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(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

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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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Trips sponsored by

Council on Foreign Relations


Total cost of 15 trips: $23,993.66


Traveler: Carl Levin (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: DEBATE ON NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE WITH ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE SENATE
Date: Feb 17, 2000
Expense: $259.90
source

Traveler: Thad Cochran (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 17, 2000
Expense: $97.00
source

Traveler: Gordon Smith (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A DEBATE
Date: Oct 10, 2000
Expense: $609.40
source

Traveler: Richard Durbin (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: SAN JUAN
Purpose: ATTEND CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS 2000 ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,282.55
source

Traveler: Robert King (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SYMPOSIUM
Date: Feb 20, 2001
Expense: $111.00
source

Traveler: Stephen Kroll (from the office of Paul Sarbanes)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN LUNCHEON PROGRAM DISCUSSING TERRORISM, MONEY LAUNDERING, AND THE USA PATRIOT ACT
Date: Dec 4, 2001
Expense: $343.00
source

Traveler: Patricia Mcnerney (from the office of Jesse Helms)
Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Purpose: ATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS CONFERENCE: AMERICA AND EUROPE: AT A NEW CROSSROADS?
Date: Apr 18, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $892.00
source

Traveler: Norman Dicks (from the office of Norman Dicks)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A CFR PANEL EVENT ON "BUSH'S DEFENSE POLICY PROPOSAL"
Date: May 13, 2002
Expense: $335.00
source

Traveler: Chuck Hagel (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEMBERS
Date: May 20, 2002
Expense: $567.50
source

Traveler: Richard Durbin (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO
Purpose: ATTEND THE ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 20, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $14,461.00
source

Traveler: David Olson (from the office of Bill Frist)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A MEETING
Date: Dec 12, 2002
Expense: $235.00
source

Traveler: Chuck Hagel (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEMBERS
Date: Dec 16, 2002
Expense: $995.06
source

Traveler: Frederic Baron (from the office of Barbara Mikulski)
Destination: ISTANBUL AND ANKARA, TURKEY
Purpose: COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS ATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,450.00
source

Traveler: Chuck Hagel (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 11, 2004
Expense: $890.90
source

Traveler: Edward Levine (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A PANEL DISCUSSION OF "THE ATLANTIC STORM WAR GAME: LESSONS FOR SMALLPOX AND INFLUENZAA."
Date: Jun 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $464.35
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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.

Recent Posts

  • 11.24.14

    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

    Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a report that showed evidence of nearly two decades of academic fraud perpetuated by the school’s Afro-American Studies Department. An investigation found certain professors and administrators had an unwritten policy of “propping up” student athletes. This week on the podcast, we look at academic fraud at colleges with high-stakes sports programs.
  • 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.