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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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(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*

Sarah Wisner


Total cost of 6 trips: $5,273.89


Trips traveled under the office of Jerry Costello

Destination: BERLIN/AMSTERDAM/COLOGNE
Sponsor: Coal Utilization Research Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGY
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,811.14
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU, ILLINOIS PARK PRODUCED, ILLINOIS BEEF ASSOCIATION
Purpose: A FACT FINDING TRIP TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY IN ILLINOIS
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $887.75
source


Trips traveled under the office of Martin Frost

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Sponsor: Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT RIGHTS OF WAY CLAIMS IN WILDERNESS AREAS
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $325.00
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ABOUT TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $235.00
source

Destination: DENVER, CO
Sponsor: University of Colorado
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO COLORADO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY ISSUES
Date: Aug 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $570.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Sierra Club
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO THE GRAND CANYON TO LEARN ABOUT NATIONAL WILDERNESS MONUMENTS
Date: Oct 10, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $445.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Sarah Wisner.


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

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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.