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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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(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 by*

James Datri


Total cost of 6 trips: $21,334.46


Trips traveled under the office of Robert Menendez

Destination: BRASILIA-SAD PAULO
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING: TO MEET WITH BRAZILIAN GOV'T. AND BUSINESS LEADERS; LEARN FIRST-HAND HOW THE BRAZILIAN GOV'T OPERATES, AND ABOUT TRADE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE U.S.
Date: May 27, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,293.48
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
Purpose: FACT-FINDING: TO SEE FIRST-HAND THE OPERATIONS OF THE HOME LOAN BANK; MEET WITH BANK OFFICIALS & STAFF; AND VISIT BANK-BACKED HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Date: Aug 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,820.95
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Computer & Communications Industry Association
Purpose: SYMPOSIUM ON THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN A DIGITAL AGE/MEETINGS & DISCUSSIONS W/ INDUSTRY EXECS. ON CURRENT ISSUES
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,707.08
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL (CORAL GABLES)
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH, PARTICIPATE ON A STAFF PANEL, AND PARTICIPATE IN THE ABA'S LEGISLATIVE LIAISON ADVISORY COMMITTEE CONFERENCE PROGRAM
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,014.35
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATING IN AND SPEAKING AT THE S.I.A. GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE.
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,627.81
source

Destination: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (ITINERARY INCLUDED: BERN, GENEVA, AND ZURICH)
Sponsor: Government of Switzerland
Purpose: TO MEET WITH SWISS GOVERNMENT & INDUSTRY LEADERS TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF MUTUAL IMPORTANCE (ESP: FINANCIAL SERVICES & HEALTH CARE ISSUES); TO LEARN ABOUT THE SWISS NATION, PEOPLE, AND CULTURE
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $5,870.79
source



* - Trips by all travelers named James Datri.


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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  • 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.