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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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STEARNS, CLIFFORD B, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $34,937.89

Average cost per trip - $2,911.49
Total number of days spent traveling - 50 days
Rank of representative - 186 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany - Bonn, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - US-German Roundtable/IMDI Congressional Visit to Liechtenstein
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,500.00
Lodging Cost - $940.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,940.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Wine Institute
Dates - October 17, 2003 - October 20, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - To investigate regulatory issues pertaining to the wine industry, including shipment, international trade, the Market Access Program, and the Endangered Species Act.
Notes - Joan Stearns, spouse, accompanied. Other expense is Lake County Wine Alliance Charity Tickets for spouse and member

Travel Cost - $5,140.00
Lodging Cost - $1,004.64
Meal Cost - $705.90
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $7,000.54

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Participation in the Prayer, Politics & Reconciliation Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $499.50
Lodging Cost - $158.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $777.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - January 20, 2003 - January 24, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Singapore

Purpose - IMDI Congressional Visits to Singapore Program
Notes - Lodging $300x4 nights-meals $100x5 meals

Travel Cost - $3,521.30
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,221.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 14, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding Visit
Notes - Other expenses are gratuities, museum tickets

Travel Cost - $2,350.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost - $420.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $3,790.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - October 24, 2004 - October 25, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hollywood, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement at dinner
Notes - Orlando - Hollywood (Ft Lauderdale) - Orlando (all in Florida)

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $221.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $846.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Fact-finding trip to learn more about current issues facing automobile industry
Notes - Phoenix, AZ - Detroit, MI - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $845.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $265.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,770.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 6, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - To participate in panel on high tech issues for the 109th Congress and to learn about other high tech matters
Notes - Member: Washington - Las Vegas - Phoenix Son: Orlando - Las Vegas - Orlando

Travel Cost - $856.62
Lodging Cost - $912.33
Meal Cost - $460.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,228.95

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 19, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany

Purpose - Fact finding to learn about trade and international issues
Notes - Orlando - Washington - Paris - Stuttgart - Gainesville

Travel Cost - $3,980.60
Lodging Cost - $683.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,363.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Awakening Inc
Dates - January 9, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Ocala - Sea Island, GA - Ocala 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) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - January 16, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Jacksonville - San Diego - DC (Congressman Stearns); Jacksonville - San Diego - Jacksonville (Son - Bundy) 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) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 16, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Ocala - Orlando - Ocala 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

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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    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.
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    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.