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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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MCCARTHY, CAROLYN, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $14,098.32

Average cost per trip - $1,281.67
Total number of days spent traveling - 35 days
Rank of representative - 381 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - DLC Spring Retreat
Notes - $25.00 DLC travel bag/map - $12.60 Jazz Fest ticket

Travel Cost - $280.00
Lodging Cost - $421.80
Meal Cost - $143.00
Other Cost - $37.60
Total Cost - $882.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolinians Against Gun Violence
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 5, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - NC

Purpose - keynote at conference
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $685.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $685.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Interfaith Initiative Against Gun Violence
Dates - May 3, 2002 - May 4, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - talk to Interfaith Initiatives Against Gun Violence
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $140.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ceasefire Oregon
Dates - February 22, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - OR

Purpose - speak at organization's meeting
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $783.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $783.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 19, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Health Care Conference
Notes - other costs include $35 for a jacket and $9.95 for a tote bag. an aide also went along (and was compensated the same for trans, lodge and meal costs)

Travel Cost - $1,246.00
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $414.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $2,577.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Women's Democracy Center
Dates - January 11, 2003 - January 16, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Belfast, Northern Ireland

Purpose - Meet with Irish women and legislators
Notes - Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $803.08
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $1,403.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 5, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - NASDAQ leadership summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,681.55
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $531.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,157.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Government Attorneys and Capital Litigation
Dates - July 29, 2003 - July 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - to address national conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $470.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $76.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $546.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 29, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - to view exchange and discuss issues of interest
Notes -

Travel Cost - $341.78
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $183.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $524.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Common Wealth Fund JFK School of Govt Harvard Univ
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - To attend the Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - New York LaGuardia - Ft Lauderdale, FL - New York LaGuardia

Travel Cost - $235.20
Lodging Cost - $1,356.00
Meal Cost - $466.20
Other Cost - $145.96
Total Cost - $2,203.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago Board of Options Exchange
Dates - April 17, 2005 - April 19, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To review operations of the sponsors and to discuss other financial services matters
Notes - NY (LaGuardia) - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $564.90
Lodging Cost - $458.15
Meal Cost - $171.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,194.95

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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    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.
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    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.