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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 by*

Rob Johnson


Total cost of 5 trips: $7,836.09


Trips traveled under the office of Tom Cole

Destination: SAN JOSE, CA-SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: APPLIED MATERIALS; AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.; HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY; INTEL CORPORATION; SBC TELECOMMUNICATIONS; SELECTRON CORPORATION
Purpose: TO SEE FIRST HAND THE INNER WORKINGS OF HIGH-TECH MANUFACTURING. A SERIES OF COMPANY VISITS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES HELPED ILLUSTRATE THE IMPACT OF THE HIGH-TECH COMMUNITY ON THE ECONOMY & WORKFORCE.
Date: May 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,069.70
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Destination: LEXINGTON, KY
Sponsor: THE BLUEGRASS AGRICULTURAL TOUR COMMITTEE AND SEVERAL SPONSORS
Purpose: TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS OF KENTUCKY
Date: Aug 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $534.49
source

Destination: PRICE, UTAH
Sponsor: Domestic Petroleum Council
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT NATURAL GAS EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION IN UTAH
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $981.90
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Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
Purpose: TOUR RESERVATION, REVIEW FEDERAL PROJECTS, DISCUSS TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY, AND ATTEND CHARITY DINNER FOR AGUA CALLIENTE CULTURAL MUSEUM, A 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION
Date: Oct 31, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 2, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,250.00
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* - Trips by all travelers named Rob Johnson.


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.