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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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(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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SAWYER, THOMAS, Democratic Party
Ohio

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $52,286.35

Average cost per trip - $4,357.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 51 days
Rank of representative - 119 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy

Purpose - Study trip
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joyce H. Sawyer

Travel Cost - $8,186.50
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $858.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,394.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Conference on global environment
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joyce H. Sawyer

Travel Cost - $2,422.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,626.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - Participate in mid-year assessment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,036.00
Lodging Cost - $854.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,890.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland - Tallinn, Estonia

Purpose - conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - spouse Joyce Sawyer accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,680.60
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $3,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,380.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Informal Coalition
Dates - June 13, 2001 - June 15, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Electric transmission policy seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $675.28
Lodging Cost - $291.79
Meal Cost - $386.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,353.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Sotogrande, Spain

Purpose - mid-year assessment
Notes - spouse Joyce Sawyer accompanied.

Travel Cost - $7,395.60
Lodging Cost - $429.00
Meal Cost - $438.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,262.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Institute for Social Research
Dates - January 15, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Ann Arbor, MI

Purpose - Participate in Martin Luther King event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $659.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $659.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - spouse Joyce Sawyer accompanied. Meals including in lodging costs.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $949.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,201.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - convergence of US national security and the global environment
Notes - child Amanda Sawyer

Travel Cost - $4,792.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,942.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Informal Coalition
Dates - May 13, 2002 - May 15, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - electric transmission policy seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $675.28
Lodging Cost - $291.79
Meal Cost - $386.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,353.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - education conference participation
Notes - spouse Joyce Sawyer - lodging incl meals

Travel Cost - $1,459.00
Lodging Cost - $1,710.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,169.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Infinity HealthCare Inc.
Dates - April 27, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - address Frontlines Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $810.00
Lodging Cost - $243.41
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,053.41

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.