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Radio and television From the 1920s through the end of World War II, radio was a popular source of news  and political analysis. President Franklin Roosevelt used his radio "fireside chats" (1933- 1944) to speak directly to the American people about issues facing the country. Both  before and during the war, radio — particularly Edward R. Murrow's broadcasts from  London — was an important source of information on developments in Europe and the  Pacific. The medium has gone through a resurgence in recent years with both  commercial and public (National Public Radio) all-news stations, radio talk shows, and  the president's weekly radio address to the nation.  In addition to giving people news and information programming, television has allowed  Americans insight into the political process and has actually become part of the 
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Unformatted text preview: process. The Democratic and Republican national conventions were televised for the first time in 1952. Dwight Eisenhower ran the first political TV ads during his campaign. It is generally believed that John Kennedy "won" the 1960 presidential debate because he looked better than Richard Nixon on television. By bringing the Vietnam War into our homes every evening, television certainly influenced the attitudes of Americans toward the conflict and increased support for withdrawal. The advent of cable and satellite TV has also provided a means for Americans to see how their government operates. In many communities, local educational stations broadcast school board and city council proceedings. Congressional hearings and debates are available on C-SPAN, while truTV covers major trials....
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  • Edward R. Murrow, National Public Radio, President Franklin Roosevelt, radio talk shows, weekly radio address, Republican national conventions

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