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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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Trips sponsored by

Ploughshares Fund


Total cost of 29 trips: $7,433.28


Traveler: Brian Moran (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ARMS CONTROL ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $263.00
source

Traveler: Daniel Mcglinchey (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN ARMS CONTROL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $260.00
source

Traveler: Katherine Kaufer (from the office of Bill Luther)
Destination: COOLFONT, BERKELEY SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: ARMS CONTROL RETREAT
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $263.20
source

Traveler: Stacey Leavandosky (from the office of Lynn Woolsey)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: ATTEND MEETING
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $263.20
source

Traveler: Richard Fieldhouse (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: BERKLEY SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Jan 12, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $116.60
source

Traveler: Daniel Mcglinchey (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: COOLFONT CONFERENCE CENTER (BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV)
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN ARMS CONTROL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $212.48
source

Traveler: Katherine Kaufer (from the office of Bill Luther)
Destination:
Purpose: ARMS CONTROL RETREAT
Date: Jan 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $318.72
source

Traveler: John Doty (from the office of Jerrold Nadler)
Destination: COOLFONT, VA
Purpose: DEFENSE ISSUES SEMINAR
Date: Jan 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $318.72
source

Traveler: Marie Rietmann (from the office of Earl Blumenauer)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: EDUCATION OF LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY
Date: Jan 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $318.72
source

Traveler: John Doty (from the office of Jerrold Nadler)
Destination: COOLFONT, WV
Purpose: DEFENSE ISSUES SEMINAR
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $230.76
source

Traveler: Stacey Leavandosky (from the office of Lynn Woolsey)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF 2003 ARMS CONTROL ISSUES
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $164.98
source

Traveler: Shannon Smith (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: ARMS CONTROL SEMINAR
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $319.76
source

Traveler: Arun Ivatury (from the office of Dennis Kucinich)
Destination: COOLFONT RESORT, BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: ARMS CONTROL COALITION ANNUAL RETREAT: EDUCATION ON SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $230.76
source

Traveler: Michael Mccord (from the office of John Spratt)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS WV
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON ARMS CONTROL AND DEFENSE ISSUES
Date: Jan 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $331.84
source

Traveler: Laurie Heim (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WVA
Purpose: ATTEND SEMINAR ON ARMS CONTROL AND DEFENSE POLICY FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF AND NGOS
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $328.00
source

Traveler: Bruno Freitas (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: BERKLEY SPINGS, WV
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF 2003 ARMS CONTROL ISSUE
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $164.98
source

Traveler: Michal Freedhorr (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WVA
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF ARMS CONTROL & NONPROLIFERATION ISSUES FOR 2003
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $329.96
source

Traveler: Michal Freedhoff (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WVA
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION ISSUES FOR 2003
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $329.96
source

Traveler: Mara Dowdall (from the office of Lloyd Doggett)
Destination: 2003 ANNUAL ARMS CONTRAL RETREAT; BERKELY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF 2003 ARMS CONTROL ISSUES
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $164.98
source

Traveler: Madelyn Creedon (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: BERKLEY SPRINGS WEST VA
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND SPEAK AT A NONPROLIFERATION AND DEFENSE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $151.00
source

Traveler: Richard Fieldhouse (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $165.00
source

Traveler: Todd Stein (from the office of Thomas Allen)
Destination: CONFERENCE AT SINGLE SITE
Purpose: 2003 ANNUAL ARMS CONTROL RETREAT
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $164.98
source

Traveler: Shannon Smith (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: MEETING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $331.84
source

Traveler: Edward Steiner (from the office of Loretta Sanchez)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: MEETING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $331.84
source

Traveler: Richard Fieldhouse (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: AIRLIE CONFERENCE CENTER, WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $181.00
source

Traveler: Michael Mccord (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: AIRLIE CENTER, WARRENTON VA
Purpose: ATTEND PEACE AND SECURITY LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY RETREAT
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $272.00
source

Traveler: Laurie Heim (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: ATTEND PEACE & SECURITY LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY RETREAT
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $362.00
source

Traveler: Jeffrey Duncan (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND WORKING GROUP MEETINGS AT THE PEACE AND SECURITY LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY RETREAT
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $362.00
source

Traveler: Ven Neralla (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: AIRLIE CENTER, WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, MEETING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $181.00
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.