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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

David Wu


Total cost of 19 office trips: $56,188.71


Trips by David Wu
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $28,450.25

Destination: PHILLY TO DC
Sponsor: ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE SCHOOLS & NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
Purpose: SPEECH TO GROUPS' ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: May 26, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $787.60
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND HARVARD HEALTH CARE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,281.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI-HONGKONG
Sponsor: CHINESE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE (80%); H & Q ASIA PACIFIC (20%)
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Apr 13, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $6,362.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-FT LAUDERDALE-DC
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND HARVARD HEALTH CARE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $3,994.62
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,892.10
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: Global Alliance for Democracy & Peace
Purpose: GADP NATIONAL CONFERENCE-SPEECH
Date: Nov 1, 2003
Expense: $1,863.50
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND HARVARD HEALTH CARE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,838.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - FT. LAUDERDALE-DC
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HARVARD HEALTHCARE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $3,844.03
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of David Wu

Holly Armstrong
Brian Branton
Ted Liu
William Miner
Julie Tippens



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

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    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.