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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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Asia-Pacific Roundtable Institute, Stanford University - $14,933.69 spent on 6 trips
12.8% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
87.2% spent on Republican Party

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
May 18, 2002 - May 19, 2002 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $638.80

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 3, 2000 (1 days)
Stanford, CA
Purpose - Speech to a conference on international reactions to the US Ballistic Missile Defense System
Total Cost - $1,268.75

LUGAR, RICHARD G - Republican Party
January 19, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (5 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Keynote speaker and participant in the conference discussions at the Asia-Pacific roundtable
Total Cost - $4,395.54

LUGAR, RICHARD G - Republican Party
January 25, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (4 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Senator gave a keynote address and participated in the Asia-Pacific Roundtable Annual Conference on US-Asian relations
Total Cost - $4,332.72

WELDON, CURT - Republican Party
May 26, 2005 - May 27, 2005 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Keynote speaker at the Stanford Institute for International Studies Conference
Total Cost - $1,201.22

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
May 7, 2005 - May 10, 2005 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speak at the Annual Zale Lecture in Public Policy at Stanford University
Total Cost - $3,096.66

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.