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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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Northrop Grumman - $7,689.43 spent on 10 trips
38.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
61.7% spent on Republican Party

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
November 10, 2003 - November 12, 2003 (3 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Briefings on global hawk, EA6B, B2 and Fire Scout programs
Total Cost - $702.00

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
February 25, 2003 - February 25, 2003 (1 days)
Pascagoula, MS
Purpose - Mesa Verde Keel Laying
Total Cost - $1,210.00

WELDON, CURT - Republican Party
January 29, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (1 days)
Newport News, VA
Purpose - tour shipyard, educate chairman on ship-building issues
Total Cost - $865.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
April 21, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (1 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - attend Barksdale air show and tour facility
Total Cost - $1,004.75

HAGEL, CHARLES T - Republican Party
March 18, 2004 - March 18, 2004 (1 days)
Omaha, NE
Purpose - fact-finding and remarks at event
Total Cost - $635.20

HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY - Republican Party
July 18, 2003 - July 18, 2003 (1 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Serve as sponsor for the christening of the USS San Antonio
Total Cost - $275.33

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
February 13, 2004 - February 14, 2004 (2 days)
Pascagoula, MS
Purpose -
Total Cost - $602.50

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
November 10, 2004 - November 15, 2004 (6 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Palmdale, CA for briefings on B-2 program, Global Hawk E10 program - Space Park - El Segundo for briefings on classified programs
Total Cost - $1,234.65

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
June 27, 2005 - June 27, 2005 (1 days)
Huntsville, AL
Purpose - Ground breaking ceremony for Northrop Grumman facility in Huntsville
Total Cost - $580.00

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
October 24, 2005 - October 24, 2005 (1 days)
Mobile, AL
Purpose - Ground-breaking ceremony for Northrop Grumman facility in Alabama
Total Cost - $580.00

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.