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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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MCGOVERN, JAMES P, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $23,765.48

Average cost per trip - $2,160.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 268 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - April 15, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - Fact-finding. To facilitate education and cultural exchanges between Massachusetts universities and Cuban counterparts
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,120.00
Lodging Cost - $575.00
Meal Cost - $265.00
Other Cost - $190.00
Total Cost - $2,150.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Colombia

Purpose - fact finding delegation
Notes - other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $1,015.60
Lodging Cost - $773.26
Meal Cost - $76.94
Other Cost - $64.96
Total Cost - $1,930.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 20, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Colombia

Purpose - Fact-finding delegation
Notes - Other costs are for briefing materials and delegation set-up

Travel Cost - $2,071.00
Lodging Cost - $322.48
Meal Cost - $193.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $2,656.48

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Colombia

Purpose - fact-finding delegation to Colombia
Notes - other costs were briefing materials, cell phone, international phone fax

Travel Cost - $1,734.22
Lodging Cost - $259.75
Meal Cost - $76.91
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $2,145.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Keynote speaker at the Inter-American Conference on Pharmacy
Notes - Boston - Havana - DC

Travel Cost - $718.50
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,468.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Notes - DC - White Sulphur Springs, WV - DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 23, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - To evaluate US relations with the European Union and France, and to discuss trade, security and economic issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Paris, France - Washington, DC Personal Expense: 2/19 to 2/20 Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,322.26
Lodging Cost - $502.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,524.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Int'l Policy
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Speaker at conference on the future of US-Cuba policy
Notes - DC - Santa Barbara - DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Bethesda, MD

Purpose - To gain greater understanding on the role religious faith plays in the political process
Notes - DC - Bethesda - DC Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $537.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $537.60

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Congressional retreat
Notes - DC - White Sulphur Springs, WV - DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Social Science Research Council
Dates - November 7, 2002 - November 12, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - To support efforts to preserve Earnest Hemingway's legacy including preservation of works of literary significance
Notes - Boston - Havana - Boston Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,250.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $800.00
Total Cost - $4,850.00

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.