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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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DASCHLE, THOMAS ANDREW, Democratic Party
South Dakota

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $10,365.53

Average cost per trip - $1,151.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 15 days
Rank of representative - 426 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Rural Electric Company
Dates - March 19, 2000 - March 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Keynote address
Notes - Good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $1,829.50
Lodging Cost - $199.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,043.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Association
Dates - June 11, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,067.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,067.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Dates - June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - keynote address
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,839.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,839.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
Dates - October 29, 2001 - October 29, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Sioux Falls, SD

Purpose - keynote address
Notes - Sioux Falls - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,100.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,100.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - August 15, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost - $229.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $229.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 10, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost - $248.00
Lodging Cost - $865.28
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,113.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - November 16, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $387.19
Meal Cost - $178.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $565.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $758.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $758.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Kansas State University
Dates - May 9, 2004 - May 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Manhattan, KS

Purpose - delivered the Landon Lecture on May 10
Notes - Oklahoma City - OK to Manhattan, KS - Oklahoma City

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $650.00

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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    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.