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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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LAFALCE, JOHN J, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $27,301.66

Average cost per trip - $3,900.24
Total number of days spent traveling - 37 days
Rank of representative - 239 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - January 11, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Frankfurt, Germany - Baden-Baden, Germany

Purpose - "US-Germany Roundtables for the 21st century"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,775.71
Lodging Cost - $1,448.42
Meal Cost - $668.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,892.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Niagara Falls, NY

Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Notes - spouse meal -- 405 each, member and spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $796.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,606.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Italian American Foundation
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy - Calabria, Italy

Purpose - Exchange of political and legislative ideas between Italian officials and members of Congress
Notes - Spouse Patricia LaFalce, other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,642.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $3,742.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - To participate in conference on education
Notes - Spouse Patricia LaFalce

Travel Cost - $1,360.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,493.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 16, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Conference on U.S. policy towards Cuba
Notes - Child Martin LaFalce

Travel Cost - $2,903.26
Lodging Cost - $1,884.00
Meal Cost - $990.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $5,827.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Friends of Bilderberg, Inc.
Dates - May 30, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chantilly, VA

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $910.59
Meal Cost - $326.56
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,237.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Islam
Notes - other expenses include ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,463.70
Lodging Cost - $2,340.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,503.70

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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  • 11.24.14

    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.
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    The Utility of a PhD

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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.