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(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

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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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Office of

Richard Durbin


Total cost of 58 office trips: $184,051.25


Trips by Richard Durbin
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $99,436.97

Destination: SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS; GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND AND RETURN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA (MEMBER AND SPOUSE)
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,842.60
source

Destination: CHICAGO; MIAMI; WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK TO SOUTH DADE COUNTY AIPAC ORGANIZATION
Date: May 15, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,519.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEAR ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Sep 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $9,550.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: ATTEND CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS 2000 ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,282.55
source

Destination: LITHUANIA; FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCES OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,673.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK TO MIDDLE EAST-TEL AVIV, BERLIN, LEBANON, SYRIA, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $6,284.60
source

Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: ATTEND THE ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 20, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $14,461.00
source

Destination: NY TO ROME ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT. EXPENSES ARE FOR SENATOR AND HIS DAUGHTER, JENNIFER
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,398.20
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: Alaska Wilderness League
Purpose: TO VIEW THE WILDERNESS AND OIL FIELDS IN ALASKA
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,104.00
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIAN RELATIONS
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,628.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $9,516.02
source

Destination: INDIA AND BANGLADESH
Sponsor: Results Educational Fund
Purpose: VISITS TO TUBERCULOSIS TESTING AND TREATMENT, COMMUNITY HEALTH, AIDS AND MICROCREDIT PROGRAM SITES
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $8,800.00
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIAN-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $9,208.60
source

Destination: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Sponsor: CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS/SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Nov 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,168.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Richard Durbin

Sally Brown-Shaklee
Dan Cisek
Krista Donahue
Susan Gallagher
Ed Greelegs
Susan Hardesty
Ann Hwang
Nancy Kohn
Jessica Lenard
Elissa Levin
David Lieber
Anne Marie Murphy
Lynh Nguyen
Jessica Porras
David Sarokin
Darla Silva
Shannon Smith
Patrick Souders
Anne Steckel
William Weber
James Williams



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.