Mr. Rogers defense of PBS in 1969 has renewed meaning following the first debate.
Title: In 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon
God I haven't heard his voice in years. I watched his show as a child but like sesame street a little bit more. But holy crap the tone of his voice still feels calming and reassuring to me today. And his discussion about children's need to feel control is so true. I remember how frustrated I felt as a child with the sense that I had NO control over anything in my life. I still support PBS today, but maybe they too need to refocus on the ideas expressed by Rogers. They have strayed a bit from his message today.
PBS should not be cut. It's one of the only outlets for the real arts that we have left.
In the age of Honey Boo Boo, of course something like PBS will be seen as disposable.
Fred Roger's voice has always creeped me out.
Mama's mussy is moist!
He had some really cool guests on the show sometimes, and got them to discuss things in a way that was refreshingly different from what one would see on other TV interview programs. Here's a good example of one interview he did that, while intended for an audience of children, many adults would no doubt find quite interesting as well.