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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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(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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Association of Trial Lawyers of America - $28,735.74 spent on 19 trips
92.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
8.0% spent on Republican Party

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
July 18, 2003 - July 20, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,051.29

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
July 29, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Address ATLA National Convention
Total Cost - $607.00

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - ATLA yearly conference
Total Cost - $801.50

PELOSI, NANCY - Democratic Party
February 9, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,844.25

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
February 10, 2001 - February 11, 2001 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA - New Orleans, LA
Purpose - speech to ATLA's mid-winter convention
Total Cost - $3,109.75

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
February 13, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (3 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Speech to the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Winter Conference
Total Cost - $3,830.02

CLELAND, JOSEPH MAXWELL - Democratic Party
July 31, 2000 - August 3, 2000 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $1,278.70

DODD, CHRISTOPHER J - Democratic Party
February 23, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (2 days)
Amelia Island, FL
Purpose - Keynote address at Annual Conference.
Total Cost -

HOLLINGS, ERNEST F - Democratic Party
August 4, 2000 - August 4, 2000 (1 days)
Hilton Head, SC
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $250.00

HOLLINGS, ERNEST F - Democratic Party
July 13, 2001 - July 15, 2001 (3 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,589.61

JOHNSON, TIM - Democratic Party
July 13, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (4 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - To speak at the annual convention of the Association of Trial Lawyers
Total Cost - $3,400.00

LEAHY, PATRICK - Democratic Party
January 21, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - speech to the association
Total Cost - $2,021.15

EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
May 12, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (2 days)
Lansing, MI
Purpose - Keynote speaker at the Michigan trial Lawyers Banquet
Total Cost - $783.60

EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
July 14, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (3 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - Speaker at the annual meeting of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Total Cost - $3,757.50

EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Speech to A.T.L.A. luncheon
Total Cost - $654.00

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
January 30, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (1 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - Keynote speaker, American Trial Lawyers Association 2005 Winter Convention
Total Cost - $260.00

STABENOW, DEBBIE - Democratic Party
January 28, 2005 - January 29, 2005 (2 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - Speaking
Total Cost - $1,190.88

DURBIN, RICHARD J - Democratic Party
July 23, 2005 - July 23, 2005 (1 days)
Toronto, Canada
Purpose - Deliver keynote address at opening plenary session of annual conference of Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Total Cost - $839.73

DAVIS, ARTUR GENESTRE - Democratic Party
July 23, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (2 days)
Toronto, Canada
Purpose - Luncheon speaker for ATLA annual convention
Total Cost - $466.76

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.