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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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American Legacy Foundation - $19,769.35 spent on 18 trips
96.1% spent on Democratic Party
3.9% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (3 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $1,500.94

WYNN, ALBERT - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (3 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $892.94

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 10, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Tri Caucus Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $1,186.73

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
July 10, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Attend Congressional Summit on Health Disparities
Total Cost - $1,219.07

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (3 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Members of the CBC, CHC, and CAPAC met to discuss minority health issues
Total Cost - $436.74

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
July 10, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Participate in Tri-Caucus Minority Health Summit - Miami, FL
Total Cost - $775.81

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Tri Caucus Minority Health Summit - participant
Total Cost - $1,176.07

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (3 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Conduct Tri-Caucus Health Forum in Miami, FL
Total Cost - $892.94

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
July 9, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

BORDALLO, MADELEINE Z - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - A minority health summit that highlighted important health issues facing minority communities today
Total Cost - $1,146.46

GRIJALVA, RAUL M MR. - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, Aetna, AHIP, Blue Cross Blue Shield
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): Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, America's Health Insurance Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, 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): Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, Aetna, AARP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Purpose - Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $1,207.80

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Participate in 3rd Annual Tri-Caucus Health Forum
Total Cost - $821.20

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Coalition to Promote Minority Health
Purpose - Minority Health Summit in Chicago, IL; Congressman Honda attended as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Total Cost - $1,200.66

CARSON, JULIA - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 23, 2005 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Minority health summit - to promote minority health
Total Cost - $685.31

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, Aetna, AHIP, United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield
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): Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AHIP, Blue Cross Blue Shield
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.