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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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SEIU - $19,231.37 spent on 12 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
August 24, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (1 days)
Oakland, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,251.50

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
January 24, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Speech, SEIU Executive Board
Total Cost - $794.00

WELLSTONE, PAUL DAVID - Democratic Party
May 20, 2000 - May 20, 2000 (1 days)
Pittsburgh, PA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $331.00

WELLSTONE, PAUL DAVID - Democratic Party
September 29, 2000 - September 30, 2000 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,683.89

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
November 4, 2002 - November 4, 2002 (1 days)
Albany, NY
Purpose - speaking to unions/CSEA event. White Plains, NY -Albany - White Plains, NY
Total Cost - $850.45

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
April 22, 2005 - April 25, 2005 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Service Employees & Industries Union: "Dialogue of Puerto Rican Leaders on Social Issues"
Total Cost - $777.40

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (2 days)
Puerto Rico - Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Participation in SEIU immigration rally and various events
Total Cost - $3,708.65

GRIJALVA, RAUL M MR. - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, Aetna, AHIP, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Purpose - Minority health summit
Total Cost - $2,223.86

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, America's Health Insurance Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Group
Purpose -
Total Cost - $1,458.82

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 23, 2005 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, Aetna, AARP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Purpose - Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $1,207.80

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, Aetna, AHIP, United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Purpose - Minority Health Summit
Total Cost - $1,507.38

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AHIP, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Purpose - Minority health summit
Total Cost - $1,436.62

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.