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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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NEAL, RICHARD E, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $16,789.75

Average cost per trip - $1,199.27
Total number of days spent traveling - 43 days
Rank of representative - 338 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 5, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chatham, MA

Purpose - Educational seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $375.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,575.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 4, 2001 - July 7, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chatham, MA

Purpose - Educational issues seminar
Notes - travel by private automobile

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,215.00
Meal Cost - $456.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,671.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Legislative issues conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $450.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,650.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Advertising Agencies
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 9, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional educational seminar on advertising and tax deductibility
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $324.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $399.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chubb Corporation
Dates - February 7, 2002 - February 8, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional educational seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $316.50
Lodging Cost - $324.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $640.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Brookings
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - welfare reform summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $918.00
Lodging Cost - $1,617.17
Meal Cost - $522.58
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,057.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - May 17, 2002 - May 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Albuquerque, NM

Purpose - education seminar at Lumidigm Biometrics
Notes -

Travel Cost - $622.50
Lodging Cost - $810.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,482.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 4, 2003 - July 6, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Newport, RI

Purpose - Legislative seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $590.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,090.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Burn Association
Dates - December 17, 2003 - December 18, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - educational meetings with burn physicians to discuss issues affecting the medical field including physicians reimbursement, Medicare, medical research and emergency response preparedness
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $390.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $390.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chubb Corp.
Dates - December 16, 2003 - December 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - educational meeting on congressional issues affecting insurance industry including asbestos-related issues, taxes, legal reform and insurance regulation
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $390.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $440.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - June 30, 2004 - July 3, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cape Cod, MA

Purpose - Congressional leadership educational seminar
Notes - Cape Cod, MA (by personal automobile)

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,185.00
Meal Cost - $285.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,470.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 16, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH - Hartford, OH

Purpose - To speak to group regarding Social Security Reform
Notes - Washington, DC - Cleveland, Oh - Hartford/Springfield

Travel Cost - $330.00
Lodging Cost - $139.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $469.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Denver Forum, City Club of San Diego
Dates - March 30, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO - San Diego, CA

Purpose - To address two public policy forums on the topic of Social Security reform
Notes - Boston, MA - Denver, CO - San Diego, CA - Boston, MA Oxford Hotel in CO, Holiday Inn in San Diego, each $149.00/night.

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,475.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 1, 2005 - July 3, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chatham, MA

Purpose - Legislative seminar / Bipartisan educational leadership seminar
Notes - Wequassett Inn, Chatham, MA (by personal automobile)

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $810.00
Meal Cost - $170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $980.00

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

    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.
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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.