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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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(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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Blue Cross Blue Shield - $12,002.83 spent on 12 trips
86.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
13.7% spent on Republican Party

POMEROY, EARL RALPH - Democratic Party
May 31, 2000 - June 1, 2000 (2 days)
Thousand Oaks, CA - Newport Beach, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Pacific Life Insurance Co.
Purpose - Breakfast speech to Pacific Life; lunch speech to Wellpoint
Total Cost - $1,626.67

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
November 30, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (1 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - tax conference
Total Cost - $1,648.68

THURMAN, KAREN L - Democratic Party
August 18, 2001 - August 20, 2001 (3 days)
Jacksonville, FL - St. Augustine, FL
Purpose - Educational Briefing
Total Cost - $893.00

GRIJALVA, RAUL M MR. - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, Aetna, AHIP
Purpose - Minority health summit
Total Cost - $2,223.86

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, America's Health Insurance Plans, Aetna, United Health Group
Purpose -
Total Cost - $1,458.82

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 23, 2005 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, Aetna, AARP, United
Purpose - Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $1,207.80

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, Aetna, AHIP, United
Purpose - Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $1,507.38

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, Aetna, AHIP
Purpose - Minority health summit
Total Cost - $1,436.62

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.