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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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Yale Alumni Association - $10,251.23 spent on 12 trips
68.7% spent on Democratic Party
4.5% spent on Independent Party
26.8% spent on Republican Party

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
June 4, 2003 - June 5, 2003 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - speech on Nursing and Public Policy
Total Cost - $1,032.00

EHLERS, VERNON J - Republican Party
May 2, 2002 - May 3, 2002 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - speech at major symposium
Total Cost - $964.00

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
February 22, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - participation in Judge Higginbotham Conference
Total Cost - $475.85

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
February 22, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - To deliver the opening address at the Race, Values and the American Legal Process dinner/conference
Total Cost - $410.58

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
March 30, 2001 - April 1, 2001 (3 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - Speech at Yale Political Science Alumni Reunion
Total Cost - $308.00

RIVERS, LYNN NANCY - Democratic Party
March 4, 2002 - March 5, 2002 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - deliver keynote speech at Yale Political Union meeting
Total Cost - $632.00

MOYNIHAN, DANIEL PATRICK - Democratic Party
May 21, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - receive honorary degree
Total Cost - $1,710.00

MOYNIHAN, DANIEL PATRICK - Democratic Party
September 22, 2000 - September 23, 2000 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $840.84

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
July 6, 2004 - July 6, 2004 (1 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - Keynote speaker - Yale Howard Partnership Center on Reducing Health Disparities Yale University
Total Cost - $465.00

LANTOS, TOM - Democratic Party
October 4, 2004 - October 5, 2004 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - Featured speaker at annual Herbert Walker Series at Yale University
Total Cost - $935.19

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
May 21, 2005 - May 22, 2005 (2 days)
Hartford, CT
Purpose - Yale University Class Day speaker
Total Cost - $693.97

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
October 7, 2005 - October 10, 2005 (4 days)
Aspen, CO
Purpose - To deliver a keynote address and participate in a conference on the environment and climate change
Total Cost - $1,783.80

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.