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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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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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    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.

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SIMMONS, ROB, Republican Party
Connecticut

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $27,853.80

Average cost per trip - $3,094.87
Total number of days spent traveling - 31 days
Rank of representative - 236 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV

Purpose - Tour Yucca Mountain - proposed nuclear waste storage site
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,297.25
Lodging Cost - $227.15
Meal Cost - $105.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,629.40

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 - meals included in lodging costs

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Asia Foundation
Dates - October 22, 2003 - October 28, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - China - Shijiazhuang, China - Xibaipo, China - Beijing, China - Badaling, China

Purpose - Meet with Chinese government officials, build computer lab in rural community
Notes - Heidi spouse accompanied, other costs are for amenities.

Travel Cost - $15,304.64
Lodging Cost - $1,066.67
Meal Cost - $306.63
Other Cost - $47.05
Total Cost - $16,724.99

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - discussion of policy and issues pertaining to shipbuilding industry
Notes - other expense phone call

Travel Cost - $1,056.00
Lodging Cost - $346.62
Meal Cost - $158.20
Other Cost - $2.00
Total Cost - $1,562.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Forum for members and industry to share areas of concern and to discuss policy to rebuild sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $652.80
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $260.28
Other Cost - $28.59
Total Cost - $1,310.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Population Action Intl (PAI), US Committee for UNFPA
Dates - February 20, 2005 - February 24, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - To examine programs funded by the U.N. Population Fund and discuss issues concerning Homeland Security
Notes - Providence, RI - Mexico City - Providence, RI

Travel Cost - $4,116.72
Lodging Cost - $651.14
Meal Cost - $430.00
Other Cost - $238.64
Total Cost - $5,436.50

Additional family members - Yes


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 on the Committee and its members
Notes - Aspen Wye River Conference Centers Washington, DC - Queenstown, MD - Washington, DC

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - March 16, 2004 - March 20, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Bermuda

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Providence, RI - Bermuda - Washington, DC 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) - German Marshall Fund
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Providence, RI - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Providence, RI 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 - 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.