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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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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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Jubilee Campaign, USA - $37,851.27 spent on 6 trips
19.5% spent on Democratic Party
44.1% spent on Independent Party
36.4% spent on Republican Party

AKIN, GARY - Democratic Party
January 3, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (12 days)
Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India
Co-sponsor(s): Inayat Begum Foundation
Purpose - to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGOs, particularly on human rights issues
Total Cost - $7,381.92

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
January 3, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (13 days)
Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India - Taipei, Taiwan
Co-sponsor(s): Inayat Begum Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose - Pakistan/India portion: to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGO's particularly on human rights issues. Taiwan portion: speak at Asia-Pacific Security Interparliamentary Forum, meet with President, vice-president and prime minister
Total Cost - $6,959.92

FRANKS, TRENT - Republican Party
January 9, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (8 days)
Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - Agra, India
Purpose - fact finding mission to learn about India - meet and build relationships with local government officials and NGOs, particularly on human rights issues
Total Cost - $6,799.35

PITTS, JOSEPH R - Independent Party
May 29, 2000 - June 6, 2000 (9 days)
Jakarta, Indonesia - Hahore, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Kotti Nuna, Pakistan - Kashmir Border, Pakistan
Co-sponsor(s): Inayat Begum Foundation
Purpose -
Total Cost - $5,378.00

PITTS, JOSEPH R - Independent Party
January 16, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (10 days)
Bangkok, Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - China
Purpose - develop relationships with national leaders/study human rights abuses
Total Cost - $3,825.37

PITTS, JOSEPH R - Independent Party
January 3, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (12 days)
Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India
Co-sponsor(s): Inayat Begum Foundation
Purpose - to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGO's particularly on human rights issues
Total Cost - $7,506.71

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.