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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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Americans United to Protect Social Security - $6,288.48 spent on 9 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

POMEROY, EARL RALPH - Democratic Party
March 24, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (1 days)
Rochester, MN
Purpose - Discuss Social Security
Total Cost - $889.81

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
April 15, 2005 - April 16, 2005 (2 days)
Cleveland, OH - Hartford, OH
Purpose - To speak to group regarding Social Security Reform
Total Cost - $469.00

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
April 4, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (1 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Invited to attend Town Hall
Total Cost - $250.00

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
May 16, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (1 days)
Erie, PA
Purpose - Invited to attend Town Hall
Total Cost - $313.30

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
May 31, 2005 - June 1, 2005 (2 days)
Albuquerque, NM
Purpose - Congressman participated in Town Hall meeting on Social Security reform
Total Cost - $606.55

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
June 17, 2005 - June 20, 2005 (4 days)
Dayton, OH - New Albany, IN
Purpose - Roundtable discussions about Social Security
Total Cost - $1,546.19

MICHAUD, MICHAEL H - Democratic Party
June 17, 2005 - June 18, 2005 (2 days)
Dayton, OH
Purpose - Speaker at town hall meeting on the importance of Social Security to rural states
Total Cost - $872.97

ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
June 19, 2005 - June 20, 2005 (2 days)
Louisville, KY
Purpose - Town hall to discuss importance of Social Security to rural Americans
Total Cost - $468.29

MICHAUD, MICHAEL H - Democratic Party
June 17, 2005 - June 18, 2005 (2 days)
Dayton, OH
Purpose - Speaker at town hall meeting on the importance of Social Security to rural states
Total Cost - $872.37

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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  • 11.10.14

    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.