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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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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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Office of

Barbara Lee


Total cost of 99 office trips: $264,035.69


Trips by Barbara Lee
Total cost of congressperson's 44 trips: $132,234.46

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization
Purpose: OPEN THE FIRST U.S./ CUBA HEALTH TRADE FAIR
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $2,503.88
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: United for a Fair Economy
Purpose: SPEEH
Date: Apr 8, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $463.00
source

Destination: PEBBLE BEACH
Sponsor: ELIZABETH SCWARTZ/PANETTA INSTITUTE
Purpose: ACCEPTED AWARD FOR SEN. MOYNIHAN AND SPEECH
Date: Jun 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $825.00
source

Destination: GHANA
Sponsor: PHYTO-RIKER HOPKINS, LAWRENCE & BAILY, JMA CONSTRUCTION FANNIE MAE, TRACO INVESTIGATIONS
Purpose: TRADE MISSION
Date: Aug 5, 2000 (12 days)
Expense: $2,800.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,570.00
source

Destination: SAN JOSE
Sponsor: AT&T Corporation
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY FACT FINDING TOUR
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,867.00
source

Destination: ROME VIA NEWARK TO CALABRIA, ITALY
Sponsor: NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: EXCHANGE OF POLITICAL AND LEGISLATIVE IDEAS BETWEEN ITALIAN OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,871.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO DALLAS TO OAKLAND
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EXPERT
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $960.70
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO ORLANDO TO NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Communications Workers of America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,857.76
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO CHARLESTON, SC TO NORFOLK, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $918.25
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO S. AFRICA
Sponsor: Population Action International
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $5,480.12
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: SOCIETY OF AMERICAN LAW TEACHERS
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $976.58
source

Destination: SF TO PHILADELPHIA TO DC
Sponsor: TAVIS SMILEY FOUNDATION
Purpose: PANELIST/SPEAKER FOR FORUM ON BLACK AMERICA
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,035.80
source

Destination: ALBUQUERQUE, NM TO BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK SOCIAL WORKERS
Purpose: SPEECH AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 5, 2002
Expense: $346.50
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH & ENV. JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $696.50
source

Destination: AACHEN, GERMANY
Sponsor: Aachen Peace Prize Committee
Purpose: TO RECEIVE AACHEN PEACE PRIZE (ON BEHALF OF MEMBER)
Date: Sep 1, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,361.99
source

Destination: GLAMOUR "WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS PRESENTOR"
Sponsor: Condé Nast Publications
Purpose: AWARDS PRESENTATION TO CONSTITUENT
Date: Oct 27, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $9,912.47
source

Destination: AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP SEMINAR GREENSBORO, NC
Sponsor: THE LEADERSHIP FAMILY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL DISCUSSION SEMINAR
Date: Nov 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,165.00
source

Destination: HAVERFORD COLLEGE, PA
Sponsor: Haverford College
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 10, 2002
Expense: $759.07
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: United Auto Workers
Purpose: SPEECH TO NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF LEGAL SERVICE WORKERS (NOLSW)
Date: Jan 14, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $321.14
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: Martin Luther King Celebration Committee at Ebenezer Baptist Chruch
Purpose: MARTIN LUTHER KING SPEECH AT EBENEZER BAPTIST, ATLANTA, GA
Date: Jan 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $858.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA BOSTON, MA WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Wellesley College
Purpose: JEANNETTE RANKIN LECTURE ON WORLD PEACE DELIVERED BY U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE
Date: Jan 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,053.05
source

Destination: MIAMI-CUBA
Sponsor: URBANISTS INTERNATIONAL & THE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL POLICY (CIP)
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,380.00
source

Destination: SELMA, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $433.00
source

Destination: ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA
Sponsor: Christians for Justice Action
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH
Date: Jul 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,541.65
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: Sisters of Loretto Community
Purpose: TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT LORETTO ASSEMBLY
Date: Jul 26, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $455.00
source

Destination: DC-GREENSBORO, NC-OAKLAND, CA
Sponsor: Bennett College
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH
Date: Oct 10, 2003
Expense: $721.50
source

Destination: OAKLAND-SAN JUAN, PR-LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,000.74
source

Destination: HOUSTON
Sponsor: Houston Peace and Justice Center
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $24,646.50
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO-INDIA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 2, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $9,637.99
source

Destination: CANCUN, HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: THE INTERRELIGIOUS FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS/THE CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS FOUNDATION
Purpose: MET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, VISITED CONSTITUENTS AT THE LATIN AMERICAN MEDICAL SCHOOL
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.73
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Women United of Nevada
Purpose: DELIVERED SPEECH AT WOMENS' SUMMIT FORUM
Date: Mar 20, 2004
Expense: $266.70
source

Destination: LA, CALIFORNIA-NYC
Sponsor: NEW YORK CITY BLACK RADICAL CONGRESS
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH
Date: Apr 4, 2004
Expense: $1,630.00
source

Destination: DC-BOSTON-SAN FRAN
Sponsor: Boston Women's Fund
Purpose: DELIVER A SPEECH
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,332.60
source

Destination: DC-NEW YORK CITY-PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS AT THE UNITED NATIONS
Date: May 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,220.20
source

Destination: DC-CHICAGO-OAKLAND
Sponsor: RAINBOW/PUSH COALITION
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH
Date: Jun 27, 2004
Expense: $3,014.20
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND
Sponsor: Population Action International
Purpose: ATTEND WORLD HIV/AIDS CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $6,499.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH
Date: Oct 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $435.25
source

Destination: CAPETOWN, SA
Sponsor: CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS AND SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT AT THE TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE OF 2004
Date: Nov 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,999.00
source

Destination: SELMA, AL
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $425.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $724.86
source

Destination: DC - CAIRO, EGYPT - LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: American Arab Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $10,563.00
source

Destination: JACKSON, MI - GREENWOOD, MI
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL ISSUE FORUM
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $239.53
source

Destination: OAKLAND, CA - BURBANK, CA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE WITH AIDS
Purpose: RECEIVE AND AWARD AND DELIVER SPEECH
Date: Aug 15, 2005
Expense: $115.20
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Barbara Lee

Saundra Andrews
Nathan Britton
Roberta Bwooks
Patricia Castaneda-Davis
Lynnette Farhadian
Julie Hadnot
Aysha House-Moshi
Myat Khaing
Danielle Leclair
Julie Little
Thomas Mcdaniels
Ven Neralla
Julie Nickson
Sean Petersen
Michael Riggs
Shannon Smith
Jeffrey Thomas
Jamila Thompson
Christos Tsentas



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

  • 11.17.14

    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.
  • 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.