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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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Confederation of Indian Industries - $245,412.64 spent on 21 trips
90.4% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
9.6% spent on Republican Party

BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
India
Purpose - educational mission
Total Cost - $17,507.64

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (10 days)
New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India - New Delhi, India
Purpose - Fact finding on US- India relations and bilateral trade
Total Cost - $8,706.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
January 4, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (8 days)
New Delhi, India - Bangalore, India - New Delhi, India
Purpose - education visit to meet with business and government officials, speech to CII in Bangalore, India
Total Cost - $16,873.28

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
April 15, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (4 days)
Bombay, India - New Delhi, India
Purpose - Speeches to business groups, meeting with government officials
Total Cost - $432.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (15 days)
New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, Bangladesh
Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, speech to businessmen visit to Bangladesh to meet with government officials, businessmen, UNFPA projects, Grameen Bank
Total Cost - $8,888.76

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
January 6, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (10 days)
India
Purpose - Meetings with senior representatives in national state governments in India
Total Cost - $8,010.86

GREENWOOD, JAMES C - Republican Party
March 24, 2000 - March 24, 2000 (1 days)
New Delhi, India
Purpose - At the request of Speak Hastert, I represented the Speaker on President Clinton's March 18-26 mission aboard Air Force One to Bangladesh and India. While in India, I attended meetings of the Confederation of Indian Industry and Indian parliamentarians
Total Cost - $1,850.00

HOLT, RUSH - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 18, 2001 (13 days)
Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $15,955.08

HOLT, RUSH - Democratic Party
December 31, 2001 - January 13, 2002 (14 days)
Bangalore, India
Purpose - Congressional delegation trip, World Economic Forum.
Total Cost - $842.33

MAJETTE, DENISE L - Democratic Party
January 5, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (5 days)
New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - Congressional delegation headed by Rep. Joe Crowley to explore U.S. political, economic and defense ties to India, address Kashmir crisis, bilateral trade. Meetings with various ministers, including defense government officials and USAID project sites
Total Cost - $17,655.78

MARSHALL, JIM - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (10 days)
New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - CODEL
Total Cost - $17,951.66

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 18, 2001 (13 days)
Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India - Cochin, India
Purpose - Confederation of Indian Industries Partnership Summit
Total Cost - $17,735.09

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (10 days)
Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - congressional delegation to India - fact finding trip
Total Cost - $18,800.30

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
January 4, 2002 - January 13, 2002 (10 days)
India
Purpose - educational - speech
Total Cost - $15,916.12

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (5 days)
New Delhi, India
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,221.68

WEINER, ANTHONY D - Democratic Party
January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
New Delhi, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - Trade fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $8,690.08

CORNYN, JOHN - Republican Party
January 6, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (1 days)
New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $13,818.89

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
June 25, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (8 days)
New Delhi, India
Purpose - Fact Finding
Total Cost - $12,095.86

HOYER, STENY HAMILTON - Democratic Party
January 5, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (5 days)
Delhi, India - Agra, India
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $7,552.98

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (10 days)
India
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $9,637.99

ISRAEL, STEVE - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (9 days)
New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India
Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, discuss defense and financial policies
Total Cost - $20,270.26

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.
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    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.