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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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(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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SIMPSON, MICHAEL KEITH, Republican Party
Idaho

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $18,522.93

Average cost per trip - $2,315.37
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 319 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 17, 2000 - March 19, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Futures Industry Assn's Washington Outlook
Notes - "other" expenses is for "golf and transportation"

Travel Cost - $1,620.90
Lodging Cost - $994.52
Meal Cost - $161.34
Other Cost - $175.44
Total Cost - $2,952.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Bipartisan agriculture committee retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $265.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Orthodontists
Dates - January 25, 2001 - January 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speaking at leadership conference
Notes - destination not specified

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $850.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - British Nuclear Fuels, Ltd.
Dates - August 31, 2001 - September 4, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - West Cumbria, England

Purpose - visiting British nuclear fuels, nuclear facilities in Sellafield, England.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,150.00
Lodging Cost - $1,040.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,590.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaking at Futures Industry Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $544.90
Lodging Cost - $1,560.48
Meal Cost - $357.95
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,463.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association for Research Otolaryngology
Dates - February 22, 2004 - February 24, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Dayton, OH

Purpose - to speak to physicians dedicated to research and funding for ear - nose throat related disorders
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,196.00
Lodging Cost - $292.00
Meal Cost - $92.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,580.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 22, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - spoke to doctors regarding congressional issues in the health care field and issues related to the labor health and human services subcommittees
Notes - [Amended in personal financial disclosure statemetn to show sponsor name]

Travel Cost - $837.90
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $210.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,547.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 9, 2005 - August 10, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - not specified

Purpose - To speak at the August 10th breakfast session of the 22nd International Sweetener symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $181.50
Meal Cost - $93.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $274.50

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

  • 11.17.14

    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.
  • 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.