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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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KIRK, MARK STEVEN, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $30,743.60

Average cost per trip - $6,148.72
Total number of days spent traveling - 22 days
Rank of representative - 216 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Project Interchange, American Jewish Committee
Dates - November 17, 2001 - November 25, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Jerusalem, Israel - Haifa, Israel - Amman, Jordan

Purpose - observe and study Israeli defense situation and meet with Israeli and Jordanian officials
Notes - accompanied by spouse Kimberly Vertolli Kirk. Other expenses include security, speakers, program fees, gratuities.

Travel Cost - $6,746.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,564.00
Other Cost - $3,456.00
Total Cost - $12,766.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - March 25, 2001 - March 25, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Yucca Mountain, NV

Purpose - Helicopter flight and tour of Yucca Mountain
Notes -

Travel Cost - $340.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $360.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Loyola Univ of Chicago
Dates - February 7, 2004 - February 10, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Attend Board of Trustees annual meeting
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,383.70
Meal Cost - $272.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,656.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cornell Univ
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ithaca, NY

Purpose - The purpose of the trip was for Representative Kirk to deliver a speech tilted " The Rise of China" at his alma mater, Cornell University
Notes - 11/7 Chicago, IL - Ithaca, NY / 11/8 Ithaca, NY - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost - $713.02
Lodging Cost - $160.00
Meal Cost - $62.18
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $935.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Dates - August 7, 2005 - August 12, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Jerusalem, Israel

Purpose - Fact finding trip on the US/Israel Alliance
Notes - DC - Newark - Tel Aviv / Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - the Negev Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,403.50
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $602.50
Other Cost - $1,900.00
Total Cost - $15,026.00

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

    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.
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    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.