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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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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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WU, DAVID MR., Democratic Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $24,455.63

Average cost per trip - $2,717.29
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 265 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of Chinese Schools, National Association of Chinese Language Schools
Dates - May 26, 2000 - May 28, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - speech to group's annual conference
Notes - spouse, Michelle

Travel Cost - $427.00
Lodging Cost - $178.00
Meal Cost - $182.60
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $787.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce, H & Q Asia Pacific
Dates - April 13, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong

Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Notes - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $4,346.00
Lodging Cost - $1,566.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,362.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Michelle Wu accompanied. Meal costs are included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - congressional retreat 2003
Notes - with spouse Michelle Wu - meal expenses included in lodging

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Global Alliance for Democracy and Peace
Dates - November 1, 2003 - November 1, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - GADP National Conference speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,843.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,863.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - congressional tri-caucus retreat
Notes - trip extended one day at personal expense - with spouse Michelle Wu

Travel Cost - $493.04
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $849.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,892.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - attend Harvard health care policy conference
Notes - Spouse Michelle Wu - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,136.40
Lodging Cost - $1,696.00
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $3,838.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Attend Harvard health care policy conference
Notes - Spouse Michelle Wu accompanied. Other costs are not specified.

Travel Cost - $764.00
Lodging Cost - $1,310.00
Meal Cost - $1,162.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $3,281.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonwealth Fund JFK School of Govt
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 17, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Harvard Healthcare Policy Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Ft Lauderdale - DC

Travel Cost - $1,349.17
Lodging Cost - $1,527.46
Meal Cost - $932.40
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $3,844.03

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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  • 11.24.14

    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.
  • 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.