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(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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HOLT, RUSH, Democratic Party
New Jersey

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $86,134.33

Average cost per trip - $5,066.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 96 days
Rank of representative - 53 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 24, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - attend NYSE day for freshman members
Notes -

Travel Cost - $378.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $55.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $433.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 18, 2001 (13 days)
Location(s) - Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost. Transport includes international, domestic and car. 1/15/01 - 1/18/01 at own expense.

Travel Cost - $13,487.50
Lodging Cost - $2,467.58
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,955.08

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - December 31, 2001 - January 13, 2002 (14 days)
Location(s) - Bangalore, India

Purpose - Congressional delegation trip, World Economic Forum.
Notes - spouse Dr. Margaret Lancefield accompanied. 12/31-1/9 and 1/12-1/13 at personal expense. Lodging expenses include meals.

Travel Cost - $250.62
Lodging Cost - $591.71
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $842.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes - spouse Dr. Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Other expenses include transportation within China.

Travel Cost - $11,633.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $16,433.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Stephens College
Dates - April 27, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Columbia, SC

Purpose - To give lecture on ethical responsibilities for those in public service.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $364.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $364.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carleton College
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Northfield, MN

Purpose - To speak as part of the "What Physicists Do" lecture series
Notes - transportation cost includes $74.22 rental car.

Travel Cost - $332.22
Lodging Cost - $106.88
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $439.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,882.80
Lodging Cost - $1,960.00
Meal Cost - $3,420.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $8,312.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Other costs are for entry fees

Travel Cost - $960.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $80.00
Total Cost - $1,826.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,898.20
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,548.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Greater Yellowstone Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Purpose - Viewing the effects of snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park.
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Other costs are for snowmobile tour

Travel Cost - $1,065.00
Lodging Cost - $760.00
Meal Cost - $420.00
Other Cost - $370.00
Total Cost - $2,615.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - spouse - Margaret Lancefield - ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,937.87
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,177.87

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Zion National Park, UT - Parunuweap Wilderness area, UT - Kanab, UT - Escalante National Monument, UT - Moab, UT

Purpose - to discuss National Park Service transportation systems and other wilderness and park issues
Notes - spouse - Margaret Lancefield - ground transportation. Grand Staircase

Travel Cost - $831.30
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $2,131.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US policy in Latin America
Notes - Newark Airport - Houston Airport - Puerta Vallarta Airport - Punta Mita, Mexico - Puerta Vallarta Airport - Newark Airport

Travel Cost - $2,391.56
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,818.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,159.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Intl Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 23, 2005 - March 1, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - London, England - Stuttgart, Germany - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Bressanone, Italy

Purpose - To meet with business and government representatives to discuss economic, trade and foreign policy interests of mutual concern and interest
Notes - Newark, NJ* - Paris* - London* - Stuttgart - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Bressanone, Italy - Washington, DC *The starred portions of trip were at the expense of the House Intelligence Committee because that travel was for committee business Personal expense

Travel Cost - $7,770.90
Lodging Cost - $2,483.65
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,304.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs & Civic Engagement at Colby College
Dates - April 24, 2005 - April 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Waterville, ME

Purpose - To address Colby College students, faculty, and local residents on energy policy in the new Congress
Notes - Newark, NJ - Portland, ME - Colby College (Waterville, ME) - Portland, ME - Newark, NJ

Travel Cost - $793.00
Lodging Cost - $85.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $125.00
Total Cost - $1,003.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages at Univ of Wisconsin Madison
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 16, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Madison, WI

Purpose - To address the annual conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Madison, WI - Newark, NJ

Travel Cost - $313.29
Lodging Cost - $62.00
Meal Cost - $11.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $386.29

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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    The Utility of a PhD

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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.
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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.
  • 11.10.14

    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.