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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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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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Microsoft - $129,889.42 spent on 25 trips
95.4% spent on Democratic Party
3.7% spent on Independent Party
0.8% spent on Republican Party

BISHOP, SANFORD D JR - Democratic Party
March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

BOSWELL, LEONARD L - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Microsoft campus visit
Total Cost - $7,024.36

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 18, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (1 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Speech to Microsoft executives regarding intellectual property tour changes on the congressional agenda
Total Cost - $1,750.00

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $4,867.00

CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
March 15, 2000 - March 17, 2000 (3 days)
Not specified
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose -
Total Cost - $4,602.50

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Technology tour in California
Total Cost - $4,867.00

DAVIS, JAMES OSCAR III - Democratic Party
December 11, 2003 - December 12, 2003 (2 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - fact finding trip to see first hand Starbucks Corp and Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
Total Cost - $2,970.16

DAVIS, LINCOLN EDWARD - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Nashville, TN
Purpose - Meeting with technology industry leaders, briefing on current issues
Total Cost - $6,790.68

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
December 11, 2003 - December 13, 2003 (3 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - to do a plant tour of Microsoft facility and meet with CEO of Starbucks
Total Cost - $2,019.79

LEE, SHEILA JACKSON - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - CBC Tech Summit
Total Cost - $747.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Hi-tech tour for CBC hosted by Rep. Johnson
Total Cost - $9,425.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,594.00

LUCAS, KENNETH RAY - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - legislative study and fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,833.18

MCINTYRE, MIKE - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - educational trip regarding high-tech issues as related to official duties
Total Cost - $6,176.00

MEEK, CARRIE - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - participate in technology briefing
Total Cost - $4,602.50

MICHAUD, MICHAEL H - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Congressional briefing/Microsoft Campus Visit for Members of the Blue Dog Coalition
Total Cost - $2,405.19

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Redmond, WA
Purpose -
Total Cost - $5,610.43

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (5 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities as part of Congressional Black Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $4,771.00

OWENS, MAJOR ROBERT - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour of facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
July 27, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (3 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - meetings and fact-finding
Total Cost - $4,598.43

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - to attend technology presentations & tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,203.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
June 11, 2004 - June 14, 2004 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - speech and meet with executives of Microsoft Corporation and Real Networks
Total Cost - $1,058.20

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 15, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Speech to Microsoft meeting on elements of upcoming telecommunications law reform
Total Cost - $1,370.00

HOYER, STENY HAMILTON - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Co-sponsor(s): Faith and Politics Institute, Alabama Power Company, Delta Air Lines Inc, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Daimler Chrysler, Fannie Mae, General Motors, Caterpillar Inc, Pew Charitable Trust, National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Alabama Pilgrimage to celebrate 35th Anniversary of '65 Voting Rights Act March
Total Cost - $989.00

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.

Recent Posts

  • 11.24.14

    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

    Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a report that showed evidence of nearly two decades of academic fraud perpetuated by the school’s Afro-American Studies Department. An investigation found certain professors and administrators had an unwritten policy of “propping up” student athletes. This week on the podcast, we look at academic fraud at colleges with high-stakes sports programs.
  • 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.