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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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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*

Laura Vaught


Total cost of 10 trips: $18,340.43


Trips traveled under the office of Rick Boucher

Destination: KENTUCKY
Sponsor: Council for Burley Tobacco and affiliates
Purpose: AGRICULTURAL TOUR-LEARNING ABOUT AGRICULTURE IN KENTUCKY
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $552.72
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: AMTRAK, ALSTOM TRANS, BOMBARDIER, RAILWAY PROGRESS INSTITUTE
Purpose: STUDY AMTRAK WEST COAST OPERATIONS
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,832.00
source

Destination: HILTON PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: MidAmerican Energy Co
Purpose: TOUR OF GEOTHERMAL ENERGY FACILITIES-ENERGY ROUNDTABLE
Date: Jan 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,987.75
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TOUR AND DISCUSS RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES AND RELEVANT ISSUES
Date: Feb 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: PASCO, WA
Sponsor: Energy Northwest
Purpose: FACT FINDING OF NUCLEAR, WIND, SOLAR AND HYDRO ENERGY FACILITIES
Date: May 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,270.34
source

Destination: NORTHERN CA
Sponsor: Northern California Power Agency
Purpose: PUBLIC POWER / ENERGY INFORMATIONAL TOUR
Date: May 27, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,144.52
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: National Grid USA
Purpose: FACT FINDING REGARDING ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS
Date: Jun 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,107.98
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW AND RELATED DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,266.64
source

Destination: BERLIN/AMSTERDAM
Sponsor: Coal Utilization Research Council
Purpose: SITE VISITS, FACT FINDING MEETINGS ON COAL FIRED POWER GENERATION AND RELATED AIR & ENERGY ISSUES
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,811.14
source

Destination: LA-LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Southern California Public Power Authority
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR - EDUCATION ON ENERGY ISSUES
Date: Jun 1, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,767.34
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Laura Vaught.


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.
  • 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.