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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)

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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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Office of

John Shimkus


Total cost of 71 office trips: $127,470.26


Trips by John Shimkus
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $35,868.38

Destination: LAS VEGAS TO VAIL TO ST. LOUIS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND THE 2000 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 5, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,849.47
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: 2001 BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,572.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS TO YUCCA MOUNTAIN, NEVADA
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR YUCCA MOUNTAIN-PROPOSED NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE SITE
Date: Mar 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,707.50
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND NCTA'S ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jun 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,031.53
source

Destination: BEIJING, CHINA
Sponsor: US Asia Foundation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP AND TO BUILD A ONE ROOM COMPUTER SCHOOL
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $19,301.46
source

Destination: SAINT LOUIS TO SEWARD, NEBRASKA TO SAINT LOUIS
Sponsor: Concordia University
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Date: May 6, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $316.42
source

Destination: CHICAGO-ISRAEL-CHICAGO
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose:
Date: Jul 7, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $10,090.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Shimkus

Courtney Anderson
Daniel Blankenburg
Kelly Childress
Rodney Davis
Ray Fitzgerald
Greta Hanson
Bill Olson
Craig Roberts
Charles Tracy
Michelle Yahng
Maureen Zilly



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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  • 11.24.14

    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

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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.