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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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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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Not specified - $17,983.61 spent on 18 trips
51.4% spent on Democratic Party
0.8% spent on Independent Party
47.8% spent on Republican Party

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
February 27, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (2 days)
San Antonio, TX
Purpose - Speaker at Black History Month Luncheon
Total Cost - $1,786.00

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
June 22, 2002 - June 22, 2002 (1 days)
Bridgeport, CT
Purpose - keynote speaker for graduation celebration and youth education day
Total Cost - $144.00

FOSSELLA, VITO MR - Republican Party
January 16, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (2 days)
The Hague, Netherlands
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $388.48

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party

White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Not specified
Total Cost - $950.00

KUCINICH, DENNIS J - Democratic Party
November 12, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (1 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $1,055.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 13, 2000 - January 14, 2000 (2 days)
Moab, UT
Purpose - Attend policy announcement and discussion with Secretary of Engergy Richardson and Rep. Chris Cannon
Total Cost - $246.32

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
May 17, 2002 - May 20, 2002 (4 days)
Albuquerque, NM
Purpose - education seminar at Lumidigm Biometrics
Total Cost - $1,482.50

OBERSTAR, JAMES L - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 2, 2002 (3 days)
San Antonio, TX
Purpose - Not specified
Total Cost - $1,176.00

OBERSTAR, JAMES L - Democratic Party
March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Rutgers, NJ
Purpose - speech at Rutgers University-Voorhees Transportation Center
Total Cost - $269.00

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
July 31, 2003 - August 4, 2003 (5 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - speak at meeting of National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Total Cost - $723.00

SHOWS, CLIFFORD RONALD - Democratic Party
March 24, 2000 - March 25, 2000 (2 days)
Huntsville, AL
Purpose - speak to a group of military retirees
Total Cost - $849.50

WELDON, CURT - Republican Party
March 6, 2000 - March 7, 2000 (2 days)
Not specified
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $122.30

WELDON, CURT - Republican Party
August 20, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (2 days)
Huntsville, AL
Purpose - keynote speech
Total Cost - $722.00

YOUNG, DON E - Republican Party
September 22, 2001 - September 23, 2001 (2 days)
Ruidoso, NM
Purpose - fact finding - Museum of American West
Total Cost - $1,483.00

HUTCHINSON, TIM - Republican Party

Eureka Springs, AR
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $761.00

GINGREY, PHILLIP J - Republican Party
August 12, 2004 - August 13, 2004 (2 days)
Little Rock, AR
Purpose - Not specified
Total Cost - $2,035.40

WAMP, ZACH - Republican Party
July 25, 2004 - August 4, 2004 (11 days)
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - Cape Town, South Africa
Purpose - To investigate airport security, border security, port security, the World Food Program and the multi-billion AIDS programs
Total Cost - $3,077.05

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
May 27, 2005 - May 28, 2005 (2 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - Annual meeting WTS - Advancing women in Transportation conference speech
Total Cost - $713.06

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.