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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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(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*

Hannah Royal


Total cost of 5 trips: $10,611.99


Trips traveled under the office of Sam Brownback

Destination: SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMP, WESTERN SAHARA (NEAR TINDOUF, ALGERIA)
Sponsor: Defense Forum Foundation
Purpose: TO GAIN A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THE RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PROMOTING DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH MEETING WITH POLITICAL LEADERS AND VISITING THE SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS, SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,248.67
source

Destination: HANOI, HUE, AND SAIGON VIETNAM
Sponsor: Committee for Religious Freedom in Vietnam
Purpose: TO ASSESS THE CONDITIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, AND REFUGEE PROGRAMS THROUGH MEETINGS WITH US AND VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS, ACTIVISTS AND PRISONERS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $3,168.39
source

Destination: BELGRADE, SERBIA
Sponsor: Serbian-American Center
Purpose: TO GAIN A COMPREHENSIVE INSIGHT INTO PENDING AND PRESSING POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ISSUES IN SERBIA THROUGH MEETINGS WITH INTELLECTUALS, BUSINESSPEOPLE, EXPERTS AND POLITICIANS AND TO DISCUSS RECENT EVENTS IN KOSOVO
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,148.00
source

Destination: BANGKOK AND MAE SOT, THAILAND
Sponsor: US CAMPAIGN FOR BURMA AND CHRISTIAN FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT US RELATIONS WITH BURMA, INCLUDING POLICY AND AID PROGRAMS
Date: Aug 3, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $1,458.53
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: TO EXAMINE AMERICAN-ISRAELI COOPERATIVE EFFORTS IN COUNTERTERRORISM, HOMELAND SECURITY, NONPROLIFERATION AND MISSILE DEFENSE
Date: Dec 12, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,588.40
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Hannah Royal.


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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    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.