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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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(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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Merrill Lynch - $12,857.37 spent on 9 trips
70.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
29.9% spent on Republican Party

BAKER, RICHARD HUGH - Republican Party
January 13, 2000 - January 14, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $680.00

BAKER, RICHARD HUGH - Republican Party
February 24, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (1 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): Fannie Mae
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $330.00

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

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - Led freshman delegation to NYSE
Total Cost - $732.00

GREENWOOD, JAMES C - Republican Party
May 5, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (3 days)
Bermuda
Co-sponsor(s): MPM Capital, Hale & Dorr LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Comerica Bank Corp
Purpose - keynote speaker at industry conference
Total Cost - $2,832.12

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
January 22, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - freshman democratic class
Total Cost - $2,486.00

LARSON, JOHN B - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - to learn more about the securities markets and financial services
Total Cost - $1,082.00

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - Banking and UN fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $1,922.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - Meet with NYSE officials and regulators and visit Merrill Lynch equities and trading floor
Total Cost - $731.00

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.