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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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DAVIS, JAMES OSCAR III, Democratic Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $28,071.26

Average cost per trip - $4,010.18
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 231 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 21, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Poughkeepsie, NY

Purpose - 2-day policy retreat
Notes - Additional costs for pen set

Travel Cost - $383.15
Lodging Cost - $81.59
Meal Cost - $93.35
Other Cost - $13.00
Total Cost - $571.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - Lebanon - Kuwait - Israel

Purpose - Congressional Delegation fact finding trip
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,232.37
Lodging Cost - $1,038.45
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,270.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - December 10, 2003 - December 18, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Syria - Lebanon - Egypt - Oman - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - Israel

Purpose - Congressional Delegation fact finding trip
Notes - Other costs are for rental of international cell and cell chargers

Travel Cost - $8,106.37
Lodging Cost - $1,790.91
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $384.07
Total Cost - $10,281.35

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Dialogue
Dates - February 27, 2003 - March 4, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $890.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,640.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Educational trip to discuss and debate policy issues before the 108th Congress
Notes - Peggy Davis, spouse-William Davis, child-He notes my children accompanied me on this trip at my personal expense-I assume lodging is combined because spouse lodging left blank - other expense is DLC Gift bag

Travel Cost - $526.68
Lodging Cost - $1,044.00
Meal Cost - $394.16
Other Cost - $30.00
Total Cost - $1,994.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Washington and Lee University
Dates - January 28, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Lexington, VA

Purpose - Washington & Lee mock convention
Notes - Other cost is driving service

Travel Cost - $852.40
Lodging Cost - $75.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $165.60
Total Cost - $1,343.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Microsoft Corporation
Dates - December 11, 2003 - December 12, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - fact finding trip to see first hand Starbucks Corp and Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
Notes - Other cost is instate bus transportation-signed 01/10/2004

Travel Cost - $2,054.00
Lodging Cost - $226.16
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost - $240.00
Total Cost - $2,970.16

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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  • 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

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  • 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.