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(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

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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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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 by*

Doug O'brien


Total cost of 9 trips: $22,451.20


Trips traveled under the office of Tom Harkin

Destination: JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: ATTEND INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR FARM CREDIT FUNDING CORPORATION WITH OTHER SENATE AND STAFF MEMBERS
Date: Nov 12, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MO
Sponsor: Farm Foundation
Purpose: MEMBER OF PANEL DISCUSSING FUTURE OF CONTRACTS IN AGRICULTURE
Date: Sep 3, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $225.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Mark Kirk

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $564.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose: ISRAELI SECURITY AND SOCIAL ISSUE BRIEFINGS
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $3,131.29
source

Destination: MEXICO CITY; TUXLA, CHIAPAS, MEXICO
Sponsor: POPULATION ACTION INT'L; U.S. COMMITTEE OF THE UNFPA
Purpose: EXAMINE HEALTH CARE FACILITIES IN URBAN AND RURAL MEXICAN COMMUNITIES
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $4,111.64
source

Destination: AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: EXAMINE ENRICHED URANIUM FACILITY AND NUCLEAR MEDECINE FACILITY
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,563.18
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Tribune Corporation
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ SENIOR EXECS RE: COMMUNICATIONS ISSUES AND PRESENTED OVERVIEW OF PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA IN CONGRESS
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,045.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: BAXTER HEALTHCARE, CATERPILLAR INC., ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, MIDWEST GENERATION, QUAKER, BOEING COMPANY, SERVICE MASTER COMPANY, UST INC., YELLOW CORPORATION
Purpose: STAFF TRIP TO VIEW VARIOUS MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS AND DISCUSS CHALLENGES AND LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FACING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $707.09
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: Qatar Center for Futuristic Studies
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE; MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, US DIPLOMATS; REVIEW OF NEW INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
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* - Trips by all travelers named Doug O'brien.


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

  • 11.24.14

    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

    Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a report that showed evidence of nearly two decades of academic fraud perpetuated by the school’s Afro-American Studies Department. An investigation found certain professors and administrators had an unwritten policy of “propping up” student athletes. This week on the podcast, we look at academic fraud at colleges with high-stakes sports programs.
  • 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.