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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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Humpty Dumpty Institute - $28,745.85 spent on 26 trips
96.4% spent on Democratic Party
2.4% spent on Independent Party
1.2% spent on Republican Party

BALDWIN, TAMMY - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - education
Total Cost - $706.00

BELL, R CHRISTOPHER - Democratic Party
May 6, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose -
Total Cost - $1,489.60

BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Merrill Lynch
Purpose - Freshman Democratic member fact-finding tour
Total Cost - $2,062.25

BISHOP, SANFORD D JR - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $1,066.52

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Fact finding tour of the New York Exchange
Total Cost - $1,991.24

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - fact-finding about U.S. capital markets and international development issues
Total Cost - $851.91

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
May 6, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meetings with United Nations officials
Total Cost - $336.50

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
June 16, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,807.19

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
January 16, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Economic and security issues in Africa and the Caribbean Basin Workshop
Total Cost - $692.60

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
May 7, 2004 - May 8, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - congressional delegation to visit UN headquarters
Total Cost - $616.70

HILLIARD, EARL F - Democratic Party
June 16, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $1,122.09

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - markets research and fact finding mission
Total Cost - $1,141.09

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - CBC visit to NY Stock Exchange
Total Cost - $2,010.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $992.42

LOWEY, NITA M - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 15, 2002 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - congressional women's caucus
Total Cost - $50.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
June 14, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Congressional Black Caucus visit to New York Stock Exchange
Total Cost - $1,252.37

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Banking and UN fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $958.50

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Briefing from U.S. mission to UN, visit to secretariat
Total Cost - $958.50

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - To tour the New York Stock Exchange and the United Nationals. To attend briefings on related issues
Total Cost - $870.55

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - fact-finding and meetings
Total Cost - $601.06

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): US-UN Women's Forum
Purpose - Participate in forum for women
Total Cost - $1,019.38

SCOTT, ROBERT C BOBBY - Democratic Party
June 16, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Educational trip to New York City with Congressional Black Caucus
Total Cost - $651.08

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $1,018.65

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
January 16, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - to attend the retreat on economic and security issues in Africa and the Caribbean basin
Total Cost - $2,705.20

CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT - Democratic Party
January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - United Nations Meeting
Total Cost - $554.25

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
May 6, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Meetings at the United Nations
Total Cost - $1,220.20

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.