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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*

Ted Van Der Meid


Total cost of 18 trips: $36,419.16


Trips traveled under the office of J. Dennis Hastert

Destination: NEMACOLIN, PA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $540.00
source

Destination: TOKYO-KYOTO
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $9,470.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,420.17
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,894.03
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $823.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $190.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRING, W.V.
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $660.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRING, W.V.
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 5, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $914.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAEL'S, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $717.00
source

Destination: THE HOMESTEAD-HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $308.25
source

Destination: ST.MICHAEL'S, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $900.21
source

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

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,105.00
source

Destination: DCA (WASHINGTON, DC) TO SVO (MOSCOW, RUSSIA) TO IAD (DULLES, VIRGINIA)
Sponsor: AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY COUNCIL/RUSSIAN DUMA
Purpose: INTERPARLIAMENTARY EXCHANGE/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,749.00
source

Destination: LINKOPING/STOCKHOLM/COPENHAGEN
Sponsor: Saab AB
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,013.00
source

Destination: THE TIDES INN IN IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $728.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE ANNUAL BICAMERAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $820.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $271.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ted Van Der Meid.


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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  • 11.10.14

    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.
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    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.