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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 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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  • 11.24.14

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    Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a report that showed evidence of nearly two decades of academic fraud perpetuated by the school’s Afro-American Studies Department. An investigation found certain professors and administrators had an unwritten policy of “propping up” student athletes. This week on the podcast, we look at academic fraud at colleges with high-stakes sports programs.
  • 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.

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Renaissance Weekend - $19,706.68 spent on 11 trips
61.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
38.5% spent on Republican Party

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
December 28, 1999 - January 2, 2000 (6 days)
Hilton Head, SC
Purpose - conference participation
Total Cost - $1,697.60

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
December 28, 2001 - January 1, 2002 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Participate in seminars
Total Cost - $1,855.00

SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
December 28, 2001 - December 31, 2001 (4 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Educational - enhance understanding of some issues Congress may address this year, especially terrorism.
Total Cost - $2,150.00

CONRAD, KENT - Democratic Party
December 28, 2000 - January 1, 2001 (5 days)
Hilton Head, SC
Purpose - Participate in discussions of current issues
Total Cost - $4,360.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
March 21, 2003 - March 23, 2003 (3 days)
Amelia Island, FL
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $674.88

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
December 28, 2003 - January 1, 2004 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $1,600.00

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
December 30, 2004 - December 31, 2004 (2 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Speech and seminars
Total Cost - $600.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
December 28, 2004 - January 1, 2005 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $1,680.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
December 28, 2001 - January 1, 2002 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $1,600.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
December 28, 2002 - January 1, 2003 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $1,600.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
December 28, 2004 - January 1, 2005 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in conference sessions
Total Cost - $1,889.20

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

  • 11.24.14

    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

    Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a report that showed evidence of nearly two decades of academic fraud perpetuated by the school’s Afro-American Studies Department. An investigation found certain professors and administrators had an unwritten policy of “propping up” student athletes. This week on the podcast, we look at academic fraud at colleges with high-stakes sports programs.
  • 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.