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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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German Marshall Fund of the U.S. - $110,197.21 spent on 15 trips
42.7% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
57.3% spent on Republican Party

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
November 29, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (2 days)
Frankfurt, Germany - Heidelburg, Germany
Purpose - Speech to electronic commerce forum on Internet related issues on the US agenda
Total Cost - $3,850.00

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - December 1, 2000 (5 days)
Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - Participation in Ebusiness and Policy Forum
Total Cost - $7,779.00

ENZI, MICHAEL B - Republican Party
April 12, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (6 days)
Munich, Germany
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $8,338.90

SMITH, ADAM - Democratic Party
March 28, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (8 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Bangkok, Thailand - Nagoya, Japan
Purpose - Congressional trade and development study tour. The Trade and Poverty forum mobilizes political will and economic resources in the global fight against poverty.
Total Cost - $10,205.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
March 25, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (11 days)
Shanghai, China - Nanjing, China - Xian, China - Beijing, China - Nagoya, Japan
Co-sponsor(s): Aspen Institute
Purpose - To participate in US-China relations conference (China), to participate in trade & poverty forum (Japan)
Total Cost - $11,852.95

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
December 9, 2004 - December 13, 2004 (5 days)
Key Largo, FL
Purpose - Meeting of the Congress - Bundestag Forum, a program for members of the German Bundestag and the US Congress to improve dialogue and cooperation
Total Cost - $2,175.55

BURGESS, MICHAEL C DR - Republican Party
December 9, 2004 - December 12, 2004 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Meeting with the German Parliament - Bundestag
Total Cost - $2,435.50

BUYER, STEVE - Republican Party
December 9, 2004 - December 12, 2004 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

DELAHUNT, WILLIAM D - Democratic Party
December 9, 2004 - December 11, 2004 (3 days)
Key Largo, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
December 9, 2004 - December 9, 2004 (1 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
July 2, 2005 - July 8, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Elmau, Germany
Purpose - To improve dialogue and cooperation between members of the German Bundestag and the US Congress and to gain additional insight into German politics and policy
Total Cost - $15,982.24

BUYER, STEVE - Republican Party
July 3, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (8 days)
Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany
Purpose - Parliamentary exchange with Members of the German Bundestag with Members of Congress
Total Cost - $15,179.44

SCHULTZ, DEBBIE WASSERMAN - Democratic Party
July 5, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (6 days)
Frankfurt, Germany - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany
Co-sponsor(s): Robert Bosch Stiftung
Purpose - Congressional trip to Congress Bundestag Forum 2005
Total Cost - $16,204.43

MILLER, BRAD - Democratic Party
July 3, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (8 days)
Frankfurt, Germany - London, England - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany
Purpose - Bring together elected members of Congress & German Bundestag for discussions of policy issues affecting US & Europe; to develop informal connections w/colleagues
Total Cost - $8,990.68

TURNER, MIKE - Republican Party
July 5, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany
Purpose - To bring together young influential members of the US Congress and the German Bundestag for discussions of policy issues affecting the US and Europe and to build informal connections with colleagues.
Total Cost - $7,203.52

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

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  • 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.
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    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.