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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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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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    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

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Trips sponsored by

Council on Competitiveness


Total cost of 65 trips: $20,118.85


Traveler: Jeff Hamond (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Charles Salem (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Thomas Geier (from the office of Olympia Snowe)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT ON TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBALIZATION
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Renee Bennett (from the office of Trent Lott)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Robert Foust (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $204.10
source

Traveler: Jonathan Adelstein (from the office of Thomas Daschle)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS
Purpose: RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON "TECHNOLOGY & GLOBALIZATION
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Jeame Bumas (from the office of Slade Gorton)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: ATTEND FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & GLOBALIZATION
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Tamera Luzzatto (from the office of John Rockefeller)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBALIZATION
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $204.10
source

Traveler: Barbara Pryor (from the office of John Rockefeller)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS
Purpose: STAFF RETREAT REGARDING TECHNOLOGY AND PUBLIC POLICY
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $204.00
source

Traveler: Paul Margie (from the office of John Rockefeller)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND STAFF RETREAT ON TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBALISM
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Kevin Landy (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: BIPARTISAN EDUCATIONAL RETREAT ON "TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBALIZATION"
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Ben Wu (from the office of F. James Sensenbrenner)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN A RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF HOSTED BY THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION.
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $150.00
source

Traveler: Barry Beringer (from the office of F. James Sensenbrenner)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN A RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF HOSTED BY THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $150.00
source

Traveler: Sue Ramanathan (from the office of Zoe Lofgren)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
Purpose: BRIEFING FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: John Flannery (from the office of Zoe Lofgren)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Jane Terry (from the office of Max Cleland)
Destination: ANAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: RETREAT ON TECHNOLOGY & GLOBALIZATION
Date: Jan 11, 2000
Expense: $43.65
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Traveler: John Mimikakis (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BALTIMORE
Purpose: TO ATTEND A CONFERENCE ON TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Feb 21, 2000
Expense: $307.78
source

Traveler: Jane Terry (from the office of Max Cleland)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: DISCUSS HIGH TECH TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $353.58
source

Traveler: Joshua Stahl (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY POLICY AND THE 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $353.58
source

Traveler: Illegible Illegible (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: HIGH TECHNOLOGY STAFF CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $353.58
source

Traveler: Barry Beringer (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: TO DISCUSS HIGH TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $350.58
source

Traveler: David Goldston (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Date: Feb 22, 2001
Expense: $41.20
source

Traveler: William Bonvillian (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: UNIVERSITY OF CALIF., AT SAN DIEGO, CALIF
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE AND WORKING SESSIONS ON US COMPETITIVENESS AND INNOVATION POLICIES
Date: Apr 5, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,008.50
source

Traveler: Erin Hatch (from the office of Bill Nelson)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $307.50
source

Traveler: Jennifer Tyree (from the office of Daniel Akaka)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: ATTEND FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $205.00
source

Traveler: Rob Ehrich (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: TO ATTEND "THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION, AN INITIATIVE OF THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS"
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $286.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Geier (from the office of Olympia Snowe)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL FORUM ON "TECHNOLOGY & SECURITY"
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $286.00
source

Traveler: Robert Foust (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $307.50
source

Traveler: David Sohn (from the office of Ron Wyden)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: ATTEND FORUM FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SPONSORED BY THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS' FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $286.00
source

Traveler: Allen Moore (from the office of Bill Frist)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: EDUCATION SEMINAR
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $294.00
source

Traveler: Yul Kwon (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: ATTENDANCE OF FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $307.50
source

Traveler: Shelley Hanger (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: TECH FORUM
Purpose: TECH FORUM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $307.50
source

Traveler: Barry Beringer (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND BRIEFINGS ON TERRORISM & TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $286.00
source

Traveler: Barbara Feinstein (from the office of Anna Eshoo)
Destination: 2 DAY FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & SECURITY FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $282.00
source

Traveler: James Turner (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: TO ATTEND AN EDUCATIONAL FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF.
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $286.00
source

Traveler: Arun Seraphin (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: HARBOR COURT HOTEL, BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND FORUM ON INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY'S RETREAT ON TECHNOLOGY & SECURITY
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $375.00
source

Traveler: David Sohn (from the office of Ron Wyden)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: ATTEND 4TH ANNUAL FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $325.00
source

Traveler: James Cobb (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY AND HOMELAND SECURITY CONFERENCE - CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $335.00
source

Traveler: Branden Ritchie (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination:
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $375.00
source

Traveler: David Kush (from the office of Christopher Smith)
Destination:
Purpose: BRIEFING ON TECHNOLOGY & SECURITY IN AMERICA
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $335.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Montgomery (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: ATTEND CYBER SECURITY FORUM
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $235.00
source

Traveler: Dale Brown (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATION EFFORTS RE: CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE & CYBER SECURITY
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $375.00
source

Traveler: David Eppstein (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: ATTEND CYBERSECURITY FORUM
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $235.00
source

Traveler: Beth Jafari (from the office of John Cornyn)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FACING THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $364.00
source

Traveler: David Sohn (from the office of Ron Wyden)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $341.00
source

Traveler: James Brannon (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN STAFF RETREAT-ENTITLED "FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION"
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $365.00
source

Traveler: Donald Marron (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN STAFF RETREAT-ENTITLED "FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION"
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $365.00
source

Traveler: David Eppstein (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: ATTEND TECHNOLOGY FORUM TO DISCUSS TRADE IN SERVICES
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $365.00
source

Traveler: Sidney Blackmer (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO BALTIMORE
Purpose: SEMINAR ON CYBER TERRORISM THREATS
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $375.00
source

Traveler: George Canty (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $365.00
source

Traveler: Christal Sheppard (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BALTIMORE
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE FORUM'S ANNUAL RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION WHICH IS AN INITIATIVE OF THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS THAT SPONSORS NON-PARTISAN, EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY BRIEFINGS. THE RETREAT SUBJECT WAS THE: THE IMP
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $377.00
source

Traveler: James Turner (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BALTIMORE
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE FORUM'S ANNUAL RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION WHICH IS AN INITIATIVE OF THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS THAT SPONSORS NON-PARTISAN, EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY BRIEFINGS. THE RETREAT SUBJECT WAS THE: THE IMP
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $382.00
source

Traveler: Jerr Rosenbaum (from the office of Virgil Goode)
Destination: BALTIMORE
Purpose: FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION STAFF RETREAT TO DISCUSS THE IMPACT OF GLOBALIZATION ON THE FUTURE OF THE U.S. TECHNOLOGY SECTOR
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $355.00
source

Traveler: William Bonvillian (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: GEORGIA TECH, ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PROGRAM ON U.S. TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION STRATEGIES AND POLICIES
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Traveler: William Bonvillian (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: NEW YORK, N.Y.
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL INNOVATION POLICIES
Date: Apr 27, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $316.20
source

Traveler: Michael Sullivan (from the office of John Ensign)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $383.00
source

Traveler: Arun Seraphin (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT ON "AMERICA'S INNOVATION ECONOMY"
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $370.00
source

Traveler: Beth Jafari (from the office of John Cornyn)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO DISCUSS INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS AND THE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Traveler: Robert Foust (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Traveler: Marsha Shasteen (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT SPONSORED BY THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS, THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION. FORUM TOPIC IS "AMERICA'S INNOVATION ECONOMY"
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Traveler: James Turner (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT SPONSORED BY THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS, THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION. FORUM TOPIC IS "AMERICA'S INNOVATION ECONOMY"
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Traveler: Dana Lichtenberg (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: ANNUAL TECH FORUM STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Traveler: Sidney Blackmer (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO BALTIMORE
Purpose: SEMINAR ON COMPETITIVENESS
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Traveler: W Scott Wilber (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: BALTIMORE
Purpose: ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES BRIEFING
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $370.00
source

Traveler: David Eppstein (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC-BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION RETREAT ON ECONOMICS AND INNOVATION
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $370.00
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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

  • 11.17.14

    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.