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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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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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U.S.-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation - $15,690.36 spent on 6 trips
49.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
50.7% spent on Republican Party

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
February 18, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (4 days)
Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - Meet with President Vicente Fox of Mexico to discuss issues important to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Total Cost - $1,488.54

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
February 18, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (4 days)
Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - Meet with President Vicente Fox of Mexico and members of Mexcian Congress
Total Cost - $2,261.18

REYES, SILVESTRE - Democratic Party
February 18, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (4 days)
Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - fact finding and educational
Total Cost - $2,498.18

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
December 3, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (5 days)
Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - NAFTA conference and binational congressional retreat
Total Cost - $2,737.56

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
February 18, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (4 days)
Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - Not specified
Total Cost - $1,488.54

SWEENEY, JOHN E - Republican Party
December 3, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (5 days)
Mexico City, Mexico - Merida, Mexico
Purpose - NAFTA Conference & Bi-National Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $5,216.36

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.