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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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SOUDER, MARK E, Republican Party
Indiana

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $43,273.26

Average cost per trip - $8,654.65
Total number of days spent traveling - 34 days
Rank of representative - 153 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Singapore International Foundation, Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - July 1, 2000 - July 10, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Singapore

Purpose - official visit to gov't leaders
Notes - travelled with son, Zachary Souder

Travel Cost - $17,751.66
Lodging Cost - $1,920.00
Meal Cost - $760.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $20,831.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational purpose
Notes -

Travel Cost - $44.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $387.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Frankfurt, Germany - Munich, Germany

Purpose -
Notes - no purpose given. child Nathan Souder

Travel Cost - $13,000.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 6, 2005 - January 10, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Enabling Members of the 104th class to learn from lessons of the past decade and provide insight to successfully plan for the next decade
Notes - Fort Wayne, IN - Scottsdale, AZ - Fort Wayne IN Personal Expense 1/6 and 1/9

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $1,134.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,638.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 19, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany

Purpose - An educational trip to discuss economic, trade and foreign issues
Notes - Fort Wayne - Paris - Stuttgart - Fort Wayne Personal expense: 2/20/05, 2/25 - 2/27 Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,146.60
Lodging Cost - $1,070.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,916.60

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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