Mister Rogers goes to Washington, take 2

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If you’re looking for a pitch for public media, marketer Izzy Smith points to an entrancing moment of political theater posted on Public Radio Exchange. Producer Roman Mars retells the story of Fred Rogers’ moment in a 1969 Senate hearing, playing opposite longtime Rhode Island Sen. John Pastore. “It’s like Capra, isn’t it?” Mars comments, but to his credit Mars points out that Pastore was an ally of President Johnson in supporting the fledgling thing called public broadcasting. YouTube has the video, with a young Fred Rogers at the witness table.

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