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The First Family of Radio

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GEPHARDT, RICHARD A, Democratic Party
Missouri

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $14,390.40

Average cost per trip - $1,798.80
Total number of days spent traveling - 12 days
Rank of representative - 375 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 29, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Address ATLA National Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $234.00
Lodging Cost - $373.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $607.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Dates - June 29, 2000 - June 29, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Address their annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,163.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,163.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
Dates - July 15, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To give a speech
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $151.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $151.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - November 30, -1 - November 30, -1
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Spouse Jane Gephardt accompanied. [assumed destination]. Meals included in lodging cost. No dates listed.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - ATLA yearly conference
Notes - no location indicated. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $545.00
Lodging Cost - $256.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $801.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO
Dates - March 9, 2004 - March 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - participate in annual meetings
Notes - with spouse Jane Gephardt. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $771.40
Lodging Cost - $499.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,270.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Panetta Institute, University of CA at Monterey
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - To be part of student program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,800.00
Lodging Cost - $299.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,099.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sunbelt Communications
Dates - July 29, 2004 - July 29, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - To meet with University Professors from US Colleges re: Educations Issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,348.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,348.00

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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    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.