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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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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

Christopher Shays


Total cost of 48 office trips: $93,419.40


Trips by Christopher Shays
Total cost of congressperson's 27 trips: $61,179.05

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,148.08
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,683.60
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT THIS SILICON VALLEY HIGH TECH INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,419.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BI-PARTISANSHIP
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,352.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Connecticut Association for Community Action
Purpose: SPEAK AT NEW ENGLAND COMMUNITY ACTION ASSOC. POLICY FORUM
Date: Mar 23, 2001
Expense: $441.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - STANLEY, ID - ST. LOUIS MD
Sponsor: Alliance for the Wild Rockies
Purpose: FACT FINDING VISIT TO NORTHEAST ROCKY MTN. AREA IN CONJUNCTION WITH PENDING BILL HR 488
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,919.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC - STANLEY, ID - ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: Principia College
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $709.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MD - COLUMBUS, OH - NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Human Rights Campaign
Purpose: SPEAK AT
Date: Jun 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $847.89
source

Destination: NY - LOS ANGELES - WASH. DC
Sponsor: Campaign for America
Purpose: SPEAK TO CAMPAIGN THE AMERICA MEMBERS
Date: Jun 17, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $4,722.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK TO AIPAC MEMBERS
Date: Nov 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,094.34
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose:
Date: Dec 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A PANEL ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,204.50
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 29, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $15,693.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Date: May 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $823.34
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
Purpose: SPEAK AND RECEIVE AWARD AT LWV NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Jun 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,717.00
source

Destination: NEW PALTZ, NY
Sponsor: NEW CANAAN SOCIETY
Purpose: SPEAK TO CONSTITUENTS ABOUT IRAQ
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $525.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: Carter Center
Purpose: SPEAK AT CARTER CENTER COUNCIL OF PRESIDENTS & PRIME MINISTERS OF THE AMERICAS
Date: Mar 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $973.50
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: COMMONFUND
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,044.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Trinity School
Purpose: SPEAK TO STUDENTS
Date: Mar 30, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $410.00
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, BC-SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: PARLIAMENTARY NETWORK FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT
Purpose: PARLIAMENTARY NETWORK FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT-SPEAK AT CONFERENCE PANETTA INSTITUTE-ACCEPT 2003 JEFFERSON-LINCOLN AWARD
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,858.11
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Human Rights Campaign
Purpose: SPEAK AT DINNER
Date: Mar 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $3,893.18
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: New York Institute of Technology
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 13, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $149.00
source

Destination: FL
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT MEMBERS' MEETING
Date: May 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,793.29
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT NAACP MEMBERS AT ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jul 12, 2004
Expense: $108.00
source

Destination: SELMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,850.00
source

Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: REPUBLICAN MAJORITY FOR CHOICE
Purpose: SPEAK AT FUNDRAISER
Date: Aug 5, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,246.22
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Christopher Shays

Amy Bahel
Kristina Crooks
Hagar Hajjar
Elisabeth Hawkings
Larry Holden
Catherine Levinson
Katie Levinson
Matthew Meyer
Elena Padin
R Nicholas Palarino
Paul Pimentel
Jordan Press
Danielle Rosengarten
Diana Washington



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.