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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

International Management and Development Institute


Total cost of 67 trips: $584,005.47


Traveler: John Lafalce (from the office of John Lafalce)
Destination: FRANKFURT, GERMANY & BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY
Purpose: "U.S.- GERMANY ROUNDTABLES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY"
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,892.55
source

Traveler: Hannelore Heyen (from the office of John Lafalce)
Destination: FRANKFURT, GERMANY & BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY
Purpose: "U.S. -GERMANY ROUNDTABLES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY"
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,462.55
source

Traveler: Jim Mcdermott (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY
Purpose: U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Jan 12, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $7,916.59
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE "U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY"
Date: Jan 12, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $5,855.55
source

Traveler: Amory Houghton (from the office of Amory Houghton)
Destination: BADEN BADEN, GERMANY
Purpose: U.S./GERMAN ROUDTABLES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Jan 12, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $4,669.51
source

Traveler: Bob Ney (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY
Purpose: "U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY"
Date: Jan 12, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $5,551.05
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER, US-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $967.78
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: BUDAPEST-COPENHAGEN-VIENNA
Purpose: CONG. LANTOS LEAD THE DISCUSSIONS AT THE IMDI BOARD ROOM BRIEFING IN VIENNA
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (17 days)
Expense: $2,200.86
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Purpose: CONFERENCE WITH DANISH BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT LEADERS
Date: Aug 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,245.10
source

Traveler: Jerry Weller (from the office of Jerry Weller)
Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Purpose: US-EUROPEAN INTERNET & E-COMMERCE SESSION
Date: Aug 22, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,584.30
source

Traveler: Bob Goodlatte (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND & STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Purpose: PARTICIPATE AS A PANELIST AT A POLICY ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 23, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $2,745.34
source

Traveler: Rick Boucher (from the office of Rick Boucher)
Destination: HELSINKI
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS & CONFERENCE ON CONVERGENCE TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKETS AND MIGRATION OF SERVICES TO THE INTERNET.
Date: Aug 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,075.00
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - HELSINKI, FINLAND; COPENHAGEN - NEW YORK
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE WITH FINNISH BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Aug 24, 2000 (12 days)
Expense: $909.20
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: SINGAPORE - CHINA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS WITH SINGAPOREAN AND CHINESE BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Nov 25, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $9,866.20
source

Traveler: Lynn Woolsey (from the office of Lynn Woolsey)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA-SINGAPORE-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: IMDI - SINGAPORE BOARD ROOM BRIEFING
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,350.40
source

Traveler: Amory Houghton (from the office of Amory Houghton)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE; DUSSELDORF, GERMANY; VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN; ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: US/GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $9,648.00
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: DUSSELDORF, GERMANY, LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN U.S. - GERMAN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $12,802.20
source

Traveler: Kenneth Bentsen (from the office of Ken Bentsen)
Destination: DUSSELDORF, GERMANY-LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: US-GERMAN ROUND TABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $11,832.00
source

Traveler: Barney Frank (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: DUSSELDORF - BRUSSELLS - BOSTON
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $6,208.70
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: GERMANY AND LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: "US GERMAN ROUNDTABLE" MEETING
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $7,497.50
source

Traveler: Bob Ney (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: DEUSELDORF AND LEICHTENSTEIN, GERMANY
Purpose: US-GERMAN ROUND TABLE
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $14,539.20
source

Traveler: Kenneth Bentsen (from the office of Ken Bentsen)
Destination: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK-OSLO, NORWAY
Purpose: IMDI BOARD ROOM BRIEFING
Date: May 25, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,876.03
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK-OSLO, NORWAY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN IMDI BOARD ROOM BRIEFINGS
Date: May 25, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $2,495.50
source

Traveler: Joseph Crowley (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: TEL AVIV - PRAGUE
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN EASTERN
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,503.00
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: PRAGUE, MADRID
Purpose: IMDI BOARD MEETING
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $4,047.40
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY AND LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $15,042.00
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE - BERLIN, GERMANY - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $16,301.51
source

Traveler: Philip English (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: BERLIN GERMANY - LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: US-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 17, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $17,268.51
source

Traveler: Gene Green (from the office of Gene Green)
Destination: BERLIN AND LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: "U.S. - GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY" CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $17,299.50
source

Traveler: Jim Mcdermott (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY; LIECHTENSTEIN AND LONDON, ENGLAND
Purpose: US-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $8,433.00
source

Traveler: Amory Houghton (from the office of Amory Houghton)
Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY; LONDON, ENGLAND
Purpose: US/GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $15,242.36
source

Traveler: Jane Mulliken (from the office of John Lafalce)
Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY
Purpose: US-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE TO DISCUSS GLOBAL ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Feb 21, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $7,989.60
source

Traveler: Solomon Ortiz (from the office of Solomon Ortiz)
Destination: HONG KONG - SINGAPORE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 26, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $7,897.00
source

Traveler: Florencio Rendon (from the office of Solomon Ortiz)
Destination: HONG KONG - SINGAPORE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 26, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $8,079.00
source

Traveler: Lloyd Doggett (from the office of Lloyd Doggett)
Destination: SINGAPORE, THAILAND, CAMBODIA
Purpose: MEETING WITH SINGAPOREAN GOVERNMENTAL, BUSINESS & ACADEMIC LEADERS
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (13 days)
Expense: $16,592.00
source

Traveler: Jim Mcdermott (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: IMDI CONGRESSIONAL VISITS TO SINGAPORE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 18, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $5,493.80
source

Traveler: Cliff Stearns (from the office of Cliff Stearns)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: "IMDI CONGRESSIONAL VISITS TO SINGAPORE PROGRAM"
Date: Jan 20, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $5,221.30
source

Traveler: Gene Green (from the office of Gene Green)
Destination: COLOGNE & BONN, GERMANY
Purpose: "U.S. GERMAN ROUNDTABLE"
Date: Feb 17, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $14,660.00
source

Traveler: Philip English (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: COLOGNEL BONN, GERMANY & LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: US-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY & IMDI CONGRESSION
Date: Feb 17, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $14,940.00
source

Traveler: Diana Degette (from the office of Diana Degette)
Destination: COLOGNE, GERMANY
Purpose: POLICY TRIP
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,620.00
source

Traveler: Cliff Stearns (from the office of Cliff Stearns)
Destination: COLOGNE & BONN, GERMANY; LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE/IMDI CONGRESSIONAL VISIT TO LIECHTENSTEIN
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,940.00
source

Traveler: Robert Wexler (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: COLOGNE, GERMANY
Purpose: US-GERMANY ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $8,120.55
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: COLOGNE, GERMANY WITH IMDI
Purpose: "U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY"
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,947.60
source

Traveler: Nancy Mazza (from the office of Howard Coble)
Destination: COLOGNE, GERMANY AND LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: US GERMAN ROUNDTABLE-CONGRESSIONAL VISIT TO LIECHTENSTEIN
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,720.00
source

Traveler: Howard Coble (from the office of Howard Coble)
Destination: COLOGNE, GERMANY AND LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: US-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE AND CONGRESSIONAL VISIT TO LIECHTENSTEIN
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,720.00
source

Traveler: Philip English (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: MUNICH-BERLIN
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP AND PANEL PARTICIPANT IN THE US-GERMAN ROUND TABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $14,450.00
source

Traveler: Fortney Stark (from the office of Fortney Stark)
Destination: LONDON-MUNICH-FRANKFURT
Purpose: U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $14,270.68
source

Traveler: Frank Wolf (from the office of Frank Wolf)
Destination: BERLIN/MUNICH, GERMANY
Purpose: "US-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE" CONFERENCE/VISIT EMBASSY FOR BRIEFINGS AND MEETINGS WITH U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $14,075.00
source

Traveler: Mark Souder (from the office of Mark Souder)
Destination: FRANKFURT TO MUNICH
Purpose:
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $28,100.00
source

Traveler: Calvin Dooley (from the office of Calvin Dooley)
Destination: MUNICH - LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: 7TH ANNUAL "US-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE"
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $15,900.00
source

Traveler: F. James Sensenbrenner (from the office of F. James Sensenbrenner)
Destination: MUNICH, GERMANY TO LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: U.S.-GERMAN CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE IN GERMANY THAT ADDRESSED KEY ECONOMIC, MONETARY, TRADE AND FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $11,741.80
source

Traveler: Ben Chandler (from the office of Ben Chandler)
Destination: MOSCOW TO VIENNA TO BUDAPEST
Purpose: MET WITH RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND CIVIC GROUPS ABOUT THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CONDITIONS AND INVESTMENT CLIMATE AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT OUR RELATIONS. MET WITH SLOVOKIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BANKING INTERESTS REGARDING THE TRANSITION TO THE MARKET
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $17,784.60
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: MOSCOW-BRATISLAVA-BUDAPEST
Purpose: IMDI SERIES OF BOARD ROOM BRIEFINGS
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,355.20
source

Traveler: Robert Wexler (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: VIENNA-BRATSLAVA-BUDEPEST
Purpose: MTGS W/GOVT. OFFICIALS
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,787.72
source

Traveler: Lloyd Doggett (from the office of Lloyd Doggett)
Destination: FRANCE
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN U.S.-FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 17, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $7,494.52
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Purpose: TO EVALUATE U.S. RELATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION AND FRANCE, AND TO DISCUSS TRADE, SECURITY AND ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,524.26
source

Traveler: William Delahunt (from the office of William Delahunt)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE-STUTTGART, GERMANY
Purpose: TO EVALUATE US RELATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION, GERMANY, AND FRANCE, AND TO DISCUSS TRADE, SECURITY, AND ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $4,921.20
source

Traveler: Philip English (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE-STUTTGART, GERMANY-HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE US-FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE AND THE 8TH ANNUAL US-GERMAN CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $9,809.40
source

Traveler: Cliff Stearns (from the office of Cliff Stearns)
Destination: ORLANDO-WASHINGTON-PARIS-STUTTGART-GAINESVILLE
Purpose: FACT FINDING TO LEARN ABOUT TRADE AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,363.60
source

Traveler: Mark Souder (from the office of Mark Souder)
Destination: PARIS TO SHUTGART
Purpose: AN EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO DISCUSS ECONOMIC, TRADE & FOREIGN ISSUES
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $5,916.60
source

Traveler: Tom Feeney (from the office of Tom Feeney)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC (DULLES) TO PARIS FRANCE TO STUTTGART, GERMANY
Purpose: US-FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE & US.-GERMAN CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $3,721.60
source

Traveler: Jason Roe (from the office of Tom Feeney)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC (DULLES) TO PARIS, FRANCE TO STUTTGART GERMANY
Purpose: U.S.-FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE & US-GERMAN CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $3,721.60
source

Traveler: Ben Chandler (from the office of Ben Chandler)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE-STUTTGART, GERMANY-VADUZ, LEICHTENSTEIN
Purpose: US-FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE; US-GERMAN CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE; CONGRESSIONAL VISIT TO LEICHTENSTEIN
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $11,116.80
source

Traveler: James Oberstar (from the office of James Oberstar)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE - STUTTGART, GERMANY
Purpose: U.S.-FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE, U.S.-GERMAN CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $9,408.40
source

Traveler: Nick Rahall (from the office of Nick Rahall)
Destination: WASHINGTON DULLES TO PARIS, FRANCE, STUGGART, GERMANY, LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN U.S.-FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE AND U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $11,692.40
source

Traveler: F. James Sensenbrenner (from the office of F. James Sensenbrenner)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE TO STUTTGART, GERMANY TO LIECHTENSTEIN
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE IN FRANCE, GERMANY AND LIECHTENSTEIN THAT ADDRESSED KEY ECONOMIC, MONETARY, TRADE AND FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $16,276.30
source

Traveler: Rush Holt (from the office of Rush Holt)
Destination: PARIS-LONDON-STUTTGART-VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN-BRESSANONE, ITALY-WASHINGTON, DC; ML: NEWARK-STUTTGART-VADUZ-BRESSANONE
Purpose: TO MEET WITH BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES TO DISCUSS ECONOMIC, TRADE, AND FOREIGN POLICY INTERESTS OF MUTUAL CONCERN AND INTEREST
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $11,304.55
source



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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