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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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in collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Reimburse tuition for A and B college students

File under: education, tuition reimbursement

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From: Greg S., Dallas, TX

Education is the key to financial stability in an industrialized country like the United States.

We the people should offer to reimburse the tuition of anyone who earns a B or better in an accredited college or university. The federal government should do a needs assessment and reimburse at a higher rate for courses in degree fields that are in higher demand. The reimbursement would be based on tuition rates at public colleges, not private ones.

We the people have a self interested financial reason to want more people to be educated. Because income tax is the primary federal tax, the more people in this country that make taxable income, the less we all pay in taxes.

Although I have been very fortunate all my life, I grew up in a poor area. I know from experience that poor people are smart. Helping with education will not solve the poverty problem, but at least it is a step in the right direction.


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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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  • 11.10.14

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    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.
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