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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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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*

Frederick Downey


Total cost of 9 trips: $15,311.05


Trips traveled under the office of Joseph Lieberman

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $231.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Sponsor: Alfred P Sloan Foundation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT 2001 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,001.80
source

Destination: AERLIE HOUSE, WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND THE DLC SENATE STAFF RETREAT OF DISCUSS UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Jan 14, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $341.10
source

Destination: LATVIA, ROMANIA, BULGARIA
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: ADDRESS ISSUES RELATING TO NATO ENLARGEMENT AND ACCESS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THESE CANDIDATES
Date: May 25, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,924.80
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DLC 2004 LEGISLATIVE ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $353.73
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Potomac Foundation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A WORKSHOP ON MISSILE DEFENSE CONDUCTED BY THE POTOMAC FOUNDATION, THE INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSIS, AND THE FRENCH FORUM OF THE FUTURE
Date: Apr 2, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,761.22
source

Destination: IRAQ
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING-TO OBSERVE US CIVIL AND MILITARY OPERATIONS IN IRAQ
Date: Oct 25, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $3,084.70
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY
Sponsor: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A MULTINATIONAL CONFERENCES ON TRANS ATLANTIC RELATIONS
Date: Nov 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,622.12
source

Destination: WARSAW POLAND
Sponsor: Potomac Foundation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A ROUNDTABLE ON NETWORK CENTERS WARFARE
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,990.58
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Frederick Downey.


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

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  • 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.