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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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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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    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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SMITH, GORDON HAROLD, Republican Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $36,751.96

Average cost per trip - $2,297.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 44 days
Rank of representative - 177 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Brigham Young University
Dates - March 31, 2000 - April 2, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - make speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $740.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $880.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Iranian Council
Dates - May 5, 2000 - May 7, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $270.00
Lodging Cost - $790.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,060.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Council on Foreign Relations
Dates - October 10, 2000 - October 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Durham, NC

Purpose - participate in a debate
Notes -

Travel Cost - $551.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $58.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $609.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $183.00
Lodging Cost - $236.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $419.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sea Trek Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 20, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Liverpool, England

Purpose - keynote speech, unveiling of statue
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,160.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,160.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Brigham Young University -- J. Reuben Clark Law School
Dates - October 1, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $632.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $632.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jerusalem Fund of Ash Hatorah
Dates - August 5, 2002 - August 5, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $615.49
Lodging Cost - $444.73
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,160.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - participate in workshops
Notes -

Travel Cost - $395.00
Lodging Cost - $1,236.00
Meal Cost - $525.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,156.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Motion Picture Association of America
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 20, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $334.48
Lodging Cost - $453.72
Meal Cost - $88.98
Other Cost - $48.00
Total Cost - $925.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southwestern University School of Law
Dates - May 17, 2003 - May 19, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speak at a Dean's Circle Dinner and give a Commencement Speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $423.25
Lodging Cost - $136.86
Meal Cost - $55.75
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $635.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Century Business Services Inc
Dates - August 6, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - County Mayo, Ireland

Purpose - Speech, participate in Round Tables
Notes - Other expenses not specified. [Amended to change sponsor from Klessler & Associates][Amended amounts 5/20/05]

Travel Cost - $8,597.15
Lodging Cost - $805.00
Meal Cost - $328.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,731.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Speech, participate in Round Tables
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $8,731.26
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost - $510.14
Total Cost - $11,715.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Cleveland chapter
Dates - August 26, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $339.00
Lodging Cost - $99.33
Meal Cost - $92.71
Other Cost - $42.99
Total Cost - $574.03

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - JED Foundation
Dates - June 7, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Keynote speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $92.60
Lodging Cost - $409.91
Meal Cost - $1,150.00
Other Cost - $84.66
Total Cost - $1,737.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech, participate in roundtable discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $864.90
Lodging Cost - $734.50
Meal Cost - $500.18
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,099.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Save American Free Enterprise (SAFE)
Dates - October 28, 2005 - October 29, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pinehurst, NC

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $755.79
Lodging Cost - $407.00
Meal Cost - $93.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,255.79

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.

Recent Posts

  • 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.