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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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Congressional Economic Leadership Institute - $93,181.11 spent on 17 trips
64.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
35.5% spent on Republican Party

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
December 1, 2000 - December 3, 2000 (3 days)
Venice, Italy
Purpose - Transatlantic study trip
Total Cost - $1,090.00

CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT - Democratic Party
April 12, 2002 - April 14, 2002 (3 days)
NV
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $1,136.00

CASTLE, MICHAEL N - Republican Party
December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Venice, Italy
Purpose - TransAtlantic Policy Network -- Educational
Total Cost - $1,090.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
November 15, 2003 - November 23, 2003 (9 days)
Berlin, Germany - Strasbourg, France - Paris, France
Purpose - International relations and trade discussions
Total Cost - $15,801.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
April 12, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (6 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Germany
Co-sponsor(s): Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose - Speaking engagement - discussions of transatlantic policy issues
Total Cost - $13,238.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
April 10, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (11 days)
Budapest, Hungary - Brussels, Belgium - Stuttgart, Germany - Munich, Germany - London, England
Purpose - speaker and participant in Transatlantic Policy Network meeting on US EU relations, speaker and participant in the US Germany Marshall Fund Seminar and panelist in the Parliamentary Assembly Interparliamentary forum on Transatlantic dialogue
Total Cost - $13,393.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy
Purpose - Meet with European leaders and discuss economic issues
Total Cost - $10,244.62

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
July 6, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (4 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - Aviation Issues Conference
Total Cost - $1,282.24

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy
Co-sponsor(s): Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose - TPN winter meeting and CELI study visit
Total Cost - $5,592.25

MILLER, CANDICE S - Republican Party
April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Stuttgart, Germany - Munich, Germany
Purpose - meeting with members of European Union, Parliament and other economic leaders
Total Cost - $12,568.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
April 12, 2002 - April 14, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - trip focused on gaming and hospitality industries, nuclear waste disposal.
Total Cost - $1,335.00

NORTHUP, ANNE M - Republican Party
July 11, 2003 - July 13, 2003 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Aviation Issues Conference
Total Cost - $1,180.00

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
July 7, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (2 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Study aviation safety and operation issues
Total Cost - $2,346.50

SAWYER, THOMAS - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy
Purpose - Study trip
Total Cost - $10,394.50

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Rome, Italy - Venice, Italy
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $1,260.00

ROBERTS, PAT - Republican Party
December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Venice, Italy
Co-sponsor(s): Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose - participate in fall meeting
Total Cost - $1,230.00

LATOURETTE, STEVEN C - Republican Party
July 6, 2000 - July 10, 2000 (5 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - aviation conference. Wash, DC - Seattle - Wash, DC
Total Cost -

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.