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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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Center for Middle East Peace - $215,586.82 spent on 21 trips
94.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
5.1% spent on Republican Party

ACKERMAN, GARY L - Democratic Party
August 7, 2001 - August 17, 2001 (11 days)
NY - London, England - Damascus, Syria - Jerusalem, Israel - Amman, Jordan - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $15,837.78

DAVIS, JAMES OSCAR III - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (10 days)
Lebanon - Kuwait - Israel
Purpose - Congressional Delegation fact finding trip
Total Cost - $9,270.82

DAVIS, JAMES OSCAR III - Democratic Party
December 10, 2003 - December 18, 2003 (9 days)
Syria - Lebanon - Egypt - Oman - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - Israel
Purpose - Congressional Delegation fact finding trip
Total Cost - $10,281.35

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
November 18, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (5 days)
Damascus, Syria - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - fact finding trip
Total Cost - $9,157.05

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Morocco - Tunisia - Algeria - Egypt
Purpose - meetings to exchange views on how best to further peace process
Total Cost - $8,351.79

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - June 4, 2001 (10 days)
Middle East
Purpose - Meetings with heads of state
Total Cost - $11,288.59

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
October 5, 2001 - October 10, 2001 (6 days)
Bahrain - Beirut, Lebanon - Paris, France
Purpose - To promote support for the war on terrorism
Total Cost - $10,892.42

MORAN, JAMES P JR - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 23, 2000 (7 days)
Morocco - Tunisia - Algeria - Egypt
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,946.00

MORAN, JAMES P JR - Democratic Party
February 17, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (7 days)
Middle East
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $7,878.09

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
January 10, 2000 - January 17, 2000 (8 days)
Morocco - Tunisia - Kuwait - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $10,304.10

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
Kuwait - Lebanon - Israel
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $10,827.92

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
May 2, 2002 - May 8, 2002 (7 days)
Syria - Beirut, Lebanon - Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $8,826.75

SCHIFF, ADAM - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (10 days)
Egypt - Syria - Lebanon - Jordan - Israel - Kuwait - Saudi Arabia
Purpose - engage in dialogue with foreign leaders
Total Cost - $12,484.57

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
January 10, 2000 - January 17, 2000 (8 days)
Morocco - Kuwait - United Arab Emirates - Oman
Purpose - Education/meeting w govt officials
Total Cost - $14,408.92

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
October 4, 2001 - October 7, 2001 (4 days)
Saudi Arabia - Bahrain
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $10,517.17

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
November 25, 2001 - November 29, 2001 (5 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $8,419.05

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
February 17, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (6 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $8,408.27

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
June 28, 2002 - July 3, 2002 (6 days)
Saudi Arabia - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - fact-finding, meeting with officials
Total Cost - $11,991.33

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
March 3, 2002 - March 8, 2002 (6 days)
Saudi Arabia - Jordan - Israel
Purpose - fact-finding, meeting with officials
Total Cost - $7,772.79

DURBIN, RICHARD J - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Berlin, Germany - Lebanon - Syria - Israel
Purpose - Fact finding - Sen. Durbin met up with Daschle CODEL
Total Cost - $6,284.60

TORRICELLI, ROBERT G - Democratic Party
November 19, 2000 - November 26, 2000 (8 days)
Syria - France - Egypt - Israel
Purpose - fact-finding, consultation
Total Cost - $15,437.46

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.