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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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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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Christopher Reynolds Foundation - $16,981.75 spent on 10 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - Educational Fact Finding
Total Cost - $1,971.00

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
January 11, 2003 - January 16, 2003 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba - San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - Fact finding trip on the effects of the Cuban embargo
Total Cost - $1,863.78

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - Access the impact of the food and medicine embargo on the Cuban people with a particular focus on the Afro-Cuban population
Total Cost - $2,264.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $2,648.00

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Congressional Black Congress trip to Cuba
Total Cost - $1,329.23

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Cancun, Mexico - Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): Interreligious Foundation for Community Org
Purpose - Met with government officials, visited constituents at the Latin American Medical School
Total Cost - $1,350.73

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $1,350.73

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Cancun, Mexico - Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): Interreligious Foundation for Community Org
Purpose - Met with government officials, visit constituents at the Latin American Medical School
Total Cost - $1,350.73

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
May 31, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Cuba business fact finding
Total Cost - $1,298.26

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
July 6, 2005 - July 9, 2005 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba - Cancun, Mexico
Purpose - Explore first hand the issues currently facing the people of Cuba. An opportunity to foster a more pragmatic approach towards dealing with the Cuban government and finding constructive solutions to US/Cuba policy concerns.
Total Cost - $1,555.29

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.