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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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ISRAEL, STEVE, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $63,967.48

Average cost per trip - $6,396.75
Total number of days spent traveling - 51 days
Rank of representative - 83 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speech to AIPAC membership
Notes - Spouse Alana Israel, Other costs are for phone calls

Travel Cost - $1,044.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost - $15.00
Total Cost - $1,189.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 6, 2001 - May 6, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $225.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $225.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Shore - Long Island Jewish Hospitals
Dates - April 11, 2002 - April 12, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - North Shore Long Island, NY

Purpose - tour of North Shore - Long Island Jewish hospitals and discussion of their Medicare concerns and needs
Notes -

Travel Cost - $246.00
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $455.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Touro Law Center
Dates - May 26, 2002 - May 26, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speech
Notes - accompanied by spouse Elana Israel

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $462.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $462.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - November 15, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $306.76
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $706.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - June 2, 2003 - June 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Tour of the New York Stock Exchange
Notes - Spouse Marlene Budd accompanied.

Travel Cost - $38.23
Lodging Cost - $640.45
Meal Cost - $10.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $689.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 14, 2003 (13 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Fact finding mission to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders regarding the Middle East process
Notes - Spouse Marlene Budd accompanied. Other costs are for security

Travel Cost - $6,686.00
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $10,829.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Communications Consortium Media Center
Dates - January 10, 2005 - January 19, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Purpose - Collect information on Tsunami Relief efforts and homeland security
Notes - Newark - Singapore - Colombo, Sri Lanka - Singapore - Newark * Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) for 1/10 - 1/15 and 1/18 Communications Consortium Media Center (Sri Lanka Portion) 1/15 - 1/17

Travel Cost - $13,360.50
Lodging Cost - $1,120.98
Meal Cost - $514.72
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,996.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industries
Dates - January 2, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India

Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, discuss defense and financial policies
Notes - New York - Paris - New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India - Paris - New York Including spouse

Travel Cost - $14,534.62
Lodging Cost - $5,735.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,270.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Fund
Dates - August 8, 2005 - August 15, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Educational - To see firsthand the pressing issues in the Middle East, particularly disengagement
Notes - New York - Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - Travel within Israel - New York Including spouse

Travel Cost - $7,863.30
Lodging Cost - $2,376.00
Meal Cost - $914.14
Other Cost - $2,991.34
Total Cost - $14,144.78

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.

Recent Posts

  • 11.24.14

    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

    Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a report that showed evidence of nearly two decades of academic fraud perpetuated by the school’s Afro-American Studies Department. An investigation found certain professors and administrators had an unwritten policy of “propping up” student athletes. This week on the podcast, we look at academic fraud at colleges with high-stakes sports programs.
  • 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.