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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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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*

Dan Skopec


Total cost of 9 trips: $7,399.08


Trips traveled under the office of Dan Burton

Destination: TOUR OF HOOVER DAM, LADWP CONTROL WATER, POWER PLANT TOUR
Sponsor: Southern California Public Power Authority
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 31, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,656.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
source

Destination: GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO
Sponsor: Colorado River Energy Distributors Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,436.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $382.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR ON ENERGY POLICY
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $918.76
source


Trips traveled under the office of Thomas Davis

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $320.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Association of Convenience Stores
Purpose: TOUR OF OIL REFINER
Date: Apr 14, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,186.32
source


Trips traveled under the office of Doug Ose

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: CHASE - GOLDMAN SACKS - AMERICAN BANKING ASSOC.
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT COMMODITIES EXCHANGE ACT & DERIVATIVES
Date: Feb 7, 2000
Expense: $260.00
source

Destination: CALAVARES COUNTY & MURPHY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Northern California Power Agency
Purpose: VIEW A FOREST SERVICE SLIDE THAT THREATENS ON NCPA DAM & POWER FACILITY
Date: Feb 1, 2002
Expense: $825.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Dan Skopec.


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.