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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*

Mark Rodgers


Total cost of 13 trips: $12,542.84


Trips traveled under the office of Rick Santorum

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $282.00
source

Destination: OSPREY POINT, ST. MICHAEL'S, MD
Sponsor: Prison Fellowship Ministries
Purpose: CONFERENCE FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF HOSTED BY WILBERFORCE FORUM
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $450.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $400.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER-WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: COS CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $795.00
source

Destination: OSPREY POINT
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: FAITH & LAW CONFERENCE (WILBERFORCE FORUM)
Date: Aug 31, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,545.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE/SENATE REPUBLICAN PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,214.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $969.34
source

Destination: MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: SENATE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $354.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: REPUBLICAN BICAM MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $896.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $726.50
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING
Date: Apr 27, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,272.50
source

Destination: THE TIDES INN, IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: TO COORDINATE THE AGENDA PRIORITY ITEMS FOR THE 109TH CONGRESS W/ HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERSHIP
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $776.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER HOTEL, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ASSIST THE SENATOR WITH THE RUNNING OF THE RETREAT, LEAD MEETINGS WITH MEMBERS & STAFF
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,862.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Mark Rodgers.


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.