damage
Notes - Daughter Pamela Davis accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,000.00
Lodging Cost - $960.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,960.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Egypt's International Economic Forum
Dates - May 25, 2002 - May 30, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Egypt

Purpose - guest speaker at economic forum
Notes - Child Carlton Davis accompanied.

Travel Cost - $6,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,200.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - February 9, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - address ABA legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $450.31
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $570.31

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Notes - DC area - Aspen Wye River Conference Center, Queenstown, MD - DC area

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - RSA Security Inc
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Barcelona, Spain 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 - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 7, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Las Vegas - Washington, 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

    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.
  • 11.10.14

    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.