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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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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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Population Action International - $35,456.82 spent on 5 trips
63.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
37.0% spent on Republican Party

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
April 14, 2000 - April 23, 2000 (10 days)
Johannesburg, South Africa - Malawi
Co-sponsor(s): U.S. Committee for UNFPA
Purpose - visit HIV/AIDS projects, family planning, child survival
Total Cost - $10,361.20

GREENWOOD, JAMES C - Republican Party
April 6, 2001 - April 14, 2001 (9 days)
Morocco
Purpose - Get first hand knowledge on family planning
Total Cost - $7,680.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
August 25, 2001 - September 4, 2001 (11 days)
South Africa
Purpose - Fact-finding trip, examining the effect of the global gag rule on international family planning
Total Cost - $5,480.12

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
February 20, 2005 - February 24, 2005 (5 days)
Mexico City, Mexico
Co-sponsor(s): US Committee for UNFPA
Purpose - To examine programs funded by the U.N. Population Fund and discuss issues concerning Homeland Security
Total Cost - $5,436.50

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 14, 2004 (6 days)
Bangkok, Thailand
Purpose - Attend World HIV/AIDS conference
Total Cost - $6,499.00

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.

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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.