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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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JOHNSON, SAMUEL ROBERT, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $22,663.25

Average cost per trip - $3,777.21
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 275 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational purposes
Notes - Spouse Shirley M. Johnson

Travel Cost - $22.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $123.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $495.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - July 6, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Speaking at conference
Notes - Spouse Shirley M. Johnson

Travel Cost - $5,560.25
Lodging Cost - $480.00
Meal Cost - $305.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,345.25

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 Shirley M. Johnson

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $980.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $980.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational, retreat
Notes - accompanied by spouse Shirley Johnson

Travel Cost - $144.00
Lodging Cost - $149.00
Meal Cost - $292.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $585.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nature Conservatory
Dates - May 28, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Galapagos Islands - Ecuador

Purpose - To learn about the TNC's natural resource and bio-diversity conservation work in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Notes - Quito, Otavalo and Hacienda Zuleta, and Termas de Papallacta, Ecuador. Also San Crisobal Is, Santiago Is., Bartoleme Is., and Santa Cruz Is, Gallapagos Islands.

Travel Cost - $5,950.00
Lodging Cost - $4,400.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $2,708.00
Total Cost - $14,258.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Air Force Caucus
Dates - September 22, 2005 - September 26, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Baghdad, Iraq - Kuwait City, Kuwait - Qatar

Purpose - To review USAF facilities in the region and to monitor Operation Iraqi Freedom
Notes - Andrews AFB, MD - Kuwait City - Baghdad - Qatar - UK - Andrews AFB, MD Expenses: $1450.00 per diem

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

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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    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.