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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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Office of

Tom Harkin


Total cost of 54 office trips: $69,889.70


Trips by Tom Harkin
Total cost of congressperson's 5 trips: $15,599.26

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: International Longshoremen's Association
Purpose: ADDRESS CONVENTION
Date: Jul 18, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $1,007.75
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: American Corn Growers Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE AND RECEIVE AWARD
Date: Feb 26, 2001
Expense: $2,139.00
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,386.00
source

Destination: WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
Sponsor: PARLIAMENTARIANS FOR GLOBAL ACTION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT THE PARLIAMENTARIANS FOR GLOBAL ACTION 26TH ANNUAL FORUM. SENATOR HARKIN IS A MEMBER OF PGA'S INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL
Date: Dec 2, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $9,217.51
source

Destination: DES MOINES, IA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: World Food Prize Foundation
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 14, 2005
Expense: $849.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tom Harkin

Brian Ahlberg
Richard Bender
Sabrina Corlette
William Even
Michele Evermore
Alison Fox
Adam Gluck
Maria Gutierrez
Kristofer Hagglund
Mark Halverson
Eric Juzenas
Susan Keith
Dianne Liepa
Stephanie Mercier
Alisa Mocris
Doug O'brien
Peter Reinecke
Lloyd Ritter
Bev Schroeder
Chani Wiggins



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

    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.