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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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Islamic Free Market Institute - $322,943.08 spent on 25 trips
34.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
65.9% spent on Republican Party

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
April 11, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (1 days)
Lebanon
Purpose - Congressional fact-finding
Total Cost - $280.00

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (11 days)
Doha, Qatar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - Congressional fact-finding and speech
Total Cost - $18,000.00

CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
March 24, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (8 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - fact-finding and educational mission
Total Cost - $8,900.51

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
March 28, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (4 days)
London, England - Doha, Qatar - Lisbon, Portugal
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - to attend Qatari-American international conference
Total Cost - $9,325.04

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (4 days)
Doha, Qatar - New Delhi, India
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - Speech and participating in conference on free trade
Total Cost - $12,497.00

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (7 days)
Doha, Qatar - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - Third Annual Qatar-American Conference for Free Markets and Democracy
Total Cost - $8,724.00

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
April 5, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (8 days)
Doha, Qatar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $19,500.00

MCKEON, HOWARD P - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Qatar
Purpose - Qatari-American Conference for Free Markets & Democracy, Doha Qatar
Total Cost - $15,800.00

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
April 16, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $8,267.80

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
April 5, 2001 - April 15, 2001 (11 days)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Doha, Qatar - Lebanon - Cairo, Egypt
Purpose - speak at the Qatari American conference and fact finding
Total Cost - $9,140.00

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - speak
Total Cost - $6,229.74

ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
March 22, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (9 days)
London, England - Qatar
Purpose - second annual Qatari-American conference on free markets and democracy
Total Cost - $18,870.00

ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
April 11, 2003 - April 22, 2003 (12 days)
Doha, Qatar - Vienna, Austria
Purpose - Attend conference with Codel
Total Cost - $19,797.00

RYAN, PAUL D - Republican Party
April 2, 2004 - April 9, 2004 (8 days)
Qatar - Bahrain - United Arab Emirates
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $19,800.76

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 11, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (6 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $8,540.00

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 4, 2004 - April 9, 2004 (6 days)
Doha, Qatar - Bahrain - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - speak at conference in Doha and investigate money laundering in the Middle East
Total Cost - $18,097.68

SUNUNU, JOHN E - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (6 days)
London, England - Doha, Qatar
Purpose - to speak at the Qatari-American Conference for Free Markets and Democracy
Total Cost - $9,000.00

TANCREDO, THOMAS GERARD - Republican Party
April 5, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (8 days)
United Arab Emirates - Qatar - Lebanon
Purpose - congressional fact finding
Total Cost - $10,480.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
April 11, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $16,480.00

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
March 24, 2002 - April 1, 2002 (9 days)
London, England - Doha, Qatar - Rome, Italy
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - conference on trade and Christian/Muslim dialogue. Participated in discussion about impact of WTO on domestic commerce.
Total Cost - $17,643.02

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
March 25, 2005 - March 31, 2005 (7 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Attend fifth annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha, Qatar
Total Cost - $20,132.90

KELLY, SUE W - Republican Party
March 26, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Attend Fifth Annual Forum on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha, Qatar
Total Cost - $8,854.70

LEE, SHEILA JACKSON - Democratic Party
March 27, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (7 days)
Doha, Qatar - N'Djamena, Chad
Purpose - Doha (Attend conference on Free Trade and Democracy) Chad (Visit refugee camps; humanitarian fact-finding)
Total Cost - $10,142.43

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
March 25, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (11 days)
Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon - Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL), National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Fact finding, attend annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha
Total Cost - $18,137.00

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
March 28, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (3 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Participate in fifth annual forum on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha, Qatar
Total Cost - $10,303.50

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.