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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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MILLER, BRAD, Democratic Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $21,313.35

Average cost per trip - $3,044.76
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 289 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To study day to day operations at the markets
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,024.65
Lodging Cost - $230.18
Meal Cost - $47.79
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,302.62

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - To attend the Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - spouse Esther Hall accompanied. Meals included in lodging fee.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education Mission
Notes - other costs include Security Costs (primarily), Room rentals, other misc.

Travel Cost - $4,722.50
Lodging Cost - $1,112.10
Meal Cost - $377.25
Other Cost - $408.70
Total Cost - $6,620.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 14, 2003 - March 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To study the workings of the NASDAQ Market; tour of NASDAQ Marketsite
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $646.99
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $646.99

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - to study the day-to-day operations of the market
Notes -

Travel Cost - $938.38
Lodging Cost - $299.13
Meal Cost - $205.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,442.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - 2005 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage touring historic sites on the 40th anniversary of the voting rights march
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Washington, DC Congressman Brad Miller contributed $500.00 personal funds to expenses

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund of the US
Dates - July 3, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Frankfurt, Germany - London, England - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany

Purpose - Bring together elected members of Congress & German Bundestag for discussions of policy issues affecting US & Europe; to develop informal connections w/colleagues
Notes - Raleigh, NC - London, England - Frankfurt (Landstuhl/Ramstein Air Force Base), Germany - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany - Charlotte, NC Personal expense: 7/3 - 7/5/05

Travel Cost - $7,305.65
Lodging Cost - $1,533.90
Meal Cost - $151.13
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,990.68

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.

Recent Posts

  • 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.