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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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BINGAMAN, JEFF, Democratic Party
New Mexico

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $31,559.05

Average cost per trip - $4,508.44
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 205 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 15, 2002 - August 21, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To attend a conference on US-Russia relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,382.00
Lodging Cost - $2,095.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,077.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brookings
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - To attend a welfare reform conference
Notes - Actual reimbursement-other expenses totaled (25+1168) not specified-signed 05/13/2003

Travel Cost - $97.00
Lodging Cost - $784.00
Meal Cost - $252.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,133.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To attend a conference on health policy
Notes - Actual reimbursement- (44.95+2549.94)-signed 05/13/2002

Travel Cost - $1,208.50
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $423.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,504.99

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Actual reimbursement.

Travel Cost - $3,087.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,887.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 8, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - Actual reimbursement-other expenses not specified-trans costs includes couple AKB -lodging is for couple-meal $800 JFB, $400 AKB

Travel Cost - $4,510.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,435.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - To participate in AEI World Forum
Notes - Mrs. Bingaman attended-all expenses include hers. Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $3,120.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,670.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To participate in a conference on health care policy
Notes - Actual reimbursement-other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $558.26
Lodging Cost - $1,762.80
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $2,852.06

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

  • 11.17.14

    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.