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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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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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DEMINT, JAMES W, Republican Party
South Carolina

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $18,668.83

Average cost per trip - $2,666.98
Total number of days spent traveling - 20 days
Rank of representative - 318 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Citizens for a Sound Economy
Dates - July 16, 2000 - July 17, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speech on social security legislation
Notes - Accompanied by wife Debbie DeMint

Travel Cost - $1,820.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $2,118.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $44.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $387.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Forum on healthcare
Notes - Spouse Debbie DeMint accompanied. Other costs are for transportation / phone charges

Travel Cost - $3,060.00
Lodging Cost - $1,043.16
Meal Cost - $485.82
Other Cost - $182.73
Total Cost - $4,771.71

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Smith Institute
Dates - February 8, 2001 - February 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To learn about social security reform in Great Britain and applications for US policy makers
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,766.37
Lodging Cost - $597.00
Meal Cost - $268.41
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,631.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost - $146.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $347.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Right to Work Committee
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - To attend their convention and delivery keynote address
Notes - Wife Debbie DeMint accompanied him

Travel Cost - $2,165.80
Lodging Cost - $258.00
Meal Cost - $84.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,507.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Freedom Works
Dates - June 9, 2005 - June 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Napa, CA

Purpose - Deliver keynote on economic policy at annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $732.47
Lodging Cost - $932.00
Meal Cost - $241.07
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,905.54

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

    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.