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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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Center for Latin American Studies Univ of California at Berkeley - $28,427.18 spent on 16 trips
90.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
9.1% spent on Republican Party

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Speak to the Faculty and students on foreign policy issues
Total Cost - $356.50

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
February 24, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (2 days)
Berkeley, CA
Purpose - Participate in their urbanism conference
Total Cost - $787.75

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
February 24, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (5 days)
Miami, FL - San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,725.92

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Participate in forum on US - Mexico
Total Cost - $1,594.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
June 13, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Commencement address
Total Cost - $288.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
May 5, 2000 - May 6, 2000 (2 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Address (speech) group to discuss current Orange County Issues
Total Cost - $750.00

FILNER, BOB - Democratic Party
September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - US - Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $1,507.00

WELLSTONE, PAUL DAVID - Democratic Party
April 16, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,787.00

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
May 23, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (1 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Panetta Institute
Purpose - To be part of student program
Total Cost - $8,099.00

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - Participation in the third annual United States - Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $1,633.34

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - To participate in the US-Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $904.34

CANNON, CHRISTOPHER B - Republican Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - US-Mexico Futures Forum meeting. The Futures Forum is an unique network of leading political and social actors, who think about the issues facing bother countries
Total Cost - $1,844.54

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (3 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - 3rd Annual Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $2,414.36

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (4 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,792.98

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
April 15, 2004 - April 15, 2004 (1 days)
Berkeley, CA
Purpose - Keynote speaker at a public forum on Haiti, attended by faculty, students and community members
Total Cost - $378.00

LIPINSKI, DANIEL WILLIAM - Democratic Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
London, England
Purpose - US Senate Conference: fact-finding conference
Total Cost - $564.45

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.