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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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Jerusalem Fund - $66,829.22 spent on 8 trips
32.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
67.7% spent on Republican Party

MCHUGH, JOHN M - Republican Party
January 10, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (7 days)
Israel - Jordan
Purpose - to participate in a defense aerospace homeland security mission and conference
Total Cost - $9,025.00

ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA - Republican Party
August 18, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (7 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Seoul, South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): IDT Corporation
Purpose - to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the Hispanic community. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen received the Friend of Zion Award at ceremony from the municipality of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Fund
Total Cost - $13,183.00

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
January 11, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (6 days)
Israel - Jordan
Purpose - To participate in the Defense Aerospace Homeland Security Mission and speak at the Defense Aerospace Homeland Security Conference
Total Cost - $8,725.00

SMITH, GORDON HAROLD - Republican Party
August 5, 2002 - August 5, 2002 (1 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,160.22

NELSON, E BENJAMIN - Democratic Party
January 10, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (6 days)
Jerusalem, Israel
Purpose - To receive the Friend of Zion Award
Total Cost - $12,850.00

CORNYN, JOHN - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (1 days)
Orange County, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,236.00

REID, HARRY - Democratic Party
August 19, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (8 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Fact-finding trip.
Total Cost -

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
January 10, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (6 days)
Israel - Jordan
Purpose - To strengthen international understanding while practicing strategic partnerships & joint ventures. Defense Aerospace Homeland Security Mission of Peace
Total Cost - $19,650.00

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

    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.