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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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(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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Japan Center for International Exchange - $89,075.28 spent on 7 trips
83.8% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
16.2% spent on Republican Party

BAIRD, BRIAN - Democratic Party
December 13, 2003 - December 20, 2003 (8 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Kyoto, Japan
Purpose - International Exchange with Japanese Political, business, and social leaders
Total Cost - $16,936.96

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
March 24, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (7 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - participation in Japan-U.S. dialog on information technology policy
Total Cost - $14,619.00

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
November 16, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Speech to forum on conservational (sp?) energy legislation
Total Cost - $1,037.00

ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
March 24, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (7 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $17,764.83

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
March 24, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (8 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Kyoto, Japan
Purpose - educational: interparliamentary exchange
Total Cost - $14,424.02

WOOLSEY, LYNN C - Democratic Party
March 24, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (7 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Osaka, Japan
Co-sponsor(s): U.S. Parialmentary Exchange Program
Purpose - to create a constructive dialogue on issues of importance to the US and Japan
Total Cost - $14,240.85

SARBANES, PAUL S - Democratic Party
March 24, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (7 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Kyoto, Japan
Purpose - to participate in the U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange program
Total Cost - $10,052.62

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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  • 11.17.14

    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.
  • 11.10.14

    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.