0101 - On the Bank Crisis. March 12, 193311:00
0202 - Outlining the New Deal Program.May 7, 193319:01
0303 - On the Purposes and Foundations of the Recovery Program.July 24, 193317:25
0404 - On the Currency SituationOctober 22, 193316:39
0505 - Review of the Achievements of the Seventy-third Congress.June 28, 193416:37
0606 - On Moving Forward to Greater Freedom and Greater Security.September 30, 193420:10
0707 - On the Works Relief Program.April 28, 193519:19
0808 - On Drought Conditions. September 6, 193621:13
0909 - On the Reorganization of the Judiciary. March 9, 193726:07
1010 - On Legislation to be Recommended to the Extraordinary Session of the Congress. October 12, 193720:20
1111 - On the Unemployment Census. November 14, 193710:24
1212 - On Economic Conditions. April 14, 193829:11
1313 - On Party Primaries. June 24, 193922:28
1414 - On the European War. September 3, 19398:09
1515 - On National Defense. May 26, 194025:07
1616 - On the ?Arsenal of Democracy?. December 29, 194024:52
1717 - On An Unlimited National Emergency.May 27, 194128:36
1818 - On Maintaining Freedom of the Seas. September 11, 194121:18
1919 - On the Declaration of War with Japan. December 9, 194120:48
2020 - On Progress of the War. February 23, 194228:47
2121 - On Our National Economic Policy. April 28, 194225:51
2222 - On Inflation and Food Prices.September 7, 194219:40
2323 - On the Home Front. October 12, 194221:27
2424 - On the Coal Crisis.May 2, 194315:45
2525 - On the Fall of Mussolini. July 28, 194322:20
2626 - On the Armistice in Italy. September 8, 19438:51
2727 - On the Tehran and Cairo Conferences. December 24, 194321:16
2828 - On the State of the Union.January 11, 194423:00
2929 - On the Fall of Rome.June 5, 194410:44
3030 - Opening Fifth War Loan Drive. June 12, 194410:54

Running Time: 9 hours 47 minutes
Read by: D.S. Harvey
Proof Listeners: Diana Harvey,Michael Hogan, Nan O'Malley

Cover: Franklin D. Roosevelt having a fireside chat in Washington, D.C., April 28 ,1935, Author unknown.
Insert and label: President Franklin D. Roosevelt seated at desk with microphones. Author unknown.

These recordings were made using the author’s original published work, which is in the public domain. Copyright © MP3 Audiobook Classics.

Shortly after taking office in 1933 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered the first of his radio broadcasts to the American public.  In simple, plain language, he took pains to explain the basic mechanics of the banking system, the causes of the present banking crisis, and the steps he was taking to stabilize the system.  It was an extraordinary moment – the first time an American President had bypassed the traditional channels of communication (newspapers largely owned by conservative Republicans) and taken his message directly to the people.  In doing so, he conveyed a sense of intimacy and engagement with the decision-making process that earned the trust and affection of the American people. He was able to squelch rumors and build public support for the most radical social changes and the largest war in the history of the United States. They are an astonishing testimony to what great leadership looks like, sounds like, and what it can accomplish.

There are thirty addresses in all, ranging from about ten to thirty minutes, given at the rate of about one every five months, with the timing dictated by public events.  The term “fireside chat” was coined by Harry C. Butcher at CBS in a press release in 1933. Most, but not all, of the original addresses were recorded in part or in full. The sound quality, however, is often quite poor.  Thus, these new recordings of the published texts of the original addresses.  While it is impossible to capture the cheery, affable charm of President Roosevelt, we hope the readings convey the spirit of the times and the temper of the man.

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EAN 683422134272
Media MP3 CD
Package DVD Box
Author Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)
Read by D. S. Harvey
Length 9 hours and 47 minutes

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