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The First Family of Radio: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Historic Radio Broadcasts

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were the “first couple” of American radio.

From the 1920s through FDR’s fourth term, the president and first lady used this extraordinarily powerful new medium to win elections, combat the Great Depression and rally the nation to fight fascism.

Eleanor Roosevelt’s radio work is almost entirely forgotten. But she was a radio star in her own right — with commercial sponsors paying top dollar for her talents as a news commentator.

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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