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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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LOWEY, NITA M, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $68,390.25

Average cost per trip - $5,699.19
Total number of days spent traveling - 81 days
Rank of representative - 76 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - education reform conference
Notes - spouse, stephen

Travel Cost - $1,669.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,129.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Hearst Corporation
Dates - August 6, 2000 - August 9, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Santa Fe, NM

Purpose - speech at women business exes. Confer
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,710.22
Lodging Cost - $804.99
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,115.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - conference on us-china relations
Notes - spouse, stephen; dates at personal expense - 5/28/2000-5/29/2000, 2 nights; other expenses=ground trans; lodging -4nights

Travel Cost - $1,944.00
Lodging Cost - $1,288.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,532.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - April 15, 2002 - April 15, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional women's caucus
Notes - luncheon only, no travel

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $50.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 6, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - US Cuba relations; policy
Notes - Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied. Other costs are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,464.00
Meal Cost - $267.36
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,558.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 5, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $7,250.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied. Other costs are for jacket and tote bag.

Travel Cost - $1,514.00
Lodging Cost - $1,315.00
Meal Cost - $495.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $3,369.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on U.S.-Mexico relations
Notes - Other expenses are for ground transportation; Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,503.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,980.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,408.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - U.S. policy in South America
Notes - spouse Steve Lowey accompanied - other costs were ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,524.00
Lodging Cost - $2,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,344.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - U.S.-China relations
Notes - other expenses were ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,422.72
Lodging Cost - $1,675.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $800.00
Total Cost - $5,697.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 19, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (17 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes - Personal expense 3/19/05 - 3/24/05 and 4/3/05 to 4/4/05 [Amended to show more personal days]

Travel Cost - $11,459.10
Lodging Cost - $1,535.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost - $2,030.00
Total Cost - $16,824.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2004 - September 1, 2004 (13 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - US - Russia - Europe relations
Notes - Personal expenses: August 20; August 27 - Sept 1st Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,908.20
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,113.20

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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  • 11.24.14

    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.
  • 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.