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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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(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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LEACH, JAMES A, Republican Party
Iowa

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $18,062.32

Average cost per trip - $1,806.23
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 324 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - attend conference and give presentation on American legislative perspectives
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,803.50
Lodging Cost - $791.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,894.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 25, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels, meet with world leaders
Notes - Washington, DC - Davos, Switzerland - Cedar Rapids, IA

Travel Cost - $5,549.58
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,549.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
Dates - June 6, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Keynote speaker at a conference on "Chicago as a Global Financial Center"
Notes - Cedar Rapids, IA - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $182.30
Meal Cost - $23.10
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $245.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Trust for Historic Preservation
Dates - May 9, 2004 - May 10, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Albuquerque, NM

Purpose - Congressman Leach was the recipient of the National Main Street Leadership Award
Notes - Cedar Rapids, IA - Albuquerque, NM - Cedar Rapids, IA

Travel Cost - $1,391.90
Lodging Cost - $319.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,711.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 22, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels
Notes - Washington, DC - Davos, Switzerland Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,578.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,878.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - Trustee meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Princeton, NJ - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Main Street
Dates - May 9, 2004 - May 10, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Albuquerque, NM

Purpose - Leadership award
Notes - Cedar Rapids, IA - Albuquerque, NM - Cedar Rapids, IA This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Century Foundation
Dates - May 13, 2004 - May 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Board meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - May 29, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Trenton, NJ

Purpose - Trustee meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Trenton, NJ - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Yale Univ
Dates - October 7, 2005 - October 10, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - To deliver a keynote address and participate in a conference on the environment and climate change
Notes - Washington, DC - Denver, CO - Aspen, CO - Denver, CO - Cedar Rapids, IA Personal expense: 10/9/05

Travel Cost - $1,228.80
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $155.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,783.80

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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    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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    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.