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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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CONRAD, KENT, Democratic Party
North Dakota

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $57,050.17

Average cost per trip - $4,754.18
Total number of days spent traveling - 62 days
Rank of representative - 106 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - wife, Lucy Calautti accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,277.70
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $6,002.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

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

Travel Cost - $5,131.20
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,611.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes - wife, Lucy Calautti accompanied.

Travel Cost - $3,797.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $7,297.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - December 28, 2000 - January 1, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Hilton Head, SC

Purpose - Participate in discussions of current issues
Notes - Other expenses not specified. Wife, Lucy Calautti and daughter, Jesse accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,360.00
Meal Cost - $1,350.00
Other Cost - $1,650.00
Total Cost - $4,360.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,305.12
Lodging Cost - $2,340.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $5,995.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - To participate in conference on the global environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,987.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,337.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Marketplace of Ideas, 501(c)3
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 16, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Grand Forks, ND

Purpose - official business event
Notes - Washington, DC - Grand Forks, ND - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,684.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,684.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - February 19, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - fact finding mission primarily in the area of agriculture
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,206.00
Lodging Cost - $1,348.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $288.00
Total Cost - $4,142.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Farm Credit Council
Dates - February 16, 2004 - February 19, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami Beach, FL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,309.40
Lodging Cost - $699.00
Meal Cost - $209.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,218.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 22, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US Russia-Europe Relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,249.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,454.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Natl Workforce Assn
Dates - December 4, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - To address National Workforce Association Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $538.29
Lodging Cost - $192.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $84.00
Total Cost - $814.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 8, 2004 - August 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $928.20
Lodging Cost - $206.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,134.50

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.