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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 by*

Mary Kerr


Total cost of 7 trips: $27,464.06


Trips traveled under the office of James Oberstar

Destination: CHINA (BEIJING, XIAN, SHANGHAI, HONGKONG)
Sponsor: Chinese People's Institute for Foreign Affairs
Purpose: FACT-FINDING-45TH CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (15 days)
Expense: $8,500.00
source

Destination: GERMANY (BERLIN, ERFURT & KIEL)
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP RELATED TO GERMANY POST-REUNIFICATION
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $2,196.00
source

Destination: DELHI/AGRA/CHENNAI/MUMBAI, INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $3,685.00
source

Destination: BEIJING - XI'AN, SHANGHAI, HONGKONG
Sponsor: US-Asia Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (15 days)
Expense: $7,589.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Investment Company Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP REGARDING MUTUAL FUNDS
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $925.86
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Tax Directors Group
Purpose: INFORMATION GATHERING ON INDUSTRY & RELEVANT ISSUES
Date: Aug 10, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,530.00
source

Destination: NEWARK - SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Purpose: INFORMATION TRIP, INCLUDING TRADE & SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,038.20
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* - Trips by all travelers named Mary Kerr.


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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  • 11.10.14

    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.