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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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(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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PhRMA - $48,750.70 spent on 12 trips
82.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
17.7% spent on Republican Party

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
April 2, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (2 days)
West Palm Beach, FL - St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Purpose - panelist: access to medicine
Total Cost - $1,914.95

CLAY, WILLIAM L SR - Democratic Party
April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Brasilia, Brazil - El Salvador
Co-sponsor(s): CitiGroup, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Port of New Orleans, iGATE Technologies, Odebrecht, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Purpose - fact finding mission; meetings with government and business officials; conference participant
Total Cost - $8,810.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 3, 2001 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Speaker at the African-American State Legislators Conf.
Total Cost - $1,448.30

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Sony Music, Altria, CNN - Late Edition, Pfizer, Inc., Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Puerto Rico Telephone
Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Total Cost - $5,736.66

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
March 27, 2003 - March 30, 2003 (4 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Conference speaker
Total Cost - $4,234.69

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
March 29, 2001 - March 31, 2001 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - keynote speaker to group of CEOs representing America's pharmaceutical companies
Total Cost - $4,606.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
March 22, 2002 - March 24, 2002 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - PhRMA annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,600.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
March 27, 2003 - March 28, 2003 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - to address a group of CEO's representing America's pharmaceutical companies at PhRMA's annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,101.70

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
April 1, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - To speak to Board members on key issues
Total Cost - $2,288.00

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
March 22, 2002 - March 22, 2002 (1 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $3,467.91

ALLEN, GEORGE - Republican Party
March 27, 2003 - March 28, 2003 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement for PHRMA and pharmaceutical industry representatives.
Total Cost - $911.75

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Co-sponsor(s): iGATE Technologies, CitiGroup, Port of New Orleans, General Motors, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, GlaxoSmithKline
Purpose - Participation in the Afro-Brazilian / African American Business Summit (panel discussion leader)
Total Cost - $11,630.74

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

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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.