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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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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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Profile in Courage Committee of the JFK Library in Boston - $9,577.35 spent on 10 trips
22.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
77.5% spent on Republican Party

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
May 5, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (3 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - participated in conference
Total Cost - $1,976.16

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
April 22, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - annual meeting of the Profile in Courage Award Committee
Total Cost - $864.72

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
May 5, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Attend awards ceremony
Total Cost - $1,052.00

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
March 3, 2002 - March 4, 2002 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - attend award committee meeting
Total Cost - $736.25

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Organization meeting
Total Cost - $371.09

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
March 7, 2004 - March 8, 2004 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Organization meeting
Total Cost - $1,657.50

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
May 14, 2001 - May 14, 2001 (1 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Senator spoke at the Library and was honored with its Distinguished American award
Total Cost - $178.00

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
April 22, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meeting of the members of the Profile in Courage award committee
Total Cost - $949.90

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - To attend the Profile in Courage Award Committee Meeting for 2003
Total Cost - $859.59

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
March 6, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - As a member of the Profile in Courage Selection Committee, travel was necessary to attend their annual meeting to select this year's candidates for the award
Total Cost - $932.14

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.