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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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California Council for International Trade - $8,130.77 spent on 14 trips
96.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
3.1% spent on Republican Party

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
January 10, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (1 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Trade forum
Total Cost - $572.00

DAVIS, SUSAN - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Gave remarks and presided over panel at Monterey Congressional Forum
Total Cost - $1,293.50

DAVIS, SUSAN - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Part of legislative panel
Total Cost - $1,250.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Trade Policy conference
Total Cost - $130.90

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
January 9, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - give speech at annual conference
Total Cost - $526.92

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
January 8, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): National Foreign Trade Council
Purpose - Speaking role at Monterey Trade Forum
Total Cost - $194.96

HOOLEY, DARLENE - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Educational trip; speaking engagement
Total Cost - $575.00

INSLEE, JAY R - Democratic Party
January 10, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - attend Monterey Congressional Forum on Trade
Total Cost - $364.21

INSLEE, JAY R - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - To attend Monterey Congressional forum on trade policy
Total Cost - $973.38

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Panelist at trade conference
Total Cost - $889.00

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
January 11, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - speak to conference attendees
Total Cost - $250.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $100.00

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): California Arts Council
Purpose - Featured speaker at congressional reception
Total Cost - $600.50

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 24, 2005 (1 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Served on panel at Trade Policy Forum
Total Cost - $410.40

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.