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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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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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JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS, Democratic Party
Louisiana

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $107,928.73

Average cost per trip - $7,709.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 75 days
Rank of representative - 32 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Shaw Group
Dates - November 8, 2000 - November 15, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Nigeria - Equatorial Guinea - Sao Tome and Principe

Purpose - fact finding economic development & trade mission
Notes - meal costs included in lodging

Travel Cost - $6,597.20
Lodging Cost - $275.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,872.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry & Manpower
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 15, 2001 (10 days)
Location(s) - Botswana

Purpose - CODEL investigating AGOA implementation; anti-AIDS initiatives and diamond industry in Botswana
Notes - Child Jelani Jefferson

Travel Cost - $17,794.62
Lodging Cost - $2,258.71
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,753.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American International Group, Connell Company
Dates - July 9, 2001 - July 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY - Berkeley Heights, NJ

Purpose - To make two speeches on U.S. Trade Agenda before House Ways & Means Committee
Notes - Trans paid by Connell, lodging paid by AIG

Travel Cost - $240.75
Lodging Cost - $272.59
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $513.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 19, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - congressional retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $30.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $60.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stolt Globestar, TDC Overseas Ltd, George Stevens Resources
Dates - February 16, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Lagos, Nigeria - Abuja, Nigeria

Purpose - Review of US Trade and Development Agency (TDA) Projects/ Briefing on Nigerian elections
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,268.04
Lodging Cost - $5,270.79
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $15,938.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Hispanic, Asian and Congressional Black Caucus)
Notes - Spouse Andrea Jefferson accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $685.06
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,234.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department
Dates - February 24, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Attend Maritime Trades Department Executive Board meeting and give speech on legislation affecting Maritime industry
Notes - New Orleans, LA - Las Vegas - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,516.80
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,116.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Wachovia, Heckerling Institute
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 13, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Participate and speak at the 39th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate planning
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami - New Orleans, LA

Travel Cost - $1,320.99
Lodging Cost - $303.99
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,624.98

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Arab American Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 19, 2005 - March 25, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Egypt

Purpose - CRC CODEL to Egypt for meetings with government officials on trade policy and foreign relations policy
Notes - WDC - Egypt only one way Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,860.00
Lodging Cost - $1,654.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,314.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Dates - March 28, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - Participate in fifth annual forum on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha, Qatar
Notes - Cairo - UAE - Qatar - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $9,253.50
Lodging Cost - $650.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,303.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Project Consulting Services, Verizon, iGate Inc, Leth Energy Inc
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Abuja, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Yaounde, Cameroon - Douala, Cameroon - Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Sao Tome and Principe

Purpose - In his capacity as co-chair of Congressional Nigeria Caucus & Africa Trade & Investment Caucus; Rep Jefferson led a business delegation to West Africa to explore general investment opportunities & AGOA (African Growth & Opportunity Act)
Notes - Washington, DC - Abua, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Yaounde, Cameroon - Douala, Cameroon - Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Sao Tome and Principe - Lagos, Nigeria - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $14,843.00
Lodging Cost - $1,020.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,313.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Brazil Business Council
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Brasilia, Brazil - El Salvador

Purpose - Fact finding mission focused on increasing opportunities for African-American companies in Brazil through trade and partnerships with Afro-Brazilian business / Participation in African-American/Afro-Brazilian Business Summit
Notes - New Orleans - Rio de Janeiro - Sao Paulo - Brasilia - Salvador - New Orleans

Travel Cost - $7,419.50
Lodging Cost - $738.00
Meal Cost - $261.24
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,418.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Win Win Strategies Foundation
Dates - July 6, 2005 - July 11, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Accra, Ghana

Purpose - Education and business development
Notes - Washington, DC - London - Accra, Ghana / Accra, Ghana - London - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $6,849.67
Lodging Cost - $2,398.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,247.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Memphis, TN

Purpose - Share views on issues on healthcare and education pertaining to African Americans
Notes - Houston, TX - Memphis, TN - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $118.00
Meal Cost - $99.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $217.00

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.

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.