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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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  • 11.17.14

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  • 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.
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    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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US Assn of Former Members of Congress - Congressional Study Group on Germany - $122,397.98 spent on 33 trips
41.9% spent on Democratic Party
4.1% spent on Independent Party
54.1% spent on Republican Party

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $3,646.40

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
March 26, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (3 days)
Germany
Purpose - to attend 19th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,192.50

DANNER, PAT - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th annual Congress-Bundentag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,847.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,662.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Ussdom, Germany
Purpose - To attend the 18th annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,046.31

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - 19th Annual Congress-Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $2,633.60

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 14, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (5 days)
Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - 20th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,611.50

HEFLEY, JOEL - Republican Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,139.00

HEFLEY, JOEL - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - To attend the 19th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,227.74

HILL, BARON P - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Ussdom, Germany
Purpose - 18th Annual Congress-Bundestag Exchange Seminar
Total Cost - $2,128.37

KANJORSKI, PAUL E - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,835.50

KANJORSKI, PAUL E - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Usedom, Germany - Venice, Italy
Purpose - To attend 18th annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $5,104.91

LAFALCE, JOHN J - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,606.00

LAMPSON, NICOLAS - Democratic Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - attend Congress-Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $807.60

LAMPSON, NICOLAS - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,011.40

MATHESON, JIM MR - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congressional Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $3,564.40

PICKETT, OWEN B - Democratic Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $1,290.00

ROMERO-BARCELO, CARLOS - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $4,600.40

ROSS, MICHAEL A - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - to attend 20th Annual congress-Budentag seminar
Total Cost - $7,165.64

SLAUGHTER, LOUISE M - Democratic Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th annual congress - Bundetag Seminar
Total Cost - $704.00

TANCREDO, THOMAS GERARD - Republican Party
April 15, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (2 days)
Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - Attend 20th Annual Congress Berndestag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,065.00

UDALL, TOM - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - to attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $3,564.40

WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (4 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - to attend 19th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,555.20

SANDERS, BERNARD - Independent Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GERLACH, JIM - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives, and EU and NATO officials to discuss the US - German relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
August 21, 2004 - August 26, 2004 (6 days)
Minneapolis, MN - St. Paul, MN
Purpose - Meeting of the Congressional Study Group on Germany, a parliamentary exchange program between US Congressional and German Government leaders
Total Cost - $2,401.30

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
May 28, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (7 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus
Purpose - To learn about the current state of US-Turkish relations and to meet with Turkish Parliamentarians to discuss areas of mutual concern: the war on terrorism, the Mideast peace process and a settlement for the divided island of Cyprus
Total Cost - $7,091.98

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
August 21, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (7 days)
Twin Cities, MN
Purpose - Conference for Members of Congress and German Parliamentarians to discuss important issues in the transatlantic relationship, ie NATO and the War on Terror
Total Cost - $1,179.25

DEAL, NATHAN - Republican Party
May 28, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (7 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey
Purpose - To learn about the current state of US-Turkish relations and to meet with Turkish Parliamentarians to discuss areas of manual concern: the war on terrorism, the Mideast peace processes and a settlement for the divided island of Cyprus
Total Cost - $11,458.04

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
May 28, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (9 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus
Purpose - Led the first US Turkish study group to meet with the Prime Minister and Parliamentarians in Turkey and was the first delegation from the US to fly into Northern Cyprus
Total Cost - $11,458.04

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.