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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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RIVERS, LYNN NANCY, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $2,859.21

Average cost per trip - $571.84
Total number of days spent traveling - 8 days
Rank of representative - 536 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Administrators in Academic Psychiatry
Dates - May 6, 2000 - May 7, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Speaking on federal mental health initiative
Notes -

Travel Cost - $445.50
Lodging Cost - $204.74
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $680.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association for the Mentally Ill - Richland County
Dates - August 7, 2000 - August 8, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Deliver keynote address
Notes - No destination listed

Travel Cost - $305.00
Lodging Cost - $72.87
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $402.87

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard JFK Women and Public Policy Program
Dates - February 19, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - deliver keynote speech at Institute of Politics
Notes - Transport cost is airfare plus $15 cab fare.

Travel Cost - $575.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $585.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yale Political Union
Dates - March 4, 2002 - March 5, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Haven, CT

Purpose - deliver keynote speech at Yale Political Union meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $602.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $632.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clubhouse of Suffolk
Dates - March 1, 2002 - March 1, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Suffolk (state not listed)

Purpose - breakfast and lunch keynote speeches
Notes -

Travel Cost - $553.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $6.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $559.00

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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  • 11.17.14

    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.
  • 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.