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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

Center for Strategic and International Studies


Total cost of 31 trips: $112,654.25


Traveler: Daniel Bob (from the office of William Roth)
Destination: INDONESIA AND THAILAND
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH INDONESIAN AND THAI GOVERNMENT, ACADEMIC AND BUSINESS OFFICIALS ON BILATERAL RELATIONS WITH BOTH COUNTRIES
Date: May 26, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $6,820.00
source

Traveler: Robert Filippone (from the office of Bob Graham)
Destination: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, BRASILIA, BRAZIL, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CSIS MERCOSUR CONGRESSIONAL STUDY GROUP
Date: May 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $6,480.00
source

Traveler: Alex Albert (from the office of Zell Miller)
Destination: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, BRAZILAN
Purpose: GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE WITH LATIN AMERICAN OFFICIALS
Date: May 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $6,880.00
source

Traveler: Kristen Madison (from the office of Jesse Helms)
Destination: ARGENTINA & BRAZIL
Purpose: TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATION IN AN ACTIVITIES TO EXPAND INTO PARLIAMENTARY CONTACTS AND DEEPER UNDERSTANDING ON A RANGE OF
Date: May 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $6,880.00
source

Traveler: J J Piskadlo (from the office of Jim Davis)
Destination: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA & BRASILIA, RIO - BRAZIL
Purpose: FACT FINDING, TRADE ISSUES
Date: May 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $6,880.00
source

Traveler: Steve Chucri (from the office of Matt Salmon)
Destination: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, BRASILIA, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Purpose: TRADE/FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: May 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $6,834.00
source

Traveler: Connie Veillette (from the office of Ralph Regula)
Destination: BUENOS AIRES, BRASILIA, RIO DE JANEIRO
Purpose: MERCOSUR & BILATERAL US-ARGENTINA, US-BRAZIL ISSUES
Date: May 27, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $6,880.00
source

Traveler: Randall Soderquist (from the office of Jeff Bingaman)
Destination: JAKARTA AND BANGKOK
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSING
Date: May 28, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,375.00
source

Traveler: Daniel Bob (from the office of William Roth)
Destination: AIRLIE CONFERENCE CENTER, VIRGINIA
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON FUTURE OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
Date: Dec 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $210.00
source

Traveler: E. Clay Shaw (from the office of E. Clay Shaw)
Destination: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: HEAD AMERICAN DELEGATION TO THE COMMISSION ON GLOBAL AGING'S 2ND PLENARY MEETING
Date: Jan 22, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Traveler: Eva Cargill (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: ARGENTINA & PARAGUAY
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 26, 2001 (14 days)
Expense: $1,824.60
source

Traveler: Brian Fox (from the office of Jesse Helms)
Destination: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
Purpose: POLITICAL ASSESSMENT MISSION
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,835.60
source

Traveler: J J Piskadlo (from the office of Jim Davis)
Destination: MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS, AS WELL AS NGOS
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO CARACAS, VENEZUELA
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,905.60
source

Traveler: Marc Mealy (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: CARACAS VENEZUELA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,905.60
source

Traveler: Charles Ludlam (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: ATTEND PANEL MEETING ON BIOTERRORISM
Date: May 9, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $853.00
source

Traveler: Todd Rosenblum (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: ARGENTINA AND URUGUAY
Purpose: OFFICIAL CONSULTATIONS
Date: Aug 25, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $2,000.00
source

Traveler: David Olson (from the office of Bill Frist)
Destination: PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Purpose: TO ATTEND MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES ON THE HIV/AIDS CRISIS IN CHINA
Date: Jan 11, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $7,878.75
source

Traveler: Emily Bacque (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: ARGENTINA/URUGUAY
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,223.00
source

Traveler: Daniel Maclean (from the office of Wally Herger)
Destination: US CONGRESSIONAL STAFF 7TH TRIP TO ARGENTINA & URUQUAY
Purpose: GAIN UNDERSTANDING OF PROBLEMS FACING BUSINESS/POLITICAL COMMUNITIES.
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,223.00
source

Traveler: Maurice Perkins (from the office of Richard Shelby)
Destination: BRASILIA, BRAZIL AND RIO DE JOHNBIRD BRAZIL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 20, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,261.00
source

Traveler: Catherine Wojtasik (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: BRASILIA AND SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Purpose: FACT FINDING/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $3,155.00
source

Traveler: Deborah Frye (from the office of Zach Wamp)
Destination: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Purpose: THE PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION BETWEEN THE US AND BRAZIL
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $1,658.00
source

Traveler: William Moore (from the office of Bill Frist)
Destination: CHINA
Purpose: HIV/AIDS TASK FORCE TRIP TO HAVE MEETINGS WITH CENTRAL AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS AND STRENGTHEN CHINA'S RESPONSE TO THE GROWING/HIV/AIDS CRISIS THERE
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $6,326.70
source

Traveler: Eric Powers (from the office of Lynn Woolsey)
Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Purpose: TO VISIT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND ENGAGE IN A DIALOGUE WITH EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT STAFFERS
Date: Apr 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,640.00
source

Traveler: Brian Diffell (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: BRUSSELS
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH EU PARLIAMENT STAFF LEG 1 OF STAFF EXCHANGE PROGRAM W/ EU PARLIAMENT
Date: Apr 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,090.00
source

Traveler: Patrick Prisco (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO BRUSSELS, BELGIUM AND RETURN
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF/EU PARLIAMENT EXCHANGE ON FOREIGN/SECURITY POLICY
Date: Apr 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,331.31
source

Traveler: Abby Kral (from the office of Mike Dewine)
Destination: ADDIS, ETHIOPIA
Purpose: EXAMINE PEPFAR INITIATIVE IN THIOPIA
Date: May 23, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,443.00
source

Traveler: Patrick Leahy (from the office of Patrick Leahy)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: U.S. PARTICIPANT IN CSIS'S HIGH LEVEL DIALOGUE ENTITLED "THE FUTURE OF THE U.S.-FRENCH SECURITY RELATIONSHIP." MARCELLE ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Nov 11, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $15,503.00
source

Traveler: Diana Ohlbaum (from the office of Paul Sarbanes)
Destination: AIRLIE CENTER, WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN LEADERSHIP FORUM ON FOREIGN ASSISTANCE
Date: May 20, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $490.00
source

Traveler: Paul Oostburg Sanz (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Purpose: TO DISCUSS WITH BIPARTISAN GROUP OF CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS AND ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS AND THINK TANK BCHOLARS THE FUTURE OF FOREIGN ASSISTANCE
Date: May 20, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $510.75
source

Traveler: David Abremowitz (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: WARRENTON VA
Purpose: FOREIGN ASSISTANCE LEADERSHIP FORUM IN DISCUSS FUTURE OF FOREIGN ASSISTANCE BY UNITED STATES
Date: May 20, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $357.34
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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.