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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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SWEENEY, JOHN E, Republican Party
New York

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $14,529.49

Average cost per trip - $2,905.90
Total number of days spent traveling - 16 days
Rank of representative - 370 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - Discussion with 20 leading New England technology execs regarding issues impacting the New Economy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $576.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $682.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ABC News
Dates - May 13, 2000 - May 14, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - taping of "This Week"
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $330.43
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $330.43

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority, United States Olympic Committee
Dates - January 25, 2002 - January 27, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Lake Placid, NY

Purpose - inspect Lake Place Olympic facilities
Notes - accompanied by child Johnny Sweeney. Transportation and lodging costs only reflect cost for child.

Travel Cost - $20.00
Lodging Cost - $78.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $138.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - NAFTA Conference & Bi-National Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Gaia Ford accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,393.94
Lodging Cost - $822.42
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,216.36

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

Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua
Notes - Itinerary has "Attached" as entry, but nothing was attached to form.[assumed destination]

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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  • 11.17.14

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    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.