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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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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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Dominican Association of Free Zone Industries - $10,005.16 spent on 6 trips
59.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
40.9% spent on Republican Party

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
April 23, 2003 - April 27, 2003 (5 days)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - To enhance ties between the US and the Dominican Republic
Total Cost - $2,022.97

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
April 23, 2004 - April 26, 2004 (4 days)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Purpose - fact-finding in relation to free trade with the USA
Total Cost - $2,260.00

WEINER, ANTHONY D - Democratic Party
April 23, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (3 days)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - fact-finding mission on trade
Total Cost - $1,626.97

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
October 10, 2003 - October 11, 2003 (2 days)
Atlantic City, NJ
Purpose - offer remarks on annual conference
Total Cost - $897.68

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
August 20, 2003 - August 24, 2003 (5 days)
Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic
Co-sponsor(s): National Free Zones Council
Purpose - fact-finding on trade and international relations issues between US and Dominican Republic
Total Cost - $1,137.54

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
April 23, 2004 - April 27, 2004 (5 days)
Dominican Republic
Purpose - fact-finding regarding the proposed DR-US Free trade agreement
Total Cost - $2,060.00

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.