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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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Corning Inc. - $14,604.45 spent on 10 trips
12.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
88.0% spent on Republican Party

BOEHLERT, SHERWOOD - Republican Party
May 30, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (1 days)
Corning, NY
Purpose - Official business, plant tours, briefings on legislation
Total Cost - $553.33

BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
January 5, 2000 - January 5, 2000 (1 days)
Wilmington, NC
Purpose - legislative briefing and tour
Total Cost - $828.50

BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Augusta, GA
Purpose - public policy conference
Total Cost - $2,469.00

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Augusta, GA
Purpose - Corning Public Policy conference
Total Cost - $841.00

HAYES, ROBERT C (ROBIN) - Republican Party
January 5, 2000 - January 5, 2000 (1 days)
Wilmington, NC
Purpose - Education
Total Cost - $848.50

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Augusta, GA
Purpose - public policy forum
Total Cost - $2,597.06

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Augusta, GA
Purpose - participate in public policy conference
Total Cost - $2,066.00

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Augusta, GA
Purpose - Participate in the Augusta Public Policy Conference
Total Cost - $2,646.56

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
June 22, 2002 - June 22, 2002 (1 days)
Rochester, NY
Purpose - fact-finding travel. Rochester, NY - New York City
Total Cost - $388.50

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
April 29, 2003 - April 29, 2003 (1 days)
Corning, NY
Purpose - site visit
Total Cost - $1,366.00

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.
  • 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.