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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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EMANUEL, RAHM, Democratic Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $14,780.12

Average cost per trip - $2,111.45
Total number of days spent traveling - 16 days
Rank of representative - 365 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National-Louis University
Dates - June 7, 2003 - June 7, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Delivery of commencement speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $426.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - September 14, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Visit to New York Stock Exchange and ringing of bell at the New York Stock Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $740.50
Lodging Cost - $371.28
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,111.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Visit to the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $331.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $219.86
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $550.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 20, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Future's Industry Association Annual Conference, "Washington Outlook Panel"
Notes - [Amended dates. 9/2/05]

Travel Cost - $2,707.10
Lodging Cost - $505.36
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,212.46

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - HBO
Dates - August 13, 2004 - August 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
Notes - Chicago - Los Angeles - Chicago

Travel Cost - $2,194.89
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,194.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jean-Jaures Foundation
Dates - October 19, 2004 - October 24, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - Participation in a publication and seminar hosted by the Jean-Jaures Foundation
Notes - Chicago - Paris, France - Chicago

Travel Cost - $2,234.86
Lodging Cost - $2,588.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,190.76
Total Cost - $6,014.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Govt Harvard Univ
Dates - November 29, 2004 - November 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress
Notes - Location not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,023.65
Lodging Cost - $246.26
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,269.91

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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  • 11.10.14

    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.
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    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.