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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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(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 Brotherhood of Teamsters - $24,690.40 spent on 11 trips
76.4% spent on Democratic Party
23.6% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
July 17, 2000 - July 18, 2000 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose -
Total Cost - $1,100.00

COSTELLO, JERRY F - Democratic Party
November 14, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (4 days)
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - Fact finding trip on the effects of NAFTA on its 10th anniversary
Total Cost - $2,284.52

GRIJALVA, RAUL M MR. - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (3 days)
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Purpose - Study the effect of NAFTA and other international trade agreements on the US - Mexico border
Total Cost - $1,522.66

KAPTUR, MARCY - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (6 days)
Mexico
Purpose - To study effects of NAFTA
Total Cost - $3,125.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $478.00

SANDERS, BERNARD - Independent Party
November 13, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (6 days)
El Paso, TX - Juarez, Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - to study effects of trade policy and attended meetings with officials and a number of community leaders
Total Cost - $5,822.57

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV - El Paso, TX - Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - NAFTA tour
Total Cost - $3,819.00

STRICKLAND, TED - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (5 days)
Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - To learn more about the affects of NAFTA
Total Cost - $2,762.28

DASCHLE, THOMAS ANDREW - Democratic Party
June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - keynote address
Total Cost - $1,839.00

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
San Salvador, El Salvador
Purpose - To monitor the status of the Soto murder investigation
Total Cost - $1,060.02

MILLER, GEORGE - Democratic Party
March 13, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (2 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Featured speaker at Teamsters' annual meeting re Social Security & Multi-Employer Benefit Plans
Total Cost - $877.35

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.