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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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FILNER, BOB, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $7,701.55

Average cost per trip - $855.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 23 days
Rank of representative - 461 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage
Notes -

Travel Cost - $270.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $764.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Hellenic Council
Dates - May 20, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speech and Acceptance of Award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $389.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $649.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Dates - January 18, 2001 - January 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Moab, UT

Purpose - Inspection of Hazardous Waste Site - Background for app (illegible) request
Notes -

Travel Cost - $430.00
Lodging Cost - $92.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $597.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Air Force Sergeants Association
Dates - August 20, 2001 - August 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Accept award
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $912.00
Lodging Cost - $161.00
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost - $49.00
Total Cost - $1,167.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $379.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost - $176.00
Total Cost - $1,205.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Women's International Zionist Organization
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 8, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $25.00
Lodging Cost - $280.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $355.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Education Association
Dates - June 30, 2003 - July 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Human and Civil Rights dinner awardee
Notes -

Travel Cost - $425.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $855.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Latin America Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Dates - September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - US - Mexico Futures Forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $972.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $85.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,507.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NEA
Dates - July 3, 2005 - July 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speech to convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $341.90
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost - $91.65
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $602.55

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.

Recent Posts

  • 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.
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    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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    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.