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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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DAVIS, SUSAN, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $29,727.20

Average cost per trip - $3,303.02
Total number of days spent traveling - 37 days
Rank of representative - 222 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Conference
Notes - Spouse Dr Steven J Davis accompanied. Other costs are for registration fee. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,352.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - California Council for International Trade
Dates - January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Gave remarks and presided over panel at Monterey Congressional Forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,058.50
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $85.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,293.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Dr Steve Davis accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,035.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - California Council for International Trade
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Part of legislative panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $942.00
Lodging Cost - $183.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,250.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Jerusalem, Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Spouse Dr Steve Davis accompanied. Other costs are for registration and transportation

Travel Cost - $7,308.00
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $11,451.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Westin Mission Hills, CA

Purpose - Bipartisan legislative planning session
Notes - Dr. Steve Davis, spouse-lodging costs n/a-other cost group activities

Travel Cost - $243.36
Lodging Cost - $399.96
Meal Cost - $716.86
Other Cost - $40.74
Total Cost - $1,400.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Selma, AL

Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Washington, DC - Selma, AL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2005 - May 1, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Democratic Leadership Council spring retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans, LA - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,546.11
Lodging Cost - $566.74
Meal Cost - $160.63
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,273.48

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - San Diego - Dublin, Ireland - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $5,584.00
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,746.00

Additional family members - Yes

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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    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

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