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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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(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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CHAFEE, LINCOLN D, Republican Party
Rhode Island

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $30,976.42

Average cost per trip - $6,195.28
Total number of days spent traveling - 26 days
Rank of representative - 212 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Federal Express
Dates - March 3, 2000 - March 3, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Woods Hole, MA

Purpose - Climate Science Briefing on Global Climate Change organized by the Alliance for the Advancement of Climate Science.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $353.37
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $353.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,594.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,874.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - to participate in a conference on US - China relations
Notes - Spouse accompanied. Total cost entered in other box

Travel Cost - $11,867.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,667.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Coalition, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Dates - August 3, 2002 - August 8, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Fairbanks, AK - Artic Village, AK - Artic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Prudhoe Bay, AK - Fairbanks, AK

Purpose - fact-finding trip on Artic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling/energy and wilderness issues
Notes - other is oil field tour

Travel Cost - $3,962.11
Lodging Cost - $586.94
Meal Cost - $282.10
Other Cost - $74.00
Total Cost - $4,905.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harness Tracks of America
Dates - February 19, 2002 - February 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speech to 2002 Harness Racing Congress
Notes - total cost entered in other box

Travel Cost - $343.00
Lodging Cost - $833.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,176.30

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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  • 11.17.14

    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.
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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.