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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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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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HOUGHTON, AMORY JR, Republican Party
New York

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $44,539.43

Average cost per trip - $3,426.11
Total number of days spent traveling - 59 days
Rank of representative - 142 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management & Development Institute
Dates - January 12, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Baden-Baden, Germany

Purpose - US/German roundtable for the 21st Century
Notes - accompanied by wife Priscilla Houghton

Travel Cost - $3,669.51
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,669.51

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march
Notes - accompanied by wife Priscilla D. Houghton -- member paid $100 towards transportation for spouse/child

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 28, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Elmira, NY

Purpose - meet w/ corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,375.44
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,803.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA - Silicon Valley, CA - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - Meet with corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $275.66
Lodging Cost - $652.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $928.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Member paid $500 personally to participate in trip - removed from airfare cost.

Travel Cost - $221.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $585.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Dusseldorf, Germany - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Zurich, Switzerland

Purpose - US - German Roundtable for the 21st Century
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Houghton accompanied.

Travel Cost - $7,927.00
Lodging Cost - $996.00
Meal Cost - $725.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,648.00

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 Priscilla Houghton 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) - Corning Inc.
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Augusta, GA

Purpose - public policy forum
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,356.00
Lodging Cost - $410.88
Meal Cost - $296.98
Other Cost - $533.20
Total Cost - $2,597.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2002 - February 26, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - London, England

Purpose - U.S.-German roundtable for the 21st Century conference
Notes - spouse Priscilla accompanied.

Travel Cost - $14,000.00
Lodging Cost - $767.36
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,242.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - panel discussions, meetings with corporate officials to discuss legislation of mutual interest.
Notes - other expenses include bus transportation.

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost - $777.00
Meal Cost - $42.00
Other Cost - $66.66
Total Cost - $1,635.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 23, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Conference to share ideas
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton accompanied.

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $575.00
Total Cost - $2,975.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Participate in Civil Rights pilgrimage
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton accompanied. Other costs are for entry fees

Travel Cost - $480.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $913.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan meeting of Congress and their families
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton and grandson Amory Taylor Houghton accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes

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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    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

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  • 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.