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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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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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NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES, Democratic Party
Dist. of Columbia

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $19,180.46

Average cost per trip - $1,128.26
Total number of days spent traveling - 47 days
Rank of representative - 314 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Albany State University
Dates - December 8, 2000 - December 10, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Albany, GA

Purpose - Giving the 2000 fall commencement address at Albany State University
Notes -

Travel Cost - $689.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $689.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Historical Society of the U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Dates - October 26, 2000 - October 26, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Participating in the unveiling ceremony for Chief Judge Leon Higginbotham, Jr.'s portrait
Notes -

Travel Cost - $242.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $242.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Bar Association
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Participate in a panel during the Women Leadership Summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $121.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $121.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Civil Liberties Union
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech at retirement gala for Ira Glasser
Notes -

Travel Cost - $45.74
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $245.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - City University Television
Dates - January 9, 2001 - January 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participate in a panel discussion on the legacy of John Lindsay
Notes -

Travel Cost - $228.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $228.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chatham College
Dates - May 19, 2001 - May 20, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pittsburgh, PA

Purpose - Commencement address and receive honorary degree
Notes -

Travel Cost - $556.00
Lodging Cost - $204.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $760.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Airlines, AT&T, Microsoft
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities as part of Congressional Black Caucus Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,107.00
Lodging Cost - $529.00
Meal Cost - $135.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,771.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Other expenses of $100 paid by member

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yale Law School
Dates - February 22, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Haven, CT

Purpose - To deliver the opening address at the Race, Values and the American Legal Process dinner/conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $310.90
Lodging Cost - $99.68
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $410.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Black Law Students Association, Stanford Law School
Dates - February 14, 2002 - February 20, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Palo Alto, CA

Purpose - To speak during their Commemoration of Black Liberation Month
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $814.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $211.25
Total Cost - $1,025.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Gate City Bar Association
Dates - November 12, 2003 - November 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - keynote speaker at the Gate city bar association's 2003 hall of fame dinner.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,474.00
Lodging Cost - $395.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,969.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Nassau, Bahamas

Purpose - to participate in the 8th annual Caribbean multi-national business conference
Notes - other: land package includes meals and drinks and transfer to and from the airport

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $468.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $750.00
Total Cost - $1,518.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - to participate in the 2003 congressional tri-caucus retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $694.48
Lodging Cost - $379.80
Meal Cost - $401.68
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,475.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities, and in the process improve the working environment of the Committee and its members
Notes - Washington, DC to Queenstown, MD

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $404.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Antioch College
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 19, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Yellow Springs, OH

Purpose - Chatterjee Peace Lecture Keynote speaker and campus speaker
Notes - Washington, DC - Athens, OH - Wilberforce, OH - Yellow Springs, OH - and return

Travel Cost - $838.20
Lodging Cost - $124.95
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $963.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Equal Right Advocates
Dates - June 3, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Equal Rights Advocate 30th Anniversary luncheon keynote speaker
Notes - Washington, DC - San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA - and return

Travel Cost - $2,687.00
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,876.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yale Univ
Dates - May 21, 2005 - May 22, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hartford, CT

Purpose - Yale University Class Day speaker
Notes - Washington, DC - Hartford, CT - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $438.41
Lodging Cost - $207.20
Meal Cost - $48.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $693.97

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

  • 11.24.14

    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.