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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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SESSIONS, PETE, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $69,781.46

Average cost per trip - $4,652.10
Total number of days spent traveling - 62 days
Rank of representative - 75 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - February 25, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Address to ABA LLAC Annual Meeting
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Juanita Sessions. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $505.00
Lodging Cost - $3,100.00
Meal Cost - $16.34
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,621.34

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bostson, MA

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Other expense for thank-you gift. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $638.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dallas/Ft. Worth Association of Chinese Professionals
Dates - August 24, 2001 - August 31, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China - Xian, China - Beijing, China - Baoji, China

Purpose - meet with business and government leaders to promote cooperation and strong relations between our countries
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,415.00
Lodging Cost - $650.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,290.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Vision America
Dates - August 23, 2001 - August 23, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - deliver speech to annual awards budget
Notes -

Travel Cost - $182.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $182.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Swailes & Co.
Dates - March 19, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - speech to the energy security council concerning legislation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $187.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $187.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - January 23, 2001 - January 24, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - spoke on panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,649.50
Lodging Cost - $265.91
Meal Cost - $48.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,963.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Asia Foundation
Dates - May 24, 2002 - May 29, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - to facilitate mutual understanding and improved bilateral relations with China
Notes - spouse Juanita Sessions accompanied - other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $17,425.74
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $240.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $18,465.74

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia
Dates - January 11, 2002 - January 19, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - Malaysia

Purpose - Malaysian effort on terrorism, trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,000.00
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Economic Council
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados

Purpose - improving Barbados & Econ. Issues in Antigua
Notes - spouse, Juanita Sessions accompanied. Other costs not specified and disclosed on form as 0 - $90 figure is only on attached memo from Inter-American Economic Council.

Travel Cost - $4,236.00
Lodging Cost - $1,659.15
Meal Cost - $278.52
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $6,263.67

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - March 23, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - child, Bill Sessions, other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $7,200.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $9,200.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - January 18, 2004 - January 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speak on congressional panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $630.00
Lodging Cost - $598.16
Meal Cost - $342.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,570.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 13, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - learn about market structure and other regulatory issues facing securities markets
Notes -

Travel Cost - $318.05
Lodging Cost - $337.19
Meal Cost - $148.32
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $803.56

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation
Dates - December 3, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - NAFTA conference and binational congressional retreat
Notes - with spouse Juanita

Travel Cost - $1,915.14
Lodging Cost - $822.42
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,737.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Down Syndrome Center for Research and Treatment
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Stanford, CA

Purpose - view research in Down syndrome, autism, Parkinson's. Stanford University Medical Center, CA
Notes - with spouse Juanita - both he and spouse began unofficial trip portion early at own expense

Travel Cost - $1,879.20
Lodging Cost - $130.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,089.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Economic Council
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda

Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua.
Notes - Washington - Republica Dominicana - St Johns, Antigua and back to DC. [assumed city]

Travel Cost - $4,583.40
Lodging Cost - $1,924.69
Meal Cost - $1,653.88
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,161.97

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.

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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.
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    The Roosevelts as a political team

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    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.