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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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REED, JACK, Democratic Party
Rhode Island

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $25,592.77

Average cost per trip - $2,132.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 253 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - health policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $402.70
Lodging Cost - $839.26
Meal Cost - $349.29
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $1,631.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - February 25, 2000 - February 26, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speech at the annual winter conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,145.00
Lodging Cost - $771.00
Meal Cost - $61.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,977.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New England Institute of Technology
Dates - May 7, 2000 - May 7, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newport, RI

Purpose - police gathering
Notes - Providence, RI to Newport, RI

Travel Cost - $800.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $800.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mansfield Center for Public Affairs
Dates - August 1, 2000 - August 11, 2000 (11 days)
Location(s) - Japan - Taiwan - China

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,603.04
Lodging Cost - $1,441.11
Meal Cost - $159.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,204.11

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Health policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,499.75
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $353.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $2,770.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 15, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Aspen Institute policy conference--America and Europe
Notes -

Travel Cost - $589.00
Lodging Cost - $1,150.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,039.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 4, 2002 - August 8, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $700.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,600.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Dates - April 13, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Rochester, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $697.02
Lodging Cost - $178.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $875.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 7, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - fact finding mission
Notes - Other expenses not specified. Good faith estimate.

Travel Cost - $888.04
Lodging Cost - $1,100.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $2,383.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - July 31, 2004 - August 3, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Fact finding mission
Notes - August 4-5, 2004 was not reimbursed by the Aspen Institute

Travel Cost - $720.00
Lodging Cost - $867.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $2,287.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AIPAC Pacific Northwest Region
Dates - December 11, 2004 - December 13, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA - Oakland, CA - Sacramento, CA

Purpose - To deliver keynote addresses on US-Israel relationship and issues at four AIPAC events
Notes - San Francisco - Silicon Valley - Oakland - Sacramento, CA

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $356.70
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $806.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 5, 2005 - August 10, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - To participate in the conference entitled "Mapping the Jihadist Threat: The War on Terror Since 9/11"
Notes - Three nights

Travel Cost - $819.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $2,219.00

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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  • 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.