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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*

Shannon Smith


Total cost of 14 trips: $15,917.32


Trips traveled under the office of Susan Collins

Destination: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Sponsor: CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS/SOUTH AFRICAN INST. OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,061.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Richard Durbin

Destination: WASHINGTON TO MALAWI
Sponsor: Save The Children
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,197.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION TO UNITED NATIONS
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $542.90
source

Destination: AIRLIE, VA
Sponsor: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM ON AFRICA
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $500.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Barbara Lee

Destination: ROME TO CALABRIA, IT
Sponsor: NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: EXCHANGE OF POLITICAL AND LEGISLATIVE IDEAS BETWEEN ITALIAN OFFICIAL AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,871.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, TRUCKEE, CLAVEC RIVER AREA
Sponsor: Wilderness Society
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 27, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $959.09
source

Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Ploughshares Fund
Purpose: ARMS CONTROL SEMINAR
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $319.76
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $229.90
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-SHEPERDSTOWN, WV
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Apr 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $309.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: May 25, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $2,647.63
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-FAIRBANKS-ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE-FARIBA
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY, NATURAL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON DRILLING, ENERGY, AND WILDERNESS ISSUES
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $2,532.48
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $315.72
source

Destination: ARIZONA
Sponsor: Wilderness Society
Purpose: FACT-FINDING REGARDING NATIONAL LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION SYSTEM
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Ploughshares Fund
Purpose: MEETING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $331.84
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Shannon Smith.


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

  • 11.17.14

    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.