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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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International Foundation - $84,775.27 spent on 16 trips
23.3% spent on Democratic Party
8.8% spent on Independent Party
67.8% spent on Republican Party

ADERHOLT, ROBERT B - Republican Party
December 9, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (6 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan
Purpose - To build bridges of friendship between the leadership of the United States and Israel and the United States and Jordan
Total Cost - $7,611.25

CARTER, JOHN - Republican Party
May 20, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Minsk, Belarus
Purpose - relationship building
Total Cost - $7,490.00

DOYLE, MIKE - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (5 days)
Aruba
Purpose - Speaker at annual convention
Total Cost - $2,622.00

HALL, TONY P - Democratic Party
February 18, 2000 - February 26, 2000 (9 days)
Kona, HI
Co-sponsor(s): University of Nation
Purpose - Meetings with officials, outreach and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Total Cost - $3,454.50

HALL, TONY P - Democratic Party
April 10, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (13 days)
Beirut, Lebanon
Purpose - Meetings with government officials, outreach, and other National Prayer Breakfast activities.
Total Cost - $11,480.36

HOEKSTRA, PETER - Republican Party
December 9, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (6 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan
Purpose - to build bridges of friendship between the leadership of the United States and Jordan
Total Cost - $7,888.25

PITTS, JOSEPH R - Independent Party
May 20, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Belarus
Purpose - build relationships between U.S. and Belarus
Total Cost - $7,490.00

WOLF, FRANK R - Republican Party
December 8, 2000 - December 14, 2000 (7 days)
Greece - Serbia - Croatia - Macedonia - Kosovo
Purpose - meetings w government officials and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Total Cost - $3,316.00

WOLF, FRANK R - Republican Party
February 18, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (8 days)
Kona, HI
Co-sponsor(s): University of Nation
Purpose - meeting with government officials, outreach and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Total Cost - $3,482.50

WOLF, FRANK R - Republican Party
April 15, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (8 days)
Beirut, Lebanon
Purpose - meeting with government officials, outreach and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Total Cost - $1,901.08

WOLF, FRANK R - Republican Party
August 21, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (9 days)
Albania - Rome, Italy
Purpose - meetings with government officials and other National Prayer Breakfast activities - meeting in Rome regarding world food program, hunger and foreign assistance
Total Cost - $2,524.00

ENSIGN, JOHN ERIC - Republican Party
August 26, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (6 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - Participation in Policy Dialogues with Japanese Government Officials
Total Cost - $3,869.33

ENSIGN, JOHN ERIC - Republican Party
December 8, 2003 - December 16, 2003 (9 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan
Purpose - Participation in fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $9,378.75

ENSIGN, JOHN ERIC - Republican Party
August 21, 2004 - August 25, 2004 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - Participation in policy dialogues/programs with Japanese government officials
Total Cost - $3,560.40

DOYLE, MIKE - Democratic Party
March 30, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (4 days)
Tortola
Purpose - Speaker at annual prayer breakfast
Total Cost - $2,228.00

COBURN, THOMAS A - Republican Party
June 2, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (4 days)
Beirut, Lebanon
Purpose - Develop leadership / fellowship groups within Lebanon government; build bonds
Total Cost - $6,478.85

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.