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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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Burlington Northern Santa Fe - $85,629.14 spent on 22 trips
44.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
55.1% spent on Republican Party

BACHUS, SPENCER T - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM - Solona Beach, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $1,778.23

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Fort Worth, TX
Purpose - Fact finding trip
Total Cost - $1,516.75

BORSKI, ROBERT A - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (5 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Attend the AAR Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $7,080.00

BUYER, STEVE - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA - Santa Fe, NM - San Diego, CA
Purpose - learn about the challenges facing railroad industry and participated in a panel discussion
Total Cost - $1,570.83

CLEMENT, BOB - Democratic Party
February 22, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (2 days)
Flagstaff, AZ
Purpose - Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $5,412.14

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM
Purpose - fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $3,734.60

COSTELLO, JERRY F - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Purpose - Fact finding trip regarding rail issues
Total Cost - $3,735.88

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Cody, WY
Purpose - Participate in fact finding mission
Total Cost - $3,736.88

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
January 21, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Speech at their annual legislative conference
Total Cost - $2,704.00

HOLDEN, TIM - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (5 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Attend the AAR legislative conference.
Total Cost - $6,150.56

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Cody, WY
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $3,132.36

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
February 22, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (2 days)
Flagstaff, AZ
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,550.64

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
April 22, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (3 days)
Klamath Falls, OR - Sacramento, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $6,673.98

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (4 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - fact finding and conference speaker
Total Cost - $4,113.21

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
April 22, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (3 days)
Klamath Falls, OR - Sacramento, CA
Purpose - BNSF Fact-finding Trip
Total Cost - $8,106.08

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM - Solana Beach, CA
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $2,596.45

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Moran, WY
Purpose - to inspect Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad operations
Total Cost - $3,736.88

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
February 18, 2005 - February 20, 2005 (3 days)
Orlando, FL - Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference and NRCC Retreat
Total Cost - $3,878.00

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
February 18, 2005 - February 19, 2005 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $631.00

LATOURETTE, STEVEN C - Republican Party
June 10, 2005 - June 12, 2005 (3 days)
Seattle, WA - Whitefish, MT
Purpose - Fact finding trip to see inter-modal facilities in Seattle and meet with port officials; to see a train remote control yard along the main line
Total Cost - $4,423.85

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
June 10, 2005 - June 12, 2005 (3 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Congressional fact finding train trip
Total Cost - $4,411.60

LEWIS, JERRY - Republican Party
August 17, 2005 - August 17, 2005 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA - San Bernardino, CA
Purpose - Helicopter tour of rail and port facilities
Total Cost - $3,955.22

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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    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.