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.

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.

Back to all reports

Walt Disney Company - $51,964.33 spent on 29 trips
81.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
18.7% spent on Republican Party

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
September 27, 2001 - September 29, 2001 (3 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Interview plus speech
Total Cost - $692.18

DINGELL, JOHN D - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Santa Ana, CA - Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To speak in panel to Corporate Alliances Partner Summit
Total Cost - $6,294.88

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
May 25, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (6 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Television Appearance - speaking
Total Cost - $2,514.50

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
April 1, 2002 - April 2, 2002 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - appearance on program
Total Cost - $2,901.19

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
August 4, 2001 - August 7, 2001 (4 days)
Anaheim, CA
Co-sponsor(s): MIS Training Institute, NBC - Meet the Press
Purpose - Speech to MIS on information / Internet security issues, meetings with Disney executives on legislative issues, speech to Universal employees on intellectual property issues.
Total Cost - $2,011.63

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
May 3, 2003 - May 3, 2003 (1 days)
New York, NY - Columbia, SC
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $828.00

HUTCHINSON, WILLIAM ASA - Republican Party
October 17, 2000 - October 18, 2000 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - appearance on televised program
Total Cost - $1,791.60

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
August 5, 2000 - August 5, 2000 (1 days)
Toronto, Canada
Purpose - return to Washington for media appearance
Total Cost - $455.04

SWEENEY, JOHN E - Republican Party
May 13, 2000 - May 14, 2000 (2 days)
Not specified
Purpose - taping of "This Week"
Total Cost - $330.43

UDALL, TOM - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - November 27, 2000 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - News and analysis program
Total Cost - $835.10

WILSON, HEATHER A - Republican Party
September 19, 2003 - September 20, 2003 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - appeared as guest on Real Time with Bill Maher to discuss public policy issues
Total Cost - $799.43

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 8, 2001 (2 days)
Dover, DE - Orlando, FL
Purpose - appearance on "This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts"
Total Cost - $2,447.50

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
April 5, 2003 - April 5, 2003 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Appearance on "This Week"
Total Cost - $245.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
May 14, 2003 - May 14, 2003 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Interview on ABC news
Total Cost - $170.85

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
August 29, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
Total Cost - $8,410.75

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
April 25, 2004 - April 25, 2004 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Appearance on "This Week"
Total Cost - $647.29

CLELAND, JOSEPH MAXWELL - Democratic Party
April 28, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (2 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - appear on "This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts"
Total Cost - $1,295.40

HUTCHINSON, TIM - Republican Party
March 16, 2000 - March 16, 2000 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - interview with ABC News
Total Cost - $1,350.00

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
January 23, 2001 - January 23, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on Good Morning America
Total Cost - $55.00

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
January 21, 2001 - January 21, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on This Week
Total Cost - $140.00

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
March 18, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on This Week
Total Cost - $140.00

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
August 5, 2001 - August 5, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on This Week
Total Cost - $140.00

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Anaheim, CA
Purpose - Participate in bipartisan congressional panel on issues before 107th Congress
Total Cost - $895.00

EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
CA
Purpose - to attend corporate alliances summit
Total Cost - $7,492.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Media purposes
Total Cost - $1,533.38

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
September 18, 2004 - September 19, 2004 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Appearance on "This Week"
Total Cost - $374.83

WELDON, DAVE - Republican Party
March 26, 2005 - March 28, 2005 (3 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - The purpose of the trip was to appear on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
Total Cost - $587.90

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
February 16, 2005 - February 19, 2005 (4 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
Total Cost - $6,585.45

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
March 20, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (2 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Appearance on "This Week"
Total Cost -

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.