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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

Chicago Mercantile Exchange


Total cost of 32 trips: $74,226.48


Traveler: Mike Mckay (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TOUR OF FOUR EXCHANGES
Date: Jul 30, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,437.84
source

Traveler: Earl Hilliard (from the office of Earl Hilliard)
Destination: ALABAMA TO CHICAGO, ILLINOIS AND RETURN
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 31, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,120.60
source

Traveler: Pat Toomey (from the office of Pat Toomey)
Destination: CHICAGO
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP/VIEW SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, TRADING FLOOR
Date: Nov 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $580.48
source

Traveler: Ryan Weston (from the office of Larry Combest)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: Jan 15, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,460.00
source

Traveler: Steve Buyer (from the office of Steve Buyer)
Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL-FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOC'S 26TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,119.10
source

Traveler: Tom Latham (from the office of Tom Latham)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FLA
Purpose: FUTURES IND. ASSOC. CONF.-WASHINGTON OUTLOOK
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,988.67
source

Traveler: Max Sandlin (from the office of Max Sandlin)
Destination: WEST PALM BEACH
Purpose: WASHINGTON OUTLOOK PROGRAM
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,641.09
source

Traveler: Donald Manzullo (from the office of Donald Manzullo)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Purpose: INVITED SPEAKER AT FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSN. ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,015.09
source

Traveler: John Boehner (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOC. CONFERENCE
Purpose: SPEAKING/ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,940.76
source

Traveler: Tom Latham (from the office of Tom Latham)
Destination: CHICAGO
Purpose: TOUR & BRIEFING OF CHIC. MERCANTILE EXCHG
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $4,289.06
source

Traveler: John Boehner (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: LEWISBERG, WV; CHICAGO, IL & HAMILTON, OH
Purpose: TOUR CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE AND MEET W/ CHICAGO MERCANTILE CEO
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,721.42
source

Traveler: Sam Geduldig (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE MEETINGS - EDUCATION
Purpose: STAFF EDUCATION
Date: Feb 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,966.37
source

Traveler: John Boehner (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Purpose: REMARKS - BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONFERENCE (FOR CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE AND CHICAGO MERC. EXCHANGE
Date: Mar 14, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $6,811.09
source

Traveler: James Hayes (from the office of Philip Crane)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Purpose: TO BRIEF MEMBER ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES RELEVANT TO CME
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,979.05
source

Traveler: Philip Crane (from the office of Philip Crane)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Purpose: TO SPEAK ON LEG. ISSUES OF THE WAYS & MEANS CMTE RELEVANT TO CME
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $5,381.66
source

Traveler: Karen Feather (from the office of Paul Kanjorski)
Destination: TO & FROM BOCA RESORT & CLUB - THE PALMS, MIAMI BEACH FLA
Purpose: ACCOMPANY MBR TO SPEECH TO FUTURE INDUSTRY ASSOC'S CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 16, 2002
Expense: $250.16
source

Traveler: Paul Kanjorski (from the office of Paul Kanjorski)
Destination: TO & FROM BOCA RESORT & CLUB - THE PALMS, MIAMI BEACH, FLA
Purpose: SPEECH TO FUTURE INDUSTRY ASSOC'S CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 16, 2002
Expense: $250.16
source

Traveler: Saxby Chambliss (from the office of Saxby Chambliss)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Purpose: SPEAK AT FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION 28TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FUTURES INDUSTRY CONFERENCE HOSTED BY CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE AND CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Date: Mar 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $4,165.70
source

Traveler: Ted Dahlstrom (from the office of Michael Crapo)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: TOUR THE OPERATIONS OF THE CME AND CBOT
Date: Jul 31, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $939.65
source

Traveler: Mike Ross (from the office of Mike Ross)
Destination: LITTLE ROCK-CHICAGO-DC
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE FINANCIAL MARKETS FOR THE AG CMTE. GENERAL COMMODITIES & RISK MANAGEMENT SUBCMTE. JURISDICTION. OVERVIEW OF RECENT INNOVATIONS & EFFORTS TO INCREASE GLOBAL INDUSTRY
Date: Oct 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,667.18
source

Traveler: Bennie Thompson (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: JACKSON, MS TO CINCINNATI, OH FROM CINCINNATI, OH TO CHICAGO FROM CHICAGO OHARE, IL BACK TO WASHINGTON REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Oct 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,672.18
source

Traveler: Bob Etheridge (from the office of Bob Etheridge)
Destination: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE & CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Oct 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,959.48
source

Traveler: Melvin Watt (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: DETROIT, MI-CHICAGO, IL-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: MET WITH THE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE AND THE CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, INC. TO DISCUSS FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE RELATED ISSUES
Date: Oct 27, 2003
Expense: $1,008.59
source

Traveler: Tom Latham (from the office of Tom Latham)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS REGARDING FEDERAL POLICY AND CONGRESS DURING THE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,622.38
source

Traveler: Aaron Schmidt (from the office of John Barrow)
Destination: CHICAGO
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND FACT FINDING TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT COMMODITIES TRADING
Date: Apr 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,220.26
source

Traveler: Leonard Boswell (from the office of Leonard Boswell)
Destination: DES MOINES - CHICAGO - WASHINGTON
Purpose: AG COMMITTEE MEMBERS VISIT TO THE CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE AND THE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Date: Apr 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,439.04
source

Traveler: Chelsi Stevens (from the office of Randy Kuhl)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO VIEW EXCHANGE FLOORS & SEE AG COMMODITIES & FUTURES TRADING
Date: Apr 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,062.22
source

Traveler: John Barrow (from the office of John Barrow)
Destination: Athens, GA, Chicago, Washington, D.C.
Purpose: Educational trip to learn about commodities trading
Date: Apr 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,493.59
source

Traveler: Mike Conaway (from the office of Mike Conaway)
Destination: DC TO CHICAGO (ROUNDTRIP)
Purpose: TO OBSERVE PROCESS OF CME AND GAIN BETTER PERSPECTIVE OF FINANCIAL TRADING
Date: Apr 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $981.97
source

Traveler: Robert Harris (from the office of G.K. Butterfield)
Destination: ORD
Purpose: TO BE EDUCATED ON POLICY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE AND CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE WHICH ARE UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE
Date: Apr 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $888.62
source

Traveler: Dwayne Bolton (from the office of Michael Rogers)
Destination: CHICAGO
Purpose: TO VISIT AND LEARN ABOUT THE CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE & THE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Date: Apr 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $783.33
source

Traveler: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (from the office of Debbie Wasserman Schultz)
Destination: FT L-CHICAGO, O'HARE; CHICAGO-O'HARE-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: VISITED CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Date: Apr 17, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,369.69
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.

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.