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fireside chat

an informal address by a political leader over radio or television, especially as given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt beginning in 1933. Unabridged
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  • Days passed and still the tragic fate of the hapless lovers held a place in fireside chats.

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
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an informal radio or television address by a politician

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from radio addresses of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 21st Century Lexicon
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fireside chats definition

A series of informal radio addresses given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s. In his fireside chats, Roosevelt sought to explain his policies to the American public and to calm fears about the Great Depression.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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