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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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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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RANGEL, CHARLES B, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $19,826.00

Average cost per trip - $2,478.25
Total number of days spent traveling - 34 days
Rank of representative - 303 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Sian Ka'an Conservation Foundation
Dates - April 12, 2002 - April 15, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - education and fact-finding
Notes - accompanied by wife, Alma Rangel, son, Stephen Rangel

Travel Cost - $4,416.00
Lodging Cost - $990.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,766.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pacific Community Institute
Dates - August 11, 2001 - August 15, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - educational and fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,000.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,675.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Airlines
Dates - June 15, 2002 - June 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Purpose - promotion of trade and commerce between US and Dominican Republic
Notes -

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 6, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Nassau, Bahamas

Purpose - participation in the 8th annual Caribbean multi-network business conference
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - December 12, 2002 - December 18, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact-finding and education
Notes - other-none disclosed

Travel Cost - $4,600.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost - $220.00
Total Cost - $5,830.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Carib News
Dates - November 3, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - St. Kitts and Nevis - St. Kitts and Nevis

Purpose - Participation in the Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Notes - New York City - St Kitts and Nevis and return

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $705.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,005.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Pacific Assembly Conference
Dates - August 11, 2004 - August 15, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - not specified
Notes - New York - Taipei - NY This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Pacific Assembly Conference, Ikuta Corp, Inje Univ
Dates - August 22, 2004 - August 22, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - not specified
Notes - New York -Taipei - Tokyo -New York This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

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.

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.
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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.