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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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LARSON, JOHN B, Democratic Party
Connecticut

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $15,895.89

Average cost per trip - $1,986.99
Total number of days spent traveling - 27 days
Rank of representative - 350 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Amistad America, Inc.
Dates - March 23, 2000 - March 26, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Ledyard, CT - Mystic Seaport, CT

Purpose - educational
Notes - spouse, leslie

Travel Cost - $555.28
Lodging Cost - $336.00
Meal Cost - $427.71
Other Cost - $21.00
Total Cost - $1,339.99

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - spring educational retreat
Notes - spouse, leslie best

Travel Cost - $420.00
Lodging Cost - $396.00
Meal Cost - $286.00
Other Cost - $50.20
Total Cost - $1,152.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Merrill Lynch, NYSE
Dates - January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - to learn more about the securities markets and financial services
Notes -

Travel Cost - $659.00
Lodging Cost - $182.00
Meal Cost - $241.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,082.00

Additional family members - No


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 Leslie, children Carolyn, Laura, Raymond

Travel Cost - $630.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,580.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - State Legislative Leaders Foundation
Dates - March 14, 2002 - March 17, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speech at educational conference on energy issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,126.50
Lodging Cost - $981.00
Meal Cost - $430.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,537.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 25, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - spring retreat
Notes - accompanied by spouse Leslie B. Larson. Other expenses include gifts

Travel Cost - $1,057.46
Lodging Cost - $829.20
Meal Cost - $488.50
Other Cost - $90.68
Total Cost - $2,465.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Bipartisan Retreat
Notes - Spouse Leslie and children Carolyn, Laura and Raymond accompanied. Meals included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $1,608.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,783.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Spring retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Amelia Island, FL - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,011.36
Lodging Cost - $1,044.00
Meal Cost - $900.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,955.36

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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  • 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.
  • 11.10.14

    Radio: The Internet of the 1930s

    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.