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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

Robert Smith


Total cost of 89 office trips: $138,696.57


Trips by Robert Smith
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $19,484.30

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 3, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $3,430.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,050.77
source

Destination: WOODS HOLE, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Alliance for the Advancement of Climate Science
Purpose: CLIMATE SCIENCE BRIEFINGS TO GROUP OF SENATORS/STAFF
Date: Mar 3, 2000
Expense: $706.75
source

Destination: PASCAGOULA, MS
Sponsor: Domestic Petroleum Council
Purpose: FIELD TRIP TO THE KERR-MCGEE/DOMINION NEPTUNE STAR DEEPWATER PRODUCTION PLATFORM
Date: Jun 17, 2000
Expense: $980.28
source

Destination: STUART ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Group International Inc
Purpose: OVERVIEW FOR SENATORS OF WORK DONE BY WASHINGTON GROUP INTERNATIONAL AND RELATION TO CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA
Date: Aug 25, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $7,220.00
source

Destination: CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: GEORGE C. MARSHALL INSTITUTE AND AMERICAN STANDARD COMPANY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A SYMPOSIUM ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND INDUSTRIAL CHALLENGES
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,047.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,049.50
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Smith

Kenneth Adler
Sharla Beall
Dave Canover
Dave Conover
Dan Corbett
Melinda Cross
Stephanie Daigle
John Denning
Patricia Doerr
Genevieve Erny
Thomas Gibson
Martin Hall
Chelsea Henderson
Chris Hessler
Paul Jensen
Jennifer Johnson
Ann Klee
M Kirstin Kohrer
John Lang
Edward Michaels
John Pemberton
John Pombri
Kirstin Rohrer
Jeffrey Rose
Alex Shively
Megan Stanley
Ellen Stein
Russell Thomasson
David Tille



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.