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When Mister Rogers Rankled Witches

Michael G. Long | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers often encountered criticism from viewers of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.' In letter after letter, irate viewers criticized everything from his generous views of divine grace to his pacifist approach to war to his bold decision to show the erect nipple of a breast-feeding mother.

Was Mister Rogers Racist? Twelve Facts About Our Favorite Neighbor

Michael G. Long | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers, the beloved creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, never marched in the black civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Although the registered Republican was far from a street protestor, Rogers eventually became a quiet advocate of racial integration.

The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

Michael G. Long | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.

'Springing' Into Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Katharine Rose | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Katharine Rose

It seems rather fitting that the birthday of the late Fred McFeely Rogers (1928-2003) -- the renowned, award-winning creator and host of the creative children's television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood -- falls on the first day of Spring each year, March 20.

The Ridiculously Sweet Story Behind Mister Rogers' Cardigans

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 04.10.2015 | Style

Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor? Fred Rogers, the star of the classic PBS show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," would'...

Is Mister Rogers in Heaven? Fred Rogers and the Faithfulness of God

Michael G. Long | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

In the deepest recesses of his heart, Fred Rogers was an unabashed universalist who believed that God never gives up on any of us exactly because we are all essentially good, valuable, and lovable: God is the Great Appreciator, and we are the greatly appreciated.

You'll Miss Mister Rogers Even More When You Hear His Loving Message

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.02.2015 | TV

Mister Rogers can still make us feel better. On the 12th anniversary of Fred Rogers' death Friday, the Fred Rogers Company posted a poignant video ...

Wasn't He a Sniper? Mister Rogers and Peace in the Neighborhood

Michael G. Long | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Michael G. Long

The real truth is that Rogers was a pacifist who fashioned Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a platform for sharing his countercultural beliefs about nonviolence.

What Would Mister Rogers Eat? Thanksgiving in the Neighborhood

Michael G. Long | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers practiced a spiritual vegetarianism grounded in gratitude to God, and in his own subtle and quiet way, he modeled this radical spirituality for his millions of viewers.

'Wasn't He Gay?': A Revealing Question About Mister Rogers

Michael G. Long | Posted 12.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael G. Long

"Wasn't he gay?" That's what people often ask me when they learn that I'm working on a book about Fred Rogers -- the beloved creator, writer, and host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. I've come to believe that the question, however intended, reveals just as much about the questioners as it does about Rogers.

WATCH: Mister Rogers' Amazing Advice For Children Of Divorce

Posted 07.08.2013 | Divorce

No one gave better advice than the late Fred Rogers, whether he was helping kids come to terms with "scary things in the news" or simply highlighting ...

10 Years Later, Mister Rogers Is Still Making Neighbors

Posted 06.14.2013 | Religion

By Beth Kissileff Religion News Service PITTSBURGH, Pa. (RNS) Fred Rogers, the man behind the long-running “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” childr...

Who Can Best Fake Fred Rogers' Sincerity?

Eliot Daley | Posted 07.22.2013 | Entertainment
Eliot Daley

Back in the 1970s, Burger King decided to create commercials aimed at children using an actor impersonating "Mister Rogers." Was he good? Did it work? Let me tell you how good he was and how well it worked: When I first saw the commercial while at home one late afternoon, I thought it was Fred.

The Two Freds

David Kleeman | Posted 02.18.2013 | Media
David Kleeman

For someone in my field, merely having my name in the same sentence as Mister Rogers is a heady, humbling experience. I'm too old to have grown up with him as a "television friend," but young enough that his work was seminal to my career choice.

In The Wake Of Tragedy, Calming Advice From Mister Rogers

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents

In the hours after the tragic shooting in Newtown, as parents and children struggled to comprehend the horror, a familiar voice emerged, one uniquely ...

Big Bird And Mister Rogers Are Not Just For Kids: We Need Their Wisdom More Than Ever

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 12.22.2012 | TV
Ian I. Mitroff

Is anyone naïve enough to believe that any network other than PBS would run Big Bird and Mister Rogers for as long as it has? No, it's not the paltry sum of money why conservatives want to get rid of Big Bird, Mister Rogers, and PBS. It's the values for which they stand.

Can Love Incarnate Be Delivered By TV?

Eliot Daley | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Eliot Daley

Early media guru Marshall McLuhan famously declared TV a "cool" medium for its essentially dispassionate, detached, diluted means of engaging people. But both Fulton Sheen and Fred Rogers proved that it is not the essence of the medium that controls the effect.

Big Bird is Proxy for a Golden Goose

David Kleeman | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
David Kleeman

I'm concerned that the comic edge may obscure the truth: Big Bird is an avian proxy -- what Romney really proposes is to kill a golden goose. Crippling public broadcasting would result in devastating cultural and educational losses.

WATCH: What Is Making These Kids Cry?

The Huffington Post | Ileana Llorens | Posted 04.12.2012 | Parents

Sure, clowns have a bad reputation, but giant purple pandas might be equally as terrifying. Just ask these children at Pennsylvania's Center in the Wo...

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: Mister Rogers and Me

Dan Persons | Posted 06.05.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In the newest episode of my ongoing radio show, I review Mister Rogers and Me, a documentary from filmmaker Benjamin Wagner with a somewhat deceptive title.

How Mister Rogers Saved The VCR

Mental Floss | Posted 03.11.2012 | Weird News

Fred Rogers gets teased a lot for his milquetoast manner, but he was instrumental in getting the government to allow the VCR (and other technologies l...

Restoration in the Land of Make-Believe: The Legacy of Fred Rogers

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 07.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Merritt

While both "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and its affable host may be easy to caricature, each show was crafted to meet the psychological and emotional needs of young viewers by delivering what Rogers called "a neighborhood expression of care."

The Tao Of Mister Rogers

Andrew Shapter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrew Shapter

Fred Rogers was not only a television mentor, he was also a minister, a Navy Seal, an accomplished musician, songwriter and a teacher who earned more than 40 honorary degrees.

'Mister Rogers' Cancelled In Chicago

Chicago Tribune | Steve Schmadeke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Seven years have passed since new episodes of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" were taped and five since the show's iconic, sweater-clad host died. But ...