O Mister, Where Art Thou?

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Fred Rogers’ historic and legendary appearance before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications to challenge proposed cuts for public broadcasting. If you haven’t seen it, you owe it to yourself. If you have seen it, please take a few minutes to renew your connection to this amazing man and what may possibly be the only real and valuable moment on Capitol Hill in the past five decades.


Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Hope you had a chance to make it out to the North Carolina State Fair and visit the UNC-TV pavilion, where staff and volunteers were on hand to meet and greet as well as hand out some freebies. There were, of course, activities for the kids and, after the Rootle staff returned home, I noticed these Daniel Tiger cut out masks atop their supplies. Perhaps you have a child who got one of their own.

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Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Learn the story of the unlikely – and largely unknown – campaign to create a “better” American race. Tune in as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE traces the rise of the EUGENICS CRUSADE – premiering Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

How sad is this – a crew member died in an accident on the set of Tom Hanks’ Mister Rogers film, You Are My Friend.

Travel through the colorful landscapes of New England to meet unforgettable wild characters and experience the best autumn has to offer. Catch the incredible three-night event AUTUMNWATCH NEW ENGLAND – beginning Wednesday at 8pm on the Explorer Channel. Continue reading

Doodle Do

In case you haven’t seen the Google Doodle celebrating the Mister Rogers anniversary last week, you should check it out. Honestly, “charming” doesn’t even begin to do it justice. And it’s okay to get a little misty.

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Explore the internal mechanics of the human body through pioneering graphics and captivating scientific case studies. Don’t miss THE AMAZING HUMAN BODY – a three-part event – Wednesday at 8pm on UNC-TV.

The DOWNTON ABBEY movie is officially filming! Need proof? Michelle Dockery shared a behind the scenes snap on her Instagram account as proof. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Fans of MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD will easily recognize this familiar figure from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. It’s Lady Elaine Fairchilde, the outspoken schemer who runs the Museum-Go-Round. As a child, I loved the puppets of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe but I found Lady Elaine Fairchilde somewhat offputting. Perhaps it was her often cranky demeanor or maybe it was something to do with the uncanny valley.

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I spied this Lady Elaine puppet in amongst a batch of PBS Kids-related items in our kids and education department.