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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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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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WEINER, ANTHONY D, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $26,891.01

Average cost per trip - $3,841.57
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 243 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - George Washington University US Japan Economic Agenda
Dates - January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - attend 26th legislative exchange program meetings, discussions with Japanese legislators
Notes - Other expenses are for use of business center and phone calls

Travel Cost - $6,876.72
Lodging Cost - $560.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $105.25
Total Cost - $7,542.57

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - September 20, 2003 - September 23, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speaking engagement regarding pending legislation involving Israel - fact-finding discussion on the state of Israel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,000.00
Lodging Cost - $524.00
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,714.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dominican American National Roundtable
Dates - April 23, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - fact-finding mission on trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,025.00
Lodging Cost - $601.97
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,626.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Inc.
Dates - August 17, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - other expenses for paid for land transportation bus)

Travel Cost - $2,986.90
Lodging Cost - $872.00
Meal Cost - $185.00
Other Cost - $467.00
Total Cost - $4,510.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
Dates - April 25, 2003 - April 26, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - fact-finding mission on trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $960.30
Lodging Cost - $401.97
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,362.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Mumbai, India

Purpose - Trade fact-finding mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,278.42
Lodging Cost - $1,411.66
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,690.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participation on a Congressional conference to discuss the legislative agenda for the upcoming Congress with a specific focus on key technology issues
Notes - New York - Las Vegas - New York

Travel Cost - $771.00
Lodging Cost - $608.22
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,444.22

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.

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  • 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.
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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.