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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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Wilderness Society - $39,396.54 spent on 9 trips
87.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
12.5% spent on Republican Party

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
June 30, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (6 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife
Purpose - Fact finding trip - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Total Cost - $2,761.86

CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT - Democratic Party
July 1, 2000 - July 5, 2000 (5 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club
Purpose - Education
Total Cost - $5,795.54

DEFAZIO, PETER A - Democratic Party
June 28, 2003 - July 2, 2003 (5 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, National Audobon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Oil Drilling, Energy and Wilderness Issues
Total Cost - $4,902.08

MCCOLLUM, BETTY - Democratic Party
June 30, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (6 days)
Fairbanks, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife
Purpose - Fact finding trip to Artic Refuge
Total Cost - $3,017.08

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
June 30, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (6 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $5,209.80

CHAFEE, LINCOLN D - Republican Party
August 3, 2002 - August 8, 2002 (6 days)
Fairbanks, AK - Artic Village, AK - Artic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Prudhoe Bay, AK - Fairbanks, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - fact-finding trip on Artic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling/energy and wilderness issues
Total Cost - $4,905.15

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
June 27, 2004 - July 1, 2004 (5 days)
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Kaktovik, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - Fact-finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling, energy, and wilderness issues
Total Cost - $2,506.00

OBERSTAR, JAMES L - Democratic Party
June 26, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (7 days)
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Kaktovik, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - Fact-finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling/energy and wilderness issue
Total Cost - $3,739.27

COOPER, JAMES H S - Democratic Party
June 26, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (7 days)
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Beaver, AK - Arctic Village, AK - Kaktovik, AK - Fairbanks, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, Earth Justice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - Fact finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling /energy and wilderness issue
Total Cost - $6,559.76

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

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    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.